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What’s in Store for January (and the Rest of 2015)

Happy New Year!

I’m so glad that it’s 2015. Last year was really, really hard for me. I lost my close friend Sean, lost my part-time job because of my mystery autoimmune disease, started taking Prozac—which gave me the worst episode of depression of my life—switched to Viibryd and began feeling better, and then came down with the worst flareup I’ve ever had in the last 7 years.

Goodbye, 2014!

Not everything was bad, though. The last 12 months were a game changer for my writing career. December was my all-time best month; I am now making a decent part-time income from my books. I’m so proud of myself. The timing couldn’t be better, either; because of my health problems, I finished my part-time seasonal job earlier than planned and am now writing full-time again. I had a lot of anxiety about being able to continue working at the store. A huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. The best thing about writing is, I can do all of it from the comfort of my bed, propped up with pillows and armed with heating pad and painkillers.

I am in a lot of pain (and now have a cold on top of this flareup, which makes everything worse), but am hanging in there. It helps that I have a great support team. My husband, family, friends, and therapist have been amazing throughout the last month and a half. I have an appointment with a rheumatologist at the end of January. My mom and I have been doing a lot of research, and found new blood tests that can help diagnose Rheumatoid Arthritis. We also discovered RA Warrior. Her blog makes me feel so much less crazy. Everything that she describes about her RA is something that I have experienced.

Little by little, everything is coming together.

My Goals for 2015

There are a lot of things that I want to do this year, but it’s only 365 days long. I can’t do it all. ;) Here are some of the things I will be working on throughout the next 12 months:

  • make a full-time income from my books;
  • write and release all 4 novels in the South of Forever series;
  • start working on new YA pen name series*;
  • go on a date with my husband every week;
  • get a diagnosis for my mystery autoimmune disease;
  • eat healthier—gluten-free, lactose-free, whole grain, anti-inflammatory foods;
  • do more yoga

What are your goals for this year?

January Goals

In years past, I shared my goals for the month and then my progress. I’d like to start doing that again. Here are my goals for this month:

Do you set goals every month? What are your goals for January?

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