2008 was a strange year, tough to go through but worth it in the end, I think. I lost two furry companions: my darling Cholmondeley in January, and dear little Clio-the-cat in September. In the spring, in the aftermath of Cholmondeley's death and some nasty stuff at work, I took my first ever stress-leave, even if only for a week. That was significant as I've never asked for help before and I was quite proud of myself for doing that and getting the help I needed and working through it rather than just ignoring myself and making myself ill. I did some necessary clearing out of "stuff" both physical and mental over the summer, allowed myself to face and name some abuses and horrors from my past, and feel cleaner and stronger and more ready to face the future as a result.
My horoscope for today says that "joyful Jupiter" is entering my house and bringing with him a major shift in my life if I'm ready to accept it. I'm ready. In some ways, I'm happier now than I've ever been. Teaching is good. I'm exploring photography and writing. I gave a conference paper last year and will try for another one next year. I ran a very successful conference at our college. I'm back in the groove at work, doing the things I care about, moving beyond all the nasties of last year. I have a new and delightful furry friend in Tabitha-the-kitten. I think I have lost one human friend, but I feel that other friendships are becoming more solid and comfortable. I hope so.
I don't know what 2009 will bring, but am looking forward to it.
ETA: by the way, I couldn't be more pleased about Terry Pratchett!! Woo hoo :)