Welcome to 2020! Today marks not only the beginning of a new year but also the beginning of a new decade. I started this blog in mid-2012, which doesn't quite bring us to a decade ago, but there's still a lot of content here to explore if you'd like to review. A good place to start is with my past resolutions!
New Year's Resolutions
January Humor and New Year's Resolutions
Top Ten Tuesday: New Year's Resolutions
New Year's Resolutions 2017
New Year's Resolutions 2018
New Year's Resolutions 2019
For me, this decade was largely marked by illness, with 2010 being the year that I first started seeking help for my developing fibromyalgia. According to my journals, I started showing possible signs of interstitial cystitis as early as 2013, with chronic fatigue syndrome and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome possibly making their appearances around 2015. In mid-2016, I became ill enough that I could no longer perform substantial gainful activity, which continues today, although I saw a great deal of improvement after visiting Mayo Clinic in 2017. It's been an adventure, that's for sure!
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It's time to review last year's resolutions before making new ones for 2020!
2019 Resolution Review
1) Maintain my physical and mental health. Check!
2) Make back the startup costs of my online editing business. Check! My business did pretty well, though I did not accomplish the additional goals of having a gig a month or having to pay income taxes (I think?).
3) Finish this edit of #OCDStory and get it to beta readers. Check. I did finish that edit, I did get my manuscript to a couple of beta readers, and now I'm editing it some more. ð¤·ââï¸
4) Write a new novel. Here's where I ran into trouble. It turns out writing has become excruciatingly slow for me, and I had to return to #OCDStory before I could get all that far in #SnowQueenStory. C'est la vie!
5) Apply for SSI. Check. I got rejected in November, which is part for the course when your condition isn't in their Blue Book, so I'm now appealing with a lawyer's help.
6) Read 325 books. Unfortunately, I ran into trouble here as well. I only managed 264 books in 2019, which is my worst in quite some time! I've made some time management adjustments recently that I hope will help me in the future.
7) Get a steadier part-time remote job in the editing/writing field. Check! In April, I got hired by Lionbridge as a U.S. Rater. It wasn't really an editing/writing job, more of a quality check gig where I helped provide localization services and train AIs, but it was remote and part-time. However, this last month, I became a qualified English editor (remote and part-time) for Scribbr, an academic editing service based in the Netherlands. I'm now in the process of leaving Lionbridge, and I look forward to my future with Scribbr!
1) Prepare #OCDStory for querying. This may be a bit of a stretch, but it's time to get things moving with my writing career. I've been working on #OCDStory for years now, and I want to start sending it out into the market. It's been a long while since I've queried a manuscript! But I think this one might be The One.
2) Thrive in my work with Scribbr and as a freelancer. It may not be as concrete a goal as the ones I set for my business last year, but I think this is appropriate. I just want to keep doing well! I suppose this does include, like last year, my business making more than it spends.
3) Obtain SSI benefits, especially Medicare. I know this goal isn't in my control, but I'm turning 26 this year, and I need to get health insurance. Some people in my generation who struggle to find work with full benefits are taking the risk and going without, but that's not feasible for a person with multiple medical costs a month. I also want to be able to pay my fair share of the household expenses, which will only be possible with the help of SSI payments.
4) Test most of the red-level foods on the interstitial cystitis list and double-check food intolerances. In 2019, my diet possibilities opened up some more when I discovered that I could eat chocolate (hallelujah!). That means I'm set to test out the most risky foods for people with interstitial cystitis. Whatever additions I can make to my diet will be valuable, but I especially hope for more protein-heavy possibilities, as my protein levels have been a continuing issue.
5) Lose ten or more pounds. I've been working on this one for a while, but I'm hopeful that future diet changes will make it possible at last. If I accomplish this, I'll be back within the "normal" BMI range. It isn't my most important goal, for sure, but it is a goal!
6) Floss more often. Look, my dentist has really been on my back about this, and it shouldn't be that hard to accomplish, seeing as I've been doing it like twice a month at best.
7) Read 300 books. I'm determined to make it happen this time. Like I said, I've made some time management adjustments, particularly with social media, that I think will help!
8) Serve more in my church. This has been a difficult prospect with all my illnesses, and I know I can't do much, but I've been feeling guilty about letting some of my church duties slip. I want to contribute a bit more.
Thanks for your support! Tell me about your 2020 resolutions, and I'll be back Saturday with the most interesting and useful things I found online during the last three months.
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