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Memorial Day: Honoring those who sacrifice so we can be free.

As you know, Monday will be Memorial Day, a day we honor those in service to the United States military so we as a country can be free. Today’s post won’t be a long one, yet I hope you will read all the way through as I show ways we can honor those who lay down their lives on a regular basis, those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives, and the families of those who have given their time and/or lives to service so we can live in a free country.

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Honoring the fallen and forgotten

I think because some of us who aren’t in the military, or hear and see of war on television or in movies, we have become numb to violence and apathetic to what is really going on overseas. Now, this is just my opinion, and if you disagree that is okay, I am just sharing stuff I have seen. I have seen those who are serving or the families of those same people and they see things we as regular American citizens will never see or hear. We – and I am speaking to myself as well here – tend to complain about things such as a barista getting our coffee order wrong, when there are those who have died for us to enjoy the luxury of walking or driving safely to that coffee shop without getting shot or worse. I know I tend to do this and when I realize it, I have to take a step back and realize how blessed I am and how grateful I should be. Also, one thing I have noticed – especially with my step dad going through stuff regarding getting the benefits and stuff due him from having been in -, is how the government and others don’t even look in your direction unless you mention you served in either the world wars, or are currently serving. I am thankful for all those who serve, served, or gave their lives, but I also have to remind myself at times that there are those who did their time and have either been stricken with various illnesses, have become homeless, or simply are not given the proper respect because what they did wasn’t on the news or was considered popular.

My hope for this Memorial is that everyone would find ways to remember those who gave their lives and veterans. Ways you can show your respect is by doing such things as:

  • Write a letter or give a card to a veteran/a family member of someone who served our country and gave their life.
  • See if they need help getting somewhere/help paying bills or getting groceries. Basically be a good neighbor and find ways they could use some help, and if you are able to meet that need then try to do as such.
  • Simply showing your appreciation by thanking them and being respectful

This is just a few ways you can show your appreciation. If there is something you do to honor vets or families of the fallen share your comments below.

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Showing respect and gratitude to those currently serving

So we talked about ways to honor veterans, those who have given their lives, and the families of the fallen. Next we will discuss how you can honor the living and those who are serving and unable to be with their families. A few of the ways I show my respect is when I see a family who has someone serving and they are away from them for a period, I try to find ways I am able to help whether by making food, seeing if they need baby-sitting, etc. Other ways you can show your respect is by writing the soldiers letters and sending care packages to them as a way to say thank you and help them remember why they are fighting and who they are fighting for. I have personally been praying for a few soldiers that are overseas, and this year I am thinking of seeing if there are those overseas who do not have anyone and could use some encouragement or just a pen pal. By doing this you are showing that you respect those who sacrifice to give you the freedom you have in this country, as well as keep things in perspective and at the forefront of your mind. Because if you’re anything like me, sometimes I get so preoccupied with my “stuff” that I forget to look around me and outside of myself and help others – even if it is a kind word or smile.

So what are some things you can do to show your support this Monday and hopefully all year round? Share your thoughts in the comments below! Happy Memorial weekend yall, and thank you to all who have served, are currently serving, who gave their lives for my freedom, and especially the families who either have lost loved ones or have those who are currently serving. God bless you, and I see you!

Happy Trails,

Angie

Posted in 2020, Life, Quarantine Thoughts, Reflection

What we can learn during this quarantine

Hey everyone, I know it has been a month since I wrote all of you, call it writer’s block, call it a distraction, it doesn’t matter, what matters is I have been a little neglectful when it comes to the blog and for that I am sorry. Honestly, 2020 is not what I thought it would be – I don’t think it is what anyone thought it would be -, and I am finding myself trying to not be bothered by the fact my routine is jacked up, as well as, figuring out my schedule week – by – week. The past three weeks were no help at all because either the internet went out, I had to get a new computer, or family drama….let’s just say it hasn’t been fun but I made it through and no harm came to anyone in the process. Hehe. Today is going to be somewhat of a mind dump, as well as just sharing some things I’m learning while being stuck at home just like I hope most of you are unless you’re going outside to get exercise – kudos to those that are because I haven’t been doing so well with this one -, going to the store to get your weekly necessities, or an essential worker.

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Find something, anything that will bring you peace and is healthy and legal! During this time I have found it super helpful to find a place of solace, even if it is the bathroom – hey mamas, I get it, if you need space I hear this is the best place! I also think you need to find ways to find peace during this chaotic time. For me, I have been able to find streaming on Twitch and watching ambiance videos relaxing. BTW, I do plan on putting up more videos on YouTube of said videos, just need to find a quiet place the parents won’t bother me or the dog won’t bark his head off and mess up the audio. Anyways, maybe for you it is painting, or going on long walks/maybe a drive, reading a book – recently I have been getting back to this -, etc. Whatever it is, I hope it helps you find peace, joy, and an escape from the madness going on right now.    

