Making 2018 the Best Year Yet? Probably Not

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"Always defend your right to heal at your own pace."


How do I write a post about a challenge to make 2018 the best year yet when I don't believe it is possible, no matter what I do?

If that sounds negative, it's not.  For me, it is just being realistic.  Sometimes things happen in life that make you take pause.   When my husband passed away in 2011, I thought I could never be happy again.  Time is finally healing some of those feelings.  I am finding a lot of things to be happy about in my life.  Still, I have no illusions, no matter what I do, that 2018 will be my best year ever.  And that is fine with me.

That said, it doesn't mean I can't make 2018 a great year.  I already have a lot of plans to make it so.

1)  I'm going to get back on the health train.  I got out of my exercise routine last year by replacing it with "activity".  Unfortunately, those activities weren't sustaining my health in the way I need it to.  As soon as my eye Dr. gives me the go ahead, after my two cataract surgeries later this month, I will be joining a fitness center so I can add strength training to my routine.  I already have a treadmill at home that I use daily.  

2) Since I am retired, I have no particular professional goals. I do, however, have the ambition to share my knowledge, so I plan to continue posting on Active Rain.  And, I very much enjoy the interaction with other professionals.   I do have a goal of reaching the Millionaire mark on AR by the end of the year, so I need to average over 21,000 points per month.  And, saving the best for last, I plan to have more meet-ups with AR members across the country as I travel.  I totally enjoyed meeting several agents in the Phoenix area recently. 

3) I have some home improvement projects I want to do/have done.  My home was built in 1988, is very comfortable and has aged very well but there are some updating projects I'd like to get done.  Exterior painting, replacing carpeting, replacing some fixtures, etc.  I may not do them ALL this year, but I will do some.

Bonus:  Random Acts Of Kindness are always on my radar.  It isn't so much a goal, as constantly being on the look-out for ways to help others.  Perhaps I can even help a few others have a good year, in spite of their challenges.

2018 won't likely be my best year ever but it will most certainly be a very good year, maybe even great! 

Onward...


 

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Jan 13, 2018 05:15 PM #27
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Here is my wish that you do have a great 2018!  

Jan 14, 2018 07:28 AM #28
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Good morning Carol Williams ,

Somehow I missed this post so was glad that Kathy Streib featured it in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week. A realistic approach of how to make each year count and enjoy the journey of what we call life!

Jan 14, 2018 08:04 AM #29
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Thank you so much Kat Palmiotti . That is my wish for you as well.  

Jan 14, 2018 08:04 AM #30
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Good morning Carol. Yes there is always something new and meaningful to do.

Jan 14, 2018 08:26 AM #31
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Good morning Dorie Dillard . Taking stock of our current "place" in life matters.  I am an idealistic realist... or is that a realistic idealist?   Happy Sunday! 

Jan 14, 2018 08:41 AM #32
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Yes, ALWAYS, Sheila Anderson .  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great Sunday!

Jan 14, 2018 08:42 AM #33
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Wishing you continued healing and an amazing 2018!

Jan 14, 2018 09:28 AM #34
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Thank you so much Anthony Kirlew .  I hope you have a great 2018 as well.

Jan 14, 2018 09:43 AM #35
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I love that random acts of kindness are always on your radar.  I live my life with a mindset that you never know what someone else is going through.  A smile, an offer to take a cart back to the grocery store, buying a coffee for the person behind me, etc.  It all makes life a little better knowing you are putting good stuff out there.  

Jan 14, 2018 09:46 AM #36
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Hi Chris Ann Cleland .  The little things can mean a lot, can't they?  Thanks for stopping by.

Jan 14, 2018 11:11 AM #37
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I love this honesty. I don't see 2018 being my "BEST" year ever either and that's not a bad thing. I'm with you...let's make it a GREAT year and be very happy with that!

Jan 14, 2018 12:18 PM #38
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Hi Carol

I'd say those are some pretty admirable goals that will make 2018 a great year for you, with a side benefit for us! Perhaps in our travels we will meet, too!!

Jeff

Jan 14, 2018 12:27 PM #39
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Great title. It is hard making every year "Your Best Year Ever" I like the idea of making 2018 a great year, not necessarliy the best. That theme is getting kinda old.   Can you refer me to a blog or tip that tells you how to make your signature move/write the way yours does? That adds sparkel to the blog with out going over the top.

Jan 14, 2018 01:16 PM #40
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For me last year was a stinker in a few ways, so I'm looking forward to 2018 being a whole lot better.

Jan 14, 2018 02:37 PM #41
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Carol, I enjoyed reading your blog. I am glad Kathy has featured it. I hope to meet you in person next time you are in Phoenix! Best wishes for a fulfilling 2018!

Jan 15, 2018 06:42 AM #42
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Good morning Carol Williams, I'm sorry I missed this post but thanks to Kathy Streib,  here I am. You have great goals for 2018, I appreciate your honesty. Here's to a great year!

Jan 15, 2018 06:49 AM #43
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Carol,, good luck in achieving your goals in 2018.

Jan 15, 2018 09:32 AM #44
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Carol, you have said well how you see things.

I think instead of setting the goal for 2018 to be the best year ever, you see it in perspective and have declared it to be the best for this year.

Best wishes.

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You seem to be enjoying your retirement, Carol. Today I had thoughts of doing just that. Thank you for sharing your plan for 2018.

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