Ending 2021 the best way

September 27, 2021

The past year and a half have been crazy for everyone in the world, including myself. I was diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma in July of 2020, finished chemotherapy treatments at the end of 2020. On February 25, 2021, I received an autologous stem cell transplant. I still can’t believe everything that has happened.

While dealing with cancer, treatments, life with two toddlers, being in the middle of a global pandemic, and normalcy I lost myself bit by bit along the way. I decided since there are only 94 days left in 2021, let’s make the most of it! I spent the day thinking about goals and habits I can work on that will help me feel better!

  • Move my body 3 to 4 times a week
    • I haven’t worked out in I don’t know how long. I can tell most days, I am out of breath going up and down the stairs. This will compose of walks outside, YouTube workout videos, weight lifting, etc.
  • No alcohol
    • Check out my blog post here to learn all about my no drinking pack.
  • Read at least 8 more books
    • I have recently got back into reading and I have loved it! I set a goal for myself to read/listen to 25 books this year. I have currently read/listened to 17 books. It would feel amazing to accomplish this goal.
  • Start Journaling
    • I am the type of person where the thoughts in my head never stop. It will be good for me to write down how I am feeling and work it all out. Personally, I love to write pen and paper. I purchased two journals to get me started on this journey. Self Love Guided Journal and Let That Sh*t Go.
  • Be more creative
    • This is definitely something I have been lacking for a long time. My ideas for this are to write more blog posts, finally use my watercolor set I bought, coming up with fun things for the kids to do with all the holidays in the near future, or learn calligraphy.
  • Have 5 social media-free weekends
  • Find and perfect a good morning routine
    • After all of my cancer treatments, my energy level has been lacking. Due to that, I have been sleeping in more than before being diagnosed. I would love to find a good time to wake up before the kids or even with them and figure out the best flow to kick the day off the right way.
  • Purge the things I don’t need
    • Life seems overwhelming sometimes and the house is a mess. I am sure if I were to go through everything single item, I would find we don’t need a good amount of it. Less clutter will bring us joy.
  • Spend less money
    • I have been horrible with ordering from Amazon and eating out. My husband and I have thoughts about eventually moving, taking trips in the future, and having a cushion just in case anything were to ever happen again. My goal is to just spend money on the necessities and watch my spending on other things.
  • Drink more water
  • Come up with a weekly/monthly cleaning list
    • Life with two toddlers is crazy. The house is a mess most of the time. I have written down a cleaning list in the past, but have failed. Now is the time to stick to it. A clean space will create a clean mind!

I want to be the best wife, mother, daughter, and friend that I can be. Currently, I feel I am doing okay, but I know that life can be better! I don’t want to be just going through the motions of the day, I want them to matter!



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    Welcome to my little corner of the internet! Living Amidst is a Cincinnati-based lifestyle blog. Katie is a wife, mother, and a woman fighting Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. This little space was created when my son was four months old and I lost who I was. Living Amidst became my corner of the internet to find myself again. My Instagram and blog focus on motherhood, self-care, and my journey through my recent diagnosis of cancer. Read More

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