I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions and I never make them. They don’t stick and they’re often arbitrary. On the other hand, because so many people are talking about them, it’s hard not to think about figuring out a way to make the new year better than the last. Improving something and making it better is almost always a good thing, so I don’t believe in being stagnant, either.
Complacency is for the dead.
I actually started REALLY thinking about working toward change, growth, and improvement around October or so. Because Nico and I both are buried under a mountain of mostly student loan debt (Nico’s is all student, mine is a mixture of consumer and student), I’m constantly reading articles about money, saving, debt repayment, goals, financial independence, and the like. You’ll notice very quickly when you start reading that stuff and you’ve delved a bit deeper than the information on how interest rates work or ensuring that you’re spending less than you’re earning that there are some recurring themes that aren’t really about money, but about your attitude, your life, and what makes you happy.
It was through a blog about money and financial independence that I found out about Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I have a vague recollection of my sisters telling me about this book a year or two ago, but I didn’t really pay attention. Sometime before Christmas, I read a post about it and I went to the bookstore that day and bought it. I NEEDED it. I started reading it out loud to my husband and then on New Year’s Day, a Netflix Original show based on the book came out. I sat down and watched the first episode with him and he was so motivated, he started cleaning the house. I highly recommend checking it out:
Anyway, back to 2019… Since Twitch is my side hustle (albeit a really small one right now), I’m hoping to put more time and energy into growing that. Any money that we make from Twitch goes directly to our student loan payments. I’m also going to hold myself accountable for my debt payoff here on the blog. So once in awhile, I’ll be posting about that kind of thing. Spawn/Re-Spawn IS our side hustle, after all!
2018 Game Backlog Progress Update:
I completed the following games in 2018:
- Final Fantasy XIII-2 (PS3) – 4/13
- Ni No Kuni II (PS4) – 5/4
- Parasite Eve (PSOne Classic on PS3) – 6/3
- Kingdom Hearts II (PS4) – 7/2
- Torchlight (PC) – 7/9
- Torchlight II (PC) – 8/3
- Octopath Traveler (Switch) – 10/28
- Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (PC) – 11/25
- Cibele (PC) – 12/15
- Bioshock: The Collection (Xbox One) – 12/21
- Epistory – Typing Chronicles (PC) – 12/30
Not bad! I started the backlog project in April, so this averages out to more than one game per month. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you consider that I was averaging only one to two games a YEAR prior to that, this is a huge improvement! I’m definitely going to work at increasing that number. I’m currently in the process of playing GRIS (PC), Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (PS4), and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! (Switch).
If you’ve spent any time hanging out in our Twitch channel, you know that I’m a firm believer in the idea that attitude is (almost) everything, so I’ll sign off with the following thought:
2019 is going to be fantastic!
- Hatsumi a.k.a. “Mom”