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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!