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Lookout 2009, here I come!!!!!!!

2009 started in the crowded bar where I work with a countdown from our DJ followed by a deafening roar from the guests who raised tiny Champaign glasses we passed out for free in a toast to the new year. I raised a glass of cranberry juice and sprite along with my fellow bartenders and for a second, the loud guests, the drinks I needed to finish mixing and the million and one other things that needed doing seemed far away. 

      I stared at the sparkling red juice in my glass and wondered what my New Year's resolutions should be. 2008 was a year of beginnings for me. First job in a bar, daughter's first day of school, the arrival of two precious doggies who helped ease the pain in our hearts from the loss of our beloved Hoss and the terrifying leap into my thirties.  All in all, 2008 was a wonderful year, a happy, scary, new and terrifying year, but wonderful all the same and I felt tremendously grateful to have lived it.  I wondered what 2009 would bring, but then my surroundings overpowered that brief moment of magical solitude I'd been granted and there wasn't time to contemplate anymore.

 So, I lowered my glass and drank a toast to the unknown.  A guest slapped the bar, laughed too loudly and announced that he was going to quit smoking tomorrow, or right after hell froze over, then motioned to me and asked where his next drink was. I set my half filled juice glass on the counter and turned to make his drink. I watched the ice in his glass shiver as I poured liquor over it and paused for a second because  suddenly, I knew what my New Year's resolution was.  

 2009 would not happen to me. I was no helpless piece of ice waiting to be melted or used in whatever manner fate chose.  Instead, I was going to happen to 2009! I set the guest's drink in front of him and smiled. "Happy New Year!" I said.

           He returned my smile with a grin and raised his glass to me. I snatched up my juice glass and raised it in return. Then, I drank a toast to positive energy, personal choices, decisive action and to what is.  I am 30, I am a mother, a bartender, a wife and a lover of life. I choose where I go from here and what I become and so I know that 2009 will be the best year ever because I will make it so!!!!!


Rhona!!!!! OMG, I was just thinking of you today. What a great post - you go for it, girl!

Missed you. *hugs*
awwww thank you darlin!!!! I miss you guys too. Been so very busy, but never far from you in spirit. Hope all is well.

MILLIONS of hugs!!!!!!!

:::scurries off to get ready for work:::::
A great post! I know 2009 will be your year, no matter how you decide to spend it!
YAY!! We've missed you! But you have such a busy life! But awesome resolution. :) Can't wait to read how it goes! But I know you can do it. :) *HUGS*

Happy New Year! Glad to hear your year continued well, and it sounds like a great resolution for the coming year.
Happy New year Rhona!!!!
I've missed seeing you around LJ! ::HUGS::
Smokin' hot for 30, champ. ;)

Happy New Year!
*clink* *clink*

Amen to that!
Great Post! :)
Go you!

Happy new year!
That's a perfect resolution! Have an awesome, happening year :)

Very inspirational. Not to mention well articulated. =) Thanks for sharing that.

I haven't said much to you lately. I'm way behind on... Um... Absolutely everything in my life, actually... But being less of a passive bystander in my own life is something I've been trying to get into my head. Probably would be easier if I wasn't facing a move that I don't want to make, but, eh... There's always some excuse. I need to get past that and stop being a shaking cube of ice.
honey... i think you kick MAJOR ass!
Happy New Year! I miss you around lj. You are going to rock 2009, or as band always liked to put it, you'll rock 2009's soxs off!! :)

Here's to you! Happy New Year!
Rhona, best wishes to you and your family! I hope everything goes your way, keep on writing! =)
You go girl! I'm sure you'll make it a wonderful year. :-)
And this post is an example of why I think you'd make a great writer. Happy New Year!

love it

I choose where I go from here and what I become... wise words to live by lady. I raise my coffee cup to you. Happy New Year.
Nice to see you back in LJ-land, Miss Rhona! You've been missed!

I love your resolution... you're going to happen to 2009! If anybody could do it, I'd guess that it would be you.

Happy New Year lady.
Now, THAT'S a way to ring in the new year. ;) Happy New Years babe and may the times you make this year rock the freaking world. :D
{{{{{{{ HUGGLES }}}}}}}
yay, best of luck to the new year, I am know it will be great!


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