And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.

-Rainer Maria Rilke

Well, this is my first post of a New Year. I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and that 2018 will be a good one for us all.

I’m not going to make New Year Resolutions because I always break them. I’m just going to try to be a better and more caring person.

Currently I’m working on my Rule of Life. A rule of life is a commitment to live your life in a particular way. It is meant to be crafted with prayer and discernment, in partnership with God, as you consider the way God made you and the values He has inscribed upon your heart. Once written, it serves as a tool that can help you make decisions for your life and determine how best to order your days. It is part of my commitment to my spiritual path which i believe is integral to my physical and mental health.

2017 wasn’t a good year for me. Self-harm and suicide attempt, increased asthma and angina attacks, and several falls being part of it. 2018 could be worse mentally as it is the 10th anniversary of my parent’s death (February and July), but I hope that with the help of my few friends I’ll get through it. I’m lined up to see a CPN (Community Psychiatric Nurse) at the end of January/start of February. My GP, the wonderful Dr Eleanor, is also working to get me seen by physiotherapist/Consultants about my physical issues. In the meantime my Support Worker David is helping me.

In a few weeks I start at Chilli Sudios – art project for people with Mental Health issues. I was supposed to start there a few months ago, but ….!

I’ve got a couple of other things in the pipeline, but they can wait for another post.

Once again my best wishes to you all for 2018!