A new month means it’s time for goal review!
1. Survive Chemotherapy
I’m making decent progress on my goals which, as I said last month, are all really in service of my goal of surviving chemotherapy. My third chemo cycle (treatments 5 and 6 of 12) were much easier than my second cycle and I have physically and mentally been feeling much better. Of course, I have been a bit overwhelmed by caring for our new puppy, but that has had many positive effects on my life as well.
2. Write as much as possible
I’ve still been writing as much as I had planned to do at the beginning of the year and recently, due to the new puppy, I have been much more efficient in my writing process. I spent some time researching topics, which I will definitely do at least once in March as well, and I found some that inspire me. Because I’ve had less free time, I’ve worked writing into my new schedule as much as I can and I’ve been successfully managing everything as intended. I haven’t quite been sticking to my schedule of writing one full week ahead, but I’ve been getting pretty close, which is fantastic.
I’m a little afraid that I will run out of content for my Media Round-up posts. I don’t have a lot of time to read and watch things right now, but if I have to skip those every once in awhile, I’ll just write a regular post in their place.
3. Develop a healthy nighttime routine
Results for this have been mixed. Since we brought Frankie home, I have adapted to a new sleep schedule and have been going to bed early and getting up early. The routine I wanted to develop had to change drastically and has been simplified a great deal, but I have been doing a better job at a lot of the basics. In order to decompress after managing Frankie, I’ve had to start listening to sleep meditations and that is helping me get to sleep a little easier than before.
4. Be financially responsible
My spending freeze was wildly successful all through February and continues to be going well as we move into March. I did receive a gift card for my birthday and was able to buy a few books, but apart from that I spent very little money in February. I did make a small clothing purchase at the beginning of March (a sweater that I had been eyeing for months), but I’m hoping to keep this going for as long as possible. Right now it looks like I won’t have any further income until some time in April, if my long term disability application is approved.
5. Take care of myself physically
Since we brought Frankie home there has been a tremendous improvement in my physical health. I’ve adopted a healthier sleeping schedule and I’ve been eating well and getting more physical activity. I’m feeling physically stronger and more mobile. The new schedule has also helped me to ensure that I’m keeping up with the personal hygiene habits and routines that can be a bit tricky for me when I’m not feeling well. Huge wins here in February.
6. Take care of myself mentally
This has been a little tricky since the puppy forced me to rearrange my life. I haven’t been using my journals at all, which is probably better for the neuropathy in my hands, but I would like to get back into gratitude journaling again, as I think it will help me when I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. Frankie has, essentially, served as a fantastic distraction. I haven’t had much time to feel sorry for myself because I’ve had to worry about keeping her from peeing in the house and crying in her crate and training her to do things. I’m not gonna lie, though, she’s been difficult and I’ve been struggling a bit. There is no remedy for this other than time and patience, however, so I will stick with it and let her be what I need her to be in my life right now.
7. Learn something new
Success here has been mixed as well and my focus for this goal has, by necessity, had to shift a bit. I was completely blindsided by how difficult Frankie was to manage. We had been terribly spoiled by Daisy and how easy she was to house train and I thought I knew what I was doing. It turns out, I had no idea. I’ve had to do a lot of research and reading to help us get through some of the obstacles that have come our way. As a result, I’ve learned a lot about dog training over the past few weeks, but I haven’t had the time to learn new skills that will help me move toward a new career path.
8. Keep things tidier and work on decluttering projects
My success here continued in February. I purchased a basic printer/scanner, scanned my important documents, and put the originals away in a safe place. I also sorted through my physical collection of books and donated all over half of them to a fundraiser at a local elementary school. Since Frankie came along, I haven’t had time to make my office very messy and, since I’ve had to be more organized about laundry, I’ve been doing a great job of keeping my bedroom tidier.
9. Leave the house to work at least once per week
For now I am going to put a hold on this goal. Unfortunately, one of the main side effects of many chemo protocols is gastrointestinal issues and those have been keeping me in the house a little more often than I would like. I’ve been feeling a little cooped up over the past two weeks, but this is mostly due to self-imposed puppy isolation. Prior to the arrival of Frankie, I was feeling okay about just working at home and my productivity hasn’t suffered. I may revisit this if the issues clear up, but for now it’s just a little too uncomfortable for me to spend too many hours without convenient access to a bathroom.
Overall, I’m pleased with my progress. Frankie has changed a few of my priorities, but I’m plugging away and doing the best that I can! Are you making progress on your goals for the year? Message me and tell me all about it! I’d love to hear about how you’re doing!