Finding Balance…..(A personal post)

Hey everyone. I’ll try to warn you all in advance, this is not going to be a happy post. It’s a post that I’m quite honestly writing with a thumping heart, as I don’t quite know what the response is going to be like. I have been blogging for two and a half years now, and next year in June my three year anniversary is coming up. When I started my blog I had really no idea what I was doing. It was just something that I created to share my thoughts on the stuff that I loved: Movies, Tv series, Anime, Books and Boardgames. Never in my wildest dreams had I ever thought that I would reach more than 1500 followers, from all kinds of places around the world. I have made friends here, and I’m really talking about real and true friendships. That for me has always been the one thing that I have always been the most grateful for. But that said, lately I feel that things have become unbalanced for me. I will explain what I mean by that later. There really is no easy way to say this so I guess I will just spit it out: this might be my final year of blogging.

Work

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If only work was more like this…

Right now, without getting into any real details, things are really rough at work. Basically what it comes down too is that the work that I do is usually done by six people, and it’s now being done by only two. Literally. And guess who one of those two people is? That’s right: me. Some days things are fine, other days I come home pretty exhausted, and just want to crash and read a book or watch something. For those of you who have known me for a while now, you also know one of the things I really like to do is read your posts, and write comments on them. But I have also started thinking that lately the balance between work, blogging and free time is to put it mildly off balance. Of the 5-6 hours of free time that I usually have on weekdays, I spent 3-4 hours of that on reading posts and writing comments. Hence I only have 1, maybe 2 hours of time to do other things. I used to comment on my phone at work in less busy times, but those times are gone, at least for the moment. I have a lot of hobbies, and I started to realise that as much love that I have for blogging, I am maybe spending a little bit too much time on this. There are dvds, books, and boardgames that are still in boxes and that I have never even opened yet. And that isn’t even a joke.

Changes

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Not all changes are good…..

Having said this, I am going to be taking a step back for a bit, and be a little bit less active. You might have already noticed that I haven’t really been visiting your blogs lately, much less have left any kind of comments. No worries, I will gradually return and start reading again, as well as provide some of my customary comments. I will just not be doing it as actively as I have been doing the past two years. I might miss an occasional post, or maybe not leave a comment but just a like. I am doing this because I know that if I don’t, I might stop blogging alltogether sooner rather than later. It was beginning to feel too much like work, instead of a hobby. I guess it’s the old saying, too much of a good thing is, well too much. It is quite frankly hard to make a decision like this. But I hope you understand why I am making it. I just want to focus a bit on other things as well, and get some more rest instead of adding more pressure. That is usually the road to a burn out, and I am not willing to risk that, no matter how much I love all of you.

The near future

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Always in motion the future is…..

So what does this mean for my own blog? Well, I will still try and publish posts whenever I can. I currently am still in the middle of my collab with the wonderful Irina (who has already made it clear to me that she won’t allow me to leave lol), and there is another seriously cool project coming up with the awesome Ayano that I am very excited about as well. Those will definitely still go ahead. If all goes well another collab that I am not going to tell you about just yet, and is something entirely different than I have ever done, will be seeing daylight in December as well. Next to the collabs I will try and put out some other content, including the long awaited review for the Korean drama Voice, season 7 of Game of Thrones, and new installments of Bloggers in the Spotlight and The Wors/Best anime you (might not) have seen yet. One or two book reviews will be heading your way too, as well as hopefully a few new movie reviews. In other words, I will still try to bring you as much content as I can manage.

The far future

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Okay, this image was maybe a bit too dramatic…..

And that brings me to the ominous message in the beginning, of maybe ending my blogging career entirely. Well, first off nothing is set in stone yet. But next year is going to be the year of some major changes for me. My company is moving to another town, and instead of me being home in five minutes, it will now take me more than an hour of travel time back and forth. That means that the precious free time that I have, will be even less next year. I have also been living at home supporting my parents because of various reasons. In order for me to cut back on my travel time, in all likelyhood I will start searching for my own place that is nearer to my work. Which means another very big change for me. With all these things going on, it might become impossible for me to keep up blogging. The way it is now, things are already very busy, next year it will become even crazier. I don’t want to leave to be honest, and I will try to keep my blog up and running. At the same time I don’t want to keep a promise I might not be able to keep. That’s why I wrote this post as I don’t want to disappear into the night so to speak.

A heartfelt thank you

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Could not have said it better myself!

While this post might seem like doom and gloom, I will try everything I can to keep spending as much time as I can here. Even if things might end completely next year, one thing I will continue to do is keep in touch. I am incredibly thankful of all the amazing friendships that I have made here, and the wonderful support I have always had from everyone for me and my blog. I could not have kept on blogging without the support from all of you, and for that you all truly have my heartfelt thanks. Everyone who has read my posts over the years, left a like or a comment or contacted me personally, all of you, are amazing. At the same time I also want to apologise for dropping this bomb and become a less active member of the community at least for a bit. I hope you understand why I came to this decision. I have to think about myself for a change, which is quite frankly something new and quite a challenge lol. However things will turn out, especially next year, I promise that I won’t fade away. You all mean too much to me for that. Thank you all for reading and have a great weekend.

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112 thoughts on “Finding Balance…..(A personal post)”

  1. Those are some big changes (work/moving). I understand where you are coming from and I’ve also had to cut back on reading and commenting more than I’d like because things have been hectic for months and I also just got news that the start of next year at least is going to be every bit as messy (I’ll be writing a post about that in a couple of week’s time once I’ve processed what that actually means for my blogging time).
    I’m glad you aren’t saying goodbye. I’m so glad I’ve met you and the last two years blogging with you and exchanging comments has meant so much to me. But, I fully understand that blogging is not everything and that sometimes you have to make hard decisions. Hopefully the work situation settles for you and hopefully if you do need to move the move goes smoothly.
    I know I may not see you as much online, but I do know whenever I do see a comment from you, on my post or on someone else’s, it will always make me smile.

