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Another Year, Another Post

Everybody's been saying that 2016 was terrible due to all of the celebrity deaths. I'm not so sure that 2016 was worse than any other year. I think it's more likely that the largest demographic of social media users have reached an age where they are familiar with the celebrities who died.

However, instead of dwelling upon the passing of people I don't know, I'm going to do my (sometimes) annual New Year's Post. How was my 2016?

The year was pretty good overall. I finished a major project at work that has been hanging over my head since 2013. I started running, and worked my way up from couch potato to guy who can run three miles. I got out of credit card debt around April. I maintained my self-imposed exile from Facebook, mostly stayed off of GameFAQs, broke a bad habit, and made a ton of progress on projects around the house.

Of course, it wasn't all good. I stopped running when it got cold while also stuffing myself with food and treats around the holidays and lost all of the fitness I had gained. Did some things I regret that might come back to haunt me. Immediately went back into debt after getting caught up on the credit card. I read fewer books in 2016 than I did in 2015, did not keep up on mowing the lawn, and I started slacking off on my hobby projects.

I haven't posted in either of my blogs since my New Year's Post last year. My 2016 New Year's Resolution to develop a video game was a total failure. I didn't even lift a finger towards that goal. Thought about it a lot, but did not put in any actual work.

Some bad things happened in my life during 2016:

Grandfather died.

November was extremely stressful, so I unplugged my brain for the month.

Graphic Novel Club ended because the woman who organized it moved away.

Unofficially (accidentally?) quit playing Magic: the Gathering and became a bit of a hermit.

Goals for 2017:

Get finances in order (again).

Continue reading.

Resume exercising regularly.

Finish my current household projects.

Be nicer to my wife. She finally has a work schedule that allows me to spend time with her, but it's taken a bit of time for me to adjust. There is room for improvement.

2017 New Year's Resolution: Don't Waste Time

While working on household projects, I've noticed that things get done relatively quickly if I start working on them, but they take forever if I sit and think about how daunting the task appears to be. I want to spend my time doing things rather than drowning in anxiety. If what I am doing is not something I enjoy or working towards something I desire, I need to stop doing it. You never know how much time you have; why waste it? Maybe that's all I need to make the most of 2017.



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