Let’s Review: January 2017

Let’s Review: January 2017

I can honestly say that so far, the year hasn’t done me too wrong. I’ve actually stuck to some positive changes I have been telling myself to make for about three years now. We are supposed to be moving across the country to Ohio at the end of March. I’ve never been there, but it’s where David, my husband, is from. Though he promises me I’ll love it, and it is the fresh start in life I need, I am still very worried. I also tend to worry far more than I should.

My biggest issue I need to overcome is my depression. I suffer from severe depression and bi-polar disorder, and some days it’s debilitating. I have a horrible time dealing with my self-esteem issues as well as how I feel about life in general, and I’ve resolved to change that. Chemical imbalances in my brain or not, if I look at everything in a more positive light, I think it would make a major difference.

I’ve also been reading a bit more, and practicing my art skills. I realize I stopped drawing and writing, and that may be why I feel so down. I basically just stopped doing everything I loved doing. Time for that to stop. I basically gave myself what I like to call a “Come to Jesus” meeting where I told myself enough is enough with the pity part. I got a shit luck of the draw in life, so what? A lot of people do, and they don’t let it stop them, so why am I? I told David all of this, and how I’d been feeling, and that’s when he called his dad in Columbus(OH) and his dad offered to help us start a life there, including trying to get David on at his job. That would mean health insurance(right now I have none) so I can properly treat my mental issues, as well as decent pay. I don’t want to leave, because I am a creature of habit, however even I agree it’s what is best.

One good thing that happened to me this month is that I filed my taxes, and even managed to lose about 4 more pounds! So at least it’s a step in the right direction! That did make me feel better about myself, honestly. I’m learning to take small victories and see the silver lining in everything that happens, weather good or bad.

 

Recap taken from my lovely Georgie:

This past month, I learned:

  • It’s okay to fail sometimes
  • Not everything will always go as planned
  • Power through the bad
  • See the good in everything

This past month, I got bored of:

  • Being down all the time
  • Watching TV
  • My animals shedding

But that’s OK, because I enjoyed:

  • Spending more time with my daughter
  • Starting a new novella
  • Beginning to blog again and making new friends as a result

Today, something that made me happy was:

Being able to wake up at a decent hour, and enjoy some part of the day so far. Also, beginning to declutter and get rid of things that I no longer need nor care about.

Today, something I could have done better was:

Not start my day off immediately worrying about things I cannot change today.

Tomorrow, I’m going to:

Make a conscious effort to continue throwing out things of no importance, as well as smile more!

Next month, I’m looking forward to:

  • Getting a haircut
  • Weighing myself(and hopefully it’s smaller, otherwise I won’t be looking forward to it😆
  • Beginning to pack up items I can live a few weeks without

Next month, I’m going to make the positive change of:

  • Being more organized
  • Reading two books I”ve never read(weather it be a new novel or manga)
  • Cooking more home-cooked meals

One thing on my to-do list is:

Adding more content to my blog, and making it how I’d like it to be. I not only want to provide things for others, but also really make this little space on the web my own. I don’t plan on playing the “conforming” game, so I need to find out what works best for me, and do it. I’ve also been commenting on other blogs more, because what’s the point in having my own space if I don’t have friends to share it with, right?

One happy photo from this month is:


The day after my birthday, I had to get out at like, 7am to run an errand. My husband decided to go with me, as it still hadn’t gone to bed(he works late night shifts) Well after an errand I said I’d like to go home and get some toast or something. Instead, he surprised me with stopping at my favourite burrito place down the street. He said he knows I will really miss to handmade hispanic food here, and so I should enjoy it while I can. He worked on my birthday, so I’m very happy we got to spend some quality time together! Also I ate two guiso and cheese burritos and was so fully I didn’t eat again until dinner o.O

If I had to write a book or record a film about this past month, I would call it:

Finding Shanae (not a fish story, sorry)

After I post this, I’m going to:

Go make myself something to eat, and brush my hair and wash my face.

 

Questions

  • Did you have any accomplishments for January 2017?
  • Any major goals you have for February?
  • I’m looking at getting a new laptop. PC or MAC? And why? Also, what make/model do you prefer?

8 thoughts on “Let’s Review: January 2017

  1. Oh, wow! Moving across the country is definitely a huge change. I’ve not been to Ohio, but one of my good friends recently moved there, and I think she’s liking it. I hope the move goes well. I know it can be stressful — just moving from one neighbourhood to another was super stressful for me, so I can only imagine it’s more when it involved moving farther away!

    Yay for filing taxes and losing weight! I filed my taxes, too 😀 So glad that’s over with! I can’t wait for my refund.

    I have a PC desktop and a Google Chromebook. I love both of them to death. I chose to get a Chromebook because it was cheaper, and I only really needed something portable to do my Internet tasks such as email, Twitter, blogging, and Facebook. It fits my needs perfectly!

    Hope your February goes well!

