Looking Back on One Word 2017: Forward

by Olivia Miller

My first blog post of 2017 was dedicated to the word I chose to focus on for the year – forward. As I mentioned in my blog post, moving forward, progress and growth was what I wanted to focus on this year – moving forward in my career, moving forward in confidence within my job, moving forward in professional goals and moving forward in my personal life. Some goals were met, while others were not – which I also wrote was to be expected, but I am happy to write that I believe I have moved forward this year.

In 2017 I passed the 1st year mark as a #SAPro, and last month reached the 1 ½ mark. In this year I have gained confidence within my position both within my office, campus and professional organization. The goals I set for myself professionally have been met in some way, and will continue on into 2018. I submitted my first conference proposal, which was accepted and will present in February “Caring Too Much on Just Enough: Balancing Empathy, Emotional Intelligence, and Compassion Fatigue” at the AAA Conference. Getting involved within campus committees was another goal of mine and I was elected the AAA Communications Coordinator, and joined the AAA Conference Committee. My last professional goal was increased involvement in NACADA, my professional organization, and this is where I moved forward the most. I reviewed conference proposals for the annual conference, attended my commission and interest group meetings at the annual conference, volunteered at the annual conference, am wrapping a NACADA book review and was recently elected the Nebraska Liaison for Region 6. I am excited for the growth and progress I have made this year and am excited to see what 2018 holds for me professionally.

The personal goals I set for myself is where I faltered this year. I had two goals for 2017 – read at least 30 minutes a day and to work out at least 5 times a week. My reading goal was due to losing my love of reading in graduate school and was a way to minimize my screen time. While I have gotten behind a few times this year, I have kept up with this goal and am currently on my 25th book of the year. Reading has become fun again, and getting lost in my books has brought comfort and a wealth of knowledge. On the other hand, the workout goal was definitely not met. I completed two half-marathons, but fell short of working out 5 times a week – but sometimes goals are not met, and that is okay.

While this year had some bright spots and dark days, I did move forward and made progress. In January, I did not know what was in store for me (how could I?), and the same goes for 2018. A whole new year with new opportunities is right around the corner, and I cannot wait to see what happens!

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