This year was not a huge blogging year for me. I tried to update about once or twice a month, but I found myself so involved with the advancement of my life. Half of my year was spent diligently working away as a receptionist (the most involved and difficult learning curve I’ve coped with in a long while) by day and video editor by night. This was extremely good for business, and money was flowing through me at an alarming rate. I spent so much money this year, I also saved, and invested! The other half of the year was spent getting closing to my film and photography roots. I quit my job at the reception desk and joined my employer at JMK Entertainment full-time. I am now a contractor who works exclusively for my boss; the relationship continues to flower. I am very grateful for him taking me in. Thanks Jason!
I learned a lot about money and time this year. Life has a funny way of throwing a barrage of papers and projects at you at one moment, and the next second there are crickets. This year has been full of it’s very high highs and very low lows. I have been living on the bleeding edge of extreme this year (YEAAAH EXTREEEEME!), and it was exhilarating!
The hardest part of this professional year (besides the dual-life I lead for about 6 months), was October and November. I was taking on new responsibilities and more projects; there were more shoots. I was learning to animate in After Effects — I’d say I hit my goal of getting my feet wet with this program — and delivering projects the same day. It was extremely rewarding, but extremely draining.
Socially, this year was not as fruitful as others. It seems like I am slipping further and further into the Facebook world. I don’t know if this is good or not. I seem to have communication with more people than ever imagined, but I am, in fact, seeing less-and-less people face-to-face. I want to make next year a year of strengthening the bonds between my closest friends. I did throw a lot of parties this year (due to the good cash flow), and we had many great times, but I want to start getting to know people 1 on 1. I have been lacking in this area, mostly because of this rocky financial and professional year; but this is just a convenient excuse. I had plenty of time to make time for people in my circles.
Socially further, I have started to pick up Spanish. Largely in part due to my wonderful girlfriend of 4 1/2 years, who is Mexican. I have been going to more and more family events, being exposed to more and more Spanish. I’ve started watching Spanish television and listening to Spanish music. Also, Rosetta stone helps build my vocabulary and Google Translate helps me understand some colloquialisms. Mostly, Angie has been my maestra in this regard. For this I am grateful!
My favorite video of the year:
John Cleese: A Lecture on Creativity
Happy New Years y Feliz Año Nuevo!