2017 in review

This past year has been one of change, but it feels like I could say that about the past several years. Although 2017 was a difficult year in many ways, I am grateful for a lot of the events that have transpired in the past 12 months or so. This is my 2017 in review — roughly.

2017: the big leap

In January, I turned 30 and celebrated with a Farewell to the Roaring 20s party. It was pretty fantastic. It also made me really start to think about what I want out of my life and career. After all, I’m no spring chicken anymore.

2017 in review

In February, I pitched my editor (I was doing freelance writing at the time) on an idea for expanding the brand and was shot down. Instead, she offered me an editing position at 20 hours/week. I knew I wouldn’t be able to work that much in addition to my full-time job, but I also knew that editing was an amazing opportunity. I took a leap of faith and gave my notice at my full-time job.

In March, I started editing for The List at 20 hours per week, working from home. It was the change I didn’t realize I so desperately needed. The new job challenged me in a brand new way and scratched an itch I’d been missing since college. It also meant that my work schedule was flexible, which enabled me to visit family in North Carolina as well as take a couple of smaller trips for long weekends, including seeing Backstreet Boys in Las Vegas with my good friend Christy!

In April, another brand under the same umbrella as The List needed some extra editing help, so I was asked to increase my hours to 30. Incidentally, I was visiting North Carolina at the time. Shortly thereafter, my hours were increased to 40 and I was asked to help on several more brands and in new and exciting ways.

In the months since, I’ve edited for The List, Looper, Grunge, and Mashed. In addition to editing, I have worked on social media management and video scripting. I have also continued freelance writing for The List and, more recently, Mashed.

Throughout it all, I have been (slowly) making progress on my book. While I haven’t made as much progress as I would have liked, I have made real progress — including several chapters — and have big goals for next year.

2017 in a nutshell

I ended 2016 in a job I hated. While there were aspects that I enjoyed, I knew it wasn’t the right fit and that there was no upward mobility for me. I was feeling trapped, frustrated, and unsure what to do. That carried over into 2017, but by taking a huge risk early in the year and leaving a secure job with a consistent paycheck, I’ve spent the past ten months learning more about myself than I ever imagined possible.

This past year hasn’t been without its challenges, and overcoming those challenges plays a great deal into my goals for 2018, but I’ll always remember 2017 as a year of growth — personally and professionally.

I’ve seen a 2017 in review prompt circulating on Twitter about accomplishments, so if I were to distill the year through those measures, this is what it would look like:

Top 3 accomplishments of 2017

  1. Starting a new job as an editor with ZergNet
  2. Finally making some real headway with my own writing
  3. Taking control of my health (and getting the hell off depo-provera)

More than anything else, 2017 has been a stepping stone. I look forward to everything that 2018 has to offer, thanks to the foundations that I laid in 2017.

Are you bidding a fond farewell to 2017 or yelling good riddance as the door slams on it at midnight?

Keep fighting,
Becki

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