Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 Recap

My New Year’s Resolution: To Blog

Why: because as Seth Godin says "it doesn't matter who reads it, what matters is the humility that comes from writing it...the metacognition of thinking about what you’re going to say....You do it for yourself, to force yourself to become part of the conversation"

So I am doing this for myself, mostly so that when things are looking like the Fall of 2012, I remember all the God can do in just 1 year. 

 As I tried to fall asleep last night I thought about the last year. 2013 had been in a word, unexpected. In two words, unexpectedly wonderful.

It had started with many unknowns.
No job (I had quit my ill-fitting and therefore stressful but well-paying job)
No roommate (my wonderful friend and 1/2 of my mortgage payer had moved back to NC)
and No idea what I was going to do.

But even then I had this peace, to the point of joy, over it all. I had a mighty God, a wonderfully loving family, an awesome bonus "framily" and great friends.

So here's my year in recap:

January 2013
My second month of part time work at MACPA/BLI First calls with Wanda Jackson at the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA). This became my big Winter/Spring project as I pieced together a CPE curriculum for their National Convention in June.

February 2013
Felt like a real member of the MACPA/BLI team as I traveled to my first conference with my team in Florida.
Raleigh (my dog) became a certified therapy pet and we began visiting nursing homes and participating in special events
Ravens won the Super Bowl!

March 2013
Impromptu told my story to a group of students for the first time at Salisbury University. This inspired my first blog post which continued into a series of "Three things I want accounting students to know". Two of the series’ posts were just identified as the #1 and #2 most popular posts on CPA Success by google analytics. This is particularly amazing to me because the regular contributors are beyond amazing.

April 2013
Became a full time MACPA/BLI Employee!
Moved back in with my parents and rented out my condo in order to save money/ rediscovered that my parents are pretty awesome and a lot of fun!

May 2013
Participated in MACPA's Leadership Academy where I learned the i2a Strategic Thinking Process
Traveled to Cincinnati Ohio to help host my best friend’s bridal shower

June 2013
Traveled to Nashville, TN to see the success of my puzzle piecing the CPE curriculum for NABA
Also got to spend more time with those super cool parents from above, visiting the Jack Daniels Distillery (I am now a whiskey fan) and having one the best meals of my life at The CatBird Seat. Oh and scored some really cheap tickets to the CMT awards and increased my appreciation for country music
Traveled to Detroit for a conference

July 2013
Traveled to Las Vegas for a conference which extended into a bachelorette party for the best friend above.
Also attended Sage Summit in DC, where I practiced the i2a visioning process and became part of the Sage/BLI partnership

August 2013
Two of my very best friends got married, to each other and I got to play maid of honor!
Began piecing together curriculum once again but this time for Sage North America and involving 10 different cities across the US and Canada.
Traveled to Kansas City for a conference, getting pretty good as this flying thing that I hate so much

September 2013
Now married best friends visited Baltimore!
Traveled to Toronto (on a tiny plane!) and co-led a visioning session using i2a for Sage North America.
Started participating in fundraising by selling concessions at Ravens games for Pets On Wheels (gained a whole new perspective on concessions at stadiums)
Turned 26!

October 2013
Told my story twice more to accounting students and once to a group of over 100 people at an MACPA Town Hall
Got to work with the entire MACPA/BLI group on a new space design

November 2013
Led a 1 hour CPE workshop on social media for the NABA Baltimore Chapter
Attended Digital CPAConference in DC and met Simon Sinek!
Had jury duty which led to being on an actual jury for a two day civil trial (very interesting experience)
Facilitated a Strategic Planning session for Bike MD

December 2013
Facilitated a Strategic Planning session for the Maryland Council on Economic Education
Together with the MACPA/BLI Staff and board participating in a visioning session for the organization

So as I look back at all that 2013 was, I am still in shock of the unexpected things God did in my life; things that I couldn’t even dream of this time last year. And now I look forward to the new year with an unexpected joy and hope of the great and many things God can and will do in 2014.

Jeremiah 29:11

New International Version (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 

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