What do I remember enjoy doing?
What were my challenges and how did I tackle them?
Do I have 'stuff' that needs to be taken into the next year to resolve?
Do I like where I am at the end of the year?
Are there adjustments I want to make this coming year?
The other morning I woke up with a study plan swarming my mind. I knew it was a spinoff from all the focus I had on costumes for months. Absorbed in the task of creating Biblical costumes I wondered if I lost sight of the main goal, the life of Jesus Christ. Did I get so bogged down in creating angel sashes that I forgot about serving others? I tried using a church study guide but felt dissatisfied and frustrated by the way it was headed. I believe that my relationship with Christ is very personal and needs improvement. I am setting up my own study guide for the areas that I know need improvement.
My relationship with DH improved when I was swamped with costumes and most of the other sewing ladies quit, DH stepped up and sewed for three day for Thanksgiving. He also made sure I ate for weeks. We were a team it was awesome.
My health is in limbo. I am waiting for test to be done in a few months to find out what a tumor is doing on my thyroid. If it is slow growing, do I mind hanging out with a growing lump on my throat?
My diet changed by stopping eating soy. For years, I would choke at least once a week on something I was eating. I've been to the hospital 4 different times in the last 20 years because food was stuck in my throat. Last January, I landed in the emergency room again. This was the first time I was told I had a strong allergic reaction to something. The doctor gave me a high power tier 3 medication to keep my throat open but no intention to find out what was causing the reaction in the first place. I stopped seeing him. Allergy tests didn't show anything. I went with the one food that I knew in the past could cause problems in large quantities, soy. I worked at eliminating it from my diet. 3 months without soy and I am seeing all sorts of changes I was not expecting. Swelling in my legs is gone. Stiffness that I thought was old age is also gone. I feel better most of the time. It didn't solve every health problem but it is nice to eat and not choke on my food. Interesting thing now is all I have to do is have a tiny bit of soy and I start choking within 15 minutes. I thought I could get away with a little bit, nope. It is stop eating or choke because my esophagus shuts. I think soy and I are done. Permanent life style change.
My work changed again. I've worked at the same school for 7 years. All 7 years my assignments changed. Different classes but I realize it is all the same work. My job is to help the teacher and students achieve their goals. I am part of the support team. I am working hard at better understanding needs of students and teachers so I can be of the greatest help possible. This year networking was added to early childhood education and fashion. I am learning Python, my fourth computer language. I am enjoying the challenge in spite of the fact that I don't really like programming.
My sleep sucks. I think that one is going at the top of my list to improve. Sleep is a beautiful thing and I am having a terrible time sleeping when I should, falling asleep when I shouldn't, and struggling to sleep peacefully once I am asleep. Yup, taking this one into next year to head up the top of my health improvements list of changes.
Lumosity is improving. https://www.lumosity.com/ It tracks my brain training. It takes only about 20 minutes 5-7 times a week. I am remembering things better. I can focus better. I like the improvements I am seeing. It is on my continue doing list.
I will work through a lot more as I ponder this week on where I want to head for 2018.