I’m not doing the whole resolution thing, but I am taking the opportunity to do a bit of self-reflection. I’m going to try to work on small, attainable goals that promote growth. If I don’t achieve all of these quickly and/or every single day, I am not failing. These are just guidelines to help improve myself and help others.
First and foremost, try to dedicate myself even more to Jesus, my Savior. That’s something I should always be doing, and help my family and friends in any way I can and should. Witness when and where I can. This is not part of the eighteen. This should be every day, every month, every year.
Eighteen Goals – dedicate myself and give my best efforts as I’m able. Don’t be hard on myself if I don’t nail all eighteen immediately, fully and completely. Any effort is good. Any effort is helpful and beneficial. Any effort is progress.
1. Begin setting goals and outline a plan to start attending sociology classes again in order to ultimately be involved in juvenile criminal justice.
2. Research and try vitamins, supplements and foods that help protect nerves, and decrease joint inflammation and fibromyalgia pain.
3. Cook more often, while utilizing crock pots, pressure cookers and meal wrap storage.
4. Use coupons and the like to help with finances.
5. Researching ways to build a craft-making and selling small business in order to help with finances and to have an outlet for creativity.
6. Join the local town gym that offers classes and indoor warm pool for arthritis and fibromyalgia. Also sign up for the massages and nutritionist offered at the gym. Endorphin release will also help mental health issues too, of course.
7. Go to the one flat park in this town that is full of hills and walk with Richard Parker.
8. Visit my special hideaway at the river more often. Relaxation and a nice place for photos, writing, drawing, coloring and/or listening to music or books.
9. Follow bird trails in town and nearby towns and do more of the birdwatching journaling.
10. Get more bird feeders, birdhouses, and bird baths for the yard.
11. Plant a few plants in front walkway to add a splash of color to the house.
12. Start growing a few of my own herbs, as well as food such as tomatoes.
13. At least one 4-day weekend family trip in 2018.
14. Save money for a longer, more activity filled family vacation in 2019.
15. Find ways to have time to myself and maintain balance. Do not isolate, but do have some time alone for quiet time, free thoughts flowing, creativity, etc.
16. Work with new ideas listed above and doctors to find some sort of normal, consistent sleeping pattern.
17. Volunteer more often.
18. Laugh, sing and dance (privately, like a fool!) a little more often!