It's just about the end of the year. Have you done your look back?
My year has been filled with a lot of change, both personally and professionally. I've finally done some things that I have always wanted to do but never had the ability to, I've finally got to meet people I've worked with for years, I've written a lot of words.
Writing this column (nearly) every day has sometimes been a challenge, but it's also been worthwhile. It has reminded me (again) that I can do anything I put my mind to.
When I look back at this past year from a professional standpoint, I see things I should be proud of. Projects I've worked on, people I've worked with, things that were done. The books that ComixTribe has published and been recognized for. Lessons learned (you should always be learning something, because you can never know it all).
Even though I've had some personal challenges, I have no problem in calling this year a win. I will take what I have done and have learned this year and apply them to myself in the coming year. There are already plans for the coming year which will prove challenging, but will help me to grow both personally and professionally.
2015 was a good year in a lot of ways. There were a lot of things to take with me going forward, some of them completely unexpected. 2016, I'm thinking, will be better (with some things just as unexpected).
What about you? What have you done this year that stands out, either as an achievement or as a lesson learned, or both? What are you looking forward to next year?
Looking back is good to tell you where you've been so you can better see where you're going. All those lists that keep track of the best and worst of things? They're nothing but snapshots of the year. You could do the same for yourself. You may be surprised at what you find.