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02 January 2009 @ 02:42 am
明けましておめでとうございます☆彡 Happy New Year!!☆彡  
Happy New Year!!☆彡
Feliz año nuevo☆彡

2008 was:
In terms of my career, the best year of my life.
In terms of friends, neutral-- kept, lost, and gained friends.
In terms of health, it was a good start.
In terms of personal growth, it was a good start as well..
And on...

What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
+ I worked in a japanese manga studio.
+ I went to Hokkaido.
+ I tried deer penis, among some other more delectible foods.
+ I landed a job that I actually wanted (the first time I ever applied for a job that I wanted ^^;)
+ I did Kyuudo
+ I wore a yukata
(and more...)

Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Looking back.. I kept some. Actually, I kept most of them that did not involve money (which was most ^^;). 2008 was a really bad, bad year for money in the end. My personal finances are hanging on by a thread. BUT I'm hanging in there! Gotta look on the bright side! About my resolutions, the most notable ones that I kept were of course reaching my goal weight (I passed it, but definitely need to shape up instead since losing the weight just made my clothes too big but not my stomach flatter..), and starting in on my career. Here's to getting rich this or next year! *tips glass*

Did anyone close to you give birth?
My best friend from high school, Jen, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl in the beginning of the year. I think that's it? Did I miss someone?? (probably... babies are everywhere when it comes to friends my age now!)

Did anyone close to you die?
Nobody that was very close to me.. though other people good died, and I'm sad for it.

What countries did you visit?
I visited America, my homeland (LOL). That was it. This was a sparse year for travel, I'm not sure how I even afforded that (I mainly went because I made a commitment and I can't stand not keeping them).

What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
+ More self-confidence. It's there, of course, but it is not as strong as people think it is. I think that my core is made of strong stuff, but is surrounded by thick chocolate syrup, so it's hard to get to the fibers of my being when I need them. Does that make sense?
+ A lot of money. A lot lot lot of it.
+ More friends, and more close friends. I have a lot, but.. and I want to know more and more what it means to have someone to open up your heart to.

What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
+ September 22. I got a call from my now-editor at JUMP that I would be going in to interview with Konomi-sensei ☆彡
+ November 3. Great work-related party ☆彡

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
That's an easy one. ^__^ Starting on my dream!! First, assistant, and then, main mangaka one day! (≧▽≦)/

What was your biggest failure?
I don't really like this question.. I feel like failures are really just things that need to be worked on harder.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
This year I was healthy except for a few little colds here and there!

What was the best thing you bought?
My mp3 player, by far. ^^ It's little and it wasn't very expensive, but it is perfect for me. It's the SONY Walkman, btw. The one with the cute little changeable faceplates. Highly recommended!

Whose behavior merited celebration?
Hmmm.. I was really proud of Ami when she quit her second job-- it was a step in the right direction!!

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
There are some people.. but let's not talk about them in public. ^^;

Where did most of your money go?
What money? I seriously didn't have much. But what I did have went 75% to rent and bills, and the rest to food/supplies. I barely squeaked by.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My new job!! The aforementioned party. Going to LA and Hokkaido.

What song(s) will always remind you of 2008?
"Ore wa Moeru" and "Koori no Sekai" from the Imperial Presence Hyoutei musical. ^^ "Dear Prince", and Britney's new album.

Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier in general. Getting this job has really made a HUGE difference in how I feel (about myself). (^▽^)/
ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner. =D;;;; Finally put off the weight that I'd gained during college and in Japan. But I need to tone like crazy now!
iii. richer or poorer? Poorer. Much, much, MUCH poorer.

What do you wish you'd done more?
+ I wish that I'd done more soul-searching. I did a LOT of it, but I feel like I'm not quite done yet. Or rather, l ike I've only taken the first few steps on the journey of discovering who I really am and what makes me happy.
+ Meditation
+ Eating better. I need to be more strict about this. I like it, but it's more expensive than fast food, sadly.

What do you wish you'd done less of?
Wasting time on nothing. I need to be more consistently motivated. ^^ Less time on the computer, too..

What was your favorite TV program?
I think that Survivor nailed it this year. It's one of the few that I stuck with the whole year..

Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
It hasn't changed, nope.

