I suppose Groundhog Day is as good a time as any to write about goals for the new year. Instead of writing SMART goals or a list of resolutions, I decided to keep things simple this year and choose one word.
My word for 2016 is move.
Move by body on a daily basis by exercising regularly and taking on more frequent and challenging hikes.
Move around the globe to see and experience new places.
Move forward on goals and tasks that are important to me instead of letting them sit in lists for another year.
I started 2015 with the same word but my body had other ideas. My Crohns diagnosis last spring came after months of declining health. I was so weak I could barely walk up the stairs in my house. I could not sleep for more than two hours at a time during the night without my symptoms waking me up. I was exhausted, physically and emotionally, and terrified.
It took months to find a drug that worked, but one finally did. I've been on immunotherapy since May and I finally feel good again. Coming back from being that sick makes me much more motivated to take advantage of my health while I have it. I can walk up the stairs! I can sleep through the night! These are simple things that I used to take for granted. Now I am back to being able to do the things I love, and I am going to do them.
A month into the new year I have definitely been moving. I am trying new classes each week at my gym and getting outside for long walks during breaks in the rain. I have tickets booked for San Francisco, Washington DC, Cancun, Oslo, and Reykjavik in the next five months. This summer I will embark on a ten day hiking and sea kayaking tour in Norway.
It's going to be an amazing year. I hope you will follow along as I make moves.