Just a "zebra" trying my best to live life to the fullest with EDS and POTS...and loving the ride.

50 Goals Progress Report

Written by Katie. Posted in Goals

I have 3 more months!  Here’s how I’ve done the past 9 months:

  1. Get new countertops.  Done!
  2. Install a new over-the-stove microwave. Done!
  3. Walk a 5k. I did May 19th for Team Zebra! I’ve also done 3.1 a few times on my own since.
  4. Run through sprinklers. Done!
  5. Write letters to people who inspire me.  I think they should know.  I have written many lately including the one to the doctor who saved my sister, Allie’s, life 4 years ago.  That was a memorable one…and extremely emotional.
  6. Start a will.  Not yet.
  7. Have a garage sale. We decided to nix this goal and instead we took 40+ bags to Goodwill.
  8. Save enough to buy an SLR camera and learn how to use it. I bought it!  I took one intro class in June and have since signed up for another class.
  9. Visit Philly. I went in June with the girls.
  10. Join Pinterest and create. I’ve joined.  Created? Not so much.
  11. Organize the basement.  A teeny weeny bit.  I’m afraid I’ll get eaten alive down there.  It needs work!
  12. Choreograph a dance.  Not yet.  Allie?!
  13. Landscape.  Next summer!
  14. Attend Andy’s Ranger graduation. Andy starts in November so hopefully sometime this winter.
  15. Continue weekly date nights.  Yup.
  16. See someone new in concert: Ray LaMontagne, Coldplay, Frog Holler…?  I saw Brandi Carlile open for DMB.  I still want to make it to a headliner I have never seen before.
  17. Figure out how to balance posting what I want to post on my blog with working and rehab and life in general. I keep trying.
  18. Hang pictures and art on our walls.  They are still on our floor ready to be hung!
  19. Take the 3 credit reading class I need to get my Professional Teaching Certificate. Yup! So relieved it is done!
  20. Make progress on making my dream of organizing a fundraiser for invisible illnesses come true.  Allie and I did it! Now we are planning for the second annual!
  21. Go to Silver Bells. Have to wait until November.
  22. Use more coupons.  Getting better and better.
  23. Dama-Herner Vacation.  We spent a week in Tawas. It was beautiful.
  24. Visit the Cross in the Woods with my mother-in-law.  Unfortunately this will have to wait until I can make it up north.
  25. Visit the Grotto at Notre Dame. Yup.  It was a memorable, beautiful experience.
  26. Learn how to make my Dad’s spaghetti sauce.  Not yet.
  27. Take Vitamin D.  I’m taking vitamins now, but not a vitamin D.  I need to add this. I guess you could say I got plenty of natural Vitamin D this summer.
  28. Continue to advocate and educate about EDS and POTS (including myself).  I’m trying!
  29. Go on a getaway trip with Brad, just us.  Doctor’s trips do not count. Not yet.
  30. Come to terms that resting “is” doing something.  I go in waves on this one.  It’s a process. I’m improving.
  31. Begin juicing again.  Nope.
  32. Work on forgiving myself for the things I cannot control.  I would say I am improving.  Again it’s a process.
  33. Be able to continue working.  My district agreed to officially make me half-time and let me do a job share, so I am still teaching my beautiful kids in my position!  I’m blessed!
  34. Continue Mommy-Daughter time on Sunday afternoons.  Yup, love Mama time. 
  35. Instead of focusing on just my larger muscles, focus more on strengthening my smaller muscles.  I’m doing better at PT and on my own.  I have done millions of glute fires since I set this goal.
  36. Give more to our church.  Yup.
  37. Make progress on starting a familySome…I guess.
  38. Getter better at not wasting the energy I do have on caring what other people think.   Always a work in progress.
  39. Do something I am afraid of.  I guess public speaking would fall into this category since I spoke at the Invisible Illness Benefit, and did a whole school awareness talk about EDS and POTS.  Speaking in front of a ton of people is one of my biggest fears.   I also worked out with Dr. Lavallee!  I was freaked out I would not make it through…and I did.
  40. Spend time in my happy places.  I did a lot of this this summer…especially at the beach, with family and friends, and  believe it or not, on the treadmill.
  41. Track my blood pressure, heart rate changes, and symptoms more regularly.  I am getting better at just “knowing” how I am doing, and what I need to do to manage symptoms… if that makes any sense at all.
  42. Finish all the little odds and ends in the house that need to be completed.  Still so much to do.
  43. Take Grandma Midge out to eat.  Not yet.  She turns 90 in November so we will have to take her out to celebrate!
  44. Continue a disciplined home-rehab program.  Some weeks are more disciplined than others.
  45. Go see a play.  Not yet.
  46. Clean out all of our files.  I dropped the ball on this one, this summer.  Hopefully I can finish this by December.
  47. Learn more about personal training and foster care.  Not so much.
  48. Get a credit card (with rewards) for emergencies only.  Not yet.
  49. Figure out the best choice for a new car when my lease is up. I’m getting my new car in the next two weeks!
  50. Pay the kindness forward that has been shown to me.  A goal that will never be met, but I continue to try each day. 

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  • Tonya

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    “resting IS doing something” I need help with that too. It seems like no matter how tired I am I keep going even if I’m just in the recliner on my iPad when I really need to be resting. Resting feels so boring for me & my mind keeps going. I KNOW I would see an improvement if I balance better, I’d be happier & perkier too. Why is it so hard? Do you have any tips?

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    • Katie

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      Tonya, I found that I needed to “pencil it in” to my day like a doctor’s appointment, physical therapy, etc…It is still hard at times, but that has definitely helped. I had to finally stop fighting it and look at rest as a major part of my treatment plan. Hugs!

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