Today marks three more weeks until the new year, and I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for 2019. This year, while full of some wonderful moments, had a lot of challenges, losses, and setbacks, some of which I’m still processing (losing Simone and losing my grandmother, for example). I’m sure next year will have challenges, too, but something really exciting happens next year that I’ve been counting the months to since July:
Joanie starts full-time public school in the fall! For the first time in eight years, I won’t have a young child at home with me part-time. I am imagining all the things I will accomplish, and I get so giddy!
Anyway, every year I like to set an intention or goal or theme for the year. This year it was to prioritize my health, and despite various financial and scheduling challenges and setbacks, I did a pretty good job achieving this goal. I got a full physical for the first time in nearly a decade (and got a clean bill of health!). I saw my gyno for the first time since Joanie was born. I got my eyes checked, got two teeth cleanings (I even splurged for my birthday and got my teeth whitened, which I’d been wanting to do for years), saw my endocrinologist twice for regular check-ins to manage my thyroid disorder, and saw my dermatologist for a skin cancer screening. I even started twice-a-month acupuncture in March to help treat my alopecia, and since then, my alopecia flare-ups have all but stopped, my eyebrows — which had completely fallen out – are growing back, and I’m even seeing some promising regrowth along my hairline, which my doctor and all of the Internet assured me was impossible with the kind of alopecia that I have.
Per my acupuncturist’s recommendation, I made a big effort to change my diet by reducing (but not eliminating) bread, sugar, cheese, and alcohol, and adding more anti-inflammatory foods (like sweet potatoes and turmeric lattes). In addition to whatever benefit this has had on my alopecia, I’m sleeping better and I’ve lost ten pounds since the beginning of the year (which was also probably helped along by increased exercise). This has probably been the best year in terms of setting and achieving a main goal for myself, and I feel so encouraged that I actually have the ability to put my mind to something and make it happen. I purposely set an attainable – but important! – goal specifically for that reason. I needed to remind myself, after years of prioritizing my children’s needs, that my basic needs were important, that they weren’t THAT hard to meet, and that making the effort could have great and long-lasting benefits. While I have a different goal in mind for next year — more on that in a second – I’m going to continue prioritizing my health and I’m going to add managing and improving my mental health to the docket. I have some ideas for that and I’m excited to get started!
In the coming year, I am looking forward to prioritizing my work, which includes this site, of course, which for nearly eight years has been my main source of income as well as my creative outlet. But I also would love to publish writing elsewhere and to flex some creative muscles that have sort of atrophied over the years. It may not happen until the last quarter of the year when Joanie starts full-time pre-k, but I’m so excited to start working on some of the ideas that have been percolating over the years, for DW and other projects, that I simply didn’t have time or energy to pursue with the very limited kid-free hours in my schedule.
Of course, I have other goals and hopes for 2019: I want to cook some new recipes; perfect the perfect cocktail; get/make more art for and on our walls; take some fun family trips (day trips and weekend getaways included); enjoy more one-on-one time with Drew; see more movies in the theater (I think I saw one non-kid movie this whole year?!); and see Trump go to prison.
What about you? How was 2018 for you in terms of setting and achieving goals? What kind of setbacks or challenges did you face? What big gains did you celebrate? And what are you looking forward to and working toward in 2019?