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Goals & Resolutions 2015

Goals & Resolutions 2015 | gamerwife.com Like I did last year, I’m going to split up my resolutions and goals into three categories: Life, Blog, and Career. While last year saw me trying to set up an indie game consulting business, this year I will be transitioning back to full(ish) time work by joining Cardboard Utopia, a fledgling indie studio I had been working with on a contract basis.

Because of this, I’ve also decided to stop doing video game reviews on the blog. With me as a founding member of an indie studio and Rick back working in the industry at the AAA level, I’m afraid my reviews could be accused of bias, and they are rather time consuming, especially when the game isn’t as good as it should be. Mostly I found that my reviews were among my least popular posts last year, and I’d really rather focus my energies on content you guys are interested in reading and sharing.

This year’s blogging goals:

  • Find another 12 Dames Who Make Games – I had so much fun with the email interviews last year, I just wanna keep doing it!
  • Make more Let’s Play Videos – This is a little tricky since Rick is involved too, but I feel like the two we managed last year were really fun and we were just starting to hit our stride.
  • Complete the redesign – You might have noticed I’ve been sprucing up the sidebar and playing around with fonts and colours. I also have a new header in the works and a few more little changes I want to make, hopefully in time for my birthday in February.

With regards to my personal goals from 2014, I don’t think I succeeded at a single one. Even something easy like read 3 novels didn’t happen. I think I read two, maybe two and two halves? And my exercise goal was a complete farce. Despite starting off the year strong, signing up for DietBets was actually disastrous for me health wise and caused me to relapse on some very bad eating habits. My goals this year are more holistic and hopefully more realistic.

My personal resolutions for 2015:

  • Manage my stress better – With my new job this will be critical, so it’s time to get serious about exercising and eating better.
  • Read more – I’m hoping I can do it with the right schedule and the right books. Suggestions welcome.
  • Spend more time with friends – Working from home it’s been far too easy for me to just cocoon in my little office and shun the outside world. I need friendly stimulation and support.

As for my business goals, I never did finish that e-book, but I also never really felt settled as a consultant. I’ll be revamping my business site as a portfolio site and moving my marketing blog posts here under the category Indie Biz. I may continue that series, from a more insider perspective, but I’m going to leave that as time dependent.

My 2015 career goals:

  • Help Jason finalize the business plan for Cardboard Utopia.
  • Launch the Kickstarter campaign for War of Zodiarcs.
  • Show off the game at at least one convention or festival.

And, just like I did last year, I made some Geekolutions:

  • More Cosplay! – My goal this year is two new cosplays! Wish me luck.
  • Video Games! – Rick has made me a list of JRPGs to play as research for my new job, I’ve got a year to get through them.
  • Launch Geek Girl Brunch! – Yes, that’s right! I’m involved with launching a branch of Geek Girl Brunch in my adopted home town of Montreal. We’re hoping for a May launch date, so if you’re in town and wanna join us, sign up now!

Do you make resolutions? What are your goals for 2015?

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    B
    January 5, 2015 at 9:41 am

    These are some really great goals. I’d love to revamp the design of my blog too, and try to do some more reading this year!

    • Reply
      Mariko
      January 11, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      I’ll see if I find the time to finish all the upgrades I want for the blog, but I’m already well on my way to making my reading goals thanks to my beach time last week. 🙂

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    Cate
    January 5, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Good luck for 2015, I can’t wait to see your cosplays! I totally need to make time to meet with my friends more often to, I almost never seem to leave the house when I’m free and just spend all my time watching TV and messing about on the computer so I definitely need an excuse to get out more to xoxo

    • Reply
      Mariko
      January 11, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Thanks, Cate! I’m definitely I consummate homebody and much prefer marathoning Netflix to going out on a Friday night, hence the extra effort needed.

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    Jane Y.
    January 5, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Good luck on your resolutions!

    • Reply
      Mariko
      January 11, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      Thanks! I tried to keep it simple this year.

  • Reply
    kaycreate
    January 5, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Looks like you have excellent goals! The hubs and I are pumped for the War of Zodiarcs Kickstarter! And, can’t wait to see some new cosplays. I hope 2015 is good to you!

