2017, what a ride it’s been! To much of my friends dismay, I actually revisit my goals every year during my birthday month (November). I’ve spent the past few weeks mulling over 2017 and finally decided to write about some of the things I’ve accomplished this year:
I launched my personal website
Talk about long overdue! Redesigning my personal website has been on my goals list for about 15 months now and I am so happy that I crushed it out in the final month of 2017.
My goal was to at least to get something live to showcase projects I’ve been working on. I also wanted an area where I could start blogging about learning, UX, and a ton of other topics. I hope to grow onto the foundation of the site in the coming months.
I finished my second year of grad school
At the beginning of 2017, I decided to drop down to one class per semester. This was such a hard decision for a perfectionist like myself but looking back I’m glad I decided to go this route.
Proud to say I am 1/3 of the way through grad school! At the beginning of this most recent semester I made the difficult decision to reduce my course load so that I could fully enjoy the process of learning. Needless to say, working full time and taking classes is one of the most difficult and rewarding experiences I've ever had in my life. I love learning so much that I made it my career and I truly cannot wait to see what the next two years bring #latergram #booknerd
Lessening my course load meant that I could fully immerse myself in readings and assignments. I’m happy to report that this month, I finished my second full year of classes! The change pushed my graduation date back to August 2019, but grad school is a marathon, not a sprint. I’m also loving reading about theories in my classes and then immediately going into work to applying everything I’m learning directly into projects.
I trained for a half marathon
After spending roughly 3.5 months training in the freezing winter weather, I had to bow out of the Providence Half after tearing my hip flexor muscle. I’ve been in and out of PT since then and still have a pang in my heart for missing that race. This was the first time in my life where my brain wanted to do something so badly, but my body just wasn’t having it.
The recovery time was excruciatingly painful but the down time taught me the power of listening to my body and intuition more. I also have so much more appreciation for my body in it’s healthy state than I ever did before.
It's truly bittersweet but my body has decided it's not ready for the Providence Half in May. In the meantime I'll be working with a PT to get stronger and healthier. And of course I'll be cheering on my girl @daniellejwest as she accomplishes her running goals! I plan to take on Providence next year since it is the city that means so much me #running #runninggirl #badnewsbears #latergram
I rediscovered my love for mindfulness practices
The down time from running gave me time to rediscover my love for mindfulness practices like yoga, reiki, and meditation.
After a few years off, I dived back into practicing meditation on regular basis. I read a ton of books on various holistic practices and attended a ton of classes and workshops. This meant getting level 1 certified in reiki and even signing up for my level 2 certification in early 2018!
My true dream is to combine my love for learning and holistic practices into the world of technology. I’m not sure what that means yet but I’m so excited to see how it pans out.
I embarked on my first consulting project
During the spring, I attended an Astrology 101 course at The Empowerment Factory in Pawtucket, RI. That is where I discovered the truly talented Astrologer, Steven Seinberg (Arrow in Flight). I was immediately drawn to Steve and his passion for metaphysical practices. We partnered together, and we’re currently in the process of redesigning his in-person training courses into a series of virtual micro-learning videos! He is such a pleasure to work with and has a ton of knowledge about a number of metaphysical practices.
I applied and was accepted to present at some conferences
You heard that right! This introvert got her wings and is ready to take the conference circuit by storm in 2018.
It’s no surprise that I LOVE Learning. So much that I made it my career and spent much of my life filling my brain up with random facts. This year, I decided it’s better to share everything that I’ve been learning with others.
I’ll be presenting at The Elearning Guilds Learning Solutions conference about Adopting a Performance Support Mindset in March. I’ll also be heading to Seattle to present about Designing eLearning for Cross Cultural Global Workplace Needs at the International Society of Performance Improvement (ISPI) conference in April.
I began 2017 as my “Adventurous Introvert year” and it truly has turned out to be such a wild ride. I look forward to everything that 2018 has to offer!