What was the best book you read?
+ This year? Hmm..... I read a lot of books, but I can't really pin any as great. The Song of Ice and Fire books, Breaking Dawn, and The Road by Cormac McArthy were all decent. Nothing spectacular, though. Let's change that next year!
+ Manga-wise (if that counts), I was really impressed with 20th Century Boys, Nana, Skip Beat, and Kodomo no Jikan this year.

What was your greatest musical discovery?
Macross Frontier, by far. Almost everything from that show was gold!! I love Ranka Lee and Sheryl Nome!! (≧o≦)/

What did you want and get?
My job. I have never, ever wanted a job that I applied for before. This time, I did it, and I did it with style!

What was your favorite film(s) of this year?
This isn't a hard one at all-- the best by far and away was 20th Century Boys!!

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
On my birthday itself, I went out for a quiet lunch with Lindsay and Wataru at Sweets Paradise (a dessert buffet!). For my party, which was the weekend before, I went to a fireworks festival with a lot of friends. It was great!!! Despite the pervert at the end there.. ^^;;

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I'd rather look forward to 2009 and see where it's going to take me!

What kept you sane?
Hahaa...... as if I've ever been sane!

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I don't usually fancy celebrities in that way, lol. I usually either enjoy their work, or I feel like we would make good friends. Soemtimes both. This year was a bit sparse though, there wasn't anyone who really caught my interest that wasn't a friend. ^^; Oh wait, now that I think of it, there is one but she is a friend too and she doesn't read my blog, but there is no way I'd say her name anyways. XD;;

What political issue stirred you the most?
As always, the fight for gay rights is a matter close to my heart. Let's end discrimination!! I am also interested in world peace, and the establishment of a world without borders. Though I don't think that they were really issues to many people this year.

Who did you miss?
I missed my family, my friends in AZ and WA, and across the world.

Who was the best new person you met?
Surprisingly, Ya-chan turned out to be a good friend in the end! So he is definitely one. Konomi-sensei is another. I cannot say how much he inspires me! Su-chan is another!! She and I will hopefully get closer this year. ^^ LOL all of these people I met through work. I met quite a few other great people this year as well!

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008
I will say this with a quote:
If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we are not really living.
—Gail Sheehy

What was the nicest thing someone told you about yourself:
"You're a really great artist, you know." (From Kaiwa-san, and Konomi-sensei)
I would rather hear "you have an artistic soul", but not so many people really truly know me that well (including myself sometimes).

The most touching experience you've had this year?
Actually.. I think that I closed myself off a lot this year. I started to really pull myself in.. I don't think that it's a good thing. I could lie and say it was for healing myself, but I don't think that is all that it was, so I will have to work on that. In that vein, there wasn't anyone who particularly touched me in a personal way, though there were of course small moments here and there. I definitely feel like I lost my romantic passion this last year.

What did you like most about yourself this year?
That I finally made a difference in some things that matter to me! I started to build my confidence and my talent both. I took on some big challenges and wasn't as scared by them as I thought I would be. In face, I learned that I really thrive on challenge and change!!

What did you hate most about yourself this year?
That I was still too unmotivated at times. That I was more closed-off than ever. I want to open my heart!

How are you different now that the year has ended?
I changed a lot this year. I think that most are for the better, and I feel a lot stronger and steadier than I did last year. ^^

What are your plans for 2009?
See my New Year's Resolutions!

What are your wishes for the new year?
Same! ^_^

New Years Resolutions for 2009
+ Make a lot of money!
+ Learn more about myself.
+ Make a lot of new friends and let in friends to know the real me better.
+ Make professional progress! (in both manga, movies, and other art)
+ Start some form of martial arts or kickboxing (undecided which yet)
+ Learn a lot of new things!
+ Defend Earth from the Zentraedi threat (stolen from James, but I totally agree, this is important!)

I suppose that is my list for this year!! (≧▽≦)/

It seems really, really appropriate for this year!
(from here: http://metropolis.co.jp/tokyo/recent/horoscope2009.asp)

2008 really was, above all, a year of change for me. I had a lot of ups and downs, a lot of ecstatic moments, a lot of sad moments. I laughed a lot, cried a bit, learned a lot, and grew some as a person, I think. ^^

For New Years, I didn't do much. I was feeling better physically, but lacking something mentally to really participate. A lot of things have been getting to me, none of which I want to talk about. But from tomorrow, I will throw them to the wayside while I have a lot of fun with Darcy, who is visiting! Then, I will tackle them later, or let them work themselves out while I go on with life. !!

