Every year I feel it’s always important to look back at the past and reflect upon it. Each year is filled with so much, it’s sometimes hard to remember all of the ups you’ve had, especially when the not-so-good stuff weigh down the positivity.
Thankfully, this year I’ve ended up documenting just about every good moment I’ve had on Instagram via my Stories, and luckily you can easily go back and view everything you’ve shared to help jog your memory. 😉
Below is a quick summary of my accomplishments and highlights this year. Here’s to an even more fun filled and accomplished 2022!
- A new job title at work followed by not one, but two raises.
- Produced Chapter 3 of Spellbreak’s creative assets alongside some wonderfully talented people. I love how our branding, key art, trailers, and campaign for that turned out. Additionally produced and released several other game updates and releases for Spellbreak!
- I can’t talk about them yet, but had several major accomplishments in my new role at work. I ended 2021 on a very big professional high note and cannot wait to get back to it with my new team at work.
- Raised $2,345 for Boston Children’s Hospital as part of Extra Life. Helped my company raise a whopping $24,000 for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals throughout the year.
Arts, Music, and Creative Hobbies
- Purchased not one, not two, but three new guitars and a midi keyboard. Not only did I learn how to play at least 70 new songs this year, but I also worked on a few original musical ideas of my own that I hope to explore (and maybe even release?) next year.
- Become more proud and confident in my ever growing skills and interest in photography. Marvin and Henry are great subjects to help me practice.
- Started to explore ways to create my own abstract art. Maybe this will turn into something, and maybe it won’t, but I am glad to have had the thought of exploring this pop up only a few days ago and am curious to see where I go with it.
- Acquired a very nice Sony record player and have become quite the vinyl addict. Slowly watching my collection and wishlist on Discogs grow at a wild rate.
Health and Wellness
- Set a goal of 200,000 steps in September as part of our office step challenge. Destroyed that goal with 250,402 steps across 125.30 miles. Spent pretty much every day of good weather active, exercising, and moving. Might have slacked off a bit near the end of the year, but achieved so much on this front this year!
- On top of that, took my health ambitious seriously this year. Continued my weight loss journey and am down another 20lbs this year. All my old “Large” sized clothes fit me again! I was able to refresh my entire wardrobe because of this. Printed tees are kinda out for me now (although they make great workout and lazy Sunday attire), but button ups are totally in!
- Adopted my lovable punk boy of a cat, Marvin. Additionally, my roommates adopted a dog, Henry. My allergies have slowly been getting used to him and he is the sweetest good boy ever.
- Continued to have such a fantastic group of friends to not only play games with, but just be around virtually (and occasionally in person) as the pandemic continued on. Beyond thankful for them.
- Still actively golfing as my only real active sport. Was able to stay connected with a bunch of great friends and remain relaxed and calm during what was a pretty anxious and stress filled year.
- Discovered my newly re-found love for cider and joined a tap room club for my favorite place in the city. Absolutely love visiting here after a long day in the office or my city walks.
- Took my mom on a vacation to Cape Cod, which was the first time we’ve been there in over a decade. Consumed way too many blue cocktails, bowls of clam chowder, and lobster rolls during this week.
- Acquired way too many new Nike sneakers to retain my self assigned sneakerhead title. I think the Blazers are my favorites, but they’re all so wonderful. Hopefully I won’t ruin too many of them in the New England winter snow…
- Became re-addicted to iced tea, especially from Dunkin’ but also the wonderful small shops around my place and the office. Nothing beats some iced tea that I could totally make myself for much cheaper.