Welcome to 2018! It's time once again to look at last year's resolutions and share the ones I have for this year.
2017 was a rough year for just about everyone, I think, and the same goes for me. However, I made a lot of progress, especially after going to Mayo Clinic at the end of July, and I look forward to continuing that progress in 2018.
My goals were to stay alive, find better treatment options, and do some writing. I accomplished all of these, I'm happy to say. I didn't give in to the suicidal thoughts that I was dealing with at the end of 2016/beginning of 2017, and after Mayo Clinic, I did find better treatment options that have allowed me to return, bit by bit, to my life, thus resolving those thoughts in a positive way. I also did do some writing--not just journals and blog posts, but also some rewriting on The Prophecy Keeper and half of a novel-length fanfic that was really helpful in keeping my spirits up through the hard times.
Furthermore, I was able to start attending church on a regular basis for the first time since 2013, and I attended the LDS temple for the first time since 2014. I returned to the level of exercise I was at before I started having tremors at the end of 2016. I also read 343 books, which is less than usual, but I read more pages in total than I had since 2014. (Also, 343 is pretty boss, let me just say.) I also joined Instagram! And I temporarily achieved my weight loss goal from April 2016, although I've gained some again since then, LOL.
So things are really looking up. This year, I can go back to making the same kind of goals I used to before I got super sick. Here we go!
1) Transcribe my old diaries. This is a project I've been working on for a couple months now. I'd like to finish it this year.
2) Finish editing The Prophecy Keeper and start editing Coca. Ditto!
3) Write a new novel. This is something of a stretch, but I'm planning on doing it for NaNoWriMo, my first NaNo run since 2014. I look forward to that!
4) Do well in my MLIS classes. I'm restarting my program online this month. Hopefully I'll be able to keep up and get two, maybe three classes completed this year.
5) Test all of the "yellow column" foods on the IC Network diet to see if I can tolerate them. I've been working on this also for a few months, with some success! I look forward to seeing what other foods I can add onto my diet.
6) Go on a date. This, of course, is not entirely in my control, but I'm going to do my best to make it happen.
7) Read 365 books. This is my usual number, and I think this year I'll be able to get back to it!
8) Read the scriptures (most) every evening. Daily scripture reading/prayer are so commonly touted in my church that they're known as "primary answers." Unfortunately, they're also the things I have the hardest time with. This year, I'm going to really try to read my scriptures every night--and also to pray, but I'm focusing on the scriptures right now.
9) Continue making progress towards a more stable existence with my chronic illnesses.
I'm really glad things are looking up so much compared to the end of the year in 2016 :) I'm hopeful that 2018 will be a good one. What are your goals for this year? Let me know, and I'll be back tomorrow with our January humor post!
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