Welcome to 2016!

January 1, 2016 ♥ Posted in: Journal by Kristina Horner

It’s been awhile since I updated this blog, and the very first day of 2016 felt like a good time to fix that. It’s a new year. A whole new year. I have no idea where the time is going but for once, that thought isn’t freaking me out. I’m actually… pretty excited.

Kristina Horner as a cat on new year's eve.

This was me on New Year’s Eve, minutes before midnight, pondering if life would be better or worse in 2016 as a cat.

2015 was a pretty amazing year for me. It had its ups and downs of course, but I feel like I accomplished so many things, made huge life decisions that have set me on a path I am proud of, and will bring me to an even more amazing 2016.

Last year I:

  • Hit 1 year working at Microsoft, in which time I not only moved to the main campus permanently, I got hired onto a new team where my very specific skills are being utilized in a way I’m really excited about.
  • Started the UW certificate program for YA Novel Writing, which encompasses night classes I love every minute of and really has inspired me to work on editing my novel.
  • Made the concrete decision to edit my 2014 novel to a point where I feel confident submitting it to agents in hopes of publishing.
  • Completed my 10th NaNoWriMo in a row, a goal I’ve been working on for the entire decade comprising my adult life.
  • Celebrated 3.5 years with Joe, the most incredible human being I know and a big reason I am so happy and self-confident these days.
  • Chopped all my hair off and dyed it green! I feel more like myself than I have in a long time, and I can’t see myself growing it out for awhile.
  • Bought a brand new car! This was my first big adult purchase, my first loan beyond student loans, and I’m totally in love with Chip, my root beer colored Mini Cooper.
  • Went to BEA entirely be myself (but as a result got to spend nearly a whole week with the wonderful SuperSpaceChick) and had the most amazing time being submersed in the book industry.
  • Completed FIVE cosplays over the course of the year, including Rapunzel, Blake from RWBY, Wendy from Gravity Falls, Joy from Inside Out and KiKi from the Little Twin Stars.
  • Didn’t have my vocal nodes impact my life in any way that kept me from doing things nearly the entire year. I’m keeping it under control, finally!
  • Read 78 books, something that means more to me than I can even fully explain – but other book lovers get it. Books really filled my soul this year. I’m so happy.

My twenties haven’t always been easy. I know that even at the hardest of times I’m still an extremely fortunate person: with amazing friends, a loving family, a house to live in right in a beautiful part of Seattle, a job, good health – these are things I try not to take for granted even a single day of my life. But my view of my own self worth, my personal happiness, my ability to work on the things that matter to me, the removal of toxic people from my life — these are the things that really came into focus for me in 2015. This has been my brightest year yet, and I can’t wait for things to just keep getting better.

In 2016 I plan to:

  • Make at least one more cosplay than the previous year!
  • Finished editing my novel by the end of the year!
  • Read at least 52 books (one per week!)
  • Invest in professional photo shoots for my cosplays
  • Hit year #2 at Microsoft!
  • Find a method of exercising and eating healthy that works for me!

2015 was all about working on my mind and spirit. This year I want to be about my body, as well. I’m hoping to make exercise and healthy food a part of my life in a way I’ve never managed to do before. I hope to take more time to relax, to learn more about health in general, and to look and feel great in my cosplays.

As always, it means so much to me that there are people out there who appreciate what I do, whether that’s watching my videos, commenting on my cosplay photos, reading my blog or just chatting with me on Twitter. I feel so lucky that people care about what I’m doing. I love that I continue to have YouTube as an outlet to keep people updated on my life, and here’s to 2016 involving many, many more projects and memories.



Mallory says:

Happy New Year! Your goals are exciting and inspiring. Thanks for inspiring me to create my own resolutions!

Sam says:

Nice to see a new post! You did so much in 2015! Well done! I’ve been editing my first novel for so long I think I’m scared to finish because of what it means! I’ll have finished it! I’m taking you as inspiration. I’m going to finish it this year for sure! Excited to see more from you this year guuurl!!

Carolyn says:

Congratulations on everything you accomplished in 2015!! Sounds like you have a lot of wonderful things ahead of you 🙂 In 2016 I am hoping to finally find a career path that I enjoy. I am in my mid 20s and just haven’t found anything that works for me. I really want to do something with marketing or communications that relates to travel and/or food. I have been a bit stuck since I graduated from college and hoping to move forward with life soon. 🙂

Sarah says:

It’s so nice to see a new blog post from you. Something about the first of the year just makes everyone want to blog, I guess. I’m glad to hear your 2015 was so good! I look forward to see more from you in the coming year. Happy New Year!

Erin says:

Congrats on everything you’ve done in 2015! It sounds like it was a fantastic year. I bet 2016 will be even better.

Kimberly says:

Kristina, I’m so happy for you! You look and sound so happy and enthusiastic about everything that’s going on, and I’m so glad you have so many great things and people to surround yourself with! Honestly, you’re living the dream that I wish I could have; cosplaying, YouTubing, working for a computer company, and taking writing classes?? Tell me your secretssss. Here’s to 2016; I hope you have a really great year and that you continue to find fulfillment in everything you’re doing.

Happy New Year Kristina! It was so much fun spending BEA with you last year! I’m still hemming and hawing over what to do about this year but I’m definitely looking forward to its return to NYC in 2017. I loved seeing all of your cosplay throughout the year and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for this year! Good luck with everything you plan to accomplish!

Ade says:

This makes me so super happy for you. Keep doing you, hope 2016 brings more wonderful things your way.

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