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New Year’s Resolutions, 2019: With An Attitude of Gratitude

Last year was a good year; I accomplished most of my goals.

I gave my first podcast interviews, one on Beyond Your Past and another on
The Magic Happens.

Two of my articles about life with Dissociative Identity Disorder are published on Surviving my Past.

I had an amazing collaboration with Teagan Guinevere that stretched my imagination and broadened my skills in graphic design and video.

Teagan wrote a story each week based on the three ‘things’ I gave her the week before.

I used VR to make the illustrations and a weekly video.

This is Gramps and Lulu from Hullaba Lulu on Teagan’s Books.

Illustration for Hulllaba Lulu
Still Life with Giorgio de Chirico

Through my collaboration with Teagan, I met interesting new bloggers and discovered a  thriving community of supportive and gifted writers and

Offline, I reconnected with an old friend who now lives in Vancouver.

We visited in July; he returned some old books and writings I thought
I’d lost when we moved from Hawaii to San Francisco in the 1980.

I felt like I was greeting long-lost family when I held a few of those old books.

The Cover of St. Genet by Jean Paul Sarte
Saint Genet by Jean Paul Sartre


The book cover of the White Paper by Jean Cocteau
The White Paper by Jean Cocteau

In private life, I’m in better mental health despite the triggers and stress of
living under a political regime that feels like an abusive family.

Yet, life must go on.

Here is a short list of goals to achieve within the next 12 Months:

  1. Select and edit the work for a book of poetry.
  2.  Learn about self-publishing.

  3. Publish the book of poems.

  4. Broaden my knowledge of video.

  5. Explore the idea a part-time job with my shrink.

  6. Make my daily walk a daily walk.

  7. Retain an attitude of gratitude.

My partner and I took pictures of each other on our anniversary this year.

This year marked our 29th.

He’s asked me not to post his photo, so here’s mine:

Rob Goldstein in Golden Gate Park, 2018
Golden Gate Park, November 5, 2018

Happy New Year to my WordPress peeps! Hey Laurel! 🙂

Let’s close with something fun! 🙂

I’ll be mostly off until the end of the holidays.

What are your resolutions?

(c) Rob Goldstein 2018

49 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions, 2019: With An Attitude of Gratitude

  1. Wonderful accomplishments and great goals for 2019, Rob. I was blessed to connect with you this year and so appreciate your fantastic art and giving spirit. Love the photo! Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary to you and your partner!

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  2. I look forward to a book of poetry written by you!
    I did so enjoy yours and Teagan’s collaboration.
    Old books are almost as good as old friends, and often feel like old friends.
    Happy SO MANY YEARS to you and your partner, and many, many more to come!
    Wishing you a bright and shiny year!

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  3. It’s always insightful to look back over the year and you’ve had quite a busy one. I am thankful our paths crossed this year! I do not make resolutions. Several years ago, I started letting Spirit guide me to a “word for the year” and so far, it has been amazing. My word for 2018 was “Believe” and many times throughout the year, it was only my belief in myself and my work that propped me up. It will be interesting to see what word is given to me for 2019! Happy New Year, Rob!

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    1. Believe, yes; I see that in you. I have faith that I have a purpose in this world and I hear that belief in your words. I’m glad we met and I’m honored you agreed to be a featured blogger: Happy New Year, Jan!


  4. Dear Rob,

    One of the precious gifts I received this year from my blogging journey is stumbling upon you, your awe-inspiring art and unfrettered talent.

    Every post of yours is an eye-opener with so many lessons imbued within each. Except the political ones as I dislike politics, especially the Orange Orang Utan who runs your country!

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us and these goals that are so wonderful. I’m inspired to write a similar post too.

    Just like you I have been trying to “walk the talk” and walking a few miles every other day. I used to be a runner but gave up owing to various nagging injuries and I guess walking is the safest antidote. I hope to continue my passion for cycling the coming year as the injuries start getting better.

    I self-published in 2017. A travel memoir called Travel Epiphanies. It is available as an e-book on Amazon. I could help you with the way forward, except that I am terrible with the marketing bit and have a long way to go.

    All the best with your publishing journey. I’ll be rooting for you.

    Meanwhile, in the last few months I have also picked up working around the attitude of gratitude. When I wake up in the morning I write five things I’m grateful for and the list always tends to be mostly longer than five!

    That’s a fabulous picture of you. And congratulations on the 29th year! That is such a stellar milestone. The DH and I will be completing fourteen years of knowing each other this year. And it feels like a lifetime and this year I’m going to work around finding more time to grow with him. The last few months of the year had been a roller coaster.

