Twenty Twelve – A Year in Review

New Year's Eve at Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway

New Year’s Eve at Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway

Twenty twelve was a very tumultuous and emotional year for me. I moved to Norway about this time last year. I left my family, friends, my cat, and my awesome apartment behind for a new life in Europe.

Moving here could have easily have been one of my many, many mistakes. And I’ll admit, when I first got to Oslo in January, I felt like I made a big one. My first day was horrible. I couldn’t find my new apartment, I got really lost and didn’t have a map, and my phone didn’t work. I finally was able to contact my new roommate and passed the hell out in my dark, lamp-less room.

Everyone kept telling me to wait for March. That it’ll get better. You’ll find a Norwegian girl. Stuff like that. It didn’t exactly work out like that, but I did enjoy what Norwegians refer to as Spring and Summer. Notice I said what Norwegians refer to. Summer to me is 110 degrees outside and blasting the air conditioner. In Oslo, it’s extremely hot if it reaches 80 degrees and there’s not really a need for air conditioning (although I do use a fan).

So this is supposed to be a year-in-review post, so let’s get started on what’s happened.

I was grossly in-debt coming into Norway

When I stepped off the plane in Oslo, I was very discouraged. I was starting a new job, sure, but I knew I had a long road ahead of me. When I went super manic in October 2011, I charged up a lot of shit on my credit cards, quit my job, and decided to borrow some more to move abroad.

I recovered from my mania to an extent, but my debt was hanging over me with its high interest rates and I could not see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I vowed at the beginning of 2012 to pay off as much debt as possible, dedicating the majority of my paycheck to debt. I’m proud to say that I achieved this goal. I came into Norway almost $25,000 in debt. I now only have a little less than $2,000 left, which I plan on paying off by May (side story coming later). Keep in mind that Norway is the most expensive country in the world, but I’m proud of myself that I’ve been able to pay off that much debt and still manage to save for a vacation with family.

Holy crap, I published 17 entire posts!

If my blog were my child, it would probably be close to dying. I’m a decent writer I suppose, but I just simply didn’t have anything worth sharing. But you have to admit some of those 14 posts were pure awesomeness. My favorite one by far is Why I Enjoy Killing the Un-dead. The post is so my personality on a glorious day.

This year, I promise to write eighteen! Just kidding. If you have something you want me to write about, let me know in the comments or e-mail.

I started, and didn’t finish a book!

I remember telling somebody last January that I didn’t want to take any side projects because I wanted to start a new book. Then I remember procrastinating, and procrastinating some more. Finally, I sat down to write the darn thing and gave up after a month.

Well, this year, I’m going to finish it. What book is that, do you ask? It’s my critical analysis of Fight Club, the movie. Will it sell? Probably not. Will it be awesome? Yes, but only because it’s written by me. You’re welcome to read the first chapter, tentatively titled, Marla the House Pet.

I wrote two WordPress Plugins

Yep, I did my part and contributed back to the WordPress community, which I pledged to shun during my manic phase. The two plugins are called Metronet Profile Picture, and Metronet Reorder Posts. If you’re into WordPress, check them out.

And I made some goals for 2013

Here are some of my goals for 2013. They’re not necessarily resolutions, but ones I’d like to achieve.

  1. I want to be completely debt free. It will be tough. I still have about $8,000 in student loans, and I’m hoping the IRS doesn’t target me like they did last year. Time will tell.
  2. I want to learn Norwegian. This means I’ll have to take classes, which I currently can’t afford because I’m saving to move into a new apartment.
  3. I want to find my soulmate! I know she’s out there. I’m going to get her this year.
  4. I want to finish my Fight Club book.
  5. I might, very possibly, work on a 3rd edition of my Ajax book to keep me marketable.
  6. And to forgive myself. It’s tougher to forgive yourself than it is others. I’ve done a lot of bad things to a lot of good people. I can’t ever apologize enough. I need to learn to move on. To accept my faults. And be happy.

That’s the end

For those that skimmed this post, shame on you. I had a lot of good shit up there!

For my friends, I hope to see you on Facebook, Skype, or Twitter. For the rest of you, you’re still awesome for reading this.

Take care.

1 Comment

  1. I always said you are your own worst enemy. Others may or may not forgive you for wrongs (or supposed wrongs) you have done in the past, but you are the one who has to live with yourself. Acknowledge the wrong, apologize to the person wronged without trying to defend your actions, learn from the experience (don’t do it again, there will be no no additional cause for remorse), and move on. Forgiving yourself means accepting your failures without justifying them. You can be (and are) the person you aspire to be.

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