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What’s new for the new year?

I guess it's just the nature of the New Year to make plans to improve or change things. 

My 2019 goal is to continue to work with DD toward more independence when it comes to her health and overall life skills … so that when the fall rolls around, she'll be ready for college. No more  for me. 

What changes do you hope to make this year when it comes to allergies or asthma? Or is there something that worked really well in 2018 that you plan to continue?

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  • pinkladycha

    My goal for 2019 is to think about myself more. I’m always doing stuff for others but end up being alone. 2018 has been a very stressful and sad year. I plan on finishing my book, get a message, mani and pedi. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Pinkladycha, that is an absolutely GREAT goal! I think it's marvelous that you are thinking of self care for you. You've had a really tough year, with an especially tough ending. May 2019 be a much better year for both you and Eden!

  • LK
    K8sMom2002 posted:

    Pinkladycha, too funny –  I read massage instead of message — no worries! 

    I read it "massage" , too!     

  • K8sMom2002

    Thanks, Tiffany! It seems like yesterday that she was the age of your cutie-pie!

    What sorts of things will you work on in 2019? How are things going with you and your kiddo?

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma
    K8sMom2002 posted:

    Pinkladycha, too funny –  I read massage instead of message — no worries! 

    I read it as massage too!! lol!

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    Pinkladycha, I think it's great that you're focusing on self-care for 2019…I tell myself that it's important to take care of ourselves because then we won't be able to take care of anyone else!  The whole put your oxygen mask on before you put your child's mask on them in the airplane idea…

    My goals for 2019 are:

    1. To be good to myself (I really liked this idea!)

    2. Short-term goal: To read all of my chapters for my Spring semester by the beginning of February…I ordered the book in early Dec and it still has not arrived (grr!!)…

    3. Long-term goal: To get back up to riding 20 miles on the bike in 1 hour.

    Brenda

  • IA-TXFisherman

    My goals for 2019 regarding allergies and asthma are just to as someone said above, take care of myself more. 1. I need to focus on taking it easy and not over exerting myself. When I feel like allergies and asthma are flaring up, I need to especially be kind to myself. 2. I want to try to eat healthier. My diet hasn't been the best lately. While it might take a bit to get to the point of exercising to the point I would like, eating healthier would most likely give me more energy. If nothing else, I've noticed lately eating lighter foods and more vegetables makes me feel better. 

  • Melissa G

    I need to eat better and start exercising again. I always put myself last, I need to stop doing that. At times though there are never enough hours in the day. 

  • Shea

    I am still brainstorming ways to make extra cash. Part of it is continuing to make food at home and doing my own housework and lawn, to lower expenses– but I am really hoping on developing my hobbies and crafts to a greater degree so that they become sell-able (or gift-able at least). Some of the things I got Christmas will help.

    I got a Sawzall power tool to help me propogate some of my parents clumping bamboo plants by division. (I really got into bamboo a few years ago, and was going to try to craft with the poles and grow and propogate bamboo plants as a little side business. So far I have made a few crafts for my home and my parents purchased some bamboo plants for their yard, and the plants are about at the right age now for me to use my tool and divide some and replant it into my yard and into pots to gift or sell. It will be my first attempt so it'll probably be gifts to start– if it is successful! Also just working on gardening in general and teaching Tommy is on the agenda.

    I got a panini-maker for Christmas too. I am hoping to learn how to make some yummy healthy paninis with different veggies. I do better when veggies are cooked and in a pressed sandwich! (But cannot afford to eat Panera regularly!) 

    I am getting to know our honeschool co-op more. I am hoping one day I might be able to teach a class there– which would be another way to nake some extra money.

    Hopefully these tasks and others will help me in all ways– health, money, environment, mind, spirit– it is all stuff that can be worked on during good days and put aside on tougher ones.

    Just like you all said, paying attention to my body and allergies and asthma is of the utmost importance– and taking it easy on those rough days by just resting is what I need to have the discipline to do– so that is topmost on the priority list. 

  • Deborah Bartlett

    I plan on finding ways to cut back on expenses. (ha ha) I hope to get my tax papers done earlier than last year. I was very ill at that time. 

    As far as my asthma and COPD, I plan on managing as I do now. I will try my best to avoid all triggers and to wear my mask to help me breathe easier. I will always have a positive outlook and be here for emotional support if anyone needs me. 

  • Melissa G

    Yes!! We are hoping to cut expenses in the new year too! But it is soo hard! I am going to work on our budget tomorrow and see what we can do. 

    Grace is taking her car to college, but since she is staying on campus, her gas "bill" will be a lot lower than what the last year has been. 

  • Faye

    I feel motivated just by reading all of your resolutions…from eating healthier, helping others, self care, making money, and doing more things that you love. For me, my #1 goal is to increase my lung capacity and #2 is to be more fit. I still need to write down specific steps under each one or it will not work for me.

  • Pljohns

    Love this thread!  I know what I NEED to do but not necessarily what I WILL do.  I NEED to take better care of myself.  I’m right there with you Melissa-I’m always last and there is never enough hours in the day.  That needs to stop but for the life of me I don’t know how.  There is so much I have to take care of that no one else can/will.  One thing I CAN do is to make sure I do my nebs when I need them.  I’m the worst and not doing that until things are REALLY bad.  I can hold a neb mouthpiece in my teeth and keep on working so there is no reason to NOT do that-other than I’m tired of being picked on about it.  It’s that whole advocate for yourself thing that I’ve gotten not too good at lately becuase of some setbacks and embarrassing moments.  I guess for me, the top of my list is self help

  • emtwallace

    My goals for this year are to continue my be fit challenge, be more aware of my asthma symptoms and note changes to catch flares faster, spend more quality time with my kids and wife and take time to do the things I love to do.  Most of all to be grateful for what I have and the good days that I have rather than dwell on the bad asthma days.

