Self-Care Plan
Self-care plans are made to remind ourselves to value our time, body and mind.  The care plans can help manage stress, improve health and give a sense of accomplishment.  Of the many self-care goals there are, there are three that I want to accomplish.  My first goal is one that is similar to other people I know, which is to lose weight.  Since I’ve been in school, I have gained more weight than I’d care to mention and the new medication I’m taking are making me retain  weight.  My specific goal is to lose ten pounds by March 1, 2018.  I will exercise four times a week for thirty minutes or more at a time for three months and weigh myself on January 1, February 1 and March 1, 2018.  I will also create a meal plan to help with the weight loss.  This is realistic because I will able to exercise when I leave work in the morning and on my days off.  If I stay on this plan of a healthy diet and exercise, I will be able to shed the pounds to meet my goal.  Giving myself three months to lose ten pounds should be enough time since the average person loses between 1/2 and two pounds a week according to livestrong.com.  This will help improve my health and boost my ego by allowing me to fit into clothes I haven’t been able to fit into since 2015.  
My next goal is to save enough money to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in September of 2018.  I will put $100 per paycheck into a Harry Potter vacation account.  By my research, an all inclusive trip in September of 2018 is $1,197.32, therefore, by August of 2018, I would have saved $1800 for my trip.  This is realistic because it is within my budget to save $100 per paycheck.  This will benefit me because vacations are proven ways to decrease stress and improved mental and physical health according to healthnet.com.  My last goal is to get my Master’s Degree in Education before I’m fifty-five which will be in 2026.  This is a major goal for me.  To get started, I will be applying to the Master’s program at Notre Dame in the Fall of 2018 in hopes of being accepted into the spring 2019 class.  This goal can be achieved if I am accepted into the program within five years of trying.  Getting the Master’s degree is a realistic goal as long as I’m accepted into the program within the allotted time and I maintain the required GPA.  This is timely because I am giving myself nine years to achieve this goal.  Getting this degree will be one of the highlights of my life.  Being in school makes me feel that I’m making my children proud.  I want my twenty-four year old son and nineteen-year old daughter to realize that it’s never too late to do anything you decide on when you create plans and are determined.   I’ve always loved school but time and money were not always available when I was younger.  Now that my children are adults, I can show them that learning doesn’t have to end at a certain age.  Going to school is good for my mind and soul.  I enjoy the feeling of learning something new and then teaching others.  Also, I believe that if I’m going to live past the a wonderful age of ninety-five, I may as well have a collection of educational merits denoted by letters, associated with my name to mark my journey. 
In conclusion, my thoughts on aging have changed after reflecting on my life during this process.  I’m looking forward to aspects of my life and aging even more.  I’m also looking forward to making new friends, traveling to new places and having new experiences as shown in the painting I created.  My painting reflects me walking in Vermont on a fall evening watching the leaves change, something I’ve always wanted to do.  I’ll watch the leaves change in Vermont, tour the Louvre in Paris and watch the sunrise in Sedona.  I’m looking forward to putting a new face on aging and want to be that grandmother that travels the world while creating my own coffee table book of life experiences.  As a nurse, I have found myself talking more to my patients who are oriented, about their lives.  I want to find out if they have lived their dreams or if they have any regrets.  Overall, determining how to age successfully has not only made me more self aware, it may make me a more observant and empathetic nurse. 

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