New Year, New Start, New Plan

New Year, New Start, New Plan

I haven’t blogged in a few months now for a few reasons: firstly, I’ve been very busy at work what with the pantomime season and I’ve been busy working on numerous projects for HellfireComms like the Disneython 2 and my staff pantomime, and secondly, I’d lost a bit of my writing mojo as I couldn’t think of topics to write about and most of my creative juices were focused entirely on panto. Now that everything has calmed down considerably, I can finally get back to the things I’ve had to neglect over the past few months.

2016 Recap

2016 was another rollercoaster year for me. I made those new year’s resolutions for myself and they were massively helpful in keeping me occupied while I continued searching for a full-time job. But, even then I struggled until I finally went to the doctors and got diagnosed with depression and put on anti-depressants. Funnily enough, that was the same week I got my current job and everything has been looking up for me personally ever since. I always find it interesting looking back at how things have changed as time passes, and it’s strange to think that this time last year I thought my life was going nowhere and I’d be stuck doing nothing, and now I’m in a job that I’m loving (even if it is only a fixed-term contract) and doing more than I have done in a very long time. It really is nice to feel like things have changed for the better.

2016 New Year’s Resolutions Results

Checking back in on those resolutions, it’s nice to see that I definitely managed to keep two of them all the way through the year (Keeping my YouTube channel consistent and Doing More, along with the general idea of being more productive). Most of them started off well but as we crept into November and December finishing the first draft of my book, blogging every week or two, and losing and keeping the weight off fell by the wayside. I’m proud that I kept to all of them for 10 months of the year, but I’m obviously a little disappointed that I didn’t keep all of them for the entire year. Then again, I did make the active decision to let them slip as I knew they were just not feasible with my new schedule.

2017 New Year’s Resolutions

So, with the new year finally in full swing, it’s time for me to decide what I’m doing with everything. First up, some new resolutions:

1. Finish and Edit my Novel

This one has waited for so long and I am now so close. Had it not been for my staff pantomime I know I could’ve gotten it done, but then there was the chance I was never going to get to do another pantomime again so of course that took precedence. But with that out of the way and a whole year to play with, I can now return my focus to my novel and finally finish it after all these years. There’s only about four chapters left now and then it’s time to sit down and edit. I can’t wait. I’ve only got two years left to get this thing published in order to achieve my dream so I better get on with it now, eh?

2. Be Consistent on YouTube and my Blog

Another repeat from last year, but one that I want to continue/resurrect. I’m still loving doing my commentaries and so I want to keep them going this year and with my blog, I need to get back into writing properly again and this is the best way to do it. What with working a full-time job, it’s likely going to be 3 YouTube videos a week, and 1 Blog post every fortnight, but as long as it is consistent, I’m happy with whatever I can put out.

3. Get Healthier and Fitter

I managed to do quite well last year with getting the weight off, at one point, I had gotten rid of those 7 or 8 pounds and I was quite proud of myself. But then I decided that life was too short, it was cold outside and I needed the energy, so if I wanted to shovel excessive amounts of chocolate into my gob I could. Obviously, that meant I’ve wound up pretty much back where I started (though not as bad, thank god). And since I’m in a more stationary job now, that certainly isn’t going to help matters. I’m also painfully aware of how un-fit I am. So this year, I’m going to try to make a concerted effort to get healthier and fitter.

4. Clear Some of my Backlog

Over the years, I’ve accumulated quite a number of films, games, and books that I’ve just never watched or finished. This year I want to try to work my way through some of it. I’ve got far too much to make it through all of it, but if I can at least make a dent that’d make me feel happy. It’s one of those get your life in order things, but it’ll definitely be worth it in the long run.

5. Put Myself out there in terms of Dating

If there’s one thing I’ve never been good at, it’s romance and flirting. I’m just too awkward to do that and that’s also simply not how I develop romantic attractions. I need to take the time to get to know somebody well first before I start getting proper feelings for them. Obviously, this has meant that my love life has basically been non-existent because I either haven’t found anyone I want to be with or when I have it’s ended in disaster for one reason or another. I did set myself up on dating sites last year but I’ve not really used them properly at all because I’ve been trying to sort the rest of my life out. Now that I’m feeling more settled, now’s as good a time as any to try to find a girlfriend. I’m sure I’ll know she’s the one when I meet her, but obviously, there’s no way of knowing when that will happen. But, at least if I put myself out there more I might stand a slightly better chance of finding love than just throwing myself into work on hobbies.

Looking to the Future

2017 is going to be an interesting year for me. I’ve got my internship until September (in which there are going to be some amazing shows that I am super excited for) and then who knows where life will take me after that. If I can make this only slightly new plan work for me this year then I will be over the moon. Gotta stay positive and make the most of whatever experiences are thrown my way. I’ve got plans to give this website a little revamp (thanks to my amazing sister), I’ve got some fun games to play for YouTube (including one which will be my 50th solo commentary), and I’ve got two big and fun projects to help out with for HellfireComms (The Sonython (A charity marathon of games on Sony consoles) in August which is raising money for Child’s Play and The Ghiblithon (A movie commentary marathon covering films by Studio Ghibli). Plus, I’m hoping to come off my anti-depressants in the Spring, and there are lots of hopefully awesome films and games coming out this year to sink my teeth into. I have a lot of hope that 2017 is going to be my best year yet and I can’t wait to see where it leads me.

Marketing Intern at a theatre. Graduate from Christ’s College, University of Cambridge with a BA Honors Degree in English. He’s currently working on his novel, YouTube channel, and this site in his spare time.

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