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    1. Well, all I can say to a comment like this one, is that it not only made me blush, but also smile very much 😊 Of course it will (hopefully lol) not come as a huge surprise that I feel exactly the same. You have been an enormous influence on both my blog, and my life. Without you I would never have rediscovered my love for anime, but above all you have always been an amazing friend. And for that I am incredibly grateful. I will definitely not disappear fully, at least certainly not yet. But I will be spending less time on blogging. As I said and mentioned, the balance is gone for me, and as much as I love blogging, I also have other hobbies, that I have been spending far too less time one. Next year with work moving, and in all likelyhood my own move, I will have less time on my hands, which is why it’s better to gradually ease into this, then pull a full stop, which I certainly don’t want too.
      I’m sorry to hear that on your end things have been and are going to be messy as well. I know you have been stuggling too, and as I said to you before, do think about your health too. No one here works as hard as you, and I am pretty sure that no one will hold it against you if you take a bit of step back as well.
      As I said, this won’t be a goodbye, so no worries on that front. Really, thank you so much for this amazing comment, and all the support, and please: you take care as well 😊😊

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      1. Absolutely. I completely understand what you mean, and it’s been for me at least the reason to make this decision. As much as I love blogging, I hardly had any time left for other things. When I missed a day and had to play catch up, that was even worse. I really struggled to read everything and comment, and felt guilty when I wasn’t able to.
        I love blogging, I really do, but I also like other things and right now I want more time to spent on other hobbies too.
        I hope things will work out for you: I really do, and trust me, you will find me making an appearance on your posts again somewhere in the upcoming days 😊

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  2. Change can really throw a spanner in the works, can’t it? I was in a similar situation with office moves a little while back and ended up out of with as a result, so I’m glad the travel is at least viable for you, if not ideal.
    Honestly though, you have to do what’s right for you. If that means reducing blogging time or even stepping away completely, then that’s the way it has to be. You don’t want to get burned out in any part of your life, so sometimes rebalancing is necessary.
    Whatever happens though, I’ve always appreciated your visits to my place, and always enjoyed your posts. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that you find the best way to balance your time. Good luck!

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    1. Absolutely. Some changes are definitely good, but some aren’t. This one, most certainly isn’t, but it can’t be helped.
      As I mentioned with this being this busy, and the balance for me between blogging and free time being way to far off balance, I had to make a decision to either quit fully, or just take it down a notch. For now, I’m definitely choosing the last option as blogging means a lot to me. As for next year, only time will tell.
      Thanks so much for these very kind words, and the wonderful comment. I have always enjoyed reading your posts as well as you know, and I promise to definitely don’t be as stranger and take visits to your blog whenever I can 😊😊 Really: thank you 😊😊

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  3. Regardless of what happens or what you ultimately decide to do I will always be appreciative to have known you—even if it’s just been in an online capacity. I hope you can find the time to do everything you want to in your everyday life!

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    1. Thank you so much😊 Well, you know how much I love your blog, and your incredible humor. I have laughed out loud at work a few times because of your blog (and gotten a few funny faces from people because of that) and of course at home too 😂
      As I said this certainly isn’t a goodbye (at least definitely not yet), but I will just be spending a little bit less time here than I used too. That said, certainly expect me to pop in again on your blog, as I have missed reading your posts! 😊
      I’m very glad to have gotten to know you too, and well as I said, I will still be around. No worries 😊

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  4. Your job situation sounds similar to mine. Staff gets cut and my department takes on additional work. It’s so mentally exhausting that I only ever write content during my days off. There was even a brief stint were I stopped uploading posts altogether and instead reblogged other people’s work.

    I would advise not to give up on blogging, as you may regret it. Things might settle down. You never know. Another idea is just to be less active. Maybe only dedicate one hour a week to leaving comments. A long time ago I came to terms that I cannot read everything the sites I follow put out. I tend to check out bloggers who read my stuff and if I have any time left then browse the feed for stuff that seems interesting.

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    1. Well, it’s not really cutbacks (at least not yet anyway) it’s more that there are collegues that have unfortunately got worse problems than I have right now. That’s why things have become more busy than they used to be.
      It’s the same with me. On weekdays I don’t have enough time any more to write posts, or better I just lack the energy for it. I just want to come home, relax a bit with a book or a good movie/series.
      I’m sorry to hear that things on your end are rough too. Hopefully things will settle down for you too.
      I’m not planning a definitive retirement yet, at least…not this year. I will have to see how things will go next year, before I make a definite decision. For now, I will take a step back, and spent a little bit less time reading posts, and commenting in order to keep blogging interesting and not seem too much like work. I will be around still, no worries on that 😊 Thanks for all the kind words and support troughout the past years, and for this wonderful comment: it realyy means a lot and I appreciate it 😊

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  5. Lieve Michel
    Ik kan me je beslissing goed indenken.
    Maar ik vind de reden hartverscheurend! Vind het vreselijk om te lezen dat je dit moet laten vallen omdat het werk te veel wordt. Denk ook aan jezelf (weet dat dat lastig is). Hopelijk komen er betere tijden. Liefs Petra

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    1. Lieve Petra,
      Dank je wel voor deze mooie woorden, en dit lieve stukje tekst 😊 Doet me goed, echt.
      Hoewel het werk momenteel zeker een reden is om het iets kalmer aan te doen met bloggen, is dat zeker niet de enige reden. Hoe leuk ik bloggen ook vind, de laatste tijd begon het meer op een soort van werk te lijken. Ik spendeerde dagelijks 3 en soms wel 4 uur per dag aan het lezen van posts van anderen en het schrijven van reacties daarop, terwijl ik soms ook wel eens het gevoel had om wat anders te doen 😊 Vandaar dat ik een stapje terug doe, zeker nu het zo druk is op kantoor, en er volgend jaar nog veel gaat veranderen.
      Ik beloof dat ik aan mezelf denk 😊
      Ik vind het ook heel erg naar voor jou. Ik wou met heel mijn hart dat ik iets kon doen om de zaken op het werk terug te draaien. Ik mis je heel erg, en ik weet (en hoor) dat ik daar ook echt niet de enige in ben. Houdt je sterk, en als er ook maar iets is wat ik voor je kan doen, dan weet je me te vinden 😊
      Liefs, Michel

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  6. That’s all completely understandable, Michel. If I still had to work, I would never have found time for blogging, at least not at the rate I do. Life must come before social media, however enjoyable that may be. But if blogging becomes something like a chore, instead of a pleasure, then it really is time to stop. Or at least take that long break, and reappraise your ideas on how you want to blog.
    Bloggers are loyal people as a rule, and I am sure we will all still be around if and when you decide to pop in, or resume your own activities.
    Best wishes for the future, Pete.

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    1. It’s definitely been a struggle lately. As I mentioned the balance for it was pretty much gone, and it’s one of the main reasons combined with the situation at work that I decided to take a bit of a step back for a bit. But that certainly won’t mean I will be disappearing yet. I will still be around, and hope to spent as much time as I can here. I love blogging and the people here too much for that, to just simply turn my back on it all 😊
      Thanks so much for all your incredible kindness and support. It has really become a pleasure getting to know you, and exchange comments. You are an amazing friend. Have a good weekend Pete 😊

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  7. You’ve already made such a huge commitment (I don’t think anyone will be able to beat the number of comments you’ve left on multiple WordPress blogs, including mine, for a good long while) that it shouldn’t be a guilt trip to step back, and if it’s to prioritise real life and/or make blogging less of a chore…well, that should always come first. Come back when you need to.

