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My hopes for 2012

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Like many people I have things I would like to accomplish this year, most of mine are simple, and maybe even a little cookie cutter in nature when compared to what others make new year resolutions about.

Here is my list of what I want to aim for this year…..

  • Continue working on losing weight, I’ve made a little progress over the past year, but still have a way to go before I reach my goal of about 130 pounds.  For the record, I weighed myself this morning and I’m at 237.2 pounds.
  • Find and prepare at least one new recipe each month that meets the calorie restriction my doctor wants me to aim for.  The recipe can be anything as long as its healthy and preferably easy to make without costing an arm and a leg to buy the ingredients.  Then to help add a layer of accountability, I’ll post something here on this blog about the recipe I chose, and how it turned out,  tentatively my plan is to find the recipe during the last week of the month, then the following week, buy the ingredients, and then prepare the recipe during the week after I get the ingredients with a blog entry to follow around the time I’m eating said recipe.  it will be a test of my organizational skills or maybe time management then again maybe both.
  • Get better at exercising daily, my doctor wants me to aim for at least 1 hour of exercise a day, and I’m struggling with it, some days I struggle to meet the minimum, while other days I’m like a powerhouse and exceed the minimum, while yet other days I skip it completely.  So, my goal for exercise is basically to be more consistent and less sporadic about how much and how often I do it.
  • I also want to work on being more consistent with regards to blogging.  My goal is to post a minimum of 3 posts per week every week, and if I feel inspired to do so I can do more than that, but the minimum target is 3 posts per week.
  • Time management and organization skills …. yes I’m still struggling with this one, but not as bad as I was this time last year.  I’ve learned some skills over the past year that have been helpful, and basically want to continue to build on those skills and see if I can improve on not getting so hyper-focused on things that other stuff ends up suffering.  Organizational skills have improved, but I feel like there is still lots of room for improvement though I have to admit that I’ve handled clutter better than ever before over the past year and have gotten into a bit of a routine with controlling the clutter around my home, but there is still room for improvement since the clutter factor is something that still bothers me and feeds my anxiety, it is something that goes beyond simply being able to know where my keys are, but reaches into the realm of peace of mind as well.  My also blog about tips or ideas I come up with that are helpful, since I’m sure I’m not the only one who struggles with time management and organization, but I’m not sure how often these will be since I like to test ideas out before I share them.
  • My last goal for this year, is to aim to spend at least one or two days per month at either the Historical society or local library to work on my ongoing research project about Warren State Hospital.  This goal is not just to keep my research moving ahead, but also because I struggle with going out and doing things in the world beyond my apartment.  Since I love doing research for fun, I figure that it is something that I could use as a built-in reward for going out and doing something that puts me in a place where I might get to meet new people and get some face to face interaction with others even if it is just to ask for help from the librarian or historical society volunteer with finding something to look through that day, I figure it’s a starting point.  I won’t blog about my research much here, but hope to not only regularly add information to my personal site ( http://jennerlynn.com ) but also more consistently post on another blog I have that is more of a general purpose kind of blog then this one is  ( http://jennerlynn.wordpress.com/ )

So that is my list of things I hope to work on and make some degree of progress on in the coming year.  Most of the things on my list are things I’m already working on, but want to build on what I’ve done so far, while the cooking one is brand new.  All the things on my list are things that give me a sense of purpose, and in many cases are things that help me feel good about myself.  Personal Medicine is something I’ve learned about and have embraced as a tool to help me remain stable mentally and to aid me in reaching beyond where I’m at now.  personal medicine, for those not familiar with the term, is something positive an individual does that they enjoy, and offers some sort of personal benefit.  Examples of personal medicine could be walking, writing, playing a video game, knitting, reading, spending time with a friend, pet or family member, volunteering, or just about anything of that nature.  It is meant to work along side of prescription medication, but unlike pills that you take, personal medicine is something you do …. or in short a positive healthy action with a positive result for the person doing it.  Pat Deegan is a huge promoter of personal medicine as a tool to help in recovery to get an idea of what she does, you could visit her site …. http://patdeegan.com  or if you would like to check out videos of her speaking or doing presentations, go to http://youtube.com and search for “Pat Deegan” and you’ll find lots of videos either by her or of her.  She’s a fascinating woman.

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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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