Hello friends and fellow bloggers, Angie here! I just wanted to drop in and say hello and let you know that our articles on here will only be once a month due to my new job. Yes that’s right, I finally got a new job as a Teacher’s aid. In case some of you don’t know I run this blog, a blog for women, and a personal blog both for my husband and I, and one for myself. I know…crazy right? Well, one thing I’ve learned over the last month is I need to prioritize my time. Therefore, even though I’m writing on my personal blog – for myself -, and my blog for women, after work I don’t seem to have much time for a lot of other things. Because of this, I want to apologize and let you know there will be an article each month…it will just have to be once a month instead of each week. I hope you understand. My personal life comes first, and this is something I’m beginning to learn. I want to become a better writer and blogger, and in order to do that I need to take a step back. I will say however, if you are a woman and want to follow my two other blogs, that would be great. Like I said, the first one I share topics relating to women from a biblical perspective, the other is more of topics relating to the current season I’m in as a wife and educator, and really a look into my life on a more personal level. I hope you will check them out, and if you’re not subscribed to this blog make sure to sign up so each month you will get the article in your email. There are many things Chris and I hope to do this year and look forward to sharing them with you, but for now I will be only posting once a month updating you on our staycations and such. In the meantime please check out the other lifestyle bloggers that I follow and you can even go to Rick Steves site for wonderful travel ideas and stories!
Until next time, Happy Trails from Chris and Angie Frantz!
Hello everyone! I hope you are having a good week so far, mine has been very productive with school – I am taking an amazing online Spanish class -, going through some books I’ve been meaning to read, and getting some things done around the house. If you follow us on Twitch you will noticed I have taken a backseat with streaming for a while and there will be a message saying I’m on vacation until next month. I wanted to clarify some things on here and tell you about something you will find on our YouTube starting next month that I am very excited about. Before we get started, if you enjoy my articles I put out each month then make sure to subscribe to the blog so you will receive a notification anytime I upload a new post. Don’t worry, you won’t get spammed with a bunch of emails from me! ^_^ I know it has been a minute since I wrote on here, so before we get into the exciting news I have planned, I thought I should update you on all that is going on with TNR, especially our Twitch and YouTube channel.
I have been quarantined for four months now, Chris for three, and the anxiety was starting to get to me. Not only that, but my house has been a mess, books that I “intend to read” have been piling up, and with the lack of exercise and movement I have had the number on my scale has been rising. Why do I tell you this? Is it just to vent to someone other than those living under my roof? Maybe….yet I also have said in the past I want this community to be about honesty….and so that is what I intend to do. Yes, I could tell all of you that I am busy and other things have vowed for my attention. However, the fact of the matter is, I have wasted too much time watching television, not taking proper care of myself, and allowed the stress of everything to overwhelm me. It is for this reason I have decided to take a step back and give myself some much needed TLC. Since doing so the beginning of this month, I have found the stress diminishing, I have more joy, and I am getting back to – for the most part – keeping up with things around the house and taking care of my body….which I am sure my face and my waistline thanks me!
Call it “finally doing some self-care”, call it “being true to myself”, whatever you want to label it as, I am finally taking steps in the right direction to take care of me, so I can help people like you. Someone once told me that you can’t give out what you don’t have. If I am lacking in love for myself and my surroundings, I won’t be much good in loving others well. I know for some it was a delight to hop on and watch me play World of Warcraft, or just be “shooting the breeze” as my grams used to call it, but I promise this won’t be forever. Just for another month I am trying to catch up on my reading, making sure to dedicate some time to my schooling, and giving proper attention to not only my husband but to my health and well-being; whether that is physically, mentally, spiritually, or emotionally. I hope you all understand and will give me grace in this time. I want to come back to Twitch and our social media platforms stronger than ever so I can help more people learn what it means to enjoy life, and take time for the simple things such as family. This started out as a hodge-podge of articles regarding the adventures Chris and I would take, recipes I could share with others that are good and good for you, and a place to share my thoughts and faith. I’m not a religious person, I’m a follower of Jesus and I don’t want to just talk about how happy and fun my life is – because let’s be honest that is not a reality 24/7 -, I also want to discuss why I choose to find joy in the moments of life, whether they be big or small! So I hope you will stick around and bring along some friends to join the community. Next I am going to discuss a few things you can look forward to around the end of August.
Angie Reacts to….
So I have been doing some thinking, and a friend has been recommending it, and I have decided to start doing reactions to movies/shows, YT videos, and maybe eventually some songs on YouTube. If you have been paying close attention, you will notice there are a few on there right now, but I have decided at the end of August I would – consistently – upload 1 to 2 videos a week of my reacting to something. I was inspired by a guy on YouTube, well two actually, and then it was my friend who kept telling me about it that caused me to take the leap. I wanted to start sooner, however, with my dad’s health issues and us trying to help him with getting started on dialysis. I decided it would be wise to just do the reactions at the end of August. I am super excited and starting to build a collection of videos and such to react to. I hope you will check them out when I begin putting them on our channel. I also wanted to see if there would be a few of you who are interested in joining the tnr community and help me decide on the videos I make. I have decided to start a patreon at the end of the month for anyone willing to join the TNR fam and support me in making great content for yall. When you support me you will get to be a part of the following:
Pick what content will be shown on YT and eventually Twitch
Get a shout out at the end of the video
Get some amazing goodies as a thank you for being in the fam
Receive a personal zoom chat with Me(Angie) and have a one hour QnA session.
I am so excited to get back with yall at the end of August. I also hope this will be a time for you to enjoy your family and friends, or find something great that you enjoy or have always wanted to do and pursue it.
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!
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!