Year in review: 2016

1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?

Graduated with my PhD, had a nonfiction book accepted for publication–by McFarland, which was only the SECOND publishing company I sent it to! Had my first novel published. Got diagnosed with Lyme disease. Fired two doctors.


2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I think my resolution was to get a job. Well… I got a part-time job! But with my current exhaustion I couldn’t hack a full-time job anyway. So lesson learned.

My resolution for next year is to take care of myself, to try to figure out where my exhaustion is coming from and get it treated, and try once more to get a full-time job.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

My cousin Emily: the baby is 5 months old, and her name is Eden Rose.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No, luckily.

5. What countries did you visit?

Never been out of the States. However, I did make a record number of visits to my friends in Bryn Mawr. 🙂 Also visited folks back in Ohio for my graduation in April and again in early November.

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?

A full-time job with a decent salary and decent benefits. And along with that: my own place, with my own cat, my own Christmas tree, and a smartphone. Because honestly. It’s time.

7. What date from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Can’t actually remember the date, but getting my first novel published was a huge deal for me. 🙂

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

My two book publishing ventures and my PhD–although the actual achievement was the defense, which was in December of 2015. 🙂

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not being able to get a full-time job. That really ate me up most of the year. It’s been a great year on paper, but it was probably the worst year, emotionally, that I’ve ever had. And a lot of my depression was because of my inability to get a job. I felt like a total failure. I’m beginning to accept now that I didn’t get a full-time job because I wouldn’t have been able to DO a full-time job, considering my fatigue.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

HAHAHAHAHA yes. My depression, as I said, was the worst I’d ever had. I also finally figured out, with the help of my friend Jen, that my chronic underlying condition, which I had long believed I had but none of my doctors had figured out, was Lyme disease. I couldn’t get my GP to listen to me about it, so I did all the research on my own to find a Lyme-literate doctor who would treat chronic Lyme AND took insurance (the closest one ended up being an hour and a half away). Was VINDICATED when the wide-spectrum western blot test diagnosed it as Lyme disease, and got onto (and eventually off of) the meds. Meanwhile, fired my GP and started going to a PA who actually listens to me. Found a counselor who DIDN’T take my insurance and who turned out to be total crap. Stopped going to her and found a counselor who DID take my insurance and is a DELIGHT. Now that my Lyme is “cured” and I STILL feel like crap, I believe that I still have another underlying chronic condition, and all signs point to hypothyroid. Looked up a local thyroid specialist who will take my insurance and is also a DO (that’s a good sign), and managed to get a referral to her. Haven’t got an appointment yet, but that’s where we are at the moment.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Oo. Um… I bought some fun coloring books and good markers; some nice, flattering clothes at Kohl’s… Some craft supplies for crafts I can’t sell… lol

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

Jen, who has been an endless source of love and support.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

My old roommate, who turned out to be a totally self-absorbed narcissist with a complete lack of empathy or personal integrity.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Insurance and student loan bills.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

My novel and my nonfiction book being published!!

16. What song will always remind you of 2016?

Oh Cecilia by The Vamps and Better Place by Rachel Platten

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Not sure. I was happy when I defended my dissertation, but I got depressed pretty quickly afterward. Probably happier.
ii. thinner or fatter? Fatter (Thus the need for the hypothyroid meds…)
iii. richer or poorer? Definitely poorer!

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Honestly, I feel like I’ve done as much as I could do. I’m satisfied with what I achieved with what I had.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Subbing! lol

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

At home with the fam

21. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?

With Jen and Looge!

22. Did you fall in love in 2010?

Nah, I was already in love with Aidan Turner. 😛

23. How many one-night stands?

Ew.

24. What was your favourite TV program?

Lucifer!

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I don’t HATE my old roommate, but I do rather despise her…

26. What was the best book you read?

No God but One by Nabeel Qureshi

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Linda Eder’s “Man of La Mancha”

28. What did you want and get?

PUBLICATION! lol

29.What did you want and not get?

A JOB.

30. What was your favourite film that you saw for the first time this year?

Star Wars Ep VII

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Turned 30. I genuinely do not remember what I did that day, except for having lunch with Grandma and Mom at D’Lish. But apparently I had a great day, because that’s what I wrote on Facebook. lol

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

A JOB. Also a boyfriend. And an apartment. And a smartphone…

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?

There’s no shame in wearing jeans, tshirts, sneakers and hoodies all the time. 😛 <– Apparently I wrote this response in 2012, and it’s still true! Also, there’s no shame in wearing sneakers to work with dress clothes.

34. What kept you sane?

Time on the internet doing nothing. Also, my GOOD therapist. And doctors that ACTUALLY LISTENED OMG

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Continues to be Aidan Turner. 😛

36. What political issue stirred you the most?

UGGGHHHHH i think we all know the answer to this.

37. Who did you miss?

My Ohio friends. Also missed seeing people other than my immediately family at least every other day.

38. Who was the best new person you met?

Tina and Jess from my new Bible study. Also, the people in my new Bible study mostly weren’t new people to me, but I loved spending time with them.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.

God’s there and he cares, even when everything feels like total shit.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

“Overcomer” by Mandisa

Got so much on your mind
Nothing’s really going right
Looking for a ray of hope

Whatever it is you may be going through
I know He’s not gonna let it get the best of you

You’re an overcomer
Stay in the fight ‘til the final round
You’re not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now
You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it’s hopeless
That’s when He reminds You
That you’re an overcomer
You’re an overcomer

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