For Christmas, I was pretty sick, so I just went out for dinner with Ami at a place down the street. Here was my dessert, something amazing called "Creme D'Anjou"... Anybody have a recipe for this?! It was strangely addicting. Just thinking about it, I want to go and get another!

I was passing the lights in Shinjuku the other night, and I thought, 'it's kind of rare that anyone stops to look at the individuals that make up the crowd'... Hence some pictures.. It really is a different world up close.

Current Music: Miley Cyrus - 7 Things
Sana-chan: Kisses make you feel better!sana_chan on January 1st, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
I'm still bummed I didn't get to see you while you were down in LA this past summer T___T (stupid stupid work). I'll just hafta come back to Japan to visit <3

On a silly note, is it just me or do the lights up close kinda look like penises? lol I don't think I got enough sleep last night.
Christy: Bleach - Hanatarouvelessa on January 1st, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
It's not just you, that's the first thing I thought as well! Phallic much? ^^;
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Anguilaelectragretchen on January 1st, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
Happy new year to you too! *hugs*

[for Sana's post: I was avoiding that mental image, but, they do...]
Chiakichiaki777 on January 1st, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
Merry Christmas and Happy new years!
ねい: irei happyneitaro on January 1st, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year Jamie-san! Wishing you all the best for this year <3333
Soniaaoi_honoo on January 1st, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year! Best wishes for 2009. ^_^

I like that quote from Gail Sheehy. :)
Saeriskippytoad on January 1st, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year! Love the pictures, as always. As for your dessert, "anjou" is a kind of pear, so it's probably a pear cream of some kind. Was it soft and in a container, or firmer and able to hold its shape on its own? I mean, I probably couldn't recreate the recipe without having tasted it myself, but I can maybe give you some tips on where to start.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 3rd, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
Ooh! It didn't taste like pear, but it might have just been really subtle. It was kind of firm, and held it's shape-- inside of the cheesecloth, there was just this firm creamy stuff and nothing holding it in that shape but itself.. if that makes any sense. XD;;

I would love to know if you have any tips or anything! ^O^/
Christy: Sailor Moon - Haruka casualvelessa on January 1st, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
I just want to say I think it's truly wonderful the way you've worked so hard to make your dream become a reality. I really admire you for it! I wish I had half your drive...I'm still trying to figure out what to do with my life!

Best of luck continuing to achieve your goals in 2009! =)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 3rd, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you! ^O^ Good luck in reaching your goals, too!
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 3rd, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
LOL that's cute! ^O^/
Vickytoldtojoinlj on January 1st, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
Happy new year~!!
Here's to you continuing on your dream. :D
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Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 3rd, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Awwwww, thank you ^__^

What does "bb" mean?
Carmen: wish upon a shooting starcarmeneko on January 1st, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! *hugs*
Janelle: MacHall - hugchibi_rei on January 1st, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year!

Wow interesting lights. Can't say I've seen them shaped like that before.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 3rd, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Hehee... maybe you've just never looked at them up close? ^^
KikyoYui: Kanji Loveladyseiryuu on January 2nd, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)
Have a wonderful and totally amazing-filled 2009. Carlos and I are living together now, so..... in a weird and roundabout completely awesome way, I have you to thank for making 2008 so awesome. We hope to be out there sometime to visit within the next few years, and we always kinda giggle at how random it is that him and I met through you. So, thank you again, and sometime I hope I can pay it forward!

Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 3rd, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
I told your story to a friend the other day (your comment reminded me), and she thought that it was really sweet. You can meet people through the most random of ways, ne? ^_^
Mimix_mimioreo on January 2nd, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
Happpy new year! I know exactly what you mean by wanting a real close friend thatyou can open your heart to...
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 3rd, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
They're hard to find, aren't they? No matter how hard I try, it's hard to open up to someone again, in case I get hurt. I've been hurt too much....Y_Y
amai: heart of winteramai on January 2nd, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
You really inspire me! Good luck and have the best 2009!

Happy New Year!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on January 3rd, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^O^ Good luck to you too!