Green Glasses

2018 Goals - Ian's Personal Blog by Ian Hill

2017 was a hell of a year for just about everyone it seems. While most people had horrible years I personally had a pretty good one. I married the love of my life, continued working at a job that satisfies my desire to educate the world (even if the pay is less than desirable) and continued to make progress towards getting out of debt and back into financial stability.

I still have a long way to go. I am not yet to the point where I actually have enough money coming in each month to both pay my bills and eat. So I usually decide to eat and not pay all of my bills every month. The main culprit for this over the past few years has been the large garnishment of money from my paychecks from some ancient debt that finally came back to haunt me. Thankfully that will be resolved in the next few months and I will actually be able to take home more than 20% of my gross income for the first time in years.

I hope that over the course of this year I will be able to get more of my debts paid off and get my credit score into acceptable ranges. The overall goal is to be able to buy a house in the next few years so my beautiful new wife and I can have a place of our own (we have so far been dwelling in the basement apartment of her parents house, millennials right?)

Me and my amazing better half, Kim :)

 

I am going to be approaching this from a few different angles and I am confident my plan will succeed. Being forced to tightly budget because you have no other choice is a good way to learn that you can have financial discipline if you really work for it.

During this year I also am going to become established as a patient in the medical industry. I have never really seen a doctor in any sort of regular way. Mostly because I had a lack of insurance during most of my 20s, combined with the fact that we never really saw doctors much as children due to our fathers aversion towards them. Going to a doctor makes me nervous but now that I am paying $330 every two weeks to have a top-tier insurance plan I tend to get use out of it. I have enough money in my HSA to cover my small deductible at this point so I can get pretty much any medical treatment this year at no out of pocket cost. I plan to take full advantage of that and have every test I can get run. I have been ignoring my apparent sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and crazy brain for far too long. Time to get all three looked at.

Finally I do plan to get Green Glasses more off the ground this year and that is one that I have already made strides towards. You may notice you are reading this on an entirely different website than you may remember. We have re-launched the site and now feature a beautiful donation button on the right of this blog page (wink), as well as a store button at the top where I am selling custom digital artwork for anyone who dares to pay me for such a thing. These are small steps for now to see if I can make any money off this at all (instead of just paying money into it as I have this entire time.) Also, getting these things established will allow me to find more ways to monetize in the coming months. Building my own personal brand will be a part of this so expect more social media and outreach from me personally over the course of the year.
 

I don't believe in resolutions or strict guidelines for goals. I feel when you set such strict terms for yourself you become more likely to not do those things as they may become overwhelming resulting in you just giving up. I do, however, believe in having hope. So I hope that I can make my dreams come true or at least get a bit closer to them over the course of 2018. It helps that I have a whole new set of confidence and belief in myself so if I can take that power and push it into further development I will be off to a good start.

If you read this far, thanks for sticking around. This was mostly a post about me and my dreams but I am glad you were interested. I would love to hear from anyone who would like to leave me some feedback and if any of you want to collaborate with me on any future creative projects I would love to do that with you. Leave me a comment, email me, sign up for my newsletter or just give me a call. I want to open the doors of this site for more than just me if people want to be a part of what I have going on in the future.

The world is what we make of it, so lets make it a good one!

Painting the Night Away... by Ian Bulock

Spent the past hour or so working on PaintComic.com. There has been literally nothing on that page for about a year now so I figured if I am going to start making comics again then I

should re-establish the site. It looks mostly like the old site did only I added a background image that looks something like notebook paper. The new comic and all of the images on the site have transparent backgrounds so the look works well for the most part I think. I tried to go for a completely hand drawn look for the site which fits well with the theme of the comic. The only issue may be trying to figure out where to click for links but I don't think it will be too much of a problem. Let me know what you think. Is the background too cheesy? I have a few more ideas for the site but will implement them in the future. As well as adding all of the comics before #44 onto the site.

Back Again, With Issues... by Ian Bulock

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I tell you staying focused and keeping this site in good working order has been a battle I have been raging for literally years now. About a month ago I completely lost all data on the server due to negligence with the billing. Thankfully because I was exporting my blog to facebook, and my videos are all on youtube still I didn't really lose anything of consequence. However I do have to go back and redo all of my tags, and the formatting on some of my newer posts. Which is sad. That will happen soon. I think. I have been out of the loop for the past month now. At first it was because I didn't want to deal with redoing a bunch of things on this site, then I decided to let myself party for the week of Halloween and then I got sick from partying and took another week off due to that. I am feeling almost 100% again though and I think it is time to jump back onto fixing this baby back up. Also, I really wanted to post this image.

Winning is Awesome!

Yeah that is me, Otacon.(Feel free to click the image to make it full size) I play Gun Game all the time because I have been working on my twitch trigger finger now for months. While I don't play this game everyday it is still probably the one game that I play more than anything else. So I am pretty happy to finally have gotten on top of a server even if it is only one match. I recently started playing on this Death Match server a few days ago but I have been playing on it a lot in those past few days. It is usually full of people and a little faster paced than the Random Elimination server I was playing on up until now. I do feel like maybe the competition is a little easier here which may lessen my win a bit. Also you can walk through players which makes knifing and stealing levels incredibly easy. Then again, considering half of my levels are from knives maybe I am getting better at this game. I don't really post about the games I am playing enough and i feel like I should. It is one of the biggest parts of my life especially now that I am single and hang out at home almost all of the time.

Anyway, I am going on and on here and I am sure most people that may actually read this really do not care. Look for more here soon and keep those lives happy readers!