When you have a Chronic Illness, it is best to make simple goals rather than elaborate ones. Here are my simple goals for February using the prompts from A Chronic Voice. #Goals #ChronicIllness #February
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Making Simple Goals When You Have Chronic Illness

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When you have a Chronic Illness, life can sometimes be messy and complicated. It is hard to make plans and it is even harder to set goals. It is important to make simple goals that are more short term rather than long term goals that are more elaborate.

The writing prompts from A Chronic Voice always seem to fit in perfect with my focus each month. So, I have been using them as a way to make simple goals each month. It has worked perfectly because they give me a starting point each month.

If you are not familiar with the monthly prompts, here is how they work. 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. You can use these prompts in a post however you choose and it is a great way to meet other Chronic Illness Warriors! To read the rules and to participate in the February Prompts Link Up, click HERE.

Simple Goals for February

1. Adjusting

January was a month that brought about change in my husband’s work schedule. February’s first goal will be about me adjusting to his longer hours. This may sound simple but because I can’t drive, he is my contact with the outside world on most days. The position he is in right now might be temporary so this may really be a month of adjustments.

One thing that I am positive about and that is we will face this as we face all other challenges…together!

2. Hoping

My next goal is to start putting my hoping into more action. As I said in last month’s Actions Plan post, we are hoping to get a new home this year. Because of my health (and the fact that I keep having tumbles down the stairs), we really need a single story home.

So, in February it is time to start putting some actions toward making this happen. We are searching for lots of land and will soon be looking at home loans.

3. Surviving

This may seem like a really simple goal to some but it is hard because I don’t really have any control over a big part of it. February is all about surviving the rest of winter. This is the month that the weather can be questionable. There are some February’s that are very mild and others that have multiple storm fronts coming through.

The weather makes my illness harder to manage so surviving the weather is always on my agenda. But February is one of those months that has the potential to be a really good weather month. Either way, of course I will survive, it is just a matter of how difficult the weather makes it for me.

4. Befriending

Since my best friend lost her battle with Breast Cancer in 2017, I have been having a difficult time making meaningful friendships. I realize that she would not want me friendless through my life so it is time to start befriending others.

I have been grieving her loss…she was “my person” and it felt wrong to try to replace that. But I have accepted that I may never replace that feeling and that now seems ok. Between loosing her and my illness, I have felt very isolated. It is time to break out of my comfort zone and make some new friends.

5. Awakening

Since February is the month before spring begins, it can be a time for preparing and awakening. For this month, I want to awaken my love of learning new things.

I have been taking some classes as part of overall goals for the years and I will continue to do this. I took a blog traffic challenge in January done by Kristie Hill and I learned so much about driving traffic to my blog. This month, I will continue to awaken my desire for learning with a few more classes and educational opportunities.

Time to Get Started!

With the simple goals for February set, it is time to get started! This ought to be an exciting month where the beginnings of our dream for a new home may start to be seen. Hopefully, educating myself further will start to see growth for my blogs and I may even have some friendships starting to form! It all sounds pretty exciting!

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  • Melissa

    Thank you for the lovely post! I’m so sorry about the loss of your friend. I hope you’re able to fill some of the space in your heart. Good luck as well with meeting your goals! Even simple goals help us move in the right direction.

  • Alison

    I can empathize with your concerns over weather effects and on the frustrations of living in a multi-story space when stairs are challenging! My partner and I went through similar issues for different reasons, and ended up resolving it through giving the upper floor to our landlord to convert into a seperate apartment. We now have our entire living space on one floor, which makes things much easier! As I write this, the snow is falling outside – looking beautiful, but increasing my partner’s pain level. I wish you the best of luck in finding a house, and wish to share my sympthies over the pain of losing your friend!

    take care!

  • Anne

    I’m sorry to hear you lost your friend, I hope you can make some new friends soon that’s a good goal. I like that you are keeping your goals simple, you will still feel a sense of achievement. Good luck with finding a new home.

  • Kathy

    I can relate to so much of your post. I’m so sorry that you’ve lost your best friend. I hope you are able to find an affordable place soon. Keep taking care of yourself.

  • Rhiann

    I absolutely love the way you incorporate the prompts into a very cohesive post that flows beautifully, something I attempt to do but not sure if I really do it justice!

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your best friend, I can’t imagine the huge void that it has left in your life. I really hope that you are able to meet new people and befriend others, I am sure that your friend would not want you to feel so isolated and would want you to enjoy your life and make it as full as possible.

    Good luck with all your goals and they work well for you.

    Rhiann x

  • Jenny

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your best friend, good luck with taking the step to making new friendships. Also best of luck with finding a new home! Hope it is a quick search for you 🙂

  • Sheryl

    Thanks for joining us again dearie! I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your best friend 🙁 It’s definitely an irreplaceable void in the heart. But like you said, I’m sure she’d want you to make new friends and to be happy. Grief isn’t linear, so take your time. Sending lots of love xxx

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