Goals for 2018: Week 25 of 52

I’m part of a group on Facebook for parents of kids with autism.  One woman asked other parents what they did to relax and get rid of stress.  She said that she smoked.  I eat.  Many people had healthier (ahem) ways to relieve stress.  Then one woman came on and said how important it is to relieve stress; she survived cancer and directly attributed getting sick to the constant stress of handling her child with autism.  She then linked to a scientific study that showed parents of children with autism are 40% more likely to get cancer.


That was a wake up call for me and helped motivate me to meet some of my weekly goals.

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Make Time to Relax

Read a book a week.   I currently have four books that I’m reading–A Casualty of War, Smart but Scattered, No Longer Little, and The Librarian of Auschwitz.  (Am I the only one who is reading several books at a time, or do you do it, too?)  I started the latter book because I only have it for 10 more days from the library and there are people waiting for it, so I won’t be able to renew it.

Write.  My goal was two parts–writing twice in my journal, and write one post for the blog besides the goals post and the book review post.    I did pretty good with this one.  I wrote once in my journal and wrote two additional posts to be scheduled over the next few weeks.

Care for Myself

Exercise.  My goal was to exercise 20 minutes this week, and I exercised 48 minutes.  Yay!

Eat only when I’m hungry. I have a plan for this, which I will share with you later in the week.

Create a Manageable Schedule for Myself

I have decided that everyone in our family needs a schedule, especially since most kiddos on the spectrum do better with a routine.  I know I’ll have to be flexible for a few weeks, but once we find out about ABA, I’ll be able to make a more concrete schedule.  I’m hoping I hear about the ABA therapy this week!

Clean Up for 5 Minutes After Kids Are in Bed

I’m reducing this to just 5 minutes a night.  I didn’t do 5 minutes a night, but one day this week, I spent 40 minutes cleaning off my kitchen island and deep freezer and deep cleaning the living room.

Re-establish My Prayer Routine – ACCOMPLISHED!

I have been doing great with this.  I’m marking it as accomplished because I’ve successfully done it the past few weeks, and it’s now become habit for me.

How are you doing on your goals?  I’d love it if you’d share in the comments!

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