12 in ’12: A New Chapter

We’ve examined the somewhat discombobulated adventure that was 2011. Now it’s time to move forward with some new objectives. Allow me to offer Nurse Teeny’s 4-4-4 Plan: 12 Goals for 2012.

 4 Goals for the Blog

The Makings of a Nurse will hit its five-year anniversary in November. That is unbelievable to me. It is also kind of a wake-up call – as I’ve pointed out, 2011 was a bit of a rag-tag year. I struggled to create relevant posts and at times questioned where I was headed. So in the spirit of moving forward, I’m hoping to do the following:

  1. Find ways to turn this from a hobby into part of my profession. Which possibly means finding ways to generate more income, so that I have the luxury to give this more of my time and energy.
  2. Launch new forums to deepen our conversations with one another. The book club is waiting in the wings, and the Holistic Nurse series is chugging along in its preparations. I am more than thrilled and hoping to hear from you about other topics you’d like to see more of.
  3. Continue the deliberation process about going public. After reading The Oatmeal today, I laughed out loud about whether my pro/con list was a way to justify a terrible decision. But there are many many nurse bloggers out there who don’t hide behind a virtual mask. What’s holding me back?
  4. Learn more about the technical side of blogging. I’ve gained quite a bit of knowledge, especially with the move to self-hosting. But if this blog crashed tomorrow, I would be in big trouble. I’m hoping to at least learn more about the language and the back-end to the blog. If you’re looking for tools and suggestions, I would HIGHLY suggest Katy Widrick‘s fabulous blog and the man himself – No More Bacon. Between the two of them, I am learning a whole new language!

4 Professional Goals

  1. Graduate. 300 clinical hours stand between me and my MSN hood. It will be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine.
  2. Move on. There many things I love about my job. But I also know that I’ve become quite cynical and jaded over the past year. Perhaps it is part of the growing up process for new nurses, or perhaps it is a dangerous step away from the ideals that made me want to be a nurse in the first place. But I think (I hope) that with my shiny new degree in hand, I will have more options.
  3. Explore opportunities to publish. I submitted my very first manuscript to a journal last week. No idea what the outcome will be, but it was an exciting moment. I plan to have more of those.
  4. Grow – wherever I am. Whether or not my shiny new degree gets me a new job, there are opportunities to develop my practice. I can seek new certifications, attend conferences, and subscribe to journals (and actually read them). I need not stagnate where I am.

 4 Personal Goals

  1. Take care of me. I admit that I’m quite off-track in my plans to live a more healthy life. I got distracted. While the disruptions of 2011 may have been understandable, it’s still not an excuse. I need to take better care of myself, plain and simple. I’m officially in my 30s and it’s time to quit messing around. I’m trying to find ways to publicly hold myself accountable, while still keeping this blog true to its roots. Perhaps another series is in the works…
  2. Grow my marriage. S and I have been best friends for almost four years. But 2011 was not easy for either of us, together or individually. We emerged from it stronger and happier and married even (!), but I plan to regroup and refocus on our relationship. And to not wait for graduation or a better job or more money. Deepening our relationship starts today. It should be every couple’s goal, regardless of the obstacles. Cuz I’m learning that there’s no such thing as an obstacle-free life.
  3. Grow my writing. I’ve missed you guys during those off-months. I’ve missed putting pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) and telling stories. I need to do this more … it feeds my soul.
  4. Grow my family. I’m no spring chicken anymore. And I do want to be a mom. So perhaps the new year will hearken the pitter patter of little feet… 😉 (This is not an announcement, Mom! Just a dream at this point.)

So there you have it. This will be the year of no excuses. The year of embracing today. The year of moving forward.

Welcome to 2012!

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