My, Oh my 2016 + 2017 Plans

IT’S STILL DECEMBER 31ST IN MY TIME ZONE–LIVING IN THE PAST LEGASP!!!

πŸ™‚ So, a time to reflect on the past year in about forty-five minutes….sounds about right. I’ve already started to plan what I want to achieve in 2017 so that part is a little bit easier. But before I get there, I have to work my way up. As we all often have to do.

So, what made 2016 on the list of honorable mentions?

  1. I completed about 40 days of a 365 daily prompt book.
  2. I became and got trained for NAMI’s IOOV presentations. That was actually inspired in part from #1.
  3. I got training for being a peer to peer mentor in a recovery class for NAMI. Haven’t presented yet, but will in 2017 (I’m making the goal of teaching one class for now in the new year).
  4. I worked a couple of jobs (NAMI and Mass Media).
  5. I began writing new fanfiction stories.
  6. I read a lot of really, really good fanfiction stories.
  7. I read my goal of 10 books! And surpassed it by reading twenty-two!!! (I’ll list these below).
  8. I made this recoverytowellness blog.
  9. I made it to 100 followers in August 2016.
  10. I made a very unexpected yet very fun Youtube account (so far!).
  11. I met Craig. And hung out in his office a lot. A LOT.
  12. Craig became my mental health hero.
  13. I wrote articles about mental health for the Mass Media in spring 2016 and then became a staff writer in fall 2016.
  14. I’ve been spreading my mental health story and awareness across the board, the university, the world for the entirety of a year, by various outlets.
  15. I gave out positive messages to random strangers each month starting from February and found it was a great coping strategy for me. I gave out I’m estimating 200 in the 11 months I made them. (I will do the actual calculations in the new year in a post) I want to continue this and go even bigger in the new year. Especially making it with January as a month of them given out because I skipped January this year.
  16. I survived the year, whether I’m glad about that or not. πŸ™‚
  17. I had hard semesters but I made it out alive and with decent grades.
  18. I got a lot of new stationery.
  19. I spent money I didn’t have LMAO
  20. I began constructing the idea of #RecoveryHome.
  21. I made book reviews! (I still have more of these to catch up on!!)
  22. I helped people.
  23. I will continue to help myself.

 

Now, onto the list for 2017!!!

In 2017 I plan to, hope to, and have goals towards….

  1. Getting ahead with creating positive messages and giving out even more positive messages than I managed in 2016 (particularly through the summer to the fall).
  2. Do 2 internships.
  3. Complete my directed study on BPD. (Unless I can figure out a way to do it on recovery/advocacy).
  4. Read 20 books!
  5. Create a vlogging/blogging schedule.
  6. Become more organized and structured.
  7. Find a DBT therapist.
  8. Create an artwork schedule.
  9. Practice my own self-care.
  10. Continue writing articles in the Mass Media.
  11. Make it to 1 month self-harm clean. (and increase this each month)
  12. Finish writing 3 fanfiction stories.
  13. Further build up #RecoveryHome.
  14. Attend a NAMI MA Convention
  15. Attend a Pride Festival with friends.
  16. Go apple picking in the fall with a friend.
  17. Do 20 IOOV presentations
  18. Create a vision board.
  19. Go see Thor Ragnarok
  20. Participate in either Inktober or worldwide watercoloring month

 

That’s certainly enough! hehehehe

Now, that book list I was talking about!!

