Why I’ve Been MIA (and my 39th birthday!)

Hi everyone! I know it has been a while since you heard from me! I went from blogging everyday or every other day, to struggling to blog once or twice a week, to just not blogging at all for over a month. I think part of it might have been burnout, part of it was a deep depression I was going through, and part of it was feeling somewhat like I put a lot of effort into blogging and didn’t feel like I always got a lot out of it.

Have you ever felt that way? I decided I wanted to concentrate more on my “real” life instead of spending so much time online and on social media. Have you ever felt like maybe you were neglecting your real life by spending too much time online? I think it is a huge problem in today’s society. We miss out on so much by always being on our phones, computers, etc. I want to make sure I am fully present in my life and experiencing real things, not just simulated things or living vicariously through others.

By the way, today is my 39th birthday! I figured it would be a good time to check in, since I’ve been meaning to write something on here but just kept putting it off. Once you get out of the habit, it can be hard to get back in. Anyhow, I can’t believe that I’m so close to 40 now! That used to sound so old! It kind of still does to be honest lol. I feel like I should still be in my 20’s, but here I am!

To celebrate my birthday, I think I’m going to do something I always wanted to do as a kid, but never got to…I’m having a party at Chuck E. Cheese. I’m gonna eat some pizza and chocolate cake, play some skeeball and video games, and pretend to be a kid again. We all need that once in a while.

By the way, I went to an art class yesterday and I created this cute little Halloween picture, thought you guys might like it ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hi! I am an artist, author, and blogger who also happens to have Aspergerโ€™s Syndrome. I have won several awards and honors for my writings and artwork. I suffer from a few severe mental illness and chronic pain conditions (Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME, Ehlers Danlos, Degenerative Disc Disease, etc.), which greatly affects my life and makes me want to advocate for others going through similar things. Other interests of mine include reading, writing, drawing, watching cartoons and movies, collecting toys, hanging out with my family, and annoying my 3 cats.

30 thoughts on “Why I’ve Been MIA (and my 39th birthday!)”

  1. We’re so glad to have you back, Maranda! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’Sometimes you need a break to recharge and refresh. Self-care is of the utmost importance so continue to take care of yourself.

    Wishing you a fabulous birthday, sweetie! ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ‰

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  2. ๐Ÿ’œ Always Good to Hear from YOU!!! SupaSoulSis; a Very Happy Birthday to YOU!!! Get Spoilt Rotten and ENJOY!!!


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  3. What a wonderful way to spend the time celebrating you! I actually like Chucky’s pizza so I’m envious! As for being MIA in writing, I have times my muse is in overdrive and other times when it appears she’s gone on sabbatical. We’re always happy to see you, even if it isn’t as often. And yes, don’t lose touch with real life outside of the computer!

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  4. I have not been blogging long and with everything going on in my life I find it hard to blog sometimes as well. I too took some time just for me and my family and I think it helps to clear your mind and refocus.
    I completely feel how you feel about social media, I think people as a whole spend so much time scrolling social sites looking at what others are doing that you end up missing out on actually having a life yourself.

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  5. โ€œHave you ever felt like maybe you were neglecting your real life by spending too much time online?โ€ Yes. But I do a lot online, and some stuff I canโ€™t cross off the to-do list, but I deeeeefinitely feel like Iโ€™ve got no actual life outside of it. Unless you count errands and grocery shopping, and antibacterial cleaning the grocery shopping.

    I think itโ€™s a good realisation to come to and for you to do something about it to be more present in your life outside of the online world, if thatโ€™s what you want. Find the things that can bring a little joy and sense of meaning, as hard as that is with depression.

    Iโ€™m also sorry this is late butโ€ฆ

    ๐Ÿฅณ ๐Ÿฅณ ๐Ÿฅณ HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY!!!! ๐Ÿฅณ ๐Ÿฅณ ๐Ÿฅณ

    How was Chuck E.Cheese? I hope you had an awesome time! I like that picture too, the way it seems 3D With the tree in the foreground.

    Sending love,
    Caz xx

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