A Look Back at 2017

As we come to the end of the year – I’ll admit, I’m still trying to wrap my mind around all the changes that I’ve experienced. Since 2015, when I graduated college, I’ve gone through a lot of changes in my life. While I’m enjoying the phase, I hope 2018 is a little calmer.

A Look Back at 2017

Since college, I’ve noticed an imbalance between career and personal moments in my life. When my career was flourishing, I was often struggling in my personal life – especially last year during the election and the aftermath of losing my job.

When I lost my job at the end of the year, I figured I’d be okay – it was almost the beginning of the year and people hire a lot in January. I was applying to multiple jobs a day, following up when I had interviews, taking the time to think out my questions beforehand. I made sure I knew the answers to all the hard questions, and I found ways to answer them that made me stand out – someone who could enjoy life even during the stress.

But January became February, which became March and before I knew it, it was June and I was almost to the end of my lease on my house in Austin. The hard reality was hitting me – I was going to have to pack it up and move back home with Mom and Dad.

During my job search, I was a part of a Facebook group designed to help people find jobs in the digital arena here in Austin. At the end of May, I saw a post that seemed too good to be true – doing contract work with a major tech company here in Austin.

If you aren’t familiar with Austin, it’s become the second tech home in the country after Silicon Valley. Facebook, Google, Dell, IBM, Apple – they all have major campuses here.

So I applied, not even sure I’d be qualified for any jobs they had openings for. A few days later, a recruiter called and told me there were two jobs she thought I’d be good at, and one made perfect sense.

My interview was set up, and during the interview, we actually had to take a test about the technology and products – I finished first in my interview group and both the interviewers were impressed. I answered a few questions and walked out feeling like I finally had a shot at a job.

Six months later, I’m still here and I love it. After a job in politics that felt like it took over my life – even when I was sleeping, it’s nice to have a job that I can leave at work. I’m so much happier in my free time, and I’m not sure I want to go back to a corporate job.

I have three months left on my contract and I’m back looking for jobs, both here at the company I’m at and elsewhere. If I get my way, I want to stay here – but it’s too early to tell if that happens.

While I finally have a job I love, I’ve also lost weight this year. I talked about it last week – how I shed 30 pounds this year, and then I gained some of it back. A minor road bump, but I feel so much better – even just with 30 pounds less. With the new year, I’m gonna keep my head down and really focus again. I still have 50 pounds I want to lose in my overall goal, and I’m hoping to get closer to that next year.

Also this year, I struggled with my books. Well, maybe struggle isn’t the right word, but I was totally prepared to publish two books and published none. Next year, I’m hoping to publish quite a few titles, including some not in my books series.

2017 was a year of survival, but I feel like I’m starting to finally flourish.