One Year AnniversaryA Look At My Path Traveled

This week was an important week for me because it marked the one year anniversary of the start of my journey. Last year at this time, I said enough is enough and I set out to pursue game development as a career which then ultimately lead me to building this newsletter, my website and releasing Jock Dummy: one of my first games. I had a few speed bumps along the way, but I'm finally in a place that feels like I am on track to get to where I need to be.

Shortly after recording the video about the start of my journey, I encountered a great loss which made me incredibly depressed for months. For a good while it was an accomplishment just to get out of bed. When I watch this video of myself, it saddens me that I set large goals to follow my dreams, and then almost immediately after, I was doing nothing about it. 

Thankfully through the support of friends, family, therapy and through my own self determination, persistence and simply taking one day at a time, I got through my grief. I got my life together and developed tools to keep myself healthy. Then when I became solid again, I built a blog, a newsletter and I routinely try and make videos to help other developers pursue their dreams. I'm even working towards a game inspired by my grief. And lastly, and most importantly, I allow myself to be vulnerable and to share my story because we all go through hard times. Success isn't a paved road. You are going to encounter obstacles. You are going to want to give up. 

I've set some high goals for this year that I probably won't be able to achieve fully, but having the goals keeps me focused. Each Monday as I write to my blog and I type up this newsletter it gives me a chance to regroup. A chance to think about the status of where I want to be. My goals are my finish line to my perceived version of success and having them allows me to gauge where I am along the race. 

I know this is a lot to digest this week, but I am proud of myself and I want to thank all of my subscribers for tuning in with me along this journey. I hope to one day inspire you to follow your dreams and show you that anything is possible. I can't wait to see how far I've come this time next year.

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