Professional Development – A Top 10 List
I have the privilege of participating in an annual review at my university. It’s stressful, of course, but incredibly rewarding. I get to compile a list of all of the “professional” stuff I do each year, and it’s really just a supportive conversation about goals and personal growth.
There’s that voice nagging at me, though. I don’t know about you, but I get hit with impostor syndrome once and a while. It feels weird to look back at progress I’ve made in my career. But 2014 was a hell of a year for me. Since I’ve been away for a while, here’s a top 10 list of things that happened in no particular order:
- Time to Publish allowed me to network with so many writers. I had to stop updating daily (see below), but I still maintain my curated lists to help other writers along. I’m excited to start tackling submissions again next year.
- On that note, an amazing peer and I taught a series of courses on publication at our university for the faculty/staff this year, and it feels really good to be considered an authority in this area.
- I’ve had sixteen poems accepted for publication this year, along with six essays (I really need to finish updating this CV).
- Two of my chapbooks were accepted for publication (coming out next year), as well as my hybrid memoir project. Three books! So yeah, I put the brakes on submitting so I could focus on writing.
- One of my paintings was included in a special exhibit in St. Petersburg.
- I was interviewed (non-student related) for the very first time (once collaboratively and once alone) and it was awesome.
- I got to design (and currently teach) the most amazing creative writing class ever.
- There was one conference for me this year, but I volunteered at it and attended a ton of excellent panels.
- More conferences next year, though! I had a panel accepted for AWP, and I’m already giddy with excitement (it will be my first AWP).
- I got to teach a translation class at Firefly Farms in Tennessee. This also involved finally meeting more of the amazing Sundress crew in person, eating farm-fresh eggs, and petting a donkey.
Anyway, the whole point of this post was to force myself to look at accomplishments. I suggest making your own list like this. Some days I feel like I can’t even write sentences correctly, but looking at all of this stuff, I feel like a superhero that can definitely tackle my current writing project. I’m so looking forward to the amazing stuff that will happen in 2015. Take that, impostor syndrome.
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