This year – a new year, a new decade, and the promise of good things to come – I have decided to declare my personal goals for 2011.

I will continue to seek out Joy wherever, and whenever,  I can.  And show my children how to find it too.

I will do my best to give back where I can – after all, we’re all in this together.

I will fulfill at least one dream this year.

I will make sure the people I love and cherish, know.

I will speak my truth.  Even if you don’t like it.

I will continue running.  It feels good and it’s for ME.  And I will run my first 5k this year.

I will continue to fuel my body with healthy food, but I won’t feel guilty for eating a bag of Oreos or a pint of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

I will not make excuses for my actions, emotions or decisions – I will own them and try to be better for me, not you.

I will make time for me.

I will continue to be a great mom, and I will make sure both of my children never have to question my love for them.

I will continue to fight for my daughter’s health – even as she fights against it – and pray for a cure for T1 diabetes for all our little heroes.

I will continue to assert my needs as a human being.  For the record, I’m not selfish.  I’ve just spent way too many years sacrificing myself for the sake of others.  I just deserve a break too, like everybody else.  This year, I take my life back.

To your own self be true.  ~ William Shakespeare

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