We’ve all heard the phrase “Time flies when you’re having fun.” and yes, it’s been a fun year. But even more amazing is how much was packed into this small amount of time.
1. I joined Twitter. I started out with ten followers who were friends I made through blog reading/commenting. As of now, one thousand three hundred have decided I’m worth a follow.
2. I started a blog. It was earlier than planned and my first blog, so I really didn’t know what I was doing. Like most new things I try, I emulated blogs I liked and I did alright. I kept upping my posting schedule and after nine months, I burnt myself out. Turned out to be the best thing that could’ve happened. I took some time off and when I came back, I had a whole knew outlook on my blogging and a better grasp of my voice. The past few weeks of posts, I think, are my best yet.
3. I was on the radio! The opportunity popped up out of nowhere and being in a try new stuff mode, I went for it. It was a half-hour show I co-hosted with Carolyn McCray and every week we interviewed a paranormal author. I’d love to tell you how awesome I was, but as my first interviewee, Kait Nolan, can tell you, I was a big mess. But I made her laugh, so I took it as a win.
The schedule got a little hectic, so I wasn’t on the air very long, but I interviewed some cool people and kind of sounded like I knew what I was doing towards the end. I still miss it. Maybe one day I’ll make my return.
4. I’ve made tons of new friends who “get me”. There’s a difference between the support of family and friends and the support of your peers. An understanding of what you’re going through that only they have. It doesn’t diminish the importance of family and friends support, it’s just a different, yet necessary component to help us reach our goals.
5. I’ve learned. With the help of social media, I’ve packed in more writerly learning than all the years I’ve scribbled stories. So many people happily shared their experiences, good or bad, so others could learn. And bonus! Two of those people, Susan and Kait, took me under their wing to help me get better.
I think it pays to look back once in a while. Even if it’s not a year or six months or one month. Just look back.
What have you done?
How are you different?
What have you learned?
Chances are you’ll find something. Something important. A critical step closer to your goals.
So, what’s your year been like?