Thursday, January 5, 2017

New Year, New You, New Everything!

A belated Happy New Year! & Happy 2017! to all my readers!

I've been meaning to post for several days now, and to be honest, my motivation just hasn't been there. Once the hoopla of Christmas, and the work of cooking the Big Meal was done, my get up and go got up and went! The Holiday season usually hits me hard where depression is concerned, and this year has been no different. I allowed myself some time off, but I don't want that to stretch on forever, so it's time to get myself going! 

A new year always brings new possibilities. I have decided that in the New Year, I will put principles set forth in Chris Hardwick's book, The Nerdist Way, into practice. I have projects to work on and complete this year.

Now, I don't really believe in making resolutions. Too much pressure. But, I do have a "to do" list for the coming year. It includes:

*Create something every day! It can just be a quick pencil sketch, but I need to draw or otherwise work on some art in some form every day.

*Write more! I have stories I want to tell, and in today's world, I don't really have to worry about submitting to a publisher and being rejected. Too much anxiety. I can just write, edit, and self-publish online. 

*Finish a comic and get more going and published! Again, I can self-publish... I've dragged my feet too long on this one. This is a depression issue, I know. Fear of success is as daunting as fear of failure, so you end up paralyzed into doing nothing.

*Lose some weight! I'm heavier than I'm comfortable with at this point. I don't really care about how the weight looks on me, but I do care about the potential health issues. My short term goal is to get myself out walking for 30 minutes, 3 times a week - even if I have to work up to it! Then, to increase frequency and how long I walk. I'm also going to work on making dietary changes. Walking will also help me with my depression issues.

*Keep working on surviving day to day with depression. It's a battle, and there's more to it than just feeling "sad". It affects sleep, memory, ability, etc... You KNOW you should be doing this thing or that, but you end up doing nothing. And trying to work on it can make it worse. The depression does not want to let go of you. I do my best with it, and it's a constant battle. I'm hoping that the first item on this list will help give some structure to my battle.

That's all I have to say for now. Life goes on, and I've got to get on with it! 

Take Care, and remember to be good to yourself as well as others!


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