Today is the last day of January 2017, so it seems like a good time to assess New Year hopes and resolutions so far. I have never made a January resolution before. After a 2016 with plenty of turmoil for friends and family alike, and a lot of personal imbalance (except for on the girls' food allergies, for once!), I wanted to give it a try.
As 2016 came to its last quarter, I had sent my oldest to middle school across the county, picked up nearly full-time freelance work at my day job as a medical editor, and rather quickly slid downhill from active parent and neighbor to tired, symptomatic heart patient.
I wanted 2017 to be different, but I knew that wouldn't happen by itself. I set some pretty lofty goals for myself:
Write to two people I miss every week
Donate to one of my choice charities ($ or items or time) monthly
Take a rosary/prayer walk daily
Play with the kids instead of putting clothes in the closet
Keep (and read) a paper book from my reading list on my desk
Snack deliberately every day (chocolate not excluded)
Set a piano repertory plan and practice daily
Exercise daily for heart endurance
Visit at least once a week at lunch, coffee, or outdoors with a local friend
Notice anything missing (besides no mention of food allergies for once)? I didn't set any work goals for myself this year. I have been so fortunate throughout my surgery prep and recovery to have patient, generous colleagues. I'm slowly and gladly returning to work. But my 2017 challenge to myself is really to get the non-work part of my life in better balance, especially when work gets busy---not just when it isn't.
What about you? Do you have any different 2017 hopes or goals?
Hi, I'm Nicole.
ABOUT THE BLOG
An apothecary is a person or a place. Either one implies healing and relates to pharmacy in its truest sense, as a source of treatment and advice.
This blog is my way of uniting my pharmacy training with my efforts to provide a healthy and safe lifestyle for my family. In true apothecary form, I research and prescribe alternative ingredients that work just right in each specific recipe, and I would like to share the results with anyone who needs help making their own family’s kitchen allergy safe and heart healthy.
Nicole Van Hoey's books on Goodreads
Bakery Bites: Breads and Treats Without Dairy, Eggs, Nuts, Seeds, or Soy
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Kitchen Adventures With Multiple Food Allergies: A Recipe Collection for Celebrations Without Dairy, Eggs, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Seeds, or Soy