- Attended on-site training at my job (which helped me stay actively employed all year)
- Paid off one of five student loans
- Kept my Stampin' Up! demonstrator status active (and increased my customer base)
- Learned multiple new software programs
- Set up a complete wireless network in my apartment to maximize the connectivity of my work equipment to the company network (allowing me to continue to work remotely)
- Decreased my carbon footprint by decreasing my electrical usage in my home (even with record Texas summer heat)
- Replaced my microwave after accidentally almost starting a fire in it one night while I was busily writing
- Upgraded my laptop after managing to fry the hard drive in the old one
Speaking of historical research, I did a lot of it--and read quite a bit about the craft of writing and publishing (and about marketing yourself). I didn't reach my goal of 100 complete books in this year, but I did manage to read portions of over 100--see, research to me doesn't always mean reading from beginning to end; some of the Civil War material I have accumulated may never be read cover-to-cover, but it is being read as necessary to help with accuracy for a specific scene. The same with various texts on using software programs--most of these texts are getting used weekly and marked accordingly, yet only as the information is required.
Was I a success in 2011? Why, yes--I may not be rich monetarily, or have a managerial position at my job. I don't own a home or a car. But none of these things define success for me. I have friends. I have a comfortable apartment and a lease until 2014. I have a wonderful job with nice benefits. I have my health. I have a slowly increasing retirement savings account and a slowly decreasing debt load. I have hope for both my future and the future of this great land (still the best place in the world to live).
What else could a woman hope for? My Blessings are many and my regrets for the past are very few. With that attitude toward my future, my end of year message to my Mother's ghost is simply this--I am indeed a successful, happy human being full of delight in the present and ideas for the future.
Here's to opening doors of wonder and delight for 2012!