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      Mariko
      January 11, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      Thanks! We’ve actually got a big announcement about WoZ coming this week, and 2015 is already shaping up to be an amazing year. Also planning a little Cosplay post in the near future now that I’ve got the ones I want to do this year narrowed down a little..

  • Reply
    Kendall Ashley
    January 5, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    These are great goals. I love the sprucing up you’ve done so far on your blog. I’m right there with you with trying to manage stress better this year. Life is too short to be stressed (though that’s easier said than done).

    • Reply
      Mariko
      January 11, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      Yeah, I’m much better at managing my stress than I used to be, but with the new job I can see things getting hairy quick if I forget to take care of myself. Good luck with your stress reduction plans!

  • Reply
    Jen
    January 5, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Your goals are great and very exciting! That’s so fun you’re involved in Geek Girl Brunch in Montreal! As for reading more books, I’d highly recommend audiobooks. They’re perfect to listen to if you have to clean, fold laundry, make a batch of cookies – anything that doesn’t require too much brain work so you can focus on the audio. I get through so many more books this way!

    • Reply
      Mariko
      January 11, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      I already listen to a lot of podcasts and audio books when I do my chores, but I still miss the act of reading words on a page. Guess it’s the English major in me. ;p

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    Jessica
    January 5, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Good luck with your goals! I can’t wait to see your cosplays 🙂 And I DID notice your layout looked different, can’t wait to see the finished look!

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

    • Reply
      Mariko
      January 11, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      Thanks, Jessica! Hope you have a great 2015.

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    Erin Radler
    January 5, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Wow! Congratulations on your full(ish) new status with Cardboard Utopia. I totally understand the whole review thing. While I loved those posts (my mom is super hooked on papers, please! hahaha), I totally get it. I still love Caturday and Dames who make Games, so I’m glad to hear they are sticking around! I look forward to the new aesthetics on the blog. I’ve noticed the changes so far, and I’m into it! Happy 2015, Mariko!

    • Reply
      Mariko
      January 11, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      If I have time, I would love to write reviews for an external site, but finding the time to play and then write about games was hard enough before my new position. 🙁 The rest of the blog changes will be pretty subtle, but I’m working on a new logo that I am SUPER excited about.

  • Reply
    Celeste
    January 5, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Congrats on a great 2014 and good luck with all of your goals! The site is looking good, can’t wait to see the final product and new cosplays.

    • Reply
      Mariko
      January 11, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks! Looks like we have some cosplay goals in common, although I’m still in the process of narrowing things down…

  • Reply
    Fiona
    January 6, 2015 at 1:09 am

    So many fun goals 🙂 I think even if they don’t all plan out they can start you off on other fun tangents too, I feel like 2015 is going to rock

    • Reply
      Mariko
      January 11, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      I do too. And it can’t hurt that 2015 is my Chinese zodiac year (I’m a sheep). 😉

  • Reply
    Kerry
    January 6, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Happy New Year! Great resolutions & goals.

    What types of books do you like? I might be able to make a few recommendations. It’s feast or famine with me in terms of reading. I don’t read anything for months, then read 6 books in a week. I really have to be in the right headspace with the right book.

    I hope you & Rick keep going with the Let’s Play videos – they’re so fun!

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      Mariko
      January 11, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      I managed to finish my back log of graphic novels and the second Wolves of Mercy Falls book while in Mexico, but I’d like to maybe try to tackle a classic or two during the year. I’ve been on a bit of a YA kick lately, but I also enjoy horror, sci-fi and especially non-fiction.

  • Reply
    Neri
    January 8, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Sounds like you’re going to have a very busy, but very fulfilling 2015! Especially big congrats on the fullish time position, too! All the best 🙂

    • Reply
      Mariko
      January 11, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      Thanks, Neri! We’ve already gotten some good news that’ll make my job more enjoyable and less stressful, although we can’t make it public just yet. Hope 2015 is great for you and yours.

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    Damaris / The cat, you and us
    January 9, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Geek girl brunch! Wish I was able to join, only if Montreal was not like gazillion miles away from Barcelona 🙁 Your 2015 sounds great, I’m excited to follow you girl around!

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