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  1. Phoenixking

    Dear Diary...

    That all sounds amazing and super healthy, bud. I am proud of you for recognizing what you need and adapting to it. It's not over yet. Keep it up. This is a good move !
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    Dear Diary...

    Hey man, go for it! I used to perform regularly and it's a fun world to be in. Start with watching and checking some of them out and try to make a couple people laugh at an open mic night. Work your way up from there. It might be tough sometimes but getting a crowd roaring with laughter sometimes is worth it!
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    Maintenance of the PhoenixKing

    I came back to see what was up with a friend here on the forum. It fel appropriate to write an update. Things have been going well. I am trying to improve the quality of my life, bit by bit. I'm still rather impatient and I still tend to set bars rather high. But I am also aware of that behaviour and I'm learning to meditate and find peace with that side of me. Right now I'm still trying to make meditation a habit. After I cement it, I'll adapt it. I just use it to unwind and relax for now. One day I'd like to use it to communicate with myself. I've been seeing a career counselor. She's been helping my figure out what I want to do in life. So far I've learned that I need something dynamic and diverse. So a job with a lot of new environments and new people or several jobs at the same time or something project-based where I switch it up every few months. I need to feel challenged and I want to use my natural skills: creativity, language and empathy. I was worried about the practical side of things. Where to apply, how, what to say, what sector would fit me... But after a while, I realized and noticed that all of my stressing out is useless. And if I don't stress and worry, everything seems to just fall in its place. I am basically learning to listen to and follow my heart. Physically we're doing fine. My diet is healthy, with a cheat day here and there. My body is fine. My knees ache from time to time, but I'll manage. I've been doing Krav Maga for a bit now and I'm really progressing. It gives me confidence and the belief that if push should ever come to shove, I'll hold my own. Next week, I'll be telling my boss that I'm looking for other jobs. I will express that I need to do more freelance stuff for now and I'd like a part-time job in our Marketing department. If they can't do something like that for me, I'll walk and just figure shit out for myself. I'm not that worried about money. I live paycheck to paycheck, for now. I just moved and I just need a lot of shit. I just bought my first washing machine. Insurance is expensive, ... I like going out to dinner, making trips, ... I do believe I need to budget things a bit more. But I was poor for about 4 years. I think I'll manage 😉 I'm thinking of trying to arrange at least 1 freelance thing per month. And upping things every month until I feel confident that I am financially safe enough. I'll likely get a part-time job in a coffee place or a cocktail bar. I'm looking at event planners and bars as we speak. I feel confident. And then there's girls. There's this one girl, my improv crush. We're basically friends with benefits. We have strong feelings for each other but we are also mature enough to realize that it's just not the right time. She's been struggling with cancer for the past year and a half and throughout it all, her partner left her. She's been picking the pieces of herself up ever since. It turns out she's been single for about the same time as I have been. We're still figuring things out between us, but it's clear we love each other very much. We're making plans to celebrate New Year's Eve with her family at a theme park and she's helping me plan my dream trip: Japan. There's also a few other girls but I'm just kind of interested in the attention or the flirting. Nothing compares to my improv girl. I've learned that I use dating and flirting as a coping mechanism. I think that I will let go of this in due time and that this moment might sneak up on me sooner rather than later. It's my ambition to keep the improv girl at a bit of a distance. I don't want another suffocating relationship thing. Though she's a freelancer too and we communicate and respect each other properly. I honestly think we could be a potential couple. But we both, separately, still have some stuff to work through. No matter what happens, this is a good thing because it's teaching me a lot about myself. Don't get me wrong. It's all terrifying. I have no idea what's going to happen. I get anxious from time to time. I overreact or freak out. But those moments also pass. Things are growing slowly. But I totally notice the progress. And it feels amazing. I feel happy and loved. I am surrounded by amazing, warm and kind people. I try to give that love back to them and the world. Quitting video games has been the scariest and toughest thing I ever did. I jumped out of a plane, I travelled through NYC with no plan or money, I backpacked through Canada and California, I changed jobs, girls and cities more than I can count and I once had a random Spanish chick tattoo me in her kitchen. I have struggled with depression and suicide in an environment that basically did not care whether I lived or died. And yet this was my toughest challenge: to let go of something I thought I loved and realizing that I had confused love for addiction. I am free now. I actually burst out in dance randomly on a daily basis. I am happy. Finally. So for all of you who doubt yourself, I understand. It's messy and difficult. But you're not alone and the challenge is worth it.
