2019

2018 was a roller coaster. With every milestone in my professional career came a personal life setback. I began and completed my nursing residency program while I parted ways with one of my best friends, someone who I would not have made it through nursing school without. I moved into my own place and began to establish myself as an individual, my own entity, just Chandler. I had to find a way to be happy alone, and I am finally there!

Having a year filled with so many peaks and troughs got me thinking. What do I want to accomplish in 2019 granted that my main professional goals are achieved? I have finally figured out what I want from 2019…to continue falling in love.

Falling in love does not only apply to a significant other, although I am not opposed to this. My main goal of 2019 is to fall more in love with life, my family, the world, and myself.

TRAVEL

Traveling is so eye-opening. There is a HUGE world out there! I find it so easy to make excuses to not travel (work, money, prior commitments, etc). No more excuses! My goal is to travel somewhere every month. I have already been to Oahu in January and have two more trips lined up: Africa in February and Mexico in March. I love the idea of saving money and will still try to do so with my ambitious travel goals. However, traveling takes precedence in 2019. Sorry bank account.

GIVING BACK

With nursing, I give back everyday but I want to do more. I worked so hard for my education and skill set. Why should I limit this giving back to just my place of employment? In 2019, I will be completing my first medical mission to Kenya. I can’t wait to make an impact at my job and globally.

REFLECTION

Sometimes I need to take a breath and look around. My family and I are safe and healthy. We don’t live in fear everyday. We are all employed, well fed, and have a place to lay our heads. It is easy to take these things for granted. Whether it be through church, yoga, or my own self-reflection I plan to be more grateful for the life I have been given.