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Bring it on, 2013!

I went to dinner with some friends (actually total strangers, but I made a new friend) last night for the birthday of a newer friend. If any of that made sense.

After I got home, I was resting my feet and thinking I wanted to go out. My feet reminded me I wouldn’t last an hour walking or standing anywhere, so laying on the couch with my feet up and all pressure off of them was the place I needed to be. I watched some of the NYE festivities on the TV and fell asleep about 20 minutes before the ball dropped in Times Square.

As I was laying there watching the party goers and celebrations, I couldn’t help but think about all the changes I want to make this year. I don’t make resolutions, I set goals. Attainable goals that I know I can reach. However, sometimes, I have no idea where to start on those goals and sometimes I fail at it. The only way that would make it a failure if I didn’t keep trying.

I have a lot of changes I want to make with the way my finances are and the way I handle them. I have made it no secret I have issues with money. Some of those issues are of my own doing and the others are not, yet I deal with them anyway because for whatever reason, it’s fallen in my lap to take care of. So I trudge forward, panicked, and not really knowing. I’ve reached out to a GA friend who is really good with money and he said he’d help me budget and get things on track this year. I’m hoping to meet with him sometime this month to get it started.

I have two parties booked for this month and one for February so far. I’m going to branch the business out and step out of my comfort zone. I’m not making any money if I don’t have parties booked. So I’ll be researching marketing ideas and ways to grow my business.

I learned a lot about myself with two huge situations in my life; one at work and one personal. And this is what I learned from them:

  • I learned that even when I tell the truth and stand up for myself, people will still throw stones and try to knock me down.
  • I learned who my true friends at work were and who was just playing at being friends to gather information and use it against me.
  • I learned my personal safety means absolutely nothing to anyone but myself and a very few select people.
  • I learned people would rather jump to conclusions and go off of “rumors” rather than go off of the facts and substantiated information. I guess it was more fun for them to do that.
  • I learned I still have work to do on myself when it comes to relationships with men.
  • I learned what I’m looking for and I learned what I don’t want. I learned I’m more accepting of situations than I originally thought.
  • I learned that I am stronger than I thought.
  • I learned that, at age 43, I am more comfortable in my own skin than I ever have been

I have a lot of issues with my feet right now.  One is an old situation that has gotten worse and spread throughout the entire right foot and part of my left.  It’s going to take a lot of treatment to fix them both and get me right again.  The doctor said that one of issues is very common (Morton’s Neuroma) and he wants to try cortisone injections to fix it.  He said it could take one injection, or two or three.  It all depends on how my foot responds to the anti-inflammatory steroids.  I got my first injection yesterday in the right foot.  I go back in 2 weeks for follow up on the right; injection on the left; and removal of the ingrown toenails that have grown back separated from the nail on the big toes.

The other problem with my feet is that my ligaments separating the five main bones of my foot are no longer where they are supposed to be.  This could be due to any number of things, including my workouts.  I’m willing to deal with that because I won’t give up my workouts on a permanent basis.

2012 was bi-polar for me on how good of a year it was.  Some of it was good.  Some of it was bad.  It’s amazing how we normally focus on the bad when we look back on our year.  I’m hoping 2013 is more good than bad and I’m willing to work to make it happen.  I’m hoping she doesn’t throw as many shit sandwiches at me as she did in 2012.

Happy New Year.

Until next time…

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