Hello, friends. It’s no secret that I’ve been neglecting my blog for some time now, and I wish I had a good excuse, but I don’t. Life’s been a bit chaotic. Kiddo infected the entire household with some sort of plague that he picked up from his preschool, and it lasted nearly two weeks in its entirety, and I had to play nurse to everyone, including myself. I also picked up a pretty big editing job editing a novel for a new client, and that has been taking up 85% of my time. I’ve also been looking for a job outside of the house, trying to keep up with going to the gym regularly (and failing), and dealing with some personal health and relationship issues that have had me feeling a bit low.
But none of that is why I’m here today, writing this post for your wonderful eyeballs to ingest. I’m writing this post, because after a month of neglect, I popped onto WordPress to see that I had received one one, but TWO nominations for two separate blogger awards, so I figured it would be a good chance to take a step back from editing, and work on something else. So, here we are!
I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award 2018 by the wonderful Alex, over at McWritestuff, who is a fairly new acquaintance of mine in the blogosphere. Thank you, Alex. Be sure to check him out!
The Versatile Blogger Award 2018 Rules:
- If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award.
- Thank the person who gave you the award.
- Include a link to their blog.
- Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
- Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
- Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
So, I guess I should start telling you a little about myself now, huh?
1) I was born in Maine.
Okay, I know that this isn’t exactly a deep, dark secret, but it is something that I really enjoy people to know about me. I was born and raised in a town in southern Maine, where I lived until just after I graduated from high school. It was a very liberal, nice area, and I truly believe that my experiences and surroundings in my hometown shaped me into the person that I am today. When I left home after high school, and later moved to Illinois, it was a bit of a culture shock. I was far from a sheltered kid, but at 19 years old, I found myself experiencing so many things that I had never seen back home. I’ve lived in Illinois for nearly 10 years now, but still hold my hometown near and dear to my heart. My husband and I have often talked about moving back there someday, and still hope to make it happen when we can afford it.
2) I’m a mom.
On January 23, 2015 at 9:01 pm, I became a mom for the first time. I have a little boy, who is the purest, most wonderful thing in my life, and I talk about him all the time. Seriously, I’ve become one of those annoying moms that I promised myself I would never be. So, apologies if that gets annoying. I can’t help it.
3) I’m on a journey to live healthier.
In May of this year, I won a 90-day free membership at my local Anytime Fitness gym, which is just the length of a football field away from my apartment. I immediately befriended the manager, and we struck up a deal that I would manage the gym’s social media accounts, and decorate the chalkboard wall each month, in exchange for ongoing free membership after my 90 days were up. I am now five months into my weight loss journey, and have lost 27 pounds, 5% body fat, and 2 pant sizes. I’ve started being more mindful of what I eat, and have been making better food choices, and cooking more. I even recently started running again, though I prefer lifting. My biceps are insane, y’all. I hit my first, major weight loss goal just a few weeks ago, and am creeping up on my second goal now. This last month was a bit rough for me, but I am still sticking with it. I still have a long way to go, but I feel better about my body now than I’ve felt in years.
4) I’m a casual gamer.
Many of you probably found me through one or more of the recent collaboration projects that I’ve been working on lately with some other amazing writers. Most recently, I had the pleasure of writing a piece for The Games That Define Us collab, where I wrote about my 10-year long journey with World of Warcraft (it’ll be published on Nov. 18). It took me a long time to really feel comfortable calling myself a “gamer”, but what is a gamer other than someone who plays video games? Hey, I do that! These days, my gaming ventures are casual at best. With my ancient computer, and lack of funds, finding games that I can both afford and run on my machine is a challenge. When I do find time to sit and play, it’s mostly pixel art style games, like Stardew Valley, Starbound, Wayward, and Terraria. I still keep up with a lot of gaming podcasts and blogs, mostly living vicariously through other people who have the means to enjoy the pixel things in life. Hopefully someday soon I’ll be able to upgrade, and jump back in.
5) I choose to live sober.
I come from a family of addicts. Drug addiction, alcoholism, and even sex addiction. It ruined my family, as well as my childhood, and is still prevalent in my family today. I did some experimenting in high school, with led to experimenting in college, which led to some issues after college, during a particularly difficult, dark time in my life. Shortly before finding out that I was pregnant with my son, I was finally starting to get my life on track. I had started eating healthier, going running, and had stopped drinking entirely. I haven’t had a drink since 2014, and honestly, I don’t miss it. I never enjoyed how it made me feel, and it never made anything more fun for me. Good riddance!
6) I am currently obsessed with GMM.
Because I work from home on my computer, I spend an obscene amount of time on YouTube. I have a somewhat obsessive personality, in that whenever I find something new that I like, I have to absorb as much content as humanly possibly about that thing/person. Many years ago, I found the Good Mythical Morning show on YouTube, hosted by Rhett and Link. I was already three or so seasons behind, and had to go back to binge all the previous episodes. I then made the show a part of my daily routine, tuning in to watch the new episode released each morning. I even followed all of their other channels and social media accounts. Well, I’m not sure why, but after some time, I kind of just stopped watching. It was nothing they did, I just became disinterested with a lot of things around that time. Well, I recently rediscovered my love for GMM, and have been watching all of the episodes, starting from episode one, on shuffle. All day long. Nothing but Good Mythical Morning. It’s been so great. Even my three year old loves them!
7) I’m a horrible blogger.
I don’t mean this in a “my content is trash” sort of way. More like I tend to let my blog sit and collect dust for long periods at a time. I’ve been blogging since I was 14 years old. The first website I ever wrote on was Teen Open Diary/Open Diary, where I mostly wrote very dark poetry, and emo rants about how much life sucked. I later started a role-playing blog, where I joined a Harry Potter role-playing community, where we would collab and write stories as our witch and wizard personas. I actually had two RP blogs at some point. Then, MySpace. We don’t talk about that though. Later, I discovered Blogger and WordPress, where I created, deleted, and abandoned at least twelve or so blogs over the last 15 years. I’ll always keep this blog around, until the internet turns to dust, but I can’t promise that it will always be active and interesting. Clearly. I wish I were more interesting, or at least had more interesting things to share.
I nominate the following bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award. However, I am going to break the rules, and only nominate 10 people, because I feel like 15 is a lot, and I know a lot of smaller bloggers may not know that many. Don’t feel pressured to participate if you don’t want to. It’s all just for fun!
- Matt | Normal Happenings
- Pix1001 | Shoot the Rookie
- Heather | Just Geeking By
- The Well-Red Mage | The Well-Red Mage
- Shauna | HideNGoShauna
- Megan | A Geeky Gal
- Chris | OverthinkerY
- Teri Mae | Sheikah Plate
- Skylar-Mei | gamergal.exe
- Ryan | Games With Coffee
Thank you for reading (and participating), and thank you again to Alex for the nomination. Have a great weekend, everyone!