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Goodbye 2008 – What Will 2009 Bring?

1 January 2009 5 Comments

Well... here i sit, New Years Day, on the couch, in my underwear, typing away!  I'm glad to have burned that image into your mind haha!  The puppy is in the floor chewing on her rawhide, and my sweetheart Misty is cooking bacon and eggs!  YUM!  She's such a sweety!

Normally on New Years eve we would be hanging out with friends or having a few drinks and watching the ball drop... but last night we both were in bed asleep by 10:30!  HA!  I've been sick as a dog and Misty is still getting over the cold she's been dealing with for a week now.  I didn't even make into work yesterday.. fever, soar throat and all that goes with that mess...  BUT, even though i woke up this morning coughing my head off, i feel better than i did yesterday, so that's a good thing!

2008 was a GREAT year!

I spent a little time yesterday and this morning reflecting on 2008.  I'll have to say, it was a great year!  There was a couple of pretty major events that took place in 2008 for me.

Jeff got engaged!

In June of 2008, my best friend and soul mate became my fiance'.  I proposed to Misty on June 21st and it was an amazing day!  Misty has changed my life so much and i can't imagine my life without her.  Every year gets better and better with Misty.  We learn more and more about each other and we grow closer every day!  She is my Angel!

Papa Leftwich

On August 18th 2008, i became a Papa!  I always figured i'd be a grandpa, i never dreamed it would be in 2008!  If you are reading this and are a grandparent, then you know how wonderful it is.  It's one of those feelings that's hard to explain, you just have to be one to know the feeling.  Thank you Ashley & Eric for making me a Papa!

Bringing in that extra $$

In March of 2008, i started my venture into internet marketing.  I've done several posts on the subject and you can read about them in the Internet Marketing category.  As i've said before, i started that venture just wanting to make a few extra bucks a month to help buy that "Special Diamond".  Since then, it has turned into more than i ever expected.  Hard work and persistence does pay off!  December 2008, i had my best month ever with BANS and i couldn't be happier!  If i didn't make another dime with internet marketing, i have learned so much and realized that i can still set goals, and go above and beyond those goals with hard work and patience!  I've met some great people while learning about online marketing and have had so much help and encouragement from different people.  Mark, Soggy, Elijah, Suzanne, Rochelle and many others have either helped me directly or indirectly and i'm so thankful for the knowledge and time those people took to help me.

I still have a job!

The economy speaks for itself and it's been a crazy year and so many ups and downs when it comes to the economy.  Mostly downs!  I'll have to say, i'm so very thankful and blessed that i still have a job to go to when so many people in my town have lost their jobs.  Jobs are so hard to come by in our area and so many families have been hit hard by this sucky economy.  Although our work has slowed down and i could be shown the door at any moment, i am very thankful that in 2008 i was able to work and have a job to go to.  Misty and i had a very good year and with so many losing their jobs and struggling, i can't say enough how blessed and thankful we are!  We were able to go places and do things because we work hard and we had a place to work hard at!

Special times...

Misty and i made many wonderful memories in 2008.  I think back at the little trips we took and different places we visited.  It's nice to be able to reflect and it brings a smile to my face thinking of all the wonderful times we had together in 2008.  If you want to read about those wonderful times we shared, check out the "Our Special Times' category.

What will 2009 bring?

Who knows??  Only time will tell huh?  All we can do is set goals, work at those goals and take things one day at a time.  Most people will have those "new years resolutions" that started today.  That's cool, it's always good to have goals in life.  Just be sure to set realistic goals!  For instance, if you want to lose 30 pounds, set a goal to lose 5 pounds!  You'll feel much better and trust me, it'll be easier to reach that 5 pound goal than it will to reach 30!  After you reach 5 pounds, go for another 5 and so on.  If you want to start your venture into internet marketing, just do it!  But realize that it takes work and persistence.  You'll have a lot to learn but you CAN do it!  Start small and don't overwhelm yourself like i did, firing up 8 or 10 websites and not having a clue as to what you're doing.  If you love to write, start a blog like this one!  You can do it for free and it's great practice!

What are MY goals for 2009?

Wow.... well...  First and foremost is my love and my life, MISTY!  I want to work hard to give her a good life, give her joy and make her laugh, take care of her and meet her needs in every way that i can.  Her smile lights my world and i look so forward to spending another year with Misty and making more wonderful memories.

"Special K" is growing up!

