My goal this was year was simple, to move onward and upward. In my mind, that simply meant to begin really taking a look at every element of my life, seeing where improvements could be made, what transitions were coming down the pike, and how I might simplify to keep my focus in the right place as I admit, I get sidetracked easily.
I figured that 42 was a realistic number to begin planning the next chapter in my life. My kids are 20 & 18. The oldest has graduated and is working on his license, and my youngest is a senior with just a few months of school left. All we have to do is get through this year, and each of them will have met another milestone on their way to their “adult” lives. It’s been a long and scenic tour with these two, and while I’ve celebrated every success with them, their failures and frustrations could have done us all in. Success and can do attitudes brought us to where we are, and while I will never push them out of the nest, even the tiniest baby birds learn to fly! But it’s time for them to write their own next chapters, and I’m so blessed to be a part of that process. Their growth has been fantastic, ideas and thoughts and plans coming into focus, both working full time, and both ready to blow our little popcorn stand of a town.
It seemed a simple enough plan when I made this commitment to myself in January just after my birthday. It was something that didn’t cost a cent but has a priceless value after a stretch in my life that seemed to fluctuate, change, and turn upside down at every curve in the road. If I couldn’t see it on my straightaway, I definitely didn’t see it until I rounded the next corner.
As chapters continue being written, I felt it only fair that I could also begin writing my own next chapter. Granted, I’m on what I refer to as the five year plan. In order to achieve that I needed to change jobs and I did that…check! I want to go back to school and focus once again on my writing and photography skills…I’m working on that. My husband needed to get onboard with the plan to move forward, onward and upward…and he nailed it recently with his promotion at work. My house is getting in order, I’ve thinned out the clutter and tuned into the intended goals. Nowhere in this process did my latest bit of news come in to play… “You’ve got breast cancer!”