Working for Myself

Advertisements

I went back and was looking at old blog posts I made just to see what I was talking about, and to see how my opinions have changed. My oldest post being me ranting about customer service work.

Can I Rant? Remember this post? Probably not as it was the second post I ever did, but the oldest you can find anymore. The summary on that is I’m only human so be nice to me. My overall opinion hasn’t really changed, mostly because people still suck. But that got me thinking about my current situation.

Percy’s safe space in my closet

I’ve been blogging full time and only working a traditional job one day a week for awhile now. And with that, I’m happier than I ever was working a 9 – 5. I’m intrigued to see if this blog can properly support me within the year, cause that would be super cool.

My favourite part about this is though, I feel like I can do this for a long time. This blog is something I can feel myself getting invested in, and I’m willing to work for it. That’s more than I could ever say for working the old jobs I had. I’m thrilled by the idea that I can do what I want to do and people support me. This is what success feels like to me.

Tried taking a pretty picture

I’m thankful for the foundations I’ve built, and for the people around me, as well as my readers. I want to keep doing this, I love what I do and am so excited for the future. With that, I want to say that I’m updating my Patreon to have different subscription options, and that I’ve also made Multimedia Mondays a permanent addition to my blogging days. So keep an eye out for those!

But anyway, that’s all I’ve got for today. Thanks for stopping by!
— Deryn

Advertisements

Pinterest Blog Titles

Advertisements

I browse Pinterest way too often, and am currently trying to link my blog to it all pretty and such. But when I’m browsing, I get recommended blog titles all the time. Some of them are fun, others just baffle me. I know these are designed to draw traffic, but some of them are just, stereotypical in a sense. Now I’m not here to say people who follow these are wrong, I just don’t use them myself unless I’m really desperate and have crazy writers block. I want to share a few of them with you today.

Took this down by the lake

So today is the 9th right? The first post I find has over one hundred different blog title ideas. The ninth option is “What’s Better __ or __ ?”. Posts like these are fun to write, but feel more like a magazine title than a blog title. Maybe once I learn something about makeup products, I’ll try out titles like that one for good comparisons. Otherwise I’d do something such as ice cream brands. I also get a preppy teenage vibe from it. Unique titles don’t sit SEO vibes, so I understand why people pick the titles they do.

Side note, these posts are all over Pinterest, and they constantly get reuploaded without credit to the original author. Because of this, I won’t be tagging them.

Different post this time. Now we only have fifty two options. Lets double up and check out number eighteen. “The 10 Minute Fix to Doing ____” is this option. Do I like this one? To be honest this one isn’t as bad as some I’ve found. I could see myself writing something for this. “Ten Minutes to Fix Your Attitude” would be a fun twist on that kind of post. Although I’m not the person who would write that. I’ve got my own attitude I’ve got to work on. I say that, it’s mostly my ego. Barely fit through a door sometimes!

Lake looks so nice right now!

Man, some of these are real gems. Like number twenty seven on this other post, “What Makes me Feel Better, Always”. That’s a tad ominous isn’t it? To answer this question, music always brings up my mood. But a lot of title ideas are like this! The writing prompts are much less weird I find than the blog title recommendations. I’ve gathered a healthy amount of pins to browse through if you’re feeling bored. Want to see that mess? Sure you do! Be careful though, I get lost scrolling through that app.

But yeah, that’s all I wanted to bring up today. I’m currently waiting on my lunch to be delivered and then I’m going to get back to work. Thanks for stopping by today! I appreciate it! It’s because of you guys I get to do this! Anyway, later!
— Deryn

Visitation

Advertisements

A friend of mine from closer to Vancouver is on town today and I am so excited! He actually arrives when this post goes live today. With so much time between him getting here and now, I’ve decided there’s a few things I really want to do both while he visits, and before he gets here. I probably should have made this list yesterday, or literally whenever I had more time, but whatever.

Saw some geese yesterday

I have my hiking groups, and I’ve really grown to love the journey over this quarantine, my buddy however doesn’t have the same love as I do. So we are for sure making him come with us hiking places. I need more pictures of hikes I’ve done, and he could use the adventure! I mean, everyone could, there’s something so eye opening about going out and seeing the world through the mountains and trees.

I’m getting rid of my old futon that has seen better days, and putting in a day bed. Granted, the futon is longer, but a day bed will be better for the long run for us. Plus, the decor options are endless. I want to have that done before he gets here, but I am me. Not saying I suck, I just may struggle a tad on my own, plus I’m lazy by nature.

