For the past few years, I’ve set goals for my blog and analysed them each year. This year other than a few personal health-related goals I’m not bothering with setting goals for my blog. That’s not to say that I don’t want it to do well, I do, I just don’t want to feel pressured to write posts or promote them when I potentially don’t have the energy to do so.
Now you’re probably asking yourselves why I’m even writing a post if I’m not actually setting goals and it’s to remind myself that it’s ok not to set them. I still track my statistics once a month and I update my media kit but I’m no longer getting anxious about the numbers I’m looking at. As much as I want my blog to do well my health is suffering and it’s these goals I’m concentrating on this year as well as my travel goals too.
I wrote a post recently about what the label of disability would mean for me and I now have my answer from the neurologist. I have a compression of my spinal cord in my neck which means that I lose feeling in my limbs and have a lot of pain in my neck and my back. My health goal for this year is to receive more answers and potentially some treatment. While saying I’d like to better is my end goal I’m being pragmatic when I say that I know it won’t happen this year but I’m ok with that.
It looks like I’ll potentially need surgery but I won’t find out what’s actually going on till I see the neurosurgeon at the start of May. However, I do have a physio appointment at the end of this month which I’m looking forward to as I’m using my walking stick a lot more than I was previously. Some days I’m unsteady on my feet and it just adds some extra balance. My GP isn’t happy that I’m using it without seeing a physio but needs must if it’s the difference between staying upright and falling over.
This year, although I may not be able to book many trips due to feeling like I’m falling apart, I still want to do some travel. With work, I’m being sent to Belfast which will be exciting as I’ve never been before and I’m hoping I’ll get the chance to head out with my camera and take lots of pictures.
Our summer trip is a week in London but with a few extras too. We have a day trip to Bruges planned as well as a trip to the Harry Potter Tour in London and the RAF Museum at Hendon (North London). What started out as a simple trip to London for a week has turned into lots of little trips while we’re there too which I’m happy about. Both the Harry Potter tour and the RAF museum are things I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time so I’m very excited to be able to go this year.
My only other goal for this year is to get plenty of sunshine. I write this as I can see snow falling from the sky and I’m wrapped up in my warmest jumper dreaming of some warmth. I want to be able to sit outside with my Kindle and get some reading done. So much so that I’ve been looking at some outdoor lighting* so that I can stay outside much longer than just daylight if it’s warm out there. If the weather is good, I’ll be outside for as long as possible making the most of the warmth.
So as I see it, I do actually have goals for this year, it’s just that none of them are for my blog and I’m perfectly happy with this. My blog is part of me but it’s not the most important for me at this point in my life. I might read this post at this point next year and try and figure out what the hell I was thinking or I may have stopped blogging completely. I have no idea but I do know my health is my priority and I would give anything to be able to use a set of stairs without crying.