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If you could keep one new year's resolution

Having epilepsy has helped me prioritize my life. Even though I pretend otherwise, I have realized that I can't do everything. Being a parent, a husband and a photographer has also helped me prioritize. For 2012, I will narrow my focus further.

Rather than creating a list of "things I would like to do," for the epilepsy community during 2012, I have decided to choose one New Year's Resolution and put my energy into the resolution. My resolution will guide me. I will still have a list of things I would like to do and I will probably do many of them, but not at the expense of my primary resolution.

I am encouraging you to do the same. Make one resolution. For our community. Keep your commitment to yourself. If we all keep our main commitment, we will become more powerful.

Throughout the year, we can monitor our success. We can seek and extend help. At the year, we can reflect on our growth.

I resolve to help our epilepsy community learn how to use online tools to become more connected to each other. Our community is at an exciting time in history. We are meeting each other. We are learning about others. We are growing and becoming more powerful. But our virtual voices are barely audible as we end 2011. At the end of 2012, where will we be?

What would you like to do? What interests you the most? Will you share?

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Comment by Carissa Edmonds on January 6, 2012 at 1:14pm

@Bryan thanks!!!!

@Guy Thanks...I learned it from ppl on the outside because they didnt want me growing up learning it the wrong way. I teach my older two the way I learned. I let them watch that show Teen Moms and tell them the truth its a lot more to it than what you see on camera.

But I have never heard of epilepsy based music. It sounds interesting. I like to hear it.


But I will keep everyone posted.

Comment by Jamie Campbell on January 6, 2012 at 7:48am

Thanks Brian.  I would like to create a team for the Epilepsy Walk in Washington DC 2012.... I blogged about it here!


If any of you live in the DC area, our team would love to have you! Or, if you're interested in a shirt- the proceeds will directly go to the Epilepsy foundation!


Thanks again Brian!



Comment by Guy Stoker on January 5, 2012 at 5:38pm
Hi Carissa. I particularly like your talk idea. I wish I'd had it at my school when I was young. Who knows, you may be able to use epilepsy based music (my speciality) as a way in in some cases. Best wishes.
Comment by bryan farley on January 5, 2012 at 5:26pm

no need to apologize... 

I have noticed in myself that I often make too many resolutions or I make vague declarations. I was trying to nudge you a little closer to making one decision. 

Of course, you can still go to the walk and help people learn about epilepsy. I was not telling you to do one thing only... 

keep being awesome

Comment by Carissa Edmonds on January 5, 2012 at 3:35pm

Hey Bryan. Its still in the works, we are in works with everything 

*how do we get ppl to talk about their past.

*how to get parents to let their kids hear the truth & not just what the schools sex ed books let them learn

*to have each state/district approve what we are trying to accopmplish overall


Some of us have said it may take a little longer than 2012 but we will keep pushing until we make head way.


The i guess was because I had like three things going on in my head...this, the walk, and making epilepsy known a little better. Sorry

Comment by bryan farley on January 5, 2012 at 3:21pm

@ Carissa,

That is awesome. 

but here is my question. Do you "guess?" Or is it your thing for 2012? What will it look like for you to be successful at the end of 2012?

Comment by Carissa Edmonds on January 5, 2012 at 3:04pm

I did sign up for the Speak Up Speak Out but I have never been and I am waiting to go to one.


I guess my biggest thing is to join with others who have been thru different situations whether they are health related or not ex. AIDS, HIV, abuse, gangs, pregnancy (teens, rape, molestation) etc. to go to schools and talk to these kids and parents to give them a reality check on what life has for them when they decide to do what they want to do. We want to travel and speak to different school and communities.

That is something a few friends are working on with me.

Comment by Monica on January 5, 2012 at 10:30am
Oh, look at that 250 views!! :)
Comment by bryan farley on January 4, 2012 at 5:28pm

Thanks Monica... 

Somehow, I got lucky and became one of the four featured bloggers for the Epilepsy Foundation. If you go to EFA link http://epilepsyfoundation.ning.com/page/eblog-1, you can find me. 

Unfortunately, the "featured blogs" are a little ... not really sure how to describe it. Under-featured?

Being under-featured connects to my new year's resolution. Even though I value my position as a featured blogger, I am aware that only 232 views have been registered on this blog post as I write this comment. This does not reflect well on our organization or community. We are not spreading the word. The organization is not connecting. We are not connecting to each other.

Non-profits and businesses measure their success with numbers. 232 is not a successful number. At least not for a featured blog. I must do more, even if this means that I must challenge EFA to feature their Featured bloggers.

I am grateful to everyone who reads. I appreciate my place as featured blogger, and I accept the responsibility to do more. I guess I better get on the OEF Facebook page now.


Comment by Monica on January 3, 2012 at 6:17pm
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