2017 was the weirdest year for me. It was like being in limbo. After we lost our house, we lived for ten and a half months in an apartment nearby during the rebuild. It was strange because I never really felt fully at home in the apartment, knowing that our real home was less than a mile away.
But we made the best of it. A lot happened in 2017.
In May, we traveled to Copenhagen, to exchange homes with a Danish family. (Yup. Just like the movie The Holiday. Except I’m no Cameron Diaz.) That meant we took #ToddlerGoodwin on his first plane ride. And his first boat ride. And his first subway ride. And his first trip to an amusement park (Tivoli Gardens!) We also made it to the Copenhagen Zoo, Frederiksberg Have, the museum, and the library… We loved our trip and are hoping to complete a few more home exchanges before #ToddlerGoodwin goes off to school and we’re stuck in a school schedule.
In June, I decided to take the admissions test for Harvard University Extension School so that I could begin the master’s program for Creative Writing and Literature.
In July, I went to Florida for my first ever author convention. It was an interesting experience, and I learned a lot.
In August, I tagged along on a business trip to Boston with my husband so I could actually see Harvard. We were there for move-in weekend, right before my fall class started, and I was probably just as excited as all the freshmen! I made a big trip to the Harvard bookstore and loaded up on so much merch that my wardrobe is now mostly crimson. I survived my first semester and I’m signed up for two classes in the spring. Wish me luck!
We finally moved back into our home at the end of October, which meant we got to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas here at home. Home for the holidays! It is so great to be back where we belong.
We didn’t do any big celebrating for 2018, but I have big plans for the year. I’m hoping to finish my work in progress, get it edited, and maybe participate in #PitMad in March before querying. As for school, I’ve already got ideas for my thesis even though I’m still a few semesters away from that… but I’m really looking forward to it.
2018 is going to be a great year! Wishing you all the best!