My Resolutions (of 2017): How Did I Do?

If ever there was a word to describe 2017, it would be introspective.

You’re right, you’re right, I know. 2017 could be described in other ways too that perhaps may sum it up better, but this year has been so full of conflict, so full of bombshells that I believe a lot of us were encouraged to think: of what we thought, how we felt, where we stood on this issue, on that man; it isn’t uncommon. Come the end of a year, we like to look back and assess what happened in our lives and the lives of those around us. We give every year a grade, wrap it up, label it as “Good Year” or “Bad Year” and set it aside as we bear down to record the year to come. But it’s too easy to make check marks and pretend that bad things make a bad year, always, or vice versa, that a year is simply a score given to be improved upon next time. And I could do that.

I could look back and say, “Because of my resolutions and what I did and didn’t do, I came out a success or a failure,” but that isn’t true. Every year sees improvement, every year sees growth—we come a long way over the course of 12 months and that’s an important thing to remember.

All of that being said, here is a report card of sorts pertaining to the five resolutions I laid out last year. Let’s go. (more…)

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You Approach a Path That Goes Left and Goes Right

As of a couple of days ago, it has been one week since I started actively learning code. It’s been going well—it’s been going slowly—but I’ve been thinking a few steps ahead. I’m not skipping any steps mind you, but learning this stuff has given me reason to dream of what I could do given some time to figure out how—example now: further down the knowledge path I’m on, I would like to make some sort of piece of interactive fiction.

I wrote earlier this year that one of my resolutions was to begin working toward establishing myself as an employable writer. I was an English major, I would like to be an author one day—it’s about time I take strides toward utilizing those skills for something. But it’s difficult sometimes to find interesting projects to pour those skills into. Writing a blog, writing short stories or longer pieces of fiction are my bread and butter, but sometimes I have the need to think differently about the way that I write and the way with which I use my words.

Coding is a new prospect. It’s a new step toward allowing me to use the artistic skills I already have to create something new and different. And while “interactive fiction” and “choose your own adventure” stories may be dreaming too big (or too small) with where I am currently, it’s something that’s been rattling around in my brain the past couple of days as I’ve been thinking of what’s to come.

I don’t really know what the point in me writing this out for you was exactly, but hey—you know now.

Resolutions for the New Year: 2017

When I began 2016, I made a list of resolutions for the year and at the beginning of that list, I painted a picture. In the word picture I painted I made note to the fact that age 23 (2015) had been tough for me to be proud of. Nothing horrible had occurred but I didn’t feel pride at what I had accomplished. I was more or less in the same place I’d started and, in my mind, had failed in a number of the pursuits I’d undertaken–career-wise, creatively, etc. and what have you. And though I was being hard on myself, though I wasn’t being entirely fair, I felt like 2016 was an opportunity for me to make some constructive changes, ones that would set me to grow up, get married, and take steps into my adult life. I did a decent job at the modest goals I set and I imagine that this year I’ll do even better.

2017, as my mother-in-law likes to say, “is going to bust wide open”–and I’m inclined to believe her. (more…)

My Resolutions (of 2016): How Did I Do?

There’s something nice about a new calendar. Because of the way we view the rollover between the end of one year and the beginning of another, we encourage ourselves to set goals, to dream of a better us making better choices regarding the things that actually matter. But often times, we don’t follow through. Sometimes that which we strive for is a tad bit too lofty, but mostly we just have a difficult time sticking with the goals we’ve set.

At the beginning of 2016, I set a modest assortment of resolutions for myself and while I imagine I’d like to do the same here soon, I’d first like to examine how I did with what I set out for and if I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. (more…)

Resolutions for the New Year: 2016

Resolutions are a funny thing.  Regardless of if its by year or by some other milestone, its natural for us to want to set goals of some sort for our every day that we can continuously strive for. But often times, perhaps because we’re optimists or just plain bad judges of our own drive, opportunities, and abilities, we fail to follow through with everything that we set out to accomplish. (more…)