A Renewed Resolution for the New Year

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
— Arthur Ashe

This is one of my favorite quotes and it’s one that I refer to often. It helps me begin projects when I feel like I’m not ready. It encourages me to keep going even when I am feeling inadequate. It gives me hope that I can accomplish anything by making a little progress at a time.

I gave up on New Year’s Resolutions many years ago. I used to make lists that were 10-15 items long and I don’t remember ever following through with any of them. I just settled on the fact that they were useless for me. Until I sat down and planned for 2018.

In 2017, like every other year, I started the year without any resolutions. A few months in, I experienced a bad regression with my autoimmune disease (MPGN), and resolved immediately to introduce huge lifestyle changes. After researching, reading and deciding to be more proactive in my own healthcare, there were changes that were going to be major. One of them was completely changing my sleep habits and start sleeping by 11:00 and getting a full 8 hours. 

The amazing thing is, I actually did it. Along with changing my diet, conventional and alternative medicines I started to recover.

I read so many articles about how getting enough sleep is important for our health. It’s not the first time I had heard that, either - it’s just the first time I really listened. I did it out of fear, to be honest. I was doing everything in my power to regain control of my health.

As I continued to feel better and improve, my sleep schedule started to slip back into my old ways during the last few months of 2017. 11:00 has crept to 11:30 and then 12:00, sometimes 1:00 am. But I still get up at the same time every morning. And to me, I know it’s a path I can't afford to continue going down. So I am determined to get myself back on track. In other words, I am reminding myself that I need to be just as resolved to do this as I was earlier this year.

So this year, I have a resolution.

To make this resolution actionable and give myself a framework to develop a habit, I created a routine around the times I want to sleep and wake:


  • 6:30 Wake Up

  • 6:30-7:15 Write morning pages

  • 7:15-7:45 Walk Rae

  • 7:45-8:15 Eat breakfast

  • 8:15-8:30 Plan the Day


  • 9:00-9:30 Recap Day + Record in Health Journal

  • 9:30-10:00 Get ready for bed

  • 10:00-10:30 Read (no phone)

  • 10:30 Sleep

I know this isn't going to happen 7 days a week, but I'm aiming for at least Monday - Friday. It might not happen perfectly right away, but I know I just need to keep working at it. Wish me luck, because I really hope that I can keep this resolution!

What about you? Do you have a resolution that you’ll be working hard on this year? Do you have a morning/evening routine that you swear by? Comment on this post, I would love to know!

Wishing you health and happiness, hope you have a wonderful 2018. Let’s all remember to start where we are, use what we have, and do what we can.


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