I must admit to being tardy in my Christmas/end of the year posting. Since I was sick for 2 weeks at the beginning of the month I have been behind on everything else. I still have a great deal to do work-wise, but I am making progress. Luckily I work for understanding people including and especially my father who is patient and understanding with me.
Even with all of the illness and work I have managed to squeeze together a great Christmas season. It all started at the beginning of the month when I volunteered for Festival of Trees. I have been working on the planning committee this year, which has been a great experience. The Festival of Trees is an event that raises money for Primary Children Hospital in Utah, which is a hospital that treats all children regardless of ability to pay. It was a neat way to serve the community and make new friends along the way.
I also continued on my two favorite traditions- going to see Christmas Carol at Hale Theater Orem and participating in the Messiah Sing-in in American Fork. Both of these traditions just make Christmas for me. I also had my Christmas tree which I call my Memory tree. It is full of ornaments that have significance in my life, that remind me of good times and memories.
Now I am finally getting that done. Thanks for all of your comments through the year. Please continue. My blog gives me great happiness and satisfaction throughout the year.
2009 in review
Probably the largest part of my life revolves around my work. I am fortunate to still be self-employed as a property manager/events coordinator/sales tax filer (that’s a mouth full hah!). Basically I do whatever it takes to make a living and stay free and unfettered. I LOVE being my own boss, setting my own schedule and motivating myself to succeed. I have never taken kindly to being told what to do and work is no exception. I love my job!
The most exciting work development of 09 has been my transition from vacation into long-term rental sales in August. Due to some problems, we decided to forgo vacation renting and find tenants interested in at least a year. Without any training I was able to find wonderful, reliable tenants for three homes in a matter of weeks. I feel blessed with such results and it is one more proof to me that I am doing what my Heavenly Father wants.
With the long-term tenants requiring less management, I have been taking on more responsibilities for Grabber including doing some sales tax work and handing out free warmers at events around Utah Valley. I love the art of making the sale and in many ways it brings me back to the street contacting we did on my mission. Whether it is real estate, warmers or Book of Mormons, I enjoy talking with people and trying to help them.
Work has not been the only satisfying facet of my life. The most exciting news for my family this year was the birth of my fifth niece Sparrow. Ben and Nahanni welcomed their new baby girl in October, and she has been easy and sweet. My only regret is not seeing her. Hopefully I can get up to Portland soon!
Another big development for the year was my sister Anna’s acceptance into my alma mater BYU. In August Anna moved to Provo and began her schooling. Now she is 35 minutes away, which allows us to spend a great deal of time together (sometimes I’ve been as much as 4 times in one week!). I love having my sister close by.
I have also had the opportunity to visit my sister Megan and the rest of my family in California many times. Megan even hosted Emily Whitman and myself at her house for nearly a week in September for the first ever Roommate Reunion! It was great!
In some ways this year has been challenging friends-wise simply because a number of my best friends have moved/gotten married recently. I miss my friends when they aren’t nearby. Luckily, I have also found ways to connect with friends far-away. Some highlights include visiting with Raelene in January after my cruise, seeing Emily at the reunion and 2 other times, a visit from Julia Graves in October and getting to see my old roommate Stefanie J in Hawaii in June. Visiting with old friends may be my favorite thing in the whole world!
While my 09 travels do not compare with 08, I have taken some great trips throughout the year. It all started with my LDS singles cruise in January. It was a particularly bold trip because I went without knowing anyone and ended meeting many new people. Plus, I got to visit Cabo, Mazatlan and Puerto Vaerta. The best thing about the trip is due to the high fees I hardly used my phone or checked email for 7 nights. What a nice break!
In June I was fortunate to take another Hawaii trip with Camille. This time my sister and her friends came along, as well as Stefanie and Camille’s friend Angie. As always, we had a magical trip. I can’t even describe how wonderful the beach is and how much I love Sunny Hawaii! Aloha!
Finally the year ended with several trips home for the holidays combined with my October trip with Emily at Megan’s. I always love coming home and being near great family and friends.
In between all of this travel I‘ve been keeping busy with my voice lessons through Hale Theater Orem, and my real estate classes through Stringham Real Estate school. I also love any chance I get to go to a movie, cook new recipe, read a good book or watch my favorite TV shows. If I get to do any of those things it is usually a pretty good week!
At Christmas time I feel so blessed to have a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and to know that His sacrifice saves me from sin and unhappiness. I know that my Heavenly Father has a plan for each of us that if followed will bring us happiness here on earth and bring us salvation in the eternities. I am grateful for my testimony of the Savior and the chance I have at Christmas to sing “Joy to the World the Lord is come!”
I hope each of you has a Merry Christmas and that we will chat again soon. Thanks for all of your support and love during this year of growth. Visit me soon in Draper and I can show you a great time!
Merry Christmas and God Bless, Rachel Wagner