“Hey, what did you do today?
“I just filmed and edited two videos and cleaned the bathroom.”
“God dammit, Katie.”
There is a running joke between my roommate and I about how I am just terrible at relaxing. I complain about being exhausted at the end of the day, but then I set out to do more work. I’ll clean an area of the house, work on a YouTube video, or brainstorm new blog posts. As opposed to her (and most other people’s) version of relaxing, which is doing ABSOLUTELY nothing. Nothing wrong with doing nothing, it just isn’t for me.
But just because I am continuously moving and working, doesn’t mean I’m not relaxing. Some of my favorite activities require me to be very focused or active, but they calm me down nonetheless. So instead of lounging, I’ll work on something for YouTube. Instead of laying on the beach, I’ll take a two hour walk through the park. And I love my crazy, never-ending mind for constantly keeping me inspired to do more. Sawyer Hartman (YouTuber/Filmmaker) summed it up pretty perfectly in a video, saying that he had the day off and to him having a day off meant “only working on the things he really wants to”.
In my opinion, if you enjoy what you do enough, it doesn’t feel like that hard of work.
This doesn’t mean you should go burn yourself out and not practice self-care simply because you want to hustle. No no no no no! Just prioritize. If you work a full time job (like me), maybe spend an hour or two on that side passion project of yours instead of 2 to three hours of Netflix. You hold all the power to change your life, but it requires hard work and the willingness to put the time in. To each their own, but just know that even though it seems like a bit nutso crazy, I’m actually completely sane. Well, sometimes. Sometimes you end up dazed out staring at a hydro pole, forget how you got there, and realize you are insanely sleep deprived. Not that that has ever happened to me or anything….
What about you? Do you relax with work/hobbies? Or do you lounge and relax with a Netflix marathon? Both are A+ options. Let me know in a comment below!
Hello lovelies, and happy mother’s day.
Even though she ignored my call yesterday, and I’m still not over it, I thought I’d write this blog post to get all sappy and shit. This ones for you, mom.
The reason I said you can thank my mother for this blog is because she did a stand up job of raising me to be loud, hilarious, and honestly a little bit nuts. And I am eternally grateful for that. Some of my proudest traits are those that I inherited from my mom and they are the ones I pour into every blog post I create. Every swear word, and every bad joke, is a result of my kick-ass upbringing.
In addition to my sassy personality, the geek in this blog can all be blamed on her. And yes, I say blamed because all my geek loves were branded into my mind against my will. True story. For years, I would walk past my mom and stepdad as they watched the Space channel and yell “LAAAAME”. Because as a teenager, I was way too cool for Star Trek and Sanctuary. Little did I know that a week after I moved out, I would turn to Space channel for a sense of comfort and to use as background noise as I work. Having these geeky loves have allowed me to keep a sense of home with me everywhere I go, and that’s pretty damn awesome. So thanks for turning me into a huge nerd, That Geek Online wouldn’t have been born without it.
Thanks for being my biggest fan. Thanks for not setting me up with any men because you think my love life is some sort of movie and really just want to see what happens. Except for that time you tried to set me up with your Rogers phone representative until you realized he was beardless and married. Thanks for sending me pictures of goats all the time. Thanks for sometimes laughing at my jokes but mostly just laughing at your jokes so hard that I sort of get annoyed. Basically, just thanks for being my mom.
This got too sappy, I’m going to go swear at something.
I have no internet at home so I am blogging at Tim Hortons, and it feels wrong to be writing about May Health while I munch on a donut. But hey, my challenge isn’t to stop eating donuts, now is it? It’s to take time to meditate every day.
If you don’t know what May Health is, it is a month long event where you choose a small habit to improve on every day and everyone involved supports each other online/in person. Okay, did I explain that right? Go check out the website, where they explained it so much better! It’s my first year participating and I am very, very excited.
So why did I choose to meditate every day? Well, it’s simple. I got to the point where my brain was so clogged up full of stress, anxiety, and OCD habits, that something had to change. When you have a conversation with your roommate and the next day you can’t remember if it was real life or a dream, it’s time to try something different.
What are some of the benefits of regular meditation?
- Decreased symptoms of anxiety/mood disorders
- Improves focus and attention span
- Decrease in restless thinking/tendency to worry
- It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate
- Helps in building sexual energy & desire (bow chicka wow wow)
- Grows a stable, more balanced personality
So here we are on May 3rd, and I have been meditating for the past two days. The immense amount of support I have seen flying around Twitter in the #MayHealth hashtag is amazing, and everyone’s challenges are so interesting! Again, go check out the website and stalk the #MayHealth hashtag on Facebook and Twitter to learn more. I’ll be posting regular updates on how my challenge is going on Twitter, so don’t forget to follow me there if you aren’t already.
Alright, time to go do the third day of meditation. Ommmm……
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you may have noticed that the That Geek Online title was removed and replaced with just Katie Green.
I’ve hummed and hawed over this for a while now, because my geeky personality is a big part of my life but it’s not the only part. I have other things I want to write about and I began feeling bad if it didn’t fit the general geeky theme of That Geek Online. Hence, the change to Katie Green….because what is more general about me and my life than my OWN NAME?
Same person, same opinions, just a change of name and a slight shift in content. The thatgeekonline YouTube channel lives on however, and I will continue to post fun, nerdy makeup tutorials there every Sunday. If you haven’t subscribed, please do! I still create tutorials over on The Collective too, so please go check out that blog. It’s run by some incredible women and I adore being a part of it.
Everyone who has supported my blog up till this point and supported me as an individual is AMAZING, and I adore you guys. I hope you stick around for this new chapter in my life, because it’s going to be wild.