2007 Down and More to Come

Another year has come and gone. It's hard to believe, but I'm happy to report I survived those 365 days relatively unscathed (i.e., no bee stings or snake bites), and here it is, already 4 days into the new year, and a mere 362 left to go (it's a leap year, ya know).

The best New Year's resolution I ever made was to keep no more resolutions, and not surprisingly that's the only one I've ever kept, but it remains to be seen if any resolution can stop me from making resolutions in the first place, and on that note, here's a recap of last year's post:
Another Year Bites the Dust

Where did the year go? It seems like only yesterday I was looking forward to 2006, and already it is coming to an end. Perhaps that wouldn’t feel like such a bad thing had I reached the goals I set for myself this year. But, here we are, mere hours from a new one, and I’m still 40 lbs short of the 20 I vowed to lose. I thought my office would be well organized by now too, but when I couldn’t find the file folders I bought in 2005 that kind of put a damper on the project. So, it appears I will be starting 2007 in pretty much the same place as 2006.

I am nothing if not an optimist, however, and I believe each new year brings with it a fresh opportunity for improvement and enrichment. In that spirit, I chose “quality over quantity” as my primary goal for 2007. For instance, instead of worrying about how many pounds I can (but probably won’t) lose, I want to focus attention on my physical, mental and emotional well-being, and when I applied this new way of thinking to my family history project, I decided this is the year I want to add more meat to the bones of the ancestors I have already identified rather than fret over the still empty slots on my pedigree chart.

The good news is I have a lot of what I need to do that right here in my office. The bad news is most of it is buried underneath a hellava lot of useless clutter, and I guess that means organizing my office is, once again, number 1 on my list of New Year’s resolutions. Hey, but maybe I’ll finally find those file folders!

Geneaholic, 31 December 2006.
How did I do? Well...My ancestors are still skinnier than I am, and my office is still trapped under "a hellava lot of useless clutter," BUT I did finally find those file folders! So, all in all, I'd say 2007 was a pretty successful year.

The highlight, which is gonna seem strange to those of you who don't know the backstory, was burying my mother on October 5th, and her funeral the following day. Her cremains now rest next to her parents in China Grove, N.C.

Grave of Dora Turner Summer, 1935-2002

And with that behind me, I feel like I'm finally ready to move on, and by my own account, I've got a lot of catching up to do, but I'm raring to go.

So, without further ado, here are my resolutions goals for 2008:

1. I'm going to take down and put away my Christmas tree. Today.

2. I'm going to clean and organize my office - No, seriously, I am! - and I'm going to do it - You think that's funny? Well...HaHaHa... - by following in the footsteps of Susan A. Kitchens, who is following the words of Anthony Trollope, "A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labours of a spasmodic Hercules."

3. I'm going to join a genealogical society. Done! Joined NGS January 1st.

4. I'm going to scan, label and upload no less than 5 photographs on the last Sunday of every month that Scanfest meets. Then, I'm going to place those 5, or more, originals into some sort of archival quality photo album or box.

5. I'm going to invest in some archival quality albums and/or boxes.

6. I'm going to read the rest of those 900 and something blog posts you guys wrote while I was away, and then - OK, this ain't gonna be easy - I'm going to whittle that unwieldy list of feeds down to no more than 25. I know, I know, but...There was a time when I could read every genealogy blog in existence but I can't do it anymore, not if I want to be a blogger myself. I'm so sorry.

And there you have it, my goals for 2008. Check back in 2009 to see how I did.


    You go girl!!! Now that you've got those file folders in hand the sky's the limit!

    I'm totally with you on the "clean the office" project. I finally got my new computer and my new desk. The new bookcase should be ready to fill in the next day or so. I'm in a state of transition right now, surrounded by boxes and boxes of mostly useless stuff that's waiting until I get a moment (or a few hours, days, a week or so) to unload and put into my new desk. When I get it all done I'm going to take a photo and post it on my blog so I'll be able to remember what it looked like 6 months from now when it's buried just like the old desk! LOL!

    Oh yeah. And I'm going to spend more time on the exercise bike and less time blogging... unless I can figure out a way to do them simultaneously!

    Looking forward to chatting with you at Scanfest Lee!

    Glad the Trollope quote will come in handy, Lee. Good luck on the office (among my family members, we're starting to call that problem The Big C)

    The nice thing about the low expectations route is that if you spend a few days NOT doing the small task, all you gotta do to start again is do the small thing.

    See also this set of posts on small, modest changes at 43 Folders.

    I hope your mother's funeral brought you peace.

    You're off to a great start with 2 1/2 items done already! I hope to make scanfest regularly this year. I'll be getting my exercise walking in the cemetery in town - after the snow melts. I look forward to you getting back to writing!

    I think I may try to find a genie society to join! Good Idea.

    Oh, and if you email me at omchodoy-at-comcast dot net I'll be glad to send you the Research Goals form on my Resolutions post (as well as anyone else who emails me and asks).

    Lee, All that energy inspired me! So I started cleaning up my desk. I am shredding documents as if I were hiding secrets of the past --- not so, just the debris of two years of not cleaning up my desk. And, oh, the joys of finding lost items! LOL!

    Hey guys - what does one do if their office has always been clean? I have pictures to prove it.

    I'm subscribed to 100+ feeds. Once upon a time it was closer to 200. The key is getting rid of those that generate too many posts each day (e.g., news sites, prolific bloggers). It's great that some people have the time to write so much, or can so easily crank out good reading, but you've got to draw the line somewhere.

    And leave your desk alone. As soon as you file everything, you're not going to be able to find something. I promise. ;)