I woke up to way more snow than I expected. Apparently, Snow Miser threw quite a wild winter party last night after I went to bed, and it knocked out power for thousands of Mainers, who are still in the dark tonight.
It took me over an hour to shovel out the driveway, but I had no issues with driving to work in the mess. I put my faith in my snow tires and newfound self-confidence, and my stress levels remained normal.
So as we gather for the final Friday Night Think Tank of 2016, I find myself reflecting on the year that many are calling downright horrible. I’ve had the interns buy us funny hats and noisemakers, there’s plenty of champagne on ice, and a roaring fire is waiting to keep us warm as we form our last Deep Thoughts of 2016.
This week’s topic: Did you kick ass in 2016?
Yes, Modern Philosophers, I did kick ass this year.
I resolved to make progress and move forward with my writing. The biggest change had to be with this blog. I decided to shift its focus from silly stories about Maine’s Otherworldly Beings and the mythology of The House on the Hill to a more topical commentary on politics, relationships, and making positive changes in my life.
I forced myself to closely follow the 2016 Presidential Election, which gave the blog a whole new vibe and opened it up to an entirely new audience. Those posts led to my getting a weekly column on The Good Men Project, and my writing more political themed jokes for The Nite Show. I had more jokes make it into Danny’s monologue than any previous year that I’ve been a writer on the show.
I also found the courage to pitch my ideas for TV shows to the Program Director of WABI at The Nite Show Christmas Party, and that looks like it could lead to some very good things in 2017. Fingers crossed!
I taught myself how to use Canva, and have been creating exciting images for the blog all year. I joined Pinterest in 2016, and with the help of the pins I’ve made on Canva, have amassed over 3,000 followers.
Earlier this month, I completed the first draft of the first screenplay I’ve written in several years. Tonight, I chatted with my producer friend, who swears he is going to turn one of my screenplays into a feature film in 2017.
I also kicked ass in non-writing areas in 2016. I fell in love with an amazing, beautiful, intelligent, sweet, hilarious woman. Even though it didn’t work out in the end, she changed my life in so many positive ways. Not only did someone love me again, but I also finally got over The Girl Who Moved Away.
Sure, I wish things had worked out with The Sweet Irish Girl, but she made me realize that I could fall in love again, that I still had so much to offer to the right woman, and that true love doesn’t care how far away the other heart in the equation is.
The Hopeless Romantic in me is alive and well, although a bit heartbroken at the moment.
I saw a therapist and really worked on being more positive. I have made enormous progress in my fight to overcome my fear of driving in the snow. By working a ton of overtime this year, I finally rid myself of the overwhelming burden of financial stress. I reconnected with a dear friend.
Now that I see that in print, I am pretty excited about how well things went for me in 2016. I’m really looking forward to what 2017 has to offer, and I am resolving right now not to move backwards and lose any ground on all the progress I’ve made.
Happy New Year, Modern Philosophers!
2017 will be the Year of the Modern Philosopher! I hope you will follow this blog to be a part of the fun. Follow me on Pinterest, too…