I did it! Twelve months of newsletters. I appreciate each and every one of you who took the time to read them. I will admit, there aren’t that many of you but that’s OK because, to be honest, I didn’t do it for you. I wanted a way to encourage myself to read current books and articles concerning chronic pain, health and wellness so I resolved to write these twelve newsletters.
As many have discovered since the pandemic, science changes. We discover new things, make improvements and sometimes realize we were wrong about certainties. These newsletters have simply been self imposed book reports and you have been the teacher “required” to read them.
Even though the newsletters held ulterior motives, my desire for improving my knowledge did not. All the many new things I learned about pain, anxiety, viruses, cannabis, mindfulness, breathing, virtual reality, etc. will certainly help me to provide better care to my clients. I have developed new habits for keeping up to date on health and wellness topics so you won’t be responsible for reading quite so many book reports next year.
I have found that there are a ton of great resources out there on a wide variety of health and wellness topics. The problem is knowing what to look for and where to find it. My focus in 2022 will be to provide a starting point for my clients to access reliable information they are interested in. I am in the process of updating my website in order to provide an easily navigable resource site.
In the coming year, I will also be changing up the Minute Tip to many, many more minutes. Feedback from my clients led me to discover that there is a lack of exercise videos appropriate for true beginners, older adults and those with chronic conditions. I plan on developing 15-20 minute exercise videos for this population which will help them build strength and mobility to improve their ability to do things like getting up from the floor or reaching for objects overhead or on the ground. It will provide varying levels of difficulty so that it can continue to challenge and provide a means for daily exercise.
If that wasn’t enough, my husband and I have decided to begin a new adventure in Website Design and Maintenance. For those who don’t know, my husband works in Information Technology and, in the beginning of his career, earned a website design certification. That was back when everything was much more tedious and even the most basic website had to be created by typing in tons of code. When I asked him to help me build my first website he handed me a four inch thick book….that’s it…just the book, he didn’t want any part of it. We found out that I actually enjoy the building of websites (especially now that there is less coding involved) and he likes all of the background stuff you don’t see (updates, security, analytics, etc). This makes for a pretty good website management team so we are now My Manage Panda. If you know of anyone looking to manage, update or create their personal, professional or small business website send them our way.
As a new year begins, I hope that you find what brings you joy and pursue it. The past couple of years have been hard on us all and it’s important to focus on the things and the people we love. Here’s wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.