It is the end of year three now and I want to look what I have learned. I may not have met all my goals but I learned some lessons that I won’t forget.
1. Taking care of my health and catching up on doctor appointments.
It turns out that the expensive Humera injections did little more in the end than cause lots of side effects. I am doing much better now thanks to a breast milk and herb based cream that my sister Kelly custom made for me. Natural remedies will now be my first approach. I will no longer underestimate the power of healthy comfort foods like hot teas, veggies, soups, and yogurt either. Whenever possible I will use my regular doctor instead of all the specialists. She seems to understand the big picture of how my body works. The specialists just seemed to fix one problem while causing another.
2. Be joyful about something every day.
This one got easier and easier. Positivity just makes life better. I had sad days but there was always something to be joyful about. God has blessed us with so much.
3.Have fun time with my kids.
I dance, act silly, sing really loud with the kids. Anything to make them smile and interact with them just brings us closer. Now I realize It is much more than just having fun. I am connecting and teaching them coping skills that helps them get past the not so fun parts of life.
4. Go running or do yoga on a regular basis.
Failed at this unless you count running from one crisis to another. My life has gotten really busy. I do not work anymore and cannot remember how I ever found the time. Putting in a regular workout just did not end up being feasible.
5.Meditate on small sections of scripture.
This was wonderful advice that I took from my cousin Genie. It is funny how much more I can get out of the word when I go over small pieces several times. There are multiple blessings to receive in each section if you take the time to really think about them. God’s word is too precious to speed right through.
6. Let go of unnecessary guilt.
I loved this one. I have held onto so much guilt that was just becoming a stumbling block. God’s grace and forgiveness is sufficient. His love has given me freedom from my past mistakes and I am thankful. I will not waste that gift.
7. Sleep an average of 6 hours a night.
This one took some doing. I am finally there. It was difficult to do during the months that I was really sick because of the pain. I do not like pain meds. When I am stressed I have more problems sleeping. Now my sleep cycle is set and I sleep 6 hours weeknights and 8 on the weekends. When I can, I sneak in a no guilt nap.
I hope I learn as much next year. Peace and Love, Pam