What happened in 2012?
- I was depressed for most of it, but I seem to be out from under the worst of it
- I went to Bendigo, Ballarat, Florence and Seattle for the first time ever
- I saw the Olympics
- I cooked a turkey for the first time ever, and in fact, made roasts a regular thing
- I bought a slow cooker and have been using it with wild abandon
- I have successfully not killed plants
- I have tried (and failed several times) to exercise regularly
- I changed medications from dexamphetamine to modafinil
- I got out more - although I also did spend a couple of stretches housebound for a month
- I lost 10kgs
- Moved to vibrams as my main shoe choice (good for my footsies and spine)
What do I want out of 2013?
- I want to establish regular exercise, with a view to doing parkour classes regularly
- I want to go to Florence again, and also Paris, maybe Wales, Cornwall, or Scotland
- Continue to not kill plants, and establish a working kitchen herb garden on my windowsill
- Do a photography walk in/around London at least once a fortnight - suggestions for locations solicited
- More firmly establish the practice of home cooked meals for both of us
- Establish and grow closer friendships with local people
- Not lose contact with my friends in Brisbane or around Australia
- Write more consistently
- In general, live a more consistently active life, the does not have quite so many bust cycles where I am housebound/bedbound for days/weeks/months at a time
- Work out what my immediate (2-3 years) goals are, and pursue them
- Lose the remaining excess weight of about 15kgs
- Have a more even emotional keel than the previous 3ish years
Well, those are quite some lists. I feel in 2012 I was in a bit of a holding pattern - I didn't accomplish much, not obviously - but getting the better of the diagnosis-related depression is actually kind of huge. I've also mostly got over the culture shock from moving, with a related decrease in my general stress/anxiety levels, which is also noteworthy.
I'm moderately ambitious for 2013. I'm hoping to establish a new baseline for life that I'm happy with - nothing too major, but enough so that I don't feel like I'm rotting away, or doing the non-tv-watcher's version of sitting at home all day watching daytime TV.
Questions, comments, and suggestions welcome.