I'm sure 2009 will be an exciting year for Papa and Gram!  Kyle will be 5 months old this month, so it won't be long until he is crawling and walking and saying Papa!  HA!  I love it!  I can't help but smile thinking about all the new things my Grandson will be doing in 2009.  It's going to be a fun year with him!  I just know it!  If you haven't met my grandson, here's a post where i did a short video of him on Christmas Day.

Learn more!  Find other avenues of income!

I want to be able to work harder on my websites and save enough so Misty and i can have that dream wedding in the tropics in 2010!  I want to broaden my knowledge and find different ways to make money online so i won't have all my eggs in one basket!  Money doesn't solve all problems, but it sure does ease the burden when you don't have to worry about money!  I KNOW it can be done, i just have to do it!  One thing i don't want to do is over do it...  unless something changes, i already have a 40 hour a week job.  I don't want to get myself in a position where i have 2 jobs and no family time.  I need to focus on what works, take what i have learned and apply it to other avenues and always have a goal to work towards!  If i dont' reach those goals, take what i have learned and set new goals!

Get in shape!  Round is a shape isn't it?

Yeah i want to get in shape, not the ROUND shape!  At one point in my life i was up to 270 pounds!  That sux!  That was quite a few years ago and i remember someone making a comment about my belly... it embarrassed me enough to say to myself, ok, enough is enough..  So i lost 50 pounds!  After that i bounced around the 220 mark and eventually got back up to 230 and said again ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!  So i buckled down and got myself down to 199!  I hadn't seen 199 since high school!  I feel comfortable when my weight is no more than 210.  Right now i'm 20 pounds over that and i don't like it!  At 6' 2" people say i carry my weight well... hahah.. well... i don't want to "carry my weight"!  I know what it takes to get in that mind set to exercise and eat sensible, i just have to do it!  I've gotten to be a lazy ass again and it's going to have to change!  I'm at the point in my life where it's harder and harder to get off my butt and get into that groove, so i needs to be doing that now!  I don't need to get in shape for just me, i want to live a long healthy life so i can have many years with those people that are important to me!  So i WILL be changing my way of life as far as health is concerned... you just watch!

2008 was a wonderful year, we had some great times with friends and family.  We've lived, laughed and loved!  In 2009, i want to do even more!  I want to help more people that are struggling, i want to have more special times and make many more wonderful memories with Misty and my family.  I want to have a daily goal in 2009 to always try and make someone laugh and smile.  I want to always make the best of whatever is handed to me in life and pursue my dreams and realize my accomplishments.

I'm so thankful that God has given me a mind to think and i'm thankful to Him for all those little talks we've had in 2008.  I'm thankful that i have that open door to talk to Him and know he is real and i'm thankful for all he has blessed me with.  I look forward to many more talks with God and i want to learn and grow as a person every day!  I want to be more mindful in 2009 of those that are in need and use my abilities to help those that are in need.

Soooo... did you have a great 2008?  Did you have a sucky 2008?  What are your plans for 2009?  Have you set goals for 2009?  I'd love for you to share those thoughts about yourself or anything i have said in this post... feel free to express yourself!

I hope everyone has a wonderful and happy new year!

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  • Misty said:

    I’ve had a great year, shared with YOU!!! Thank you for all the special memories and all that you do for me and for us. :) I’ll never forget June 21. I know you worked hard on planning it and saving for my “special diamond”. :)
    Jeff, you are an amazing person, lover, and best friend. Your kindness and unselfishness awe me.
    I’m the luckiest woman in the world!
    I love you!


  • Elijah said:

    Dude – 2008 sounded AWESOME! I actually smiled reading about your awesome year, full of great people, and great events… sure there’s always a few bad times, but the good will always prevail!

    Let’s just keep kicking ass and taking names.. hopefully we’ll be able to meet up for a pint in the near future – that would be pretty cool eh?


  • Jake (author) said:

    @ Misty.. thank you sweetheart! You are my rock! You are my everything!

    @ Elijah.. man it was awesome! Sometimes i have to pinch myself to make sure it’s me living this dream! I would love to meet up and have that drink! Maybe someday Misty will talk me into stepping on a plane haha.. I think Canada would be a hell of a drive from Mayberry! HA!


  • Ashley Jayne said:

    Well I can tell you one thing, you ain’t gettin another grandkid in 2009 :)

    happy new years! I hope you feel better :)


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