My 2017 Intentions

Very broadly speaking, these are the things I intend to do in 2017:

  • Podcast: Publish at least 30 more episodes, including at least 25 interviews with regular moms sharing their adventures with maternal mental health.
  • Memoir: I am going to finish revising and self-publish it and do my damnest to get it into as many hands as possible.
  • Youtube: Create some videos related to postpartum depression and post them online to supplement the podcast. I’m aiming for six but will be happy with two or three.
  • Blog: I love blogging so I’m going to blog 3x each week.
  • Next Warrior Mom Conference: Whenever the dates are announced, I will block them out on my calendar. And the moment tickets go on sale, I will snap mine up!
  • Climb Out Of the Darkness: I am going to be a co-leader for Team L.A. I’m going to promote the shit out of it and want 100 moms to join me in celebrating our climbs out of the darkness of maternal mental illness.  I also want to raise $5000 for Postpartum Progress.
  • Postpartum Progress Community: Postpartum Progress provides peer support for moms who have or had maternal mental illness. I am very proud to now be a Warrior Mom Ambassador for Postpartum Progress. I am going to be very active in the Facebook groups and provide support for moms who need it.
  • Postpartum Depression Journal/Workbook: I have ideas for this, stay tuned.
  • Email List: I am going to grow my list and send out a newsletter twice a month with bonus materials like journaling prompts and book excerpts.
  • Society 6: I created and sold a tote bag in 2016 and I’m going to create even more tote bags and other products in 2017.
  • Painting: When I paint, I am a better happier person. I slacked and got lazy and let my paints sit idle this month. This year, I’m going to paint every day. EVERY DAY. Even if for only five minutes. I’m also going to open at Etsy shop and do my best to sell some of my works.
  • Dance: Aw man, I love Zumba and I am going to keep doing it as long as my body lets me. But you know what I also want to do? Tap! So I’m getting myself some big girl tap shoes for my birthday and doing all the Youtube videos I can find. And also, I’m finally going to learn the Thriller dance and check out different dance styles on youtube.
  • Girls Nights: I had a few nights out with friends in 2016 and I want even more this year. There will be roller skating. Oh yes, there will be roller skating.
  • Fun: I had lots of fun in 2016 and I’m going to keep on having fun this year. I think it’s important to stay intentional about having fun because it’s so easy to get swept away by laundry and dirty dishes and what the eff is that shit under the fridge, but that’s not the important stuff. But fun? That’s important.
  • Nature: I live in the city but my soul needs nature just as much as my body needs water and food and air. So I am going to make a point of getting outside and seeking out trees and grass and dirt and rocks and ocean waves and big stunning expanses of sky.
  • Book Fair: I’m going to keep doing this for Pippa’s preschool but I intend to use the help of volunteers more. People want to help, so I will share the load.
  • Friendships and Family: I intend to make time for this because all of the other stuff is meaningless if I don’t stay connected with the people I love.
  • Nathan: We were really good at having date nights in 2016 and I we will do that again in 2017. But in 2016, we got a bit lazy about the things we do at night after the kids go to bed. We used to play board games and video games in addition to watching t.v. and I intend to get us back into that practice.
  • Pippa: My girl needs mommy dates, so we will keep having them. She loves the art museum, so I see that in our future.
  • Julian: Oh he is just full of kisses and joy, and I intend to soak it all up and spend lots of mornings at the playground with my little boy.
  • Our Family of Four: This year, we will take at least one little trip somewhere out of town, just the four of us. I want to visit the mountains this summer.
  • Mind/Body/Spirit: Depression fragments and divides the mind, body and spirit. I intend to continue healing from postpartum depression and integrate these parts of myself into a unified whole. I will explore different ways to do this, like Kundalini yoga and Soulcycle. My therapist and I are working on this together. I think it will be a major theme for 2017.
  • Fiction Writing: I love my memoir but I have wanted to write fiction all my life. And so I will. I outlined a novel last month and I will write it as soon as I’m done revising my memoir.
  • Women of Hamelin: The novel I outlined is a romantic comedy but I also am working on a big epic fantasy novel. This year, I’m going to do things to prepare myself for that project. There’s a guy in Pasadena who teaches archery and wilderness survival classes.  I am going to take some of those classes.
  • Decluttering: I did a lot of decluttering during the second half of 2016 and will continue on this adventure. It has been good for my soul, so freaking good. I waste a lot of time dealing with inventory management so I’m determined to reduce our inventory.
  • Poetry: I journal every day and lately, my journaling has leaned more towards the poetic than prose. I will continue exploring this and publish some poems here. And I’m going to submit some poems to magazines because hey, why not?
  • Learning: I love love love to learn and it’s something I naturally do. But I want to make sure I keep learning and in that spirit, I will visit five new museums in 2017. (New includes museums I have not visited in over a decade.)
  • Crafting: Last but not least (it’s all important!), I will craft. I love crafting and it always relaxes me. So I will craft with my kids and I will craft after they go to bed. For years, I have been fascinated by paper mache so 2017 is the year I will finally suck it up and mix together some glue and paper and make a deer head for the wall.

Whew, I need a nap. And if you read all of this, you deserve a cookie.