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Gamerwife Year In Review 2015

Year In Review 2015 |

Year In Review 2015 |
This has been a pretty crazy year. I started 2015 thinking that I had finally embarked on the career in games I’d always wanted and I’m ending the year with the career in writing about games I didn’t even know I’d always wanted.

As I did last year, I figured it’d be nice to take this opportunity to look back on the year on the blog and check in with how I did with the Goals & Resolutions I set at the start of 2015.

In my resolutions post, I’d divided my goals up into blog, personal, and career, so it makes sense to go through them like that and see where I succeeded and where I didn’t.


  • Find another 12 Dames Who Make Games – While I did manage to interview the wonderful Keisha C., my crazy schedule and my summer of wallowing made it hard to keep up the feature. But, now that there’s Game Changer and I’m doing interviews for remeshed, I think it’s best to retire Dames Who Make Games.
  • Make more Let’s Play Videos – This one has been a ringing success, even if it took us a while to get started. I think my favourites were The Legend of Dungeon and Spooky’s House of Jump Scares. Now that we’re on a roll I think we’ll be able to do one a month next year.
  • Complete the redesign – I actually did two redesigns this year built around my new logo. I LOVE it. Now I just need to get around to designing my portfolio site.


  • Manage my stress better – Oddly enough, quitting my job and completely changing careers has gone a long, long way to making that happen. It’s taken me a while to figure it out how to do it, but working from home is definitely the right choice for me. Now to get more disciplined with the exercise and the eating well.
  • Read more – Still hit and miss. Audio books are helping, but a better bed time routine would help more.
  • Spend more time with friends – Definitely better since leaving Cardboard Utopia, but I could probably be better.

All of my career goals had to with Cardboard Utopia, but since that isn’t my career anymore it doesn’t really seem to make sense to weigh whether I met them or not. But I am proud of the business plan I wrote, especially since the fact that everyone kept praising the writing in it helped to convince me that writing was meant to be my path.


  • More Cosplay! – Hard fail. I did start two different cosplays, but didn’t manage to finish either of them. I think if I hussle I’ll be able to finish one of them by PAX East and the other one by Montreal Comiccon.
  • Video Games! – I didn’t play any of the games that I thought I would, but I ended up finding a couple of games that I fell in love with, like Life Is Strange and Her Story. With Indie Game Gang I’m hoping to play even more next year!
  • Launch Geek Girl Brunch! – Done and done.

While things are definitely ending much differently than they started, I’ve learned so much about myself this year that I know that 2016 will be a great year. Sure, it was rough and at times I felt more lost that I have in years, but I know that the path that I’m on is the right one for me.

What did you learn this year?

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  • Reply
    Jane Y.
    December 29, 2015 at 10:05 am

    it looks like you had a pretty good year. there are a couple of things i am hoping to get done next year that i didn’t get to do in 2015 – bake bread (seriously!) and sew more.. maybe a piece of clothing or two. 🙂 happy new year!

    • Reply
      January 5, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      Oooh, those sound like great goals for 2016. Have you heard of the ‘no knead’ bread method? I’ve used it a lot and it’s amazing and soooo easy. I totally recommend checking it out.

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    December 29, 2015 at 11:37 am

    I’m so excited for Indie Game Gang!

    Sounds like 2015 was a year of transition for you, but overall it seems like it’s ended on a good note. 🙂 I can definitely understand how quitting a job can help with stress management. I’m glad you were able to and be able to work towards finding something you like better! I feel like 2015 for me was a year of realizations and planning. I ended up doing things I never thought I would (mainly, home schooling) and it also helped me realize just what I WANT to be doing. So I’m excited for 2016 to start implement the plans I’ve been working on.

    Wishing you all the best for 2016, Mariko!

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      January 5, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      Thanks so much, Kayly. I’m so happy to hear that your homeschooling adventure is going well and I look forward to seeing what 2016 brings us both.

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    Kendall Ashley
    December 30, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    I loved the redesigns you’ve done here, and I’m so excited about Indie Game Gang. I hope 2016 is wonderful for you!

    • Reply
      January 5, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      Thanks, Kendall. I can’t wait to get everything off the ground!

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    December 30, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Sounds like 2015 was a great year for you and congrats on finding a career path that makes you happy. One of my goals for 2016 is to figure that out for myself. Best wishes to 2016!

    • Reply
      January 5, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      Thank you. I’m still working out the kinks of getting on the right schedule and sticking to it, but everything takes practice, right? Good luck with your 2016 endeavours!

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    December 30, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Excellent! I feel that you have gained a lot this year. I wish you all the best for 2016! May it be an excellent year for you. ^__^

    • Reply
      January 5, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Thank you so much, Natascha.

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    December 31, 2015 at 3:03 am

    It’s amazing the tangents one year can take us in but it seems like you’ve ended up in a great place 🙂 🙂 I think I learned this year that my mind ambitions can outrun the practical application of said ideas:P

    • Reply
      January 5, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      Indeed. And I totally here you on the ambitions out waying skills things. Totally been guilty of that myself.

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    December 31, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Glad you found the right path! Happy New Year, Mariko!

    • Reply
      January 5, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks, Sophie! You too.

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    Goals & Resolutions 2016 - Gamerwife
    January 6, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    […] most people I am pretty ambivalent about how seriously I take these resolutions. As my year in review post for 2015 showed, I have mixed success with these sorts of things, but I still like to take the time […]

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    January 7, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    It sounds like you made some hard decisions but they ended up being the right ones. It’s rough trying to find the right path. This past year was tough for me health-wise so I definitely realized how strong I am. I’m feeling pumped for 2016 though.

    • Reply
      January 9, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      Sorry to hear about the health troubles, hopefully you’re feeling better. And yeah, let’s kick some ass this year!

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