Snowy days, warm fires, and a new slate….. Those are some of the things that come to mind when I think about the month of January. I hate the cold, but I always love January because I feel a sense of excitement about the year ahead of me. I have an opportunity to make a fresh start if I choose, and carve out a new path to follow if the one I was following the previous year didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped.
After I saw Sheryl’s prompts for January, I knew I just had to participate in her Link Up again this month. In case you missed last month’s, Sheryl from A Chronic Voice does a Link Up each month where she provides five prompts (of which she asks you pick at least 3) for chronic illness bloggers to write about and share with the link she provides. If you’re a chronic illness blogger and are interested in participating, please check it out here.
Every year on New Year’s Eve, I spend time reflecting on all that I’m grateful for in the outgoing year and setting goals for the upcoming one. I’m not one to make resolutions; I just revisit my long-term goals and set new goals as needed for the short- and mid-term.
Of course, in the process of revisiting those long-term goals sometimes I realize I’m not aiming high enough and that I need to set some new goals. I’m very satisfied with my life as it is now, but I’ve always felt that as long as I’m alive, I should be aiming for continuing improvement.
Since my aim is to continue to improve, my plan is to start expanding my horizons. Over the past few years my world has become smaller as I’ve been figuring out how to live with fibromyalgia. I’ve held very tightly to my schedule and spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to function best with the constant pain and fatigue, so much so that I’ve stopped doing some of the things I used to love. One of those things is spending time in the great outdoors, and I plan to explore some of the many wonderful outdoor activities we have around our area and get back to my “happy place.”
This year I’ll be focusing a lot more on my HOPE plan (you can read more about that here). I definitely made some great progress last year, but I have a long way to go, particularly with my healthy diet and exercise goals. Getting into better shape is going to be vital for me to be able to get back to the outdoor activities that I love so much.
I will also be scheduling time to engage in activities that are refreshing to the mind, body, and spirit. I think sometimes I get so wrapped up in just making it through the day-to-day that I don’t set aside time specifically to refresh and rejuvenate.
We may not be able to change our circumstances, and those of us who live with chronic illnesses know that sometimes our bodies determine what we can and can’t do, but it’s good to take stock of the things we can control and figure out how to live, and live well, whatever our situation may be.
Did any of these prompts strike a chord with you? If you’d like to share, I’d love to hear about it!