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  1. 8/29/2021 It's been a couple months since I last checked in. Life's been busy with all sorts of things since I became more independent and I've been enjoying life. I also have been going through a personal healing and recovery ministry at church so I have been making sure to put in the time for that and invest time in healing from a lot of personal stuff. Aside from that, I used a bit more of my hard earned money to upgrade my speaker system and get my first pair of Bluetooth Headphones. Being careful to not spend too much. It feels good that I can enjoy some new toys and in general enjoying higher quality sound. Work is going well. I'm gelling with my team now that I've been there for a few months now and I'm enjoying job irregardless of slow or fast days. In general, life is good. Until next time.
  2. 7/2/2021 Life keeps getting better and better. I began to take steps to make myself more independent such as starting new accounts at a credit union to take full responsibility for my funds and start taking on responsibility for what is in my possession. This time, it feels good. There is no fear. I have a motivation and my faith and trust in the Lord to bring me to more maturity and wisdom in managing things as a fully fledged adult. The transition is a bit hard and overwhelming, but I know it will pay off for good. I am also getting a significant upgrade in my personal tech. A colleague is offering to build me a PC with a lot more ram and have other high spec components for a high performance computer that will last a lifetime. The price tag is higher than I have spent before, but with higher quality components + being able to replace components rather than the PC tower as a whole, it will be worth the cost. Plus, this colleague has done it for others with no complaints. I am happy about my personal life advances and continuing to level up and now advancing into a true adult. Till next time, folks.
  3. I was an avid reader even before I stopped gaming. I would still read. Although it was at a lower frequency than when I wasn't gaming at all. The frequency has gone back up now that I don't game. More so into crime thrillers than fantasy novels at the moment.
  4. Pretty sure anyone on this forum (including myself) would tell you not to play it at all. Going back to the vomit isn't going to do any good for you. While the game does get you to move around and get out of your home, the 'Gotta catch em all' aspect is what will spiral into addiction. Better to suffer through the pain of the first couple weeks going cold turkey and be free of it for the rest of your life than to continue remaining an addicted slave to any kind of game.
  5. My advice (as hard as it sounds) is to trust your mom and her judgement here. I also had a mom who did not support me gaming. When I was your age, I didn't understand why. However, now after many years of loss in terms of lack of social life, strained relationships with my parents, and whole lot of apathy brought on by addiction, I now understand why she tried to stop me from playing. She has your future in mind and it is better to get rid of gaming sooner rather than later as the losses from that get more obvious, serious and more costly as you get older. Plus, you will find later on how you get left behind in a lot of areas while your peers who don't game end up speeding ahead of you. That's just my take on it based on personal experience.
  6. 6/6/2021 Wow. Life has been busy for me. Work is picking up speed. I am doing actual design work that takes a lot more brainpower than in my previous job. Personally, I love it. It's what I want to do with my career. Plus, I am now getting opportunities that I would never had gotten had I stayed a contractor. I'll be heading on a business trip to Arizona in a couple of weeks to my company's proving grounds where I will be with a senior design engineer supporting some rework/rebuilds that is being done on one of their mining trucks. I legit stoked for it and it will be good to get out of my town for a time after being cooped up here for the past year. Loving life and continuing to enjoy my new job. Till next time, folks.
  7. 5/12/2021 Apologies for the lack of comms as of late. My new job has been very taxing mentally due to the steep learning curve and I've been struggling a bit with the ambiguity surrounding most decisions. I've been busy with life in general as I am still getting used to my new job and the new conditions that come with being a direct hire. It's been hard to be honest and a little discouraging at times. I tend to struggle with the ambiguity and any time where things are not super clear. In fact, this job makes me feel insecure and as a newbie, I am even more uncertain. I just need to keep plowing on.
  8. 4/26/2021 After a little over 24 hours of no internet, it finally was restored when I came home from work at the office. It made me think quite a bit. So much of even my current entertainment is reliant on the internet. Made me go 'Hmm...' But anyway, back to describing last week. It was a good first week at the office. My new team is quite nice. They are quite snarky funny rather than the sarcastic funny my previous team was. But I still get quite a lot of laughs out of it regardless. So far, the new job has already introduced a new level of being detail oriented as a lot of decisions are meant to be new improvements rather than maintenance oriented changes which brings a whole new set of challenges. I like the new challenge though. I've learned through experience that things being too easy is rather boring. In the meantime, i keep on working hard and being successful. Until next time, folks.
