I know I haven’t posted in QUITE a while, but one of my New Years Resolutions is to write more. Although most of this post will be majority photos, I wanted to kick the New Year off with a post about 2016.
A lot of people have given 2016 a lot of shit, for some good reasons. It’s been a real mix bag of experiences for me as well. There was a lot of bad but also a lot of good.
I’ve a fair bit of traveling to places outside of San Diego this year. I went to Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Atlanta, San Francisco and back home to Philly twice. We’ve visited museums, spent some amazing time with great friends, ate A LOT of food, drank a lot of coffee and spent a lot of time in amusement parks. Two cons that I attended this year were Emerald City Comic-Con and San Diego International Comic Con. I’ve had some great friends and family come in and visit San Diego and I got to play tourist in the city that I live in. I’ve hiked, walked and roamed places I’ve never been to before. I left my full time job and started my first contract gig to kick start my off my freelance career. It also meant I had to say goodbye to some amazing co-workers and company I loved. I’ve learned to tackle things that I’ve always thought really intimidating… like getting my finances in order and getting an accountant to help me. I spent A LOT of time in bookstores and comic shops. Through intention and consistent practice, I do feel like I’ve improved as a letterer. There’s a lot to learn but 2016 was real turning point for me. Although I moved myself across the country, I feel closer to some of my family more than ever. I lost my Lola on December 21st and I still feel guilty for not being with her those last few days. It’s still a really dark cloud over my head but I know she’s not suffering anymore. 2017 has also started out with a few other tragedies that hit so close to home and my heart is really hurting for some of my closest friends.
2016 was a year of growing pains for me. I’ve learned so much about myself, some of it really hard to swallow, and I’m feeling really excited about what I can find out about myself in the next year. Here are a few of my favorite photos of 2016.