New Year, New Content!

Hi, everyone! Welcome to 2019, and to my first blog post of the new year. I’m thrilled to jump into all the wonderful things I want to talk about and do and play, but for this first post I thought I would share with you a little piece of what 2018 brought into my life.

I spent a huge amount of 2018 not doing too well. I was ill and suffering from major depression, so my bed and I had a lot of quality time together. I had to quit a job I had once been extremely good at due to my health, then tried to work a much simpler job and unfortunately got laid off for missing too many days – once again, due to my health. It was good times, as you can imagine.

But the last few months of the year were some of the best, and because of these and tons of support I received from friends and loved ones, I was able to pull myself out of my hole and finish the year stronger than I had been. Overall this made 2018 a wonderful year for me.

The biggest change for me in 2018 was in the beginning of October, when I launched a new handcrafted jewelry and creative business called Intricate Disarray. It’s been such an exciting adventure so far – sometimes scary, of course – and I’ve learned and grown a ton as an entrepreneur since I began.

I’ve set up a workspace where I can create and think and write and work, and I sit here every day, happily working away on many projects. I can’t wait to see where it goes and what I’m able to accomplish with it.

Intricate Disarray

Being my own boss has given me the control and purpose I needed in my life, because there’s nothing worse than needing to work to survive and not being able to because of the demands and expectations of someone else. It has taken the edge off of the hopelessness that comes along with chronic illness, and I’m truly thankful to be able to do this.

Plus, working my own hours gives me the opportunity to write here and interact with all of you. Bonus!

I would love to hear about your 2018, good or bad, if you’d like to share. Did you try anything new, go somewhere exciting, or find something that made you happy? I truly hope that whatever 2018 did to you, you have entered 2019 with a happy heart and a positive outlook. One of the biggest lessons I learned this past year is that no matter the situation, there’s always hope. You just have to fight through. And I hope to pass this message along to anyone who needs it.

Thank you for reading, and see you next time! <3

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A Very Non-Sims Update

Three posts in a year? Wow, I’m on a roll.

In case you couldn’t tell by the title, this post has nothing to do with the sims and more to do with my real life (I know, it’s really weird). There’s also a shameless dash of self-promotion, so if this sort of update isn’t your cup of tea, I apologize, but I hope you join me another time!

So, in November of last year, one of my best friends (and fellow simmer), andiewinslife, came to me like, “Yo, Starla. There’s this thing you should do, ok?” and I said, “Sure, ok.” So I did it. The result is this:

Fifty Shades of You!

This is a book that I wrote. It is a Fifty Shades of Grey parody that is gender-swapped and available for personalization! Exciting! If you click on it, it will take you to the website where it’s featured (amongst many other, probably much better books, some written by andiewinslife as well). You can create a free personalized preview and it’s fun for the whole family! …Except, um, it’s smutty, so maybe not the WHOLE family.

Anyway, I’m not trying to be completely like LOOK WHAT I DID OK BUY IT, but I did want to share this with you, mostly because you all have been so supportive over the years and I feel like telling you these things about my life (and I want to hear things about yours, too, ALRIGHT? I know I said, like, “This is a book that I wrote,” but it was so much more than that, and not at all simple for me. I learned so much in the process, not only about the writing/editing process, but about myself. I mean, I’d never written anything this big before. I’d never finished NaNo. I’d never even put more than maybe 5,000 words together on one project. Hell, I can’t even finish a ten generation sims legacy in less than, what has it been, a decade?

This was a little over 45,000 words with a pretty demanding deadline so I pretty much wrote it in a month. So… idk, I’m kind of proud of myself. I mean, it’s no Harry Potter by FAR, never, and it’s not like I’m going to be rich and famous and go on a book tour or anything, but it’s a thing I did that I never imagined I was capable of doing. It just goes to show that we are ALL capable of whatever the hell we want to do. GOT IT? Now go follow your dreams!

ILU all, sims update soon! <3

So Much to Say

Hey, friends! Where’ve you been? I’ve been waiting here, like, this whole time. Seriously, I haven’t disappeared at all. Never.

Okay, no, but really. You know when you think life is going in a certain direction and then it’s like, “Just kidding! Here, dodge this sledgehammer and typhoon while balancing these flaming balls on your head — and watch out for all these sharks and wasps, lol!” and you’re like “wtf life, I thought we were bros”? Well, this happened to me. Again. Shortly after I made my last post that was all, “Oh, hey, I’m gonna be around again!” life reminded me that, much like the sims we torture, I only think I have total control over my destiny.

Anyway, here I am with yet another post explaining where I’ve been. I’m sorry. I don’t have a computer to play on anymore. I don’t even have a real computer, in a gaming sense. In fact, this is what I’m using:

This 11-inch pink beauty (which I’ve named Umbridge) is all that I have at the moment. It’s great for what it is, but it’s not built for much more than the basics. I have not given up on the Creepers in any way, but they’re an impossibility for me until I get a new new computer (and I will be doing that asap).

What I HAVE discovered (and to my sheer delight because omg life is hard and I need it) is that I can play is TS2 on it, so I’ve been playing that to satisfy my simming needs. And now I’m going to tell you a very long story. There are pictures. Are you ready?

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News, woo!

Hello, everyone! I’m back, I think, and I just wanted to update everyone a bit on… myself, I guess, haha.

First of all, I didn’t expect it to take this long to get back into things. I built a new PC and was so ready to get back to updating, but life went all cray cray yet again. Resolution was achieved though and a few small developments have happened since then.

1) I began streaming on Twitch. It’s addicting. I love being able to interact with people while I play games! It’s like socializing without all the pressure.

2) I decided to upload Let’s Plays to YouTube because I truly enjoy it and I don’t have enough hobbies (clearly).

3) I started going outside, which has thus far been not terrible???

…Oh, I guess that’s it, haha.

Anyway, so YES, I absolutely am going to be updating this – hopefully regularly, though I am a bit slower these days.

And a small update on the blog: Um, I think I messed up? Because I wanted to change my username, but I think I clicked the button to change the site address as well. And now I’m confused and hope I didn’t break anything. If someone could tell me what they see when they’re here, that’d be great because I have no clue LOL.

And a few months later…

I am an utter failure at updating and I’m sorry, but hey, good news!

In the next couple of weeks I’ll be ordering a new computer – because as it seems, my old precious baby will just never be sent to me because my ex sucks. It should arrive (fingers crossed) at the end of March/early April and if everything is good from there I’m going to get this legacy rolling and back in action again. And finished! And maybe I’ll start a new one! I want to make it all up to you because you’re all beautiful. I have so much stuff I want to do and I wish I could have my computer NOW NOW NOW but I’ll have to wait. Thank you, everyone, for being so lovely and I hope to read all of your amazing stories soon <3

The Journey Since October

Hey, everyone! It has, once again, been a few months since my last update, but please know I’m not doing this on purpose. I’m really going to try and get an update out soon (like THIS WEEKEND soon I hope), but in the meantime I figured I’d let you know what I’ve been up to since October. You can pass on this, or judge me so hard if you want :D

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