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What are your plans for the New Year? Personal Goals? Resolutions? Etc

Stu Dec 26, 2017

  1. Stu

    Stu Windswept & Interesting Devil Brigade Member

    I've got my usual list of Personal Goals, consisting of things I wanna buy, things I wanna try and places to which I wanna fly. Also got a list of projects, and lifestyle choices I want to make.

    I need to start socialising more. It's very easy to end up alone, and I'm often SO sick of people from a day spent listening to people moan about prices, deliveries etc (I work in a Customer Service Call Centre at the moment!) that when I get home I just want to be on my own in the peace and quiet.
    But, once I push myself to go out, I enjoy being out, so think I need to take up a hobby or join some sort of club with a social side to it.

    As I'm sat down pretty much all day, at least until they get me one of the adjustable desks that allow you to work from a standing position, too, I realise that as I'm getting older I'm in real danger of turning into a fat old git and need to work on my fitness.

    I rather like the idea of trying canoeing/Kayaking, which I can do in Marple near me (I'm in Romiley) and there's also a very nice climbing centre in an old cotton mill there.
    I'll never be a slim Jim (I was nearly 12 lbs in weight when I was born!) but I've always been fairly fit and now realise that, as one gets older, it takes more work to maintain fitness. I'm mostly eating healthier lately, though this week I've eaten rather alot of crap, and have figured that I just need to STOP buying sweets n snacks that I like and doing without them completely.

    IF my current workplace keeps me on after my temp contract is up at the end of January, I won't be working Sundays so I'm going to endeavour to go swimming every Sunday morning and, instead of driving to ASDA in Stockport for the newspapers (& buying more unhealthy crap whilst I'm there!) I'm gonna take the fairly challenging walk up hill and down dale, across the fields n farmland near me to the Newsagent in Bredbury.

    My other goals are to have a major de-clutter, get rid of alot of stuff, sell some excess gear off (I'm a terror for buying TWO or even THREE of things so I have a spare!!) and reorganise the stuff that I keep. I also have TOO many items, particularly knives!, that I never use/carry and really, though I suspect Im' not alone in doing this, it's really daft.

    I want to visit alot more places around the country, East coast seaside towns like Skegness, Whitby, Staithes and Saltburn, castles in Wales and Edinburgh, and a few theme parks with my nephew.
    It would also be great to get across the pond to meet up with our imperious leader Ron in NJ and I'd love to see New York too and meet up with other devilish chums.
    I've also got a good mate in Abu Dhabi who's a pilot for Etihad and hes just qualified to fly the flippin huge 380 airliner, and itd be nice to see him and stop off in Dubai, too.

    What sort of plans, goals etc do the rest of you have for 2018?
  2. Atheos

    Atheos Average member JDBA Official Member

    i need to socialize more too. Should be easier going forward, after I adjusted my own pissy attitude issues lol. This year i need to make more friends and stop finding reasons to avoid people.

    i need to CONTINUE my weight loss and fitness/martial arts progress. I was about 270lbs 1.5 years ago, now im 225lbs. Still want to lose another 20. want to drastically increase my fighting stamina and agility, and lower my back/hip pain.

    i need to declutter as well. i have so much shit i dont need, and barely ever touch.

    i need more balis. i might have to sell a child to accomplish that.
  3. begreen61

    begreen61 Deadicated JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

    Thinking about Dating again ,, I know I plan on continuing to blow large amounts of money for knives ,,My Reality is I live in the moment , where ever tomorrow takes me ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I'll embrace it
  4. Stu

    Stu Windswept & Interesting Devil Brigade Member

    I like that. I'm gonna pinch that credo and use that.
    I keep feeling guilty that I haven't got all my plans organised for the future, but the problem with making too many plans is that fate can come along and...well....just crap allover them!

    I think perhaps I might start dating again, instead of just the occasional hook up, that I seem to do at the moment. It would be quite nice to share some of these days out and visits to seaside towns with a gal.

    I need to have a long think about my goals for the New Year, thankfully, I'm off on New Years Eve and New Years Day, so, weather permitting I'm gonna take a stroll round Etherow Country Park which is very close by, then sit on a bench with a cup of coffee and address my list.
  5. hickory

    hickory JDBA OFFICIAL Member JDBA Official Member

    You are welcome to a VIP tour! Hope you do make it over here, Stu!
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  6. sam eib

    sam eib Average Member

    I plan on hitting a lottery! I'll deal with any problems that brings with it at a later date.
  7. KaptainK├╝rbstomp

    KaptainK├╝rbstomp Little Member

    I'm pretty introverted and being social never really came easy to me. I got into the habit of starting small conversations with cashiers at the grocery store or at gas stations and it helps me to sort of stay loosened up. Really simple and dumb but it's pretty helpful to me.

