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Using WordPress Reader Lists has simplified my life. There are a seemingly infinite number of excellent blogs to follow, read, like, and comment on. If you comment, I will respond. I “follow” those who follow me. Whether or not I read or comment, I do care. There are only 24 hours in a day, and I’m running out of steam. My New Year Resolution is to protect my time and energy. I am doing so now.

Now I free my time for writing original content and for living my life unplugged. I have books to read and training to attend. Starting January 31st, I will attend my local NAMI Orange County chapter Provider Education Program with the hope of becoming a Provider Educator.

We have to get our reactive dogs into dog training; actually, the humans in the family need training on how to communicate with our dogs.

Our house is a mess. Clutter surrounds us on every horizontal surface. I’m not the best house-keeper in the world, not that I ever aspired to be such. Still, I should clean the house every now and again. No doubt I should cook more often, for when I do, we eat more healthfully. (The “shoulds” are adding up here.) Luckily, we have options for healthy take-out nearby. We can get sushi, Persian salmon kabobs, grilled or ceviche fish tacos, and Indian food within a few miles. Not bad at all.

Did I mention that we have to finish painting the interior and exterior of our house and possibly heighten our fences to reduce stimulation of our territorial dogs? Oh, and I’m married to a civil engineer. Translation: he’s a consummate do-it-yourselfer. He’s handy and has accomplished a lot, including installing solid oak floors, but there is much still much to be done.

To top it all off, extended family members we love dearly fight cancer and multiple sclerosis. Oh, and just in case you didn’t read my tag line, I have bipolar disorder, and I’m a mom. No wonder I feel overwhelmed.