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    1. Haha, I don’t know about that: I’m pretty sure that honor would go to Karandi 😂 But really, thank you for the kind words😊
      I have felt a bit guilty to be honest, as it’s just who I am (I definitely don’t recommend having a conscience like I have, it’s tiring lol 😂😂😂)
      But yeah, at the moment it’s become too much for me, and it’s the main reason I have decided to take a bit of a breather and spent a bit less time on blogging. But I certainly won’t be gone entirely and will try to pop in as much as I can.
      Thanks for your kindness, I really appreciate it 😊

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  8. Damn work. I understand the struggled you face and what could ultimately happen if you don’t take more ‘me’ time (as they call it).

    I consider myself one of the lucky ones of still being able to actually see you in person. I know the community here will miss your absence immensely.

    Happy you won’t pull a full stop on the blog. Eventually things will settle down, even if it’ll take a while because of the work moving further away and therefore you having to move as well.

    Thus, you will reach the 3 year mark! Even with less activity because no one here will abandon your blog and most importantly you.

    Chin up, governor. We all support you with whatever you do. 🌹💖

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    1. Aww, thanks so much for these very kind words: it really means the world to me 😊
      It’s definitely been too much of a struggle in trying to keep up blogging the way I have been doing it, but yes the time spent here, and the real “me time” so to speak was way off balance. As I have said to “you know who” pretty often, there are boardgames for instance that are still unpacked and that I haven’t even played yet. Not to mention books, dvs and other stuff lol. For now it’s the main reason I am taking it a bit slower, in order for me to not disappear completely (at least not just yet).
      However work and moving will turn out, I hope to still be around to reach the 3 year mark for my blog😊
      Thanks so much for the kind words: I will try to keep my chin up😉 Have a great weekend! 😊😊

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  9. First off I just want to say I’m glad you are taking the time you need to take care of you. It can be so hard to find a balance with work when things are going normally but I can’t imagine how difficult it is with all of the added hours and pressure you’re dealing with now being short staffed. I hope things work out where you cab continue blogging

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      1. Thank you so much for your kindness. The pleasure has been all mine I assure you 😊
        The thing with work right now, and the fact that I realise that my other hobbies are being neglected too much and I spent too little time doing things that I also enjoy, made me realise I just have to take it a bit slower. If I would not do that, I would probably end up disappearing completely and that’s something I want to avoid (even though next year I might be forced to stop for an unknown amount of time).
        Thanks for you kind words, and this comment: I really appreciate it 😊

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  10. Well I completely understand! I am commuting every day back and forth for three hours and like you my work load has been soaring these past years. I also felt some weeks ago that I was too exhausted to produce and give something to the blog. Because that’s what blogging is: sharing your passion, your enthusiasm, giving! But at the end of a long day if you are too exhausted you don’t have anything to give. That’s why I decided to take one day “off” blogging when I don’t feel like it. I don’t want it to become a chore or as you said feel like work. I only want it to feel good. So I think in the long term it will be what best works for me because I want to keep blogging for many more years.
    So what I meant to say is: don’t feel sorry, don’t apalogize! Do what you have to do for you and if you have to back off to feel better well do just that! I still hope it gets better at work for you. Good luck with all the changes and maybe speak to you in a close or more distant future.

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    1. Wow, three hours is definitely a lot of time to spent travelling indeed. I can totally understand what you wrote here, and it feels incredibly relatable. It’s so true what you said about blogging: it really is giving, and enthusiasm and passion. As much as I love it, it really felt for me especially the past few weeks, that the passion and enthusiasm for it went down: because well, I really didn’t have the balance handled enough. Which is why I reached this decisison. I hope that next year it won’t come to me quiting blogging fully, but for now taking the step back is one of the things that I need to do. I certainly don’t intend to disappear fully here, and I will be around one way or another.
      It’s hard to not say sorry, because in a way it feels I also am letting people down, but at the same time…I know I have to do this right now. Thank you for this truly wonderful and understanding comment. I hope you will continue to have fun with blogging too, and good luck with everythings as well. Really appreciated this comment 😊

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  11. Do whatever works for you. Real life is more important. Be happy always… I am sure we will all miss you, but at the same time, we want you to do what makes you happy… So take care, have fun, enjoy yourself thoroughly

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    1. Thank you Shalini😊 I hope to not disappear here fully, for the moment I am taking it a bit slower than normal, and just spent more time on some other things instead of blogging. But at the same time, I do plan to still pop in here as well 😊
      I hope things are going well with you. How is your health and the headaches? A bit better I hope?
      And really: thank you for your kindness, and being the wonderful person that you are 😊😘❤️

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      1. I’m glad to hear that you are at least feeling a little bit better Shalini. I hope your health will continue to improve, and above all, that you will do everything you can to take care of yourself as well 😘
        Thank you for your kindness, and I will try my best to stay bad..erm good 😂😂 Also, I’m not gone yet…I will try to be around as much as I can 😊😊

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  12. I have so many things I want to say, but I know if I try to say them all, it will come out all rambley. I know quite well that sometimes life can become very, very busy and even chaotic with obligations and other things. This year has been like that for me, and next year will be far more intense as I shall be embarking on projects that will take away time from blogging. I never truly understood what it meant to be a part of a community that can be so supportive and caring and understanding until I met you. You began following my stuff and commenting on my posts, and we began having chit-chats about those things. It brought me a level of joy that I honestly won’t be able to express in words. You are one of the biggest reasons that I have such a profound appreciation and respect for the blogging community, and someone who inspired me to keep up with my passions. I hope that work will eventually become less stressful for you and that everything else in your life becomes manageable enough to where you can return your hobbies and make the most of them, even if that means stepping away from blogging. Prioritising things in life is definitely important to make the most of it; I’d even call it a form of self-care. You are admired and respected and, like many others here, I will keep an eye out for your presence, wherever that may be. If you’d ever like to chat, please don’t hesitate to contact me via my blog or even my email: capn.neko.baka@outlook.com . Wishing you the best always, and much joy and contentment, my friend. ♥♥♥

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    1. What can I really say to a comment such as this without it sounding hollow in some form or other?
      Let me first start with saying thank you 😊 These words were just amazingly beautiful, and it brought a smile to my face. As far as the admiration goes, let me just say that I have that same admiration for you. The way you write posts, and the tremendous amount of personality that you place in them, takes real courage. And you have really helped people with them, myself includes especially when it comes to self care.
      I know you have had a very rough year, but the way you have been coming back each time, stronger than before, is just astounding. I hope that the projects next year, will go well for you, as you deserve that.
      As for me, I will be taking a step back for at least the upcoming month, which doesn’t mean I won’t be around. It will just mean I will spent somewhat less time here than I used to and focus on some other stuff that I love to do like reading and watching movies. I have no idea how things will turn out next year, I still hope to be able to keep my blog going in some form or other, but I will have to wait and see how it goes. This comment was just simply amazing, and I hope you know how very much I appreciated this. You have always been a great friend to me, and that will never change. Feel free to contact me if you want to talk or need help in any way, either on my Twitter account or my email: mvanderweide28@gmail.com
      Thanks so much, and good luck with all the challenges and projects that will be heading your way next year: I know you will be able to pull them off: trust me on that 😊

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  13. Hey it’s okay Michel. From what you mentioned you are making some huge changes. I had to move like entire stayed across hundreds of kilometres for my job, and I couldn’t touch my blog. Life always comes first and you have priorities and like my mom says if you need to eat, you gotta work. Don’t be sad. Work over your things and relax and take a break. Hope you find that balance and return to your blog rather than leaving it, as one you’re a good blogger, two you’re a great blogger friend too. But nevertheless whatever your decision is, as your friend I respect that. I hope whatever you decided brings you the happiness , relaxation and releif you deserve.

