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I’ve withdrawn into my shell a lot in the last six months or so due to my health problems.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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