2013 has definitely been my year: I managed to get into my dream career, I went on the trip of a lifetime through four European countries, and I finally flew the coop and moved out on my own.
Despite that, I have spent the last couple of days (when writing this, in late 2013) feeling like I was in a bit of a funk and thinking that I was actually disappointed in myself. However, I am pretty sure that’s incorrect, and that I am quite satisfied with what I have accomplished in 2013, but I wish to do much more for 2014.
As with 2012, I have created The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for 2013.
I started 2013 off with a bang: I managed to get my dream job of building video games. I joined Massive Damage in early January as an Associate Video Game Producer, and got bumped to a fully fledged Video Game Producer in July. I work with a team of incredibly smart, talented, and passionate people who know how to have fun, and I’ve been a part of a bunch of products that have been incredible learning experiences.
Prior to joining, I had been a bit aimless in my career aspirations, but getting into the games industry has made the end goal clear – it’s always going to be about video games.
In June 2013, I went away for three weeks on a trip through Europe with three of my friends. We backpacked our way through Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona, Ibiza, Madrid, and Lisbon, eating and drinking our fill for three weeks. It was a trip of a lifetime, giving myself a much needed break and exposure to the world at large, it also gave me incredible stories and experiences that I can never forget. I will eventually get around to actually working on the photos I took throughout.
Thanks to work, I became completely enamoured with board games, starting my collection with Zombicide. Since then, I’ve grown my board game collection to 11 titles, and I’ve spent many a quiet afternoon or evening rolling dice or throwing down cards. My favourite for the year is a definite tie between Zombicide and Ascension, and I look forward to discovering more titles in the new year.
In November, I managed to finally fly the coop and moved into an apartment in downtown Toronto with my best friend. It’s been a move that’s been in the works since July, but took its sweet time in being realized. The independence has been refreshing, the shorter commute has been a blessing, and a place to call my own has been pivotal in furthering the next steps of my plan.
To supplement The Good, I have created a list of things that did not go according to plan this year, but in a change of pace, I am writing down how I think I will correct that for the 2014.
I haven’t saved nearly as much as I wanted to. For reasons I would rather not go into, my savings have stagnated in 2013, and I can really only blame myself. The part of me that demands fiscal responsibility has really slacked in the latter half of the year, and that will change. I am creating a few side projects that will hopefully alleviate the situation, and I plan to do a bit more nights-and-weekends consulting. I have many plans for 2014, and I’m not letting myself ruin it.
I did not get enough exercise at all this year. After going to the gym on an almost daily basis last year, I hardly went this year at all, to the point of stopping in July when things got a little too crazy at work for me to go in the mornings. I no longer have an excuse with my apartment having a pool and a solid gym, I will break this bad habit in 2014 or I will die trying.
I find solace in distractions. Every time I sit down to start a project, or improve myself, I find something to get lost in. Surfing the web (read: Reddit) has really crippled some of my ability to be productive, so I will change this in 2014, with specific time set aside to do only personal improvement work, no distractions allowed.
I did not complete any personal projects in 2013. I often came home exhausted, in a bad mood, wanting to do something else, or any combination of the three. This led to zero personal projects being completed in the year, and I feel like I let myself down. But, bad feelings aside, I will complete at least 1 in the first two months of 2014, or I will take away my discretionary spending budget.
I lacked any sort of organizational ability. I spent most of this year, outside of work, in a frazzled state of disorganization. I can chalk it up to any number of things, but once again, this comes down to my own silliness.
I think 2013 is the year I learned that I constantly overextend myself, and that I don’t spend enough time on any single project or task. I will become more single-minded and focused for 2014, as I don’t have the time or money to really do otherwise.
What’s Next for 2014?
I have high hopes for 2014, in that I’d like to finally grow and improve in ways that I haven’t before. I want to become a better producer, I want to become a better developer, and I’d like to be a far more complete adult. (Sounds silly, but it is exactly what I need.)
I am going to get back into regular exercise, I will set aside time for honing my skills and building new ones, and I will spend far more time developing and polishing ideas.
Thank you for taking the time out of your day to reading my year in review, I appreciate it. Feel free to get in touch if you’d like to give me feedback, ask questions, or share your own insights and experiences. I am always open to good conversation.
I am looking forward to 2014, and I hope you are too.
Happy New Year friends and family, here’s to you and yours.