LOOKING BACK ON 2019
Compared to the past few years with my health, this year has been phenomenal. I enjoyed progress in my treatment and have learned the value of asking for help. We hired a full-time nanny (again), deciding it was better for us to be a family with a nanny (for my good and bad days) than to scramble around hoping bad days wouldn’t come. I learned to let go of the guilt of still having help when I felt well and for focusing on myself some days instead of my children.
Self-care is a tricky balance, but if you don’t have anyone in your life pouring into you, you will easily become an empty jar trying to pour life and encouragement into others. I am so thankful for the incredible community I have around me. Always patient, loving and understanding when it comes to my cancellations because of my health.
While this disease stole many dreams I had of what my life would look like, it’s opened up several doors I never even considered. I am blessed to be able to have a husband that supports me in all I do as he works hard to provide for our family and a church that rallies around us when we’re in need and continues to encourage us to share our story with others.
2019 was filled with successes in:
- Finding a new doctor when mine retired
- Going on vacation to Disney World!
- Attending several creative conferences
- Starting and growing a blog (yay!)
- Insight into my flare-up triggers
- Hiring a full time nanny
- Getting back into volunteering with women’s ministry
- Service projects with our small group
- Selling digital artwork
- Going on regular date nights with Luke
- Visiting family in Virginia
PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION
Halfway through the year, I did reassess my goals, such as when I realized I started the year wanting to publish a rough draft I had written about my Lyme journey and after editing, decided it was something I created for myself. I also wanted to pursue magazine article writing, but when my blog took off I realized the excitement and potential around it was far more unique than writing for other publications.
So with a new mindset of progress, not perfection, I updated my goals and continued on.
I did great in some areas (growing my blog audience, posting regularly, selling artwork), while not so great in others (exercising daily, drinking 64 oz water, keeping a regular sleep schedule)…you know the things that really matter…
So this year, as I continue growing my blog, writing, and drawing, I am putting my health above my creative goals. Not as glamorous, however, but my ideal scenario when I dream big is not to be doing all my creating from my bed all day.
I have some big dreams and big goals for the year and I encourage you to write down all of your one-days on a list and see which ones you will choose for today. Change your laters to nows!
Why? Why not! Take the trip, start the business, visit the friend.
Some goals I have for 2020 are:
- Go on more vacations with my family
- Stay with my new doctor
- Switch to cleaner eating and clean living products
- Attend a few conferences
- Complete small house projects
- Organize family service projects
- Open an Etsy shop
- Start an online book club
- Create a Bible study
- Interview women that have inspired me
- Go on a vacation for our 15th anniversary!
CREATING FAMILY GOALS
I created this poster for our family goals a few years ago and we update it each year. I would love to share it with you so that you can talk about goals as a family as well as creating your own! Click here to download this poster and add your own photo to personalize it.
BEFORE YOU GO…
Have trouble completing your personal goals?
- Write them down
- Post them somewhere you’ll see them each day
- Tell someone about them
Did you print your Family Goals Poster?
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You’ve got this girl! This is going to be a great year!