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    1. Thank you so much, for the kind words again, and this really understanding comment.
      As much as I love blogging, I also have other things that I like to do, and lately I hardly had time for that. As I said in the post, I have a lot of hobbies, and some of those have truly been neglected the past few weeks. I really want to put a bit of focus on them as well, and relax a bit more. The way things were going, blogging was turning into work, and not a hobby.
      In order for me to find balance again, the taking the step back on things is the way I want to prevent that I stop blogging fully. I don’t know how things will go next year, especially with all the upcoming major changes. But however it turns out, I want to try and stay in the game, but if it doesn’t turn out that way, I would rather have people know it right now, instead of dropping it suddenly next year.
      Thank you for being a great friend, and all the support you have shown me and my blog. You are awesome! 😊😊

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    1. Lol😂😂😂😂 Roger roger, Octopus knows what was being said at the bird’s nest. No need to flap the wings twice in order for me to wrack my brains/tentacles again. And yes we can definitely always talk in code.
      Ps…you know the collab I was talking about here (also in code/keeping secret) was the one with you right? 🤔🤔😉

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  14. Ah man, there’s everyone telling you you’ve got to put life first and I’m going to say NO! You must give up work immediately and just charge all your followers 2 Euros a week to read your blog! Problem solved!
    Seriously I suppose I have to agree with all the people above, and it’s been a great joy to be part of your community. You are my absolute favourite blogger and (other than this post)always make me smile with your enthusiasm and funny writing. But if it’s not making YOU happy, then something has to change. I hope you can sort life out and next year goes easy for you, and hope you can pop up a post here and there to let us know you’re still surviving this mad world. Will miss you 😘

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    1. Haha😂😂😂 That really is a brilliant solution: I’m going to get on that right away 😂😂😂
      Lol, seriously though: thank you for this comment that both made me laugh, and blush at the same time 😊 Blogging is a big part of my life, but it’s become a too big part of my life. As much as I love doing it, lately I found myself realising that it’s been ages where I just came home, sat down and played a board game, or read a book, or watched a movie on weekdays. I just went on the blog and spent 3-4 hours on reading posts/commenting. As much fun as that was, I also realised I was neglecting as flowangelic put it so brilliantly: “me-time”. I usually had about an hour or slightly more of me time. So, right now I am taking a step back, but that doesn’t mean I will disappear completely. For one thing I would miss it too much, for another, I would miss the people (you included of course) too much😊
      I really don’t know how things will be next year: it might really become necessary to quit entirely, but until that time comes, I will still be around, but just a little bit less than I used to be. So…no worries, I will still be around: and if I take up your idea, you would not have to pay those 2 euros. You would be an honorary member and not have to pay at all 😂😂
      All crazyness aside: really: thank you for the kind words: I appreciate it a lot : I hope you know that 😊

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  15. I’ve talked with you in private, so there’s not much I have to add… Moreover, now that I have your number, it’s not like I will let you go away with or without blogging 😀

    I just want to comment something you said: “Not all changes are good”. Yes, that is true. However, I don’t think this is the case! It’s time for you to step back and give time to yourself! I’m pretty sure that we are all extremely thankful for all the encouraging words you said to each one of us. However, your life has to come first! And, the truth is, from what you have expressed (publicly, that’s why I feel it’s ok commenting here), is how lonely you feel sometimes. So, you need to get the time to get to other hobbies as also have the free time to meet new people and… Well, put your life together so you can be happy basically 🙂

    So, although I would love that you continued blogging as you have been… I have to say that I’m not sad that you are leaving (or at least be less present). I’m not sad, because I know you are doing this for your happiness, and that is way more important than blogging… At least for me, but you know… I’m all forward my friends being happy, so I’m a little biased 🙂

    Just stay awesome and we’ll, of course, continue talking 😉

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    1. I’m going to repeat something that you said to me a few days ago: You do know that you are awesome right? 😉😊
      I’m a pretty emotional guy as you well know, so honestly I was touched by this comment. I am honestly struggling to find the right words to express how much this comment meant to me. But…I probably will find myself lacking.
      You are right, I have been lonely, but I also know that I felt less lonely being here, and having met such amazing people. That is one of the main reasons why I won’t disappear completely from the blogging world, at least not yet. (As I said I have no real ideas how things will be going next year.) But yes, I do need a little bit more time to myself and get to some things that I haven’t had time for in a while. Meeting new people might be something that is on the agenda next year, but we’ll see.
      This comment….I really hope you know for real that this truly meant the world to me. I’m going to be around…so this isn’t a goodbye. What it is though is a heartfelt thank you for all that you have done for me, and for being an amazing person. You can always count on me whenever you need help, trust me on that.
      Thank you again, and talk to you soon. 😊

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    1. I’m sorry to see you go as well. I have always enjoyed reading your posts, especially about the movies as we have very similar tastes. But yes, we do have to get paid that is for sure.
      Thank you for the kind words, and I really wish you the best of luck too. Hopefully things will go well for you too 😊

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  16. It will be a great shame and a great loss if you stop blogging altogether, but you need to do what is best for you. I hope you find a way to make things work and still blog, but whatever you decide and whatever happens I hope your life in general becomes just a bit easier.

