A big hairy goal for 2014

Now playing: “Miss mundo astro.dita 69” by Masseratti 2lts (2006)

2013 is almost over. It has been packed with many good news:

  • At home: having come to the USA in 2000, and become a permanent resident in 2007, we finally applied for our US citizenship in the second half the year. We will likely become citizens in the first few months of 2014. Andreina continues to inspiring so many with her art, and Santiago (10) is about to finish Elementary School.
  • At DHF: the summer lit a spark of hope and determination in many of us, diabetes advocates. This passion is serving as a driver, pushing us to do more to make the voice of people touched by diabetes heard louder, and earning us the support of the Helmsley Trust for the third year in a row.
  • Overall, I have managed to accomplish more through adopting The Secret Weapon, as a Getting Things Done (GTD) approach via Evernote (thanks to @CorinnaCornejo).

However, there have also been tough moments:

  • My mom’s Alzheimer’s has continued to evolve. In April, we moved her to a Memory Care facility, and new challenges involved with her care and with the increasing costs associated with it have reared their ugly and ever-present heads.
  • While I am well aware that it could be much worse, by early December my HbA1c (an indirect measure of blood sugar averages in the past 3 months) had reached 7.7, the highest it’s  been since I got diagnosed with diabetes.

As I sit here, I realize my focus has been so much on the outside (my passion in advocacy, my mom’s new “normal”), that I have overlooked some basic practices involving my diabetes care and my mental hygiene, leading to the place I find myself in now… and one I am determined to do something about in 2014 and beyond.

I need to take care of myself and my family first. Sounds like a fairly simple thought, but one that I need to make central in 2014:

  • I met with my new endocrinologist at Kaiser a couple of weeks ago and what I need to do was so obvious: be more mindful, slow down… I used MySugr, logging EVERYTHING for just one week and was able to spot so many basics I was paying attention to, correct them and see the difference.
  • In line with slowing down too, I decided to trim down my time on social media significantly, accompanied with following fewer people on Twitter and Facebook (I have already not getting any FB notifications for nearly a year, and it’s freed up so much time).
  • I found myself trying to get TOO much done, reaching #ZeroInbox quite frequently at the expense of nearly 1,000 Things (no exaggeration) that made their way to my Evernote. I am working towards having less than half of that by the end of January: focus on fewer things, saying “no” or “not now” more often.

What am I going to do with the time I carve?

  • Play more (my son got us Rumikub for Christmas) with my family, go to concerts and games, and spend time outdoors with my them. Plenty to do in the Bay Area!
  • Less time on the phonein a recent visit to New York, with my buddy Peter Nerothin, we managed to survive without using our smartphones a single time!
  • Read more books: it can be books on Kindle, but books… not just tweets, Facebook updates or blogs. It takes more time and perseverance.
  • Possibly start a book: who knows? If I don’t spend the first 20-30 minutes of my day checking Twitter or email, I can probably get some serious writing done in 2014!

Giclee Fine Prints and Mini Art: Great Gifts!

As some of you may know, my wife Andreina is an artist. She has put a lot of her prints up for sale through Etsy.

Make sure to visit her Etsy store and, if you need to get a friend or a loved one a gift for the holidays, perhaps you can take care of it there!

Below you can see some of the pieces she has up on the store… If you see something you like, check it out.

Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade

Andreina at Palo Alto Show, Aug. 23 and 24

If you are around the Bay area next weekend, make sure to come to downtown Palo Alto. Andreina will be exhibiting her work (selling prints and originals) in a booth at the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts.

The fun will go on from 10 am until 6 pm both days, next weekend. She will be located (we will be with her) in the corner of University and Ramona.

If you cannot make it, make sure to visit her web site: you can also take a look at her work (and buy it, if you want) @ EvolveArtStudio.com.