Old year and a New Year
So 2018 has come to an end. It was quite a ride. In the beginning of the year, our household size shrank drastically and brought a new dynamic to our family. Down to only seven people in the house was a huge thing for us. Most of our kids got their own room, we got to do some painting, and attitudes were positive.
In the fall, things got a little tougher. My father was diagnosed with lung cancer and we are still dealing with the repercussions of that. My wife and kids have been staying with him pretty much since Thanksgiving and I’ve been driving up to see them on the weekends. It’s put a lot of stress on us both emotionally and financially.
During the year, I’ve struggled with where my life is going. My job is extremely fulfilling but doesn’t meet the needs of my family financially. I’m still torn on getting a different job or getting a second job. Neither choice is optimal right now with what is going on with my father. Currently, I have the flexibility to take off when and for as long as I need, but bills come due and thankfully nothing major has broken on our cars or house.
Through all this, gaming is still important because it is my stress reliever. Thanks to a Christmas gift from my boss, I was able to both renew my Xbox Live Gold and go Pro here on TrueAchievements. I have tried to play when I can, but my wife doesn’t fully support my gaming. She thinks I spend too much time on it. Looking at my year end stats from Xbox, I’m sure I spend more than most on there. I have no real excuse other than it’s my only escape.
Achievements were a good run for me this year. I entered the year hoping to pass 200k gamerscore and I managed to land right on it, which felt great! I wanna pass 300k by next year. I’ve made a good jump this month and I think this December was my best month ever at a little over 13,000. I’ve set a goal to pass 250k by my birthday in May.
I’m hoping to also increase my completion percentage by actually playing older games. Of course, I’ve said this every year! But I’ve done some research into my older games and I really want to hit some of my backward compatibility list. I’ve completed about twice as many games on the One than I have on the 360. But I have a lot more games on the 360 that I’ve only got like one or two achievements. A strong focus on the 360, especially while the family is away, will really help with both of my goals.
As 2019 begins, I’m hoping a lot of positive change will come. A more stable family life, better economic prospects, and a more focused gaming life are a few of them.
For anyone reading this, I hope your 2018 was good and that 2019 will be great! Keep gaming and getting those achievements!
Posted by Tophertanium
on 31 December 18 at 21:59
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