Hey all! It's been a long time since I last posted anything here. Since it's been so long and it's almost 2015, I figure I may as well do a year end retrospective.
The year started out rather busy with various projects at work taking up the majority of my time. In January, I joined a local fitness club and for the first time I managed to stick with it, and I still go to the gym 3-4 times a week. I must say that I'm pretty proud of myself for this, I've tried joining a gym many times and usually after a week or two I'm back to sitting on the couch. Along the way, I've managed to lose about 25-30 lbs and I'm hoping to lose another 15-20 this upcoming year. I'm hoping to get back to what I weighed while I was in college. I feel better in every way, mentally and physically. It's amazing what an hour of activity and making good eating decisions can do for your body and mind. I proved to myself that I can follow through and commit myself to something worthwhile.
The beginning of July, I moved back to live with my parents in order to save up money for a down payment on a place to live. Late in October, I found a place and I'll be settling on it the end of January (barring any problems with the seller or bank *crosses fingers*). For my whole life, I've been living with roommates, family, etc. It's a little intimidating, but I'm excited to finally be out on my own in place that is mine.
As far as my art goes, I've been pretty lackadaisical about keeping it in my schedule. I've found that I have a lot of interests... too many actually. And so I've been attempting to choose only a couple to actually pursue on regular basis. It's easy to be fairly good at a lot of things, but I'd like to push through and gain some mastery over a couple of things. I think that art will be one of those things. I've read a study on deliberate practice which states that there really is no "innate talent". Aside from a couple physical features (such as height, etc) the only things that separate a novice from an expert is a large amount of practice over a long period of time. The key to becoming an expert at anything is motivation. Stay motivated, practice 2 or more hours a day and you will become an expert at whatever you choose. Choosing something and sticking with it is much more worthwhile than doing a little bit of everything.
In my last journal entry, I mentioned that I had been having difficulty with keeping up a good live stream. In the end, I decided to just bag the stream since I couldn't get it to work properly. However, yesterday I figured out that this was caused by my wireless connection. I now have an ethernet cable running from the router to my computer and I didn't have any connection issues yesterday over the course of streaming for 2-3 hours. So I'm hoping to stream on a regular basis. It's be great to have some friends stop by to chat and hang out.
I hope everyone had an amazing year and here's to a great 2015!