2017 was a big year for me. At 53, I’m going blind, arthritic, and losing my fine motor coordination. Fortunately, I’m also becoming wiser, kinder, more confident and finally, more patient. I entered the year struggling to recover from a spinal cord surgery and to release my book, The Wellness Compass Travel Guide: Tools for a Successful Lifelong Journey. I’ll close the year with a chronic injury and challenges in marketing my self-published, self-help book.
#1. Enhanced Spiritual Strength.
I’ve always been gifted with faith but struggled with maintaining a positive outlook. This year, after learning to truly “let go” of things I can’t change and not worry about them – life became much more carefree. This alone changed my life for the better in 2017. Along the way I also truly embraced, the “Joy of Less.”
#2. Growing Emotional Intelligence (EI).
I’ve always struggled with emotional intelligence. I am a task-oriented, risk-taking, socially-anxious, impatient female who is extremely passionate in what I believe is the right thing to do. I also have an expressive face that assures you I care, but is very scary when I’m angry. If I could just be an absent-minded professor I’d have no problem! So, unless I really work at it, I come off as a smart aleck, know-it-all, who doesn’t socialize. In 2017, I’m still learning to listen and think before I open my mouth.
I am blessed with health: natural cardiovascular, arm, and core strength. To challenge ourselves this year, my husband and I took on a new challenge of the “Spartan Super” – a 9.8 mile trail run in the heat at Kualoa Ranch with over 25 obstacles. Under the tutelage of Coach Vince (Cross Fit-Kailua) we learned how to scale a rope, carry incredible weights uphill, climb over and around various obstacles (which is not easy at 5’1’) and with my oversight enhanced our trail running ability. We celebrated by finishing in the top two in our respective age groups and proved to ourselves what is possible for those over 50.
#4. Purposeful Life.
I was created for a purpose and know I am fulfilling it. With the release of my book and my ongoing work as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in the Bariatric Program at Adventist Health-Castle Hospital, I’m blessed with the ability to help people get healthier every day of my professional career.
Without my loving husband, the financial support of my mom, the enthusiasm of my daughters, and the support of a handful of friends who are always there when I need them, 2017 would not have been so successful.
Love to all and Mahalo nui loa!