2019 Goals

2019 Goals: Revise book, Writing class, Exercise
White Christmas with snow-dusted ponderosa pines

Christmas 2018

Christmas was both beautiful and bittersweet. We spent the holiday among snow covered ponderosa pines with close family, dearly missing our recently departed father.

2019 Goals

Time for me to get up out of bed, take better care of myself, and accomplish some goals.

Revising My Book

As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, Eliezer Tristan Publishing is publishing my previously self-published collection of blog posts. When I self-published the content in book form, I simply cut and paste my posts in chronological order. Now, I’ve hired book coach Aaron J. Smith to help me organize the content into themes.

Wish me well. I must be sure not to overdo it and trigger hypomania.

Creative Writing Class

Starting Wednesday, I’m taking an Introduction to Creative Writing emeritus class (for older adults like me) at our local community college. I will learn basic elements of fiction and non-fiction writing: audience, structure, voice, description, setting, and manuscript development. Learning these basics elements will help me develop my skills as a writer.

Homework, deadlines, and social stimulation are all potential triggers to hypomania for me. So, I’m both excited and more than a little anxious.


Research shows what many have observed — exercise improves mood. I knew that, yet remained sedentary. At my psychologist’s urging, I’ve made a commitment to exercising.

First, I signed up for a class in Qi Gong at my city’s community center. According to the class description:

Qigong is a safe practice that focuses on improving the overall
health and wellness of your mind-body-spirit. It is a sequence of
gentle movements synchronized with the breath to open the body’s

This week, I joined a local gym and signed up for personal training. Friday I underwent my initial fitness assessment. I was dying just doing the ten minute warm up. My thighs kill me. I can’t even get up from a sitting position without using my arms to assist me. Obviously, I’m out of shape.

11 thoughts on “2019 Goals

  1. Shensea January 15, 2019 / 10:33 am

    Similarly, have done Qui Gong classes at local center @ year ago. The writing class seems like a good place for you to learn & practice your skills. Since I have a chronic health condition, its important to pace my activities; not taking on too much, then feeling disappointed. Hopefully, you can balance your 2019 goals to bring a feeling of accomplishment & purpose. Been awhile since I’ve visited here.

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  2. violaetcetera January 14, 2019 / 10:57 am

    It’s good to hear from you again. Like your goals for 2019, let us know how it goes! Good luck, Viola.

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  3. bpnurse January 13, 2019 / 11:53 pm

    You have some admirable goals. Can’t wait to see what comes out of your writing class! I’m glad you posted this, I’ve been thinking of you and wondering how you were doing. Good luck with the exercise too, you’re a better woman than me in that department. 🙂

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  4. dyane January 13, 2019 / 8:46 pm

    It’s great to get your update, Kitt, & I re-tweeted right away.
    Wishing you luck with everything, my sweet, talented friend! ❤️🍀❤️🍀❤️🍀❤️🍀
    Love you always!

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    • Kitt O'Malley January 13, 2019 / 11:05 pm

      Thank you. Love you, too. Have to get myself up to the Santa Cruz mountains to visit you sometime.


  5. Cassandra Stout January 13, 2019 / 6:08 pm

    Sounds like you have a lot of changes coming up in the future! I will pray that they don’t trigger hypomanic episodes for you.

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