I always tell myself that I’m going to do all of these new things. I’m going to eat healthier, exercise more, get my BGLs down, finish my book and take more time out for myself. It’s so easy to imagine the better person that I’m going to be for it, and I always get swept away at the thought of achievement and success.
If only reality were that simple. I have been absolutely terrible at sticking with goals in the past. And I always get laughed at for the things that I quickly give up or put away, such as the new book on my bedside table every week, or the bike and helmet sitting out in the shed. I doubt that I’ve kept with a single one of my goals in the past. Until now, that is.
One of my personal goals at the beginning of this year was to start a blog. And never in a million years did I imagine what would come from it. For one thing, I never thought that I’d be able to keep at it for so long. Or that I would enjoy writing it so much. Or that people would actually read it. I never thought that I would actually become interested, or dare I say passionate, about diabetes. I never would have guessed that there was a massive Diabetes Online Community out there, and that I would have friends all over the world because of it. And I never would have imagined writing an advocacy column for Insulin Nation that was noticed by Diabetes Australia and resulted in a small policy change.
Today, setting some new goals finally seems realistic. And I actually have some confidence in myself that I might achieve them, or at least give them a red hot crack.
Return to good overnight blood sugar levels
I enjoyed 2 weeks of waking up to perfect blood sugar levels, and it was honestly the best feeling in the world. I woke up with so much positive energy and enthusiasm to go about my day, and I would love to return to that.
Set some social media free time
I heart the DOC. It’s the best thing that’s come from having diabetes, ever. But I do feel that it has gotten to the point of being a little overwhelming and time consuming. I would love to get into a routine of switching off before bed. I feel a lot calmer and happier when I make time for myself, and sleep easier.
Finish my book
A year ago, I eagerly trekked into the city to grab a copy of Under the Dome by Stephen King, yet I’ve lacked all motivation to read it. I picked it up again a few weeks ago, and I’m now more than halfway through.
Be more positive
I would love to be a little more positive. I often curse, complain, sigh and let the frustrations that occur throughout the day get to me. I would love to be able to just shrug them off and see more positives.
Read more diabetes blogs and interact more in the #DOC
I kind of feel guilty that I write a diabetes blog, but don’t read as many others as I’d like. I also feel guilty for all the support I receive from the #DOC but don’t return back. I’ll often spend time crafting a response to a tweet or blog post, overthink my comment, and then end up deleting it. I need to just go with it!
Write another column for Insulin Nation
I wrote a fantastic piece for Insulin Nation in July about access to test strips in Australia. It triggered an overwhelming response and was one of my proudest advocacy moments. I’d love to come up with another story as well written as that one, and I know that they would love to have me back to write for them again.
It goes to show that you should dream big. If you believe in it, others will see it.