Much, much, much going on in the land of beans. I am declaring this "Winter Term", and considering it (self-administered-homeschool) college, all over again. I will be eating books. Many things in my life are budding from little sprouts, and I need to tend that garden, and feed it with instructions on how to do this.
I have a feeling it will be a good time, and nothing but good can come of it, since I seem to have manifested many potential amazements that have yet to reach fruition. But when they do? Look out! The sky? What sky? It's past the sky!
First, and foremost, will be a kickstart to good health. The entire family needs an overhaul here. We seem to have fallen into a rut of what most would consider a very healthy diet, but only by conventional standards. For instance, we don't eat fast food. We don't eat junk, but we do eat rice, potatoes, and probably too much fruit. So, it's time to do something about the propane flares on the metabolism, and move things down to a more even keel.
This is going to require a glut of research on my part, since you don't just blindly fall into the Paleo lifestyle. We are also going full boar, and removing all spiking carbs, which seem to still be somewhat present in the paleo diet. I think it will help us all a great deal. I am worried about my kids, and the traps they may fall into health-wise, as well as socially. It is not fun to be a fat kid. I have plenty of experience there.
But if that is their fate, I will shower them with compassion, because it's true. It is not fun to be a fat kid.
Personally, I have had considerable trouble in the past year, trying to get a handle on things, without a whole lot of success. I am in fantastic shape, and I feel really good, but I am still not losing weight in the way that I had hoped I would. There is a possibility that I have some insulin resistance going on, and we are going to be testing for that, and addressing it soon.
And the genes are just... like cards stacked up against me. I come from a long line of hardy individuals. I... don't know. I'll get it figured out, and I will do it under close supervision by my doctor, who may actually help me keep my health and immune system this time.
The other thing I will be focusing on, is nurturing my itsy bitsy spider of a business. This, I'm realizing, is going to take time, and the main problem I have had here is marketing. I will figure this out, and I will turn a profit at some point, but it's just going to take a lot of time and energy. I am glad I have a lot of supportive friends and family in my corner here. This shit 'aint for wimps, let me tell you!
And... lastly, but certainly not least, I will continue to focus on my oldest child's education. She is special needs, as some of you may know. Her diagnosis is: "Mixed expressive/receptive disorder", most likely caused by a head injury sustained when she was a toddler. Basically, she has trouble communicating, as well as learning what she needs to learn. We placed her in speech therapy over the summer, and she has been set up on an individual education plan for a while now, and it's been going well. She is retaining things, and it is looking positive.
It is also very nice to see new blood in the special ed department at the school; teachers with a passion for helping students understand, and learn.
But it takes a lot of our time, love, and focus, for sure. What I would like to see, even more than things learned, is just an understanding and love for learning, that she doesn't quite seem to have down-pat yet. So... yeah. Lots to focus on and nurture here.
And in general: lots to dream, lots to learn, lots to forge into reality.
2012 is going to be another amazing year. I can already feel it!