New Beginnings

I've tried to share this via social media, but in case you haven't noticed, I'm transferring to a whole new blog!

You can now find all my new life shenanigans at Knocked Out No Longer. It was way past time for a complete change, so while I'm having to start from scratch, I think it'll be worth it in the long run. In case you haven't checked out the new blog yet, here's the most basic of summaries: I'm newly single for the first time in 5 years and I'm living in Frankfurt, Germany for a year as an au pair. If that's not an extreme enough change for you all to start following the new blog, I don't know what is!

While most of my social media is the same (twitter, pinterest, instagram, tumblr, etc.), I do have a new bloglovin and a new facebook page is in the works! Go check it out!

Finding Happiness

Why hello there!

I've made it no secret that I've been struggling the past few months, because why should I? I've always believed that honesty is the best policy, so I try to be as open as possible on here. Dealing with depression sucks, plain and simple, but I've been feeling better lately for a variety of reasons

Have I mentioned how gorgeous the trees are up here? Simply breathtaking!

1) I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Bloggy Boot Camp in Dallas this past weekend and it was marvelous. Simply fantastic. I haven't had the chance to really get down all of my thoughts on paper, but they're coming soon. I have 16 pages of the greatest notes and advice I've heard in a long time. The greatest thing about the conference is that many of the things we learned can be applied to life in general, not just blogging.

2) I've been making some positive life changes that I think will really work out well in the long run. I'm learning to not apologize for every little thing I do if it's the best choice for me, and I'm starting to say "no" when I've hit my limit. (heyyy BBC advice!)

3) I've finally started to get back to doing some physical activity. Depression makes me want to just curl up on the couch and sleep until I just can't sleep any more. Exercise is a great way to combat my really sour moods, and I was given the opportunity to review one of my favorite types of games that also provided me with a little bit of a workout! It's a win-win, really.

Ubisoft sent me Just Dance 2014 to try out, which was a super exciting opportunity because dance games on kinect are just so fun and I may be a tad obsessed with them. Why? You can burn a lot of calories, you get to listen to upbeat music (both current and some favorite older songs), you can dance in the privacy of your own home so you don't make a complete fool of yourself out in public, and you can play with friends if you don't mind laughing at each other. In fact, I have a group of friends coming over tomorrow night just so we can play this game some more. It's that fun.

If you're interested in trying it out, I would suggest looking for it at GameStop. Their prices are excellent, and they have the game for every platform possible. If you own it, make sure to check out the Ubisoft blog- they have special updates about the game and maybe even a free song if you're a part of the Just Dance community. 

And in case you aren't convinced about how fun the game is, they have a song from Aladdin. Just try and beat that!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
It happened again.

If you've ever dealt with any form of depression, you'll know. That overwhelming sense of not being able to do anything, control anything, feel anything. Feeling like you've been injected with a massive tranquilizer and just not being able to move. Not being able to get off the couch or get out of bed, not being able to shower, losing all appetite...

Basically, it sucks. The worst part though? Feeling like there is absolutely nothing you can do except ride it out and hope that the next day gets better.

So now I get to the reason why I've been absent for a few weeks: I don't like to feel like I bring other people down when I'm in one of those funks. It's reflected in my writing, my attitude, pretty much everything. It's not fair to make people read the complete crap that I write when I'm in a "valley". Thankfully, I'm finally getting back out of the shadows for a bit which means that I'm a bit more interested in doing pretty much anything again. For this week, I'll be headed back to the therapist, maybe talk about a different diagnosis, and hopefully get back on a good life track.

This is why I'm thankful for blogging. I'm thankful for an outlet for my writing and being able to read that there are others that struggle as much as I do. To all of you others suffering out there, I love you and I wish I could just hug you. We're in this together.
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