Letter from The Editor – 2020 – A new year, a new decade!

Welcome to New Focus Daily and to 2020!  Is it REALLY 2020? A new year already AND a new decade?   It’s hard to believe yet another year has passed.    What does your new year look like? 

Welcome to New Focus Daily and to 2020!  Is it REALLY 2020? A new year already AND a new decade?   It’s hard to believe yet another year has passed. 


What does your new year look like?  Our regular readers probably remember that I am one of those who makes resolutions at various times of the year and not those that always begin on January 1. That may not be the “norm” for most people, but it works for me and that’s what counts!  While I don’t “do” resolutions, I do usually pick a “focus” word that is meaningful to me and to make conscious efforts to reflect on that word throughout the year.  For 2019, my word was “courage.”   On many occasions in 2019 I drew upon that word and feel like I did my very best remembering to draw upon my inner-strength and courage and to not be afraid. While most things turned out just fine, sometimes having courage for me meant facing a less-than-ideal outcome, dealing with it, finding “lessons learned,” and using that courage to move forward. My “word” worked for me and even though courage led me to lots of good, it also helped me face the not-so-good and circumstances which I would have never thought I would have been able to face without a complete meltdown. Courage! We all have it within, we just have to find it when life seems to beat us down, and we all have challenges to deal with – it’s life!   I can leave 2019 feeling that I did my best and I hope it was that way for each of our readers.  


So, what is my word for 2020?   Patience.  I am pretty much one of the most patient people you will meet. So why did I choose that word? In everyday life, I seem to have it – MOST of the time that is.  I still can get a little inpatient with the minor aggravations in life, but for the most part I am pretty patient with those things.  With “big picture” stuff, though, I can really struggle when things don’t come together quickly enough. Even things that I KNOW are things that will take some time.  I think I started out on the right foot in 2019 in learning to be a more patient person with “big picture” things.  I started a new program of study in 2018 which could last up to five years depending on how quickly I can get through it while having a family, full-time job, my work at New Focus Daily, and a life!  My lack of “big picture” patience almost caused me to not enroll at all.    I made an ever-changing “thermometer” image that I posted on my wall that gets “updated” any time I finish one of the classes required in my program. It started as a little bit of red at the bottom and now is over halfway done as of December 2019.   I decided after some reflection that I need to find a way to develop that same kind of patience for other parts of my life that are more “big picture” and to focus on the positive outcomes today that might not be realized until further in my life journey.  There are so many things I want to do, see, and experience, and they are not all going to happen overnight! Patience. I am going to make it my word for 2020!


For those who do make new year’s resolutions, I hope you succeed at each and every one of them! Are you familiar with the term “microresolutions” or “microsteps”? If not, I encourage you to read more about that as you embark on your journey of accomplishing all that you desire in 2020.  Microsteps are steps that are so small that it is almost impossible to fail.  There is a great article in Forbes magazine that will get you started!  Look for more throughout the year in New Focus Daily on this topic as well.   I love to see people achieving their goals!


We have some incredible Untold feature stories planned for 2020 that are sure to inspire and demonstrate courage (there’s that word again), and YES, even patience as those in the stories have had to deal with life-changing situations and circumstances that require a whole lot of it. Prepare to be amazed!  We look forward to providing through our 2020 features the facilitate inspiration, education, empowerment, and to helping our readers to be the best that they can be.   Whether your goals for the new year – or in life in general – are health-related, financial, personal, or something else entirely, NFD strives to inspire readers to live better and be better.   


2020, we are READY!   Remember to “like” us on Facebook (Women Survivors Alliance and New Focus Daily) and  follow us on Twitter (@WomenSurvivors, @NFDsurvivorsmag) so you can see our daily postings and keep up with all of the many, many happenings of the WSA including Untold    


Be Focused, Be Inspired – It’s a New Day!


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Cindy Chafin
Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as project director for the Women Survivors Alliance and New Focus Daily magazine. Cindy is masters-level certified in health education by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice. She is proud to be a CHES® and has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Cindy has been involved in multiple cancer activities and projects since 2000, including serving as the state coalition coordinator for Tennessee for 13 years, and currently is involved with several cancer organizations. She currently is the Associate Director for Community Programs for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002 and served as interim director from 2015-2018. She has been touched by cancer personally after seeing both family and friends alike suffer from the disease.

Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as the Women Survivors Alliance and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to partner with New Focus Daily and WSA.