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    1. Thank you so much John, those are very kind words, and I appreciate them a lot.
      I would really hate to quit blogging entirely. I have no idea how next year is going to turn out, but if there is any chance to stay here, I will take it even if it in a lesser capacity 😊
      For now this certainly isn’t a goodbye yet. Thank you for all the support for the past years for me and my blog. I have always enjoyed chatting with you about boardgames, and I will definitely try to keep doing that as much as I can 😊😊

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      1. not trouble, but change in circumstances from fulltime self employed to part time employed to pay bills, so less time for blogging if I want to continue working on my own projects. Nothing bad or sinister, just a new reality is all

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      2. Okay, well, glad to hear it’s nothing serious, was worried there for a bit.
        But yeah that is understandable. I hope things will work out for you as well then: best of luck to you, and take care 😊😊

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      3. Lol: I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I did see the series, and I loved that one. (It was also pretty bonkers, but so much fun 😂). I will give the movie a watch as well in the upcoming weeks! 😊😊

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  17. First, I’m going to tell you the same thing you told me back when I was on my hiatus, “don’t apologize!” You’re an amazing blogger and individual and I know from experience what it’s like to juggle so many responsibilities on top of blogging and sometimes finding that balance is hard. Take time for yourself and don’t worry we’ll all be here for you if and when you come back. In the meantime go at your own pace and continue to live your life by your own terms! I’m rooting for you!!😊

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    1. It’s sometimes easier to say stop the apologies to someone else, but when it comes to myself, it’s hard to stop doing it😅
      It really has been hard the past few weeks, and this was not an easy decision to make, but yeah..right now it’s a necessary one. I won’t disappear alltogether yet. I hope to at least be here still as much as I can, but I will be less active than I used to be. As for what happens next year, no idea yet. It might be that I really have to quit, but I hope that in some way I can keep being here😊
      Thanks for this amazing comment, and the very kind words 😊😊 I really appreciate them I hope you know that 😊😊

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  18. Nopes – not liking this….
    Ok ok, in all seriousness. Thank you the time for yourself you need, you’ve certainly earned it. Everyone here will be thrilled to welcome you back should you decide to come back to wordpress more actively.
    In the meantime, Karandi and I will find a way to force Natsume on you

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    1. Haha, no honestly: I’m not liking it either. I think out of all the posts that I have written this is one that I really don’t like.
      I’m sorry that I had to make this decision, but I also know one thing: I won’t say goodbye. I’m not leaving yet, and I will still be around as much as I can. I have no idea how things will be for me next year, but if there is any way I can stick around blogwise, I will do that 😊 Even if that doesn’t happen, I will still stay in touch. I hope you know that your friendship throughout the past years has been one that is very dear to me. I will never forget the kind messages you sent to me when I went on my hiatus, as well as all the support on my blog. But above all I think you are an amazing person, and I hope you will never forget that😊😊 As I said, this is not goodbye, and as for Natsume: you don’t have to force that on me in any way: I’m game for that 😊😊
      Really though, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for your kindness and friendship 😊😊

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      1. For some weird kind of reason this last comment got sent to my spam filter, I just rescued it. Ugh…annoying that this is still an issue on wordpress at times 😊
        Either way though, I’m still thanking you 😊😊

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  19. “It’s not a crime to change your mind. You just have to do what’s right for you.”
    – Arthur “Artie” Nielsen, Warehouse 13,
    Season 5, Episode 6, “Endless”

    “Life is filled with meetings and partings and reunions.”
    – Meryl Stryfe, Trigun
    Episode 11, “Escape From Pain”

    And that’s about all the advice I have on the subject. 😉
    Whatever your choice, good luck! 🙂

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    1. Aww, leave it to you to come up with a wonderful comment with equally wonderful quotes 😊😊 Thank you so much!
      I will be here less, but won’t be disappearing just yet. I can’t make that promise for next year, as I literally have no idea how things will go then, but I will have to wait and see.
      Thanks for the kind words, and all your support! 😊😊 Good luck to you as well, and with your blog, because as I said to you once before, it’s awesome 😊😊

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  20. I’m sad to hear you might stop blogging altogether, because I really enjoy your content and your presence in general in the blogosphere is always a wonderful thing ❤ I do think you've got to do what's right fo you though, so either cutting back or stopping is completely understandable (even if I'll miss you a ridiculous amount!) I think that's totally fair to want to focus on other things and can relate to that. And obviously life stuff has to come first- there's no need to apologise at all. I'm sure everyone understands. You definitely have to think of you first ❤

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    1. It’s hard to stop completely with something that has been such a big part of my life for the past two and a half years.
      But at the same time, the way things are going now, I also know that I have to find a way to bring more of a balance to it all. Hence the fact that I’m taking a step back. At the same time that doesn’t mean I will disappear alltogether. I will still try to be around as much as I can, but maybe next year that will change.
      I hope you know that I will miss you too, and certainly will try to check in on your blog every chance I get. Don’t discount the fact that you have a truly amazing blog yourself, combined with the fact that you are every bit as great as your blog 😊😊Thank you for you kind words, and this great comment, and all your support throughout the past years. Keep on doing what you are doing and never change😊😊

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  21. Oh no 😭😭😭 I’m so sad to hear you MIGHT stop blogging, I can’t!!! I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been struggling so much juggling real life and the online side… I know what you’re going through, though. Things change and there’s always so much going on, responsibilities, family, friends, so much to take up our time! Ugh.
    It’s important to, however, keep yourself grounded and take care of your body and mind. It’s so easy to forget about them when you’re focused in doing everything at once and excelling as much as possible! Been there, done that. It can get pretty crazy.
    That said, if you need a break every once in a while, you are more than entitled to do so! Those who truly cherish your blog will stick around and visit as many times as you post, be it once a month, once every six months, once a year or whenever time allows! Be sure that I’ll be one of those people 🙂 I love your blog and treasure our friendship to the point that it physically hurt to read this entry… I can’t really imagine not seeing you around or interact with you as much!!! But it is what it is. And I’d rather you be happy and taking care of yourself/your offline life than doing too much and end up unhappy or worse!
    So while I do take the news rather sadly, I support any decision you find is best for you and will keep my promise to visit whenever possible (you know how I sometimes go missing, so what better person to relate to your own struggles than me? ^^’)
    Best of luck with everything, including your new job location 🙂 Things will fall into place, I promise! Just allow some time to pass and you’ll see ❤

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    1. Wow, no surprise that of course you come up with a comment that is truly amazing and which brought a smile to my face when I read it, even though it’s also about a subject I’m not happy with either.
      As I said, nothing is really set in stone yet. Things might change, and I might still find a way to keep my blog up and running. What I do know though, is that I really do have to take a bit of a step back. I have been blogging pretty much nonstop every day, and there were times when I spent so much time on it, that I didn’t get to do any stuff for myself. Normally that wouldn’t be so bad, but at the way things are currently at work, I really do need to find some more time to focus on other things as well just to relax a bit.
      For now though, even if won’t be around as much as I used to be, I will still be here as much as I can, so don’t be sad😊
      Your friendship, kindness and support throughout all these years has always been amazing, and I don’t forget things like that. So, rest assured even though I might disappear from blogging next year, I will try and stay in touch as best I can, but hopefully I won’t have to leave completely. We’ll see.
      Thanks so much for this amazing comment, and these truly heartfelt words. They meant the world to me 😊❤️

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      1. Yeah I was amazed that you managed to blog every single day – I mean, I can’t even keep up with reading every entry, so I can only imagine how you could, plus blog hopping the way you do plus watching all that anime and movies…… PHEW D:
        Definitely deserve a time out 🙂 I mean, your health and well being are above everything else!
        Awww stop, you’ll make me cry 😭😭😭 Thank you so much for being such an amazing person, truly! I look forward to finding out what your next step will be from here on out and how you’ll organise your life. I sure hope you manage to find a balance that works for you 🙂 That’s what matters most! ❤

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  22. Not gonna lie, I’d hate to see you go. I hope you know how much meeting you, and just getting to have even the little conversations we do has meant to me, and helped me through my own trying times.

