On YouTube I’m chilling with all of you today. I invite you to sit and chat with me as I take off my makeup, discuss my mental health break, and chat about some of my favorite things. Think of it as a reverse “get ready with me!” Grab your drink of choice and your favorite blanket as I get real on camera for the first time.
On YouTube I’m playing Rule of Rose PART THREE! We finally got the dog! Meet Brown in this episode of Let’s Play Rule of Rose. Let me know what other horror games you want to see me play! And stay tuned for PART FOUR of Let’s Play Rule of Rose!
It’s that time of the year where I check in on all of the resolutions I made at the beginning of 2019! I really needed this refresher after taking a break in May. I won’t be necessarily changing my 2019 resolutions, but I do think I should revise some of my goals after coming back from a mental health break due to burn out. I have a new posting schedule, and my goals should reflect that.
I’ve made great strides towards a lot of these resolutions, but others have fallen to the wayside (as they do sometimes). My mental health break was a great learning experience in that I realized what is most important to me, and how I can better handle future cases of burn out. Let’s be honest though, I want to avoid burn out again as much as possible. I have a feeling the year 2020’s resolutions will be much different from this year!
There is no one who is going to save you here.
If you are broken, the pieces are yours to pick up.
If you are afraid, it is up to you to conquer your fear.
There is no knight in shining armor, and you do not have to wait to be saved.
Save yourself because no one else is going to do it.
I’m back from my mental health break! Check out this post for all the details on my new posting schedule. On YouTube I’m playing Rule of Rose PART TWO! We continue our investigation of the mansion with Jennifer, the unlucky girl. Let me know what other horror games you want to see me play! And stay tuned for PART THREE of Let’s play Rule of Rose!
Hello readers and fellow bloggers!
I want to first say THANK YOU! I feel so loved and supported after publishing my “taking a break” post. So many of you reached out over the comments on that post, via my social media DMs, and even text message. Your love and support means the world to me. I couldn’t ask for a better community to be a part of. Each and every one of you is amazing, and I can’t thank you enough for making me feel like I wasn’t alone in my struggles.
Hello readers and fellow bloggers!
I think it’s time I come clean with everyone, including myself. My mental health has not been in the best place for awhile now, but has been unbearable the last two weeks. I’ve been trying to push past it, and keep going, but I can’t anymore. You might think I’ve put too much on my plate with adding YouTube. And you might be right. Unfortunately, it’s not just the adding of YouTube into my work load…
I’ve been on a renewed health journey since late November. I hired a trainer to show me how to get myself into shape, lose those last few pounds, and get my nutrition under control. I see her twice a week, and honestly, those are my two favorite days of the week. I’ve been pushing myself to work out 5-6 days a week along with meal prepping on Sundays and Wednesdays. I’ve been keeping a detailed food log in an app as well as a notebook. I even started my own weight loss group on Facebook. I was/am doing everything I can to keep myself accountable and on track.
Is it working? I have no idea. Progress has been slow despite the several non-scale victories I have conquered. Like my new deadlift being 85 pounds (I’m super proud of that). Even with meal prep, I have slipped up many times. I feel defeated on those days, but still brush myself off and try to keep going. I’ve put a lot on my plate (no pun intended) to try my best to get healthy. I may have burned myself out trying to do so much at once.
I’m not sure how many of you know this, but I work full time as a modeler and designer. While I love my job, it comes with a bad case of burn out every now and then. It’s safe to say I’m definitely burnt out right now and need to take some necessary steps so that my job performance does not suffer. I still need to find some kind of balance here. It’s one of my biggest weaknesses if I’m being honest.
Married life is wonderful, and there’s not anything I would change besides more quality time with my husband (and maybe another vacation). We’re already working on that and are closer than ever. Without getting into too much detail, I’m also suffering the loss of a close friendship. The friendship turned out to be one sided, and this person still has no clue how much they have hurt me as they aren’t the kind of person who can take any kind of responsibility for themselves. I know attempting to talk to them about it would only end with me in more emotional pain. For now, I’m attempting to move on without causing a fuss even though it’s proving extremely difficult.
I also saw my mom in person recently after several months of just texts and phone calls. It filled me with sadness that we are so far away from my family. We’re extremely close, and 10 hours between us makes it difficult for visits. It’s been in many ways both a blessing and a curse to have moved to Missouri two and a half years ago. I have an amazing job that supports my family, I was able to cut toxic people from my life, and it enabled Alec and I to close the distance sooner than we had hoped. But I do miss my family more than anything.
All of my beloved hobbies have been suffering for the past year as well. I can’t remember the last time I actually wanted to play a video game. The first time I felt excited in over a year to sit down and play something was when I got into Spyro Reignited and when I streamed Rule of Rose. I have several games that I was initially excited for just collecting dust in my backlog. Reading has become a bit of a slog, too, when it used to make me so happy. I still have the second compilation of Fables to read, and I really enjoyed the first one very much. I keep asking myself, what’s the hold up?
I skipped a convention last weekend because of an anxiety attack I had that Wednesday. I felt terrible. I had already told friends I would be there, and I had even bought a replacement wig for my Asuna cosplay. Yet I couldn’t muster up the energy to go. I’ve got loads of YT video ideas, too, and still no energy to film and edit them. What once brought me immense joy, now feels overwhelming and stressful.
Which finally brings me to this: my blog. I love to write, but like the rest of my hobbies, my writing has hit a wall. I currently have 30 drafts of ideas and half finished pieces that I have no motivation to finish. My usual themed weekly posts have dissolved into weeks of low quality content with one or two large posts a month that I actually care about. It’s time for a change of pace and a rework of my schedule.
I’ll be taking the rest of May off from blogging to focus on my mental health. I’ll still be writing if I feel the urge, but nothing will be published on the site in the mean time. I will be uploading the rest of Rule of Rose, but then uploads will stop for YouTube as well for the rest of the month. I still have plans to film some videos I have in the works, but those will be published next month.
As for my social media, you can expect sporadic posts here or there, but nothing like the scheduled content you’re used to seeing. Feel free to reach out to me on there if you’d like. I would still like to keep in touch during this mental health break. You can find those links at the bottom of this post.
Thank you all for understanding. In order to be my best self, I have to take break. See y’all in June.
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