My first week of 2018

Well the first week of 2018 was definitely eventful for me. I had my birthday, three freelance work deadlines, two full days of volunteering, and I even bothered to put my makeup on at least three times. And I managed to survive on that on less sleep than I would’ve like, and without getting so anxious that I turned into a puff of smoke.

I’m so proud of myself.  It might not sound like a big deal, but I haven’t been this busy in a long time, and I’d started to become afraid that I might not be able to handle it any more. Turns out I can. Cool.

Over the years I’ve learned the hard way that setting myself too many long-term goals at once isn’t great. I have a habit of turning them into sticks to beat myself with. As much as I’m working hard to not do that, but I find it’s better not to take chances. That said, I’m (so far) still feeling pretty positive about everything to I do have a couple of things I want to try achieve this year:

Make more content

Believe it or not, there was once time when I used to update this blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and my YouTube channel every Sunday, and I loved it. That was before my mental health took the biggest nose-dive it has ever taken and I could hardly bring myself to get out of bed, let alone do anything else.

I’m not sure if going to commit to that schedule again straightaway, but I’m hoping for at least two blog posts a week and two YouTube videos a month. We’ll see.

Complete a second draft of my YA eating disorders novel

I have way too many novels on the go. I think around three or four, but the one I’m furthest along with is a YA  novel about teenagers with eating disorders. I’ve even had feedback on it from an editor.

I say here that I want to finish a second draft, but I’ve actually redrafted the first third of it too many times to count. By the end of the year, I want to have actually re-drafted it all the way to the end so I can send it back to my editor.

Wish me luck!

 

Things I never thought possible

Today I feel like I need some motivation to do my physio and other exercises, so I have decided to try something a little different with this post. I’m going to write a list of some of the things that I’ve managed to achieve so far in life that I used to think I might never be able to do without help, but I can now do thanks to a mixture of getting creative and hard work.

Ready?

  1. Cook Pasta
  2. Take the train on my own
  3. Take the bus on my own
  4. Walk across a coffee table without holding on to anything
  5. Open a pull door by myself while on my walking frame (providing it’s not too heavy)
  6. Being able to do some basic supermarket shopping on my own
  7. Play the Nintendo Wii using both hands
  8. Write shorthand at 70wpm

 

Now here’s another list of things I want to be able do to eventually, again probably through getting creative and even more hard work:

  1. Learn to drive
  2. Go to a music festival
  3. Figure skate (in my wheelchair)
  4. Self propel my wheelchair down a hill and not hurt myself
  5. Be able to change bed sheets
  6. Swim 100 metres (not at professional level, just to be able to do it)
  7. Play an instrument
  8. Live abroad for a bit
  9. Do a master’s degree

 

So, there you have it. I know some of these may only sound small but they make a big difference and give me something to aim for.

What have you managed to achieve that you never thought possible, what are you working towards?