Dear Reader, I have never done one of these before. But this has been a weird year. The election, as with every election cycle, took hold of my life, and in times of sorrow, it can be genuinely difficult to look at your own accomplishments and celebrate them. But I want to celebrate this year, and all the good bits of it.
- For the majority of this year, I managed an amazing campaign for a well known education advocate. While he didn’t win, I am genuinely grateful that I, a young woman who’d never managed a race before, had this opportunity. I am so lucky to know this candidate, and working on that race gave me so much in terms of career and personal growth.
- I was part of a national team that worked the general election, and it was an amazing experience. I made the dearest friends, found comrades I didn’t know could exist, and learned so very much.
- Most of 2015 was particularly lonely. I wasn’t much out in the community, I didn’t take risks or network all that much. 2016 was very different. I have made more friends than I can possibly count. I have reached out to people I wasn’t otherwise regularly speaking with. I joined clubs and organizations and found family.
- I learned to love my city. I live in the town I grew up in, and hated it so much. I moved away for college and fell in love with that town. Now that I moved back here, I have learned to love it too. I am so lucky to live in a place with good, kind people who care about their community, and I am lucky to call this my home.
- I made my first real adult purchase in buying a car. While it didn’t go exactly as planned, I’ve grown to love this car, and I am grateful that I can run around town and do all the things I want to do.
- I wrote. I wrote more this year than I did last. Whether it was blog posts, articles, short stories, or adding to the word count of my many manuscripts, I honed my craft in a way that fills me with joy. Speaking of:
- I won a short story contest. I have always felt sort of insecure about my fiction writing, especially when it came to world building and science fiction. But I won this short fiction contest through EcoFiction, and I feel so much more confident about my writing now. To hear feedback from people and feel good about the work I am putting out makes my heart sing.
- I pitched an article to a larger publication, wrote it, and it was published. To the first of many, I hope.
- I went to see shows, real shows. I saw a concert version of Fun Home, a recorded Fathom screening of Allegiance, and a concert by Tegan and Sara. And I’d never done any of that before. I am so excited that I had these opportunities, that I was able to go do these things, and that I now have the confidence to keep having amazing experiences.
- I flew for the first time on my own. Though I look back on that trip with sorrow, I did something that was daring, and I am looking forward to my next solo trip.
- I made it. This is an accomplishment in itself. I made it through this year, and I am going to make it through next year. This is the first year I’ve ever felt that I am going to live, and keep living, and that, in itself, is a miracle.
What are you proud of accomplishing this year?
Let me know in a comment below.