I started a cash budget and managed to stick to it. I also learned that I needed to be more realistic and budget for expenses beyond groceries and outings. The result is a much better sense of where my money is going.
I was insanely busy! Between work commitments, writing goals, working out, and making time for blogging, podcasting, and going out, it’s a miracle I had any time to myself.
I read. A lot. Mostly because all my library books came in at the same time and I had a review to write.
I started documenting my outfits in an effort to get a better sense of my closet and find new ways to pair my clothes. Follow me @lifeingminor (this is the most curated I will ever be)
I started wearing eye shadow again. There is something my skin does not like, but I think I’m closer to finding the culprit after nearly a year without eye product.
How was your January?
If you want to learn more about any of these projects/goals/etc. and how I manage them, let me know.
Happy New Year! It’s time for the obligatory New Year’s goal post. But, first, let’s celebrate what went right in 2018.
Good things in 2018
- I got my promotion!
- Celebrated 1 year of podcasting (The Bluestocking Circle Podcast)
- Wrapped up another round of edits with the intention to start querying
- Restarted my fitness “journey”
- Committed to eating less meat and adopted a more plant-based diet
- Committed to letting things go, both emotionally and physically
- Discovered The Four Tendencies and learned a lot about myself (video to come!)
All good things indeed.
Goals for 2019
- Continue to focus on health – dealing with PCOS and hypo symptoms, and using food to heal my body.
- Start querying!
- Work on a new (old) manuscript
- Focus on mental health. I’ve been dealing with more stress than usual and it’s starting to manifest in physical symptoms (see goal 1).
I keep my goals simple. #1 and 4 will definitely affect my ability to accomplish 2 and 3, but I’m optimistic.
What are your goals for 2019? Let me know in the comments 🙂
An update on my health, past and current thyroid and PCOS-related symptoms, and answers to some frequently asked questions. Want to know more? Drop it in the comments! I’m happy to share what I can.
October was a MONTH. I had a hard time focusing and felt like I was split in 20 different directions, but it’s done and I managed to make it through with minimal strain.
Some November updates:
- I am not doing NaNoWriMo. Not even for inspiration. I have a goal for in 2018, and I’m going to focus on that without the distraction of a NaNo goal.
- I have a few videos planned, but if November looks like October, my posts are going to be sporadic at best.
- If you’re a Mary Poppins fan, we just recorded a whole episode on Mary at The Bluestocking Circle. Give us a listen 🙂
If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably know my history. If you’re new, I have hypothyroidism and was semi-diagnosed with PCOS in 2017 (I say semi because the tests were not comprehensive, and I’m not convinced by the diagnosis… but that’s a long story). Last spring, I did a lot of research on supplements and decided to try DIM to aid with estrogen imbalance. In the video, I share my experience after 6-ish months of consistent use.
I also discuss bbt tracking and how this revealed issues related to my hormones, and empowered me to fight back when my thyroid levels were deemed “normal” despite the return of some of the worst symptoms I’ve experienced since starting treatment more than 15 years ago.
Disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional. I did all the research myself and can only share what I know through experience.
Mentioned in this video:
(not affiliate links)
Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health by Toni Weschler
Femmehead on YouTube – the queen of all things menstrual health
Supplements (I order from Vitacost)
Nature’s Way DIM-plus
Jarrow Formulas Milk Thistle (AKA silymarin)
Fertility and period trackers
Just another monthly update: life, health, birthdays(!), and more. With technical difficulties for that extra touch *wink*
Morning pages, tulips for color, and greenery for life. (with a kitty cat cameo from Friday)
My DSLR has ceased to be and I need a new camera.
While it had its ups and downs, 2017 managed to leave me relatively unscathed (minus a personal crisis or two).
There were two big accomplishments:
- I completed my application for promotion (When one of those two crises hit, I contemplated putting my promotion on hold, then thought better of it. I’m glad I did.)
- I wrote 105,037 words (as of December 28th, I may update this number before the year ends).
A few fun things:
- I accepted a very excited proposal to co-host The Bluestocking Circle Podcast and I’m so glad I did.
- I rediscovered my love of Batman comics with the Rebirth series (though Doomsday has me like)
And a couple of health breakthroughs:
- A re-evaluation of my thyroid health and maintenance plan.
- A possible PCOS connection that explains a lot about my hormonal headaches and unpredictable cycles.
All said, not too shabby.
Happy New Year!
Did I succeed? Not quite, but it’s a start.