I’ve been thinking a lot about New Year’s Resolutions for 2016. In the past, I typically resolve to lose weight or exercise more. For the most part, I have been successful in these resolutions for most of the year but at some point along the way I cave to my old habits. Last year, our family decided to have a resolution together and we resolved to eat less processed foods and focus on clean eating. Since Jacob was starting solids in January of last year, it was perfect timing to start this resolution.

Overall, we did quite well and until my diagnosis we had spent most of the year without processed foods. We have faltered slightly since August, as I have indulged in between treatments in some not-so-great food choices. I blame my love for food and the amount of days that I don’t eat as enablers to my overindulgence in between treatments (chocolate, anyone?)

For 2016, I want to focus less on “resolving” and more on “goals”. I asked myself two questions: What is important to me and my family? And what do we want to accomplish this year? After lots of pondering, I’ve decided on the below goals for me – and for my family. (Don’t worry, Joe’s on board too!) I am a big believer in voicing your goals if you want to truly commit and make them happen.

  1. Get Healthy – At first, I thought Beat cancer, of course! My main goal is to be cancer free this year but I want to stay that way too. During my biopsy, my breast care specialist told me her goal is to help me live until I am 97 and frankly, I want to do all that I can to help make that happen.
    • MOVE! Now that the hard part of treatment is over and I’m regaining my strength every day, it’s time to get moving. I spend a large part of my day sitting at work and I know that isn’t healthy for me. I’m resolving to start walking at least a mile a day and I plan to increase that as I can.
    • Food…oh, how I love food. But I need to get back to the no processed foods and eliminate sugar as best I can. The days are hectic and I often feel rushed at home at night with all there is to get done before bed, dinner included. No more excuses. Dinner needs to once again become the time of night where we can cook together as a family and eat together as a family while we talk about our days. It’s one thing that was a non-negotiable when I was a kid and I plan to make that true again this year. I want to fuel my body with food that is nutritious, delicious and will help fight off cancer from here on out.
  2. Be Financially Fit – It’s no secret that breast cancer treatment isn’t cheap. I am incredibly fortunate to have health insurance that covers a significant portion of treatment and I cover the deductible, co-insurance and any prescription costs. Putting all of that aside, I want to refocus spending and saving.
    • Budget Check! Joe & I spent the day reassessing our finances and redoing our budget. While it’s a little stressful to take a hard look into the status of our finances, I feel better knowing where we are at, being able to try and plan for the expenses we know will come and project what our budget needs to be each month.
  3. Write – Oh, how I love to write.
    • I want to write every day, at least once a day. Maybe not always here, on my blog, but somewhere. It soothes my soul and clears my mind – and I enjoy it so much. I need to make time for that. I think writing every day, even if it’s just a few words, will make me feel good inside.
  4. Read More – Books, books, books!
    • I have a feeling surgery will be enabling this goal a bit while I recover. I love to read but life has been a little hectic lately and I haven’t been reading as much as I would like to be. This goal is two-fold with not being glued to my phone as much. I don’t have a book goal in mind but rather than taking to my phone and mindlessly scrolling through apps, I’d like to spend that time reading a few pages when I can.
  5. Enjoy the Every Day Moments – This is arguably the most important goal. If there is nothing else that I have learned over the last 6 months, it’s that life is short. Last week, a high school friend passed away suddenly from a heart attack at the age of 31. Thirty-one.
    • We don’t know what tomorrow will bring and we need to live in the moment. I don’t mean go crazy and spend all your money and forget your worries. I mean that if my little man wants me to stop doing the dishes and read him a book or dance to his music, I’m going to do that. I’m not going to ask him to wait until I’m done. Because these every day moments, these are the ones that create memories. These are the moments that are worth living for.

So there you have it – my goals for 2016. It’s going to be a great year. I just know it.

What are your goals?