1- To stay present in my daily life. Keep my phone put away.
2- No Social Media like Instagram or Facebook. I cannot agree to Instagram’s new terms of service and found a lot of negativity coming up again, so I deleted it. I will keep to Dr Perry’s Positivity Community and blogging.
3- Keep reading 30 minutes or more a day.
4- Keep up with my morning routine
5- Exercise as often as my body and brain allow. Goal is 15 minutes a day daily without it putting me down for days or weeks. Exercise = move my body.
6- Edit my writing! I have 54k words written for my book. I haven’t decided if I am publishing it or not. Either way, it has been an amazing support to my brain and helping me bring back memories, relearn, organize and more. So we will see what happens. 70k was my goal, I am told I have enough. So now I am editing and we will see what I do with it. I know doubt is huge when writing a book, so I may submit it to an editor and publisher for their feedback. Writing a book with a brain Injury and significant cognitive deficits is hard. So many of tat 54k written could be repeated stories and editing it to find out is extremely difficult.
7- take the dogs on lots of walks
8- rest when my body is telling me to rest. That means it needs it.
9- keep doing daily gratitude
10- keep grocery shopping weekly and eating at home
11- live credit card and debt free. If we don’t have the cash for it, then we don’t need it or it can wait.
12- to keep being me even when it’s not reciprocated. Don’t change just because you don’t feel appreciated. Just keep doing me and being me.
13- Limit my spending and don’t shop online mindlessly.
14- support local businesses and small businesses. Covid had really killed small businesses, I don’t need Amazon or Target when I can order from a local small business.
15- Be patient. Don’t expect to get things right away. My impulse control is a whole other level since TBI, I am also told I was impulsive before 🤣
16- keep doing one thing a day at home to keep contributing to my household.
17- Rest. Allow myself to rest. It’s ok and my brain and body need it, I deserve it and my family deserves a well rested me.
18- Listen to my body and do what’s best for me.
19- Keep speaking up and advocating for myself and others when I can.
20- Take a nap daily. I struggle to do this but can see from reflecting back on my journal it’s a must for me.
21- Step back from being over the top with my son and asking him too much. Remember that he has a brain injury too and that I overwhelm him just like I get overwhelmed.
2021 My goal is not to be perfect and do this all with perfection, but my goal is to do most of it most of the time. That’s what I can live up too.
2019 my word was content. Content with who I was, where I was, all that had happened with my brain injury. Just content and ok.
2020 my word was determined. Well this got a little messed up with the pandemic but I was still determined and accomplished a lot that I set out too despite the pandemic and it definitely took being determined.
2021 my word is awake. I am claiming awake this year. I have learned so much over the last 2 years and plan to be awake to all I have learned and follow through, like with pacing for example. Stop pushing through and doing things because I am determined, but being awake to what happens when I do that and how I feel and listen to my body and brain. Be awake to how I truly feel in all aspects of my life.
Awake per Mariam Webster: : to become conscious or aware of something
My goal is to be awake and really use that to create good habits, rest and be awake to all good and bad in this brain injury life.
What’s one of your goals for 2021 and something you learned in 2020?