Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Making progress...

I went to the gym today for the first time in a really long time. I walked on the tread mill and rode the bike. I will be going back tomorrow. Thankfully, the prison has a wellness center for employees. Its a start!

Friday, February 5, 2010

The End!

#30 Take Jeremy on the Talahena (sp) drive this fall
#31 Take lots of photos while doing # 30 - have one blown up and professionally framed for my home
#32 Laugh at myself daily
#33 Be a positive role model at work
#34 Use my experience with cancer to comfort and give encouragement to someone going through the same thing
#35 Reconnect with my friends from nursing school
#36 Smile often
#37 Tell my family often what they mean to me
#38 Take time for myself
#39 Learn to be more patient
#40 Enjoy life and live like there is no tomorrow!

Whew... I can cross finishing this list of the list!

#23 Read one book per month

#29 on my list might be the easiest one to complete. I love reading! In January I read "The Lovely Bones" and "The Castaways". Really did not care for The Lovely Bones that much, will not be seeing the movie. The Castaways was good but a little hard to follow. Now I just have to get back to the library and find another book to read. Anyone have any suggestions? I like true crime, mysteries and feel good books. Thanks !

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The list continues

#21 Be more prayerful
#22 Reduce my debt - I would like to say by 40% but I need to be realistic
#23 Read at least one book a month
#24 Be a better listener
#25 Attend the Slumber Party this fall
#26 Get a mammogram
#27 Love myself
#28 Let go of things I have no control over
#29 Finish this list !!!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

a little more

The list is still growing....
#11 Eat at the Rock Cafe in Stroud, Oklahoma
#12 Eat at Ishens Chicken
#13 Take Jeremy to Branson, MO
#14 Clean out my closet
#15 Clean out Jeremy's closet
#16 Take unused items from # 14 and 15 to the Goodwill store
#17 Visit New Beginnings Church in Shawnee ( I love this church and the people there )
#18 Spend a day hanging out with my dearest friend, Codi
#19 Go to all 3 of my family reunions
#20 Take Jeremy to visit his dads sister in Texas

Hmmm, what else?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

the list continues

I thought of a few more things I wanted to add to my list

#5 plant a garden
#6 go to a Zumba workout at least once
#7 karaoke in public - I did this at my birthday party - turns out I am not as shy as I thought either Jenn
#8 spend more time with my parents
# 9 dare I say it - lose 40#s in my 40th year
#10 take Jeremy on a picnic, actually packing the picnic not stopping at Subway

So, here it is January 19th and I have already done two things on my list. I started my blog and I have sang in public. Note * I did not say I sang well *

Stay tuned, the best is yet to come!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Getting started...

Well, here we go. This is the year that I turned 40. Some of my old friends have decided it would be cool to start a blog about things they want to do before they turn 40, a "bucket list" if you will. I am already behind since I turned 40 on January 7th. A lot of people think turning 40 is a bad thing but I disagree.
When I was 33 years old I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. That is a day I will never forget... as soon as I heard the word cancer I thought - this is it, I am going to die. I underwent 6 months of chemotherapy and 6 weeks of radiation. I was angry but had noone to blame for my anger. I became very depressed and was in unbearable pain. I can remember praying that the Lord would just take my home so my suffering would be over. Thank the Lord, my prayers were not answered. I had surgery to remove the tumor and things started looking up. In January 2005 I found out, during a routine pet scan, that the cancer was back and had moved to my liver. Things were different this time around. I underwent 6 more months of chemotherapy. My attitude was different this time around. I was Baptised and saved back in 2003 and I think this helped me deal better. I had a calm feeling this time even though the drs said my chances were not that great. Thankfully, I survived and am here to tell my story. I say that I have been given a second chance at life and swore I would live my life to the fullest. It is a great plan and I really want to but reality has made it difficult. Turns out I suffer from chronic fatigue due to all the treatments. So here I am today to say - NO MORE EXCUSES!
I will be making a list of the 40 things I want to do this year.
#1 Create a blog - its a first step
#2 Be more physically active, even when it is difficult
#3 Learn to (and do) forgive
#4 Walk the Survivors Lap at the Relay for Life event this fall

There is more to come...