For the past year, I’ve been joking that I didn’t know where I would be twelve months from now. That applied 16 months ago, 12 months ago, and it still applies now. Despite the pandemic (If you’re reading this from the future, yes, it’s still happening), life is happening in big and small ways.
For the past five years, I’ve been writing these year-in-review blog posts. It’s been a great exercise in seeing how far I’ve come with my personal and professional goals, and looking back on previous years while knowing the answers to past-Heather’s questions always gives me a kick.
If you’d like to check out some of the other year-in-review posts, you can click here.
I kick off each year with four exercises. One is working through the Being Boss workbook, two is working through the annual Unravel Your Year workbook, three is making my list of goals for the year, and four is figuring out a word of the year.
Previous words of the year have included Action, Brave, and Rise. In that timeless week between Christmas and New Years, during my reflection on 2020, I realized that I had spent more time than I wanted being frustrated with my (still very privileged and safe) situation than I wanted, so I wanted my word of the year to reflect my wish to keep enjoying the little things I can, despite the pandemic making that a little more difficult.
With those sentiments in mind, my Word for 2021 was Delight. It was a reminder to take delight in the little things and to make delight wherever I couldn’t find any.
If you’ve been following my professional journey for a while, you might remember that I took a life coaching certification in 2020. In January 2021, I launched a life-coaching group membership community. It only had one member (thank you!) and it felt so big and scary.
February is when I feel like I truly stepped out of my secluded authorly cabin where I write and keep my manuscripts to myself, and stepped out into the world onto the publishing path. I hired an editor and a cover designer for A Collection of Scars, kicking off the journey towards publishing my first novel!
March 2021 – the month I got married! If you go over past posts on this blog, you can see how I’ve upgraded my partner throughout the years: S.O to Fiance to Husband. We had a “pandemic wedding” complete with masking, distanced photos, and a guest cap of 30 people. I wrote a blog post about it here.
I was starting to do some serious thinking about my professional life in April, figuring out a new day job, starting to fall out of love (or maybe it was just a brief infatuation?) with life coaching.
Oh goodness, then life HAPPENED in May! Husband found a new job back in our home city, I found us a new apartment, and I had my old job to look forward to in July. May was a whirlwind. It was also the last month I offered any form of life coaching. Life coaching was there for me when I couldn’t work otherwise (pandemic!), but my true passion is and always has been writing, and that’s where I wanted to focus my time and efforts.
June was a little break in the sense that I could just buckle down and get to work on publishing and marketing my book. The cover reveal happened at the end of the month (so fun – what a way to make it feel real to everybody!).
Summer in Saskatchewan means wedding season! Besides going back to full-time work for the summer, I was going to weddings, bridal showers, and bachelorette parties and the life whirlwind was blowing again. I remember taking a step back from purposely showing up both on my website and on social media. Instead, I just shared when I could and slowly and quietly got the work done.
September. Fall. Back to a more consistent schedule. I was working a day job part-time and doing so much behind the scenes work on publishing my book! I was looking for ARC readers, planning my giveaway, doing marketing research, and trying to keep everyone excited for the upcoming (and continually pushed back) launch!
Life struck again in October! Besides working furiously on my launch (because I would be launching November 1st!), we decided it was time to buy our first house! Cue important meetings, regular house shopping, frantic offers, house inspections, and big moves! We were in our new home just in time for Halloween! Oh yeah, and my book was launching the next day!! (I realize a lot of exclamation points are happening, but that’s how life was!)
November 2021 – The launch of my first book. This had been a dream of mine since childhood and it finally happened! November kind of felt like fallout month: unpacking the house (I’m not done!), launch week events, crashing after the busy-ness, watching positive reviews come in, just feeling happy and exceedingly grateful.
And that brings us to December. I threw Husband a big birthday party, there have been tons of Christmas preparation, and I became an aunt the day that I’m writing this post! I’m looking forward to a more normal Christmas holiday (last year, Husband and I spent it by ourselves because of the–you guessed it!–pandemic) and to doing some more reflection on the past year and looking forward to the new one.
My path hasn’t been changing in 2021 so much as becoming clearer and more focused. In previous years, it’s like I’ve been in a foggy forest with multiple paths to experience and I’ve been taking one, then kind of charging through the brush onto a different one. But now, the fog’s cleared and there’s only one path I want to go down. It’s got bumps and turns and boring parts and great views, but I know it’s the right one for me.
Goals for 2022:
- Finish writing the sequel to A Collection of Scars and have it ready for publication.
- …Yeah that’s the big one!
- Have a very merry Christmas!
- Unravel my year
- Choose a word for 2022
- Write down my goals
- Re-read Being Boss
- Have a happy new year!
See you in 2022!
Enjoy the journey,