I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions. I’ve always felt that if you really wanted to do something you would just do it, and not wait for the new year. But after this year, and how much my depression has been dragging me down, I’m really looking forward to a “fresh start”, even though there’s not much difference between December 31, 2016 and January 1, 2017. I’ve tried to keep my goals reasonable so I don’t get overwhelmed by too much at once, and I feel like these are simple and achievable goals.

Read More – I completely fell behind on my reading this year. My goal was to read 50 books in 2016, and in the latter half of 2016 I basically quit reading. My new goal is much easier, and hopefully it will encourage me to read even beyond it. My goal for 2017 is to read 2 books a month.

Write More – I participated in the 2016 National Novel Writing Month, and I wrote more than I did in years. While I didn’t win, I wasn’t expecting to, and I feel good about the progress I made. My goal is to finish my NaNoWriMo novel.

Exercise More – Since I started taking different medications for my depression my weight has ballooned, and it really isn’t helping me physically or mentally. My goal for 2017 is to lose 40 pounds.

Learn More – I still really want to learn Japanese. I was doing okay for a while, but eventually I stopped studying, and now I can barely remember hiragana. My goal for 2017 is to memorize all the hiragana and katakana, and learn 100 kanji.

Be More Grateful – This is something I struggle with because I’m a very cynical, “glass half empty” type of person. I feel like I’m too negative and that only makes my depression worse. My goal for 2017 is to write down at least one thing I’m grateful for each week.