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To New Beginnings in 2017

To New Beginnings in 2017

What better time to set some new goals than at the beginning of the year? Sure, it’s corny and most New Year’s Resolutions fall by the wayside 15 seconds into the year, but I have a lot in the works and I think laying out a plan for them is helpful.

Editing My NovelRavenscrag is the name of the novel I completed for NaNoWriMo 2016. It’s a really cool story (at least I think so) but it needs a lot of work before it’s ready to be read. Writing quickly with your inner editor turned off is great for getting the words out, but they are far from perfect. Beginning in January, I’m giving myself 3 months to edit into a second draft. I don’t think I’ll need the full 3 months, but who knows? After that, I’ll be looking for beta readers to read it and give me some helpful feedback.

Another Novel? – I want to start another novel in 2017. I have no idea what it will be about yet, but I have a whole notebook filled with inspired little scribbles that I’ve been marking down this past year and some of them are just begging to be fleshed out.

Eating Healthier – The most cliché resolution of all, but I really want to stick with it this year for a healthier body and mind.

Consistent Meditation – I want to bring consistency to my meditation practice this year, meaning daily practice. I’m really wanting to make some progress in this area as things have been relatively stalled out for quite some time.

Spend Less Time on Social Media – This is one of the biggest time sucks for me. I spend too much time on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Reddit. I find myself wound up in petty arguments or wasting hours just consuming meaningless drivel. In 2016 I started to spend more time reading and less time online, and this year I would like to continue that trend.

Regular Blogging – I missed writing regularly. A lot. My lack of regularly emptying my thoughts onto page contributed to the relapse in my mental illness last year. This year I’m bringing back regular content and making it a priority to post… dare I say daily? If not, then pretty close to it I think.

A Farewell to 2016

A Farewell to 2016

As 2016 comes to a close and I look back on this arbitrarily branded chunk of time, I am met with a feeling of relief. For many, it seems, 2016 was a bad year. It’s difficult to say whether this difficulty was really higher than usual, or only seemingly made so with confirmation bias on a background of major celebrity deaths.

For myself, 2016 wasn’t so bad. Come to think of it, it wasn’t that great either; sort of a mixed bag. Here are some of highlights and lowlights from a year now come to a close. I’m going to try to get this in chronological order as best I can remember.

The Arts Entrepreneurship & Business Development Course offered locally through the Sask Arts Board in conjunction with Creative Saskatchewan proved to be a major growth point for me. I met some great people and I learned a lot about how to run art as a business. I came to some realizations about myself, about my art, and about my struggle with mental illness and how that affects my art.

Changing my name was an act that was inspired by the aforementioned course and I am so glad I did it. I realized that my name was holding me back from really wanting to pursue anything major in my creative career. I wrote more in depth about it here. Changing my name also acted as a catalyst to me starting this website, which brings me to my next point.

Starting this website! Prior to starting this, my blogging and online presence had been floundering for a while with a few false starts. With a new name, a new website, and a virtual clean slate, it’s been nice to have a place to store my art and my thoughts. I haven’t been all that consistent with it yet, but I’m hoping to change that in the new year.

Being sick. A lot. It seems like this year has been an olympic event for my immune system. I’m okay. My doctor says everything is normal and that it’s simply a side effect of having a child in daycare/school.

Being sick in another way. I am foggy on the exact timing, but this year has been one of experimentation(again) with psychotropic medication. I tried Prozac for a little while, and switched to Wellbutrin shortly after. It seemed to work okay for some months but soon enough I began to feel like more of a zombie than a human being. I wrote more in depth on my decision to go medication free again here.

My son started school. It was a scary time – for me, not for him. Sending your child out into the big scary world and hoping that they do okay is overwhelming, but he’s doing better than I ever could have hoped. He loves school, his classmates, and his teacher, and they all love him too (this doesn’t surprise me).

I wrote a novel. When I dove into the deep waters of NaNoWriMo, I had no idea what to expect. I learned a lot and I came out on the other side with a novel in desperate need of editing, which I’m going to begin soon after my much needed break from the story.

We got a puppy. Her name is Daisy and she is wonderful. She’s a rat terrier and definitely keeps us on our toes. She’s so smart and adorable. You’ll see more about her soon.

With all this written out, I’m feeling pretty good about my 2016. It was a year of struggling with my health both physically and mentally, but getting shit done anyway, and for that I’m pretty proud.