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    Maintenance of the PhoenixKing

    Days 86-87-88-89-90 & 91 I guess this is it. This is goodbye. Yesterday marked the 90th day of this detox. I have been porn-free and videogame-free for a while now. My life has taken a drasticly positive turn. I spent the last couple of days in the presence of a Portuguese girl I met and developed a little crush on. I needed a bit of a holiday and that was just what was provided. I spent Thursday in another city doing a teambuilding with the people from work. I cut loose. I had fun and was happy. The sun has been shining for 5 day straight as far as I'm concerned. I have been very happy. Good coffee, fruit, good food and fun people. Thursday was filled with games and competition too and I kicked ass. I won just about everything. I was sooooo motivated, I was on fire! I eventually won 2 big bottles of special craft beer, which I then donated to the company. 1 to each branch office. I just wanted to compete and win, I didn't care about the beer. After that I spent the night at the Portuguese girl's place. Let's call her Ana, shall we? Makes it easier to type. I didn't really know what was going to happen. Were we going to have sex? Are we just friends and is she being nice? We don't really know each other very well after all, what should I expect? I decided to just let go of everything and just went with whatever life would throw at me. We ended up kissing rather quickly. Not in a gropey, passionate way but softer and kinder. When she kissed me, it's as if I could feel she cared about me. Very loving. Friday I woke up early and we walked to a coffee place nearby. I got a cuppa java, some pastries and set out to snowboard. It was mayhem! I made the best out of it, but I ended up going home sooner than planned because of the choppy snow. There were just too many people fucking it up. But I did learn that I can hold my own on a board now. Next time, I might get a helmet and try a ramp or two. Or maybe try some actual snow instead of an indoor ramp. I went back to hers, we couldn't really keep our hands off each other and we changed into our pirate outfits. We went onto a boat, decorated for pirates, and had a floating, cruising, pirate boat party. It was amazing! So many nationalities, cool conversations and costumes, good booze and prices, lots of rum and dancing, ... A night to truly remember. Each time I fell asleep with Ana, we crawled into each others arms. I could tell she felt the same way. I had been thinking about this. There's no way we have a future. But that doesn't mean that for a few days, we could believe our own little paradise could exist without being disturbed by the cold reality. We held hands for the first time on Saturday. We watched Goldfinger, The Room, Trapped In The Closet and went out for a long walk by the water. We talked about life, our backgrounds, trauma, past relationships... Eventually I had to leave. We kissed one final time and I told her to let me know whenever she was near Ghent. I don't know what might happen next but that's half the fun ? So I had a sexy, fun, adventurous 'holiday'. And now I'm back home. In the middle of my stinky living room ? I will try and spend the day cleaning because I have a friend coming over tomorrow to eat a weed brownie and watch Gaki No Tsukai. There's 2 dates later this week too, a fancy dinner, some Krav Maga and a new podcast episode we're releasing. And after that? Who knows? I might quit my job when my jobcoaching sessions progress. I might have financial issues again or I might play it smarter and be safer but work more. I don't know. There are many things I would like to see happening. I want to keep writing like I do in this diary. So I am playing with the idea of starting a blog called "The Happiness Enabler". It'd be about personal examples and anecdotes on being happy and deciding to be better and quitting bad habits and swapping them out for good ones. I'd like to change my line of work. I'd like to stay single for a while and just enjoy life and being me. I'd like to keep minding my food and my body. And I'd like to stay happy, like I am now. Thank you all for reading, commenting, being a shoulder and helping me get insights. It has been invaluable.
