For the last few years I have been creating end of the year “wrap up” posts with some lists of my favorite things from the year. This year will be no different as I definitely had an interesting year. It was a year filled with a lot of emotion and struggle, but also a lot of positive! Looking back it is amazing to see the struggle, but also see the Keep on reading to see some of the highlights from my year and what’s still to come!
One new thing I started this year was to document as much of the media I consumed over the course of the year. So I created a media log. The list is pretty extensive and shows that I watch A LOT of movies. So feel free to take a look at 2022’s Media Log.
New Music by Me!
This year I put some work into my online artist portfolio site MissouriMobileProductions.com. 2022 is MMP’s 20th anniversary and to celebrate I released two new experimental instrumental hip-hop albums. The first was Dr. Williams – JELLY-Fi released back on June 18th (my mom’s bday) and the second was released on November 11th (11/11) entitled Richie Williams – The Long Way to Mars EP.
I also put in a lot of work illustrating new projects for almost 70 new clients. This next year I hope to highlight all of the stories I have illustrated and also put out a few more of my own!
Jason Beware 3
Another major project that I spearheaded this year was the final installment of Jason Beware. We couldn’t leave with a cliffhanger, so I spent the first part of the year writing and then this summer we filmed the final film in the Jason Beware series. It was a lot of fun working with the kids again. I think we made ourselves a fun little series and I cannot wait to see what we come up with next.
We Bought a House!
It was emotional, it was painful, but we made it happen. We are also finally free from an emotional abusive landlord that we never want to hear or see ever again. Good riddance!
We Got a New Puppy!
This little horse (photo right) is a rescue from downtown St. Louis. Little guy was chained up in the backyard of an abandoned house. So we rescued him and now him and our other goofball are best buddies!
Tales from a 6th Grader
That’s right, we now have a 6th grader this year. It has been a little bit of a challenge learning new routines and practices but we’re getting by fairly well. She’s excited about Art Club, Images, and all of the fun things middle school offers!
My little 6th grader is really getting into music. She got her first record player for Christmas and watching her flip through vinyl is a new favorite past time. Here are her top 5 songs of 2022!
I Joined TikTok!
Around Halloween 2021 I joined TikTok as DadSTL. I made a couple videos, but over 2022 I posted even more. So if you’re there, give me a follow! I am a big fan of the stand-up comedy crowd work videos, so feel free to give me a follow and send me some funny stuff!
I was a little against TikTok at first, but I have warmed up to it and discovered that it can be a fun and unique way to create content. Just don’t get addicted to the scroll!
Spotify 2022 Wrapped
I don’t always listen to Spotify but I have been a bit more lately. I usually am listening to my own collection or Pandora. This year I have been diving more into some indie country and holy cow there is a lot of good stuff out there that I had not heard. Compared to last year my wrapped list is completely different. I do love how Spotify will share some of your stats in fun ways. Here are some of my highlights!
Spotify is a great way to discovery new music. I don’t think I would have ever found Morgan Wade without it. Also, Zach Bryan just released his Live from Red Rock album as a Christmas present to the world, and of course he titled it, All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster (Live from Red Rock). Perfect!
Zach Bryan also provided me one of the greatest Twitter moments I have ever had in my life. He quote tweeted one of my tweets and I had been on that Ninth Cloud ever since.
My Top 9 on Instagram
Instagram, I love you but I also hate you sometimes. I don’t understand your algorithm but I do like your layout and filters, so I still use you, but not as often as I probably should. Here are the top nine photos of 2022! Give me a follow and see what’s in store for 2023!
My 2022 Favorites
Here are some more of my favorite things from 2022, some of these were not released in 2022 but possibly my first viewing experience! There’s so much more I could have included, just because they weren’t does not mean that I didn’t enjoy whatever it was.
2023 and Beyond
2022 was a year of getting back to my old self. I was finally able to cut ties to a lot of emotional baggage and I feel more free than ever and 2023 will be even better! One goal I have for 2023 is to redesign StLouisDad.com. I really like the format I have going here but I think things could be reorganized a little better. This was also a goal last year, but I kind of got wrapped up in some other things. A redesign may still be at the bottom of my list, but I will attempt to get it done. I promise! I also am planning on producing more episodes of Dad v Son – The Chess Son as well as more content for TikTok and my other channels. I even have an amazing idea that I will be unleashing around this time in 2023. It will be very special and possibly one of the coolest things I will work on through-out the year. I would tell you more but than I don’t want to spoil the surprise!
Along with my secret project, I am also hoping to start writing my next short film. I have an idea and a general outline, but I need to write the screenplay and start planning the production. It will be my most ambitious project to date, so hopefully things fall right into place this coming year!
Another goal I have for the 2023 year is to hit my fitness goals. This coming year I hope to do at least (if not more) 100 miles of hiking, 300 miles of riding my bike, and 1000 miles of traveling. I may not hit these goals but it’s worth a shot to at least make them my goals. I only did around 20 miles of hiking total this past year, I got to pump those numbers up!
This next year is going to be something great. It’s my last year of my 30’s, and I am excited to this next chapter in my life. Each year seems to be going by faster and faster, so I am needing to savor this life I got going and help put some positivity into this world the best ways that I can.
See ya 2022, I’m ready for the year of Air Jordan, 23. Let’s do this!