Digital Cleanup

Having a laptop again, and an awesome thumb drive from Black Friday sales, I’ve decided to clean up my phone and digital footprint. A lot of my social media I made while still in middle school, which was almost ten years ago now, so I’ve decided to do a purge of sorts for the incoming new year. There’s a lot I have to clean, so this post is going to be an overview of what I did, as well as screenshots of extra cringy crap I find, ya know, since I hate myself and want to immortalize is on here forever.

First, my Twitter. – This One – Now, I saw that one because awhile back, I found the one I made when I was actually fresh into grade seven. That was awful. I’ve since deleted it, but there’s a good story to it, it’s a longer read and I’m sorry in advance.
My phone logged me out of my twitter, which happens right? So I tried logging back in with the email I thought it was, and go a whole different Twitter. The picture was of my fresh fourteen with my hair in braids looking terrible. But this was very much mine, I was tagging friends I had, and complaining about teachers; it was my old Twitter. So I decided I was going to update some information, just in case I wanted this later, and it locked me out! Said I was too young when I made the account, which was totally fair. So in the proving who I am, I wrote on the picture, “You can delete this, I’m just going to when you give it back. I’ve since made a new one.” Nope, I got it back, they just deleted everything from the years I was too young to use the platform. Cool, I think? So I just deleted it myself.
So with that, I’ve decided to clean up my new one. I’ve tried my best to use it for blog posts, and for supporting YouTubers and streamers I enjoy. Less cringe on this front, hopefully anyway. We’ll see later down the road I guess.

Next is my Instagram. – This Basic Selfie Collection – Going through and actually looking at it, there are more cat pictures and blog updates than selfies now. I think that’s quite the accomplishment! Shadow is just so photogenic, and I was trying to document my trips I was going on. Fitting how my first picture is of my tree in the front yard, when it’s covered in snow it looks like a Christmas tree. Overall, there wasn’t a lot to clean there. What’s next?

Oh right, Pinterest could use some TLC. – This mess – I fixed the hyperlink to match my Twitter, which I should do the same to Instagram. But now there’s the boards. This is going to take forever. Just one board took two hours to organize. Just kill me now. Onto the second board that needs help, and I’m hating myself more and more. This is ass. It’s going to look amazing when I’m done though! If I ever get there.
After another three hours, I quit. I’ll chip away at it and clean it up later. Maybe when I have a bottle of wine to spare, but for right now, that can just burn.

I guess my Patreon counts as a digital thing I use doesn’t it? Well, I only have like four things on there, so I’ll leave it alone.
Same with my PayPal. Those can be left to just keep on keeping on. – PayPal and Patreon

I guess I should include my Tumblr. Technically it’s part of this grouping. – Link – That’s actually more of a mess than my Pinterest. So I’ll just unfollow blogs and move on. Maybe clean up a link or two.

Now, onto the real monster, my cell phone. (Dramatic horror music in the background intensifies) I have thousands of screenshots saved on my phone, which I’m going to either save on my computer, or just delete cause I’ve saved them somewhere else.

My cell phone wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. Just deleted a few folders and some contacts. With my memory being ruined, I don’t even know half of the pictures nor contacts in my phone anymore.

And that’s really it I can think of right now. I frequently clean my Facebook so I don’t have to worry, and I can’t think of anything else I have. So, I guess I did it? I don’t feel any different at the moment, but I know it’ll hit me soon enough. Thanks for coming with on this adventure!
And thanks for reading!
— Deryn

New Adult Skills

Holy snap I learned how to budget, and it was about time too! I sat down with a friend and Google Sheets (which is Microsoft Excel but by Google and free) and some Starbucks. We put together what I make versus what I spend and laid it all out. Being able to see what I’m doing and that I really shouldn’t be buying as much random crap as I do opened my eyes.

Everything is laid out in colourful ways and bold letters and it’s just amazing. I can clearly tell that I should pick up and extra shift or two this month in order to buy this one extra present for my boyfriend without being tight on money. But the best thing, is I can see how bad my Starbucks problem actually is, and for this month, so far I’m just over $5. That isn’t bad at all!

The way it’s all set up, I can see how long it will take to pay of debts, build a real savings account and even get my car back on the road. Things that were overwhelming and bringing me down are now being turned into bite sized problems I can destroy in real time! I feel so accomplished with this. Plus, it’s a skill that not enough people have, so I feel special in a sense too.

If you’re a visual person like myself, I honestly recommend taking an hour out of your day and really making a real budget for yourself. Finding where the money is going can help you manage it better, but also make the conscience decision to eat better by not spending as much out, or not buying that lipstick because you don’t really need it. Although with me it’s Magic the Gathering cards and not make-up, but that’s not the point. Watch out for the little things, like Netflix and Disney+, it can bite you in the rear down the road.

