Just a "zebra" trying my best to live life to the fullest with EDS and POTS...and loving the ride.

50 Goals for 2012: The Results Are In

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  1. Get new countertops. Completed
  2. Install a new over-the-stove microwave. Completed
  3. Walk a 5k. I did 3!
  4. Run through sprinklers. Many times this past summer.
  5. Write letters to people who inspire me.  I think they should know. I wrote some.  I feel like I could have written a lot more.
  6. Start a will. Nope.
  7. Have a garage sale. We took everything to Goodwill instead.
  8. Save enough to buy an SLR camera and learn how to use it. I bought it, took one class, and still have a lot to learn.
  9. Visit Philly. Yup, we took a girls trip in June.
  10. Join Pinterest and create. I joined but create? Not so much.
  11. Organize the basement. Nope. This summer for sure.  No excuses.
  12. Choreograph a dance. I started but did not finish.
  13. Landscape. Nope. This summer for sure!
  14. Attend Andy’s Ranger graduation. This has been hopefully pushed to this spring/early summer.
  15. Continue weekly date nights. Most weeks.
  16. See someone new in concert.  I saw Madonna in the pit with my cousin, Jen.  What an experience.
  17. Figure out how to balance posting what I want to post on my blog with working and rehab and life in general. Still figuring this one out.
  18. Hang pictures and art on our walls.  Nope. I can’t make up my mind what I want and where I want it.
  19. Take the 3 credit reading class I need to get my Professional Teaching Certificate. Completed.
  20. Make progress on making my dream of organizing a fundraiser for invisible illnesses come true. Allie and I made it come true!  We raised over $12,000 and are currently planning the next one for April 13, 2013.
  21. Go to Silver Bells. Nope.  I was sick. Next year.
  22. Use more coupons. Yup.
  23. Dama-Herner Vacation. We had a beautiful week on Lake Huron.
  24. Visit the Cross in the Woods with my mother-in-law.  Nope.  This one will definitely be carried over for 2013. 
  25. Visit the Grotto at Notre Dame. Completed.
  26. Learn how to make my Dad’s spaghetti sauce. Nope.
  27. Take Vitamin D. Yes.
  28. Continue to advocate and educate about EDS and POTS (including myself). I think I did an okay job.  There is definitely always room for more education and advocacy.
  29. Go on a getaway trip with Brad, just us.  Doctor’s trips do not count. Nope, just hot dates to prolotherapy treatments.
  30. Come to terms that resting “is” doing something. I became much better at this.  I now recognize that a daily nap is a necessary part of my treatment plan. 
  31. Begin juicing again. Nope.
  32. Work on forgiving myself for the things I cannot control. I am doing better.
  33. Be able to continue working. I am still teaching kindergarten and pre-kindergarten half-time.
  34. Continue Mommy-Daughter time on Sunday afternoons. Yup.
  35. Instead of focusing on just my larger muscles, focus more on strengthening my smaller muscles. I think the Reformer really helped me work on this goal. 
  36. Give more to our church. Yup. 
  37. Make progress on starting a family.  I think we made some progress.
  38. Getter better at not wasting the energy I do have on caring what other people think.  I’m improving.
  39. Do something I am afraid of. I guess public speaking would fall into this category since I spoke at the Invisible Illness Benefit, and did a whole school awareness talk about EDS and POTS.  I also worked out with Dr. Lavallee!  I was freaked out I would not make it through…and I did.  Recently, I spoke my mind about something I felt strongly was in the best interest of my students and families, even though it was not the most popular decision…a year ago I would have not felt brave enough to do so.  I also flew on airplanes, and if you know me, you know that I hate to fly.
  40. Spend time in my happy places.  I definitely did…at the beach, with family and friends, with my students, working out, at concerts, and working on Life as a Zebra. 
  41. Track my blood pressure, heart rate changes, and symptoms more regularly.  I didn’t feel a big need to do this as this year went on. I continue to get better at just “knowing” how I am doing, and what I need to do to manage symptoms. 
  42. Finish all the little odds and ends in the house that need to be completed. Is this ever done?
  43. Take Grandma Midge out to eat.  We celebrated her 90th as a family, but we still need to take her out to eat.
  44. Continue a disciplined home-rehab program.  I did pretty well.  Some weeks were definitely more disciplined than others.
  45. Go see a play. Nope.
  46. Clean out all of our files. Nope.  I need a new shredder. A heavy duty one. 
  47. Learn more about personal training and foster care.  Things change and I chose to use my energy for other causes and interests, although they both still remain interests for me. 
  48. Get a credit card (with rewards) for emergencies only. Not yet.
  49. Figure out the best choice for a new car when my lease is up.  I got the new Escape and I love it.
  50. Pay the kindness forward that has been shown to me. This is a goal that will never be met, but I continue to try each day.

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