What are some things that made you happy this year? 
  • Nature, sitting outside for 30+ minutes a day really helped me to feel alive. 
  • Being surrounded by family and friends. 
  • Being active.
  • Trying new things.

What are you grateful for this year?

This year has been a trying year for me; emotionally, physically, and mentally. I’m grateful that I found my strength through my challenges. I’m grateful for life, I know that can sound a bit cheesy, but this year showed me how quickly the ones you love can be ripped away. (granted I know this, this year just helped with refreshing that reality) Life this year has taught me to slow down, love hard, seize opportunities and always strive to be a better person (not to be confused with being ‘better than’’ ). I have a lot to be grateful for this year and I plan on carrying what I’ve gained from this year into the next. 

What is your theme for the year? 

I’ll use my 2017 theme for an example. My theme for 2017 was balance, and as I look back on my year I can see how much I truly needed to incorporate balance into my life. There were aspects of my life that were abandoned, some I failed to pay attention to, and others were aspects of my life that I didn’t even realize I was missing-- that’s how neglectful I was of my own needs. Something I tend to do is carry the world on my shoulders and it’s not healthy, it’s stressful and it was really impacting my life in a negative way. 2017 was an eventful year for me, and as much as I wanted (want) it to end, I can now look back and see how my ability to balance was tested throughout the entire year, life pushed me to balance, stumble, and re-balance repeatedly. Being mindful of my theme helped me to seek balance in all areas of my life this year -- a simple phrase can be a great motivator. 

Before you make your resolution list, I encourage you to find a theme that you can apply to multiple areas of your life throughout the year. What areas do you want to focus on? Remember, ongoing focus leads to lasting change

Where do you want to be by the end of next year? 

Let’s keep this realistic, chances are you won’t be a millionaire in the next 365 days nor will I. But wouldn’t it be nice? *wink

What goals do you want to achieve this year?

After I figure out what areas in my life I want to focus on, I like to :

Step 1. Make goals in these areas 
Step 2. Have a deadline for these goals
Step 3. Breakdown my goals into actionable steps

*The clearer the goal the better. 

Step 4. Make them visible. Write your goals down where you can see them, I like to create a vision board. 

Step 5. Incorporate your goals into your routine. 

Step 6. Revisit your goals. Figure out what is and isn’t working for you. Take time to reevaluate/shift your goals, you can do this weekly, bi-weekly (preferred), or monthly.

Things to remember
Everyone works differently. You’re not going to get where you want to be in two weeks, three months, or even six months -- keep pushing! 

Bed Rest: Kidney Infection

It's four o'clock in the morning and I am writing this. Did I get up early? No. I've actually been awake since around one AM. To address the rumors of me being pregnant, I am not, however, I woke up feeling horrible, as I have been for over a month now. Instead of staying in bed, I figured I get up make a hot cup of water with cinnamon and get some use out of this restlessness, check emails and write this post. I am rather healthy; I eat well, I'm active, I hardly ever consume alcohol ---though, the way this year has been going, I probably will consume much more next year! Kidding. Unfortunately when I do get sick, or something happens, it ends up being a strenuous ordeal. Like, the worst case scenario. Take my pregnancy for instance, I had the worst case of all day sickness my OBGYN has ever seen, and it was full term... Or that time I ran into a light post trying to get to class and ended up with a severe concussion... welcome to my life, haha. 

Recently, I've been put on bed rest by a PA-C until I can see a doctor and the figure out exactly what is going on with my body and why the antibiotic treatments have not been working, I've been on antibiotics since early October, four different treatments, and I have a feeling I am not done. I absolutely hate taking medication, even things like Tylenol are sort of last resort for me. Although advised to seek emergency care, I had some issues with over night delivery and insurance papers, (do yourself a favor and don't go through USPS this holiday season) so,  I would be paying out of pocket and seeing as we just bought a home, that's not something I want to dabble in unless absolutely necessary-- meaning if I develop a fever or vomit or something of the sorts. Just to be clear don't follow my lead with this, definitely go to the ER if you think you have a kidney infection. The only reason I wasn't sent there is because I asked the PA-C for another round of antibiotics to keep me, meh, in the meantime. I think that is the most frustrating part, feeling horrible and not knowing why.  I've never had an UTI or who knows, maybe I have and just not known, which is fairly common. I've never has an issue down south before so I'm fairly new to this UTI stuff, let alone a full blown kidney infection-- I don't even know if a UTI is what caused it, its just a wild assumption. Could've been a UTI or could've been all those sweet drinks I indulge in over the summer that caused a blockage.

I have broken the rules a few times to cook dinner and get a fresh of breath air, both which resulted in me curled up in pain, crying and frustrated. I am not a sit-around type of person, so I think it's pretty fair to say I am losing my mind laying here. I mean, what's an appropriate number of times to watch Calliou and Mickey Mouse's Christmas as a parent? Because, I am positive I have surpassed it. But if it wasn't for my little, I'd be lost in complete boredom. She has also been extra cuddly, which I am loving every minute of. She's at the age where she can understand that I am not feeling good and in her own little ways, attempts to make me feel better. It's the cutest and sweetest thing I've ever witnessed. I could cry thinking about it -- although, I could cry about anything right now with these hormones. The move hasn't been easy on Lyla especially with me being unable to play and be as attentive as I usually am, but were doing our best with what we can. One thing she looks forward to is running to the pantry to get herself a Welch's Fruit Roll (she's like me, food brightens any situation). We like all of the flavors, you can try all three here
Alan will wake up for work in an hour, which means, I've been awake for quite some time now. Thankfully, it is Friday and Alan will be home for the weekend, I'm feeling extra needy these days and it feels good just to have him around, even if I'm driving him nuts. As the day goes on, Lyla and I will watch Christmas movies, color, have a few easy snacks, and the dishes in the sink (pet peeve) may or may not get done. That's just my life right now, whether I like it or not.  

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