Here we go again with another New Year’s Introspection!

  1. What was the single best thing that happened this past year? Attending Grok 2014
  2. What was the single most challenging thing that happened? Learning to deal with the pain of regret and disappointment on a bigger scale than I thought I’d experience.
  3. What was an unexpected joy this past year? Giving my new camera a workout.
  4. What was an unexpected obstacle? See #2.
  5. Pick three words to describe 2014. Finding our equilibrium.
  6. Pick three words your spouse would use to describe your 2014 (don’t ask them; guess based on how you think your spouse sees you). Highs and lows
  7. Pick three words your spouse would use to describe their 2014 (again, without asking). Learning and growing
  8. What were the best books you read this year? Pretty much the only books I read were The Fire Within by Chris D’Lacey and Storm Chase by K. M. Carroll (a.k.a. NetRaptor a.k.a. best thing to ever happen to Sonic fan fiction). Anyway, I’m hoping to read more this year.
  9. With whom were your most valuable relationships? My wife, some of my co-workers, and one of my old roommates that’s living in town.
  10. What was your biggest personal change from January to December of this past year? I’m writing more.
  11. In what way(s) did you grow emotionally? I experienced deep pain and did not die. I despaired, sure, but I lived to tell the tale.
  12. In what way(s) did you grow spiritually? Learning—again—that God doesn’t operate on my schedule.
  13. In what way(s) did you grow physically? See, you keep asking this question, and I actually did make it up to a “healthy” BMI this year. And I got the cholesterol to go with it.
  14. In what way(s) did you grow in your relationships with others? Learning to have empathy/compassion for jerks and bullies.
  15. What was the most enjoyable part of your work (both professionally and at home)? Getting recognized for accomplishing something worthwhile.
  16. What was the most challenging part of your work (both professionally and at home)? Learning to stay focused and where to direct said focus.
  17. What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year? I think sudoku and webcomics are tied.
  18. What was the best way you used your time this past year? Actually completing a challenge and publishing something again.
  19. What was biggest thing you learned this past year? If I want to, I can still be as awesome as I used to be. (But maybe not as awesome as I thought I was. Because I never was.)
  20. Create a phrase or statement that describes 2014 for you. Recovering and stabilizing from 2013.

Brittany did this too. Have a great year, everyone!