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Did I Meet My 2014 Goals?

Way back in January, I listed my goals for 2014. And then, like most people, I promptly forgot about them.

Today I went back to that post and, shockingly, I realized I had actually worked on these goals all year, even though I thought I had forgotten about them.

Maybe I didn’t do something each day to make myself feel better, but I did make it a regular practice. I dressed up more often, and found some makeup my skin could tolerate. I broke my jewelry out of retirement and tried a few new hairstyles. I finally settled again on an A-line bob which requires pretty minimal effort to look good. Sure, there were still jammie days, but there were also more days where I looked like my old self. Not too shabby there.

I worked on growing my blog all year, linking up with the gals at Ask Away Friday and Tuesday Ten. I took on some guest posts and started the Living Better series to showcase how we all are making choices to live better, no matter what life tosses our way. I also guest posted for a few blogger friends, as well as writing my first article for RheumatoidArthritis.com.

While I didn’t set a strict schedule for myself, I did settle into a nice routine to make the best use of my time and energy. I also created a planner for myself, which helped keep me organized when it came to doctors appointments, as well as scheduling blog posts and brainstorming ideas. This was a great change for me, and I’ll be using my planner in 2015 as well.

I think I made a lot of strides this year in living life while still managing my health. I started therapy, which is helping me work through many of my mental health triggers, as well as helping me find new coping tools. I’ve been better about practicing self-care and putting myself first. I cut out a lot of what was causing stress and chaos in our lives, and streamlined those things I couldn’t cut out completely. I learned how to set boundaries, which has been a huge thing for me. Mostly I’ve learned how to take care of me, all of me, and how taking care of me can help me to live a better life, even with chronic illness.

And last, but certainly not least, I LIVED. I made new friends and reconnected with old friends. I made memories with my son and my fiance. I tried things I wasn’t sure my body could handle, and tested my limits.

I’m proud of all I did this year. As much as 2014 was rough, and my health took some turns, I still accomplished a great deal and I’m very proud of that. I’m looking forward to 2015 and all it has to offer. I know it’ll be great because it will include our wedding, a visit from one of my dearest loves, and more memories with my son.

I hope you all will continue to follow along on this journey with me. I plan on continuing the Living Better series, as well as starting a newsletter. I’ll also share sneak peeks at the wedding planning here, and I’m sure there will be some pics of the big day. There will be more photos and recipes, life tips and stories about my journey and treatment. There will be more guest posts, and I’ll be visiting a few friends myself.

What were your goals for 2014? Did you meet them? What would you like to see happen here in 2015?

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New Year, New Goals

I realize I’m a little late to the party here, but all my upbeat peoples on the tweeter machine tell me better late than never, so here I am.

I’ve always been a fan of the New Year holiday. I’m one of those not-so-popular people who view it as a fresh start. For as long as I can remember, I’ve watched the ball drop on NYE while setting new goals for the next year. Some were silly, some were vain, some were important, all were life-changing.

Because that’s what it’s about for me.

I use the upcoming year to turn the page in the book of my life. It’s a time for plot twists and new chapters.

So I’ve been looking at life and trying to decide what kind of new paths I want to walk down in 2014. I have ideas for my blog, for Spoons 4 Spoonies, for my crafting, for my writing. I have plans to better live life with chronic illness. I’ll also be planning our wedding this year, which is another set of goals.

Because I love lists almost as much as Dawnie does, and because her list reminded me that I hadn’t yet put my goals into words, here we are.

*Each day I will do something that makes me feel better about myself. I will wear people clothes, do my hair, or put on mascara. I will paint my nails or give myself a pedicure. I will remind myself that I don’t have to “look sick.”

*I will grow my blog. I want to be able to reach out to more people. I want to keep writing honestly while still showing the good in the world. I want to interact with my readers more, and within the blogging community.

*I will create a routine and schedule for myself. I will better use my time so that all of my projects are getting my attention, while still taking care of myself. I will be better organized.

*I will continue to live the best life possible while still taking care of my health. Now that I am insured, some treatment options that weren’t available to me before are a possibility. I want to explore these options and find the best plan that works FOR ME. I want to get back into yoga and pilates.

*Most importantly, I will LIVE. I will enjoy things, even if they might cause me to hurt later. I refuse to be held captive by my illnesses. I will try new things and rekindle old hobbies. I will go on dates with my fiance. I will spend as much time as possible with our favorite couple. I will make new friends. I will branch out.

I WILL LIVE.

What will you be doing in 2014?

Welcoming A New Year

I’m back!

After a whirlwind move and a week-long visit to my parents’ for the holidays, I have been trying to play catch-up. Finally, today, I feel like I can take a few moments to sit down and tell you what I’ve been up to.

Exactly one week before Christmas, on a freezing cold Wednesday night, we signed all the paperwork and got keys to our new apartment. Because my fiance works Monday through Friday, we made plans to move that following weekend, when we could also have help from my brother and friends.

That Sunday was a flurry of boxes, bubble wrap, tape, and a Uhaul truck. By dinner time, we had all the big items moved and in place. There were just a few car-loads left at the old apartment and the new one was piled high with boxes waiting to be unpacked. Exhausted and weary, my fiance and I had fast food for dinner and promptly passed out.

Monday was spent cleaning the old apartment and moving the last few items. We unpacked only the essential items in the new place, and dug out the suitcases. It was time to get ready for our vacation!

Christmas Eve dawned foggy and chilly. We ran our last minute errands and boarded the train to my hometown. The train ride was as relaxing as we’d hoped it would be, no worrying about the icy roads through the mountains. We sat back and read, chatted, listened to music, and played games.

Christmas with my parents and sisters was exactly what I’d thought it would be. Full of love and chaos. We spent the week catching up with extended family, congratulating my step-dad’s promotion to Chief, and watching my youngest sister’s weight-lifting competition.¬†Monday we boarded the train back home, tired from all the fun and ready to be back in our surroundings.

New Year’s Eve was my fiance’s first day back to work. While he got caught up on what he’d missed, I attempted to tackle the mountain of boxes in our living room.

And that’s where I’ve been for the last week. Tackling boxes.

It’s amazing, really. You don’t think there’s so much stuff in just a little one bedroom apartment. And since our new apartment is THE EXACT SAME FLOORPLAN as the last one, I’m not sure how I’ve ended up with all this extra stuff and no place to put it. Maybe when we changed the layout of the furniture, we lost some storage. Who knows?

Anyhow, our home is finally starting to resemble some sort of order. My kitchen is nearly back to what I consider proper, and the mountain of boxes has dwindled down to just a few stacked on top of the desk. Because I’ve apparently lost some storage, I spent one whole day purging. I shredded old paperwork, re-organized my craft table, and set aside a bundle of things to donate to our local mission.

And now I’m back in front of my trusty laptop, ready to start 2014. I’m dedicating this new year to fulfilling some dreams. I have ideas that I want to bring to reality and projects that I want to start as soon as possible.

What do you have planned 2014?