Reflections on 2015

On the cusp of the New Year, I look back at 2015, and realize it was one of the best years of my entire life. So much was accomplished, so many new things were tried, and it really was a damn good year overall.

Looking back at the things I did, I am quite proud of how 2015 went. We moved into a great new place. We added an addition to our family, in the form of Pickles, our adorable new dog. We grew and learned together as a family, and in turn, have become closer.

I had many opportunities to speak about things I am passionate about, from engagements with various groups all over Southern California, to being a featured guest at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, where I was part of an amazing live Communicore Weekly taping with some of my best friends.

I experienced some fantastic new immersive art that, five years ago, I never would have imagined being a part of. I’ve forged new friendships and partnerships because of it as well, many of which will follow (or haunt) me to the end of my days.

I also wrote a lot. From short stories, scripts, blog posts, things for HorrorBuzz, and even things that will never see the light of day. I started new projects. I ended some that weren’t working out, put some on hold until later, and followed a lot through to completion.

I finally was able to work with some friends that I’ve been dying to work with in a professional capacity, not just once, but multiple times, and one of the things we made together was a dream test kitchen come true.

Of course, when I look back, as most people do, it’s never enough. I always want to do more, have accomplished more, be a little further along than I already am. However, I’m still proud of everything I’ve done. 2015 was fantastic.

That said, 2016 is going to be quite different, and much better.

For the past few months, I’ve been quietly planning some upcoming things for the New Year. There will be quite a few new projects coming up, some with old friends, some with new partners, that will be quite fantastic. Some are even things I’ve never done before, and will be quite interesting to see how they pan out. Two major ones come to mind, and I am quite excited for them both.

There will also be a change in some of the things I am currently involved in. I learned a lot about myself, and some of the things I’ve been involved in, during the past year. For the sake of my sanity, and my new projects taking up so much time, I’ll be scaling back on my involvement in things. There will be one major announcement coming in a week or so that will probably surprise some people, but will work out for the better.

I have a laundry list of things for 2016, new avenues to explore, new opportunities to experience, and I can’t wait for them all.

I know New Year’s resolutions are so cliché, and everyone forgets them within a month or two, but if you have things you want to do this year, do them. I’ve said it a few times on Twitter (and other social media), but it brings me down to see friends get so disheartened on things because of others or their own insecurities.

You should never do something because of other people. Do them for yourself. Make your own magic, do the things you want to do because you want to. Because you enjoy them. Don’t let anyone else bring you down, discourage, or tell you no. Make the things you want to happen happen. Make 2016 the year you finally do the thing you want to do most in your life.

Thank you to everyone whom contributed to what a great year 2015 was, and made it such a great success. I can’t wait to see all these new things with you in 2016.

Happy new year, guys and gals. See you in 2016.

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