With 2013 now coming to a steep close I thought I'd take the time to sit back, reflect, and partake in my yearly tradition of writing some words.
Ah 2013. Not a great year for me. But, as I've come to realise in hindsight, it has certainly not been an awful year either. The biggest downside was the 9 months of unemployment, which began in March when my contract at my previous job came to an end. As I've written so many times, this coincided with my landlord announcing he was going to sell the home my parents were renting, and they subsequently went to live in Ireland. Now, I'd lived alone before, but my Mum had never been more than a tube's ride away. So this was a year of independence. I tell ya ; it was hard at first, and still is hard, owing to my not having much money plus my living conditions being far from ideal. But I've grown to accept things, atleast for now.
This year wasn't without its good times, ofcourse! This year saw the founding of 3DSBlessed, my 3DS-centric website which has, so far, gotten off to a great start. Perks so far have included myself and fellow staff member Cyburn getting to go to Eurogamer and a few swanky BAFTA events on the site's behalf. I also managed to send Contributer Whistler to cover Play Expo for us, which was great
SonicLondon has continued to be successful, and even managed to get some recognition (and freebies) from games industry giants such as Nintendo and Sumo Digital! There were also some internal changes which made the running of the group less stressful and more efficient...
My friend Hannah came to stay with me for a weekend in the summer, which felr sort of like a holiday really! We drank much, ate out, went to a furmeet, and generally had a good time. Oh, and I took her to Capcom HQ for a Monster Hunter meet!
The Monster Hunter meets, hosted by the Monster Hunter Community UK, were probably the highlight of my year. Through them I got to meet so many amazing people and many good times were had. It also introduced me to a game which I consider my game of 2013, and my favourite 3DS game yet, so thank you guys!
I've just got back from a holiday in Ireland to visit my parents and relatives (my Mum got me the airfare as a Christmas present). I wouldn't say it was a wild holiday or particularly exciting, but it certainly was nice to have a change of scene and experience a different pace of life. I feel like I've returned to London a more chilled person than before, and feel very grateful for that...
So yea, despite the bad there was plenty to keep me entertained in this year of our Lord 2013. Tomorrow I'll be meeting up with my dear friends Max, Angela and Tareq to see in the new year at Angela's House Party. My resolutions for 2014?
1) Find JOB
2) Find a stable-enough job so that 'Find a job' isn't my 2015 New Years resolution for the fifth year in a row >_>
3) Pay back overdraft I very stupidly amassed while being unemployed (despite the fact they charge interest >.<)
Not saying these are the only things I wish to change but they are the things I feel most committed towards. Aside from that expect more 3DSBlessed articles from me in 2014, more SonicLondon meets, and I'll be helping out at the London Gaming Con in February as a staff member so if you're there make sure you swing on by and say hello . Those are my only plans for now (although there's a bunch of stuff I'm meaning to do if and when I get a job).
Happy New Year Everyone!