  • Melissa G
    emtwallace posted:

      Most of all to be grateful for what I have and the good days that I have rather than dwell on the bad asthma days.

    I just joined a weight loss challenge! I am hoping by doing this, it will hold me accountable and it doesn't hurt that I am a very competitive person…so I want to win! 

  • Wheezy Me

    Great goals, everyone! 

    Lynn and Melissa- knowing to put ourselves first is an important goal, especially when you're dedicated to others… because no one will take care of us instead of ourselves! I know you can do it

    Deborah- sounds you have a great attitude. Thanks!

    Brenda- enjoy your bike rides!

    Shea- I love crafts also. I ordered some jewelry making supplies online to be able to prepare some more… even if not often as I tend to be busy. 

    Some of my goals: Taking life a bit more easily. Also regarding health: I keep doing whatever I can for it (diet, exercise etc) but through a healthier, stress-free view on things. Glad to say I've been doing it for awhile now.

    I also hope to find my significant other soon.

  • Deborah Bartlett

    I love crafting!! I have a tall storage thing that has 10 drawers…plastic with wheels. I keep all my craft supplies in there. Crafting is fun plus it is rewarding!!

  • K8sMom2002

    Such great goals! Let's see … saw a headline of an article (that I didn't take time to read) that suggested we focus on Monday's resolution rather than resolutions for the whole year. (At least, that's what I got out of the headline.) It really resonated with me: one day at a time!

    EMTWallace, love that you have goals of spending time with your wife and kids and catching flares more quickly — and focusing on the good! You might be interested in our . Deborah especially is a role model for me when it comes to seeing the sunny side of life!

    Melissa, I need to lose some weight, too, and get some additional exercise. I'm hoping that the weight will take care of itself if I focus on eating more veggies and moving more. I'm going to dust off our … that's where I was working to keep myself accountable about exercise.

    Wheezy Me and Deborah, I love your attitudes … hopefully that "take it as it comes, and in as sunny a way as possible" will rub off on me!

  • Faye

    Hello everyone! I can't believe tomorrow is already the last week of January! Time is going by so fast. I hope that you are all staying warm this winter. Just stopping by to see how everyone is doing with their New Year goals. 

  • Shea

    Thanks for the reminder Faye! Honestly, I completely forgot what my resolutions were, but (after rereading them above) I have been making good progress on them! I have used my panini-maker and made some awesome paninis for myself and made some for my parents when they came over earlier this month. I have been eating at home and keeping up on housework and saving money (well– not needing to charge things snd paying the bills, not really saving im not sure I will ever be able to do that). I have been keeping up with my doctors appountnents and been proactive about my health. 

    I know those things seem like normal things that everyone does everyday, but I just feel like I am finally figuring it out how to get through the days better. It is almost a year now in our new and first home, and 7 years since my diagnosis began and 7 years since having my son and being a single mom. So getting better at meal-planning especially for us since we have food allergies, and budgetting, and "asthma/allergy" chores– which lets just face it, when you cant afford a maid and it is all on you, asthma/allergy-chores to keep dust mites low and air filters fresh– a full-time job in itself! Oh and my son's co-op teacher will be gone one week and she asked if I could teach the class that day and I said yes– so that is a good first step for me in becoming a teacher there one day. 

    That was nice to reflect on– I look forward to hearing how others are doing too!

  • Pljohns

    My goals sort of went out the window-just too much going on. My main goal was to take care of me and try to rest more-neither of which are happening and it doesn't look like they will.  I'm going to quit hoping that the new year will be better than the last-2018 went out horribly and 2019 started worse.

  • K8sMom2002

    Hugs, Lynn … could you try to think of it as "this is for NOW and not forEVER" and I will get back on my self-care goals as soon as I can?

    Maybe we should think of these goals and resolutions more like they suggest dieters do — instead of all or nothing thinking, take it one day at a time. A friend of mine has introduced me to the "Annie" concept … where a new day is a fresh start… so now when I realize I've made a hash of a day, I just belt out …

    And I'm glad you can't hear my singing!

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Here's a thought! 💡 How about if we all make a goal to get through each day, one day at a time. We will all be here for each other through good times and bad. A good feeling to have the comfort of friendship! 💞

  • LK
    K8sMom2002 posted:

    Hugs, Lynn … could you try to think of it as "this is for NOW and not forEVER" and I will get back on my self-care goals as soon as I can?

    Maybe we should think of these goals and resolutions more like they suggest dieters do — instead of all or nothing thinking, take it one day at a time. A friend of mine has introduced me to the "Annie" concept … where a new day is a fresh start… so now when I realize I've made a hash of a day, I just belt out …

    And I'm glad you can't hear my singing!

    I like this idea, Cynthia!

    Reminded me of what Scarlett O'Hara says many times in the movie "Gone with the Wind" when she has had enough for one day  – "I'll think about that tomorrow!  "

      

  • Shea

    Lynn, I think you really do take good care of yourself in many ways. You

    -go to work at a place that provides health insurance

    -go to regular doctors visits

    -take your medications as prescribed

    – informed coworkers and family members of your triggers (and reinform them– maybe not every time but as much as you can comfortably do so)

    -stay organized and proactive in tracking your numbers and symptons

    – participate here, which is great for mental and social health as well as keeping up to date

    So you rock today, and Im sure each day you get better without even knowing it, because practice makes perfect and every day is a day of practice when you have asthma. We will become experts– we probably already are.