Well, if it isn’t that time of year again? Just makes you realise how fast time flies and it is a little scary! One day, I’ll be an old granny and I’ll still be like “It only felt like yesterday when I …”. I guess that’s a message to make the most of your lives while you still have all the time in the world! Cos you just never know …
Anyways, here’s a roundup of what made my 2015 ｡ﾟ✶ฺ.ヽ(*´∀`*)ﾉ.✶ฺﾟ｡
1) Starting a new job!
2) Beginning a new relationship with an awesome guy~ （〃・ω・〃）♡
3) Ski trips, and learning how to snowboard. I never imagined I would do this – I was pretty anxious about it being handsfree with nothing to hold onto! I headed on to my lessons with no expectations whatsoever and it turned out great~ I’m still a rookie, but from zero to ‘hero’ I think I did a pretty good job hehe.
4) All the conventions I’ve attended this year~ Chromacon, Zinefest, Armageddon, and Overload. They’re always a highlight. I will definitely attend next year too!
5) Taking the plunge and starting my own comic! I’ve always wanted to do this but I was a bit anxious. Come Chromacon 2015 when I saw people’s zines and comics – a medium where artists don’t need rules to express themselves … let’s say it just really inspired me. I was like “fuck it, I’m just gonna post the comic” and good things happened. I never expected to get so many followers within the first month, when I was so happy that even 30 people enjoyed what I was creating. If you are one of those readers, thank you so very much! Now to keep drawing more comics~
6) Overall, I’m just really pleased about how feminism is getting a more positive response on social media. I’m just so glad that women are standing up for their rights and beliefs and calling out on what is not acceptable. It makes me feel that I can too. #goals
7) Awesome people like Emma Watson, Taylor Swift, Lena Dunham, Tavi Gevinson, Ariana Grande, Kaila Ocampo, Reese Lansangan, Mimei, Malala who are ever so inspiring and being the fierce, awesome girls they are. The list is growing!
8) Starting to attend meetups, even though I haven’t fully participated just yet. I’ve gone to some Game Dev ones and its really cool having a glimpse into the community here in New Zealand.
9) Okay, I’ve already mentioned it .. but Zinefest really opened up my eyes! In the mainstream media, we are constantly fed with the same ideas (some oppressive) about some topics and the information is quite controlled and geared with some bias that caters to a certain audience. Oftentimes, the information that is conveyed about a minority group is kinda .. looked over as silly or irrelevant. Its just really cool that with zines – you have a say. Write, draw, create anything you would like to express – it doesn’t matter. And when you read others zines, you’re getting the information from the horse’s mouth. There’s no filter and there’s some beauty in that
10) Friends. I feel like we haven’t met up enough this year! I never say it enough (partly cos I’m super shy about sharing my feelings SHUT UP) but thank you all for being a part of my life. There was a time where my life was dark and gloomy, and in recent years I have met cool people and nurtured closer friendships. I am grateful that there are kind people in this world. Thanks for the times we could talk about random shit, geek about the stuff we love, dress up together, laugh together, cry together, bond over unpopular opinions, debate over difference in opinions while still having respect for each other etc. Thanks times a billion ヾ(o≧∀≦o)ﾉﾞ