Hello, and welcome to 2017! In lieu of a Top Ten Tuesday post, today I'm going to take a look at my resolutions from 2016 and share my new ones for this year.
As you know, 2016 was a rough year for me. I did complete resolutions #4, #5, and #6--I graduated from BYU-Idaho with my English degree, I was accepted into SJSU's Library and Information Science program, and I completed two basic courses to start out my Master's degree. However, with my health worsening throughout the first half of the year and then taking a major dive during the second half, I was unable to complete any of my other resolutions.
Extreme fatigue and brain fog have made it difficult to do much but sit in bed and watch TV for the past six months. I haven't been able to do more than a little editing on COCA (resolution #1), I've been too ill to go most places, let alone do the driving (#2), since I was unable to edit COCA, I also did not write a new novel or start sending out to agents (#3), I didn't have a job or any energy to budget the money I had (#8, #7), I had no chance to meet a guy, let alone date one (#9), and even my reading time slowed, though I did hit an adjusted reading goal of 350 books, which I will also aim for this year (#10). Furthermore, I still have no real plan for the future, especially now that I'm too sick to do much anything.
What did happen in 2016: I was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis, I began having significant tremors requiring me to start using a cane, and I still didn't find any real solution to the health issues that are preventing me from reaching my goals. I also lost weight at my doctor's recommendation--20 pounds, though I'd like to try for 10 more. I'm not making that one an official 2017 resolution because I'm not sure how feasible it is, but I will at least continue trying.
This year, given my continued health issues, I have just a few resolutions.
First, stay alive. That one goal has gotten me through a lot during the past six months, so I'm making it official. After all, I've had an unexpected resurgence of suicidal thoughts this year (though I'm currently okay), and I don't know when they might return. Regardless, it's important that I keep fighting.
Second, find better treatment options. I think, I hope, that in the next twelve months, at some point I can find at least a partial solution to all that's ailing me. I don't know when or how, so I can't ask much more of myself, but I do want to start getting better.
Third, do some writing. It doesn't matter what project or how much, but I do want to make sure that writing remains my second priority, after my health. It's more important than grad school or work or any of that to me, and I know that I will be able to get some done, even if I remain at this level of sickness all year. I just have to prioritize it.
So there's where I'm at, coming into 2017. How about you? What are your resolutions for 2017? Let me know, and I'll see you tomorrow.
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