I’ve already rearranged my living room to feel more open, and I did it just in time too. The way I had it before felt like I was trying to make two rooms without the wall, which wasn’t the best idea now that I look back on it. I still have a lot to do before this room is finished but it sure does look better now than it did. I’ve also started drinking Diet-Coke too much, so I could use a recycling in this room…

Pardon the mess. It’ll look great later

Taz and Midna have been really lucky and had the chance to hit the beach at least once every week if we can help it, and I think it would be good to get some miles in the water soon. I used to swim all the time, and even considered being a lifeguard, and right now is a great time to get back into that. Plus, nature shots. (I’ve been super into my photography lately. It’s great!)

That massive cabinet that I got the now ex-boyfriend is taking up a huge amount of space in my living room. Remember the cabinet? It’s way too heavy and I’ll never move it, but it is solid and a really amazing quality, so I’m trying to brainstorm what I should do with it. I cannot move it at all it is so heavy. The roommate had the idea of taking the doors off and having a cute shelving unit. That just means I get more decor which isn’t a bad idea, that or more books. At the end of the day, I’m not set on keeping it anymore, but we’ll see.

All in all, I have a few things planned for both when he gets here, and the future. He’s also a massive nerd, so we may spend a day just watching old nerd movies. I’m excited though, he’s an awesome guy, and the whole reason I have Shadow is because he moved to the Vancouver areas for school so…

Shadow and Percy just chilling

But that’s all I’ve got for today, I’ve got to go meet him soon here. Thanks for stopping by and reading this today! You’re awesome!
— Deryn

Pauls Tomb and Knox Mountain

Advertisements

I went walking again! This time with a different couple of friends, which honestly was pretty fun. I love my normal hiking gang, but these two were very “just run up you’ll be fine” kind of people. And after we all get to the top, we’re dying and cursing each other, but it was 100% worth it. 

The Knox trail starts at the bottom of the mountain and you work your way up to a split in the trail. On way goes right up to the top of the mountain, which sounds like effort, and the other is really just a nice walk, which is the one we took. Overall the trail is about five kilometres, so nothing crazy. The views though, wow.

Like, look at this! What a beautiful city! I’m proud to live here! I wish I got this shot before cars started hitting the roads again.

And the lake! Oof! So pretty! Okanagan lake is always just so stunning.

Trees though! Such wonders! I’m so lucky that I got these pictures. There were quite a few people and it just so happened there wasn’t anyone around.

Yeah the views are stunning, but it’s just a walk, there were quite a few people and their dogs, so it was a little busy. All in all it was refreshing to get out again. I even ran up some stairs, which is a lot for me. I’m impressed, but I only did it because Bella is a bully. I would recommend this trail for someone looking for something a little easier. 

But yeah, I know this is a shorter one. I really enjoyed it either way. Definitely want to take the other trail right up the mountain next time! Thanks for stopping by today!
— Deryn

 

Alone

Advertisements

Quarantine and a wack sleep schedule have dismissed the idea that I was ever going to be in my house alone for more than two hours. Now that both roommates are working, I’m all alone in my place, besides the animals of course, and it’s super weird. I’m not used to being left to my own devices for too long. I mean, on one hand, I can do whatever I want all morning right? 

My morning starts with being bullied out of bed by two hungry, and rather large cats. I say that, I bully myself because I love them too much and don’t want anything bad to happen to them. And Midna is a good girl too who has THE SMALLEST BLADDER EVER! Dogs…

What a cute puppy!

Now on with the rest of my day. Jordan is home first at 3:30ish. By this time it’s about 8:30 or 9:00 in the morning and I’m freaking out mildly. I have too much time alone and don’t know what to do. I’m trying to get into a routine with cleaning right away in the morning. If I can burn all of my “AHH!!!” energy right away, I’ll have been somewhat productive, right? Dishes are always somehow dirty?? Literally I don’t even understand how I own so many dishes that cannot be kept clean??? And I just did so much laundry recently I’m scared of my next water bill.

Lunch time rolls around and I have nothing left I need to do. By now my brain is trying to drive me insane. To deal with this, I either start gaming, deep cleaning a room, or attempt to write some more. I never stick to it though as YouTube usually takes my attention. Instant entertainment is dangerous really. That or I can’t stay home anymore and I just got for a walk.

I found him walking around the other day

Realization kicks in that I’ve spent at least a few hours doing literally nothing and that I’m hungry. Jordan should be home soon, so I’ll essentially make him an early dinner and myself a late lunch. That works! My famous chicken and hash browns! That’s a joke. It’s pretty good, but I am anything but a chef. Comfort food is the best.

With one roommate home, that means only a few hours until the other one is back too. Overall I’ve been alone for about seven hours. I’ve been alone longer at work, but for some bizarre reason, this sucks so much for me. I say that, but I have abandonment issues. But yeah, I spent a bit of time alone, and I hate it.

He got whipped cream on his whisker!

That’s all I’ve got for today though. Thanks for stopping by today, you’re amazing! Stay safe out there! I’ll talk soon!
— Deryn