2013 Experiences & 2014 Hopes
About a month ago, I realized I didn’t touch my tumblr for the better part of a year or so. When I actually came to check it, I realized that it was longer than that…good grief! I decided that come the New Year I would get back to doing these posts partially because I think it is fun to reflect on life, but more because I like to keep myself accountable to myself. The reason I do it publicly, say, via tumblr is because I feel as though there is a little bit more pressure to keep at it. I may just lie to myself if I kept something like a journal.
Anyway, it’s just past New Years and for me that is a time for reflection and resolution: not only looking back on the good and bad of the last year but looking forward to the next and setting personal goals to better myself.
Looking Back: Health
2013 was a whirlwind year for me, and it zoomed by quicker than any year I can remember. I made myself a lot of health and physical promises to myself this year that I didn’t accomplish, much to my dismay. I told myself I would go to the gym more, but I didn’t. I told myself I would run more, but I didn’t do any 5Ks or 10Ks this year. Worst of all, I told myself I would finally get out of the weight loss slump I was in; not only did I not do that, I gained a portion of my weight back, and I am back up to about 300lbs. In short, this year I took considerably less care of myself. With the stresses of working my convention and my paid work being in flux a lot due to shifting clients, I spent more time on everything else and it shows. My clothes are tighter, my suits don’t fit as well, and my eating habits took a turn for the worse.
Thankfully, it isn’t quite as grim as I make it out to be. I DID keep going to the gym and I kept my trainer. At the very least, I was at the gym twice a week and sometimes three times; that is two to three times more than not going at all. Unfortunately, that is about the most I can say about my health that in a positive tone. 2013 wasn’t the best for me in this category, but that’s alright because…
Looking Forward: Health
The fact that I can recognize where I failed so tremendously in 2013 puts me at an advantage for 2014. I will be taking better care of myself this coming year. The smaller goals are quite simple:
- Work out at least 15 times a month
- Eat out less than once a week
- Continue to cook healthy, if not healthier
- Do at least three 5Ks this year
My plan is to keep a calendar handy and track both the amount of times I go to the gym in a day, but also the amount of times I eat out a day. This should help me keep myself accountable and lets me keep track of how I am doing. All of this should help me reach my overarching goal: weigh 260lbs by the time I walk on stage of opening ceremonies at BronyCon and weight 230lbs by the time I ring in the New Year, 2015.
Looking Back: Travel
In the span of a year, I hit both coasts and many places in between. I’ve been to Vegas, Anaheim, San Francisco, New Orleans, Seattle, Baltimore, Fort Lauderdale, Raleigh, and Chicago and in each place I experienced new things, new people, and made new friends. I wouldn’t trade these moments for anything in the world. I love to travel, and I am truly grateful that I get the opportunity to do it as much as I do.
Looking Forward: Travel
With that said…I travelled a LOT in 2013, perhaps too much. It really put a strain on my relationship with my girlfriend at times and wasn’t very helpful to my health. While I still want to and plan to travel in 2014, I think I might take it down a notch. I will probably still make my annual trek out to Seattle, obviously I will be back in Baltimore, and I will continue to drive down to Chicago for business and pleasure…but I might only do two or three personal trips outside of that. I’m contemplating a weekend in San Francisco with some friends in late Spring, but I’m not too sure outside of that.
Looking Back & Forward: My Relationship
What can I really say, here? I have a wonderful girlfriend, Krystal, and by all respects I probably don’t deserve her. She puts up with a lot for me; between traveling for work, for conventions, and just for going to see friends an hour away, I’ve done my fair share of being gone. Still, being able to always come back and know she is there is a comforting thought. Indeed, she is my rock. I owe it to her to try and travel a little bit less this year, and just continue trying to be a good boyfriend. Yay, relationships!
Looking Back: BronyCon
BronyCon has become a very large part of my life in 2013, so I would be remiss not to look back on it by itself. What can I really say…it’s been a whirlwind the entire way. I signed up to make their website, and now I am their con chair…it doesn’t get any more “rags to riches” than that (if you count “loads of responsibility” as riches, I am a billionaire). I’ve met so many people who tell me “BronyCon changed my life” and it is amazing to be part of such a life altering experience. I’ve met and become friends or acquaintances from so many walks of life: artists, musicians, programmers, CEOs, and so many more. Probably most importantly, at least to me, BronyCon solidified myself as a leader, and the ability to organize, delegate, and manage. I’ve had many experiences in my life where I have had to lead small things, trivial things. While you could call a convention trivial, and you might be right, at the very least…it’s my trivial thing that affects tens of thousands of people.
Looking Forward: BronyCon
I suppose it’s obvious: stay the course. Continue leading my team that makes the largest convention of it’s kind. Perhaps more than that, I have to start thinking about 2015…2016…2017, and I would like to make sure that a road map is set for us so we don’t have to worry. That said, while I have to keep an eye out for the distant future, I also have plenty to worry about in the present. 2013 proved to be a turbulent but great year for BronyCon, and I’m doing everything in my power to make sure that everything is as good if not better than the previous year. I don’t want to sound like an advertisement for my convention, but people have a lot to look forward to this coming August. I am a funny mixture of nervous and excited to walk on stage and welcome everyone on the first day.
Looking Back & Looking Forward: The Rest
Of course, health, travel, my relationship, and BronyCon are only the biggest highlights; however, there is so much more. In 2013 I had a lot more things I regretted. I still didn’t learn how to ride a bike, and I didn’t learn how to swim. I didn’t save enough money, and I didn’t relax enough. In 2014, I hope to tackle all of that. I want to learn how to ride a bike when it starts to get warmer, something that I told myself I would do two years ago, but just kept putting off. The same goes for swimming, of course, as I just kept putting it off.
I’m trying to be more organized this year, trying to read more, play games more, relax more, and trying to be more social. It’s funny, typing these out, because I know somewhere down the road SOMETHING will have to fall to the wayside. That’s just life, we get busy and there aren’t enough hours in the day. I just hope that I can keep those things that fall to the wayside to a minimum.
Every year is the year we tell ourselves that we are going to change ourselves for the better. And many times we say “fuck it” and give up. We don’t hold ourselves accountable to ourselves or anyone else. But maybe, just maybe, this year will be different. I’ve done this dance before and improved myself so greatly in 2011 and 2012, but in 2013 I said “fuck it.” So, here’s to 2014, here’s to going through with it once more.