On a macro level, 2016 was kinda awful. I don’t really buy into the “20XX was awful for everyone!” hype — but there’s no denying that there were some big, global events that affected a lot of people this year.
On a personal level, though, 2016 was kind of great for me. I took a conscious break from making stuff on the internet to focus on Real Life Stuff TM, and that was one of the best choices I could have made. I feel like my personal life is stable, I accomplished a lot this year, and I’m beyond ready to get back to making cool stuff.
Before the year ends, I wanted to compile a list of everything notable about 2016 — just so I’d remember it all, even in a year where I recorded things online a whole lot less.
2016 is the year I…
1. Got my second tattoo — a reminder to keep fighting hate with love
2. Had several on-and-off employment opportunities before finding my current job, which I love, challenges me and builds my professional skills, and has a salary/benefits — a big milestone for me!
3. Bleached my hair to Khaleesi platinum blonde 4. … Then dyed it all pastel teal! 5. Started the process of buying a house with Colby 6. Met Harper in person when she visited Austin, then visited her in NYC a few weeks later
8. Played over 200 hours of Overwatch with friends
9. Other gaming highlights: Pokemon Go, Guild Wars 2, Pokemon Sun and Moon
10. Visited Toronto, Canada over my birthday weekend to be a part of the upcoming documentary Geek Girls 11. Met up with Kate Sloan in person after being internet friends for, like, a decade (!) 12. After some rough mental health patches in the beginning of the year, I’ve had some of my smoothest, most mentally stable months in a long time, possibly ever
13. Really honed my personal style and felt great about the way I look most of the time
14. Focused on cultivating my friendships with the rad ladies in my life
15. Tried out a capsule wardrobe
15. Modeled in two lookbooks for Hauntwell 16. Spent a weekend exploring DFW with Liz
17. Went to the craziest birthday party I’ve ever been to, complete with burlesque and drag acts
18. Mourned those lost in the Pulse shooting, internally debated my own place in the LGBT community, then doubled down on my identity as a queer/bisexual woman
19. Physically and mentally hurt during the election coverage, campaigns, and results, but resolved to fight for what I believe in even harder