    If you didn’t, then, I guess you do now. So… there’s that.

    Smooth.

    That awkwardly said, I do get the need to find balance in your life. I’m still trying to find it myself, and not really succeeding. You do what you need to do, for your own health, and happiness. That’s way more important, no matter how you cut it.

    So, yeah. Take care of you, buddy. Just as you have been there for me, know I’ll be there for you.

    Well, emotionally, and such. Kinda on the other side of the Atlantic here. But you know. There in the meaningful sense.

    Yup. People skills win again.

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    1. Haha, even though this entire post has been a sad one to write, as usual you do manage to make me laugh (the smooth sentence just cracked me up😊).
      I honestly hope myself that I don’t need to go either. It might be unavoidable next year, as I literally have no idea how things might end up then. But if there is any way that I can stay, even if it’s in an even lesser capacity than right now, I will take that.
      That being said, I do have to bring back a little bit more balance to everything, and hence the fact that I am taking a step back and just be a little bit less active. As much as I love the blogging sphere, I also love other things, and those things the past few years have been out of balance (I mean I still need to take care of that Queen Takhisis thing you know😂).
      Seriously though, whatever happens I will find a way to stay in touch. Our friendship even though we live very far away, is one that I very much appreciate, I hope you know that as well.
      I hope you will find a way to find your own balance again. I know you have been struggling, but at the same time I also know that you will eventually succeed. You are strong, and you will be able to do this: I just KNOW you will 😊😊And if you ever want to talk about it, or other things, contact me on twitter, facebook, or email (mvanderweide28@gmail.com). Never in any way will that ever be a burden 😊😊
      Thanks so much for this great and very kind comment, and for just being an all around amazing person 😊😊

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  23. I’ll miss you, but I don’t blame you. In fact, I’ve been thinking about the same thing. Although blogging, it’s an expansive corner of the Internet that just keeps growing and, as a side effect, more time-consuming.

    More importantly, I hope your work situation improves and that you find a good place to live if you do move.

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    1. Thank you very much for you kind words 😊😊 I have always enjoyed seeing your comments on my post (And definitely had to laugh at quite a few of them: always loved your humor😂). But yes, it is exactly one of the main reasons right now for me to take a step back: it was becoming too time consuming for me. I won’t be disappearing completely just yet, but I will be here less, moving on to a few other things.
      As for work, things will continue in this way for at least the next few weeks, but I will try my best to keep my head above water so to speak. The move next year is the thing that is going to be the toughest to face, but we’ll see how it goes.
      I will definitely miss you too, and wish you all the best in whatever you decide to do in the end😊 Thanks for all the wonderful comments and your support the past few years. I won’t be saying goodbye yet though, I will definitely still pop in every once in a while 😊

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  24. I’m not sure how to feel about this post. It’s a mix of a couple of things. Somehow I feel emotional because in a way it’s like saying goodbye (at least for now), guilty because this reminded me that I haven’t really said something to the community when I stopped writing blog posts since February of this year.

    I can also relate to your situation on a very personal level because work has definitely been the primary reason for my absence.

    Anyhow, priorities are priorities. Just don’t forget to stay healthy, LOL! Work is essential but health takes precedence!

    I haven’t even met you in person, but I’ll miss you! *teary eyes* No, I am so not crying while typing because that would be weird considering my location so I’ll stop right now.

    Thank you so much! And I know you’ll be back! Keep me posted!

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    1. Well, if there is one thing you should not do, it’s feel guilty. I know that’s easy for me to say, as I honestly feel a bit guilty as well for taking a step back. But if there is one thing I have learned throughout these years of blogging is that this community is very understanding when it comes to things like this, and real life is always more important.
      It always comes to keeping things in balance, and when that balance is gone it’s best to just take a step back, and plan things better. I’m sorry to hear that things at work for you have been bad as well. I hope that things will settle down, and you maybe find a way to return here eventually as well.
      On a personal note, I really want to thank you for these very kind words, and all the support throughout these past few years. I have always enjoyed reading your posts, and exchanging comments with you. For me though, this certainly isn’t a goodbye. Whatever happens, I can’t really fully let go of this, (at least not yet) so I will still try to be around at some points.
      Either way, I hope things will go well for you too, and take care of your own health as well. Thank you so much for this very warm and kind comment, it really meant a lot to me 😊😊

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    1. Thank you so much Vinnieh. It’s definitely people like you, that it’s the main reason this is really difficult to leave this behind. You have been an amazing friend, and I am very glad that I have met you.
      I’m not saying goodbye though. (At least not yet) I will still try to pop in every once in a while whenever I have time, and stay in touch.
      My heartfelt thanks for these amazing words: You are definitely one very cool dude yourself! 😊😊

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  25. You’re health and mental wellbeing should always be your priority.

    Ironically I was in the same situation as you, working a few minutes from home and then the company moved to new premise that were 90 plus minutes/two bus journeys away. I took voluntary redundancy as I had been there almost 12 years and saw it as a chance to finally get off my backside and do something new. But you know what they say about the best laid plans… :-/

    That’s not saying you will falter mind, you seem much stronger than i am so I’m sure you find a solution that suits you on both the work and personal front. It is a shame to see you go having only just connected with you but I hope you don’t be stranger on our blogs.

    All the best! 🙂

    *Insert warming Monkey D. Luffy style grin with thumbs up here! 😀

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    1. if anything: life is always full of suprises so to speak. Some of these surprises can be good, some of them can be bad.
      I’m sorry to hear that things have been bad on your end with work too. It’s tough to keep going at it when things like that happen, but all I can say is don’t lose faith. Sometimes very unexpected thing that you don’t see just yet will happen, that might change everything.
      It really is a shame, but as I said in the post, I won’t be gone here fully just yet. Even though I won’t be as active as I have been the past two years, I will still try and check in every once in a while whenever I have time. I can’t make any promises if I can keep doing that next year, as I have no idea how things will go then. But if I can, I don’t want to become a total stranger here😊
      I wish you all the best with your blog and life in general and thank you so much for this wonderful comment. I will definitely be around, so this isn’t a goodbye 😉😊

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  26. Life does get more hectic as each year passes (sigh, adulthood); I just wish we can have more than 24 hours in a day. 😉 On a positive note, changes are always exciting. All the best with the move! I’ll still be reading your posts any time you get the chance to write. Glad that I’ve had the chance to know you on here. Hope we can stay in touch. 😊

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    1. Life really is getting more hectic each year it seems. This year especially, but I know next year is going to be even worse. Blogging has been an extremely important part of my life, and I would not have wanted to miss it for the world. Right now though, this step, though certainly not an easy one, is the best thing for me. I will definitely try to be around still as much as I can.
      Thank you for all your kindness, and all the comments we have been exchanging talking about one of our favorite past times: movies. I will definitely try to stay in touch: take care, and good luck with everything😊😊

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  27. Hey, hope you can stick around in some capacity, as I’ve just started getting to know you. But ultimately, do what you need to do and I hope you find that balance.

