January Link Up With Sheryl From A Chronic Voice

January Link Up with Sheryl from A Chronic Voice https://reclaiminghope.blog

Snowy days, warm fires, and a new slate….. Those are some of the things that come to mind when I think about the month of January. I hate the cold, but I always love January because I feel a sense of excitement about the year ahead of me. I have an opportunity to make a fresh start if I choose, and carve out a new path to follow if the one I was following the previous year didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped.

After I saw Sheryl’s prompts for January, I knew I just had to participate in her Link Up again this month. In case you missed last month’s, Sheryl from A Chronic Voice does a Link Up each month where she provides five prompts (of which she asks you pick at least 3) for chronic illness bloggers to write about and share with the link she provides. If you’re a chronic illness blogger and are interested in participating, please check it out here.

January’s Prompts

January Prompts

Every year on New Year’s Eve, I spend time reflecting on all that I’m grateful for in the outgoing year and setting goals for the upcoming one. I’m not one to make resolutions; I just revisit my long-term goals and set new goals as needed for the short- and mid-term.

Of course, in the process of revisiting those long-term goals sometimes I realize I’m not aiming high enough and that I need to set some new goals. I’m very satisfied with my life as it is now, but I’ve always felt that as long as I’m alive, I should be aiming for continuing improvement.

Since my aim is to continue to improve, my plan is to start expanding my horizons. Over the past few years my world has become smaller as I’ve been figuring out how to live with fibromyalgia. I’ve held very tightly to my schedule and spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to function best with the constant pain and fatigue, so much so that I’ve stopped doing some of the things I used to love. One of those things is spending time in the great outdoors, and I plan to explore some of the many wonderful outdoor activities we have around our area and get back to my “happy place.”

This year I’ll be focusing a lot more on my HOPE plan (you can read more about that here). I definitely made some great progress last year, but I have a long way to go, particularly with my healthy diet and exercise goals. Getting into better shape is going to be vital for me to be able to get back to the outdoor activities that I love so much.

I will also be scheduling time to engage in activities that are refreshing to the mind, body, and spirit. I think sometimes I get so wrapped up in just making it through the day-to-day that I don’t set aside time specifically to refresh and rejuvenate.

We may not be able to change our circumstances, and those of us who live with chronic illnesses know that sometimes our bodies determine what we can and can’t do, but it’s good to take stock of the things we can control and figure out how to live, and live well, whatever our situation may be.

Did any of these prompts strike a chord with you? If you’d like to share, I’d love to hear about it!




  1. Hi Terri, I like how you are planning to schedule time for refreshing the body, mind and spirit. I have been thinking about booking a massage once a month, before I get into a state where my body is so sore that I don’t like the though of anyone touching me. As in massages being a preventative. I need to write that in my diary! 🙂

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    1. That sounds like a wonderful idea Sarah! I’ve had the same issue with thinking about scheduling a massage and being so sore I can’t stand the thought of it. I really need to do as you said and schedule one once a month. Perhaps that will be one of the things I schedule to refresh me. Thanks for giving me a great idea!


  2. I can get behind the idea of “preventative care” and for me that looks like making sure I have alone time, hiking time (as weather allows), and yes…massage time!

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  3. Nicely done! Excellent. I do love your HOPE plan! I implemented it with my hubby and he sticks to it firmly and sometimes I’m like, hey, I REALLY just made it up, it’s not real! But nope, never falls for it. I think I should say thanks, Terri, but somedays I think what has Terri done to me? HAHAHAHA. Seriously, love the HOPE goals.

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    1. Thank you so much Elaine! Although I do have to make adjustments for my illness, I try to just think about what is going to help me (and others) live well period, so I really appreciate your comment that they could work for anyone. Blessings to you!

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  4. I love the goals you’ve set for this new year, Terri – getting outdoors more and making more time to refresh mentally, spiritually and emotionally. I think they both go very well together! I’m very curious about your H.O.P.E plan and look forward to reading all about it. I’ve also taken part in this month’s link-up – I did last month too, but was too late to join the linky, but it’s on my blog anyway. Just love the prompts Sheryl comes up with each month!

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    1. Thank you so much! I just visited your blog and checked out your linkup post. I loved it! Like you, I really like Sheryl’s prompts – she really makes us think.😊 Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a lovely weekend!


  5. Nice work on flowing from one prompt to the next in one seamless narrative. I am hopeful that you will be able to get back to the great outdoors. Spending some time in the beauty of nature does such wonders for your mind, body, and soul.

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