Cliche, I know. Doesn’t matter. I want to write about this.
A lot has changed for me this year. A lot of good things. 2013 was frankly the worst year I’d ever had. Prior, I didn’t even know you could have a “bad year.” I’d heard the lyric in the Friends theme song1, but the idea that you couldn’t have anything past a rough week had come from a very naive and fortunate perspective. 2014 fared quite better, but bared the brunt of the aftermath. Now, don’t get me wrong, there were of course, some great things to happen in those years. But in general…no bueno.
I had my one year anniversary at Blue Sky Studios, detailed in a post from October. As a result of this employment…
I got my first credit in animated feature film, The Peanuts Movie!2
I finally started blogging more consistently. It’s not much to the seasoned blogger, but I wanted to write at least 12 posts this past year (one per month, theoretically, to help me build up consistency). Blogging is something I have wanted to do for easily six+ years now. Though I did “skip” two months, I kept things going and wrote 15 posts prior to this one this year, and tried to keep it all centered around animation/games.
I attended more events that really took me out of my normal comfort zone, and stopped going to things I sincerely didn’t want to go to. Some were repeat events, like New York Comic Con, AnimeNext, another visit to Seattle, and seeing a Bill Plympton talk, but others were the New York International Children’s Film Festival and seeing The Lord of the Rings in concert. There were a few other cool talks I attended through Blue Sky that I took notes about (such as an Anomalisa screening featuring Charlie Kauffman), but just haven’t posted about, as well as some other trips, like to the NY Ren Faire and many screenings.
I moved from NY to CT (and now only spend around 35% of my monthly income on rent rather than a crippling 77%). Like, damn. I’m honestly so excited that I can start managing my finances better: save up for things, pay off loans, invest in the long term, and really just having options/some breathing room. The move also had me downsize, which gave me the chance to start streamlining my life a tiny bit. Plus, I cannot stress enough how much having stable financial footing has already helped me mentally and emotionally.
I left grad school, for real this time. It was not an easy decision, and
probably definitely needs its own post, but frankly I don’t really care to talk about it right now. To put it simply, I couldn’t handle the demands of both it and full-time job, along with all of the other things I would rather invest my time into.
I started kickboxing, rock-climbing, and cooking more, largely thanks to a boy I met this year. I’m still not a fit or healthy person by any means, and I still lack discipline when it comes to personal care. I have succeeded in many small ways that I wanted to at the start of the year, but it’s still not consistent enough or effortless enough where I don’t need to constantly remind myself3. My SO is annoyingly good at calling out my laziness, and getting me to think in different ways about improving my overall quality of life. I did stop climbing after a few months due to finances, but I am happy that I tried something I never would have on my own.
I haven’t had many expectations or going into the last few years, rather, just looking to have a less dramatic year than the previous. But this one was a good one. It was what I needed–a recovery, I guess. I’m finally finding some stable ground, and figuring out what I want to do next both to grow into my career and as a person.
1. “…when it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month–or even your year, but, I’ll be there for you!“
2. Achievement unlocked: Having an IMDb page!
3. Not gonna lie, resolutions 3, 6, 8, and 10 were a total bust this year. The others were pretty all right, but I wouldn’t be lying if I said they could all use some shaping up!