Yep, today I turn 29…last year in my twenties! I usually don’t post personal items on my blog, but as I was digging through some old posts I found this list from when I turned 25…a list of things I wanted to accomplish. I wanted to share how I’ve accomplished these over the years as I enter the last year being a 20-something :)
Take a vacation
I went to Tokyo when I was 27. I doubt any vacation I take after that will be as good…though Disney last year was pretty great :>
Finish five cosplay costumes
I’ve probably made over 30 costumes since I turned 25. So yeah…I definitely accomplished this! Some of my favorites have been Princess Peach, Anna, Viktor & McCree.
Buy a new couch
Don’t be afraid to go out after work
I’m not afraid; I just prefer staying in and having a lazy time :)
Grow my bangs out
Nope. I’ve tried many times but…I’m a bangs girl :) One of my goals when I was 24 was to dye my hair purple, and I think I managed that with my pink & purple ombre!
I don’t have any goals for this year; I just want to enjoy the last year in my twenties. To my fellow blog friends: If you’re 30, do you really feel any different? And if you’re like me and you’re still in your 20s, do you feel like you need to accomplish big things before you hit the big 3-0?
One year ago (to the day!), I was lucky enough to go on my dream vacation: Tokyo. One of the factors that terrified me of going was my strange seafood allergy; in particular, white fish. Over the years my allergy has gotten better and I can actually eat shellfish and tuna (not all red fish though – salmon is still a no-go for me). But white fish causes bad reactions and I was so scared that I was going to eat something that would cause a reaction.
I filmed this video talking about how I prepared for the trip, what I researched, and what I did when I was there. I am not a doctor, these are merely my tips, my experience, and my adventure eating in Tokyo.
Also, it apparently takes me a year to edit a video, because I shot this right after I got home and just never got around to finishing it. I also apologize for the rambling nature of the video; it’s one of my first ^^ But…late than never, right? I sincerely hope someone finds this useful!
Wow, can you believe that 2016 is already over? I’m not going to focus on what happened this year, but rather wanted to share some of my goals for 2017, both blogging and personal.
ART EVERY WEEK: Ever since I got ProCreate on my iPad, I’ve been drawing more. My main goal next year is to create something every week; I’ll be sharing it on my twitter.
BLOG MORE: I’m pretty sure this was my goal last year too, and I didn’t blog more. Whoops. I’ve already started filling my editorial calendar this year, so here’s hoping I actually stick to it!
OPEN AN ONLINE SHOP: This idea has been floating in my head for some time now, and I have a pretty good idea of what I want to sell. The only thing hanging me up is all the legal stuff, so I need to get my butt in gear and get that settled. Then I can do the fun stuff, like actually making the products :)
10,000 STEPS A DAY: Not your typical “eat healthy” & “workout more” – I just want to be able to say that yes, I walked my 10k steps a day and met my goals. That fitbit isn’t just a piece of jewelry! I’m also going to try and be more active in Powerpuff Bloggers, a fun community for nerdy bloggers to stay active.
Can you believe 2015 is over?? In some ways it was a great year, and some ways…not so much. But that seems to be how every year goes, huh? I’m really looking forward to all 2016 has to offer.
I neglected blogging for most of the year in favor of cosplaying, but next year that won’t be the case. I have plans to mesh cosplaying and blogging, as well as some other ideas I’m pretty excited about.
I’m not getting into any personal goals here, but I do have a few blog goals that I’d like to share with you:
Produce more original content. I really want to incorporate cosplay more into the blog, so I’m planning on doing both cosplay tutorials and cosplay walkthroughs (which I started doing on my cosplay tag).
Videos. Speaks for itself. Why are there no videos on Kyla Is Inspired yet?
Work with others. After the year gets rolling, I want to collaborate with others for a new blog series, or maybe feature some other cosplayers here. I’m not too sure where I want to go, but I definitely want to collab with others. If you want to work with me let me know!
And that’s about it…just a few goals, that will really have an impact on Kyla Is Inspired. I’m looking forward to all 2016 has to offer, I’ve got some great things that will happen personally, and I already have tickets to all my favorite conventions (Anime Boston, PAX, Connecticon).
So you may have noticed I’ve been a bit silent this past week, but I have just been so busy. I’ve been spending a lot of time working on my cosplays, and I just got a huge (32-portrait) freelance illustration project, so my spare time has been spent away from blogging. Yikes, this summer is going by so fast!
And speaking of going by fast, this week I’ll be going to Montreal for vacation! What? I booked this back in March, and I’m not even exaggerating when I say I haven’t thought about it.
So I need your help!! We’re staying at the L Hotel in Old Montreal, but I have no idea what to do while there! Do you have any advice for staying in the city? And sights I can’t miss? How about any great food places?