My Wish for 2010

Carnival of Genealogy, 87th Edition

The topic for this edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is: New Year's Resolutions! The following post is written as my contribution to this COG event which will be hosted by Jasia at Creative Gene.

How many of us make New Year's Resolutions every year? I have to admit I have been one of those resolution makers over the years. When I look back I have found that I start out gung ho and eventually peter out.

During the past year I noticed some diligent genea-bloggers checking on their New Year Resolutions for 2009 during the year. When I read those posts, I didn't even want to look at my resolutions for 2009. Months had passed and I hadn't been focused on them.

This year is almost over and a new decade and a New Year is almost here. I have made the conscious decision not to make resolutions for any aspect of my life. Sure there are many things I would like to accomplish, but why put a title to it? Life sometimes gets in the way of things we wish to do or accomplish, and that isn't always a bad thing. My life now is all about no stress, do what I can when I can and enjoy what I do!

I finally got brave and looked at what my resolutions were for last year, cringing as I worked my way to the page. Low and behold, I could have looked at this months ago when I was afraid to! It seems as if I didn't make any resolutions last year either, except to take better care of myself. Well, I can say I have done that. I quit smoking and quit my job so the stress level and carcinogens have been deleted from those things! There is always room for improvement though and this is an ongoing part of my life now.

Genealogy wise there are things I always want to improve on, participate in and strive for. This year there were some added bonuses for me, attending the fabulous Jamboree event which was such great fun and helping an ill woman find her father, whom she thought was deceased. Neither of these things would have even made a resolution list. Signing up for Casefile Clues, making contact with cousins I never knew existed and meeting so many great genealogists and bloggers would never have been on my resolution list either.

Items that may have been on my list, such as scanning all photographs, making sure everything I have is cited correctly, getting certain certificates or breaking down a brick wall are all things that are ongoing for me. They will never stop. There will always be new information to add to my database along with citing those sources. I will always want more documents, be it certificates, articles, maps, pictures you name it. I will always have paperwork to file, something new to learn, travel I would like to do, brick walls to break along with research to be done.

For me, my wish is to continue doing what I am doing, improving when I can and learning along the way. I hope to continue to help whom ever I can and "pay back" as often as possible. Yes, I have goals and ambitions and drives, but whatever doesn't happen this year, will happen when it is suppose to, no stress. When accomplishments are made, you will know, I am sure.


Wishing you a happy, healthy, prosperous and genealogically rewarding year!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!


  1. Nice article. How well I remember your stressful working days, and your desire to quit smoking. Those were hard things to change, but you DID IT. I know you can do anything you put your mind to, and I look forward in hearing about your new accomplishments.

  2. I accomplished very few of my goals for 2009 and yet I had a very good year as did you. I love that you take the time to comment and entourage others. I hope the twists and turns of 2010 and the decade beyond are full of happy dances for you.

    Congratulations on quitting smoking! I've quit 6 times now but never for more than three months. Quitting is, as always, on my list for next year. *sigh*

  3. Barbara, it is hard to believe it will have be a year the end of Jan since I stopped working! I hope I have new accomplishments to share this year!

    Apple, I wish I had more time to make comments, I never make enough of them.

    I quit smoking for nine years once. I think this may have been the4th time I quit? This time though has been for good! It only happens when you are truly ready, like anything else, you have to want it! Best of luck to you.

  4. Sounds like you had some great high points in the last year. May this year be just as good for you, or even better!

    Happy 2010!

  5. Thank you J.M.! Wishing you an awesome 2010 also!


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