Bye, Bye, 2021

This blog post is going to be a recap of the past year and what I accomplished and what I didn’t. I will save telling you about my goals and plans for 2022 for another post.

My main goal for 2021, which you can read about here, was completing a draft of my manuscript. As you know, I did that at the end of November. It was a tremendous accomplishment, and I am very proud of myself for having had the focus and motivation to meet that goal.

My other goal was to lose weight which I wrote about last week. Losing the weight and finishing a draft of my book means that 2021 was a year of several momentous accomplishments. The rest of 2021 had more mixed experiences – some negative and some positive.

In the beginning of the year, we were still in lockdown and no one in my family had received vaccines. In February both my husband and I were able to receive vaccines and we both spent a couple of months volunteering at local COVID vaccine clinics. This was volunteer work I feel good about and I was glad I could use my nursing training in that way

As you all know, in April, my aunt fell and that consumed a lot of my time from April to July. In those three months we were in Florida for a total of 31 days so one month out of three were spent there. It was very time consuming and often overwhelming.

Despite that distraction and because of posting every day during NaNoWriMo, I posted 72 times while last year I posted 51 times. If I had tweeted only once a day, on December 31, my total would be 4,605. My total today is 4,664 so I am already 59 tweets over and there are a few days left. Being over by that much surprised me because I found tweeting more onerous this year.

The other distracting and stressful event in my life has been the home renovation project that we are doing. For many years I wanted a mud room, and we are finally getting it. However, the two floods we had in the late summer and early fall have dampened my enthusiasm for this home.

Although I think the renovation will be beautiful and our laundry will be upstairs which is a great aging in place move, we will probably spend time after the renovation is complete deciding where we really want to live in the next few years. Since we are getting older one factor in that decision will be where our children are looking.

What I have just written about our home and a potential move means this post is segueing into the future instead of continuing to reflect on the past. I do have more things to say about the future particularly with my writing, but my plan is on January 1st to dedicate a post to that.

Looking over what I have written I realize that 2021 was a year of highs and lows. My wish for 2022 is that it will be a more even keeled year and that everyone I love will be healthy and happy.

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