Accomplished in 2020

While I’m generally a huge planner and love to dream about what I’ll accomplish in the next days, weeks, months, years, I think it can be valuable to think about what I already have accomplished, too, though. I don’t do this often enough, so I’m hoping that adding this practice into my life can help keep me motivated. Here is what I’m most proud of accomplishing this year:

  1. Finished my first year of medical school. I also finished the first half of my second year. I still can’t believe I am getting to go to medical school, and even though it is so hard, so stressful, and there’s always more studying to do, I don’t take it for granted that I am getting to live my dream.
  2. Got my first three peer-reviewed publications, as well as my first presentation at a national conference. My first presentation was in March, and the three publications came in November. I’m hoping for several more of each in 2021, but for now I’m happy to have several under my belt!
  3. Lost 30 pounds and got into the best shape of my life. One of my overarching goals for 2021 is to lose 25 more pounds, but I am still amazed at how much better I feel and how strong I am compared to where I was at the start of 2020.
  4. Finished hiking at all the state parks in my state. This was one of my big goals this year. I started it in 2019 and figured it would take me until 2024 or so to complete hiking at all the state parks, but with all indoor activities shut down and/or unsafe to attend, I spent a lot more time outside this year than any other year in my adult life.
  5. Got over my fear of applying for things I might be rejected for. Prior to this year, I pretty much would only apply for things that I knew I would be accepted for. But this year, I decided to put myself out there and apply for positions I might not be a shoo-in for. And I got rejected for a thing or two, but I won’t have to live with regretting not applying for them!
  6. Submitted my first solo abstract. I singlehandedly wrote and submitted an abstract for presentation at an upcoming conference! I still haven’t heard back on if it will be accepted for presentation or not, but I’m proud of myself for at least trying.
  7. Ran a 5k (and came in third place in my age group!!!!). I know this isn’t a lot for most runners, but I was NOT a runner at all until October or November. I’ve been challenging myself to run farther and faster since I started running then, and I’m so happy to have completed my first 5k earlier this year!
  8. Went on my first solo road trip. I traveled solo a lot over the past few years, but it was always via flying. This year, I got to road trip to Colorado, which was about a 16 hour drive one-way.
  9. Went kayaking – twice. Going kayaking is something I had never done, but really wanted to try and I was able to go twice this summer!
  10. Read 172 books. This was my best reading year in my entire life. I read SO MANY good books and really fell back in love with reading.

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