Yesterday morning, I read an article about Colin O’ Brady becoming the first person to ever cross Antarctica unassisted, a truly incredible feat.
The explorer who attempted the same, Henry Worsley, in 2016 fell ill and passed away, just 30 miles short of his goal. Still, what an amazing attempt.
It is also worth noting that another adventurer is just behind Colin – completing the trek in memory of Henry Worsley – and Colin has chosen to wait on him to finish, to celebrate with him.
I mention all of this as I am thinking about the new year and dreaming big and setting goals and going after the things that are important to me, both big and small.
I like having a word for each year. Last year, it started off as “well” but I quickly realized that “brave” was more appropriate – and, oh did I ever end up needing that one. . .
So much happened, some good, some not so much. . .
I experienced several new breaks in my feet (and kept the old ones).
I got to go on several fabulous adventures.
I found myself needing a smartchair.
I celebrated a year of sobriety in March.
We experienced some huge family changes throughout the year.
Our daughter started high school.
She and I were both diagnosed with all kinds of major allergies that called for big adjustments.
I’ve started getting my work published.
I developed a terrible new pain condition.
I graduated nutrition school.
And the roller coaster continued. . . .
But, while it is more pronounced for a spoonie, isn’t that life for everybody?
So, first of all, 2019’s word is going to be “nourish.” It really found me – and it is perfect for thinking about taking care of my whole person this year and writing about total self care for all of my readers as well. ❤
As I’ve been so sick recently, I haven’t been able to focus on whole foods or wellness as I would like to and want to do so much more closely in the coming year. ❤
I also want to spend more time here on the blog for sure.
In addition to my usual posts about current events and whatever is on my mind and heart, I want to be sure I start a few regularly scheduled topics that I had planned to earlier – before sickness got in the way.
The first, starting next week, will be Sober Saturdays:
I’ll be writing about different alcohol and addiction and sobriety related topics each week because it is my heart and I believe it is so important as it is an ever growing problem in our society.
The other planned posts I’ll be writing are social justice posts every Wednesday (at least). Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, I think we can all agree that there are things that are occurring right now that are just absolutely unacceptable.
As always, I believe silence is complicity and that we MUST talk about these things passionately and frequently. So I will.
My other big personal goal for the year (in the “more” category) is to finish the first draft of my book (and, of course, I have plenty of small goals as well).
I am fiercely determined to get it done this year.
To paraphrase Cheryl Strayed – my book has a birthday, I just don’t know it yet. ❤
This year is also different in terms of wanting LESS.
First, I am in the process of cleaning out and pairing down things we don’t use. Of course, due to limited mobility, it is a really slow process, but it will get done in time.
I am also committed to a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
As many of you probably know, a critical report about climate change was released on Black Friday (so, not only was it put out in the Friday news trash, it was put out in the Uber Black Friday news trash #fixitjesus).
The report revealed that we are in serious trouble:
This is in addition to other issues like plastics contaminating the oceans and a growing list of endangered species. There are a number of concerns.
I am determined to do my part – and also to reduce the impact of our household.
We are going to do our best to lessen our overall consumption of consumer goods.
Also, throughout the year, I’ll be learning more about reducing plastic use in particular – and I’ll be sharing here. For starters, here is a brief list of suggestions:
So those are my thoughts for 2019 so far.
Here’s hoping we all have a year filled with love and friends and family and furries and joy and laughter and books and music and adventures.
Be well, everybody.
Grace and Blessings.