As 2019 gets started, I decided not to make a resolution for the year. For some reason it just seems that I never keep them. I decided instead to set the standard for my year. These are not really goals but it is more like an action plan.
Developing an Action Plan
I was thinking about making an action plan for the year when the monthly prompts from A Chronic Voice came out yesterday. These prompts were the perfect way to develop the plan for my year! I love it when something you are looking for just comes right when you need it.
If you are not familiar with the monthly prompt with A Chronic Voice, here is how it works. This is a link up party for bloggers with Chronic Illness. The amazing Sheryl at A Chronic Voice posts 5 prompts each month and you submit your posts to the link up. It is a great way to meet other Chronic Illness Warriors! To participate in the January Prompts, click HERE.
My Action Plan
This year I will be dedicating a lot of time and energy into finding land and building a house. This has become important over the past few months because our bedroom is upstairs and it isn’t safe for me. I have taken 2 tumbles down the stairs over the past couple of months. Of course, I am not alone in this as my husband and I will be working on this together!
During the year I will be establishing an online Christian Store for my other blog, Redemptions Touch. This is an endeavor that I have wanted to do since my husband and I started the blog in October. We plan on starting with Christian T-Shirts and then expand to things like mugs and art prints.
This one is harder as I have already broken most of my really bad habits. I stopped smoking 8 years ago, I can’t drink because of my medications and I can’t eat chocolate because they trigger migraines. So, when figuring out what to do for this one, I decided to start breaking away from social media. I obviously need social media for my blog but I also do a lot on social media that isn’t blog related. I have started this by turning off the notifications for all social media on my phone. This will help me to be less tempted to check my social media account as often.
This is a year that I want to focus on strengthening my body. The past 3 years, I have been mostly homebound. Due to my illness, it is necessary that I spend a lot of time in bed during Hemiplegic Migraine episodes. My body has paid the price for this and my physical strength is now diminished. It is not safe for me to take walks alone but I do want to start walking with my husband in the evenings. I think that the simple act of taking a walk will be a good way to start building my strength.
I have gotten pretty good over the past few years at allowing myself to take breaks, rest and do self care if needed. So when deciding what to do for this one, I decided to look at things I need to do for my two blogs. I will allowing myself the time to take some classes to strengthen my knowledge about marketing the blogs. I find that I give myself time to write and promote but it seems like I cut myself short on the education end. Like any technology driven task, things are constantly changing and I need to make sure that I am doing everything I can to be successful.
Time to Get Started
Now that the action plan is set, it is time to get started! I like this different approach to the normal New Year resolution. It allows room for improvement for many facets of my life. I plan on doing updates on this through the year to let you know how I am doing with my action plan.
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