    1. Thanks, yeah I’m pretty nervous about moving, ahaha. Luckily the classes I’m trying to take are all online so no issues there(I applied to the online division of an actual “brick and mortar” college) I’ve never been to ohio either, soooo I guess this is a complete change for me, and honestly I’m a creature of habit and not a fan of change xD

      I pretty much narrowed down my choices between an HP envy 2-in-1 and a macbook air and still can’t decide. Both are pretty pricey and I want to make sure I’m getting a good computer for the price, ya know?

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

  2. Well done on shedding a few pounds! I’m so glad to hear that 😄 And I hope that by the end of February you will be closer to your goal weight too. Or goal shape/size – we all know scales are not accurate. (I’ve lost only about two pounds but dropped a whole dress size.)

    I used to have severe depression – they say you have it for life, but for me it has definitely been dormant for a few years. The last time I felt really, really down, I was also in a situation where I lost interest in my hobbies and didn’t do what I enjoyed anymore. I think some things took me a while to get back into, and some I didn’t look at again. It’s normal to lose interest in some hobbies but other times it can be a concern. I haven’t read in a few years and I wonder if it is because I’ve lost my interest in reading or if I just prefer non-fiction.

    Wishing you all the best in the month leading up to the move. 🙂

    I used to have visitor content on my website. I got bored of creating it so I just took the old pieces down. My heart lies in writing and a lot of people like and respect my blog posts, and that makes me happy. I’ve made some great friends through my writing, and I definitely don’t want to stop that.

    There are days when I struggle to find time to read other people’s blogs but if I didn’t do it, there won’t be a lot of communication with other cool peeps. 😎

    1. I’ve really let my depression kick my ass this past year, and I’m pretty damn determined to not let it happen again! My weight/size issues have always bothered me, despite never being far off a “healthy” look. I keep telling myself small steps and goals toward a true life change are a million times better than any crash or fad diet. Bread and pasta are my serious weakness o.O

      I actually really like blogging for the sheer fact of being able to meet and befriend new people I’d never get a chance to meet otherwise. It’s a good thing to be able to forge friendships over common interests, as well as just “banding together” to support and encourage one another.

  3. I forgot to mention, I am an Apple girl. I used to use PCs but Macs, though expensive, are far superior. The new thin MacBook doesn’t have great battery life but the MacBook Pro is serious bomb. It depends what you want to use it for. PCs are definitely superior for gaming, but you wouldn’t want a laptop. You’d want a desktop. MacBooks are very good for designing. They are expensive but they last a very long time. I bought a Toshiba laptop for $2000 and it lasted about eighteen months before the battery turned to shit. A MacBook is worth investing in, if you are going to use the laptop a lot and not for anything too intense. You can play games but it requires more setup and you would have to pay more for a more suitable model.

    Once you so Mac you can’t go back 😉 So they say. If you have been accustomed to using a PC your whole life, like I was, it’s still pretty easy to get used to a MacBook.

    1. See I don’t do a lot of gaming on my computer anymore, because I barely have time to use my xbox one David worked so hard to get me(my 360 finally had enough I guess, but it was an old one, so I’m not surprised)
      We’re always super tight on money right now, because I’m trying to start school, and found a good online program from a “brick and mortar” school for the comp sci field I want. I feel kind of bad being 26 and STILL not having an undergrad degree -.-
      I’ve learned quite a bit in my experiences out of school, but now it’s time to actually get it done. I don’t want to spend my whole life lamenting about past mistakes and regrets, instead using them as learning experiences.
      I’ve pretty much narrowed it down between a macbook air and an HP envy 2-in-1 that are both in my price range(thank you US taxes that’s about all you’re good for bahaha)
      I’m still pretty torn between the two since basically I really only want to use it for creating/developing my comp sci knowledge(I’d really like to become a front-end developer after graduating) So it’s always great to hear opinions from people who frequently use different OS platforms. I actually only still have wondows on this computer because my dual boot of linux mint can’t run photoshop.

  4. Congratulations on your weight loss! That’s a great amount to lose and I’m sure you’ll be able to keep going! I started sort-of dieting last April, but it’s taken until last month for me to actually do it properly. Fingers crossed for this months weigh-in!

    Good luck with the move. I hope everything goes well and it’s not too scary. At least you’re starting to pack stuff up now, which will make things a lot less stressful.

    Hope that your mental health improves, also. That can’t be easy to deal with, especially when you’ve got so much going on. It’s great that you’re trying to view things in a positive light though. Hope it helps!

    I have a Lenovo laptop, but, to be honest, it’s not really the best laptop ever. It does the job for me, but I don’t really do anything that intense on here. It’s mainly just for blogging and novel-writing (by which I mean staring at blank Word documents for hours, haha!) As someone who broke her last laptop by spilling water on it, wiping the screen too hard, standing on it, and breaking the hinges off, I’m not to be trusted with anything expensive! I’m sure other bloggers will have much better recommendations than I do!

    I actually laughed out loud at your ‘Finding Shanae’ joke btw.

    1. Thank you very much!

      I’m hoping moving goes smoothly. I know it never goes perfect, but I want it as close to perfect as humanely possible!
      Also, I”m glad you found that funny. I have a 4 year old, so shit like that kind of just lives in my brain o.O

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