Last week, a colleague asked me what I’ve achieved in 2019. The question blindsided me and I thought about it for a moment. The kneejerk reaction was to say “not enough”, but I pondered it for a few seconds. And I replied, “A lot.”
I’m not one to share about my personal life but 2018 was a rough year on several fronts. Determined to make this year the best it could be, I decided that I needed to change my day job since I’d grown stagnant after four years in the same role. Two months into 2019, I received an offer from another company and took the leap.
Not long into my new job, I realised I might’ve made a mistake. Our values didn’t exactly match up and there were certain behaviours displayed that I didn’t agree with. Then, out of the blue, a job I’d applied for before became available again and the company called me to ask if I’d be interested in the position.
And I took another leap—but this time, I landed firmly on my feet. Every day, I’m excited to go to work and share a space with a group of terrific people in a collaborative and rewarding environment. I’m working incredibly hard, but I’m happy. I feel as if I belong.
In terms of the other writing, I’ve seesawed between projects. My writing collaborator and myself turned in a fantastic script for a South African horror story. We entered it into a big Hollywood screenplay contest and ended up being a quarterfinalist. While we didn’t win, we still haven’t given up on it and will get the film made some way or the other.
Weirdly enough, I’ve seen a resurgence in The Not-So-Grim Reaper‘s popularity. Quite a few people have asked me about the possibility of a sequel. I do have an idea for the next part of the story and even wrote down a few pages. That being said, I want to do something different first. I’ve played around with a few ideas—hundreds of pages here and there—and finally think I’ve found a story I’m happy with. Whether it’ll be released in 2020, I’m not sure. There’s still a way to go before it’s finished. Like, a long way.
In terms of entertainment journalism, I engaged in beast mode and smashed out about a hundred articles this year. Considering journalism is where my writing career first began, I’m happy to be able to contribute to a variety of quality publications.
So, yeah. That’s been my year. Have I achieved everything I wanted to? Nope, but I know how much pressure I put on myself and it’s unrealistic. The most important part is, I’m happy and well. That’s more than enough.