Fitness: Was good last year, and the plan is to keep it moving forward this year. My weight is good, so I am going to start focusing on toning my body a bit more. I am debating if I want to upgrade my exercise equipment, as I don’t really have much at home. We do have a small gym at work, and I think I will explore using that a few days a week. I am sort of debating between getting myself a Snowblower, or getting myself an Elliptical machine. They do have the machines at work in the Gym, but I feel more comfortable at home, so I will go have a look and see what they have, and what the quality is like. I also want to increase my small weight set a bit, and also maybe get a bench at some point.
Collecting/Modelling: As stated yesterday, I felt a bit let down with both come the end of the year. I have really jumped into Star Wars vintage collecting, and it seems to bring me a lot of satisfaction. I spent years collecting modern items, and enjoyed that, but it was basically a journey back to the toys I had as a kid. This year will be focused on completing my loose Star Wars set, as I have some higher priced figures to get. There is really no big modern items on the horizon for me, so I don’t have those competing for my toy budget. I like Props, but there is not many out there getting produced that I want, so besides the Star Trek ships and the Hasbro 6 inch Black Series Star Wars line, that is really all the modern on my radar. I keep hoping that someone will release a Studio Scale Tie Interceptor model, as that would be something I would like, but that is just fantasy wishing by me.
With the Vintage collecting, as stated, I want to complete my Loose collection, I still have some figures to go, but I can sort of see an end point. I will need to give myself a bit of a kick to get myself going, and that might mean over paying for a figure on eBay, but if it gets me going, then it will be worth it. I am also branching out a bit into some carded figures as well, mostly ones which feature images of ships on the cover, and I would like to have the range between the different card backs (Star Wars, Empires Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Power of the Force and Possibly Tri Logo). There are a few dioramas I want to build up as well, so looking for a few playsets as well (Creature Cantina and Rebel Command Center). Some ships as well I would like to get, with the boxes as well, as I was so impressed with the Slave 1 I got last year. My other focus might be on one Character as well, right now I playing with a Cantina creature, most likely Walrus Man, as I would like to get a figure that would have be released on multiple cards. So I have a lot of ambitious Vintage goals for the year, much more then I realized when I before I typed this out 🙂 .
With the Scale Modelling, I want to put a dent into what I have. When cleaning up the basement, I just have too many models now, and they need to get built. I had some rather ambitious goals with lighting, but decided to scale that back and just work on building. As I improve my skills, I can start taking on more. I also decided that I would work on two models at the same time, as I think in the past, just doing one, I would get disrupted when I had to wait on something, like glue or paint drying, and things like that. Also, sometimes you reach a spot with building something, and you need to switch it up a bit, so I am hoping working on two will help with that. I guess I just have to accept that the results at the start will not be what I want, but it is a journey to what I want in the end.
General Outlook: As stated, I felt the year was disappointing, and I felt I really did not do much. Overall though, I think I am somewhat content, I just really need to shake the lethargy that plagues me. The fitness will help, but I guess I have to be careful not to let it tire me out, or even let it run over my life at times. I can get regimented in when I do things at times, and let that run my life. So I am hoping I can maybe find a better balance in my life, still keep fit, but also make sure I have the energy and the interest to pursue other things.
I spent a lot of my life just sort of observing from the sideline, and not much time actually doing things. I would spend hours on Facebook, just looking through threads and feeds, and never really doing much more with my time. I also would spend hours just aimlessly browsing the Internet, it can be a bit of a trap losing myself in it. I can be bad in that I am always checking my phone for updates, but never really interact with anyone. Even with my Vintage Star Wars collecting, I am in some groups, but never contribute to them, so I have to make more of an effort to contribute more, but also limit my time online, and more time doing.
I also feel, that I am not as present in my life as I want to be. I want to spend more time with friends and family as well, then I do, as I get comfortable staying at home. No one ever really says anything about spending more time, but it is something I sense. I really hope that my wife and I can spend some more time this year doing things together, maybe some shared hobby, or other meaningful time together. I guess I will have to make an effort to push myself forward a bit, and not be some comfortable and lethargic with my life.
2015, I am looking forward to you. I hope it is more rewarding, and ends with a bang with the new Star Wars movie.