January - MOVED OUT!! My first time moving out of my parents house to be self-supporting. Moved in with my Kal, my then-boyfriend. Played RL Sims and decorated our house. To this day I remember all the housewarming gifts my friends sent, thank you once more for helping us in our journey <3
February - Got married! No huge ceremony, just had my mom as a witness. A huge ceremony is something we want to do later on, too busy to right now, haha
March - Kal bought me an iPad pro!! To this day I use it daily and love it. He noticed my creativity and energy to draw went up a lot after brainstorming/sketching/working became a lot more convenient & portable for me. We also play gacha games together on it LOL
March - My friends from my (then) job started coming over to play D&D! My first time playing, I enjoyed it and the character building and shenanigans immensely.
March - Flew to Vegas to retrieve the remainder of Kal's belongings. 8 hr drive back to the bay! My first time driving a moving van + driving for that duration of time. Got home, combined our nerd collections and sold off dupes to create one glorious giant shared geek collection.
March/April - Joined my first zine! It was an otome heroine zine, the My Princess Zine!
April - BLEACHED AND DYED MY HAIR! Not my first time dyeing my hair, but first time bleaching it and making it a rad color! It was something like Maki Nishikino Red-pinkish. I loved it, Kal loved it, everyone loved it (except my mom, who's fine with it now), it gave me confidence and more love for myself. To this day I feel more like myself than I ever did with black hair. Also cut my hair! It went from being down to my hips to like just past shoulder length. Felt so light!
April - I got my wisdom teeth out!!! ALL FOUR AT ONCE, because I wanted it over with. Recovered like a champ and now my mouth is less crowded
April - I quit my full time job to focus more on con work and school and overall myself. My coworkers ended up getting me goodbye gifts and 2 cakes tho omg!!!
May - Went to fanime and did table assisting for shy!!! My first semi-tabling experience and it helped me gain a lot of knowledge on what to expect for AX on top of being super fun and chill
May - Also saw Joe Hisaishi for the Ghibli Symphonic concert with Kal!! Cried the whole time! It was great!
May - Not super huge, but for Day 1 fanime I cosplayed Beach FRobin and that was actually my first time doing some sort of revealing cosplay-- I felt great, tbh. I was a lil self conscious at first but by the end of the day I felt fine in my own skin. My self-acceptance has come so far!
May - Also got an extra scholarship for school. Was awarded because of good grades etc. Fun fact, the day after I got awarded it, someone from the school called me to suggest I apply for it, and when I told him I already got it, he was very sweet and happy for me, lol.
June - June was the main grind for my first round of merchandise! I learned a lot, talked to a lot of manufacturers, spent a lot of time researching and calculating costs. It was really stressful but overall a good learning and creative experience! Made stickers, prints, charms, buttons, and bags. A pretty good variety for a first timer, if I do say so myself!
July - My very first artist alley table!! At! Anime Expo! How did I do that? To this day I have no idea how I managed that. Shared my table with my gurl Cinna. It was a lot of fun and I met a ton of great friends!!
July - AX weekend was also the first time I had KBBQ and visited Ktown! It was fabulous.
July - Conquered Final Fantasy XIV Fanfest (Savage)
July - The official FFXV twitter featured me and my chocobros art!!!! holy shiet!!!!
August - Landed my new tutoring job with more than double the pay of my retail jobs! Paid well, flexible times, and is overall 50x easier a job to work than retail. #BLESST
August - One day con Kinyoobi con! Made more than I expected, overall easy time there. Free food.
August/September - Sacanime summer!! My 2nd time tabling, met more new friends!! Stress/con management wise, a lot less stressful than AX, so my favorite tabling experience to date~
October - My first digital painting (not for school!), for the Fanfest Fanart Contest! I've never done a digital painting on a single layer before this, it turned out much better than I was expecting!
November - Redyed my hair!!! Went coral this time for our trip ^^ (From last time's magenta-red-ish)
November - FINAL FANTASY XIV FANFEST!!! I was actually really stressed around this time and Kal encouraged me that going and having fun would help my mental state a ton, and it really did. I met so many friends! I got to experience all kinds of XIV news in real time! I came back feeling so happy, and I hope I can go again! Fanfest really revitalized my love for XIV, which was also waning. I love it even more now. Kal and I met through FFXIV and being able to experience fanfest with him for the anniversary of us dating was amazing!
December - Nothing too notable other than my birthday and Christmas :3 both were good.
December - Also applied to Sakuracon on a whim and GOT IN? THANK U RNGSUS FOR ENDING MY YEAR LIKE THIS.
Art Improvement - As always! This is on my list every year. More backgrounds this year please!
Stronger shop! - I want to make more merch! Besides more fandoms, different types; I have some in mind already :3 Eventually I'd like to get into a bit of wearable items~
More traveling & more conventions! - These go hand in hand; I'd like to generally just see new places and people. Visit more friends too! Experience more things with Kal :3
Piano - I want to go back to playing the piano! I haven't for
$$$$$ - I just like having money. Makes life comfy.
FFXIV - I want to enjoy more XIV... wanna max my crafters/gatherers. Since I said yes to raiding hopefully I'd like to be good at that too!
Streaming - I used to stream art/gaming before but I stopped after moving. I'd like to go back to that! It was fun.
Personal projects + social media- This year I'd like to get a game demo or webcomic started and out! I have multiple ideas for games, so TBA. I also need to curate my twitter/insta/facebook better, I'm really lazy when it comes to nontwitter accounts.
Collabs - I'd like to do more work with other people, be it zines/illustrations/games/etc.! We'll see where life takes us!