For everyone who did not follow me at the start of the year, here is the blog I made talking about my 2021 aspirations.
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Before I delve into how successful I was, I think it is best to do a recap of everything that happened in 2021 before I start.
At the beginning of this year, I had no job. Working as a piano teacher was my very first step to breaking out of the depressing reality I had as a full-time writer not earning anything. It was also about the time I ended Ball of Nothing and that was serious business.
My emotional and mental state wasn't the best. Covid was still going strong. I had no idea what I was doing with my life after the fall and webnovel's discord is still very much a toxic pool.
What changed in 12 months?
I made new friends in 2021 in unexpected places.
I found not one, not two but three jobs in the year and made myself a very established freelancer.
I am making plans to buy a house with my mother after much discussion.
My health has improved drastically ever since I found my masseuse who is helping me with my decade long injury.
My toxic father has finally taken a step back to let me breathe.
My bank account is looking a lot healthier.
I gained many new readers.
Completed a new book. Edited one massive pain in the ass manuscript. Established my Youtube channel. Collaborated with other writers on works.
Did I accomplish a lot? Not really. Was I busy? Hell yeah!
#1: 7 Days Injury Free
I have to admit, I didn't even come close. From smacking myself into a wall, a door, an iron and on the piano, these things seem to occur weekly. Not to mention me tripping over air because that's 100% possible.
Hands down, we knew this was going to be impossible.
However, I did try a 30-day lifestyle challenge in October to justify my lack of success here. I figured health can be built through effort but clumsiness is part of my DNA. There's no cure for that.
#2: Dating Life
Long story short, it didn't work out. However, we're still rather close friends to date and on talking terms. Heck, we even hang out together occasionally when I can find the time in my chaotic schedule.
It wasn't his fault. It wasn't my fault either. It just wasn't meant to be. But at least we tried and found an answer.
#3: Save $20k
This one I must admit came really close. I only managed to hit this amount in october. It took me all the way from January to get to this number from nothing. I worked my ass flat for this. Surprisingly, it wasn't that difficult after I started taking so many freelance jobs. The only thing I struggled with was finding time for myself.
On the bright side, I don't have to worry about getting kicked out of my house now if I can afford rent outside.
#4: 10 Patreons, 1,000 Youtube Subs
Hmm... at the start of the year I thought it would be harder to get 10 patreons than 1,000 Youtube subscribers. Now, I think differently.
I have my loyal patreons exceeding 10 with the amount fluctuating throughout. However, the Youtube subscriber count is crawling as I type this blog. Crawling if I was positive and just dead if I was negative.
Yes, I figured my Youtube content must not be appealing enough. It's too informative and technical, not a lot of fun for people to want to stick around with. Maybe I'm not that cut out for Youtubing even though live streaming is fun.
I guess I'll stick to live streaming with other writer pals for the sake of documenting our moments. No pressure to make it into another full-time career when I have my hands full.
I consider it a passable grade. I didn't get to accomplish everything I wanted to but if there's a bonus to tip the scale to my favour, I found more answers to the questions I had in 2020. I guess my journey is only beginning and 2022 would be more exciting than 2021 because I'm finally rechallenging Amazon and leaving Webnovel for a while.