Saturday, April 21, 2018

No FOMO. ROMO.

Hello, everyone! Remember me? I know I've been gone for ages.

After several months of lingering depression and malaise with no obvious single cause, I undertook a thorough evaluation of my life. I realized there were three major problems I needed to address.

Problem 1: My diet was terrible. I ate too much fast food and too much sugar. I could hardly expect to feel healthy on such an unhealthy diet. I'd also become complacent about my iron intake, so my ferritin (stored iron) was almost certainly low.

Solution: Eat better. I radically overhauled my diet and resumed taking my iron supplement.

Result: I have more energy and feel better overall. I don't crave sugar or obsess about food as much. I've lost about 10 pounds. My skin looks better.

Problem 2: I have lost my enthusiasm for home improvement. After seven years of spending much of my time and energy on my "fixer upper" house, I'm just burned out. Yet I was still pushing myself to work on the house.

Solution: Stop forcing it. Don't work on house projects unless I want to. Stop looking through Pinterest and home improvement blogs which make me feel stressed about my unfinished projects and guilty that I'm not constantly working on something.

Result: It's not always easy to ignore the unfinished projects... but I'm inflicting less guilt and pressure on myself. After all, who really cares if I have new baseboards or not?

Problem 3: America is not the most pleasant place to live lately. The country is polarized on seemingly every single topic. It feels like everyone wants to argue about everything...  not in respectful debate, but with name-calling and personal attacks. And there is no escaping it! Spend two minutes online, even just trying to check the weather, and you can't help but see vicious comments and infuriating headlines about the latest disaster or political scandal. It made me sad, angry, and disgusted.

Solution: Disconnect. Stay off social media, which is overflowing with hostility. Stop reading the news, which is guaranteed to make me feel utterly horrible. Limit my screen time to playing (non-violent) games and watching (non-controversial) science and nature documentaries on Netflix.

Result: I feel much less angry. I've inched back from the brink of losing all hope for humanity. And far from suffering from FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), I am, in fact, enjoying ROMO - the Relief Of Missing Out.

At least for a while, I am going to continue to focus on my mental and physical health. I'll be back online eventually. I look forward to reconnecting with you all. :)

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Disconnected

Hello! Many thanks to everyone who left comments in the last few weeks. I'm sorry I haven't been responding to each comment as I normally do. I have not been online much. I needed to disconnect.

I'm in an odd place in my life. I feel aimless, but somehow there is also a sense of quiet anticipation. As if I'm slowly rousing from hibernation and about to wake up. Or I'm floating on a vast, calm sea, drifting toward land which is now in sight.

I think some type of change is coming. I hope it is a change for the better.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Hiatus

I will be away from the blogosphere while I try to sort out some life difficulties.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement. I hope to be back soon.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Craft Along with GIY: Anything Goes


The theme for the December craft-along is Anything Goes.

To share your Craft Along with GIY project:
1.  Add the Craft Along with GIY icon to your blog post. Link the icon to this page:
http://gothityourself.blogspot.com/p/craft-along-with-giy.html
2.  Leave a comment with a link to your project. If you're not a blogger, you can link to your webpage, Instagram, or anywhere else readers can see it. (Please link directly to the project page.)

I will compile the links on the Craft Along with GIY page.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Taking a Short Break

I'm going to take a short break from blogging. I will return before the end of December. If you're participating in the craft-along, feel free to post your link any time. I will collect them around the 29th.

I have been struggling with some life issues that are wearing me down. I need to focus my energies on bringing them to a resolution.

I also want to evaluate the path forward for GIY. As other bloggers have noted, blogging seems to be on the decline. There are fewer bloggers, fewer readers, and a lot less interaction. GIY's readership has certainly shrunk.

GIY has been a source of encouragement for me - I am motivated to keep doing projects so I have useful content for my readers. But with fewer and fewer people reading, blogging seems less and less worthwhile. Maybe it's time to look at other options.

If anyone has successfully revived a declining blog by moving to some other medium, I'd love to hear about it!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Craft Along with GIY: December 2017


It's December and time to wrap up our first year of Craft Along with GIY.

During December, I will work on a craft project. Around December 29, I will post my completed project. You can share a link to your project on that post or at any time during the month on this post. I will compile the links on the Craft Along with GIY page.

To participate:
1.  If you're a blogger, add the Craft Along with GIY icon to your post. Link the icon to this page:
http://gothityourself.blogspot.com/p/craft-along-with-giy.html

2.  On either this theme announcement post or my completed project post, leave a comment with a link to your project. You can link to your blog, webpage, Instagram, or anywhere else readers can see it.

Your project can be big or small. It can be in any style, goth or otherwise. The fun is in the crafting

December can be a stressful and hectic month for many people, so we're going with an easy theme: Anything Goes. Craft anything you like. :)


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Craft-Along: Almost Finished


I must reluctantly admit that my November craft-along project is not finished. :( Life and responsibilities sometimes get in the way of crafting.

If you are participating, please go ahead and share your project. I hope to have mine posted in the next couple of days.

To share your Craft Along with GIY project:
1.  Add the Craft Along with GIY icon to your blog post. Link the icon to this page:
http://gothityourself.blogspot.com/p/craft-along-with-giy.html
2.  Leave a comment with a link to your project. If you're not a blogger, you can link to your webpage, Instagram, or anywhere else readers can see it. (Please link directly to the project page.)

I will compile the links on the Craft Along with GIY page.