Life Update and Such

Hey all, it’s been almost an entire year since my last update here. Last year I really thought, naively, that I would ease myself back into blogging. That was rather silly of me. I didn’t even read much last year – only 26 books and most of those were manga volumes or romances.

Long story short — what happened is I got completely burned out. In 2020 during the early days of the pandemic I took on way too many volunteer projects thinking ‘oh, I have like…infinite free time now’. And while I don’t regret any of it, I didn’t realize how much mental and emotional strain I was putting on myself. By the end of 2020 I was also changing not only jobs but careers as well as dealing with a months long home renovation. Then at the start of 2021 one of my cats took a bad turn and passed away, then I had some of my own health issues in the summer and then my dad died suddenly at the end of that year followed by my mom being in and out of the hospital right up into the holidays. I spent all of 2022 trying to recover some equilibrium but since I have been completely burned out and hadn’t had a chance to regather and focus my energy every little thing amplifies my anxiety much more than it normally would. So. Yeah. That’s what happened.

I know the past several years has been hard on all of us, so my situation isn’t unique or special. Just wanted to give an update and let you all know I’m still alive and (mostly) well. If anyone wants to keep up with me I’m still on that doomed hellsite twitter for now @lrich1024. Also on my waytoofantasy insta to update books and occasionally on my lrich1024 insta. I did start a mastodon account (also lrich1024) but I never really log in there. Anyway. Cheers. Hope you’re all doing well.

20 thoughts on “Life Update and Such

  1. Captain's Quarters says:

    Sorry to hear that the last years have been so rough on ye and that burnout occurred. Be kind to yerself in 2023. I am glad to have an update and to know yer surviving. Let’s hope that 2023 allows us all to update to thriving. Arrr!
    x The Captain

  2. Dini @ dinipandareads says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve had such a difficult time over the past couple of years. I hope that you’ve recovered some of that equilibrium and that 2023 will be a better year for you and your family! 💜

  3. Denshaotoko says:

    Quite glad to see you are alive and kicking, it’s been a long year without your lovely articles ! Keep faith and courage !

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