Well, what can I say about 2016 that hasn't been said by everyone else. There were some good moments, but much like with many others mine was at best bittersweet. It was a long struggle with a few things, some issues with illnesses, isssues with living arrangements, and just about every computer I own dying on me. I'm doing alright now, but that's about as good as anything in 2016 ever got... alright.
I think that's really the overall theme. I may touch on some of the things that specifically went into making this year bad for me, but I'm not going to go too deep into anything. Mainly I don't feel I accomplished much in 2016. I had some good ideas, but financial and hardware setbacks kept me from really exploring most of them. It's like I could touch on them, but lacked the abililty to get into them on any meaningful level. I had started working up my YouTube channel for instance, but having computers die repeatedly on me and not having the funds to get new hardware have all but killed it for what I was originally going for. I have other ideas, and still have my cameras, but anything else I might do on there at least for now is going to be a total change of direction.
My health comes and goes. Sometimes I'm just fine, sometimes I'm just not. It's made keeping a regular job difficult. People don't get that you can be alright one day and just not the next. Most businesses can't deal with someone that's not able to run at 110% all but maybe 3 days a year. I still go to work, I still give 100%, but sometimes my 100% is ony 60% of what it was yesterday. For a lot of employers that just breaks their model and they don't want to deal with it. On that note, I still have things I can do, it's just getting them going. Once I'm past that hump things will go a lot more smoothly. Right now all I can really do is bide my time and plan.
We finally got out of the hotel we were living in for almost 4 years. But that's also bittersweet. We moved out because they were going to jack the rent (I say that because we were actually on a monthly lease with the hotel), up to almost double what we were paying. Because they were shifting from being an extended stay to being a regular hotel. There were a number of us that lived there, I guess they just wanted to free up the rooms for people they could charge more money. Fortunately, they gave us a warning and we were able to get into a place that some friends had to let. Bittersweet part is that we're spending as much money to stay here as we were at the hotel. Eventhough it's much nicer, and has more space, that still leaves us just barely above water in the financial department. Enough to get by, but not enough to do much of anything. So while I'm very glad to be out of the hotel, we still have a lot of work to do. On a good note, I was able to score a pretty good deal on internet. 100mbps for about $40 a month. :). So I have a connection good enough for streaming if I get the chance to get back into that.
Looking forward, I want to do more artsy stuff. Wether that's with writing, photography, videos, or whatever. I want to let myself be more creative. I've been told for years I need to put some of the stuff that comes out of my head out there for others, maybe that's what I need to do. I'm also going to try and score a cheap car so I can start working for Uber, and I've also been in contact with an old employer where I delivered campers. May go back to that if Uber doesn't work out. (I'm not really expecting Uber to be a full time job, but more hoping that it lets me get the money to get some other things going). Either way, we'll see how that works out. I have some real trepidation about this coming year, mostly due to the results of the 2016 presidential elections and the events leading up to / that have happened since. 2017 will definitely be a year to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Here's hoping we all find oursleves doing better than I fear we will.