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    Maintenance of the PhoenixKing

    Day 84 & 85 Still recovering a bit but doing better. The schedule is troubling. I'd like to clean the place but I just have a lot of shit to do that feels like a bigger priority to me. I notice that I do need a specific structure to work around. Then again, this party was hella crazy, I was sick and I was stressing for weeks. I feel like it's okay that I don't immediately have my ducks in a row. I'll be leaving tomorrow night for a few days. I'll be in the next country over because of teambuilding, that same night I'll sleep at my Portuguese Belle's place, Friday is my birthday-snowboarding-day and in the evening she's asked me to go to a party on a boat in the middle of the river, dressed as pirates! How crazy is that?! Then I'll spend another day at hers and honestly... That's where my story will end. I have a looooong way to go. There's much to learn and I already know I'll fall and fail. I'll be back here if need be. I've been toying with the idea of maybe writing a blog or something of the sort. I rather like writing and it tickles me knowing that people read this. It's intimate, but it's also okay. I enjoy putting myself out there if it means I sometimes get to positively influence people. In any case, I'll probably let go of the diary for the last few days and write maybe one or two final entries. Then I will have done my 90 days. I'll do The Challenge and after that, it's going to be the next step: a new career. And after that? Who knows?! In any case, I'm happier. More at peace with myself. More at peace in general. And videogame- and porn-free! One amazing thing that happened/I did today The Portuguese invited me to a pirate-party on a boat! It might be a romance that won't survive the week due to numerous factors, but it's looking to be one epic long weekend! Body/health The migraine has left almost for 100%. I went to Krav Maga and tomorrow I'll start up my shakes again. Babysteps, as I've learned. Making progress again towards being my best self: a healthy self. Mind/soul I am getting back to being me again. Less mopey and drugged, more happy and balanced and passionate. I guess it was just one crazy big hangover ? Thàt and my tendency to overthink stuff when it comes to women. Especially now that I'm juggling the attention of about 4. First world problems, eh? What progress did I make today? Bought food, minded my body more, went to Krav Maga, planned out my chores more. What went well today: Letting go of my tendency to wallow in my emotions and found some more balance. What I could have done to make my day better: Do more stuff at work that actually matters, aka my own chores and stuff. What I will do differently tomorrow: Try to do as much as possible when I get home, before I have to go to improv. I'll not be home for a few days and I'd hate to leave it in this foul post-party state. Goals: Survive work. Enjoy improv and apply my passion. Do my chores. Start the day with a shake. Try and accomplish maybe 1 thing at work for my personal gain.
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    Maintenance of the PhoenixKing

    Day 82 & 83 So the party and the aftermath. I was never any good at asking for help, let alone accepting it. But Saturday people just kept popping up to help out. There was even a friend from the next country over. It was just like that Beatles song. I got by with a little help from my friends. I spent Sunday in a blur of euphoria and trashbags and dishes. I should probably get to cleaning. I feel like this was a profound experience. I stood up to my Mom and kept her out. I didn't even think of her once. My sister helped me out A LOT. So did my friends. And I found out all 3 of my crushes have a thing for me. Wtf. How is this my life now? I woke up with one of them. It was lovely and soft and slow. I'm seeing her next weekend. She's from the next country over, but I have to be nearby anyway. So fuck it, I'll stay a night ? I feel like the luckiest motherfucker in the world. I spent the better part of Sunday not cleaning but just basking in all of the positive vibes. The friends, the presents, the fun and the stories. I have come a very long way. So I found that really absorbing all of the love was important, more important than cleaning ? I basically spent all day on the couch, hangovering it out, listening to Arctic Monkeys, Lisa Leblanc and the soundtrack from Baby Driver. This weekend was a succes and a turning point in my life. There's 7 days to go in this detox. I will miss doing this diary. One amazing thing that happened/I did today The Portugese crush kissed me and it was so soft and endearing. Body/health The migraine has left. But that's a vague thing to state because of the hangover, music, endorphines and booze. Mind/soul Overjoyed. Deeply. And proud of myself. What progress did I make today? Party went off withoutt a hitch. What went well today: Accepting help and asking for help. What I could have done to make my day better: Buy less food, spend less money. What I will do differently tomorrow: Try to start living in reality again. I'll have a black hole for a few days. Goals: Try to recover and survive work. Go to a fancy event with my friend. Try no to lull in the black hole too much.
