Making changes and embracing life

This year I am making changes and embracing life. Or at least trying to.

For years I have struggled to focus and get my life together. I may be able to stick to a routine for a week, but then after that everything falls apart. A lot of my failure revolved around my anxiety and depression. It’s hard to keep things going when your brain tells you everything is going wrong – even if it isn’t. One thing that I have found that helps, is to write things down. Having a list to remind me what needs to get done is great. I don’t always follow these lists, but they certainly are effective when I remember them.

But sometimes lists aren’t enough. That is why I have started using bullet journals to keep track of things. A bullet journal is like a calendar and a to-do list all in one. Heck, the best thing about bullet journals is that you can make them whatever you need. I will talk more about my bullet journal experience in the future. Not only will this help me keep more organized, but more so it will help me embrace some changes in my life. As you can see, I’ve got a pretty good to-do list going for the upcoming months.

One thing I decided upon this year was to make some changes. While life has been pretty good for me, there has been a number of issues that just kept hovering. I have ignored them for too long. They have stacked up and are honestly starting to cause me issues. It will not be easy to tackle some of these things, but for my health and safety, I need to do it. I know that many of these changes will be difficult. Perhaps I will even want to quit at some point. Yet I know I must see things through.

One of the major changes I will be making this year is focusing on the positive. It can be hard to see the positive in life when you suffer from depression. Even on the best of days, my thoughts can often be clouded by negativity. A major hurdle to this will be cutting toxic people out of my life. Obviously, toxic people are not good for anyone. However, since these people are family, it is an extra complication. I will be trying to fix our relationship and see if they can stay active in my life. However, it may come to a more extreme solution depending on how things turn out.

I will also be focusing on the house this year. We have lived in this house for nearly twelve years. Over the last four years, we have had several home improvement projects done on the outside. This year, we are focusing on the inside of the house. The first major part of this will be to declutter. There is far too much stuff and it’s time to get rid of some of it. From there, we will be tackling some small projects and making this a better place to live.

A final big change for our family is to create a budget. We have never had a budget, but with some of the changes that are happening this year, we really need one. We are lucky in the fact that we don’t carry any debt. However, limiting our spending to what we truly need will be a major step for us. We are good with our money, but we do splurge from time to time.

I am looking forward to all of these changes and the challenges that they may present for us. Life is a journey and I feel like I am just starting.


  1. Some great goals for the year! I am working on a few of these myself. Will definitely be following along for tips along the way!

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      Thanks. You can help me stay accountable on these goals.

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    Thanks. It’s been a long time coming, but I’m happy to finally be going down this path.

  3. Great job for taking steps to actively make your life better. I’m right there with you so I know it isn’t easy! Keep up the great work!

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      Thanks. It’s definitely going to be a major change and will take time to adjust to everything. I’m sure we will both achieve what we are aiming for.

  4. I’m right here with you. Set a routine stick to it for a week or so get busy, forget about routine. One thing that has helped me with toxic family members is the book Boundaries by Henry Cloud. He’s a Christian, but the book is not religious. It helped me to see that allowing the natural consequences to toxic behaviors is loving and it empowered me to tak the step of limiting contact with my mother. Great post! I’m working on bullet journaling too.

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      I will definitely have to look out for that book. I’m definitely still learning how to deal with toxic people, so any tips would be great. It’s certainly harder when the toxic people are family compared to friends and acquaintances.

  5. I believe that the way I organise my house is a reflection of what is going on in my head. So decluttering has always been a way for me to keep my anxiety at bay. I have to say I’ve taken that concept too far at times 😀

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      That’s a great analogy. I do see a relation between clutter and anxiety, now that I have gotten rid of a lot of stuff I feel less stressed out and anxious.

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