Monday, December 31, 2012

LUCKY 2013

A new year is almost here.    Time to reflect on 2012 and look ahead to 2013.  

At the end of 2011, I had finished the ten week training session at the independent living center and was looking forward to being considered for part time employment with them, after completing a six month volunteer period. Sadly, things did not turn out as I had hoped.  I view the year I spent there as a learning experience.  I am happy I had the opportunity.

I'm still a greeter at my library, a volunteer job I began in the summer of 2010.  I am now volunteering there three days a week and ( as of December 2012) I have logged the most hours of any volunteer there.

I had several book signings in 2012.  The most memorable one  was at a cafe where I had the opportunity to meet the editor of the Ballwin-Ellisville Patch, an online newspaper.  This blog is now part of the Local Voices section of that online paper.  I feel honored because, while I don't live in the area covered by the paper, the editor felt my blog was unique and important enough to be part of the paper. 

Any disabled person who relies on caregivers has struggles from time to time.  It's a fact of life.  While I have had difficult times in 2012, I got through them and continue to live independently, 

My main goal for 2013 is to become a freelance writer.  I am making small steps toward that goal.  I'll continue to try to do book signings whenever possible, as well as my blog and anything else I can to reach my goal of freelancing.

I want to continue to live independently.  I appreciate the assistance of my family and caregivers.  Their help is invaluable to me.

Whatever your goals are for 2013, the important thing is not to give up.  Believe in yourself.  If there is something you have always wanted to do, do it.  Don't listen to other people who may tell you your goal is unattainable.  Don't let others crush your spirit.  Even if you don't achieve your goal, you can still feel good about yourself because you know you tried.  If you give up without trying to reach your goals, you might miss out on some really great experiences.  I have probably said these things in previous posts, but as a new year begins, I thought they were worth repeating.

I don't have a lot of new goals.  In 2013,  I'll keep living my life the best I can. I'll continue to write. volunteer my time and try to help other people any way I can.

What are your goals for 2013?   Have you thought about how you can achieve them?  If a goal seems overwhelming, break it down into small steps.  Take your time.  Do things at your own pace.

The title of this blog is Lucky 2013.  That doesn't mean that I think goals are achieved through luck.  It means that if you set a goal in 2013, work hard and reach it, think how lucky you'll be to have had the experience.