I promise this will be my last New Year’s themed post! It seems there’s always a few things a blogger, well this one anyway, feels the need to say as we usher in the New Year. It’s like wiping the old year blogging slate clean so I can move forward with a new slate. I admit even I’m getting tired of reading New Year’s this and New Year’s that, so I hope you’re feeling up to reading one more piece.
2014 was mostly a decent year for me, though, of course it had challenges too. What year (especially post-cancer diagnosis) doesn’t, right? I’ve written about some of the challenges and will undoubtedly be writing more about some of them in 2015 because cancer’s collateral damage never is really over. However, any year remaining NED (no evidence of disease) is a very decent year indeed and I am soooo grateful.
On the writing side of things, a satisfying accomplishment for me was getting my book, Getting Past the Fear, into print and therefore more widely available to chemo newbies. I am beyond pleased to have it featured on Breastcancer.org and to have it for sale at reputable sites such as Cure Diva and Someone With. I fervently believe it belongs in every cancer center library, so many thanks to those of you have helped with this since day one. I was also thrilled to have had the opportunity to be a guest panel speaker at the Living Beyond Breast Cancer 2014 annual fall conference. I am grateful and honored to have been invited. Those were definitely two highlights of 2014 for me.
As far as blog posts go, one of my most read posts in 2014 was, Please Stop Calling Cancer a Gift. I decided this ‘cancer is a gift’ thing just might be my number one cancer language pet peeve, so having this post well received was gratifying. I’m sharing this with you because I feel so strongly about it, I am actually thinking about using it as part of my memoir title. But we’ll see…
Enough of looking back for now…
2015 will be a ‘big’ year for me. Right off the bat a bit later this month, I have my six-month oncology check up ‘cuz who doesn’t like to start the New Year out with a visit with her oncologist? There’s also a bone density test scheduled again, because of that collateral damage I mentioned. But the ‘big’ stuff will include my five-year cancerversary, so you know there’s going to be stuff I need to say about that, although exactly what I have no idea. I keep waiting for that epiphany moment. There’s a major birthday on the horizon, I have solid intentions of finishing my memoir and I will be involved in a bloggers mentoring project, to name a few things. I will be sharing more about all of these things in the coming months and as always, will be looking for your input.
As you know by now, I don’t make New Year’s resolutions; but of course I have goals for 2015. I much prefer the idea of goal setting over resolution making and I also prefer to think of each day, not just each year, as a fresh start. Perhaps I have an accountability issue or something… But I’ll take my clean slate each and every morning.
My advice regarding
resolutions goals is to forget about thinking ‘big’; instead try thinking ‘small’.
Often times we get over ambitious in wanting to bring about sweeping change(s) to our lives and we forget small steps or small changes matter, too, and are generally way more manageable anyway. So try thinking ‘small’ instead. And be patient with yourself too. Making changes can be hard and making them happen or stick doesn’t magically occur over night for most of us. (A magic wand would be oh so nice though wouldn’t it?)
So instead of thinking big, try thinking small and being patient with yourself this year and see if you don’t have better success with accomplishing your goals. I’m going to give both a try. Really, I am.
What about you?
What tips do you have for making achievable goals?
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