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2022 Year in Review


Alright, here it is. My year in review.


I didn't have this blog up and running at the beginning of the year, but in January 2022, I set some SMART Goals for the year, and I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out!


Tomorrow, I’ll do another post with my SMART goals for 2023!


SMART Goals for 2022


📚Read 10 books - Well, I've read 6. I started a 7th but realized it was the 3rd in a series and was completely lost so I put it down. I'm partially through another one.


Here are the books I read:


I also read a couple shorter books on Wattpad and other free to read services, but I wasn't counting those as part of my 10. I more skimmed them anyway.

Honestly, with how this year went, I'll take 6/10 and partials of others. I did plenty of other reading! Academic reading. But, this goal was specifically for genre reading. And it was more than 2021.


✍️Write 5,000 words a month (with the exception of November) - Looking at my update from July, I didn't have a great first of the year.



I did write 50k during NaNoWriMo, however. And have added over 10k to that project in December. It's looking good for my 2023 goals! (More on that later.)




🎵Spend 3 hours a week on musical endeavors - As of my mid-year update this had not been accomplished. Then, I joined the Knoxville Choral Society and then got invited to sing in the Chamber Chorale. While I had envisioned this as a guitar/songwriting thing, choral singing totally counts. And I got to sing in the Tennessee Theatre.


So, goal achieved!


💪Lose 25lbs - Uh, yeah. Didn't happen. I did well to minimally hang on to where I was at the end of 2021 and have gained a bit of weight. It's been a rough last half of the year with stress and time constraints and too much snacking and eating out. New goals for 2023.

🧘‍♀️100 Days of Yoga - ACHIEVED. I think I hit about 128 before I did something to my foot. By the time my foot felt better it was time for NaNoWriMo and traveling. I'll take it though. Looking forward to Adriene's new series in January.


🏃‍♀️3-5 days of cardio a week - Working from home has made this rough. I had weeks I'd do alright and hoop. October was good because I set out to do a Perfect Month on my Apple Watch, but then I was burnt out.


✈️ Travel to 3 new places or revisit favorite places - NYC trip was amazing, and we checked out some new places in NYC.


We did go to Charlotte for a Browns game. I went to a lot of new places in


Knoxville with the choir. Took my partner to Gaffney to see the Peachoid and Frank Underwood's "grave." Spent some time in Asheville. We did as much traveling as we could afford to and felt safe to do.



💰Pay off one or two debts - I feel like I pay off one thing and then another thing pops up. So I did pay off a huge loan in October, but haven't had a chance to reap the benefits of that because I had to pay for a car repair and other things that have come up. This should really turn around next year though.


💸Put $5000 aside for potentially moving in early 2023 for a job - HAHAHA. Is savings even possible in this economy? *sigh* I had about some in savings and then life happened in November, and we were back to ZERO. I think I've somehow managed to get us back up to around $300 in the last month. As long as we have debt, it feels like a moot point anyway.


👩‍💼Revamp my resume and apply to at least 5 remote Instructional Design positions. - Well, this obviously paid off! In late June, I started my temp role with UKY.


💻Complete training courses in Adobe Captivate, Camtasia, and Articulate Storyline to greatly boost my Instructional Design resume - I still haven't done a lot with Camtasia or Articulate, but I use Adobe Captivate daily and feel like a bit of low-level expert on this program. I've also taken a Photoshop class and had to use Photoshop the other day to fix something. I felt accomplished. I wanted to learn Camtasia and Articulate for my ID portfolio for job-hunting, but finding my job kinda modified this goal.


😺 Avoid adopting more cats. - This was kind of a joke goal at the beginning of the year because we got three new cats in 2020 and 2 new cats in 2021 and were up to 7. We never imagined we'd lose Steve this year. We agreed to not adopt anymore cats until we move though. And have kept this promise, although we've had heart-eyes for a few.


🎇BONUS GOALS🎇 1. Graduating my Master's with a 4.0


2. NEW SALARIED JOB. I officially start my new role on 1/1/2023! It's basically the same job I have now but with a swanky new title, salary, and full benefits.

3. Creating a great portfolio website with a blog for my career field that I'm proud of and happy to share

4. Putting in a lot of work to start building a professional community on LinkedIn and networking with others in my career field

5. Got this Rosie's Reverie website with blog up and running and rejoined a monthly Insecure Writer's Support Group blog hop (Still a work in progress, but it's functional)


I’ve probably forgotten some things, but I’m pretty happy with how 2022 went.


Looking forward to setting some goals for 2023! I'll blog about those tomorrow. Most will probably be similar to this year.


Thanks for reading and coming on this journey with me. I look forward to what 2023 has to offer, especially in creative spaces.


Tell me in the comments about your year and what you were able to accomplish in 2022 that you were most proud of!


For now,


Rosie J.


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