I want to go back and reread some of these just to do a book review. πŸ˜‰

2016 Books Read:

  1. Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto (Book #1) January
  2. Lady Injury by Melissa C. Water February
  3. The Wicked and The Divine Vol. 3 March
  4. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer March
  5. The Dead and The Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer April
  6. You Came Back by Christopher Coake May
  7. Creature of the Night by Kate Thompson May
  8. The Piper by Lynn Hightower May
  9. This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer June
  10. He’s Gone by Deb Caletti June
  11. Living with Severe OCD by Marie Gius June
  12. Perfect by Natasha Friend July
  13. BPD Demystified by Robert O Friedel July
  14. The Intruders by E.E. Richardson August
  15. The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer August
  16. Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer August
  17. Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell you by Joel Carol Oates August
  18. Cut by Patricia McCormick September
  19. After the Snow by S.D. Crockett November
  20. Tumble And Fall by Alexandra Coutts November
  21. Bird Box by Josh Malerman November
  22. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous December

 

Pfeff!!! I mean, PHEW! That’s all I got. Now to switch back to vlogging uploads… gwah!

Hope you guys enjoyed all that list making!! πŸ˜€

That’s all I got, I swear.

 

OH. and HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU BEAUTIFUL AMAZING SURVIVORS RADIATING BADASSERY OUT THERE.

I could NOT have made it this far without all of your AMAZING SUPPORT. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!!!! ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀ xxxxxxxx

In Which an Anonymous Reader wrote an Article About Me

I have the video of me reading this article here (but I will also be writing out the text here too):

 

It’s titled:

In Response to Campus Advocate Raquel Lyons

Dear Mass Media,

For over a year I’ve read the column of your writer Raquel Lyons as she chronicles her life with obsessive compulsive disorder and suicidal ideation, a personal journey she leverages to encourage wellness on campus. Besides Craig Bidiman from University Health Services, Raquel is probably the most prominent mental health advocate in our student affairs.

Significantly, she explains the counseling services specific to the University of Massachusetts Boston, thereby drafting an action plan for any student afflicted with a disorder, or stretched too thin by lack of sleep and stress of deadlines. Because Raquel shares her experience, she provides context to more comprehensively understand the nature of the different support services.

Over the course of many installments, Raquel has broadcast that recovery is a process and not an outcome; therefore, her column works to dispel unrealistic and damaging expectations. There is no permanent or total cure, but people can get better. Furthermore, she expands awareness about the treatment toolkit, crucial because an individual’s needs fluctuate according to their recovery status, and because comorbid disorders interact uniquely.

But the most powerful aspect of Raquel’s work is the simple fact that she braves the public eye to vocalize her issues, breaking with a media tradition and overall discourse that caustically vilifies this type of candidness, thereby keeping mental health in the shadows, not only preventing healing, but compromising it through the perpetuation of stigma.

Yet in this changing era when people publically identify as being in recovery, there are also new questions we must consider. When does lowering one’s filters to become a role model ever come at the cost of personal recovery? How can we as a community help keep these pioneers safe?

I’ve read Raquel’s column passively for over a year, but something I saw recently at South Station inspired me to respond. Fellow commuters flitted in every direction. A homeless woman sat against a far wall, ignored by everyone except for another crouching woman. The homeless woman’s eyes were wide and wet, and her face bore an expression of catharsis that only comes from finally being heard after living invisibly for too long. I walked closer and saw that the listener was Raquel.

The greatness of a public leader is measured by how they act in plain view, and by the good they engender when no one is looking. Because of people like Raquel, there are leaders in recovery that we now measure in both of these ways. During that moment in South Station, I realized that beyond our university, the whole city of Boston should be grateful she is here.

Sincerely,

  • A Reader

 

*sly, slow grin spreads across my face* Now, if this doesn’t stroke my ego I don’t know what will!! XD

Truly though, I am as flattered reading over this anonymous writer’s article just as I was the first day I read it!!! It was such a pleasant surprise that I was not expecting, a true little gift for the holidays and especially during the rough times of finals. πŸ™‚

I’m glad to be able to fully share it with you all now. Both through the vlogging format and through the BLOGGING format, as this is my first home, for sure.

Stay tuned for some further posts about well, you know what. πŸ˜‰

❀ Thank you everyone!!! ❀ ❀ ❀

PS This is my congratulations twice over for this is my 200th post!! πŸ˜€