This is my first official post of 2012. I am a little embarrassed that it has taken me until 1/6/2012 to make my first post of the new year! In all honesty this time of the year is always a bit hard on me. I tend to battle more issues with depression in the winter time, along with my constant struggle with anxiety. I know in general more people are prone to have episodes of depression during the cold, dark winter months, so I am sure plenty of you out there can relate. With that said, I am going to be trying to focus even more on my exercising and remembering the important mental health benefits exercise can deliver. I just need to remember to take it one step at a time.
My wife and I like many others out there joined a gym at the very beginning of January! We did not join because of any resolutions we made, we are simply on a tight budget and we knew that all the gyms would be counting on the huge spike in membership enrollments and would be running fantastic deals. So just as expected we signed up with no enrollment fees! Score! We joined Planet Fitness, mostly because of the low price of $10 a month a person. At only $10 a month a person and no enrollment fee, we couldn’t pass up the deal. Although I would prefer to go to a gym that had group classes and a pool – none of those are really in the budget at the moment. Also for the price Planet Fitness really does offer a great deal! We have not gone to exercise quite yet. My anxiety has been crippling recently, so I am trying to take it step by step. We signed up online a few days ago and went last night to scope it out and pick up our membership cards. Of course it is January so it was packed. We also went during prime time busy evening hours which adds to that significantly. We are going to start up with going and working out there at some point this weekend. Once I get more familiar with the setup and go a few times my comfort level will grow and my anxiety will lessen. I am also already at peace with the fact that I may or may not run into people I knew from high school. I can deal with that.
Aside from my anxiety and depression battles and joining a gym, not a lot is going on at the moment. I have been spending a great deal of time cuddling up under my heated blanket with my dogs by my side. I have spent a great deal of time reading on my Kindle Fire my wife bought for me a couple weeks ago (I love my Kindle!). More recently I have spent a nice chunk of my time watching Sons of Anarchy. I am currently half way through with season 2. I keep wondering how I did not discover how awesome this show is before now!
I have some really great ideas and plans I am really excited about for DawniesLife in 2012. They will slowly spin into fruition. There will be some changes when it comes to giveaways, no worries, there will still be giveaways, but I am tired of asking my readers to do a million things to try to win whatever it is I am giving away. So expect to see very simple entries into giveaways in the future – I am thinking one mandatory question that must be answered as a comment and an optional second entry that includes a message to tweet then a comment for that for an extra entry. It seems less complicated for not only me, but also less stressful and ridiculous of all of my readers who would like to enter but don’t want to complete 100 (I am being dramatic) steps to enter! Also, I am contemplating no longer posting a blog entry with the winners name of my giveaways – instead I am thinking of only emailing the winner directly and posting the winners name / twitter name on Twitter and Facebook. It would make things less stressful for me, it wouldn’t send a pointless blog entry winner post to every subscribed of my blog and wouldn’t crowd up my blog with “the winner is” posts! More plans and changes coming soon, but those are the first two things I will be implementing! Let me know if you have any suggestions or comments about the changes! I always like hearing opinions from my readers!
So I put it out there for the world to read. January (and winter in general) tends to be a hard time for me. But I am going to try to push my way through it. What about you? Do you have any specific issues or challenges that winter time brings?