My apologies for going MIA. I was in the process of moving across the continent in October 2021, and now, I have more or less settled in with some things still in progress.
2021 was a tumultuous year of changes and challenges. From receiving the Covid-19 Moderna vaccine to handling the rapid, abrupt changes at work, it was all about finding ways to cope and to be safe. I had to learn to adapt to change rapidly and to prepare for the move. This meant sorting out what I did not need, what I could sell, and what I wanted to keep.
Most importantly, I spent more time with family, celebrating small joys and overcoming challenges with them. When things don’t work out as planned, something else will work out in one’s favor.
As for the goals of 2021, I have read 48 books (including light novels and manga), completed CEs, and practiced Chinese regularly. Unfortunately, I was not able to do some writing.
For 2022, I plan on building on and tracking my habits using Habitca and Mossery’s yearly planner.
Complete a sudoku book.
Write a short story about my original characters.
Read 50 books based on the Popsugar challenge.
Exercise for 30 minutes 3 times a week.
Journal daily for 30 minutes.
Complete a crafting or personal project every month using the materials I already have.
Complete 5 video games over the course of year. Cannot buy until 5 are completed.
I saw this meme going around Raichana’s Twitter and figured I should participate. After looking over my list, I realized that most of the games I picked are dated in the 1990s-early 2000s.
Golden Sun (Gameboy Advance, Camelot, 2001)
My most favorite game of all time is Golden Sun. In addition, it is also one of the few games that I played without any guides. Countless hours were spent figuring out the puzzles and speaking to all the non-playable characters (NPCs) as I unraveled the mysteries of alchemy alongside Issac and his friends. When Golden Sun: The Lost Age came out, I immediately played the game from beginning to end, experiencing the story from Felix’s perspective and trying to resolve the loose ends from the previous game. The battle music from both games is quite memorable and occasionally I would listen to the soundtrack for inspiration. Without Golden Sun, I probably would not have developed an interest in solving puzzles or world building.
2020 was a year of challenges and changes. It was a test of one’s character and perseverance. For me, it taught me to step back and reflect; to encourage patience when faced with the unknown (at work and at home), and to build new habits to reduce anxiety and stress. From all of this, I learned to change my worldview and to accept that there are things that one cannot control. Thus, one has to make the best of their situation. I developed new habits, such as gardening with my mother and listening to the news every night.
In 2020, I have read 37 books (e-books and paperbacks), studied Chinese on Duolingo regularly, and participated in 2 art challenges (Mosstober October 15th to 31st and Art in the Time of Corona). While I did not do much writing, I helped my father complete our family tree and discovered a few famous ancestors. As for career development, I attended virtually ASCP Annual in November and completed other continuing education courses on a regular basis.
This year I plan to continue building on the same habits and perhaps work on a writing project. It helped that I use Habitica, a productivity app that helps one keep motivated to complete goals by “gamify[ing] [one’s] life.”
Trying out the Mosstober2020 challenge using a Mossery journal (which I planned to do mainly light sketching and writing). You are able to personalize the cover of your choice with your name or favorite emoji; and choose the type of paper: plain, dotted, or lined. The paper is very smooth and seems to handle Sakura pens and color pencils well without bleeding through the page. The best part of all is when you have finished the entire notebook, you can purchase a refill to replace it.
If you are interested in purchasing one, click on this link to get $10 off your purchase.
I managed to complete the challenge, although many are sketches. My personal goal was to try to draw every day, whether it was a sketch or finished piece. In the end, I felt much more relaxed and eager to let my ideas flow onto the paper. I will consider doing another art challenge next year.