Thursday, December 22, 2011

accomplishments for 2011

I was going to post this sometime next week, but things are filling up there very quickly so I'm doing it a little bit early.  I'm sure it's not a secret for most of you that 2011 was a huge year for me and Jake.  A lot of great things have happened for us, but it has not been an easy year.  We are both looking forward to 2012 a lot more.  With that being said, I want to recognize our accomplishments for this year before we move onto the next one.

Jake completed his final med school rotations, matched to intern and residency programs, and graduated from med school.  I'm so proud of him!

I completed 4 years of teaching special education.  One of the things that I do miss about teaching is my students.

I completed my master's degree in special education in May.  I'm glad that Jake and I were able to complete our post-undergrad education at the same time.

We sold our condo, bought a house, and moved to Milwaukee.  We are really glad that we were able to sell our condo within three months of listing it, and we love our house and life in Milwaukee in general.

I created over 130 pieces of jewelry, which doesn't include any of my show only pieces (magnets, tacks, etc.) or some of the multiple versions of single designs that I created.  This allowed me to keep listing 1-2 new pieces on Etsy every week.

To date, I had 78 sales on Etsy (some of which were for multiple pieces of jewelry), 3 successful craft shows, and a handful of sales elsewhere, too.

I wrote almost 365 posts for this blog.

I started my freelance writing career and have written over 230 articles since April.

Thanks to everyone who has been with me through all of this.  Your support has made a huge difference!

Stay tuned for my 2012 goals post in early January!


  1. Congrats on a wonderful year. If you don't mind me asking, what kind of articles you were writing? I was debating on teaching special education, but I want to become an advocate instead. Good luck and here is a to even more accomplishments in 2012!

  2. gosh! That's a LOT of writing! And congrats. for all the sales and your diplomas! Jake looks so young {:-D

  3. You and Jake should be quite proud of yourselves - you worked hard and achieved much. I trust the coming year will be just as productive but less hectic. Merry Christmas, my dear!

  4. Wow, it sounds like it was a really busy year. Congrats on completing your degrees. That is a huge accomplishment.

  5. You've been a busy gal, but then . . . we all knew that! I know yu will have a lovely and productive new year!

  6. wow, it sounds like you had a very full year! congratulations on all that you accomplished!

  7. You had quite a year filled with many wonderful accomplishments! I'm wishing you many more successes in 2012!

  8. Wow Rose! Those are all awesome accomplishments!! Congratulations! wishing you much continued success as you move through the new year.

  9. You had a phenomenal year! You've accomplished more this year than many do in a lifetime. You should be so proud of yourselves-hard work and dedication always pay off!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year<3

  10. You are a prolific and amazing woman! Can't wait to continue to be inspired by you in 2012.

  11. Wow...what a successful year!!! When you put it all together, you really realize how much you've accomplished...CONGRATS!!!

  12. Woohoo! Congratulations to you for the sales and to Jake for graduating Med School! I cannot imagine any part of med school at all!!! Yay for you both! :o)

    For Love of Cupcakes

  13. Rose, I am so happy for you in both your personal and professional life..
    You have been a sweetheart to get to know through this internet life of ours.. and it is a thrill for you to take us readers on your journey.

    I wish you all the best in 2012.

    (and I didn't realize your husband's name is Jake.. I have a very good friend, whose husband is in Med School in Maryland - His name is Jake too!) :)

  14. Congratulations on a wonderful year and all your accomplishments!! Your hard work paid off in so many ways and in all your achievements. Thank you for sharing it all on the internet, AND keeping up and stopping by my blog all the time also! I hope this holiday season is wonderful for you and Happy New Year!

  15. Congrats, Rose, on having such a successful year... and in having the intelligence to track and celebrate accomplishments that you could so easily lose sight of during day-to-day living.

  16. Wow Rose! It's funny to read through posts like this on blogs you read every day because it's almost like I'm reminiscing along with you-lol! Congrats on a truly great year and hopefully 2012 will be even better!


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