Oh, Past Jess...how wrong you were.
I guess I can see why. I'd just snagged an agent at the end of 2011, and we all know that solves any and all problems, right? And I had this great job that I'd had for six years, so obviously that wasn't going to be an issue, right?
Yeah...not so much.
Losing my job turned out to be this awful black hole in my year, and, honestly, I haven't yet recovered from that blow, and I can't imagine myself really bouncing back from it any time soon. I didn't really realize how much of my identity was tied into not just being a teacher, but being a teacher at that particular school teaching those particular kids. I miss that job every day, and my current job is fine, but it's not my home in every way like my old job was.
So, yeah, 2012 ended up being the worst year so far in my professional life.
Obviously there were still some major highlights in the other parts of my life.
Went to Miami with my friend Claire who was featured in American Airlines' in-flight magazine as a 2012 Road Warrior
Met John Green for the 2nd time at the Tour de Nerdfighting
Dressed up for the Hunger Games movie
Went to Coachella
These months were all really difficult, which is why I didn't blog much. Gah.
And through all of it, I wrote a new book...something that I think is pretty darn awesome.
So, even though I went through one of the worst and hardest things I've had to deal with this year, and it continues to impact me every single day, there was also a ton of awesome. It was nice to take some time to remember that.
I hope you all had an awesome 2012! It was so great to get to know you all this year (or get to know you better), and I look forward to all the awesome 2013 has in store for all of us!
So, the image hosting I've used forever has sort of crapped out on me, and many of the posts I linked above have broken images in them. I was going to try to fix all of them, but I don't have time for that. So...sorry.