What a year it has been.
Personal good: Still married, all three of us are happy, still have a roof and a car and food. All that basic necessity stuff.
Personal bad: Three jobs this year. Discovered the world of massive and constant panic attacks. Worked for others far more than I did for myself.
Let me explain that last one.
One of the goals for this site was to get me noticed. I wanted, and still want, to write for a living. At this point I love selling on eBay so much that I would settle for writing and selling for a living, but the writing still has to be there. I feel I have been close to breaking through at various times, but then life would happen. Not that I regret things like getting married and having a child. But there was also a lot of build up that seemed to get derailed by those life events.
While this site has had a lot of copy/paste articles this year, generously emailed to me by others, that doesn’t really get me out there. For the second year in a row there has still been at least one new article on this site every day. A very good goal. But while I appreciate being asked to run articles like “How to keep your house warm this winter” and similar infographics, how does that get me invited to write elsewhere?
Obviously it doesn’t.
Time is always a factor. Full time work. Full time family. Then its finding time to write and create. At the start of 2016 I thought I would be able to make a comic this year. Then jobs closed and changed and life happened. Its tough to sit down to write when you’re not sure how your family will survive the next week or two.
So I think my goal for the new year is to be happy. I want to wake up excited to work, because it is work I sought and chose. Writing, creating, selling, researching. The only way to get there is to start the marathon. This one article wont lead to a job offer on January 1st. But this plus another plus another and so on can make it happen.
2018 is a big birthday year and I don’t want it to be a depressing one. 2017 is how I can guarantee happiness for my future self.
Thank you all for still being around for this ride.