2019 was a big year for me! I had a lot going on both personally and professionally in my writing life and science career. So today, I’d like to look back at what I hoped to accomplish this year as well as what I actually did accomplish.
Personal Stuff in 2019
So this year I did a bunch of pretty awesome things and/or had some awesome things happen:
- Had my 1 year anniversary ❤
- Visited Peru
- Visited Minnesota
- Met Nichelle Nichols
- Earned a promotion to Senior Scientist at my day job
- Gained a nephew!
Writing Accomplishments in 2019
Guess what? This was also a HUGE year for my writing career. All of these were resolutions last year, and guess what? I did them! Check it out!
- Published my first novel ever!
- Published another 2 novellas
- Queried Sea of Broken Glass…and got a revise & resubmit!
- Learned So. Much. Marketing.
Looking back on a decade
Yeah, so turns out we’re closing out the 2010s, and a lot of people are talking about what they did over the last 10 years. So let me outline my decade for you:
- Graduated with my BA in Biology in 2011
- Attended grad school and obtained my MS in Neuroscience in 2015
- Learned how much I love to write…and that I wanted to publish
- Began a job in biology where I get to work on the cutting edge of drug development
- Earned an award at the day job for key work on a big project
- Advanced from Scientist to Senior Scientist
- Made huge strides in learning the industry of publishing and books
- Became an indie author
- Had my heart broken, then found the love of my life
- Lost two grandparents and several pets
- Fell in love with new pets
- Married the love of my life
- Started my own business
- Visited Iceland and Peru
- Went to my first conventions: Katsucon, Wizard World, Galaxy Con, and Book Con
- Got a Revise & Resubmit on a book close to my heart
- Learned who I want to be 🙂
I have come a long way over the last ten years, including a lot of heartache and struggle that helped me become a better, more compassionate person. I learned who I really am and who I want to be. I found the place in life that makes me happy, and I’m looking forward more than ever to what the next decade will bring us.
Final Thoughts on 2019
I don’t have as many things to list as last year, but I love my accomplishments all the same! I made some huge strides in my career, both writing and science, and I took some big steps in creating the writing life I want, including publishing and writing the stories I love and readers are loving, as well. I also had a great time with my husband on several trips, big and small, learned more about our big, wide world, and saw my extended family grow in exciting ways.
Though some sad and stressful things also happened this year, I choose to focus on these good things. And I love that I’m in a place where I can say the good outweighs the bad. I sincerely hope you can, too!
Be sure to come back next week to hear what my resolutions will be for next year (I’ve got some big things planned!), but until then, tell me all about your year! What did you do? What did you love? Let’s chat and celebrate the end of 2019 together!