Finding peace in the midst of chronic illness

Revamp, Relaunch, and Renew

Revamp, Relaunch, and Renew

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I know it’s the trendy thing to do, having a word for the year. But I like it. I think it helps set an intention. Sometimes my word and intention carry through. Sometimes not so much.

My intention was to thrive in 2017. It’s probably better to say I persisted. I struggled with guilt over the affects my leaving work has had on my household, and there was a period of depression that went along with it.

I’d like to say there was something I did or read or heard that snapped me out of it. If there was, I couldn’t tell you. One day, I felt a little better. A few days later, better still. And I started to do some constructive things to make me feel productive.

But more on that later.

For 2018, my intention is to renew. I need a mental renewal, that’s for sure. I have something in particular (PHP, specifically) that I want to learn, and I’m determined to do it. I always intend a physical renewal, but, to be honest, I’ve only got so many spoons to deal with that. Maybe here I just need to accept my limitations.

More than anything, I need a spiritual renewal. For that, I continue to turn to my church family, but I need to do something on my own as well. My goal is to complete the One Year Bible devotional. And not to beat myself up if I get behind a day or two here and there. I need to catch up instead of giving up.

A big part of the renewal is a revamp of Chronically Zen. I updated the site, and, even though I’m completely biased, I love it. More videos are planned. And a podcast. I’m basically relaunching Chronically Zen, and I hope you’ll like it.

What is your word for 2018? Any big plans?

Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong. - Ella Fitzgerald


Diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 1992, I managed to power through until I left the 8 to 5 working world in 2016. Now I am a freelance web developer (, working from home. When I'm not blogging or creating websites, I am spending time with my husband and super-adorable dog. If there is an Avett Brothers concert within 100 miles of home, you'll probably find me there. My favorite word is sanguine.

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