• Monday, 2 January 2017

    Goals for 2017

    Happy New Year! Ooh gosh, didn't that come round quickly? Everyone enjoy their celebrations? We have a few people round most years and adopt an open house policy. Jay went a little overboard on the party food this year, although there were no complaints about that obviously. After a new years day of recovery and a lot of sleep, I've had some time to reorganise and think about what I'm aiming for this year. I'm notoriously bad at resolution keeping, so this year, I am only making goals that are more realistic. In theory anyway, so without further ado, here are my resolutions for this year.

    1. Take control of my health.
    Last year, one of my resolutions was to get help for my anxiety and depression, which I did. I completed a course of CBT at the local hospital and I was prescribed citalopram to help cope. Whilst both these things have largely been good, I've had some difficult side effects with my medication and I want to talk to my doctor about other options. I'm also currently thinking of switching up my birth control, I've been on the combination pill for a very long time now and I think it's possible it has a negative affect on my mental health. These things I can have some control over.

    As for my physical health, I cannot change the fact that I have colitis. But I can work on some of the difficulties that come with it. I have terrible aching joints, which is not helped by the fact that I'm unfit and overweight. My weight has fluctuated a lot since I was diagnosed, different medications affect it and a love of sugar doesn't help. Whilst I'm reasonably happy with how I look, or at least, it's a journey that I'm working on, I do want to lose some weight and generally get fitter. For Christmas this year, I had a years gym membership paid for and I'm looking forward to getting stuck in with it. I've even gone and bought some new running gear. Weird, right?

    I don't believe that exercise and a healthier diet can be a miracle cure for either colitis or my mental illness, and if I had a penny for every time someone suggested it could, I'd be able to afford a lot more shoes. But I'd be silly to deny their health benefits completely and as I have spent the last few years at war with my physical self, I'd like to wear some better armour.

    2. Create more art.
    I'd love to be able to say 'this is the year I get a full time job in the arts!' Yay, sheer will power will make this work. Except, I kind of said that last year. I've been pursuing a creative career for the past few years and I still am. I've been working on various creative projects and for this year, so I just want to increase that. It's really easy to get complacent when you're working in a job that isn't the most fulfilling and I know that I am always much better off mentally if I'm busy. So this year I will try to increase the amount of art I'm actually working on, both professionally and personally.

    3. Be more conscious with money.
    If you haven't realised by now, I'm a bit poor right now. I say right now, I have been for a while, mostly due to my current employment situation. I've always been quite thrifty and me and Jay are managing okay for now, but I'd like to be a little more mindful about my decisions. I know that I am so easily influenced by sales and good deals and for me on a bad day, there's nothing like a quick ASOS order to cheer me up. 

    Obviously, this hasn't been happening too much lately, because we've been living within our means. Really, I'm just trying to question why I purchase things the way I do. I really do have enough shoes and why I insist on buying more books when I already have a stack of unread novels to get through is beyond me. I'm hoping if I pay more attention to these sort of things, I can save a little extra money and use what I already have. 

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