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    1. Thank you so much!😊 I’m glad to have gotten to know you as well. I will most certainly try to stick around as much as I can. Right now, that does mean I will be here somewhat less than I have been. I do not want to disappear completely yet though 😊
      Thanks for all your kindness, and I wish you the very best 😊😊

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  28. Hey, thanks for being open with us. It’s hard being an adult, life really hits hard.
    Then having to do extra work at your job is crazy. Sorry to hear. Hope they are paying more. Whatever you decide to do, I hope it’s for the best. I support either way!

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    1. Thank you so much 😊
      Sometimes life really does hit hard, and this is one of those times. As much as I love blogging, I really do need a breather right now. It’s just becoming too much, and with all the changes next year…I don’t really know how to keep things going.
      I will still try to pop up here every once in a while though. That’s for sure 😊 Thank you so much for the kind words, and support. I really appreciate it 😊😊

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  29. We’ll miss you for sure but you have to keep your head above water no matter what. I try to write several months in advance so that I can take breaks as needed and my blogs dont suffer for it. Kind of a Work/Life/Blog balance. It takes time to build up enough to do it but well worth the effort.

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    1. Well, I’m not gone yet, I will still try to be here as much as I can, but I won’t be around as much as I used to be, that’s unfortunately the truth.
      I used to have time to work in advance, and have enough posts to last a bit in times were things were too hectic. But right now, I don’t really have time for that either. I hope to still be here whenever I can 😊
      Thanks very much for the kind comment and support throughout the years 😊😊

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      1. Bottom line, just be happy and do the things that encourage that end. You were one of the first people to welcome me into the blogging life and I think you for it. I hope everything works out for you and you soon find yourself with enough time to do the thinks you love in addition to doing the things you must.

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  30. Having an understaffed work place is a terrible situation. Where I work, we would typically rely on 9-11 people for the job, but right now we only have 4. This is requiring me to be in all the time and just not feeling like doing much of anything once I’m out. So that sucks, and I get it. I pretty much post once a month now, and while part of that is my laziness and lull in passion right now, outside factors definitely hamper my blogging time. If things ever do get rough enough for you to leave blogging entirely, do consider writing maybe once a month like me instead of several times a week—this way we don’t have to lose such an incredible blogger and friend as yourself!

    I regret not having more time to blog, but especially not having the time or energy to read more of your (and everyone else’s) posts. I’ve made some changes myself so that next year I’ll have more time to blog. Maybe, just maybe, next year will prove more fruitful than this past.

    I’ve always enjoyed the posts of yourself that I have read, and whatever happens, we should definitely stay in touch! Best of luck with finding the balance in life and hobbies—it’s a tricky thing, but I’ll be rooting for you! 🙂

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    1. I’m sorry to hear that things in your end at work are rough as well. It sounds like definitely something similar that I am experiencing as well. Work is something that can have a very big influence on your personal life. I think it’s great that you still are able to at least write a post each month because it would really be sad if we didn’t get any posts from you anymore either 😢
      I hope that things for you will definitely improve again, and that you can find some more time to return to the blogging world.
      I have to think about what to do myself as well, which is why I am taking a bit of step back here. I might just spent some time to write some posts when I feel like it again, so I have a couple of them lined up so to speak. Right now though, I’m just going to spent time to focus on some other things. I definitely don’t want to become a stranger here.
      Thank you so much for these very kind words, and this amazing comment. I really hope that things will improve for you as well! Take care 😊😊

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  31. I’m sorry to hear about all of your difficulties and so many changes you are dealing with. I’ll just reiterate what everyone else did. Your happiness comes first, so never feel bad about doing what you need to do in order to make sure you are happy and well rested.

    And I’m glad to hear you’re trying to find a better balance. I do hope you are able to continue blogging and being a part of the community. Just remember, it’s okay to post sporadically and you don’t have to read everything (or catch up) from everybody. I understand the need to do that, but people really do understand that it’s very difficult to do. Just pop in every so often when you want to and see what’s going on at that moment. I know we will all be glad to see you even in that way.

    Like everyone else, I thoroughly enjoy your blog, and it always makes me happy to read your posts. So of course, I do hope you continue even in a limited fashion. But if not, I certainly understand. And I will hold you to keeping in touch though! But best wishes as you go through these changes and try to find what works for you 🙂

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    1. It’s hard to admit the fact that I have been struggling the past few weeks, and that I need to take a break. I know it’s silly but it feels like I am letting people down in some way. That said, I also feel that I could not have continued in the way that I have been doing the past few weeks as well. I really do need a bit of a break, and kind of think about how I want to continue. I definitely don’t want to quit fully, but next year I might not really have a choice. I guess I will have to wait and see how things turn out.
      Either way I still want to try and pop up every once in a while whenever I can. I love your blog, as you know I have always said that you are my number 1 source when it comes to Korean dramas, and that is still the case 😊😊 This is certainly not a goodbye, and I will try to check in as much as I can. Right now, I will really be taking a bit of a break. Thank you so much for all the kind words, and the amazing support throughout all the years of blogging. I have always enjoyed talking to you in the comments sections, and definitely consider you a great friend. Thank you 😊😊

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    1. Thank you so much 😊😊 I will definitely for now be taking a break, but that doesn’t mean I will stop fully. At least not just yet 😊
      I definitely want to try and pop up as much as I can. Thank you so much for the kind words: I appreciate it 😊😊

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  32. I’m late to this post, but thank you for having dedicated so many hours to us and your blog. Your efforts are unbelievable, and it’s only human that you need more time to take care of yourself. I will miss you very much.
    I hope work and life in general treat you well. Don’t forget to Tweet an update or something once in a while (if you have the time, that is), so that we know you’re okay!

