Where do I begin?
I thought about all the New Year’s resolutions I have made over my lifetime and I realized I always chose the generic ones so that I didn’t feel so bad when my resolutions went by the wayside on January 2nd. But this year, it is about change for James Edgar Skye, and I decided in favor of goals instead of resolutions.
I know that I need to continue to expand my blog. I am already working on ideas for the New Year. I have started to write feature articles and that will expand in 2018. Some new topics to discuss are already on a very large list for 2018, and I am thinking of adding guest writers to add a different perspective on The Bipolar Writer.
My memoir is my biggest goal of the year. I am nearing the all-important first draft of my memoir. There is still a long way to go, but I am really focused on getting this major goal accomplished in 2018.
I am already starting, but another major goal of mine is to learn Korean. I chose to go with Rosetta Stone, they have a great subscription service that is priced right.
I am going to read more books. I used to average two-three books a week. With my heavy course load and writing goals I think I can sneak in at least once a week. I have a huge Audible library so I can listen to books while I write and study. I used to do it all the time, I am not sure why I stopped.
I have mental health goals this year as well. I want to really focus on getting my anxiety back to manageable levels. I finally have a legit dosage of Ativan and that will help, but I need to be less reliant on the medication.
I want to figure out once and for all my triggers of my social anxiety so that I can leave the house more in 2018.
I don’t want to be limited this year. So much of 2017 was full of things that kept me from really living. I live twenty minutes from the beach, and yet I never actually go. I have to figure out a way to go to the beach more in 2018. It means getting my social anxiety under control.
I am going to work on my self-discipline in 2018. It is a major weakness. It means having a schedule that works. Waking at the same time every day and going to sleep at a decent hour. Meditating and working on CBT’s mindfulness breathing. My self-discipline this year has been chaotic at best, and I know there are so many changes that I can make.
I think the biggest goal in 2018 is not overwhelming myself to a point where I end up in the hospital, again. I need to learn that I have limits and when it comes to that each day, I can walk away from any project that I am working on.
I also want to appreciate the small victories in life.
I am sure my goals will change as 2018 signs of progress begin to make themselves clear but these are the most important to me at the moment.
I would like to know some of your goals in 2018 from my fellow mental health and really any blogger that reads this blog post. I am hoping for a great New Year as always, but I have a great feeling about this year.
I am not sure if I will write another post in 2017, so I wanted to wish all my fellow bloggers a very Happy New Year. May 2018 be the best year ever.