My personal goals for 2015

As 2014 comes to a close, my mind is moving into 2015 and thinking about the possibilities I have for goals for the coming year.  Here’s a list of some of the things I hope to continue working on and a couple of things I hope to try for the first time.

  • Kinda cliché but I plan to continue working on my weight loss goals.  At the time of this post I weigh 226 pounds, and am hoping that by this time next year I can say I weigh less than 200 pounds even getting to 199.9 pounds would impress me at this point.  I’ve lost 30 pounds already, but ultimately hope to get back down to 125 pounds, but that may take a couple of years.
  • To continue to post things here and maybe even add a few more items that are a bit more of my own original work, I’m thinking I will aim for a minimum of 3 posts in the coming year that aren’t simply relayed articles, but are something I create based on my own experiences.
  • Now that I have a fitbit Flex and can easily track how many steps I take each day I would like to work on increasing my number of steps per day to where I am able to easily reach a minimum of 8,000 steps per day my goal is to get to where I am doing over 10,000 per day on a fairly consistent basis.  My best since getting my Fitbit Flex is about 6,480 steps in a single day, but I only did it once so far, so I feel like striving for 8k steps is a reasonable goal.
  • I have done more knitting and been getting more looms that allow me to knit different things on them, but I hope to knit 6 scarves by Halloween so I can give them to the Hat and Mitten Ministry at my Church.
  • This one is a tad odd, but one goal I have for this year is that by this time next year to have spent $200 on new clothes they can either be brand new or new to me from secondhand stores, but I really need to get new clothes, because it’s been ages since I went clothes shopping and I’m reaching a point where I have more clothes that really need to be replaced then I have stuff that is in really good shape, I think in the past 10 years I’ve bought 2 t-shirts, 3 packs each of bras, underwear and socks, and a pair of winter boots.  Some of the clothes I’m wearing probably should have been re-purposed 10 years ago.
  • In conjunction with my clothing purchasing goal …. I am setting a goal to re-purpose as much as I can of my old clothes, even if it means turning them into cleaning rags or to wipe my hands off when I oil the chain on my bike, my goal is to find as many non-clothing uses for the clothes I am replacing as I can so they aren’t just being tossed into the landfill.  They are in bad enough shape I wouldn’t consider donating them to goodwill, so cleaning rags or maybe stuffing for craft projects might be the best I can do, but I want to use them until they can’t be used any more basically.
  • Continue the work I’ve done at better addressing my health issues both in my mental and physical health.  Like a lot of people I hate going to the doctor, but honestly I’m finding that if I address things when they first become a problem they are easier to treat, and I typically feel better sooner than I do if I wait.  I’m pretty much sick and tired of being sick and tired, so continuing to address and manage my heath care needs is a huge priority for the coming year.  I addressed a couple of things last year and learned that by simply having 2 infected toenails removed, I felt a lot better overall, not only did my toes stop hurting, but the rest of me felt better too.  I also started getting treated for Asthma this past year and it too was something that made a huge impact on my quality of life.  I have other stuff that I want to address, so basically I’m building on what I learned in 2014 when I had those pesky toenails surgically removed.
  • I want to ride my bike at least 10 miles per week once the weather is better for riding, further would be better, but my minimal goal is 10 miles per week.
  • I think my most challenging goal though is to find ways to better distribute items through a ministry I started in 2014.  Collection is going great, but distribution is slow so I want to try to balance that out during the coming year so that folks who need the items will benefit from what has been collected.
  • Read 2 books during 2015 (either e-book or physical bound books)
  • And finally do some more work on researching the history of Warren State Hospital, that got put on the back burner for the most part in 2014, and I would like to dust off that project and see if I can make some more progress on learning about its history, because I found that while researching the history of Warren State Hospital, I was also gaining insight into the history of the mental health system and how people with mental illnesses have been treated in the past and started to better understand why things are the way they are now. So, basically learning about the past is helping me better wrap my head around the present when it comes to the topic of “Mental Health” and all the subtopics found under that heading.

“All Kinds of Minds”

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This page on the TED talks website contains 9 videos about mental illness, and includes ideas about how music can help people, ECT, what it’s like to hear voices, and other related topics.

TED (conference)

TED (conference) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Therapy in your own hands: The health benefits of knitting”

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This October 16, 2014 article on the Pocono Record website talks about the mental and physical benefits of knitting, and offers some possible reason for why interest in it has increased dramatically over the past several years.

“This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Music.”

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This September 10, 2014 NPR article talks about a small study that shows there could be more benefit to kids learning a musical instrument then what we realize.  The article says that the study was small so it wasn’t large enough to draw any solid conclusions, but that the results do seem to point to a better understanding of language among kids who learned to play an instrument.

English: Txun Txun, chordophone musical instru...

English: Txun Txun, chordophone musical instrument from Basque Country Català: Txun txun; instrument cordòfon del País Basc (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Are You Getting Enough Vitamin M?”

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This post found on The Unbound Spirit website talks about Vitamin M and how many health benefits one can get  from it.  Enjoy!

“Gratitude for art show (letter)”

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This letter was written to thank the folks involved with the Bell Socialization Services,  Mental Health Recovery art show.  I wish that more pieces of this nature would be seen in the media showing that there are things that are positive that people with mental illnesses do and that we are not all violent criminals that the media would have the public think we are.  I tip my hat to the folks involved with the art show in this article and the many other projects/contributions that people with mental illness make that go hugely unnoticed.

Mental Health Awareness Ribbon

Mental Health Awareness Ribbon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Music Carries Physical and Mental Health Benefits”

 

[Portrait of Bobby Hackett, Paramount Theater,...

[Portrait of Bobby Hackett, Paramount Theater, New York, N.Y., ca. Aug. 1946] (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)

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This May 26, 2014 article on the Liberty Voice website talks about the effects music has on our physical and mental health.

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