Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Goal Review, and Looking Ahead to 2016

The end of year already...crazy. If you've been reading more than 12 months, you know the drill. It took me a while to post my goals for 2015, but I'm feeling somewhat optimistic. Let's see how I did:

2015 Goals

1. Produce artwork for charity

That last one sold for $400. It was a mind-blowing moment.

2. Put a huge dent in my manuscript(s)

I made a lot of progress on my novel, which was the goal.
I have a pretty long way to go still, but I intend to finish the 1st draft in 2016.

3. Cook one dish out of every cookbook I own

This was my biggest fail, I think. I did utilize some of the cookbooks, but I didn't make something from every one of them. There's really no excuse, as I cooked like a maniac this year. I could say that it wasn't feasible financially, but it was mostly a matter of poor planning. So boohiss on me. It's going on my 2016 list, and it will happen.

4. Attend at least two conventions

5. Renovate my website

Pretty much done, although all I did was revert back to basic Blogger templates. I'm happy with my decision for now. People have asked why I haven't moved to Wordpress yet, but I'm fairly partial to Google products. I have to say my reader base grew by leaps and bounds when I moved from Geocities (yes, Yahoo Geocities, kids!) to Livejournal (which is dead as a doornail), and now Google Blogger as of seven years now. I've had over 150,000 hits on my blogs since I installed the counter in late 2009. It was a good move, and I'm not fixing what isn't broken.

As always, thanks for being here. I appreciate my readers.

6. Read a classic novel

Not quite long enough to be considered a novel, but The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery is a story that I had never read before, believe it or not. I had heard so much about it, and when I found the book at a thrift store, I happily grabbed it. It is very touching, and forces you to think about the world and its varying perspectives. As others have claimed, I did shed a tear at the end.

7. Goal weight: 155 lbs

Grrrr. Okay, I have to give myself some credit. I did lose some weight, which is a heck of a lot better than gaining. In fact, I lost right at 10 pounds. It's not goal weight, but a step in the right direction. This will stay on the list until I achieve it and learn to maintain it.

Lo, and behold...I'm ready this year! Drum roll please - the new list!

2016 Goals

*Cook one dish out of every cookbook I own.
*Do not bring Coca-Cola into the house! Pasta either!
*Complete all art projects currently in progress.
*Be less wasteful and more productive with my time.
*For the love of God...achieve goal weight already.

A little lagniappe for you:

Favorite book of 2015: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Favorite blog of 2015: Brain Pickings (by a MILE)
Favorite album of 2015: Beneath the Skin by Of Monsters and Men
Favorite show of 2015: Doctor Who (of course)
Favorite moment of 2015: Meeting my Sweet Pea - Sadie Nicole!

This was a weird year. Unique. A bit rocky. Definitely a roller coaster. I moved into public housing for the first time, and while I could not be happier to finally live alone (hallelujah!!!!!!), the finality of my no-win circumstances threw me into a pit of loneliness and depression that I was not expecting. I've had some pretty difficult moments, honestly. If you've followed closely, you know I also had a hard time blogging this year, although I did eventually catch up. I just couldn't seem to spit out the words I wanted to say. Not sure I can now, even, but I'm trying. I hate to report that my verbal communication hasn't been any better. Completing sentences is more challenging than usual these days, and it is very frustrating. I know HKPP and CKD are the culprits behind this, but also severe sleep deprivation. I started on pressurized oxygen this year, and it helps me to breathe, but not to sleep as hoped. I pray for a solution, lest I drop dead in my 30s from lack of rest. Sometimes, I think it's really going to happen. But here I am, still kicking. I guess there are advantages to being stubborn.

I've lost and/or said goodbye to a few friends this year, but gained some new ones. I'm so glad to know them, and I'm thankful that they accept me for who I am. They've taught me a lot already, and I hope we're friends for life. Of course, the greatest addition to my life this year is my Sadie. Sorry adults, babies win. :) And I love that child with my entire heart and soul, as I do her sister Zoey and cousin Jo. I look forward to seeing these children grow up, God willing. I think about their future sometimes, and I don't see myself there, but I have every intention of defying that vision. Systemic disease be damned, I'm so freaking tired and have little to live for, but those babies are worth the battle.

In spite of the struggle, I look forward to days ahead. 2016, let's do this.