Goals met and goals set

Well, it’s about time, you say! I couldn’t agree more. It has been a long time. It may not show on the outside, but I have been able to meet some of my goals here in my own little corner of cyberspace, and I am setting new ones. I will need your help with my new goals. Read more about that at the end of this article. But for now, where have I been?

On top of my mom duties, and my part-time volunteer Bible teaching, I added substitute teaching in my town’s elementary schools AND coordinating library volunteers at my daughter’s school. I hope I’m not the only one who says yes to a bunch of (ad)ventures, and then wonders where she’ll find the time to accomplish them all? Please tell me that’s not the case?! Anyone?

One of my goals was to simply survive the school year. Now that summer is here, I have a break from my school related commitments, so here I am. And I have a lot more in the works to share with you, so stay tuned.

But first I have some big news.

I was super excited to guest blog for a company that specializes in wilderness camping!

Women paddling a canoe
My sister and I paddling in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

This was a major goal that I was able to meet. Check out my post Wilderness camping is not just a “guy thing”, which appeared in the Piragis Northwoods Company blog.

It has been my dream for a long time to write this piece. It’s really a little piece of me. Camping was a formative part of my childhood. It truly has made me a happier, stronger person. Please head over to the Piragis blog and read it, because if you have ever felt intimidated by the idea of camping, you need to know how much it can do for you! It made me so happy to share this story.

Leave me a comment below, or on any of my social media Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram to let me know what you thought of my wilderness camping story.

A lot has been happening.

  • Our family has started transitioning to a whole-food plant-based diet. This is the best way to eat for my husband who has had type 2 diabetes for 16 years. As a side benefit, I’ve lost 10 pounds without feeling deprived at all!
  • I was diagnosed with Lyme’s disease, and declared cured, all within a matter of weeks. That makes me one of the fortunate ones. Many people I talked to have either had it themselves or a loved one has. It’s becoming so widespread.
  • A good friend of mine found out she has a brother she never knew. He was adopted and had a nice life, but now he found and contacted his birth family! They were reunited for the first time and got to catch up on a lifetime of talking.
  • Another friend’s teenage daughter decided to go live with her father (my friend’s ex). She is one of the best mothers I know. She has made all the sacrifices, done all the fun things, taught all the right lessons. While I’m thrilled to say that her ex-husband is a good father, and I’m sure her daughter will be quite happy, it is extremely difficult to have a child leave the nest unexpectedly and earlier than usual.
  • Another friend lost her mother quite suddenly. This is the mother who took care of me on childhood sleepovers and treated me like a family member. She went into the hospital with something non life threatening, but never left. She was gone in about a week. I will miss her so much and I can only imagine how much my friend will miss her.
  • Another friend has had some major struggles with ADHD medication side effects for her son, which has her searching for natural alternatives. It has taken months of constant research and personal attention to work out a different solution.
  • Another TWO friends are battling breast cancer. One I have talked about here. The other is in the midst of her first (and hopefully only) round of chemo.
  • Yet another very close friend’s father is in bad health, in and out of the hospital. In this case too, my friend’s parents had a huge impact on my life. They helped shape my personality and identity during my formative years.
storm over a yellow field
Photo by Arta Joma

There has been quite a roller coaster going on, to put it mildly. All of these friends are not just acquaintances. These are my close friends, my inner circle, the ones I’m in contact with regularly, and we have each other’s backs. I’m the kind of person who likes to be all in when a friend has a life changing upheaval.

This had me thinking about my theme and my general goal with this blog. It’s to tell stories, hopefully stories you can resonate with, that let you know you are not alone. Struggles and joys seem to come and go like waves washing over us. It’s the nature of the adventure we call life. Changes often happen suddenly and unbidden. All we can do is just somehow accept them, and either enjoy them while they last, or figure out a way to survive them until they pass.

My default when faced with a new situation is to research it. I never want to go into something unprepared. Maybe, just maybe, what I learn can help you all too.

You are not alone, my friends. We are in this together! I will keep sharing what I learn along this journey, and I hope it only gets easier for us all because of having each other.

I have two specific goals for each of my blog posts.

  1. The first of my goals is to link each of my posts to the best, most authoritative articles I can find. It’s important to me that I’m sharing reliable information with my readers. On top of that, I never want to take credit for someone else’s research or ideas. That one is up to me.
  2. I will need your help for my second one. My second goal is to spark a conversation with you readers, so please let me know your thoughts! Which topics that I have listed above would you like to hear more about? Let me know and I will research it for you. If there’s another question you have in the parenting, health, and education categories, I would be happy to help.

What are some of your goals? Have you been able to keep your focus and work toward them?

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