My Goals: IN ONE YEAR Learn to EAT, PRAY, LOVE ... My Way*

1) Find Health and Strength for Me and my Family (Physically, Emotionally, and Spiritually).

2) Have a Love Affair and Long-Lasting Friendship with my EC (Eternal Companion).

3) Be Available for My Children through their Triumphs and their Trials.

*As I followed Elizabeth Gilbert's journey through "Eat, Pray, Love" and now as you follow me on my journey, perhaps a world of possibilities will open up for you too. Where do you want to go? Who do you want to be? Me? I'd just like to learn to be my loving, happy self and live long and healthy enough to enjoy the outcome. And you? I encourage you to challenge yourself. What would you like to do next? What direction are you going? Our talents and uniqueness bless our world ... and someone is always watching, always following in our footsteps. My prayer is that our footsteps may always be worth following.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

1 Day and 15 hours to Go ~ A Check Up

Here we are the day before my 5th Anniversay. I have been awake for hours. As I reflect on the past year I realize some important things. It has definately been a year of change. Change for the better. I have grown personally and I think that has suprised me the most. Goals are good steps to get you where you want to go, which hopefully is up. I chose up. Let's see how things went with today's post "The Check Up". (I am going to post this prematurely because tomorrow I want to talk about something different ~ our anniversary plans!)

My Health: I was physically sick when I started the year. My health has improved a great deal in that area. However, my mental health has taken a turn for the worse. That is a new mountain to climb for me, but I am doing it bit by bit each day. I am glad for my challenges in this area. I am learning much. Additionally, we have joined a gym and go there everyweek day morning either to walk on the treadmills or to do yoga. This has been a big blessing for us. Even our young teenage son Phil joins us there. As for eating more healthily, well ... that has not been tackled in the way I would have liked it to, but luckily I have a new year ahead to work on it again. LAURI, YOU DID GREAT WITH YOUR HEALTH CHALLENGES THIS YEAR.

My Relationship with my husband (EC or Eternal Companion) Mark: It has been a fun and interesting journey working toward this goal. It has also had its challenges as relationships sometimes will. I have learned how much I love Mark, how much he loves me, and how dedicated we are to each other and our marriage. I have come to appreciate marriage which has been a struggle for me since my first marriage. Mark and I can become one or like one in thought and deed. I love that concept. It takes work and commitment from both parties for it to work. We are far from perfect at it. This morning's conversation is proof of that. We did not understand where each other was coming from on a tender topic. We chose to be gentle and kind to each other regardless. That I appreciate the most about Mark. I definitely could not have come so far on this goal without him, how ironic. (Smiles) MARK, I LOVE YOU FOREVER.

My Relationship with my children: This has been the most remarkable aspect of the year for me. I have listened to them and heard them. I have talked with them about sweet and important things. I have seen my children for who they really are: intelligent, kind, loving people. I have enjoyed their successes. I have expressed my pride for them and genuinely made myself available to them. I have not done as well as I would have liked to about calling them weekly or visiting them quarterly. I would like to do that better next year. Some of my children may not need or want such contact and I will be working on determining that as well. Our good news just received at Christmas time is that two new grandbabies will be born this summer and our oldest daughter Nauni and her husband (who have not been blessed yet with children) have put in their application for adoption. This will add to our family again. We love it! (Shameless self promotion: If any of you know of someone looking for an amazing adoptive set of parents, I know some. Contact me. Smiles.) Anyway, I love my kids! I am glad I am their Mom. Kids, YOU ARE AWESOME. Thanks for being mine.

Well, there's the report. Thanks for coming along on this journey with me. If I can accomplish things like this, so can you. I did it one baby step at a time. I have climbed mountains time and time again with each goal, each challenge. I encourage you to think about your past year. How far have you come? Where will you go next year with your goals? I wonder what my goals will be. TO MY READERS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT and GOOD LUCK IN YOUR OWN CHALLENGES AND JOURNEYS THROUGH LIFE. We can do it!

Many of you readers have enjoyed and followed this blog of mine. I have heard reports of sadness at the thought of ending it as my 5th Anniversary draws near. Honestly, I planned on ending it then. However, since the goals of this blog are ones that are so applicable to others I had not considered you. Therefore, I will continue to write and work on accomplishing more of the goals listed on my tabbed pages Health, Love Affair, and Children. Tomorrow I will write about where we will go on our Anniversary. Stay tuned.


  1. You are AWESOME! How amazed I am to see you actually accomplish all your goals. Most people don't. You are a great example for me. Happy 5th Wedding Anniversary! I look forward to learning of your plans to celebrate this special anniversary on tomorrow's blog. The world is certainly a better place for those who have been following your recovery process. I am glad that you plan on continuing this blog. I am learning a lot from your experiences. You are a great teacher! I am honored to be your mother. I'll love you forever. Happy New Year! MOM

  2. When you are first diagnosed with diabetes, your doctor almost certainly based this on blood tests that showed an abnormally high level of glucose in your blood. If you were above the norm, they probably told you that you have "high blood sugar" or "diabetes" or maybe just "pre-diabetes" if it was just above the norm. This is all very scientific but I want to make you aware that most doctors do NOT measure the insulin in your blood - and yes, it is possible to test for this.