2018 was a pretty eventful year. Looking at back at my goals, I was pleased to see what I accomplished.
- Goal: Finish my PhD – Spring 2018 – even if it damn near kills me
- Follow up: I am actually happy to say that I did finish my PhD and in exactly 4 years. It almost did kill me and would say that I’m still recovering from the past 4 years.
- Goal: Secure a job in academia for a Fall 2018 start
- Follow up: I did secure an academic position (albeit a temp one) and I love it!
- Goal: Stay strong
- Follow up: I managed to not end up on medication, lost about 30 pounds, the anxiety attacks are decreasing, I randomly cry less, and have not completely lost my marbles or been committed.
- Goal: Don’t be a disappointment
- Follow up: Graduated on-time and have a job supporting myself – I think this qualifies as not being a disappointment.
- Goal: No matter what, no matter where – don’t forget to find the positive and always keep a smile
- Follow up: I’ve done a pretty good job of not losing my smile or sense of humor and finding the positive in the many interesting life occurrences.
A few of my fav photos from 2018 – it was one heck of a year!
Moving into 2019 (in no particular order)
- Turn 2-3 articles into publications
- Drop another 20 pounds and be at a socially acceptable weight by my birthday (April)
- Be open to relationships (be it dating or new friendships)
- Don’t be afraid to step outside my social comfort zone (I’ve joined an indoor volleyball league, I consider this a baby step)
- Secure a tenure track position in a place where I want to set down roots
- Get involved with a dog rescue organization
- Not only tell my friends and family how much I love and appreciate them, but show them
- Professional development – be a better professor and scholar
- Be kinder to myself
- Judge less, Accept more
- Put positive thoughts into the universe and announce my gratefulness daily
All in all I deem 2018 successful. I learned a lot about myself. I have a deeper appreciation for my tribe. For all that has happened this past year, the good – the bad – the amazing moments – the moments I could do without, I think I can say that I’m more at peace with myself and the world around me. I’m more content and happy from within, something that I couldn’t say in 2017 or even portions of 2018. Growth manifests itself in many ways – for me it has been a long journey. A journey that propelled me to get a PhD and the adventures that followed. That chapter of my life is over (hallelujah!). Now I move forward, make new memories, have new adventures, and find out who I am post-PhD. A door has closed. I’m excited to see what doors will open and what lays on the other side. I’m looking forward to the adventures that 2019 brings.