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 Webster Dictionary defines Isolate as: “To set apart from others; an individual socially withdrawn or removed from society.” The word that sticks out to me the most in this is withdrawn.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 NEED YOUR HELP

We at TNR need your help! We are currently looking for people who will sponsor us, and allow us to show off their products on our YouTube and Twitch channel!

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How does that look? Well, as of right now we are looking for around 5 to 10 businesses that would be willing to allow us to use their product in our videos/stream or be willing to sponsor our videos. Here are some of the things we would like to do:

  • Play Your Game: We enjoy worker-placement, RPG, and various board/card games. If you have a game you think we would like, please feel free to contact us.
  •  Review Your Product: We enjoy things like Audiobooks, physical books, I (Angie) enjoy makeup – to an extent -, coffee and tea, we enjoy good food, local mom and pop shops, and even comics. If you want us to review your product live or on a video we want to hear from you.
  •  Products for every day/practical use: By this, we simply mean things such as everyday household items, clothes, or items people use on a regular basis – at a reasonable price.
  • Help us make better content: These are things we use to stream and help make better content for our viewers and those who join our community. This would be the equipment we use, the chairs we sit in, etc. If you think we would enjoy it, would help facilitate a better outcome for our viewers, then we want to talk to you!

Last but not least, we need others to join our community and support us financially. Whether it is five dollars – less than a cup of coffee – or more, we need a group of people who will join the Twitch fam and subscribe each month to help us reach as many people as possible and share the love and joy we hope to foster in the world around us. We will have various levels you can subscribe at, and through each one, you will be able to get the following goodies:

  • Help create content – within reason – for our YouTube and Twitch channel
  • At the end of our stream/video, we will give you a shoutout!
  • You might get to do a collab with us or we will host and highlight your own channel!
  •  Every quarter we will have a giveaway!

And these are just a few of the things we have planned for our channel. Look forward to linking arms with you on this journey!

Happy Trails,

Chris and Angie Frantz

Posted in Blogging U

You may never believe this…Day 18

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You may never believe this, but i love a good pickle and peanut butter sandwich.

You may never believe this, but as much as i love the city, i prefer the countryside within a few minutes of basic necessity shops(walmart, publix, etc).

You may never believe this, but when i was seven i had severe back pain where i would get stuck getting up when bending over.

You may never believe this, but did you know i used to be a blonde?

You may never believe this, but i love just getting in the car and driving…for no reason.

You may never believe this, but i am actually an ametuer video game nerd…I blame my brother – in – law! LOL.

What are some things that most people don’t know about you? Write them in the comments below!

 

Posted in Community, Uncategorized

Our virtual coffee date

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In today’s everyday inspiration the topic is about writing as if you are having a virtual coffee date with a friend. After reviewing a few blogs, I came acrossed Amber’s page, “girlwiththeredhair”. She wrote as if she was sitting with an old friend and catching up on life since the last time she had seen them. So today, we will have a virtual coffee date, ready?

If we were having coffee today, I would introduce myself, and get to know a little about you. I would mention that we also visited a historic village in New Salem, IL where there were people dressed in Amish clothing and explained what it was like to live in that day and age. It was interesting to see some of the homes of Abraham Lincoln’s friends. Also, I am trying out this whole 30 again, but i have incorporated some greens and a few wraps from a friend of mine who is a consultant with “IT WORKS.” What would you want to discuss if we were together? Tell me a little about yourself in the comments below.

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Welcome

As I open up my life, I hope you feel comfortable to share a little bit of yours, as well as the little nuggets of wisdom you have learned along the way. Please remember this is a place of love and respect, and just because we disagree with others doesn’t mean we become disagreeable. Each one of us has a right to our own opinion, God created us unique and with the ability to compliment one another not to compare. In saying that, I look forward to getting to know all of you and doing life together!!