 

 

Find A Creative Outlet

This is similar to the one above, except that not only should this help you find peace, but also joy and it could even help others – but we will get to that in a moment. For me, I started out decided to paint – which failed miserably…well, the painting is okay, but I decided to switch to something slightly less messy -, then went back to streaming games that I like to play – even board games Chris and I enjoy. The latter has been fun, gives me a chance to forget the mess going on right now, and it helps to bring joy to others. I also have been trying my hand at gardening – yes you read that right -, and even though I am still not the greatest, I haven’t killed that many plants or flowers…just a few. So there is that…Whatever you are good at or want to be – like I am learning Spanish, which is fun – find something creative that you enjoy and will help pass the time. You will be surprised how regardless of the crap going on, or how the days blur together like an impressionist painting, you are taking advantage of this time to enjoy the little things.

 

 

Be Physically Distant, But Not Socially

Just because we aren’t allowed to be in close proximity with a group of people doesn’t mean we have to cut ourselves off from others completely. I mean think about it. This is a great time to use social media and the internet to our advantage. We can meet virtually, we can write letters – yes those are still a thing, look them up -, and we can call people and check on them. There has even been a thing where people will drive by people’s homes and honk for them and leave them gifts for their birthday, or they will pick up groceries and stuff for their neighbors. Now is not a time to isolate ourselves but to help those around us! We have the power to be kind and loving to others now more than ever! Whatever you decide to do, make sure it looks outward more than in, and as you are finding ways to be at peace and feel loved, make sure you do the same for others. We will get through this if we maintain a selfLESS mentality instead of a selfish one.

 

If you enjoyed today’s post, will you make sure to subscribe – I won’t spam you – so you can get notifications in your email anytime I write on here. Also, don’t forget to share, you know what they say, “Sharing is Caring!” Have a great Wednesday yall, and hope you have a peaceful and enjoyable week!!!!

Happy Trails,

Angie

Posted in 2020, Quarantine Thoughts, Reflection

Finding creativity in the chaos

Hey everyone, I hope you are having a better week than I am. I haven’t been able to stream or write because someone cut the cable to our internet because they were doing yard work and we haven’t had internet since 1:15 yesterday afternoon. Anyways, since my in – laws were so gracious in letting my husband and I use their internet, I thought I would write an article about finding creativity in the chaos going on in our world today! So hope you enjoy, and don’t forget to subscribe so you can get a notification in your email when I write new articles for the site!

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Creativity in the Chaos

This past Monday marks five weeks that I have been home, due to my work closing because of the quarantine and the kids going to e-learning. I think I have done pretty well all things considered. I think I have only had two or three bad days because of the anxiety, but other than that I have been pretty productive. If there is one thing I have learned through all this, well two maybe, is that I am very much an extrovert. Second thing is, I am stronger than I thought I was mentally and emotionally. Times are a bit crazy right now, but you don’t have to be! So how do you find the creativity in it all?? Well, I have heard some people are learning a new instrument or taking voice lessons. Still, there are some who are encouraging others through games, doing fun talk shows that make people laugh, and even some that are doing reaction videos to various movies and such. For me, I am not just brushing up on some Spanish so I can become fluent in it, but I am also trying to make some awesome videos and lives on Twitch for all of you that is like an escape from the madness going on. I even have a day – Sunday – to encourage others who are followers of Jesus, and inspire the world with hope through my experiences and things I have learned through my faith. By finding creative ways, outlets if you will, to help others and bring joy and hope I am fighting against the chaos and the craziness going on around me and helps both Chris and I to cope with what is going on.

So what are some ways you are combating the craziness and finding creativity within the chaos? Share your thoughts below and don’t forget to share this post with friends! Until next time…

Happy Trails,

Angie Frantz

Posted in Community, Life

Isolation: The killer to intimacy

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing good today and staying safe and healthy. I have been pretty productive with our Twitch channel, getting some things done around the house, and I even picked up my paintbrushes on Monday for the first time in a while. Look forward to sharing a few pictures from the stream that night – mind you I have only painted a handful, if that, of times in my life so it doesn’t look the greatest. LOL Today I would like to share a topic that is on everyone’s mind, isolation. We may be performing physical distancing and separation during this time, but that doesn’t mean we should isolate ourselves from people socially and “go dark” in a sense – or completely shut ourselves off from the world around us. So join me today as we discuss the killer of intimacy, Isolation.

