Year in Review: 2018

Posted January 1, 2019 by Jessica Powell in News, Reflections / 0 Comments

“You will reap what you have sown. Dream big, dream beautiful, take action, tend to the garden of your life…and experience the extraordinary.”

2018 was the one of the best years of my life — a year I needed.

Yes, there are a lot of political and ugly things in the world going on that I don’t like or agree with, but I will take my victories when I can. Evil men and their greed won’t rob me of my joy and happiness. The fight won’t ever end, so I will take the time to be thankful for everything worth fighting for.

This was my first full year in Colorado. I love my new home beyond words. I love the mountain, the pine-scented air, the tundra, and the alpine lakes. For explorers and nature enthusiasts, Colorado is a place of wonder and adventure. It does my heart and soul good to be here.

It was also an amazing year for me professionally. I got a job at a software development company as a technical writer. My colleagues are brilliant and ambitious, and I work on interesting, cutting edge products. I’m appreciated, valued, and I look forward to going to work every day instead of dreading it.

The end of 2018 also celebrates the end of my first year in my Creative Writing MFA for Popular Fiction program at Stonecoast. I can’t believe I’m halfway done! My mentors were all amazing, and I’ve made wonderful, talented friends who have all helped me decide what it is I really want to write about. I finally understand what people mean when they feel their writing has leveled up — this year mine truly has.

Other achievements I’m proud of:

  •  I hiked to the Sky Pond in Rocky Mountain National Park! This involved climbing up a waterfall to get to alpine lakes and it kicked my ass but was totally worth it.
  •  I won NaNoWriMo!
  •  My co-writer and I wrote 523,887 words in our epic fantasy series, BLACKMOON. One of our goals for 2019 is to actually start editing and revising it all.
  •  I met and exceeded my Goodreads challenge by reading over 30 books.
  •  I took care of myself and surrounded myself with people who encourage me and want to see me succeed.
  •  I dyed my hair purple because I do what I want and embraced all my witchy, eccentric weirdness without shame.

I’m really looking forward to 2019, especially my writing residency in January. My biggest goal for next year is to finish my SUNSEEKERS manuscript to use as my thesis, and also climb another mountain or two.