I have decided that, even though I've never done this before, I have a resolution for 2009. I have resolved to get off my ass, stop being a hermit, and DO THINGS.
1. I don't draw nearly enough. I have many convenient excuses as to why I don't draw, but I've decided to see right through them for the first time in years. I have resolved to draw at least 5 days a week, for at least 3 hours a day. That may not seem like much to most of my artistic friends, but it is a lot for me. Running my comic shop takes up much of my time, but I can't use that excuse anymore. I NEED this. I have so many unfinished projects and ideas lying around, generally being neglected and ignored, and it has to stop if I want to pursue my dream. I've wanted to draw comic books since I was a little kid. Now is the time to decide how badly I want to do it. If it means sacrificing sleep, watching less TV, or having weekly drink and draw nights with friends, then that's what I'll do. I don't EVER go out, so what's my excuse. If I am going to spend so much time at home I'm going to use that time wisely. I want everyone who knows me to keep on my ass about this. If I start to slack, please hit me. Seriously.
2. I need to be around people more often. I have been a hermit long enough. I realized the other day that even though most of my friends and family live within 10 minutes of my house, I never see any of them. That's just sad. I hung out with my mom last week, and realized it's the first time in a long time I've done that. I miss seeing people. I miss my family. It's time to re-embrace the outside world again. It's hard because I get really uneasy after being around people for too long. That's why I don't do parties or clubs anymore. I need to get over that, I suppose.
3. I need to put my private life above my work life. I work anywhere between 30 and 90 hours a week, between running the shop and working on my comics. I need to realize that the shop will run fine without me. That's why I have employees. I need to start trusting them more.
So, 2009 will be a much different year for me. And I'm looking forward to it.