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Isolation – What is it? 

When you think of isolation what is the first thing that comes to your mind? For me, I think of someone who has cut themselves off from the world and is a bit of a recluse. Webster Dictionary defines Isolate as: “To set apart from others; an individual socially withdrawn or removed from society.” The word that sticks out to me the most in this is withdrawn. I feel that during this time most people are prone to withdraw from everyone and everything – especially if they are not working right now and don’t have children. I asked a few people on our Twitch channel what they thought Isolation meant to them and one person responded with; “I feel it is synonymous with loneliness.” I believe now more than ever technology should be used to our advantage. I mean think about it. I joined a class for Spanish to brush up on the subject, and hopefully become fluent, and it is a class that is normally designed for people living in Colorado! How amazing is that? I think America – and even the world – is more connected now than we have ever been. Yet I feel we shouldn’t base our worth or value on how many people we are connected or not connecting with during this time and to be wise with how we spend our time online. I feel that using social media and the internet can be a great tool to fight against isolation. Which brings me to our next topic; intimacy, what is and how can we learn to become intimate with those we care about most.

Intimacy: how to cultivate it, and why it goes beyond the bedroom.

In our culture today, I have noticed a coloration between intimacy and sex. No without getting into the nitty gritty of it all, I want to make a mention that intimacy can lead to sex when you are talking about intimacy with your partner. However, that isn’t the kind of intimacy I am talking about here. Before I continue however, I want to again go back and see what Webster had to say about it. The dictionary defines intimacy as: the state of being intimate; familiarity.” A few synonyms for intimacy are; closeness, belonging, and nearness. In other words, when you are intimate with someone, you are sharing a piece of your heart with them, or sharing details and a side of yourself that most people don’t get to see. Again I asked my followers on Twitch and the response was pretty much the same. However you think of the word, it all boils down to opening yourself up to a handful of people and letting them see the real you.

So we’ve looked at what both words mean, but how can isolation be the killer of intimacy? I fully believe if you found someone – whether romantically or otherwise – that you can become intimate with, any shred of isolation will diminish because you want to share your heart with them and be around them more often. The walls you have previously had up towards people, and judgements you may have rendered toward even that person you are becoming intimate with, suddenly disappear when you get to know them and allow yourself to become vulnerable as the relationship deepens.

I hope during this time you’re not only able to strengthen those intimate relationships with your immediate family such as your parents, in-laws, spouse and kids, as well as your close friends. I also hope you find ways to connect with those in your community and are able to spread love and joy to others from all around the world; because at the end of the day we are all in this together and each one of us are feeling the affect of this virus and quarantine.

I hope you enjoyed today’s topic, if so then make sure to share this with your friends, and don’t forget subscribe to the blog so you can receive a notification when I write a new article on the blog.

Happy Trails,

Angie

Posted in Life, Updates

Coronacation: The Future of TNR

 

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So for the last three days Chris and I – along with most of the nation/world – has been under a quarantine because of the corona virus, and I am also on a mandatory “spring break”. I have been doing good actually – except for an hour on Wednesday when I thought i was going to lose it because I had been staring at a screen for the past two days -, and I’ve been very productive! I cleaned my floors, did laundry, and have kept up with the dishes. Not to mention I have done a lot of streaming – in case you missed that -, and a few Facebook or Instagram live videos. This “break” has actually began to feel like a little vacation for me, a coronacation you might say? I realized this morning I hadn’t reached out to my blogging community and so that is why I am here. I know we all are trying to adjust to being home-bound – for the most part -, while for some not knowing how long this will last. I just found out today the state of Kansas said schools are going to be out for the rest of the year – not semester, year! Wow! A part of me doesn’t think I could handle being at home and limiting my outings for a whole year, but then another part says, “You are stronger than this, you can make it work!” I guess what I am trying to say is I feel you. For someone who has a history of anxiety, it is especially hard, but I am finding ways to cope. One of those being, I am writing to all of you and I am streaming. Not only is it making the process easier to deal with, I actually get to talk to other humans – regardless if it is over a screen or not!

So what does this quarantine mean for TNR? Well, honestly, as long as I can come on here during the week and for an hour on Saturday’s or Sunday’s, I will be hanging out with each of you and making content that brings you joy and peace. As Chris and I said before, TNR is designed to foster community and love – especially in the times we are living now! So will you help me? Will you reach out to those you know and tell them about our Twitch channel and the other social platforms we have so we can build this community? This has been my baby for a while now, and I’m glad my husband could step up and help, but my vision is to see TNR reach the world and brighten the lives of every person we meet. So if you’re with me, and you want to help me create amazing content that will grow our little space, then comment below with some suggestions you think would help. And remember, Chris and I love tabletop games, RPG and MMO games, fantasy/crime/fiction books, and scifi/ inspirational family friendly movies and shows. If you can think of anything within that demographic that would help bring in more people share your thoughts below or send us a message in the contact section. Thanks again for joining us on this journey and have a safe and beautiful day!

