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I Love Everything January

The best time of the holidays is when they are over! I know that makes me sound like Scrooge, but I can't help it.

I created a monster many years ago by making Christmas about what I could give others. Now that I have no disposable income, I can't afford it, and I don’t take kindly to going into debt for one day’s pleasure.

Still, everything seems more fun to me with lots of stuff under the tree. Since my COPD diagnosis, I can no longer handle the hustle and bustle of visiting and having visitors.

It is simply not conducive to my current lifestyle. I make no apologies for that, but I have to learn how to deal with it.

COPD Goals for January

January represents new starts, new goals, and a mindset of change. Now is the time to decide what I would like this year to be.

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Not a believer in resolutions, I set goals for myself. Finding what things I will do differently and how I will keep my mind busy.

Now that I am “retired,” it takes a bit of thought.

Relieving anxiety

Looking back at the mounting anxiety that comes with COPD, I realize that the more focused on the anxiety I felt, the more intense my anxiety would be.

Inching towards controlling my anxiety was my solution and savior. I intend to practice more and get stronger at managing my anxiety.

Decluttering My Home

My first task is on New Year's Day. Cleaning the clutter gives me a euphoric feeling of space and cleanliness.

It is like a breath of fresh air; we all know how good that feels. I start with drawers, closets, and cupboards making a total mess in the middle of each room in my house.

I go from room to room, sitting on my walker. Everything gets cleaned and wiped down from the outside in, and finally ends with cleaning windows and doors.

Downsizing will commence, and I am glad to do it and donate my excess to the needy.

Decluttering My Head

This is probably the #1 most important thing I do for myself. I reflect on last year in review and remember what did and didn’t work for me.

Then it is time to find solutions to do more of what I liked and eliminate those things I didn't. I forgive myself and let go of the things that I couldn't help or change that caused my anxiety to escalate and left me feeling the weight of my COPD.

My goal is to learn to accept and overcome them.


I learned about gratitude as I was on the cusp of death.  I have never lost my attitude of gratitude because I was the one that survived.

Having lost six friends and family simultaneously, my life is changed. Renewing my gratitude and writing it down daily helps me find new ways to show it.

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Editor’s Note: We are extremely saddened to say that on January 7th, 2024, Barbara Moore passed away. Barbara’s advocacy efforts and writing continue to reach many. She will be deeply missed.

This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.

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