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    Maintenance of the PhoenixKing

    Day 80 and 81 Yesterday and today are a blur. I woke up yesterday with a killer headache. Doctor told me it's a migraine... Great. Just on the cusp of my amazing party. I bit through the first few hours of Thursday. There was a buttload of clients around again. I was woozy, badly concentrating, ... Everything was just blurry. I couldn't think straight. After a while, I threw the towel in the ring. I can't really remember what I did yesterday, but I'm sure that it was useful. Oh yeah! I went to the barber's, finished my groceries and to do list, enlisted some help and got some cooking supplies. Today I did all of the shopping and made an extra cheesecake by accident. Too much batter! Whoops! Turns out, my fridge is too small so I'll have to get creative... While my sister does the cooking and uses up the ingredients in the fridge, I'll fill up the emptied out space with cakes. Culinary tetris! There'll be cute girls, wine, friends, games, magic, ... Honestly, it's been costing my claws full of money. But it's worth it. I truly feel like it's worth it. I will stand in the middle of the room at some point and realize how lucky and happy and grateful I am. My own appartment, housewarmed by the greatest people alive, living in the greatest city. Paid for by a job that's soon going to change into something that's up my alley. Eating food I made or bought or helped cook. Drinking stuff from cups I chose, during games I prepared, in a sofa I bought. I'm going to be filled with joy, surrounded by my friends and achievements. This is my personal celebration of life. It's my birthday, it's my housewarming, it's a dress-up-party, it's a celebration of who I have become and what my potential entails. And it will be infinite. One amazing thing that happened/I did today I sped around the city and found àll of the ingredients I needed. All of them? Yeah. ALL. Body/health The migraine sucks. Also still a tad stressed. I tried minding my diet and sleep but it's hard. Everything feels so blurry. I did take lots of break but I did have a shitload of chores to do. Mind/soul A lot of things at the same time. I pay attention to my health and the migraine. But also to my schedule and what still needs to get done. And I also want to be able to fully relax and feel okay. What progress did I make today? Finished all of the stuff I needed to finish. Except for 1 cake. That's going to be breakfast stuff. What went well today: Cooking and shopping. Despite the headaches. What I could have done to make my day better: Chill the fuck out. And don't push yourself so much. Stop worrying. Everybody already likes you. What I will do differently tomorrow: Let go of it all. There's so many people who voluntarily started helping out. It brings a tear to my eye. Goals: Sleep well and proper. Then eat right. Then shower and wash. And then make the last cake. Then the sister will arrive and I'll just try to mellowly flow on the waves of all of the prepping we've done. My friend will arrive too so we'll be able to decorate and prep with the two of us while my sister does kitchen shit. By 4 in the afternoon, I'll be sipping wine, kicking ass and taking names. It's going to be glorious. Like a phoenix rising in a blaze.
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    Maintenance of the PhoenixKing

    Day 79 Waw. Only about 20 more days to go. I wonder if I'll continue this diary... Well, work was fun. Lots of cute girls passing by. I love a good crowd. There was so much hussle and bussle. I finished my shopping list and I have just about everything I need for the party! So productive day! The improv crush came over, we made out a little and she brought me a homemade bento! So adorable. I'm a tad scared that I'm secretly being self-destructive. It seems like I'm about to jump on any single girl with a heartbeat that smiles at me. I find the impulse to text and flirt and chat them up to be really hard to ignore. A part of me wants to have meaningful, deep connections. And another part of me just wants to rampage. I'm terrified I might fuck up my own party Saturday. There's this crazy cute girl coming all of a sudden. I'm weirdly terrified that something might click. And she might want to spend the night. So I'll have to deny the improv crush. This is ridiculous and a major first world problem. I'm overthinking, panicking and overreacting. But this is what I tend to do. I guess that I'd just have to let go and in the end just see what happens. There is no real control I have over the situation. I should probably just focus on making it a meaningful evening. There's games to be played and drinks to be made. I try my best to let go of the whole flirting-obsessed part of me. But it's really hard. I feel like it comes over as arrogant and self-centered. But I think it's some coping mechanism I use to compensate for my fear of being alone. I'm not on Tinder, purposefully. To protect myself. Because I'd go bananas on it. Maybe I should actually start thinking about celibacy for a while. Okay, that was actually ridiculous. How do you manage something like this? How do you manage to dial down something like this, when you don't even know where the lines in the sand lie yet? One amazing thing that happened/I did today The Bento was delicious and the improv hilarious! Body/health Way better! Proper food, proper sleep! Mind/soul Overall still happy. A tad stressed but that's normal. And a weird bit panicky for my party on Saturday. As if I'm scared that I'll actually have fun. What progress did I make today? Finished my shopping list. Found great recipes for the cakes. Had a day of non-stressing and relaxing. What went well today: Work was fun actually. I love it when there's random people to talk to. What I could have done to make my day better: Chill the fuck out. And stop chasing after girls so much. And stop judging yourself for doing that. What I will do differently tomorrow: Honestly, I don't know yet. I have faith in myself that I'll figure it out. Maybe I just need some wine or something. Goals: Survive work. Do my personal stuff sneakily in between and finish the last bits of the shopping list. Go to the Turkish shop. Then to the barber's. Then pick up my friend's blender. AND THEN THE MADNESS BEGINS: DECORATING AND PARTY PREPPING
