I talk honestly and openly about my experiences with mental illness, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome through the lens of feminism, fat acceptance and process theology. I also do recipe and book reviews. My mission is to spread the message that hope is always real for a better life, despite living in a world that is often very harsh.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Year's Resolutions

I'm a little embarrassed to admit this, but I have a few new year's resolutions this year.  I prefer to call them "goals," because I think it sounds more definite and it feels more likely that I'll actually achieve them.

1.  To blog more often.  You may have noticed that I blogged more last month than usual.  That wasn't just because I was on vacation.  The main reason is I have a lot more energy than I used to and I feel like now is the time to stretch myself, to do more while I can.  Besides, I have a lot of things to say.  The content won't change much-I'll still write a hodgepodge of spiritual insights, book and recipe reviews, pop culture critique and stories about my recovery-just more often.  My goal is to write a post every day, except on the days when I am too exhausted, like yesterday.  I want to push myself, but I am not unrealistic.

2.  To work full time.  Before you gasp in surprise, no I don't mean a paid, full-time job.  I spent this past year getting better while working on my recovery and I feel like I am doing well enough to experiment with working full-time.  My plan is to keep my part-time job in the morning and to volunteer for several more hours in the afternoon every day at a nursing home/assisted living place.  My ultimate career goal is to be an activities coordinator/director or at least be an assistant to one at a place where elderly are.  I'm feeling better lately, but I honestly don't know if working eight hours a day will be too much for me or not and I don't know if I will get too anxious and stressed-out or not.  I figure the only way I will know if I am ready for a full-time job is to do full-time volunteering.  That way, if it doesn't work out, quitting won't be as much of a big deal.  Also, I am used to coming home after my morning job and taking a nap.  I am very interested in seeing if I have the stamina to work longer hours.  Of course, there are many small goals I will have to accomplish in order to start the volunteer job-visiting nursing homes, talking to their activities coordinator,  reworking my resume, etc. but I am very excited about this.  I feel like I am stepping out in the right direction.

Are you making any resolutions?  If you are, what are they?

Of course, there will still be days when i will feel like this:
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