Week 52 – the last, final post for 2017 blog challenge.
I gave up on New Year’s Resolutions several years ago, but I do set goals for myself for the coming year. What’s the difference? A resolution is something you hope happens. A goal, a smart goal is something you set for yourself with a specific framework and a deadline.
This past year – 2017 my goals were as effective as resolutions. Why? CANCER.
I’ll admit, I didn’t see that one coming. I let it derail me. I was shocked, stunned, reeling from the diagnosis. Then the whirlwind of prompt action from the doctors had my head spinning. The only time doctors act swiftly is when it’s a serious matter, so I felt an additional stress imagining the worst – what if it was stage 4, what if it had metastasized, what if . . . but it wasn’t the case. THANK GOD, mine wasn’t nearly as bad as some. Praise the Lord – it was found early.
The point is though, they were swift in all their actions and then rushed me to treatment. I barely had time to think. It was the next appointment, the next treatment. I lost control of my life from March through August.
In August, I evaluated where I was in comparison to the goals I had set for myself and cried. Seriously, I just sat there crying for nearly an hour before I decided to do something about it. Then I looked at what I could do and pushed myself to get Roxy completely revised so that I would have at least one book for Penned Con.
I did manage to lose some weight, although the goal I had set for myself was 50 pounds, I have lost 46 pounds. Still a win! (It was a 48 but I had extra portions over the holidays.)
From September through now, it’s been a difficult battle with dropping pounds as the medication that I have to take is known to cause weight gain. In addition to my slow fat storing metabolism, I now have an additional obstacle, but I’m winning, slowly!
I had set a goal for myself to read 100 books this year, didn’t make that one. I have read 25. Most of those have been hard copy print books. The ability to focus was lost during treatments. Chemo brain is a very real thing. So, I’m cutting myself some slack and counting this as a win as well because I have managed to read most of those since August.
What about 2018?
What goals will I set for myself this coming year?
- Publish 5 books in 2018: Valkyries Curse: The Awakening, Book 2: Trial of Aegir, and Realm WArs book 1 – I haven’t decided on a title for that one yet. This is the precursor to Faere Warrior: Passion’s Price – which has been finished for ages, but held back because my former media coach advised me to write the prequel first. In addition, the release of The Blood Key in a fantasy anthology, then I will release in paperback in September. And one other one – I may have to do a poll with my readers to see which one they are more interested in because I can’t decide.
- Continue with healthy eating and lose 40 more pounds.
- MOVE! We plan to move closer to where my husband works because now he commutes for an hour each way. I have discovered one major flaw in our moving plans, they don’t have a community pool in that area, so my aquacize classes will be gone. My solution? We need a pool of our own! (You like how I worked that in there? You think I could maybe get a tax write off for medical therapy??)
- Finally get my office! We’ve been through this before, I’ve worked hard to clean an area in the basement, shared pictures on here then it was promptly taken over for another use. Can’t even tell you how pissed off it made me. Then with cancer, I honestly didn’t have the energy to fight it.
- Enjoy living! Carve out time to spend with ones I love and care about, do the things I enjoy, have some fun in life! This will become a priority because I am prone to get overwhelmed with all the things that should happen that I forget to enjoy everyday life. Stress less and live more!
That’s it. Those are my goals for this next year. Not a twenty point bulletin of overachiever perfection. Not a ten point attack on every area of my life. Not even a 12 month, 12 item list of things I’d like to see happen. Simple, basic, achievable yet challenging goals that will improve our quality of life.
Cancer changes things. It really made me see how much time I waste on fretting over things that don’t really matter, conceding on things that do matter to me, and wishing I had more time for what really matters – the people in our lives.
What about you? What are your 2018 goals and dreams? Not going to say resolutions, because we blow those before the end of January!
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Best wishes to each of you, and have a Happy New Year!
Write on my friends, write on!