2013 Summary

I had a few simple goals for 2013:

1. Prioritise regular exercise to manage stress during Honours, increase energy and generally stay healthy.
2. Prioritise regular journally to manage stress during Honours.
3. Complete my Honours coursework brilliantly and produce a kick-arse Honours Research Thesis.

What actually happened in 2013:

1. I caught every cold within a 30km radius.
2. I had chronic, persistent headaches and migraines (and then migraine medication that made me feel dopey).
3. I got part-way through my coursework then realised I needed to repeat first semester in 2014 to have any chance of making up for time lost through illness, I barely managed to complete my research thesis (even with a long extension because of all my illness).

No, 2013 did not go to plan!

Positives:

1. Completed research thesis: Hoorah!
2. Weaned myself off sweet things (even with a major thesis-writing aberration)!
3. Gained a lot of research skills and experiences, a lot of confidence and some good contacts.

I have found out just recently that my migraines are at least partly due to a condition called idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), although I will have an MRI in two months to rule out anything other cause (both the eye specialist and the neurologist seem fairly unconcerned about my MRI). IIH can be pretty serious, but in my case the optometrist noticed it very early and the neurologist had already recently started me on the correct medication (because of my migraines), so hopefully the MRI will go well, the treatment will go well, the migraines will improve and this year will begin to be easier than last year!

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About Zaiene

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life I am inspired by so many different ideals of how to live a happy, fulfilled and productive life but struggle to get around to it. Large scale changes are intimidating and difficult to sustain, so this is my bite-sized life experiment. Each week*, I will find one thing in my life to drop and one thing to add. I will try to drop things that have a negative, unhealthy or over-absorbing effect on my life. I will try to add things that will have a positive, healthy, empowering or useful effect on my life. The experiment is to see whether I can cope with these changes and whether they really do improve my life. *(I began it as each weekend, as a less intimidating challenge. After about ten months, I felt that I wanted whole-week - well, Monday-to-Friday - challenges.)
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