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Happy New Year!

Well. It's here. 2023 has started off with a bang and I've got some pretty amazing goals set for myself. I have never really been a new year, new me kind of person. Instead I generally use the turnover as a way to focus myself on what I really want to achieve. I used to always set SMART goals for this and often I would achieve what I had set out to do.

2021 and 2022 were rough years for my health. As a result, I'm not setting SMART goals for 2023. Too many items were left undone when my health forced me to slow down and focus on self care. In 2023, that's my number one focus. I plan to read more, rest more, hike more, and make more art. but in all of those "mores", I will also let go of my own personal expectations on how much I can do. I want to read a couple books a month but if I don't, that is OK. I want to book more art shows and create more beautiful things. But there's no set target because I need to be able to adapt as my health dictates.

2022 ended with a crushing realization that my autoimmune disorder is out of control, and that I went from a state of medicated remission to having worse inflammatory markers than I did at diagnosis. I'm in the waiting game with insurance to approve an infusion medication, something that feels like a very big step to take but I am hopeful that finally getting this back under control will allow me to do more of what I love and live with less daily pain.

So - here I am. Ready for a lot of change, a lot of rest, a lot of art and a bright new year.

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