Hello, and Happy New Year!
I wanted to pen a quick year-end post for you all, with some of my personal highlights and thank-you's from the past twelve months. Its been a year full of changes for me - as many of the recent years have been - and I'm excited to see where some of these highlights continue to go in 2016. A big thank you to all who have read my work in the past year, just knowing there are at least a handful of you out there helps make it easier to put out these words in the first place. Have a good holiday, and I'll see you guys in the new year.
I spent my first full year writing here on MBS-P-B, and got to write a lot of cool pieces on technology, stationary, bags, and other things I'm unhealthily obsessed with. This is the first time in my life that I've consistently written under one name, in one place, at a consistent pace, for such an extended period of time - and I'm incredibly proud of that. Thank you so much to all of you who read my ramblings here, I'm looking forward to doing more of that very soon.
I got to write several pieces for the Tools & Toys site - which besides being a really cool opportunity was also seriously encouraging to someone who hopes to be able to support themselves at least partially through writing someday. Huge thanks to Shawn Blanc and Josh Ginter for making that possible, it's been a great experience and I can't wait to do more of it.
I finally got the chance to work full-time as a barista at a local cafe, which I've come to realize is something that I love doing and would like to do for several more years to come. I've already started finding ways to work coffee and barista-ing into my daily life, and it's something I find myself grateful for as this year comes to a close. It's not a good day without pulling a shot of espresso, and I'm definitely looking forward to more of those in 2016.
I spent the whole year working primarily from my iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6, only falling back on my MacBook Air for hard backups and the occasional finicky file formatting. This has been much easier than I thought, and I can earnestly say that I'll never go back to using a traditional desktop computer the way I used to. iOS and it's applications are a joy to use in so many ways, and the form factor of the devices allow for them to be eons more fun, pleasant, and productive than their desktop counterparts in my life. Expect a more developed piece on this soon, I have a lot to say.
In a similar vein, through a combination of HealthKit, the Apple Watch, and my own motivations I've come to be much more health-conscious over the past 12 months. I run as regularly as I can, keep an eye on what I eat and drink, and try and track as many data points of quantified fitness as I can through my iOS devices. This is another topic I've tried to tackle writing about for months now to no real avail, and so I'm hoping that 2016 will bring me finally getting some good thoughts out on fitness.
I suppose that's all.
It's a proud moment for me to look back over those goals that I've accomplished this year, although I have to apologize for the mostly personal and self-centered post. I'll be back to writing more about my usual topics soon - but for now it's a time for self-inflection and congratulation. Whether you completed the goals you set for 2015 or not, you're here another year later and older - and so now let's make 2016 a great one too.