  9. 4/16/2021 Today felt even more fulfilling than a week ago. Strangely, it felt good to be finishing one phase of my career and transitioning into another one. It also feels good to be going into the weekend without any outstanding work nipping at my heels for once. I was also in a celebratory mood due to the fact that I was finally kicking that stuck up project leader of mine to the curb and saying 'See ya and good luck on the project' and left him to deal with his own dumpster fire that he had been causing. It felt good and I was able to walk away with no regrets + a boss and super boss (senior manager) who gave me lots of praise on the daily team call and wished me luck on the next phase of my career. All in all, it's a good end to a long week. Now, I must sleep and rest and enjoy my weekend before the start of my new job on Monday. Till next time, peeps.
  10. 4/9/2021 Well today felt fulfilling. Worked under a tight deadline and got things done. Now it's just smooth sailing until I transition into my new job on April 19th. It's going to feel really good. Meanwhile, my parents are leaving for Texas tomorrow after staying with me for a week. Tbh, I always feel a twinge of sadness when they have to go. Hopefully they will be able to move closer to me soon. In the meantime, I keep living life and continue to excel. Till next time, folks.
  11. 3/30/2021 Well, after a week of waiting, I finally get the news from HR. I got the job, folks. In two weeks I will be working as a direct hire employee! It feels good, better pay and more growth opportunities. However, all things have their obstacles. I will now have higher expectations and more than likely more stress. But I love what I do for a living and I love the company I work for so I am driven to meet those expectations and do well as a Design Engineer. Until that begins I keep doing well where I am at. Until next time.
  12. 3/22/2021 Decided I will at least try to post and check in every seven days or so as only so much happens in a day whereas quite a bit happens in a week. Things are picking back up for me in terms of the in person interaction sphere. Aside from church, I am getting connected in small groups at the church I started attending about a month ago now currently I have at least one in person gathering a week from how things are shaping up. I am quite glad as I was craving in person interaction prior to that. Plus, my birthday is in 2 weeks and I am looking forward to my parents being here for that + I get to enjoy my mom's cooking yet again. :D In summary, I am happy. Also I have a job interview for a direct hire position at the company I am working at. Hopefully I will get it but I have no idea what the outcome will be. At least this time, if I don't get it, I have my current job to fall back on. That is all for now. Until next time, folks.
  13. 3/13/2021 Thank God. Last week was over. It was just one of those really tiring weeks. I lay in bed for a long while and just rested... and it felt really good. Got up, did my weekly chores and listened to news. Listen to music afterwards. In general, i just relaxed. Nothing else one should do on a weekend after doing chores aside from that. Parents are doing well and everything seems to be at a bit of lull, but I am okay with that. 😄 Until next time, folks.
  14. 3/5/2021 Well, time is going by fast. It's already March and thus 1 month before my birthday has arrived. Am 100000% looking forward to it as my parents have informed me that they intend to travel up to where I am for my birthday. I look forward to their company and even more good food. Meanwhile, I am starting to settle down at the new church I started attending and again, it feels good to be around people in person again. I really needed it. That's all there is to report for now. Until next time, peeps.
  15. 2/24/2021 Not been writing much lately as there hasn't been much to report. At least until last weekend. It had been a while since i had any in person contact as cell group was postponed for a while. Went to cell group, ate some REALLY good pasta, had good social time and had a good Bible study. In fact, I had no in person contact for so long, my brain took a bit to adjust to being in a social environment again. Guess that is one of the things about being an introvert. Takes a bit to adjust to social situations after being away for so long. Another thing... I also started attending church in person again. I went to a church closer to my apartment complex that is just a 5 minute drive away rather than a 15 to 20 minute drive. It felt good and I came home feeling mentally and emotionally refreshed. Plus, at the moment, I am working on a different project at work while the one I was working on previously is in the release process. It feels good and refreshing to be doing easier things for a while. Just need to not be so timid about technical detailing after my experience on the previous project. Overall, a lot of good things happening in one weekend compared to the two weeks that came before it. Until next time, everyone.