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Good bye 2008…Hello 2009

by Meghann on December 31, 2008

2008 has been a great year. I have been through soo much, both good and bad. I wouldn’t change any of it for a second. I’ve learned more about myself in the past 12 months then I knew in any of the 23 years before it. Most importantly I have learned to live life one day at a time and never take any of it for granted. :)

In 2008…..

I made a resolution to get my butt into shape and discovered my love for running and healthy eating…

 

I celebrated turning 23 in the Georgia Mountains with my wonderful family…

I visited Ireland with my Second Family who welcomed me with open arms…

I witnessed my little sister turn 21 and celebrated with her at Disney…

I celebrated Abbie turning 1…

I vacationed on the beach…

I hiked in the Great Smoky Mountains…

I had my heart broken…

I left my first real job and started a new adventure in a new city…

I moved into my first apartment all by myself…

I reconnected with old friends…

I made some new friends…

I started this blog…

I wore a bikini on Halloween

I voted for the next president and watched history in the making

I reunited with College friends

I ran a Half Marathon in 2:08:16 with my parents waiting for me at the finish line…

 

Most importantly I discovered myself this past year and learned to live life for me.

With all the wonderful things I have experience in 2008, I am even more excited to see what 2009 will bring me. I have so many goals I would like to achieve now in both my personal and business life.

With all of that being said here are the goals I have narrowed down for myself in 2009:

  • Go on Dates – Hell I would even be happy with talking to just talking with a guy. I had my heart broken this past year, but I believe its time to move on. I’m enjoying being single, but a free meal every once in a while would not hurt either. ;)
  • Run a Full Marathon – This is a long term goal I am hoping to accomplish in the Fall. 
  • Compete in a Triathlon – I am registered to run one in March!
  • Save Money – I think this is a given for any list of goals.
  • Take on more responsibility at my Job
  • Spend less time on the computer
  • Maintain weight loss
  • Eat less refined sugars
  • Continue to discover myself and push my limits

They’re simple general goals that I hope will guide me through the next year.

Happy New Year everyone!! I hope you have a safe and healthy start to 2009! I will be bringing in the New Year with some friends downtown, the next time I will be blogging it will officially be 2009!!!!

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Erica December 31, 2008 at 5:07 pm

Wow what a great and inspiring post! You rock girl!

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2 Tina December 31, 2008 at 5:22 pm

I loved your recap! What an amazing year 2008 was for you! :)

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3 Marianne December 31, 2008 at 5:24 pm

Hope your 2009 is just as great, if not better, than 2008. Happy New Year!

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4 Lindsay December 31, 2008 at 5:40 pm

i LOVE your recap~ esp the last part!!!!!!!!!!!!

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5 Andrea December 31, 2008 at 5:45 pm

So proud of you! Thank you for sharing your journey with us every day!

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6 Natalie December 31, 2008 at 6:01 pm

Love your goals- mine are very similar :)

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7 Melissa December 31, 2008 at 6:06 pm

Great post, wonderful year and fabulous goals! All the best in the new year!

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8 Laura December 31, 2008 at 6:11 pm

LOVE this post Meghann! :)

I hope 2009 is just as good to you!

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9 Sharon December 31, 2008 at 6:11 pm

Yes, what an awesome year!

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10 Erin December 31, 2008 at 6:13 pm

What an amazing year! I bet 2009 will be even better!

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11 Lindsey (Mrs. LC) December 31, 2008 at 6:21 pm

What a great recap! As someone who has just recently met you/ didn’t know you before or through most of the year, it looks like you have grown tremendously!

And seriously – you are hot and you are awesome! Dates should be no problem! Maybe find a cute single boy at Caitlin’s wedding? No time to start like the present!! :)

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12 melissaeats December 31, 2008 at 6:28 pm

Wow, what an amazing post!!!! GOOD FOR YOU!!! Congrats on all the great things and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for you in 2009!!

P.S. I LOVE the part about free meals on dates! haha!! You go girl!!

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13 Alexia December 31, 2008 at 6:43 pm

What a great post!!! I love it! I hope you have a wonderful 2009!

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14 Matt December 31, 2008 at 7:08 pm

Yay for running a marathon next year! Good luck with your goals and happy new year!

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15 Angel December 31, 2008 at 7:13 pm

Great post to end a great year. I know I say this all the time, but I truly am very proud of you Meghann!!!! Big Hug and Happy New year!

