Top Ten Fun Events in 2014 for Katie!

toptentuesday2This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish, as usual. If you participate, do include your link on their page, so other bookish people can find you!

This week we’re meant to post our Top Ten Resolutions for 2015—bookish or otherwise.

I have plenty of resolutions I could post, but I started to think it would actually be much better for me to post ten fun things/accomplishments from 2014—they weren’t all necessarily resolutions, but I’m sensing the need to look back on the year and note what I did accomplish so I can be thankful for that before I jump into my resolutions for 2015.

So I hope you enjoy hearing a little more about my year! Some of these ARE bookish, so I was excited to share.

  1. I attended my first Writer’s Conference in Portland Oregon in March. It was fantastic! I normally only attend academic or children’s literature conferences, so this was a treat. I even met with an editor to get feedback on a nonfiction book idea.


  1. I stayed for the first time at a LITERARY BED AND BREAKFAST on the Oregon coast! I was in the Emily Dickinson room and there was a library on the 4th floor with a view of the ocean. It was divine!


  1. I started an online art class with Kelly Rae Roberts—one of my favorite mixed media artists. I’m still working on paintings I started in the course, but I was really excited to jump into something new that I found out I LOVE!


  1. I spent two weeks on Cape Code with one of my best friends in June/July. Even though I was teaching online, I had an amazing time enjoying the beauty of the cape.



  1. I went to Disneyland three times! Ok, part of that is because I have a cousin who works there, and my other cousin lives down the road from Disneyland. It’s one of my favorite places, so this definitely made my year a brighter one…and being able to hang out with family made it even more special.

  1. Even though I didn’t get funding to go to Athens, Greece for the Child and the Book conference in April, someone graciously presented my paper for me, which was on time travel and spirituality in children’s and young adult literature. I was bummed I couldn’t be there because my grad school advisor and several friends were there, but maybe next year!


  1. I did get to go back to London in September and stay with my very dear friends for a little over a week. You may know that I lived in the UK before and there are so many people there I love to visit. It was perfect.


  1. I taught THREE classes in the summer. It was a lot, but it was helpful financially. I still can’t believe I’m alive and able to tell the tale of teaching that many classes in the summer, but here I am.


  1. Because I taught those three classes, I presented a paper at an Education Conference in Jerusalem after my stopover in London. It was a conference about early childhood education, children’s spirituality, and creativity. It was amazing! I spent almost three weeks in Israel—mostly in Jerusalem. It was my second trip to Israel—earlier in the year I had no idea I would be able to make a second trip that soon.


  1. The Over 30 Book Bloggers Group was born!! I have loved chatting over e-mail and twitter with the ten or so ladies over 30 who love all things bookish. They are all encouraging and beautiful, inside and out, and their friendship is a great source of community for me in the book blogging world.


  1. I must add one more—I put all my stuff in storage and after traveling abroad temporarily moved to Cape Cod to focus on writing (Also job searching!). I was able to stay with some wonderful people I met through my best friend, and had a ball spending time with them. I taught one less class so I could focus on revising a book I’ve been trying to finish. Still working on that, but was able to get a lot of writing done, and hopefully 2015 will see the conclusion of that.

Let’s be honest—I could add more, but just writing these eleven has been a good move for me as I take stock of the year and think about 2015…I think it’s always a good idea to look back and consider all that we did accomplish even if it feels like we didn’t get to the things we thought we would. I know I can think of a handful of resolutions I didn’t get to, but that’s ok. That’s what New Years are for!

What are some of your fun accomplishments for 2014? I would love to hear!