As many are doing on this day, I would like to wish to everyone a very happy new year. I hope that everyone was able to enjoy their first day of the year, and I hope this enjoyment is mirrored throughout the rest of 2014.
But this journal won't be about the future as much as it'll be about the past. What has this year brought for me?
In the world of ponies:
My escapades on dA have been numerous, and filled with ups and downs. I remember I seriously contemplated leaving dA for good at one point, given some not-so-fun circumstances. Overall though, I'm quite pleased with the groups I'm involved with, and am very pleased that my high quality group (Best-of-MLP-FiM
) has become the most watched/largest high quality pony art group on dA! One of my proudest achievements on dA is that group.
I've also had the great pleasure of attending my first convention ever, Bronycon, down in Baltimore, MD. I got to meet some of my greatest online friends, including
, among many others. All of you are quite amazing people, and it was my great pleasure to meet you.
I also had the wonderful experience of finally getting to meet one of my best friends,
, in person some time after the convention. We spent nearly a week hanging out together, and it was quite a lot of fun. I very much loved the time I spent with him, and I hope to do so again in the near future.
Last year, in the beginning of February, I started to take Magic seriously and play it more competitively. I consider this to be the official starting point for my magic career. Since then I've spent FAR too much money on the game, though I've been able to build a lot of unexpected and awesome friendships with people. Magic has helped me forge friendships and relationships with people I never expected to even talk with, let alone play a card game with. I continue to actively participate in this game, and enjoy it immensely, and don't see myself stopping any time soon!
My track to complete college is full speed ahead; hopefully, I'll be able to don my cap and gown come this spring. This year has been really busy for me... really really busy. I hope that this upcoming year will be busy as well, but a good sort of busy.
I performed in my first operas. It was something I'll never forget (performing while so sick I could barely stand!) and a truly awesome experience. I love singing for a reason.
I turned another decade older. So old, but still so, so young at the same time. I've got a lot to do with my life, and a lot of years to do it, but not that many! Gotta keep up the pace.
I've grown to be stronger. Not physically, but mentally and morally. This year has been an important year of developing my morals and putting them to the test, and reforging them as they're shattered and made anew. A lot of important personal and other revelations came to me this year.
So all in all, it's been a pretty good year. Busy, but good busy. Definitely some setbacks, significant ones as well. Though something tells me all of these only help me grow stronger and wiser in the end.
So, to all a happy new year, and I hope that yours is as successful as mine is going to be.