Do you set goals at the beginning of each new year? I used to be really good about doing it, but in recent years I’ve lost something.
To begin with, I lost the calendar I used to get every year, which I loved. It had space at the beginning of each year for making predictions or setting goals for the coming year. I used to sit down with the calendar on New Year’s Eve of every year and dream wildly about what might happen in the next 12 months.
At the same time, I would look back at the dreams I’d recorded the previous year. It was amazing how often huge pie-in-the-sky dreams (such as Valerie will get a car of her own or I’ll get new living room furniture) had become a reality in the course of the year.
I could do the same thing here, of course, or on any piece of paper or in any journal, but there was something about that calendar, with all its appealing graphics that made the process fun. It was personal. It was intimate. It was between me, myself, and I. That’s not how it works on a blog–at least not usually.
But I’m feeling the need to set a few goals this year. I’m feeling the desire to bring my life into some kind of balance. Several years ago, the bishop of my LDS ward advised my daughter and me to focus on several major parts of our lives, pointing out that without balance, we weren’t living our best lives (or words to that effect.) We’ve both thought about his advice a lot since then, usually when we realize that our lives are completely lopsided.
I found this Self-Care Wheel on Pinterest attributed to Nevine Sultan, PhD, LPC, NCC, and it sums up what I can remember of the bishop’s advice. This year, I want to set some goals for myself in each of these areas, but I want to do it thoughtfully, so I may not get them all up here at once.
The areas are:
It seems like a good time to set some goals and start my life moving forward again after being on hold for so long with health issues I didn’t know about. At least with my blood sugar levels a bit more under control, I’m capable of focusing long enough (most days) to actually pursue a worthwhile goal.
So I guess I’ll start with a physical goal: to get my blood sugar down to “normal” levels by the end of 2016. That means eating healthy and moving my body on a regular basis. These are not natural to me. I’m not a fan of exercise in any form, so getting up and getting myself moving isn’t an organic response–which is one of the reasons I have Type-2 Diabetes in the first place.
Obviously, following my natural, organic inclinations isn’t the way to go–not if I want to live to be a ripe old age and rock my grandbabies babies, which is my grand master plan and a promise I made to my oldest granddaughter a year ago. So there’s my first goal for 2016. Get this diabetes thing under control, in remission, whatever term you want to use.