New Year – New Goals, Not Resolutions

Those who know me rather well, will know that since October 2013, the last couple of years have been quite challenging, especially the last 12 months.  It takes a lot of strength and determination, to get up each morning and try and face each day head on.  Some days I manage to do so, and other days not so much.  I generally don’t make resolutions at the start of the year, as they are hard to follow through, if like me, your willpower waxes and wanes within the first two weeks.  So it’s new goals all the way.

My first and foremost goal of this year, is to continue with my DipHe in Humanities course with The Open University, and aim to pass my first module.  My second goal, is to become a calm-assertive pack leader for our dog Oscar.  He has brought so much joy into our lives since adopting him in June 2015, and along with the joy, there’s been a lot of drama, however he’s worth it all.  So in order to become such a calm-assertive pack leader, I’ve been reading Cesar Millan’s Cesar’s Way, getting to grips with canine psychology at its most basic level.  Our new mantra at the moment is ‘Excercise, Discipline and Affection’ in that order and our other mantras are ‘Rules, Limitations and Boundaries’ and ‘Nose, Eyes and Ears’.  And it’s slowly beginning to work.  I’m seeing a much more calm-submissive dog, and we’re slowly regaining our house back.  Our next goal is to introduce him to a local class where he can socialise safely and properly with other dogs.

My third and final goal for this year, is starting a 5 week Creative Writing course, which is aimed to promote wellbeing for those who have experienced mental health issues in the past or in the present day.   The course starts next Wednesday, and I am really looking forward to this.  I’m looking forward to getting the opportunity to meet new people, and having the chance to express myself freely and openly, and learn new techniques in doing so.  If all goes to plan with the course, there are classes in stress and anxiety management, and also mindfulness, which I hope to join.  After hearing the ever so popular buzz word for so long, I thought it’s about high time that I start putting it into practice.  I just have to remind myself that life is a marathon and not a sprint, and like Bill Murray in the film, What About Bob? it’s babysteps every day.