Yes, I know I’m a little late to the game, but better late than never, right?

Wow. What a year 2021 was! It was a year of transitions, and yet also healing and rest. Of being uprooted and yet finding my place. It was a year of growth, of learning to push myself outside my comfort zone and be consistent in both my writing and personal life.

In many ways, this year was hard, and yet it was also so good and I’m so thankful for all the ways it grew and stretched me. The Lord knew exactly what I needed this year, and I’ve come out of it a stronger, wiser, more confident person for it.

Let’s start with the highlights!

2021 Highlights:

  • Moving to the Garden Route in February
  • Turning 18 in March
  • Joining a community orchestra
  • Taking the SAT in April
  • Graduating high school in May
  • Flying back to the States for three weeks in May-June
  • Getting my driver’s license
  • Starting college classes in June
  • Enrolling in the Author Conservatory in July
  • Meeting so many wonderful people and talented writers in the Author Conservatory
  • Going on a senior trip to Cape Town in August
  • Enjoying South Africa’s beaches and mountains with my family
  • Writing a new novel
  • Launching my business in November
  • Spending time with friends and making new friends

Let’s take a deeper dive into the writing side of things!

2021 Writing Accomplishments:

And now for my reading accomplishments!

2021 Reading Accomplishments:

  • Read a total of 46 books
  • That equaled 10,615 pages
  • The longest book I read was 492 pages
  • Wrote 40 reviews, 19 of which are on my blog

If you’d like to see more of the books I enjoyed this year, you can follow me along on Goodreads!

Now for some more serious reflection. What did I learn this year?

I’m not sure if I can sum up everything I’ve learned this year in just a few paragraphs, but one of the biggest things I learned is that I can do all things through Christ, including facing my fears and doing scary things.

After the difficult, uncertain year of 2020 where depression stole months of productivity from me and I struggled just to get through daily life, 2021 was a breath of fresh air for me. It was a reminder to hope again, to live again. To dream of the future. And to create goals and a plan to reach those goals.

I did so many hard things this year. My family moved yet again after spending eight years in our last home, the longest we’ve ever been in one place. I got my driver’s license after driving for only three weeks. I started online college courses. I joined the Author Conservatory and learned how to share my work with others and take critique (not easy for this perfectionist and people-pleaser!). I started a new novel after working on my YA medieval fantasy for three years and not writing at all during the second half of 2020. I started my first small business and learned to put myself out there. I learned to show up consistently on this blog even when I didn’t feel like it.

While 2021 was a year of healing for me, that doesn’t mean I still didn’t struggle with my feelings. But what changed was my view toward them. I learned that I don’t have to trust my feelings nor am I enslaved to them. I learned that the only One I can rely on is God. And I learned that even through the pain and darkness and mess, He has a plan for my life. He’s not done with me yet. I learned to cling to those truths, even in the moments I couldn’t feel them.

I learned to enjoy fiction writing again. After coming to a standstill with my writing in 2020, there was a part of me that was afraid I had lost the writer inside of me. I learned to enjoy the process, to not be so hard on myself. I learned discipline. And slowly but surely, I learned to give up my perfectionist tendencies in exchange for a better, fuller life where failure is not the end but merely a stepping stone to growth.

So, what are my goals for 2022? Here are some of the things I hope to accomplish this year!

2022 Goals:

  • Write 1 post a week on my blog
  • Read at least 50 books
  • Finish the first draft of Of Daggers & Spies
  • Start a new novel
  • Solidly establish my small business and start earning regularly
  • Grow my author Instagram account (I’m hoping to get to 500 followers by the end of 2022)
  • Continue college classes
  • Learn to use some new graphic design programs
  • Maybe start an author newsletter (A big maybe!)

So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this look into what 2021 was like for me and what I’m looking forward to in 2022.

But enough about me! I want to know, what did you accomplish in 2021? What did you learn? What are your goals for 2022?


8 thoughts on “Reflecting on 2021: Accomplishments, Lessons Learned, and Goals for 2022

  1. Kristianne, I just LOOOOVED THIS SO MUCH!!!!! Just hearing how much you’ve learned and grown this past year gives me a lot of motivation and encouragement to keep pressing forward and not be afraid of the learning process!! And I am SOOOO happy and excited for all the FANTASTIC goals and accomplishments you’ve made this past year!!!! And I hope you are able to make it to all your new goals. Cheering you on ALL the way!!!!!!!! I didn’t make a TON of progress/accomplishments this past year and it’s been one of a lot of pain and hurting and tears, but I’m hoping this new year will be one of healing and comfort and peace. <333333

    Also, I am IN LOVE with this new site look!!! *high fives* *all da heart eyes*

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    1. It’s humbling and encouraging to hear that this was helpful to you, and I’m so glad! Thank you so much for your kind words!
      I’m praying that you’ll finding healing and peace this year, friend. Remember, it’s ok to rest!❤️
      Aww, thank you!! I’m so glad you like it!

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  2. Wow, I’m late for this, but nice post! I like how you have goals for the year. I did that last year and loved it, so I made a few for this year. Also, this year I have accountability partners for each goal, since I knew it would boost my chances of reaching them.
    1. Devotions every day
    2. Exercising three times a week
    3. Become an Early Bird (Aka: make getting up early a habit)
    4. Write a novel
    5. Start my blog
    and last but definitely not least,
    6. Read 100 books

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