2012, A New Year

As I start the first day of the new year I am reminded of my resolution for 2011; To be more positive. Not an easy thing for most people, for someone with a history of bipolar it was quite the task.

Despite numerous setbacks with my health, financial worries, and other stresses I did pretty well remaining positive for most of the year, and not a Psychotherapist in sight for a change!

2011, was a tough year in many ways, I’ve had some major health issues and there have been some tough times. But there were also some amazing things that happened:

  • My Sister had her first baby, Jessica, she’s beautiful and makes me so happy to be an auntie
  • Two of my best friends both had their first babies, both girls and both adorable
  • I am happy in my job, I got a promotion and for the first time in my adult life am not job hunting!
  • I’m married to the most supportive and loving man, who is by my side for everything
  • I got my first brand new car! OK, so I’m leasing but the car is mine for the next three years!
  • We’re finding the light at the end of the tunnel for our financial issues, we also realised that chasing after wealth and comfort wasn’t going to make us happy, we needed us to do that, since that lightbulb moment money has been a small player in our lives
  • I did some voluntary work for Help For Heroes, it’s been about 15 years since I did anything for charity and I had forgotten how rewarding it is to give up time and volunteer.
  • I started to lose weight (15kg or 33lbs or 2st 5lbs), it’s the first time I’ve ever dieted and has been hard work but worthwhile. And the friends I’ve made via http://www.myfitnesspal.com have been an amazing support.
  • So what about 2012? I only made one resolution last year, but I have a clearer vision of what makes me happier now so I think I can be more specific:

    1. To be a better Wife, Sister, Daughter, Granddaughter, Auntie & Friend
    I let some people down last year and it hurts to know I wasn’t there for them when I should have been. When I was in hospital only my Husband and one friend visited and whilst everyone else had valid and understandable reasons for not visiting it made me realise how lonely my life could be if I didn’t properly maintain these important relationships. So I will make more of an effort with the important people in my life this year.

    2. To be even more charitable
    The few days of volunteering last year gave me a taste for helping others, so I’m going to try and do more charity work this year. It’s good for the soul and especially now when money is tight, charities need support.

    3. Lose more weight
    Losing weight has been hard but has reminded me how full of life I used to be, I want to continue with this and will try and lose another 15kg this year.

    4. To make the most of each day
    Yes, I have health issues, so do a lot of people. I need to make the most of each day though. Make sure I do the things which make me happy and just live a positive 2012.

    Happy New Year everyone I hope you all have a wonderful 2012!

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