    And last but not the least, congratulations for the myriad feathers on your hat. So many things to be proud of and you’ve done them so well.

    You truly are an inspiration Rob. And I’m blessed to know you.

    Much gratitude and happy tidings in the years ahead.
    May life be a journey of bliss, peace, joy and just being.

    P.S: Pardon the long post, but your wonderful post elicited so many thoughts. It’s a pleasure to visit your blog each time. The plethora of content is a feast to the eyes.

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    1. Thanks Natasha. I appreciate your reply and I’m so glad that I met you and your blog this year. I normally hate politics too but there comes a time when the political is a matter of life and death, especially for people who are on the receiving end of bad policies based on racial stereotypes. This is a tough time to be a citizen of the United States but it’s times like these that reveal who a people are or who they have become. I look forward to getting to know you in 2019. Happy New Year, Natasha! 🙂

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  5. Wow, you’ve achieved a lot this year. I’m going to try to retain an attitude of gratitude. I like that. Love the photo. In 2019 I want to finally get the Goldfish memoir written and I’d like to write more poems towards a collection. And be a bit more regular with my blogging.
    Wishing you all the very best towards achieving your 2019 goals.

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      1. Thanks Rob. I hope are write about the Goldfish. Sometimes I think it’s self-indulgent twaddle. You may have noticed, or maybe not, that I haven’t wished you a happy New Year yet. This is because in Scotland we believe it’s bad luck for the person you are wishing until the New Year arrives – just in case. In the same way we don’t hang a calendar until January 1st. Silly superstition but I was brought up on it and so I will wish you a Happy New year when it comes.

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      2. No, the memoir is not twaddle. It’s moving and timely. I am very glad to hear you call it twaddle because it gives me hope that my own work isn’t twaddle either. The worst part of writing is the part where hate everything you’re working on. 🙂 I’m glad you’re thinking of my safety and honoring your traditions. 🙂

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  6. Hi Rob,
    You should be proud of all that you accomplished this year! It’s been a true pleasure getting to know you thanks to our mutual friend, Teagan 🙂
    My main goal for 2019 is to spend more quality time with DH (darling hubby). It will be our 35th anniversary this year and I find the time is running away. We need to slow down and just enjoy 🙂
    Happy New Years!

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  7. Hi Rob,
    I am impressed with your accomplishments last year and give you kudos for your ambitious goals for 2019. Go get’em.
    I need to get off my fat butt this next year and lose at least 15 Ibs. My doctor keeps saying “exercise – exercise. And I keep saying “I know – I know.” 🤓 My next goal is to finish editing my new book and get it published. Happy New Year.

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  8. Robert, congratulations on your many 2018 successes! It’s all good to start 2019 with an “attitude of gratitude.” I’ll do the same! I wrote half a historical fiction book last year, so goal #1. Finish the book. #2. Stay healthy and happy! Happy New Year to you! 🥳🎶 Christine

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  9. I know the accomplishments might not sound over the top by someone who doesn’t know you but I do know you and you accomplished and made huge steps in 2018. Hugs steps with your personal life, DID and managing to grow with big steps. I’m sending love and hugs, wishing you another fantastic year 2019. Luv ya!

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  10. Congratulations on all the collaboration. It amazes me over and over again how one step can open up huge new areas to explore. Glad you met so many new people.
    I am glad to hear that you are doing well and I love the list you shared. Congratulations on your anniversary too. 29 years that’s such a gift.
    Have a blessed change of the year and know that I am happy and thankful that we are connected. Big hugs your way, Robert!
    Great video btw!!

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      1. That makes it even more special for me to see how far you have come in so many ways. And I am thankful for your wonderful inspiration and the spreading of awareness by sharing your art, your words, and stories of your life.
        Love and light to you and yours and a happy change of the year, Robert.

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  11. Hi Rob. I enjoyed this recap. Thanks for the shout out. It was so wonderful to work with you on Hullaba Lulu, and especially to get to know you. Thanks for letting me be in that part of your life.
    I love the photo! Jamie captured your essence so well. It would have been lovely to see you both, but I understand his reasoning.
    Wishing you a smooth journey with your poetry book. I know it will be terrific! You’re the cat’s pajamas. Happy New Year and hugs on the wing.

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      1. So do I Rob, so do I…
        Re-visiting your video (Girlfriend of a Boyfriend of Mine) made me miss working with you on Lulu. Once I get moved I will have more time and hopefully a lot less stress. If I can stop panicking about driving 2000 miles in winter weather, and get myself there… (Mental headline “Agoraphobic Makes Third Cross Country Move”. But this time is a hundred times harder.) However, you are an inspiration. I’ll get there.

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