This is, I mean Hindsight is 20/20…

I’ve documented pretty clearly that my 2019 was for all intents and purposes, craptastic. As a result, I’ve become a person that I don’t recognize in the mirror. I’m not big on making New Year Goals. I never keep them. What I am going to do is focus on being positive and making small positive changes in my life.

-Eating healthier. I’m a depression and stress eater. After 2019, I can’t afford to continue. I will be seeking therapy to help with my depression and will not commit to a specific diet, but will try to be healthier.

-Try to find balance. I’m currently working 5 jobs. One full-time, tutoring, speech therapy in a clinic, and selling whitening toothpaste. I am going to try to get back in to Yoga and meditation.

-Organize my home. I’m going to start small. I’ve let things go for too long. 10-30 minutes a day of organizing is manageable when trying to balance my home life with work life.

-Find the positive in life. I had many lows in 2019 but I did have some highs. I went to Capitol Hill to fight for patient rights, I got a new car for my 50th birthday, and I took a mini vacation with fellow dog lovers.

-Enjoy my time with Georgia. She will be 11 this year (God willing). She has brought so much joy to my life. She made me an author, involved me in rescue, and helped me meet so many people that are now dear friends.

That is it. A small but hopefully manageable list for 2020.

I am wishing everyone a happy and healthy new year. My 2020 make all of our dreams come true.

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Kelly holds masters degrees in both Special Education and Speech-Language Pathology. She works full-time as a speech-language pathologist in both a public school setting and as an adjunct faculty member at a university, in Philadelphia, PA. She specializes in both autism and augmentative/alternative communication and took her skills to Uganda, Africa to start a special needs program for disabled children living in an orphanage in 2011. Kelly began experiencing symptoms of autoimmune arthritis in 1984 (while in her teens) but wasn’t officially diagnosed with autoimmune arthritis until 2001. Her first diagnosis was Sjogren’s syndrome. Eventually her diagnosis was changed to sero-negative RA and now Polyarticular Spondlyoarthropathy. She also manages thyroid disease (resulting from Graves Disease), fibromyalgia, renin-deficient hypertension, and disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis (DSAP) on a daily basis. Kelly connected with other autoimmune arthritis patients via social media in 2008. She began volunteering with the “Buckle Me UP! Movement”, which evolved into the International Autoimmune Arthritis Movement (IAAM) beginning in 2009. Then became a cofounder of IFAA in 2013. She has represented the ACR on Capitol Hill as an Advocate for Arthritis, was a finalist in Wego Health’s Health Activist Hero awards in 2014, and speaks at various healthcare conferences as a patient advocate in the Philadelphia area.

4 thoughts on “This is, I mean Hindsight is 20/20…

  1. Aww little Georgia, such a sweetie. Reminds me so much of my old Cavalier King Charles with similar colouring, Robbie. I hope you get lots of cuddles in for 2020. I’ll join you in trying to get more organised (which has slipped recently) and finding the positives in life more often. Wishing you all the very best for a happier, healthier & brighter 2020!

    Caz xx


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