On Track?

This post is inspired by Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop.

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Prompt #3 Update your readers on your 2015 goals. How are things going? Are you staying on track or facing some challenges?

I wrote my New Year’s Resolutions on December 31st. Let’s see how I’m doing.

1. Exercise/Lose Weight: Unfortunately, not much happening here. I’ve been dieting by having smaller portions and cutting sugar from my diet but my weight seems to be unchanged. I haven’t been able to go to the gym. I think part of it is that I am embarrassed that I might be the heaviest person there. But the weather’s getting better and I think I am going to like walking. My son Tyler has low muscle tone and his therapist said walking will make him stronger, so it’s a nice thing we could do together. My boyfriend, Jacques, is also on board with walking.

2. Better Mental Health: I am finally getting a break in my long-term depression! Suddenly I’m caring about how the house looks, showering every day and opening my mail every day. (That’s a big deal for some mentally ill people.)

3. Declare Bankruptcy or Debt Consolidation: Grant and I saw a lawyer earlier this week about declaring bankruptcy. My husband, whom I am separated from, and I both suffered catastrophic illnesses a few years back. While awaiting our disability we were forced to live off our credit cards and blow through our savings. The lawyer told us that my 2010 car was still worth enough for creditors to take so he suggested waiting a year to declare bankruptcy, when my car will further depreciate. That’s another year of mail and daily calls from creditors I guess I will just have to deal with.

4. Get a Divorce or Dissolution: The lawyer recommended we stay married so we don’t pay double the bankruptcy fees so that’s something I can’t cross off this year. Luckily Grant and I are amicable so it’s not that much of a big deal.

So that’s how I’m doing, how are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions or goals?

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About mamasick

Emily Cullen is a pen-name. I suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases which include Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. I had battled Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is no longer evidence of me having these diseases and my Rheumatologist has declared them to be "burnt out" of my system. I am separated from my husband, “Grant”. Our son, “Tyler” was born in September of 2006 and suffers from tics and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is delayed in fine and gross motor skills. In my blog I seek to let sick moms know that they are not the only ones going through this, and to educate people about what can happens when one becomes catastrophically ill. I also strive to break down stereotypes of what a “Welfare Mom” is like. Anything that I have gone through due to being sick, is written on the pages of Mama Sick.
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7 Responses to On Track?

  1. OzarksUSA says:

    It sounds like you’ve got good plans on what’s needed to be done and what doesn’t. That by itself is an achievement.
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  2. Michelle says:

    Those sound like some admirable goals. Great job on coming up with a few that mean something to you and taking steps to move toward each of them! And I’m glad to hear that your on the upswing from a time of depression – it’s a kind of struggle that many will never understand.
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  3. Kat says:

    It sounds like you’re making some progress where you can. I like the idea of taking walks with your son. That’s something I need to do more often too. It’s so healthy for us to get fresh air and move our bodies a bit more. And I’m really glad to hear you’re caring about your mail again. 🙂 It’s the little things that make a difference!
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  4. mamasick says:

    Thanks, Michelle! You’re right, everything is a struggle with depression!

  5. Angie says:

    Get a second opinion on the bankruptcy. We just filed Chapter 7, were able to keep our home, one running car and one non-running car. I wish we’d known more about it, and we’d have done it two years ago, before emptying out my retirement account and borrowing over $10,000 from family. There’s a downloadable book on this site http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/40223-ky-nick-thompson-4497745/website.html that’s an easy read, but it’s for KY. Maybe you can find something similar for your state? Good luck!
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  6. mamasick says:

    We too have blown through our 401Ks and savings. Thanks for your advice, Angie, I will check it out!

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