I feel that this year has largely been progressive for me. I initially entered a bit damaged from previous relationships and hard classes (lots of studying and less social interaction), so this year was a good one to pave the way for reconstruction.
I'm very happy knowing that my study methods and time-management skills are more down pat then they ever were (though it should never take anyone three years to get there. If you're a high school student reading this, learn to study!! I reaped the benefits from those improvements with a better GPA and a step closer to my 3.0 goal. I still have a lot of work to do, and am trying to improve daily. Grasping better time-managent and goal-setting skills are a big challenge for me, and my focus on mental fitness later in the year helped improve that as well (along with my most recent co-op).
I've also made massive headway in my lovelife and relationships, almost to the point of complete transformation. Considering that I can have regular, controlled conversations with very beautiful and intelligent women (which I could clearly never do in January) pretty much describes the level of improvement that I've made in this area of my life. In fact, the scarier part about it was that most of the changes began taking place in July! I've used the pickup community as a reference for my learning, and while I don't agree with a lot of their practices (I'm not a seducer, and I certaintly don't crave sex), the fundamentals are solid and heeding them will yield guaranteed results almost instantenously.
The quality of the women that I've been dating has also been shooting up as well, confirming my improvement. I started this year with someone who, while very nice and well-meaning, wasn't exactly dateable per se. I had a lot of failures, but all of those failures were with women I would have probably never considered or "had a chance" with earlier. I really highly doubt that I would have met and gotten together with the woman that I'm seeing now, who is absolutely beautiful, scary intelligent, younger than me and can freaking cook! (This is a blessing.) I can't even begin to remember the number of women that I've approached (yes, in public locations; the battlefield of practice); probably close to or more than one hundred.
My family has also been successful with my Mom's daycare really taking off. It was founded last April and how has many children under its wing, along with some staff to help ease the burden. My Mom seems to really do well with them, and has really made me appreciate and begin to understand children a lot more than before.
My cycling's gotten better to; more power, more guads and better wheels! (But the same ol' yeller! )
I've seen success in a few other areas, but I don't want to drudge on about me. I'm very blessed and thankful for what has been brought onto me this year. I know that some of you have not been as fortunate, and I wish you guys a great 2009 going forward!
Now let's hear some of your stories!