Get Outta Here 2009, It's Time For 2010!
Happy New Year, everyone! Here at ModFab HQ, we're getting ready to watch the ball drop, so I thought I'd wish everyone in ModFab Nation a great 2010. I'm raising a glass to you! (Well, maybe more than one glass, truthfully.)
I'm not really making resolutions, per se, but I have thought a bit about the changes ahead. Here are the things I'm thinking about, as we say goodbye to 2009:
Things I Did in 2009 That I Am Thrilled About:
- I turned 40. And so far, I really like my forties. ;-) I lost more weight, got my first tan in ten years, and after nearly two decades, my marriage is better than it's ever been. (Mr. ModFab, I salute you!)
- I traveled. Went to Georgia to see the 'rents, then hit London for a 24-hour blast (with Cal and Raj!) Spent a week in Bulgaria, learning a new language and seeing spectacular art.
- I improved my health. I continued the weight loss, brought my cholesterol down, found a fabulous new gay doctor, and most importantly, went from being pre-diabetic to having no threat of diabetes at all!
- I survived the downturn. Kept my tiny little arts non-profit alive and functioning through the worst economic disaster for cultural groups in fifty years.
- I became a photographer. Which has been more enjoyable, creative, fulfilling, and exciting that I ever imagined it could be.
- Managed to blog in a healthy way. Yes, many of you wish I were still posting daily, but my psyche is really glad that I'm not. ;-)
Things I Did In 2009 That I Do Not Want To Do Ever Again:
- Letting people go at work. When the bottom fell out of the economy last year, all arts groups suffered pain, and many closed their doors. My office had to have a staff reorganization that meant some very talented people had their jobs eliminated. Losing good, honest, hardworking people because of money trouble is the worst feeling in the world, and I resolve never to do it again.
- Feel guilty about work. My residual guilt over the staff reduction meant that I let some of my remaining staff take advantage of me -- behaving unprofessionally, disrespecting me personally, and doing sub-par work. It's my goal, and my promise, to expect 100% and nothing less next year. (Those who read my blog...you have been warned, I'm back. ;-)
- Putting my weight loss on the back burner. After having a lot of success in 2008, I dropped the ball in the middle of 2009...didn't gain, but haven't lost a lot more since. I already got back on track in December, and I am going to keep it up in 2010.
- Letting the art go soft. My current theatre projects -- a play about Gilgamesh, a play based on a Genet novel, and my own long-gestating writing project -- spent most of 2009 slogging through rewrites, workshops, and development hell. All of them need to see the light of day, on a stage, somewhere, in 2010. And although the poetry collection is written and editing is underway, I also need to make sure it gets over the finish line.
- Watching my hair make its inexorable slide to silver. Yes, I should be thankful that I'm not bald. (Both my father and grandfather were by my age.) But vanity doesn't allow half-measures, so I'm considering getting the gray areas dyed in 2010. I wish I had that sexy silver fox, George Clooney thing happening. Or like A Strange Interlude, who wears his gray exceptionally well. But I don't. I just look old.
And you? What will you do to make 2010 modern and fabulous?