Hello, friends, and Happy New Year!! Despite what wild conclusions you may have drawn from my hiatus these last few months (giving up on the blog, fleeing the internet in fear of Star Wars spoilers, meeting an untimely demise to a pack of velociraptors, etc.), I am still alive and kicking! I’ve missed interacting with you all on a regular basis, but it has been nice collecting myself and taking more time to do things I enjoy rather than doing them for the sake of this blog. I regret to say that I won’t be returning in full at this time (more on that later), but I felt it right to check in and keep people up to date on a few things.
First things first, let’s start with a follow-up to my 2019 Resolutions post. For those unfamiliar, the goals I set for myself in 2019 were to:
1. Drop my weight down below 200 pounds– COMPLETED!
I did, indeed, get down to 200 pounds! I’ve actually been hovering at 190 for almost 6 months, so I would consider that resolution SMASHED!
2. Grow my blog by posting every week– SORT OF COMPLETED!
For the majority of 2019, I made a new blog post every week PLUS asking a Question of the Week to you all. I followed this trend until going on hiatus in October. While I may not have continued to the end of the year, I did meet the criteria while active on here. So…I’m going to half-count it 🙂 Also, I revamped my entire site halfway through the year, so if that doesn’t show dedication then I don’t know what to tell you!
3. Learn to cook 5 new meals– ALMOST COMPLETED!
I was SO CLOSE to meeting this goal, but alas, I only did 4 new meals this year. I branched out into trying baked fish, goulash, spaghetti squash, and chicken parmesan. I ended up liking them so much that I didn’t expand much further than these four, plus what I already made on a regular basis. It’s not technically completed, but I did achieve my aim of expanding my cooking horizons!
Overall, I personally consider 2019 to be a success regarding my goals and achievements. I made progress in the areas I set out to, even if not technically meeting the exact amount I had set out for in all areas.
New Resolutions for 2020
I’ve put a lot of thought into my goals for 2020 as well. I wanted to keep the same kind of aim for this new year, but also altered in scope.
1. Get my weight down to 185 pounds or less
There might not be much change between my current ~190 pounds and 185, but the main reason I want this specific number is because it was my lowest weight in high school. I will continue with my healthier eating, but I also plan to get back out on more walks. I slacked off a bit at the end of the year and need to get back in the swing of things! By jumping back into these healthy habits, 185 should be a breeze to complete and maintain going forward!
2. Write at least one page a day
I’ve loved reading and writing since I was a kid, and my imagination has always run rampant. As such, one of my life-long goals was to become a published author with a proper story of my own. Some of my hiatus has been spent chipping away at ideas for a series to call my own, with several established characters and early ideas for plot dominated countless sheets of notebook paper. I am also approaching the 30-page mark for the first of these stories that I’ve begun. By holding myself accountable to at least one page per day for anything (a story, this blog, etc.), I’m continuing to foster my creativity and use my time productively to some degree.
Games Played in 2019
With all that out of the way, let’s get back to more of a typical blog topic for me: the games I finished in 2019. I won’t be going into detail for most of these, but needless to say I had an incredible time along the way!
- Hyper Light Drifter
- Ori and the Blind Forest (100% completed)
- Super Metroid
- Mark of the Ninja: Remastered
- Hollow Knight (Full 112% completion)
- Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition
- Super Mario World
- Celeste (B and C Sides completed, plus the Chapter 9: Farewell DLC)
- Untitled Goose Game
- The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake
- Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age
- Luigi’s Mansion 3 (100% completion)
- Cat Quest
- Shovel Knight: King of Cards
- Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
I also played, but did not finish:
- Ashen (the final boss was a pain and it was too monotonous to go back to over and over while having to restock on healing items)
- Wargroove (I got burnt out on late-chapter surprise enemies that caused me to fail and restart, and the overall story and characters were extremely boring)
- Fortnite (you can’t really beat the game, but I did play a decent amount earlier on in the year).
- Stardew Valley (Completed 2 years and got married to bae, er, Leah, and had a kid)
- Skyrim (Companions Quest on Legendary, College of Winterhold Quest on Adept)
My personal Game of the Year would be Dragon Quest XI S. I loved how much it maintained the traditional Dragon Quest experience while also expanding on its exploration, crafting, characters, and story ideas. It was a blast from start to finish, and though the final arc added in a heartbreaking twist right at the beginning, I feel that the game would have been perfect without it. Several characters experienced growth in the second act that was immediately undone at the beginning of the third. It was understandable, but also stole some of the impact and admiration from those characters. Though I’m not writing a review for it, I would personally give it a 4.5/5.
The Future of the Blog
It has been extremely enjoyable to fill you in on these updates from my year, but I still don’t feel that I’ll be returning for regular posts just yet. It is extremely possible that I’ll have some inspirations and shoot out the occasional feature, but I don’t feel ready to jump back in like before. I want to focus more on writing my aforementioned stories and continue building traction. The hardest part of any project, to me, has always been building that initial momentum, and while I’ve certainly taken some good steps so far, I want to hold strongly to my resolution for writing a page a day before I stretch myself too thin and encounter that mental block again.
I’m certainly not done with The Brink of Gaming. There are a lot of amazing games coming in 2020 and I’m looking forward to someday sharing my thoughts on them! But for now, I’m going to hold my ground behind the scenes. I hope you all have a fantastic start to this new year and I look forward to seeing you again soon! Game on!