My friend Felicia is one of my favorite follows on Twitter. In fact, that’s how we met. She is a brilliant marketer, writer, human being with a heart of gold and a dark, dark sense of humorâ€”because you need someone to crack inappropriate depression joke with sometimes.
She posted a thread on Twitter about her 2018 accomplishmentsâ€”so often many of us downplay our accomplishments or focus on our failuresâ€”and it inspired me to do the same. When I look back at the year, it’s so marred with my hospitalization and depression, but I am and have accomplished so much more than that.
Without further adieu… here’s mine. What were your greatest accomplishments?
- I published my writing in more outlets than in any other yearâ€¦EVER.
- Including in Women’s Health, which was on my dream publication list for this year.
- I have things in the work with several other outlets on my dream list!
- Iâ€™m at least halfway through my book proposal, and the time Iâ€™ve left it sitting in the past few weeks has given me space and perspective to make it stronger and matter to more than just myself.
- I got my NASM personal training certification. My best friend tutored me, and I studied hard while in a psych ward.
- I also got my yoga teacher training certificationâ€”something Iâ€™ve been thinking about for years but wasnâ€™t sure Iâ€™d ever do.
- I tried out living in LA for two months. Iâ€™m not sure itâ€™s for me, but I am SO glad I did itâ€”Iâ€™d always wanted to live in California.
- I started the year in Brazil, Peru andâ€”oops!â€”Colombia. I felt confident and competent conversing with my Spanish minor.
- I managed to run several races despite being on a whole bevy of psychiatric meds.
- I attended my first writing retreat, Write Doe Bay, which made me realize I matterâ€”as a writer, as a human.
- I surfed a whole lot this summer. (In NYâ€¦yet only surfed once while in LA??)
- I launched a podcast and have already lined up SO MANY AWESOME GUESTS. Itâ€™s fun to have a new project where I only answer to myself.
- I have been largely successful at cutting back on drinking, after learning just how acutely it affects my mood.
- I learned how to listen to myself and figure out what makes me happy (and conversely, NOT happy.)
- I was hypnotized, and I saw a mediumâ€”I was open to whatever it took to heal.
- I did a SHIT ton of therapy and confronting some of the uglier parts of myself and othersâ€”and also learned to really love and forgive myself.
- My BFF (and best travel companion ever) and I took a XC train trip to CA, stopping at 7 national parks along the way.
- Stealing this from Felicia, too:Â And the most important thing. I took my meds every day and kept on livingâ€”even when I did not want to.