Happy Trails,

Angie

P.S. Not trying to make light of the situation with the term, “coronacation”, but if we can’t find something amusing about this situation, we might just crack!

We’re on Twitch!

Hello friends, I hope you have had a good week so far! I (Angie) wanted to hop on here and let you know a few things about our Twitch channel and remind you of our upcoming stream.

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In case you missed it, we have our first video up on Twitch!! I did a dry run yesterday on Twitch to make sure I could figure out the setup and such for the platform, and decided to do an unboxing for my lady friends in TNR. You can go check it out here, and the YouTube videos are up as well in our unboxing playlist here.

#SITDOWNSUNDAY STREAM

Join us on March 15th, 2020 at 1 PM CST.  for our first sit down Sunday stream. Don’t forget to tell your friends and family, set a reminder, and remember to hop on because whatever we plan on doing, it is going to be a blast. Chris and I are excited to be relaxing with all of you and we look forward to your questions.

We have followers!!

Oh my word! Can you believe it? We have six (6) followers so far on our Twitch channel!!! How awesome is that? We hope after we have been on for a few months and people see our consistency they will link arms with us and become what we are considering calling roadies – the name is still up for discussion, lol – by subscribing to our channel. We hope if you haven’t done so already that you will hop on over to the channel and either follow, subscribe, or do both and help us foster community and love to others through our streams.

Well, that is all I have for today. I hope you have a good rest of your week. Look forward to chatting with you soon!

Happy Trails,

Angie

 

Posted in Community, Networking

Countdown to our first livestream!

March Reboot 1

 

  Wow! Can you believe March is here already? That’s insane! You know what I (Angie) also can’t believe? Two weeks from this past Sunday we will be doing our FIRST EVER LIVESTREAM!!!! Man, I don’t know about you but Chris and I are pretty excited! Who knows, if we hit 50 subs I might give something away from my makeup sub box or a book from one of my favorite authors! Anywho, I am getting side-tracked. Our first stream on Twitch will be March 15, 2020, at 1pm CST. We decided to get our feet wet by doing our Sit Down Sunday stream two times this month. Then once April rolls around, we plan on doing two Saturday streams and two Sunday streams. You can expect them to be in the mornings on Saturdays and afternoons on Sundays.

YouTube

What about YouTube?? Well, I have decided to make the Ambiance videos and lives on Thursdays and will be uploading them on Tuesdays. Along with this, you can expect the videos Chris and I did live on Sundays to be there as well. This way I am focusing most of my energy on creating content for the blogs, coming up with content for YouTube and Twitch, and still having time for my personal life.

Join the community

 

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Here is where you come in. Chris and I need our followers on here, and our friends and family to join us on this journey and get the word out. The way that looks is you follow us on YouTube and Twitch; decide if you are financially able to support us each month – all we will have starting off is two tiers of $5 or $15 a month -; and then make sure to share share share. The more traffic we get to our blog, YouTube, and especially our Twitch – the most important one – the better.

Why subscribers?

We could easily start out just asking for follows and likes and such, however by subscribing it does the following:

  • Better Quality Streams/Videos: Streaming can get expensive. In order to reach more people and have a consistent flow of traffic, we need to make sure we have good lighting, good sound, and good picture quality – which all comes over time, but we need the help of others to get them  – in order to produce better quality streams and videos.
  •  New Content: Chris and I don’t want the same videos or streams each time, that can get boring real quick! So in order to keep things fresh and lively, we need the finances to be able to travel to that local mom and pop shop and try their amazing burger or get that game/book our viewers have been recommending and check it out so we can discuss it with our community.
  •  All the things: We know we wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the love and support of you, so that is why we will have giveaways and prizes for those who subscribe to our Twitch channel. When you subscribe at the various levels you will get some amazing gifts from both of us. Then every three months we will randomly choose one of our subscribers and one of our active followers to win a pretty sweet prize pack. We have so much more in store than this, but we will discuss all of that later on down the road.

        If you can’t support us, we get it, we’ve been there! However, if you’re able to, and you want to partner with us to spread love and joy to others, then please reach out to us and we will discuss a plan of action.

Well, that is all for us today. Again, we appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you to those who comment, like our posts/videos, etc. and we look forward to chatting with you again soon!

Happy Trails,

Chris and Angie

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