By Janet Prince
Each year as one year comes to an end and the next begins we all set goals for ourselves…lose weight, exercise more, etc. Then about a week into the new year, the goals are starting to fall by the wayside and we say we will try again next year.
Well, with each dawning morning comes the start of a new year whether its January 1st or April 30th. Each day brings us new opportunities to be better and to do better with our lives. Don’t look at your goals as a failure, look at them as another opportunity to try again to succeed.
This year I have decided to set goals for myself that are more inward focused instead outward for the world to see. I have always enjoyed journaling and plan to return to that in 2019. When my mother passed away in 2010, I journaled every night for three years. Each night was a letter to her sharing about my day, asking for advice and letting her know how much I missed and needed her, as well as letting my tear drops fall freely. Journaling provided me a way to heal my broken heart and it worked. 2018 was a very hard year for me emotionally and physically. The physical will heal over time, but the emotional hurt I experienced will live with me forever. Returning to journaling and writing a letter each night to my mother will help me heal in both. The act of putting pen to paper and words that will live on far beyond me is sharing a roadmap of my life for my girls. Although they have walked with me through the good and the bad times, they will be able to read how I truly felt inside about events that happened to me and to them. If you have never journaled, I encourage you to try it. You can journal everyday or once a week or even once a month. Journaling is a place to share the hard times, but also the very happy times in your life.
Another goal I am setting is to read more books. Many enjoy reading on a Kindle or an I-pad or even their phone, but I’m old fashioned and love to hold a book in my hand and feel the pages. I have a stack of books on my nightstand that I thought I would read while I was healing from my back surgery this past summer, but because it was so painful, I couldn’t concentrate. Now that I’m six months into my 18-month recovery, reading brings me joy again!
As always, volunteering is a huge part of my life. My club, the Woman’s Club of the Midlands, just made and donated a bookshelf filled with books and magazines to Lexington Medical Center Oncology. The books and magazines are for the patients, as well as their caregivers, when they are receiving their treatments. The books are there for them to borrow and will be added to each month. This is a project that was so very simple but will bring such joy to so many. I encourage you to find a place where you can volunteer so you can feel the joy that giving brings to your life.
2019 is beginning on a very happy note for our family as our oldest daughter is getting married on the 4th! Fireworks will not only be fired off on New Year’s Eve, but also as we send her off to her happily ever after!
I wish you all a very happy 2019 and encourage you to set goals that make you happy and that are just for you!