It's funny, but I believe that I've finally become "comfortable in my own skin" as a collector. It took the last 3 months of the year, a lot of time away from the keyboard and a desire to cut back on card related spending to help me find my way.
The calendar year 2014 helped me realize that:
--I'm a set builder. I want to complete sets. It's been that way since I was 8 years old. Realizing this fact is going to help me in 2015.
--I also enjoy receiving Blue Jays cards from fellow collectors. Cards like this one have brought a lot of smiles to my face over the past 12 months.
Julie from A Cracked Bat sent this my way, and it quickly became one of my favorite "hits" in my Jays collection. (Thank you very much for this card Julie, I hope that you had a fantastic holiday!!)
--Averaging less than a post a day for 11 months out of 12 is not a bad thing. No pressure, right? I think that a less hectic pace will keep me around a lot longer.
--I no longer have to rush out to pick up a bunch of the "latest and greatest" release. Living vicariously through the enjoyment that a lot of other bloggers have displayed about releases like Stadium Club has been good enough for me. In the end, this has saved me a lot of money.
--Vintage is cool, and has been fun to collect, but it will not be what defines me as a collector. Building older sets has taught me patience, which for this guy can only be a good thing.
Tomorrow is resolution day. I have a couple of ideas of what I want to do for 2015. How well I stick to them is another story.
To all my friends out there in the blogosphere, I hope that you have a very healthy and prosperous 2015!