Life During 2020

With so much happening in the world and so many feelings swirling around in my head, I took an unplanned break from blogging and social media. It’s become exceedingly difficult to not feel down-in-the-dumps while scrolling through news reports. Honestly the past few months have been overwhelming and I’m still sorting through all my priorities. Goals have been set back months, if not a year or two. Inspiration and motivation seem lacking. This feeling is shared by many of us, I’m sure.

I want to be better. I want to do better. I find myself asking constantly: what can I do to improve the current situation? I’m just one person, but I think we all have to start somewhere. Here is what I’ve been doing to get myself back in the right state of things.

Focusing Inwards.

Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
C. G. Jung

These days, I’ve discovered the power of introspection. I’ve been coming to terms with a lot of my past, and it’s painful to process but necessary to progress. Self-forgiveness is key here, and if you can’t forgive yourself, I think it’s okay to confide in someone you trust and who is comfortable with you revealing your innermost thoughts. And I know I’ve mentioned this in previous posts, but keeping a private diary to document feelings is transformative. I enjoy the tactile feel of writing things down so doing so has proven beneficial.

Taking Care of Myself.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
Maya Angelou

My philosophy is that you can’t take care of others without taking care of yourself first. This was a lesson I learned the hard way throughout life. When you neglect to account for your own needs but always put others first, you will definitely – 100% – burn out. Eat well, sleep well, and find time to unwind. I find little moments to pamper myself, whether it be a mani/pedi or facial. One of my favorite things to do is put on a face mask, plug in my headphones, and jam out to LoFi beats.

I find that once I respect and love myself, I’m able to spread that positivity around. I encourage everyone to donate to organizations they believe in, spend time learning about things that matter, and raise your voices for prevalent issues. Practice kindness. Empathize. We must stand with the oppressed. ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿

Trying New Things.

Hobbies are like flowers on plant. They make the plant look beautiful and feel proud.
Sukant Ratnakar

Self-isolation has provided ample opportunity for me to branch out and try new creative outlets. I can spend hours scouring through Etsy for pretty DIYs and craft materials hehe. I built this 3D model dollhouse last month. It took me approximately 30 hours of work to complete, no exaggeration. It’s not as perfect as I wanted it to be, but I’m proud of myself for completing it. I’ve always been fascinated by dolls and dollhouses since I was a child, probably due to my (still) overactive imagination. My next mission is learning how to embroider using beads and sequins. I’ve never done anything like it before and only know rudimentary sewing (from my seventh grade home economics class haha). So it shall be a great endeavor!

Another thing I’ve been… well, for lack of a better word – obsessed – with is Animal Crossing: New Horizons. To be completely honest, it’s not even my favorite game. It doesn’t have much a storyline and it’s pretty much chill entertainment that can be played at any time. However, I’m just such a completionist that I cannot stop playing until I reach 100%. I must catch all the bugs, fish, and deep sea creatures! And of course, collect all the pieces of real art from the expert con artist, Redd. I recently found the last fossil so I’m stoked about that (I probably dug up over 500 fossils). I’m also on the hunt for my dream team of villagers. Marshal, please move to my island!

In terms of game play, I time travelled backwards to 2019 and am working my way to the present, possibly as my own subconscious method of coping with 2020 hah.

Because I am a very extra being, I’ve created an Instagram account to document my terraforming and decorating adventures. Feel free to follow along! I find that it’s a wonderful creative outlet for me to try new Instastory styles and templates. I’ve discovered the app – Nichi – and I love it for those types of collages. Additionally, I’ve been playing around in Lightroom to create my perfect set of AC presets.

Here are some stories that I’ve done!

Perhaps I’ll branch out and start offering AC chibi commissions in the future? Or maybe that’s just a tad bit too much. Just a tad. Now that I wrote it down, though, I want to do it! Haha!

That concludes this post. It’s more of a personal ramble than anything else, but I hope you find some inspiration in it. These times are tough, and I think every bit of happiness and good vibes counts.

Stay safe, everyone!

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