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I’ve never been one for resolutions, mostly because it seemed silly to wait until January 1st to start working on a goal. I’m more of a now-or-never type, where things either get done immediately or put off until the eventual heat death of the universe. This year, I wanted to see what it is like to set a goal on January 1st and then actually complete it. Because I am driven by anxiety and back-up plans, I’m hedging my bets with 12 Resolutions.

Here’s what you need to know. There are three menus to the right of this post. One is for the super-short updates on each of the resolutions if you want a quick catch-up. The second is for following this blog if you want email notifications of new posts. The third is a link to my Ko-Fi page. If you enjoy reading this blog, please consider donating through that link. It’s just $3 each time and it helps me keep the resident rabbits fed and a roof over our heads. It’s also super appreciated. Below are all 12 Resolutions for 2019.

The Resolution List:

  1. Finish editing a book. I’ve been working on a novel for nearly five years now. My first goal this year is to finish editing it so that I can see if anyone wants to publish it.
  2. Publish something more than a blog post. I had a short story published a few years ago, but then stopped writing and submitting for a while. My second goal this year is to find an outlet for something that I’ve written (besides this blog, of course.)
  3. Finish the library shelves. In my house, I have a library. It’s a room off the living room and it’s probably my favorite room in my house. It also serves as a sewing and writing room and is in desperate need of additional shelf space. My third goal this year is to build shelves on all four walls.
  4. Cut trails through the woods. My house sits on about 5 acres of land, most of which is heavily wooded. There is one trail that winds through it, but I’ve been dreaming of having another one that runs around the perimeter. My fourth goal this year is to prioritize the outdoor work and make this happen.
  5. (Revised) Pay 150% of the minimum monthly Student Loan payment. My original goal this year was to reduce the overall balance of my student loans by $3,000 (including the accruing interest). An unexpected cut in my monthly income led to a revision of this goal. Now I’m seeking to simply pay 50% over the minimum monthly payment each month. which works out to $210/month.
  6. Read 24 books. Two shelves in the library are just books that I’ve purchased but haven’t read yet. My sixth goal this year is to read 24 of them.
  7. Hold onto kindness longer. I work in customer service and education in all three of my jobs. This means encountering a lot of wonderful people and a few not-so-wonderful people. I try to be patient and kind to everyone, but some people are wonderful at finding the right words to get a reaction. My seventh goal this year is to hold onto kindness for at least one more sentence each time someone is being not-so-wonderful to me.
  8. Visit somewhere new. One of my jobs allows me to travel to quite a few places. My eighth goal this year is to visit somewhere that I’ve never been before, even if it’s a new place within an old place.
  9. (Revised) Save $400 for Dragon Con by August 1st. There’s comfort in returning to a place that you know well. My original ninth goal this year was to visit somewhere that I’ve been before, to relive memories or see how it’s changed. Due to a decline in monthly income, I’ve switched this to saving specifically for an already-planned trip to Dragon Con, rather than an entirely separate trip.
  10. Sew a costume. I enjoy sewing but time management for projects is not one of my strong suits. My tenth goal this year is to turn one costume idea into a reality and to accomplish it before the event actually occurs.
  11. Sew 300 stuffed animals. All three of my pet rabbits came from the Georgia House Rabbit Society. The GHRS does amazing work for abandoned and discarded domestic rabbits, as well as helping to find new caring homes for all their residents. I make stuffed rabbits so that the bunnies have something soft to cuddle while they wait for their forever homes. My eleventh goal this year is to make 300 of them this year, which works out to 25 per month.
  12. Tell people the truth. I have PTSD as well as OCD, but I don’t talk about either one very often. When one or the other is flaring, I don’t explain what’s happening to others. Instead, I isolate myself and wait for it to pass. I tell people when my back is hurting or when my vertigo disorder is acting up, but for some reason saying that my brain chemicals are out of whack is a lot harder. This does me no good and it damages the friendships that I worked hard to built. My twelfth goal this year is to stop being silent about my mental health.