    My goals are pretty simple though, want to take my AR out and spend time with it after I get the receivers and handguard back from getting cerakoted and put it all together. Want to get a Trijicon Accupoint for it which should be doable in the next month or 2. Also want to finish rebuilding the 60 Chevy with my dad and build a LS1 swapped 350z, hopefully be able to have that done within the next several months or by the end of the year at least. I've also determined that I'm gonna have to get a lot better at flipping and buy more Balisongs, the collector itch is really starting to hit me. Gonna start with a Basilisk tomorrow and hopefully an Alpha Beast next if they drop soon
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  8. Stu

    Stu Windswept & Interesting Devil Brigade Member

    Yesterday at work I had a really sore neck, and struggled to turn my head, a cpl of months ago when I started at the call centre, I didn't get a headset straight away so was holding the handset with my left hand crossbody to my right ear and writing/typing with my right hand. This caused my fingers to go numb in my left hand and I Googled it to find it was probably a trapped ulnar nerve in my elbow.
    Yesterday, my whole hand was number and part of my lower arm but I managed, but last night I couldn't get my arm comfortable and woke up this morning with a really painful stiff neck and shoulder, and my whole arm was number.
    I thought it was worth checking, phoned the local Doctor to see if they could squeeze me in at all and their reply was COME DOWN TO US, NOW!
    A very nice female GP called me into her surgery, checked my range of movement, grip strength, sensation etc and said it was probably a trapped nerve but wanted to send me for x rays (I'm going tomorrow) & she asked about my job, I explained I was new to call centre work after being kinda forced to leave my last longterm job after the boss started bullying me. I said I'd worked there for 7 years and thought of them as family and still couldn't quite believe they'd treated me like this, then surprised myself by bursting into tears as I talked about this.
    I was very embarrassed and apologetic and she said it was understandable in a personal space, asked how I was feeling, etc and I just said I was really fed up, though the folks at the new job were wonderful even though it perhaps wasn't the nicest job in the world listening to people moan all day, and I was, as a new employee finding it quite stressful some days. She wants to talk to me again about how I'm feeling when the x-ray results are back, but said that this new employer sounded great and I'd have to do some long hard thinking about the job and dealing with stress. She also wants me to wear a blood pressure monitor for 24 hrs in afew weeks as I had to test my blood pressure on a machine before I went in to see her and the three numbers that came up (I don't understand what they meant) were 153, 106, and 99 which apparently are quite high.
    Work were very understanding and said if I need to take tomorrow off that's fine, as it was quiet on the phones today, anyway. The doc gave me co-codamol painkillers to take (1000mg 4 times a day) and i think thats quite strong so i probably couldnt drive or talk on the phone antway, it took me all my time just to talk to family today, feltnlike i was drunk.
    I'm gonna see how I feel tomorrow, but expect I'll probably stay off work, go for the xrays in the morning and then just "bunk off" and do something fun in the afternoon, like go for a swim, see a movie or walk in the park.
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  9. Clydetz

    Clydetz Forever straight and true Brigade Member

    What are your plans for the New Year? Personal Goals? Resolutions? Etc...

    I'm in constant pain on my right side due to what the doc says is sciatica. I'm on pain pills, had physical therapy and going to see a surgeon in 2018. My only resolution is to survive.

    Wishing you the best Stu!
  10. Kelper

    Kelper Penguin Egg Eater Lady Devil

    Stu, I hope your doing better now. Your health mental health is important..so definitely take time out for you
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  11. ded i

    ded i Friend of The Devil Lady Devil

    I'm going to sort out my drawers. I decided it's time to try for an organized closet and vanity. It is crazy how much lipstick and other stuff a girl accumulates over time. So i'm gonna clean up my act and my resolution is to keep things tidy. :hairpull:

    Best New Year wishes to all those who are pursuing resolutions.

    & may your new year be wonderful and pain free.

    GODDESS OF VENGEANCE Crazy Bitch Lady Devil Super Moderator

    I'm going into the new year kicking ass and taking names as... I've been doing on a daily basis of fighting health battles. No set resolutions here..except for fighting for my life as I keep on swimming.....


    Happy New Year! :GOV:
  13. Brian_W204

    Brian_W204 Enormous member

    I'm going to start fix up my future home... again. Four years ago, my wife and I bought a house right across the street that the previous owners didn't maintain very well. It's smaller, single-story, no swimming pool, and has low-maintenance landscaping and our plan was to downsize and move in after our kids move out. I did a lot of work on it right after we bought it, but then, like Stu said, fate came along and crapped all over the plans, so not much has been done since, and not nearly as much as we wanted. Things are changing again and I've started work on it again. I plan to start off the new year replacing 70 feet of dry-rotted 2x8 fascia board.
  14. Guillermo

    Guillermo 7th Man of the 7th son Super Moderator

    I want to get off another 40 pounds but 30 will do. I think I can get out of debt this year or close to it. Another trip to Portland is in the works but this time with my two sons. And I need to get serious about dating, maybe. A girl my age would be nice but the younger ones are still eye candy to me. I'm 52 but can date ones half my age all day but the connection is not there. And lastly I might get a dog again.
  15. Stu

