golden 2018 with fireworks in background over water

Making New Year’s resolutions? First, Do This!

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” –Abraham Lincoln

We all want to succeed, although our definition of success has likely changed since our battles began. But, before we can make plans for 2018, we need to look back at 2017.

  • What was it like?
  • Any good happenings?
  • What was awful?
  • How did your actions and attitudes affect your life—or that of your friends and family?

For this post, I’ll share some of my life with you.

Connected Carole’s 2017

Practical issues

Due to neurologically-caused fatiguability and weakness, I spend 1-2 hours in my recliner followed by 1-2 hours up in very light activity. Therefore, I’m always searching for ways to spend my time profitably. So, the most exciting happening of 2017 occurred when a fellow member of a Facebook group (Tom Seaman) shared about the Laptop Laidback recliner table. (See the “before” and “after” pictures below.) Before the Laidback, putting the laptop on a pillow in my lap caused pain, limiting its use. Now, see how the Laidback takes all the weight off my stomach and legs. I can use it so much more!

See my reading setup. It enables me to read while still resting my arms. I usually read from an e-book because it's lighter.

Emotional/Relational issues

This area was not one of my better ones this year. Due to all the work on this website and on the book Joe and I are writing, I didn’t participate in “real” life as I should have. Also, the time pressures caused friction in my life. And that’s all I’m saying about that.

On a good note, we had some great times with our kids and grandkids!

Medical problems

Of course, I couldn’t get through a year without developing new problems. One will require surgery, sooner or later. Since medical conditions are beyond my control, my attitude requires adjustments.

Hobbies/New Skills

2017 wasn’t good for being productive in the hobby line.

However, I expanded my computer skills with online classes (free through our local library). I had self-taught myself Microsoft Access but obviously didn’t do a very good job. I took beginning and intermediate Access classes. Now, I can redesign my faulty databases to use them better.

On a lighter note, see A Chronic Voice and Fruitful Today for interviews by the bloggers.

Now, you know more about me. And hopefully, you’ve picked up some pointers about evaluating your 2017.

Oh, what about my 2018?

Connected Carole’s 2018, hopefully.

  1. Figure out how to spend time writing our book, working on Navigating the Storms, and doing life—all within my limitations. “Do life” includes better quality time with Joe, our kids and grandkids, and
    man walking, trying to keep his balance

    Find your balance

    friends. It involves, hopefully, being able to accomplish more housework and cooking. And time for myself, doing whatever I feel like. Obviously, reorganizing priorities will be a must to find the balance between not moving around enough and over-doing.
  2. Deepen my relationship with God.
  3. The college girl who does some housework for us is moving on; I need to find new help. We’ll miss you, Bre!
  4. Learn about diet possibilities in view of my very limited energy, time, and money.

Now, your turn. Evaluate 2017. Realistically plan goals for 2018. The more specific, measurable, and attainable, the more likely you are to reach them. (I know. I need to go back and refine mine.)

Your Turn

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions that you’d like to share?

Your ideas could encourage others.

More Info

Check out Emmie’s ideas on New Year’s resolutions. She uses 5 values she has chosen that she feels are critical to her life. Definitely worth checking out.

Another blogger has written about setting goals. You’ll need to check out the links in her post to get the most from it.

Tom Seaman recommended the Laptop Laidback to me, and I recommend it to you. He offers a $10 off coupon. Check out his site while you’re there.

Peruse my Storm Dwellers page for more ideas about living with invisible disabilities.

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