Hey readers, happy new year! I can’t believe it is 2020. A new decade! I have a really good feeling about this decade. This is the decade that I will become an occupational therapist, along with many other goals in my personal life. I wanted to take a minute to thank you all for an amazing year on the blog. In case you missed it, yesterday I posted my Top 9 Blog Posts of 2019. Check that out if you haven’t already. Today I am reflecting on 2019 and setting some intentions for 2020. What are you proud of from 2019? What would you like to accomplish in 2020? Comment below!
2019 Year in Review
Things I’m Proud Of
I’m proud of a lot from 2019. I wrote my literature review for my Advanced Doctoral Experience project, I traveled to New Orleans on my own to attend AOTA Conference, I advocated for OT to my state representatives in DC, I made more time for friends and family, and I balanced school, work, and my own meaningful occupations while maintaining my GPA. I am also proud of this blog! I have a lot of really big ideas, and I am excited to see how those play out in 2020 and beyond.
Places I’ve Traveled
I have traveled a lot in 2019! I have been to: Sedona, AZ; Washington, DC; White Mountains, NH; New York City; New Jersey; Fort Lauderdale, FL; & Lake Sebago, ME.
Goals I’ve Accomplished
Looking back on my goals for 2019, I definitely made progress towards accomplishing some of them. I have made more time for leisure and friendships, I have volunteered for Best Buddies, and I have gotten involved in advocacy. I have also succeeded in my exercise and blog goals of 2019. Some things that I am still working on are healthy eating (I just can’t say “no” to sweets…or cheese plates…), faith, and mindfulness. I hope to make progress in these areas in 2020.
This is my big year in OT school. I will complete my last semester of didactic coursework, and then I will embark on two semesters of full-time fieldwork. I fully expect fieldwork to change me as a future occupational therapy practitioner, and I am so ready for it. I am excited for my understanding of OT to expand and for my ability to treat clients to grow. I am also ready for the challenges that I will face while I put my knowledge to the test. My goal is to take you all along for the ride with me. Here are some goals that I hope to accomplish in 2020:
- Successfully complete two 12-week pediatric fieldwork placements.
- Make professional connections at my two fieldwork sites.
- Write weekly blog posts about my level II fieldwork journey.
- Begin planning my ADE & prepare to apply to present at AOTA Conference in 2021.
- Begin prepping for the OT boards exam by putting together subject binders.
- Attend AOTA Conference in Boston, MA.
- Attend AOTA Hill Day in DC and MA in-person or virtually.
- Grow this blog and my Instagram page. (Hint: I am working very hard on creating professional emails for all of you!)
- Post regularly on my blog and Instagram, even when the semester is busy.
- Learn how to hand embroider.
- Read 24 books.
- Be able to run 6 miles without stopping.
- Hit the 250 Pure Barre Class milestone.
- Travel to Nantucket, MA.
- Travel to see the fall foliage in New England.
- Continue my (slow) transition to a non-toxic, sustainable, healthy lifestyle.
- Make time for meaningful occupations ~ playing the flute, reading, exercising, crafts, getting together with friends, etc.
Thanks for reading! Happy new year.