I wish I discovered this sooner, I honestly do. My eyes are open to the idea of actually being able to buy a house one day, or even a Doubling Season. – This Thing – And it’s taken a huge amount of stress off my shoulders: being able to see everything as reasonable goals is actually amazing.

But That’s Not All!
Managing stress! That’s another huge thing I’ve been learning to do! The past couple weeks have been a lot for me, I’ve been struggling to eat, sleep, and even been struggling at work. Sitting down and tackling it with friends and loved ones has really helped show me that every stressful situation can be broken down into bite sized pieces, making it manageable again.

Overall, I feel lighter, and happyish again. I’m able to talk about how I’m feeling and I can say that I wasn’t okay. My new skills are going to be a huge help come 2020 and I feel ready for anything life throws at me. Thanks for stopping by today!
And thanks for reading!
— Deryn

Almost Done

This year is getting closer and closer to the end, and that’s just crazy! The more I think about it, the more excited I get to start a fresh year with the infrastructure I’ve built for myself. So, I figured I would make a plan for everything I want to achieve over 2020 for my blog, myself, and everything in between. This post might get long, so sorry in advance, and I promise I’ll add some pictures. That promise is mostly for me, I get distracted easily.

For myself, I really want to keep my cooking and workout train rolling. In case you’ve missed it, I’ve been cooking quite a bit. Which has helped out with actually having energy and it’s actually fun. Get a killer playlist going and I can make full meals without getting bored and that taste amazing! – Link to the Last Post

Working out on the other hand, sucks. Mega sucks in fact. I hate doing it, I hate how I feel after, and I am super lazy, so it’s just difficult. But, my body looks a lot nicer than it did six months ago. After winter it starts getting warm, so I really should keep doing this, and getting strong, but it’s just awful. But I’m also not a quitter and like proving people wrong, so I’m going to continue to suffer.

This is a Plumbob, it floats above a Sims head. Owned by EA

I was watching a video on someone trying to make their apartment “perfect”, and they used The Sims to make it happen. – Link to Video – It really got me thinking about how life should be, and not how the world is trying to make it.

As for the blog, I’m hoping to give it a face lift or two, having to tag social media every post got old for me fast, so I want to get widgets and such for that. I’m also hoping to do the same with my social media so everything matches this. That just seems like a cool and effective thing to do. Plus, I have a lot, like – Link after Link – Plus Another Couple Links

I was reading a blog post by Jenny in Neverland because I love her blog so much, and I want to make a plan for my blog out, so keep an eye out for some snippets of that. I’m going to change my schedule around for sure, but I’ll make sure to let everyone know before I do.

For sure though, I’m going to work harder, smarter and overall as best as I can to make this blog, and my life as great as they can be. And buy a house, hopefully. This year has been a lot of up’s and down’s and I’m excited to see what happens through 2020 and the future. Plus I have to finish this book I’ve been writing eventually. If there are certain things you want to see from me, let me know! I’d love to hear from everyone!

Thank you to everyone who has stopped by, creeped my social media, and even decided to follow me through everything. And as always, thanks for reading!
— Deryn

Just Over a Month Left

This year is almost over already, isn’t that crazy? I’ve been blogging for about six months now, and I really enjoy this. I’ve learned a lot, met some new people and I even got to go back to my favourite country! Looking back at everything now, I’m so thankful for everyone in my life, and all of the awesome things I’ve got to do. With all that said, this year in particular has been fantastic for my mental and physical health.

Beautiful Picture – Credits

Mental health is a big thing for me, and even though I’ve started having panic attacks a bit more than I used to, I’m also starting to care about myself and how I feel. Taking more time out of my day for people I actually enjoy, and for hobbies that are healthy mostly. My crochet projects are still sad, but my cooking and baking are a lot better than prior to summer. And being able to blog, I constantly write bits of posts and just delete them after, but they help me get things off my chest. Ya know?

Physical health has never been my number one priority. Back in high school I worked out quite a bit from being in a dance class, but that was about it, and it’s been almost five years since I graduated. Only recently have I been working out regularly and making food that doesn’t rely on the microwave. Now, that ain’t much, but it’s enough I have actual energy and I’m happy. I haven’t been able to really mean that for awhile. I’m going to keep these habits going, and continue to be the best I can be.

Beautiful Picture – Credits

It takes a lot to recognize what is bringing you down, and even more to remove that, or learn how to stop letting said thing control you. Life can suck, a lot, and there’s nothing wrong with telling people you need a day off. Take care of yourself, and don’t forget, you matter. And feel free to reach out if you want someone to talk to.

Holidays are hard for a lot of people because of either family of the household, I know what that’s like. Stay strong everyone. And hopefully, if you get snow, it’s beautiful and not life ending. Thanks for following me for these past few months. You’re all amazing!
As always, follow me – Here and Here – and I appreciate it! Anyways…
Thanks for reading!
— Deryn