One of my favorite posts of every year is my “Year in Review”.
It takes me back to the original intent of this blog, or what blogs were originally called, “weblogs”. In it’s simplest form, this blog accounts for the people, events, and experiences that were most memorable for the year. Looking back at years past, this “log” helps add context to where I was, where I went, and where I might be going.
So let’s do this.
HR Book Club:
In early 2018 I joined #HRBookClub. I fell off as the year progressed, but the first two books I read (Braving the Wilderness and Year of Yes) made an impact that I can’t understate. Being just a bit braver, and saying yes to new opportunities and challenges set the tone for so many of the cool things I got to do in 2018.
Family and Friends:
I had two great friends, Leslie and John, visit while in the area for work and conferences and I got to do the same with my friend Mike while in Boston. There were also family visits, and lots of time spent with friends at UTSA games, get-togethers, and events.
The biggest news on the home front, however, was that my brother got engaged! 2019 will bring a wedding and all sorts of celebrations!
A Year of Firsts:
I became a SHRM Annual Conference Blogger, which eventually led to blogging at the SHRM Leadership Development Forum in Boston later in the year. I was interviewed for not one, but TWO podcasts. I was interviewed for a CNBC article on ghosting in the workplace. And last, but certainly not least, I spoke at a conference for the first time!
Off the top of my head, I managed to get THREE certifications this year. The first was the KornFerry Leadership Architect certification, followed closely by the IDEO Foundations in Design Thinking certificate, and later in the year the Prosci Change Management Facilitator certification.
Additionally, there was all the lessons learned from the WorkHuman Conference, the SHRM Annual Conference, the SA-ATD Leaps Conference, the SHRM Leadership Development Forum, and numerous SAHRMA and SA-ATD monthly meetings.
Running Too Fast
I miraculously ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon in May a few weeks after skipping out on the 3M Half Marathon in January, but that’s not what I’m talking about when I say “running too fast”. 2018’s schedule took a toll on me later in the year, and I needed time to reconnect with the people and things that are most important to me. It was a tough lesson learned, and one that I will remember going into 2019.
I’m forty years old, well, today. It’s not a HUGE deal, but it IS a milestone worth reflecting on. It’s also an opportunity to put some good into the world, and to gather friends and family near and far to volunteer in our communities. I can’t wait to see how this plays out next year!
I Probably Forgot A Lot
The crazy thing about all of this is that I’ve almost certainly forgotten to include a few significant milestones. 2018 was just that kind of year! It was full of incredible experiences, accomplishments, and it had it’s share of difficult moments as well. As a whole, the good far outweighed the bad, and I am incredibly thankful for every opportunity I had to grow as a professional and as a person.
Next up….looking forward at 2019!