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    Maintenance of the PhoenixKing

    Day 79 I'm tired. Yowza. Today at work it was busier than usual. Tomorrow and the day after it'll be filled up with clients. I'll probably be running around putting out fires. I tried to make sure that I got as much done as possible for my party. I think I almost have everything now, but I'm not sure. It's getting kind of woozy. I'll probably stress some more the next days. I already agreed with myself that it's okay if it means I get shit done but on Saturday I let go of everything during my morning shower. I'll sing, dance, drink and chill. No stress. Surfing on the waves of all of my prepwork. Tomorrow evening I'll still try to go to some shop (if at all nescessary) or start changing the layout of my apartment. I'm getting a visit too! The improv crush is dropping by for supper and she's making me a motherfucking bento box for the day after! Afterwards we're going to improv together. We had a bit of 'the talk' and I think I made it clear we care about each other but that this is not going towards a relationship. But it's nice in any case. It felt healthy ? In any case, the flirting is on. I am loving this being single and handling my shit at the same time. Slowly but surely, I truly think that in 2019 my life will have made a full 180 degrees turn. I visited my childhood home today. I grew up there but because of the divorce it was sold. Now my aunt is renting it from the person who bought it. Life has a funny way of producing irony. I dropped by because I needed some pots and pans to cook with this weekend. It all seemed so much smaller than I remember. But the nostalgia was nice. I asked if I could see my old room. Or my old bathroom. That's where my dad once told me about the divorce. I wasn't possible. But soon. It's not like I'm not over it or hung up on it. It's just that I want to know what it feels like to be there again. I want to relive a second of that pain and angst and show myself how far I've come and how strong I've become. My jobcoach told me to write a letter to my younger self, back when I was still upside down and inside out. Maybe dipping into it will resolve some things with my mom. One amazing thing that happened/I did today It's been a long time since somebody has flirted with me and told me I'm sexy. It was kind of nice ^^ Body/health I'm tired ? I've been really active each day after work. But I listed to my body before it becomes my corpse. Food, nutricious stuff and sleep. Mind/soul Very, very excited for Saturday. Already mentally prepping for shit to go haywire. Of course it will! And it's going to be hilarious ? What progress did I make today? Picked up almost ALL the party and cooking supplies I needed. Almost all of the non-food stuff is done now. Also I have my car back. 600 bucks hurts my bank account. But that's why I have savings. What went well today: Being productive as soon as work was done and not quitting until I was physically exhausted. But also letting go on time and not pushing myself over my limits. What I could have done to make my day better: Not push myself SO much. Pushing myself is okay. But I need to make sure I chill out and eat and rest on time. What I will do differently tomorrow: Improv crush is coming over for fun evening and some R&R and improv. She made me a bento. I will squeel from joy. Goals: Survive work. Do my personal stuff sneakily in between. Let go of everything as soon as the crush comes over and then enjoy it all with a smile.
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    Journal

    Good job ? Good morning! I had a nice shower, listened to a podcast, just made myself a breakfast shake with apples and spinach and nuts and juice; now for some cereal and off to work we go ? I'm very happy to read you're doing a bit better. Hang in there man! You're doing great from where I'm looking at you!
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    Maintenance of the PhoenixKing

    Day 78 Today was productive. I had skipped 2 diary entries because of lack of time. I wasn't going to sacrifice any sleep for it! But I managed to catch up. And we released our podcast today, episode 2 is online! Yay! I spent the better part of my day texting the improv crush and prepping for my birthday. I had made a list of decorations, shit I had to keep up with or buy, ingredients for my cakes or the chili dogs or possible appetizers, how much booze and beer to buy... A long and complicated task. But I narrowed it down rather precisely. After work, I immediately set out to go shopping. I bought party and mood lights, napkins, cups, ... I even bought a huge plastic square container to fill up with ice and to put outside. Since the fridge will be full of the food and cakes, there's a logistical issue ? When I came home, I spent some time talking to my sister. She's convinced me she'll be here and I can depend on her. We went over the list extensively and then I started unpacking the decorations and cooking. I got tired quickly. I didn't even eat that quickly. I just kept going. It felt good to make progress. There is still so much to do! I'm happy and proud that there's progress. I ended up watching Bojack Horseman and texting the improv crush and my Krav Maga crush. ... (I should really start coming up with names or something). I was sad. The BH episode was about the funeral of his mother. It didn't hit me until halfway. He mentioned something about secretly hanging on to a chance that he and his mother would get along somehow, at some point. And even though he was used to how things were, cold and taunting and hurtful, that secret wish was still there. I realized that's inside of me too. And it just hit me hard. I told the improv crush about it. It flowered into a nice and soothing conversation. It's not bad to be sad, though. It was just nice to be able to share it with her. One amazing thing that happened/I did today The episode of him talking at his mother's funeral. It hit home majorly. It's beautiful how something can do that to your soul in 20 minutes. Body/health The rhythm my daily boring job pushed me into, is good for my health. I drink my shakes, mind my fiber intake and drink plenty of water. Body is fine again! Though, I'm rather tired. Mind/soul I’m