My 2018 Goals

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.

James Edgar Skye

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43 Replies to “My 2018 Goals”

  1. First off thanks for sharing.

    I don’t like to make new years resolutions in general, I like things to be more natural, but SINCE YOU ASKED SO KINDLY:

    -Would like to simultaneously become less reliant and less afraid of kratom; if it has side effects then SO BE IT–ALL medication does, even prescription. Just because it has side effects that doesn’t mean it’s bad for me; if anything that makes it more like a prescription medication. But I need to decrease my dose to see what my “baseline”, as my psychiatrist puts it, state of mind is. Unless that state of mind is absolute debilitation, but possibly even then so?

    -Keep playing tennis 1 hr / week. This should be easy enough to do but you know how even the “easy” stuff can slip through the cracks.

    -Write a lot! Write so much poetry I don’t know what to do with it. It would be nice to be published at least once in 2018 but I can only increase my odds by submitting, I can’t really DECIDE to be published. Or is that me being fatalistic and self-defeating? Anyway… And I would like to put more poetry on my blog so people can read it immediately.

    I think that’s at least a good start, don’t you?


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    1. I think what you set out in this comment is a great start. I think getting published is a great goal and one that you should always have as the end goal. Try small magazines. That can give you a lot of success.


  2. It isn’t really a New Year’s resolution, but I am going to try to do my job without getting stressed out. I plan to do that by searching the Scripture and praying for wisdom. No plan yet, but I’m trusting the Lord to show me the way. (I work in a middle school.) Happy New Year! May it be your best ever!

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  3. Happy New Year! Thank you for all that you courageously share. Just keep being you. Make it your top goal. When you share your vulnerabilities, it helps so many people. You always respond to others with immense grace. It makes it easy for us all to feel a part of things. So, thank you for all that you do to include us in your journey and helping us to understand more deeply. Compassion for others grows through education. Keep up the great work! Wishing you, and everyone here, a very happy, healthy, and peaceful new year. 🌻

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. I always do my best and it feels great to be validated by my peers. I will always keep being me here on my blog. It has meant the world to find myself within my words here. I hope you find everything that you want in 2018 and that your year is a peaceful one.

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  4. My main goal is to stop comparing myself with other people like my friends or batch mates or cousins who are my age and who seem to be doing a lot better than me in life. This just triggers my anxiety like nothing else.

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  5. Happy New Year! Your goals sound great! My main goal this year is to lose some weight. I’m on two medications that cause weight gain so it’s going to be a bit of a struggle at times to lose the weight but I’m determined to get it done. I know I’ll feel better if I do!

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    1. I hate the medications that cause weight gain. That is a good goal to have. It was mine to start 2017 and with my own medications it has gone up and down. Lately it’s been trending downward finally.

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  6. I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions but I am looking forward to reading posts by my fellow bloggers. Happy New Year’s JE Skye!

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  7. I like your goals. And i know ypu can achieve them.
    I’ve got certain goals to accomplish too. Maybe 2018 would be good if they just go right.
    Happy new year. May ur wishes come true, and ur goals be achieved. May happiness guide ur path.

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  8. I love your goals and all the best in achieving them. Goals? I realise they do not work for me. I find that if I really want to do something, I’d get up and do it and making resolutions have never worked for me in the past. 😁

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  9. Good luck with all your goals 🤗

    My own resolutions/goals… eat healthier. Technically my diet started 6 hours ago and I’m already craving soda. Or even just juice for that matter 😐

    More yoga. Like daily.

    More reading & actual writing.
    ^^ with that actual writing FINALLY finish my novel/memoir. If I get it published too extra kudos.

    Being happy. Preferably without medication but baby steps.


  10. This is a great post and also ever so relatable! I could relate to every paragraph within your post. Good luck in the 2018 with all your goals and you can totally do it! 🙂

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