Chronic Illness New Year’s Resolutions – Part 2

There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.” -Proverbs 19:21

While it can be difficult to make plans while struggling with chronic illness, I shared last week that these goals, or resolutions if you like, don’t need to be grandiose. Last time, I talked about health goals. This week, I’d like to share some ideas for business goals or resolutions if you prefer.

Part 2: Business
So many with chronic illness no longer have a job let alone a career. After all, pain and zero energy is a tough way to make a living. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t earn money. While it’s difficult to get to a job every day, it’s becoming more common for companies to allow employees to work from home. It’s also possible to make money by doing creative things at home due to a little discovery called the world wide web.

If you’ve had to leave a job you either loved or hated, you can make a resolution to find another way of earning a living or contributing to your household finances with any marketable skills and talents you may have. The first thing you’ll need to do is to take inventory of your skills, talents, and interests. What do you like to do? Is it something that you could sell on eBay, Amazon, or on your own website?

The first resolution you can make in 2020 is to discover what talent you have that you might be able to earn from. Next, make a date by which you’ll be done with your soul searching and information gathering. Then, take baby steps to bring that about.

Do you crochet? Sew? Craft? Paint? I’m a writer. I love to put words to story and I love it when what I write can move people. I can write any time I have the energy. I can do it online in my blog or put a book together which is one of my resolutions for 2020.

I know a woman who wrote instrumental songs that expressed how she felt about the Lord. She planned to put them all on a recording and offer the album for sale. I knew a few writers who make a decent living and some editors who do as well.

There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.” -Proverbs 19:21

What’s a talent that God gave you? How can you use it to make an extra income or a living? I’d love to hear your thoughts. I’ll be back next week to talk about the third area of our lives that we can plan for.

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2 Replies to “Chronic Illness New Year’s Resolutions – Part 2”

  1. Good advice to search out how you can use your talents and then take baby steps to bring it about. I believe God has created each of us as ‘perpetual gifts– with something in us always where we can create/produce beauty– There are things within us that we don’t even know about until some type of pressure is put on us to use them.
    Some years ago, there was a woman. Barbara,who was asked by the director of womens ministry at her church, if she could make table centerpieces when they had luncheons. Barbara had never made centerpieces but said she’d try. She decided to take a class at her local craft store that offered classes on flower arranging. Barbara found out she really enjoyed it and took every class she could. Not long after, Barbara started her own florist business which she had for many years before retiring.
    Asking the Lord to lead and show you is the best way to start… and it’s good to have the mindset to try something even if you think you wouldn’t be good at it. You just might surprise yourself!

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