2013: Let’s do this!

I love the beginning of a new year. It’s a fresh start. A time to reflect on the past and prepare for the future. It’s a great opportunity to refocus and push towards your dreams.

I have been thinking a lot lately about what goals I want to reach in the coming months. I’ve been taking some tips from some very insightful ladies that I admire, Nancy Ray and Lara Casey. I’ve been thinking through the things that have occurred over the past year and considering what went right and what didn’t. I’ve been thinking about the person that I am and the person I hope to become. I’ve been thinking about this day one year from now and what I will see as I reflect on to year.

What worked in 2012

  • Having a goal to work towards, such as my triathlon and half-marathon.
  • Putting my heart into the things that matter to me, like this blog.
  • Resigning from a job that I felt was draining the life out of me.
  • Early morning swims and runs.
  • Interacting with the people I have met through The Stolen Colon and other online forums.
  • Joining support groups for ostomies and Crohn’s disease.
  • Planning meals and grocery store trips.

What didn’t work in 2012

  • Over-committing myself.
  • Not spending enough time reading God’s Word.
  • Not sticking to a set budget.
  • Letting the small messes grow into a much bigger mess.
  • Allowing stress to take over.
  • Any time I got angry at the most important person to me, my husband.
  • Too many dinners spent in front of the TV rather than taking the time to enjoy being together.

I have come up with a number of things I want to accomplish this year to better my life, benefit my health, and keep me organized. (Pardon the handwriting, I’m dealing with a broken wrist here!)

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I am hoping to keep things simple and allow the door to stay open for whatever may come. My vision for 2013 is to do the things I love and that are important to me, like spending time with my family, pushing my body to do things that just year ago weren’t possible, learning, building a platform for Crohn’s and ostomy awareness. I also want to take care of the body that has been restored to me by eating better, sleeping right and not stressing. And finally, by staying organized every day, I hope to open the door to do the things I want because we have the time and the money.

This is the first year that I haven’t had to worry about what Crohn’s will throw at me or how it might hold me back from reaching my goals. I am so excited to hit the ground running and make 2013 a year to remember.


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