What would I like to change in this next year of my life?

1) Improve my health. That’s my main pri­or­i­ty right now. The changes I’m mak­ing to do that are:
A — no more caf­feine. I drank the last of my cof­fee this morn­ing and I’ve asked Sam not to buy any more for me.
B — keep work­ing on find­ing a way to get the meds I need. To that end, I’m apply­ing for Social Secu­ri­ty disability.
C — find SOME way to get access to a pool heat­ed to the Arthri­tis Foun­da­tion’s stan­dards for water exer­cise. So I’ll be going to the near­est YMCA to see if I can man­age a mem­ber­ship somehow.
D — change what I eat. I’ve already done that in some ways, but I need to keep it up. I plan to start the South Beach Diet as soon as I’ve got­ten past the decaf­feina­tion process. I’d be hap­pi­er if Sam were to do that with me, and I know it would be easier-but I don’t want to delay anymore.
E — find some kind of body­work I can afford on a reg­u­lar basis. Pan-Dimen­sion­al Heal­ing has been very good, so I should talk to keira­cait­lyn about that.
How will I know when I’ve reached this goal? Well, being able to man­age the oth­er things on my list con­sis­tent­ly would be great! But quan­tifi­ably, most of my days are cur­rent­ly at a 7 at best, an 8 at the moment, on this pain scale (and since I don’t HAVE painkillers like Ultram, that real­ly sucks). I’d like to see that change so that my aver­age day is no worse than a 6, and prefer­ably more like a 4–5.

2) Be a bet­ter student.
I need to be more orga­nized and more real­is­tic about my course loads. I want to get As in all my cours­es with­out send­ing myself into flare doing it.

3) Inter­act social­ly with peo­ple in the real world more often.
I’ve with­drawn into my shell a lot in the last six months or so due to my health prob­lems. I’m hop­ing they’ll improve soon, and then I won’t have an excuse. Get­ting into anoth­er singing group would cer­tain­ly be a good moti­va­tor. I need to set an actu­al “goal” though, and one social event out­side the house a week seems reasonable.

4) Keep my Artist active.
I stopped doing The Artist’s Way a while back. I need to get back on the Way and hon­or my cre­ative impuls­es in oth­er ways, too. Quan­tifi­ably, I want to do some­thing cre­ative every day, if only for 15 min­utes, and do some­thing just for fun for at least 30 min­utes each day.

These are all things with­in my con­trol, that I can do. There are cer­tain­ly many oth­er things that I’d like to see hap­pen, but I’m focus­ing on my stuff. That’s what res­o­lu­tions are for, right?

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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