happy. I doubt my views a lot, though. My I feel like right now, that's positive. It's normal. I'm rearranging what I feel is important. It's supposed to shake my foundations a little. What progress did I make today? Wrote the diaries. Party supply shopping. Cooked. Ate properly. Handled all my mails. Planned out this week some more. Started decorating a little. What went well today: Being productive as soon as work was done and not quitting until I was physically exhausted. What I could have done to make my day better: Make sure colleagues don't suspect anything. I feel like I'm no longer giving a fuck. But I should be wiser and cover my tracks a bite more, I guess. What I will do differently tomorrow: Try to be a bit more subtle at work. And try not to pressure myself too much. I know I'm doing it again and I understand why and accept it. But nobody is expecting a castle. They just want to see me and have fun together. Goals: Survive work. Do my personal stuff sneakily in between. Go pick up the car from the mechanic. Plan the next days properly because I’ll need good planning to survive the prepping of my party. Yeah. This is the same as yesterday ?
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    Maintenance of the PhoenixKing

    Day 77 So I had cleaned my place because today would be the first day I’d have guests over. I was ready. I picked up some donuts, put some coffee on and everything was set. We have a D&D-based podcast and it’s doing rather well. Our guest arrived we spent all day recording. We managed to get 3.5 episodes done! And we’re releasing episode 2 tomorrow. So exciting. We’ve had amazing responsed and this session was the best one yet. Omfg, it was so good. It had emotion, comedy and tension. True D&D. And the guests are really getting into it, so after a couple of episodes, we could be really on track to something amazing here! I was euphoric at the end and I still kind of am. I’m so grateful to be a part of something this crazy. I also called my mom. I had decided to ask her not to come. If we can’t work out our differences, we are not going to behave well at my party. I’ll be stressed, I know myself. I put the bar rather high. I’ve only since recently learned to lower it and deal with it with more chill. But that’s a new skill of mine. I am prepping myself for being very sensitive and stressed out that day. I’ll probably be better off that that, but I’d rather deal with the worst case scenario. I have prepped for so many things going wrong. It HAS to be a great party with all of my prepping, right? ? (I can hear it, too, don’t worry. I’m doing it on purpose. I’ll be fine.) So I felt like she didn’t deserve to see what an amazing and strong person I’ve become, she is not allowed to see and reap the fruits of my labor when she hasn’t been there for me. I felt like I respectfully communicated what and why and I added that I also understand this is me burning some type of bridge, no matter how polite my words are and no matter how justified my emotions are. So I suggested getting counseling for our family. She didn’t respond very well. But at least I’m setting up my boundaries and guarding them. I’m staying true to myself and not even my mother will walk all over me. I am solid now. And I’m staying that way. I no longer sacrifice parts of myself to keep people pleased. I will not relent. Speaking of staying true to myself… I’ve been thinking a lot about my behavior and how I deal with female attention. I used to be a complete man-whore/playboy. I used Tinder before I had breakfast ànd during my morning coffee. I juggled girls, texts, drinks and condoms like it was a second nature. I now see that I was compensating. Majorly. I was filling up the hole inside me with meaningless sex and flirting and was hurting some people in the process here and there. Myself included. I feel very, very strongly about not going back to that person I used to be. But I am a social and flirty person after all. So I still struggle with finding a balance between flirting and accidentally falling into old habits and just being my fun, happy, social, talkative and flirty self without judging myself for it too harshly. Also, my improv crush happened to drop by later that night and we kissed!!! She was on her way home from a gig and dropped by. I notice that lately we’ve been talking a lot and it’s like any excuse is good enough to hang out. The attention is nice and there’s totally some chemistry there. We can talk for hours. She showed me her pictures from her trip to Japan. We were getting a bit more comfortable and when she left it just kind of happened. But passionate or anything. But not a peck either. … I wonder what will happen now. She knows I want to be single. But she’s also in a very vulnerable place. She’s still struggling with the whole cancer thing that’s ravaged her body and her ex has somebody new already. I think I can make her feel better but I don’t want to step on her feelings. There’s going to be 4 cute, single girls at my party Saturday. It’s either going to be completely amazing, or I just created a perfect storm. One amazing thing that happened/I did today The kiss. I have waited years for this. Body/health I was kind of under the weather. I didn’t eat enough. When I was about to start cooking, the crush suddenly showed up. Mind/soul I’m not sure if I’m taking my feelings seriously and being introspective, or if I’m just being my normal dramatic, overthinking self. It’s sometimes really confusing to be me ? What progress did I make today? An amaaaaazing podcast episode. Clean, proper place where I can have guests over. Great social media management done today. And after years or wanting her, I kissed my improv crush. What went well today: The podcast episode. It was amazing. We were on fire. I’m so proud of our content! What I could have done to make my day better: Make more time to eat properly. Maybe I should meal prep or something. What I will do differently tomorrow: I’ll have more rhythm again so food and drinking water will be okay again. I clearly require structure to function. Goals: Survive work. Do my personal stuff sneakily in between. Go pick up the car from the mechanic. Plan the next days properly because I’ll need good planning to survive the prepping of my party. This is going to be an interstellar week!
