Saturday, 2 January 2016

Happy New Year and 2016 Goals and Plans

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a lovely New Year celebration! I've always loved the start of a new year! I love the fresh start, hope, and excitement that surrounds it! 

2015 has been a tough year for my family. After my spinal cord injury (T10 incomplete) in March, my father in law's cancer diagnosis and passing, and several other health problems in both my husband's family and my family, I feel anxious for 2015 to come to an end, and for a new beginning in 2016. 

It's been a tough year, and we are ready for new, hopefully more positive changes to come this year! 

There's always something so fresh and exciting about the New Year. I have a Russian background, and New Year was always the biggest holiday of the year for my family. New Years Day was also the day we got to open our Christmas presents as 'Grandfather frost/winter' would come in the night of December 31st. On the first, we would gather with family again and finish off the feast of leftovers from the huge Russian dinner we started the night before. It's been my favourite holiday since I was a small child! 

This year, to kick off the new year and the excitement of a fresh start, I want to get some goals narrowed down. Something positive and encouraging to look forward to. After all of the difficulties of 2015, I want to make sure I/my family get the most out of 2016! 


  • Return to regular blogging schedule 
  • 2 shelf series a week (Letter of the Week and an additional themed unit) 
  • Share more recipes
  • Decide if/how I will be sharing about my paralysis. 


  • Get more joy out of the things I do

This one is related 100 percent to my injury and is a tough one. I know that I have come a long way from when I initially was injured and had to relearn how to brush my teeth, but I feel like I am not living up to my own expectations of myself. I still have days of pain when I need to rest and I struggle with accepting that. I don't want to need to take care of myself. 

Throwing in a load of wash doesn't always feel like an accomplishment. It's just a load of wash, right? But I am going to work on working on stopping to really focus on the things I can do, and on enjoying them. It's a hard one. I mean, laundry in general isn't fun or all that meaningful, but there was a time when I couldn't do it. It means a lot to me that to have such a task that I can do by myself and one of the ways I take care of my family. Taking care of my family brings me joy. 

Hence, back to the goal - take more time to really get joy out of the things I do.  Honestly though, this is an important one whether I would be injured or not: taking time, focusing, and enjoying the things we do! 


  • Super secret plans that hopefully will happen but that I don't dare to write about. It's something we've been planning for a while but because of our house taking so long, and because of my injury, we've had to put it off. Any guesses???? 


  • Move. Our house is still a construction zone, but we are so ready to be living in it hopefully sooner rather than later. 
  • Accommodate the house for my wheelchair
  • Pick out wall colours, flooring, furniture or in other words, absolutely everything
  • Organise paperwork
  • Create a new home management binder 


What are your goals and plans for 2016?  

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