So I am happy to say I made it through the holidays and into the new year with little fuss. Like everyone else I had some family drama to manage and like many I have set myself some new goals for the coming year. Surprise surprise, they are all related to my personal wellness, and life goals. I have to regularly ask myself "what is the next best step in my life?" I don't only get to encourage others to take on the next life challenge they want to overcome in their lives but I also get to lead in that direction by doing it myself. So I will share with you what my goals include.
1. Get healthier, since coming to Alaska I have struggled with my food addictions and getting enough activity into my days and so this year it is on the priority list to get these things figured out and working well in my life. This includes my weight management and exercise routines as a regualr part of my lifestyle.
2. Go back to school, I am a firm beleiver in education and, while I know it isn't the way for everyone, I have decided to enroll in some classes at UAA to help build my knowledge and skills. I haven't been in school for 16 years and so I am looking forward to it and terrified at the same time. Wish me well and hopefully I can pull it off.
3. Strengthen the business/ program models at AKPSC, this is my personal goal but it alsp lines up with the direction the governance board is moving with the Consortium and it is an exciting thing to be involved in for me.
Now I know that you may not be a "new years resolution" kind of person and you may not have any set goals you want to achieve yet for 2016 but I encourage you to think about what is the next best step for you? What is the thing that you feel is holding you back or holding you down? You may not not be able to completely solve the issue in 1 year but I would bet you can make progress and your peers can help you do it by encouraging you, modeling their own progress as evidence that we can all do what you set your mind to doing, providing perspectives and options you may not think of on your own and providing you some accountability to do the work you say you want to do to reach that goal, overcome that obsticle, change your circumstances, change your life. That is the power of peers, supporting one another throughout their lives. Come try it with me and together we can create peer support in every community in Alaska.