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    Day 76 Woke up at an okay time. There’s a couple of hours to go. I had to go represent my improv group at a culture festival. There’s all these groups that do theatre or entertainment or whatever. So it’s like an open air convention where people flyer like crazy. I wanted to be there fresh and fruity because I have something to prove. I’ve been out of the group for a year and I need to get back in their good graces to get some gigs and get back into freelancing properly. That ànd I would get to spend some time with my improv crush. She texted me, telling me she had gotten there early and was craving some coffee. Great way for me to start the day with a kind gesture! We hung out, joked around and got a little flirty as we do. It was a fun time. Afterwards we parted ways because of different schedules. I was texting with this random girl that wanted a second shot at a good impression. I was too nice to say no. She kept insulting my hair last weekend but also kissing me. Confused the hell out of me but afterwards I realized that I no longer have to do shit like that. If I don’t like it, I get to walk away and still feel happy. I no longer need anybody to help me feel good about myself! I ended up hanging out with her and stumbling into a wine tasting. Lucky me! Great wine. OMFG. She was okay company. But amazing. But okay. I just didn’t feel any connection so I’ll probably let it die down naturally. There are more fun people out there and my time is valuable. I would have never ever looked at it like this before I quit games. But now I have all this confidence. It’s like I’m convinced of the fact that I deserve good things and should not settle for anything less than amazing. I met up with some friends and went to see a free classical music show that floated on the water, went to a geeky themed bar to celebrate it’s birthday with free foreign booze and drank some Italian wine in a travel café. I had the most European night ever, I feel ? All in all, it was a good day. One amazing thing that happened/I did today I went into a favourite coffee bar of mine and it turns out they had a DJ spinning records that evening, and were organizing a free wine and rum tasting. Free drinks! Body/health I didn’t really eat all too much. I should be clearing out my fridge but I just didn’t make the time to cook. Mind/soul I feel like I’m more resilient and less inclined to throw myself at others to please them. What progress did I make today? I volunteered for my improv group. I cleaned my place properly and rearranged my furniture. What went well today: Being social. I dropped into a party where I didn’t really know anybody but I just went with it. It wasn’t amazing, but fun enough to last longer than expected. What I could have done to make my day better: Make more time to eat properly. And not hesitate to go out and buy something if I need it. What I will do differently tomorrow: Mind what I eat and also when. I need fuel and should respect my body. Goals: Sleep well and mind my voice. Tomorrow is podcast day. Have a warm, clean and open welcome for my friends/podcast buddies. Have a great episode. Eat properly.
