Looking Back at 2017. So What’s the Verdict?

Today I took a moment to take stock of how my year has been. When I look back at 2017 I feel like it’s been one of my roughest years. I have a few points that I’m proud of or that were good things in my life, but It’s also been a low point for some personal aspects as well.

Writing-wise, this hasn’t been a bad year. I need to cut myself a little more slack here. I began writing period in October of 2016. Since then I have written a complete first draft of a book, gotten notes back from beta readers, and an now working on rewrites. All this in the span of a year. There are times where I feel like I’m back at square one, but looking at some of my stuff that I wrote when I started shows me how far I have come in my ability as a writer. It’s all for the better. I have also kept up with writing a regular section/column (whatever you want to call it) for a local magazine, and I’ve had some success on getting paid for some small writing jobs on peopleperhour.com. I’m now back into working on poetry for a Wattpad collection, and rewriting my novel. That AND, I’ve been able to get back to posting at least twice a week on my blog with theatre updates and other things going on in my life. Progress has been good.

Work-wise, it’s been a good year. I’ve celebrated my one year anniversary of being hired on permanently at my company, and I’ve been on several business trips this year. I’ve been given more responsibility and leadership and even had the company pay for a trip and fees to get my passport created should I have to travel internationally. The chaos that was going on at the beginning of this year has subsided for the most part and my days at work are more laid back.

Social-wise, things have been pretty good. I’ve made some great contacts/friends in the writing community on Twitter and other social media platforms. I have a fantastic critique partner that I still exchange material with. The success of fellow writers that I follow and some I even know, that encourage me to press on with my own book. However, I’ve had some close friends move away to another state where I see them occasionally online. I’ve let the relationship grow more quiet. It’s a challenge for me to keep friendships going when proximity is big. I have to remember to keep the contact there. It’s something I’m working on.

Theatre-wise, this year I proposed and directed my first play ever. I had a ton of challenges on this show (I direct you to my blog posts from September into early October) but the show was a great success. It was a task I seriously thought I would have the hardest time doing, but I managed to stay on top of things and everyone involved had a good time. Plus, the show made a good bit of money versus what I had initially proposed.

Personal life-wise, it’s been a hard year. I did celebrate my 5th Wedding Anniversary, but later in the year things got rough when…well…let’s just say I wasn’t honest about stuff I should have been honest about. I didn’t cheat or anything like that; it was money related. It made trust a hard thing to do and nearly cost me a lot. Things are better there, but not near what I want them to be. I’m hoping the next year will continue to help things at home. We have had some luck though. We are finally in a place where we can realistically look for houses, and that’s exciting. Our goal is to move sometime late January or early February, but we shall see how it goes. I was able to pay off my car; yea! I got into a car accident (not my fault) that will more than likely total the car; not yea!

All things considered, the year has been mostly positive, but personal things weigh on me a lot and I can’t help but FEEL like this has been a lousy year. Right now, with my other half working a lot in order to get some money together for a down payment towards a house, I feel alone most of the time I’m at home. I’m taking care of my son with dinner, homework, getting cleaned up, and in bed on time. Outside of that, I don’t have opportunities to do much else. I try to focus on the idea that this is temporary until the house is able to happen. Others have done more and made it through worse. I tell myself to suck it up and get through it and I do. I know what she’s doing and why she’s doing it, but you can’t help how you feel.

I think I’ll follow this post up with something later in the week about goals I have for myself in 2018. What did I learn and how am I applying those lessons? You know what? That sounds like a good idea.

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