Last Week of the Year

2017 was a crazy year, right?

For me personally, 2017 was an insane ride that was mostly positive.  This past year, I got my Master’s Degree; I watched my son learn to walk, to talk, and interact with other kids; my wife, son, and I moved from Massachusetts at the end of their winter to North Carolina at the beginning of their summer (seriously, we skipped a season this year); I got a job at a really cool company; I got a second job as an assistant editor at a publishing house, and have edited two novels; I helped World’s Best Media start, and then became an regular contributor; I started a time-travel blog that currently covers nearly a year of content and is almost a high enough word-count to constitute a novel; I started the process of re-branding, and relaunching Chocolate Diamond Media.

In addition to all of that, I’ve been writing to all of you, and I’ve been having a great time.  When I was young, and would express an interest in writing, I was told by teachers, and every other adult under the sun, that I should start journalling.  I would pick up a notebook, and write an entry, and put it down and never pick it up again.  For some reason, the idea never fit me quite right.  Then in this last year, I took this blog, which I had originally intended as a place to post my short stories, and I started putting my thoughts out to all of you.  I’ve been mostly unfiltered this last year, but I rarely wanted to just write about my day, and I think that was what had been missing from my journalling experience.  I didn’t know I could write with purpose in a journal format.  That’s what I’ve tried to do this past year on here.  It has been an excellent experience, and thank you all for your responses, and reading what I have had to say.

As 2018 begins, I’m really excited about the possibilities, and the things that will change and grow.  This last year really showed me in a lot of cases that set-backs can be temporary, and I need to keep moving forward.  I was laid-off at the end of 2016, and started 2017 really nervous about my future.  Now, a year later, I’m thrilled.  I have a job that I like, and I’m working towards projects and jobs that I love.

What about you?  I know 2017 has been tumultuous politically, but in your personal life, in your goals and accomplishments, was it a good year or a bad year?  What are you looking forward to most in 2018?

I hope you all have a very happy New Year!  Thanks for reading.

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