2008 has certainly been a challenging year in many ways. Of course, there were the normal ups and downs, successes and failures, just like any other year. I think that what made 2008 different was that the highs weren't that high and the lows were lower than they should have been. I will not be disappointed to see 2008 end tonight.

Like so many of us, I'm looking forward to 2009, and a new beginning. Fresh, new resolutions to start the new year off right. This year I only have two:

  1. My weight will get down to the year divided by 10.
  2. Just do the right thing.

By the way, the first one has been one of my resolutions for a number of years. If it was 2350 I would be golden :) It's that darn power of 10 thing. The second one pretty much just says it all. I can't think of any instance that number two doesn't apply.



To all my Active Rain friends, God Bless, be safe and be prosperous!


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Comment balloon 9 commentsRichard Iarossi • December 31 2008 03:08PM


You are a funny and wise man Richard.  God bless always.

Posted by Marlene Pellegrini over 10 years ago

I'm with you Rich.  The highs weren't as high as they could have been but those damn lows were all time lows!  I, too, am very glad to see the end of this day and the start of something better.  Don't worry about the power of 10.  Pick up the book The Power of One!  It's a great novel... it'll take your mind off your diet!!  We love you exactly as you are!  Happy New Year, may 2009 be the year you exceed all of your expectations!

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) over 10 years ago

Richard....  2008 was challenging?   sorry, just trying to be funny.  To a great 2009....  Happy New Year...

jeff belonger

Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) over 10 years ago

Richard, Happy New Year!  And I have a pretty good feeling about 2009.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 10 years ago


A very happy New Year to you, my friend!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 10 years ago

Marlene, God bless you and your family. We get to see and hear about some of them in your posts and thats wonderful.

Susan, Happy New Year! Italian moms are my favorite.

Jeff, As someone else who may need to shed a pound or two, Happy New Year! Maybe we can get together for lunch again in '09.

Patricia, I have that same feeling about 2009 also. Let's both participate in the upswing.

Richard, I too consider you my friend. I've gotten to know a lot about you in the last few months and it's all been good. Peace and Prosperity to you and your family in 2009.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Hi Richard:

No disappointment here either!

Success to you in 2009,

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) over 10 years ago

If I use your weight loss formula then i'm in business!!!!   Join us in the weight loss resolutions group.

Good luck with 2009. 

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) over 10 years ago

I had a different perspective on 2008, which you can find here.

Today is the first day of the rest of your life -- make it a good start.

Posted by Not a real person over 10 years ago

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