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    Day 75 Work was slow and unfulfilling. At least I have fun colleagues to chat to. They admitted they also try to get as much out of everything as possible. By that I mean taking things sometimes or printing things. I quit earlier and got on a bus to my grandma's, got her car, drove my ass back, changed into my retro outfit and left with my niece. It was fun! Great event! It was themed after the sixties! I'm glad I went with my niece, we laughed uncontrollably. I could have taken that nymphomaniac friend of mine but that would have turned out ... complicated. We went on rides, ate, drank, laughed, took pictures and had fun. We went to see a singer perform. Mainstream stuff, balads and pop. A singer/songwriter type dude. But it was gooooood! What a great performer! His voice sounded just the same as on the radio, that's some pure voice there! The bandmembers were in sync. It was overall just a really great performance. But the backing vocalist reminded me of my ex... The height, body shape, singing capability, hair... I could not unsee it! I tried but after a while I told my niece I was going for some air. I just took a walk and ended up at a coffee stand. Where suddenly a random gay dude starts talking and flirting with me! I was flattered. And he was fun and happy and positive and energetic. So I quickly forgot my troubles and got to know him and his friends. My niece came by to find me. It was just a fun bunch of people. He's really positive and fun. I'll hang out with him sometime. He works for a company that does PR and online marketing. I think I'll have to hang out with him sometime and learn some stuff from him. He told me he could set me up with some nice girls too. He apologized but I told him that I was okay with the flirting. I took it as a compliment. I'm not that insecure about myself and my masculinity that a guy hitting on me would make me feel uncomfortable. If he does something that I don't like or want, I'll just say it or stop him; duh! Overall, great evening!!! Fun stuff, memories, new people, free drinks and food. One amazing thing that happened/I did today I had a shitty moment and took some time for myself. Had an amazing latte and got to know a new friend ^^ Body/health The knees hurt a little but my arms are fine. Mind/soul I'm clearly not completely over the ex. But that's okay. What progress did I make today? I listened to myself and took a little walk when I needed some breathing room. Got grandma's car. Got home at a reasonable hour. Tested my retro outfit. What went well today: Having fun with the colleagues. The event in general. Apart from the job itself, it was a good day. I made a shake this morning so my energy was back! What I could have done to make my day better: Not eat french fries for lunch. It makes me sloooooow and slouchy. What I will do differently tomorrow: Try to get some chores done. That list needs to shrink. And maybe find a way to kill the bugs using a trap of some kind. Goals: Sleep well. Go to the culture event and help advertise our improv group. Flirt with my improv crush. Go home and be productive. Have fun at the party in the bar I frequent but not get wasted.
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    Day 74 Work was odd. It was boring. And quiet. There was a general meeting so lots of coworkers weren't there today. This gave me a bit of leeway in trying to not do anything at all and secretly getting some chores done. I bought some trophees for my party yesterday so today I decorated them. I also had a loooong conversation over Whatsapp with the maid of honor from the wedding I went to. We really clicked to be honest. It was nice. I hope I get to see her soon. I also pranked my colleague. We have a prank war going on ? I covered her desk with post-its. Last time she sowed foam chips on my seat. I came home and had some quick food and got ready for Krav Maga. It was brutal. It was intense. I loved it. The warm ups already knocked me out. I was one of two beginners there. The other one dropped out midway. So I was in a room filled with people who knew Krav Maga, trying to hold my own. My inner masochist loved it. I learned how to escape from chokes and how to defend from simple straight punches and how to kick and deliver a good solid punch or two. And then the exercises started. Holy shit. I got out my new gloves and armor. One on one you were supposed to hit each other, no rules, but only at 10% of your strength. Fuck me. That 10% went up to 30-50% after the first couple of seconds ? That was intense! And these guys were buff! I loved it!!! Kicking ass and getting my ass kicked. Finishing everything with a respectful nod, implying everybody has control over their aggression. Amazing. Then I went home, had some food, watched Ultimate Beastmaster and now I'm going to try and tidy some shit up before going to bed. And there's this cute girl from my Krav Maga classes and she's coming to my party. She's even coming a bit sooner to try my homemade cheesecake! How cool is that? A month ago, there was no Krav Maga, no girl and no idea I could make a proper cheesecake! Heck! A couple of months ago, there wasn't even an apartment. It's crazy how life can suddenly change... One amazing thing that happened/I did today I was asked at Krav Maga, for the third time since I've started, if I'm sure I haven't fought before. I haven't! Such a cool compliment! I must have some sort of knack for it? Body/health It's going to hurt tomorrow. But I'm starting to love that. It implies progress ? Mind/soul Okay. I think next week is going to be véry stressful. But we'll just have to take things as they come. I think I'll sleep great tonight after the training session. What progress did I make today? Kicked ass at Krav Maga. Asked the Krav Maga girl to come taste my cake and she said yes. Decorated the trophees. Ate properly. Bought veggies and fruit for my shakes. Cleaned up a bit. What went well today: Krav Maga. Conversation with the maid of honor. What I could have done to make my day better: I had less focus because I didn't have my morning shake. What I will do differently tomorrow: Be more awake at work and try to get through my (personal) mails and check my B-day planning a tad. Goals: Survive work. Go pick up grandma's car. Drive myself and niece to cool event and enjoy it carelessly. Don't go home too late. Wake up early enough to get a good start.
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