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    1. Thank you so much for these very kind words. They definitely made me blush 😊Well, I do hope to be around still whenever I can. I am currently really taking a break just to focus a bit on some other things. I have no idea how things will go next year, but if there is any way I am able to keep on blogging, even if it’s in a lesser capacity, I will definitely try to do that.
      I will miss you too, but as I said I’m not saying goodbye yet 😊 I will try to pop up every once in a while again.
      Thanks again for this great comment, I appreciate it 😊😊

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  33. Michel, I hope you know you are one of my favorite blogging friends. You are so supportive and I love corrupting you and making you add more books to your tbr.😏 And, thanks to you I have learned so much about anime and Korean drama and I always look forward to your posts (even though I’ve been MIA lately). With all that said, I know you’ve been struggling lately. Honestly, between what you’ve been through with your dads health and your long work hours, I don’t know how you do it. I think you’re doing the right thing in stepping back before blogging becomes another stressor in your life. Blogging is supposed to be fun and relaxing, not another chore. As you know I’ve had to take a bit of a breather because of my health and while it’s been difficult, I know it was something I needed to do. You need to take care of yourself and engage in the activities that make you happy and relaxed. It sounds like you have a lot of changes coming in the next year and I fervently hope everything works out for you. While we haven’t met in person (sadly) I can tell from blogging and emails what a genuinely nice guy you are and you deserve the best life has to offer.🤗😚🤗

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    1. Aww Kim. Well I hope you know that feeling is entirely mutual. I have been adding so many books to my to read list because of you that I think it’s almost doubled in all that time lol 😂😂 But that’s not all, you really are one of the kindest souls that I have met here, and even though we haven’t met in person, it feels like we have, if that makes any sense 😊
      But yes, for now I really do have to take a step back. Things really are too stressful at the moment, and before I turn completely nuts (so to speak) I just really want to take some time to focus on other things besides blogging, and just find some balance. I definitely hope that I will be able to keep up and running and return here from time to time. I will certainly do my best for that 😊
      I really hope your health will remain stable, and you can do all the things you want to do again. I’m not saying goodbye, as it doesn’t feel like that at this moment. But I do want to wish you all the best for the upcoming weeks and life in general. You really are an amazing person Kim and I hope you will never forget that 😊😊Thanks for everything 😊😊

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  34. You’ve liked and/or commented on everyone of my daily blog posts since I started following you. I can only imagine what you’ve done for other bloggers. If anyone deserves a long term break, it’s you. I hope you find peace in your life. Thank you for letting us know what’s been going on. ☺️

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  35. Life getting in the way… Been there, done that… and at a certain moment you have to make decissions. Even if they are not the decissions you want to take.

    I hope that after all the craziness of your job moving and maybe you moving as well, you’ll be able to find balance again and maybe be able to pick up the blog… But, it should never feel as work, there shouldn’t be pressure. It has to be fun, all the time.

    Whatever happens, I wish you the best with it… Thank you for all the comments in the past and see you soon!

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  36. When I first saw this 4 days ago I knew I would have to make time to respond. I hope you don’t think badly of my tardiness. It’s a sign of my own relationship with blogging that it took me this long, and not a reflection on my feelings toward you or what you bring us through your blog.

    First off, I’m sorry to hear you’ve been having difficulty with various things. I know all too well how much pressure from the rest of your life can hamper your will to do the things you enjoy. I hope this situation gets better for you soon. Stress is the real killer, so please do all you can to stay positive.

    Second, I’m glad you’re recognizing that you need to make some changes before you get overwhelmed. We all enjoy your company, but you have to put yourself first. Whatever the reason – lack of time, need to focus on other things, or just plain burnout, you don’t need to feel ashamed or beholden to anyone else.

    It’s also good that you are still eager to find time for other things you enjoy. It’s important to keep up your energy and, as you said, find your balance. With luck, you will find the drive to continue blogging on your terms, and provide us with the great entertainment you have been for more than 2 years.

    In closing, I want to say “thank you.” For your time, your comments, and above all your friendship. I hope it will continue for a long time to come, and at the very least I will continue to keep in touch. Best of luck with everything, my friend!

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  37. Ahhh, good sir. I am saddened to hear how life has decided to shorten the dreadfully rare free time we have as we grow up. I do however totally understand what you noticed over the past months and, as someone who doesn’t exactly read fast or has enough time to visit every single person out there, even less, every single post done by every single person out there, I do feel like I put too much time into those “blogging duties” instead of using it in discovering new books, shows, movies, manga, anime, games, etc.

    I do heavily appreciate and give you mad respect for taking the time to share this with us and for realizing that you might have to cut down on blogging altogether at some point. While blogging has so many perks, it really is only truly appreciated when you can afford to put a lot of time into it. It really is a “job” in itself that most of us learn to see as a hobby from the start, but struggle to remember that it is a hobby later on.

    I do also hope hope that the big changes to come won’t be a too huge toll on you and that you’ll make the most of your free time from now on, and especially in 2019.

    I will have to end this comment by letting you know that I truly appreciate every second you put into blog hopping, sharing your thoughts and interacting with me. As silly as it may be, I am pretty glad to have had at a “guy” friend in blogging world where 99% of the folks who I follow/who follow me are ladies! I did love how quickly you were appreciated by everyone and how quickly you got into this “business”. I wish you all the best for the near future, Michel. Take care.

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  38. Oh. I am sad that I didn’t discover you earlier. But I am glad that I discovered you at all. And I will be glad for every post I can read in the future from you. I love your posts, because not only are they interesting, but I like how you write. I feel like I know you, when I read your posts. Like you are my good friend or even myself. I don’t know if you understand what I meant by that. But let it be. 😀 😀

    I want to say that I understand you very well. I am not very active blogger, because of these reasons you mentioned. As much as I love so many bloggers and their posts, it can be so time consuming to read and comment even half of them. Especially, because English is not my native language and then I often find it difficult to express myself. I don’t want to write only “I love this picture!” or “Great post!”, so I often don’t write anything.

    I am sorry that things are rough at work and I hope that one day you have more free time and you can enjoy your hobbies more. 🙂

    And don’t feel obligated to answer me or visit my blog. I don’t comment because I want you to comment my posts. I just like your posts. And I think you are great. 🙂

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  39. Oh, this is unfortunate news 😦 I hope you are able to stick around, as you would surely be missed, but I understand if you can’t. There are only so many hours in the day and you need to take care of yourself first and foremost.

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    1. Thanks Jon 😊 There is another reason though why I have been feeling so tired. Yesterday I got some blood test results back and it seems that I have a very high Vitamine D defficiency. Which explains my lack of energy and the feeling so tired part. I also have some very annoying stomache problems the past week and a half. I will be getting medicines for both today, so hopefully with that I will be getting some of that energy back 😊
      I had been planning to stick around at least for a while in a lesser capacity, but right now I just can’t. It’s a daily struggle right now to even get to work. But hopefully with the medicines I will feel somewhat better. If there is any way I can get back again…I will, I promise you that 😊😊 Thanks so much for the support Jon, I really appreciate it 😊😊

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      1. Oh, I have the same thing so that makes a lot of sense to me. Hopefully the medicine is helpful and makes you feel better 😀

        As for the support, that’s no trouble at all! You have been a wonderful presence in the community 😀

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