The Best Year: 2014. That's the phrase I put at the top of my dream board for this year during our DiabetesSisters Fun Friday last fall. We carved out some special time one Friday morning and afternoon to spend together as a staff. It was a chance to have fun - even more than usual, get to know each other better (now I know who has a rotation of '90s tunes on their playlist) and reflect on the year ahead. Each year, I find myself making some variation of the resolution that next year will be one of the best years ahead. So while I cannot know for certain what lies ahead in the next 12 months, I am declaring that 2014 will be a stellar year for DiabetesSisters and for me - and am determined to work as hard as I can to make it so.
We're already off to an especially busy start since returning from the holiday last week. DiabetesSisters is planning three Weekend For Women Conferences this year that will grow the reach of this premier national Conference - and the power of the education, peer support and advocacy DiabetesSisters provides - to three major metropolitan areas: Washington, DC, Chicago and Los Angeles. We've also made some changes to the Conference based on your feedback and will offer an expanded Friday schedule for women with diabetes and their partners through the Partner's Perspective Program.
We're also bringing back the DiabetesSisters Social Media Meetup featuring DSMA Live, which kicked off the San Francisco Conference weekend last fall. I was online for the live DSMA podcast Friday night along with many of you hearing the stories of our attendees and what impact the Weekend for Women Conference has had for them and their families. It was inspiring to hear many of these stories, especially from those I had gotten to know online, and made me feel like I was part of this larger DiabetesSisters sisterhood gathered on the West Coast. So it has been exciting to see the buzz building online for Washington, DC Conference registration that opens today and see Facebook post from women eager to come to DC. After all, that's the heart of our mission: To empower women with diabetes with the resources and support to live their best life with diabetes.
Personally, I'm taking the challenge from Kelly Schmidt's latest blog post to develop a vision for where would I love to be by the end 2014. Renewing my commitment to reaching my target blood sugar of 120 more often - as part of lowering my A1C to the target goal of 7% - is a main goal. It's the bulleye at the bottom of my dream board with the mantra 120:I'mPossible. Obviously, it's a goal that has been on my radar for a while. I may not be perfect at reaching my 120 goal every day - something that's hard for a perfectionist like me - and that's OK. l will approach each day as a fresh start to get there brimming with optimism and a dose of realism to get there.
"And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been." 2014 is going to be a great year full of untouched possibilities.