Monday, December 30, 2013
2013 Year in Review - and other observations from a caffeinated introvert
This year has been a freight train careening off the tracks. Just when I think I can hold on to it the freaking thing rips off leaving me behind. But it’s been a fun year, with a lot of up’s and down’s and loop-de-loops.
December has been slower, at least. I’m settling into my new Day Job and figuring out my writing schedule. There were contests and revisions and holiday parties with friends and family. I even cooked part of the holiday meal without landing anyone in the Emergency Room (go, me!).
Still, this year has been remarkable and here’s why:
158,693 words written 0.0 (I'm still in shock - check out how I did Nov, Oct, and Sep)
109 blogs posted (June saw the highest number of posts with 15)
16 weeks where I posted 3 blogs a week
200 + new Twitter followers
5000 blog views
5 contests entered (Is there such a thing as ‘too many contests’? See my thoughts here)
30 books read
2 WIP’s completed
1 conference attended
My personal life didn't sit dormant all year so I could accomplish all those great writerly achievements. No, sir.
My husband and I ran the Goofy Challenge + a 5k (42.3 miles in three days) and then promptly got the flu
There was travel for fun mini breaks: ST. Louis, Tampa, Savannah
My sister graduated, moved in with us, got married, moved out
My brother moved in with us
I got laid off
I found work in SC for the summer (travel travel travel)
I found a new, full time Day Job
Through it all I was able to accomplish all the writing goals I set out for myself. I missed some milestones and self-imposed deadlines along the way, but the end result was success.
It’s time to celebrate our achievements and to look forward to another great year. I, for one, am going to read, watch some cheesy movies, and hang out with friends (not concurrently, of course).
How do you plan to celebrate?