Summer 2017 Goals

BOY it’s been a wild year so far…I can’t believe it’s almost June? There’s been so much happening lately that I keep forgetting to blog about. A few weeks ago, I went to Havencon in Austin, one of my favorite small conventions to visit and support! It’s a LBGT-focused nerd con that just finished it’s third year and has probably the nicest crowd of geeks I’ve ever encountered. (Three Words: Cosplay. Drag. Show).

Then I went into con crunch mode for the first time, making props for the first time, for Comicpalooza this past weekend! I hung out with the creator of Rat Queens, Kurtis Wiebe (which you should ALL read RIGHT. NOW) and I feel like we are basically best friends now. (He signed my shield, so it’s official.)

(Left: My Asami at Havencon // Right: Rat Queens debut at Comicpalooza!)

Can we take a moment to appreciate my cosplay partner-in-crime RenFamous? She built most of her Hannah in a hotel out of state while on a work trip. Hashtag motivation goals.

In addition to all that, this past weekend was one of my favorite non-cosplay related events, Eurovision! It’s been a busy few weeks for me, and everything has just flown by over my head. Whew!

One change this year – I’m not going to my regular summer conventions. I actually feel zero guilt about skipping AKon or AFest this year (they’ve started to just blend together in my head?), and I probably won’t go to a convention until Labor Day Weekend. I’m pretty excited about that! It’s strange, these are conventions I haven’t skipped ever since I first went to them – so, like…7 years? Gosh. 

But! This means I have an ENTIRE summer open for me to do other things! I’ve seen other bloggers make “Monthly Goal Posts” – I had so much going on, I didn’t feel a need to do it monthly. Instead, here are some goals I have for the summer that I hope to accomplish!

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Why I’m Glad I Was Able To Stop Being “Anti-Girly Girl”

There are so many things in my life that remind me of my childhood – which may be deliberate, since I am still a Big Kid™ in most aspects of my life (Thanks, Dad!) I was looking into buying some retro consoles, which got me thinking about my old NES and Sega Genesis. Then my mind started wandering to other memories and how I ended up the person I am right now. That’s a vague and vast topic for one blog post, but one portion stuck out to me.

My early childhood was predominately 90s. Which, I have to say, was an awesome time to be a kid. We had the Disney Renaissance, the best toys, and those video games I want to play again! My parents divorced when I was really young and I ended up living most of the time with my dad – he didn’t grow up with girls, so he couldn’t help but influence me to like the sort of “boy things” he had as a kid. I do still remember the bright blue and pink aisles at Toys R Us, as well as lots of toy commercials with only boys or only girls, but honestly? My interests were pretty balanced in “gendered” topics. I loved glittery pink pegasus toys and I also really loved Mortal Kombat. I really wanted to be a mermaid or a faerie, but I also wanted to swordfight. I have zero memory of being told what or what not to like as a kid. 

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Everything I Can’t Wait For In 2017 + Resolutions!

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! 2016 has been….interesting, to say the least. It was a bit of a letdown for me overall, I’m trying to think of good things that happened and I’m just reminded of all the bad things of 2016. So instead, I’m going to make a list of all the things I’m looking forward to – plus some personal resolutions at the end!

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PAX South (Jan 27-29)

Last year I meant to go to PAX South in San Antonio for the first time – but badges sold out! All the conventions I’d ever been to you could buy badges the day of, so I was not prepared for badges being limited for PAX. (Instead, that weekend I started this blog! One good thing in 2016 so far) I’m excited to go to a convention that is not centered on anime and Japanese trends, but more into games and demos! 

Game of Thrones Season 7 (Summer 2017)

Alright, so I just finished the GoT Telltale PC game – boy, was that a stressful way to unwind from work. Stressful but addicting! It really got me hyped about the world of Westeros again. Normally new seasons start in April-ish, but with a lot more winter-y scenes needed, they’re going to film longer and air the next season in summer 2017. I. Am. Ready. I still get goosebumps when I think about the big moments of last season and I’m really excited to feel that adrenaline rush on Sunday evenings. 

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Reviving Your Passions After Surviving Your Late 20s

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2016 has been a weird year. Just about everyone I know has been in some sort of a funk – they are overworked, underpaid, still haven’t found the right opportunity to start working on their dream project. Life has been throwing way more obstacles than predicted. A lot of the sparkle and wonder we had in our early 20s is now hard to hold onto.

Being a 20something is completely different now than it was for our parents. I’m almost done with my 20s and felt for a long time that I failed to do anything worthwhile because I was not on the timeline I imagined I would be. I felt like I was still stuck in the “late teen” stage of my story. My 20s weren’t a complete waste – I graduated college, reached a weight/fitness goal, fell in love, chased after dreams that didn’t succeed (but at least I tried!). I don’t know about everyone else, but I always thought by my late 20s I would be settled. I would have found whatever it was I was meant to do. My life would be set, the work would be over, and everything would be easy.

And then it wasn’t. And I was bummed out that nothing was going “to plan” for a while. A lot of things I wanted to happen didn’t.

Then, something amazing happened a few weeks ago. I stopped caring about timelines. And got started getting back on my feet.

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My Ultimate Fangirl Bucket List

For some reason, around this time of year where it’s not quite the end, I start getting excited for the new year. (I know, we have two holidays to get through first!) I never make resolutions really, I’d rather make specific goals than generic things like “I will eat healthier this year”. Instead, I look forward to events I plan on attempting to do in the new year, like “graduating college” or “visiting a new state.”

So for some reason, while in this state of mind, I thought about all the nerdy things I wanted to do in my lifetime. I know there’s plenty on my list, but none of it is written down! So I decided to take the time and list all the things I want to do – and since 95% of those things are something geeky related, I might as well just compile a Bucket List with a Fangirl spin on it!

I’m not fully a witch without a wand!

Here is everything I’ve thought up – maybe I’ll be able to cross some off in 2017?

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