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16 meg December 31, 2008 at 7:13 pm

Happy New Year! Good luck with all your new goals! Love the recap!

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17 sweetandnatural December 31, 2008 at 9:10 pm

Wonderful year, wonderful goals! Happy New Year Meghann!

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18 gina (fitnessista) December 31, 2008 at 9:37 pm

what an AWESOME recap of your year.. you’ve done so much! hope 2009 is even more amazing :D
enjoy your new years!

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19 eatingbender December 31, 2008 at 10:40 pm

Wow, you have had such a great year Meghann! You should be proud :) Have a wonderful night and I will talk to you next year! I’m glad to “know” you!

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20 biz319 December 31, 2008 at 11:08 pm

What a year! 2009 will shine for you as well!

I like the part about you living your life for YOU! Be the strong independent woman I know you can be!

Happy New Year!

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21 Heather Eats Almond Butter December 31, 2008 at 11:18 pm

2008 – what an amazing year! I can’t wait to see what 2009 holds for you.

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22 Sammie January 1, 2009 at 7:16 am

You really had a great year. I wish you the best of every thing in 2009. Happy New Year!!!

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23 Kath January 1, 2009 at 11:27 am

Love your photo recap Meghann!

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24 Kaneil January 1, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Hi Meghann, I have been reading your blog for a while and love it. This post was amazing!!! You are obviously a strong, smart, and confident girl! Thanks for the inspiring post and keep on keepin on!

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25 bobbi January 1, 2009 at 12:31 pm

love the mini recap of the year!!!! YOU ROCK! Love your goals, go on lots of dates, thats what being single is all about, and I am with you on the refine sugar :) Hey I love the pants your wearing in the bike picture what are they?

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26 Amandamoo January 1, 2009 at 2:10 pm

What a great post! Sorry about your camera!! (Caitlin posted already) I hope you had a great new year’s eve. I love your goals for this next year (I’m running my first half marathon in April!!)

I was wondering if you had a training program for the 1/2 you ran last year or if you just increased your distance on your own weekly… Also, do you run every.single.day or do you take a rest day? I have to be at work at 8 and I can’t imagine getting up every.single.day before the sun comes up to train. I’m running 3-4 miles 3 times a week right now.

Sorry so long. I love the blog and use you as an example of healthy, balanced living! Thank you for your contribution to the blog community this past year!

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27 Meghann January 1, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Amanda – I did not follow a training program I just gradually added on distance each week. I try not to run every day of the week. I give myself a couple of rest days to recover. :)

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28 Hangry Pants January 1, 2009 at 2:29 pm

This seriously almost made me cry! I hope you have a wonderful 2009 Meghann. I am so proud of you for getting healthy and living such a wonderful, active and healthy life. You’re inspiring!

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29 Angela January 1, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Wow this post is so awesome. You are such an inspiration to me!

I think I might do a re-cap of my year on the blog too…thanks for the great idea. :)

Angela
http://www.ohsheglows.com

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30 Marissa January 1, 2009 at 3:42 pm

What a busy and exciting year!

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31 runningwithfood January 1, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Sounds like an amazing year! Thanks for the recap! Here’s to you in 2009!!

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32 carolinebee January 1, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Happy New Year Meghann! Sounds like you had suuch a great year and you look amazing! Just heard about your cam from Caitlin’s post, so sorry…..seriously, 2009 better bring you GOOD LUCK with technology :D!!

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33 Elina January 1, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Wow, you’ve had a busy year!! :)
Hope you had fun last night! Happy New Year!

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34 ksgoodeats January 1, 2009 at 7:18 pm

Meghann – you have had such a great year, truly inspirational for all of us young twenty year olds! You’ve got a great set of goals and I’m wishing you nothing but the best for the upcoming year :)

Sorry about your cam too!

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35 Erin January 1, 2009 at 8:30 pm

This is a great timeline of your year. :) Great job Meghann!

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36 V January 2, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Love this post! Best of luck on all your new goals :-)

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37 allijag January 2, 2009 at 3:01 pm

I loved your summary of your year – very accomplished – you really should be proud! :) Can’t wait to see all the wonderful things 2009 has in store! :)

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38 lauren January 3, 2009 at 11:53 pm

great recap! happy new year!

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