New Year’s Recovery Plan

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According to the Hearst Corporation, owner of the Woman’s Day brand and approximately 319 other magazines, “Woman’s Day is the trusted friend of more than 20 million women. With our ‘yes-you-can’ attitude, thoughtful advice and easy solutions, we inspire readers to live well every day.”  We know that life-threatening injuries do not discriminate based on gender. We know that a “yes-you-can” attitude is essential to recovery. We know that the people who read the Beyond Injury blog do so because they are looking for advice and solutions that address their obstacles. Most importantly, we know that “living well” and “enjoying life” are similar concepts.

Even though there are many reasons why I should refer to articles published in Women’s Day, it was not until my mom showed me an article written by Susan Spencer, Editor-in-Chief of Woman’s Day, I decided to quote from a story in the magazine. 

In the January 2013 issue of Women’s Day, Spencer tells us her New Year’s resolution is “to try new experiences.” She then shared her rock-climbing experience with us. She participated in the rock-climbing adventure because she was inspired by her daughter not because she wanted to keep up with her daughter or the Jones’s.

Spencer reminds us that “This is the time of year when we’re all making resolutions to change ourselves for the better.” After she wished her readers the best in achieving their goals, she finished with a reminder to let go so “success will be all the sweeter.”

Whether you consider your recovery plan a “resolution” or an “absolute necessity,” you need to set goals and act in a way that helps you achieve your goals.


Click here to read another Beyond Adversity post about goal setting.

What specific goals have you set for your recovery? How are you measuring your progress toward success? How will you know if you achieve your desired level of recovery? How realistic is your recovery plan? When do you plan to reach your recovery goals? Where are your goals posted? Who have you asked to help you reach your goals? What is preventing you from achieving your recovery goals? How may I help?

Thank you to my mom who recommended the topic of this post and provided the reference material I used in this post. Thank you to Susan Spencer, Woman’s Day, and Hearst Corporation for allowing me to use quotes from Woman’s Day in this post.



  1. Before brain injury Professor at Columbia U, after bi, therapist private practice, after next brain injury, painting. I’m more awake, not wiser because I’m so damaged I’m blurting and antagonizing people, whereas before, i was resepcted. No I’m not “better” I’m profoundly changed, I’m compassionate, and poverty stricken. I accept that my injuries were in the service of my spiritual development, I’m grateful for my life every day, but I can’t make judgments like “I’m better.”

    1. Frances, you are still respected; perhaps not by the same people, but by the people who understand what you have gone through to be the wonderful person that you are. What you call blurting and antagonizing, I see as expressing your passion, sharing your experiences, and communicating at a level that many people (with or without brain injuries) may never be able to reach.

  2. Thanks, Scott, for setting up this website. about your questions: At the time of my 4th brain injury, a severe collision in 1997, I had no goals. I was so injured I didn’t know what was wrong with me, and if I had an unconscious goal it was to get a diagnosis. Unstated, my goal has always been to restore as much brain function as I could: 150 neurofeedback treatments, talk therapy, 2 years of cognitive rehab at ABI, all helped.

    1. Frances, is it possible that you are wiser now than you were before any of your injuries? Is it possible that you are more more inquistive or understanding now than you were before your injuries? Eventhough there are things that you may no longer do as well as you used to, do you believe that you are better now than you were before the injuries?

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