    Stu Windswept & Interesting Devil Brigade Member

    I'm glad it's not just me! I didn't date nearly enough young ladies when I was young and pretty, Im 48 now, but sometimes it's just TOO easy, I think it's coz rather alot of younger guys are....well....just dick heads!! :-)
  16. Kelper

    Kelper Penguin Egg Eater Lady Devil

    Personal goal after a crappy few year's is to take this chance of an indoor Fleamarket spot and improve my finances. I also have the chance to go into one of those antique malls for $50 monthly. If I have enough stock left over from the Fleamarket booth I will do both places. I have friends that buy storage buildings out, they have started putting boxes of stuff aside for me for a couple of dollars after being sorted through.

    I do know I need retirement/widows benefit's, but I also know long term to hold off as long as possible to get the full amount. 2018 takes full retirement for me until 66 years and 4 months. I am prepared to listen to wise advice from my lovely friends here on this issue as I probably need American guidance.

    Stu, I should have a pension of sort's from UK at some point for year's worked, and wife stuff. I do not remember my National Insurance Number though. Advice grateful I will be.

    I have a partner for the Fleamarket, I sell vintage sterling jewelry, coins, and military memorabilia in exchange for rent payments and a bit of cash. I enjoy a challenge, so will take it head on. Dating not highest priority as friendship's are the highest in my life.

    Resolution's I would break so none of that.

    Happy-New-Year-Images-2018-HD-1-1.jpg Peace love and happiness to you all,
  17. zogglet

    zogglet Better than Nutella Administrator Lady Devil JDBA Official Member

    The past three and a half years of my life have contained some of the biggest challenges I've ever faced, most of which I handled way less than ideally, some of which I handled downright horribly.

    This year, I plan to get my finances completely fixed.

    I also plan to greatly improve my relationship with my parents and siblings.

    I plan to make some friends. For almost four years, I've hidden my entire home life from the world (due to what it turned into during this time - something I am not going to get into). I've turned down every single invitation to hang out, I've kept people from getting to know me by resorting to exclusively small talk, and I've also shut off and abandoned old friendships. So many people have genuinely tried to develop friendships with me, and I took every route I could to prevent it. And I've been 100% successful.

    ...Also, before 2018 is through, I'd love to get my powerlifting total to 700 lbs. By the summer, I want to hit a 315 lb deadlift (only 40 lbs to go since I last maxed out). :jimmymac:
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  18. Stu

    Stu Windswept & Interesting Devil Brigade Member

    Bit of a relapse, I'm afraid. HOW the hell do ya "snap yourself outta this".
    I've been doing better and even chatting to a very helpful counsellor at MIND, and cynical sod that I am, I STILL threw myself into the CBT, and mindfulness exercises with her (though I DID visit a MIND office in another town and didn't give my real name!) & I thought I was doing better, but I was off last week and still couldn't get interested in ANYTHING apart from one wonderful day with my nephew in Lyme Park and he really lifted my spirits.
    Went back in on Monday and though I had a lot of catching up to do, I managed, though I've had terrible back ache but I rested up yesterday (my day off) and thought it had eased off.
    From about midnight last night I've been throwing up and running to the toilet, and when this finally eased, it was about 4.30am and all I've done is count down the minutes in quarter hour increments til I have to get up at 8.00
    Got up and thought a shave, bath etc would make me feel better but I feel like death warmed up and have phoned in sick- again!
    The MIND counsellor tells me that depression can cause physical symptoms like backache, sickness, the runs etc which surprises me, but really I just need to buck the hell up and snap out of this. It's just not me, and I'm sick of it.
    I really like my new company and I think I'm dealing well with even the difficult calls but I guess I have to admit that, like it or not, I'm battling depression at the moment.
    I've been reading up on how it affects different people and what their symptoms are, and certainly havent been even thinking about self-harming or worse, but can totally identify with the aches and pains, sometimes I feel like I could snap in two at the waist, the headaches and dizziness, occasional panic attacks, sleepless nights, night sweats and most notably the feeling of just wanting to run away (I've been SO close to chucking my Go-Bag in my car and disappearing into the woods so many times!)
    My boss has been really understanding and the company will even arrange counselling with the relevant professionals if you need it so I think I need to be very frank and honest with my manager, explaining that I'm sorry for being off again, but I REALLY want to stay with the firm if I can just get past this. I have up days and down days and, unfortunately, I'm on down days at the moment.
  19. begreen61

    begreen61 Deadicated JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

    we are here for ya Stu,, you probable be sir prize how many of us had are moments ,,you can have your and we will listen and be there for ya with in these threads,,

  20. Stu

    Stu Windswept & Interesting Devil Brigade Member

    Thanks, Gary. I appreciate that.
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