VIDEO GAMES!

Showing off most of the collection!

So I know that I’ve stated MANY times that I am a nerd but it’s true. And I know, saying it only goes SO far… That’s why I thought it would be fun to show you guys some of my video game collection! Yes, you read right, my collection:

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Ever since I was a kid I always had a hard time getting rid of my games. I would have rather hang on to them and wait longer to buy a game than to sell/trade them in. I wasn’t consciously collecting video games but I guess that’s how it all started.

As I got older I accumulated more and more game systems since they just kept coming out I was accumulating more and more games as well. One day I just decided it would be amazing to have ALL THE GAMES. Yes, I realize how ridiculous that is so I’ve settled for more attainable goals. What are those goals you ask?

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Well from the pictures you can most definitely see that I love Nintendo. Which is most definitely true. So somewhere along the line I decided I want a complete GameCube collection. All 661 games in all regions. 563 in just North America alone. But I will have all 661 games, eventually. I also made it harder on myself by wanting to find all of these games in the wild. If you don’t know what that means, it’s to find all of the games in games stores, not online but in real life; hunting and scouring. I honestly have a blast going game hunting especially when I get to drag people along with me 😉 To give you an idea of how far along I am in my quest for my complete GameCube collection, I currently possess 102 games, one of which is a Japanese exclusive the rest are North American games and that equals out to about 15.43% complete.

The most important thing about this collection is that I do it for me. Not for resell value. Not for bragging rights. But because I absolutely love video games. I love hunting for them. I love the rush of a good deal and I love to find hidden gems and to play them. This is my hobby, one of many hobbies I have, but my main one. I can’t wait to share with you guys the excitement of the growth of my collection and to document my quest for all 661 GameCube games.

If y’all want to see what wasn’t included in these pictures or to go any more in-depth with it please let me know.

But until next time my sweet and wonderful beings, stay classy and sassy 😉

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Bonus bits and bobs of info!

Blog housekeeping information.

I wanted to take the time to write a little extra post this week giving a little bit more info about this blog since we are now THREE posts in! Wow. I can’t believe it’s already been three whole posts and over a week since I have truly been working on this blog. And yes I know this makes number four but I’m speaking of the posts already posted prior to this one 😛

ANYWAY, I haven’t been too clear about what I will be posting about and when I will be posting so let’s get into that:

I will be posting on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I will be working on having a consistent time but right now just count on them to be posted sometime in the evening most likely after 6 or 7pm EST since I do work a lovely and wonderful full-time job 🙂

As far as posts go, they will be a little all over the place. I have been planning out some posts having relevance to what’s going on in my life but I am going to stick to what I know best, nerdy things (like cons, books, video games, etc.) and DIY/crafting. I will be continuing to do fitness updates, life updates and creative writing posts from time to time like the three previous posts. Now nothing is set in complete stone so if there are things you’d like to see from me or not see from me PLEASE let me know 🙂 I want to cater to you guys for the most part. My eyes and ears are all open to y’all.

Now that we’ve taken care of this bit of housekeeping I guess you could call it, stay classy and sassy beautiful internet beings!

Getting a little personal with Collinswoah13

Doing some reflecting on good ole 2016.

Happy day after Christmas y’all!

Since this entire blog is about me I thought we could get a little personal with one another. Have a sort of conversation if you will.

So 2016 has been an extremely difficult year for me just with all the life changes that have happened. There has been a lot of bad to be frank. A major relationship ending caused my whole world to change in a matter of weeks. I had to get used to being out of college and not having that crutch to fall back on. I also made a major move in my career and moved home which has been difficult to get used to. I had some more relationship problems which turned into even bigger issues. Unfortunately I was robbed by someone I personally knew which just made it feel that much worse. And to top off all the not-so-good, I dealt with the losses of people in my life which hit hard.

Now yeah, this has most definitely sucked and I could sit here and say 2016 has been the worst year in most recent memory but that would be both over-dramatic and untrue.

The first half of the year was my test of my everything and I aced that test. I have personally evolved so much as a human being. I finally fell in love with myself and came to peace with my short comings. I learned to look at things with a positive outlook and practice that most of the time 😉 (we can’t always be positive 100% of the time you know!!) I learned patience and forgiveness with everyone and everything. I most definitely am not perfect with any of these by any means but its a work in progress just like anything worthwhile is.

The second half of the year has had its hardships but has been so much more rewarding and beautiful. I have been blessed by meeting the better than I could have ever asked for man that I am incredibly lucky to call my boyfriend. One of those funny instances of I found him when I wasn’t even looking really for a partner. He’s given me so many experiences that I never would have done if it hadn’t been for him. I honestly could go on and on about this wonderful man but I won’t! I’ll spare you all the mush and gush, for now 😛

During this second half of the year I also have been afforded financial freedom from living at home as well as my new promotion at work, and I have most definitely taken advantage of that. Like you guys, my video game collection has grown so much it’s unreal! But don’t worry I am being responsible and paying off debt as well as saving money 😀

With Christmas just passing I thought it would be a good time to reflect a bit on this past year and share some of that with you guys. Though this year has pushed me to my limits and been very hard, I am proud to say that I have rose above it and came out stronger than before. I might let myself be pulled under by the negativity, which is okay, but coming up for air is both important and necessary. So to end this year and prepare for the next I will quote DJ Khaled, “Another one.” Yes. That’s there to give you a chuckle. But for real, bring it on 2017! You will be great!

As always guys, keep it classy and sassy.

 

Collinswoah13’s Creative Writing

Sharing time of some of my personal writing.

I thought it would be kind of fun to once a month or so share some of my creative writing with you guys. Give you a little insight to my creative side with my words if you will. Give myself a way to be sort of published I guess? I don’t know exactly. I just think it’d be cool! So sometimes it’ll be poetry other times it’ll be prose.

Today will be a poem I wrote awhile back that I just recently found hidden on my computer in the mess of all my old school files. Back in high school I was on the varsity bowling team my junior and senior years of high school. I had always bowled for fun but when I realized that I might just be good enough to represent my high school on our bowling team I jumped at the idea of trying out. Thankfully I made it and loved it immediately. I had always struggled with the feeling of belonging anywhere, especially in high school. I was bullied like most of us are but I also knew and was kind of friends with almost everyone which is why I never really felt like I belonged anywhere. Joining the bowling team helped me gain confidence in myself and made me finally feel like I belonged somewhere. So here is my poem Belonging:

The first time,

That I stepped up to bowl

It was the most

Exhilarating,

Fulfilling,

Rewarding experience

That I’ve ever had.

Throwing the ball

I felt like

I had found myself.

That before I was lost

Among a sea of people

Who knew who they were and

What their purpose was.

Being on the lane,

Having the spotlight on me

I knew I was a part

Of something big,

I knew I finally belonged.

 

Well I hope you all enjoyed that. Whew! We’re just making all sorts of big steps over here. Let me know what y’all think and always remember to keep it classy and stay sassy 😉

 

Let’s talk about fitness for a moment

Giving an overview of my fitness journey so far.

This is the very first blog post of Collinswoah’sCorner! Oh man. This is so crazy to believe!!

First of all welcome to all you lovely and wonderful beings!

Now as this is the first post I thought we’d start off by talking about something exciting! Weight loss!!

I personally am on a weight loss journey right now. I am a bigger girl and I absolutely love my curves but I have also realized that the amount of curves I had at the beginning of the year weren’t necessarily the most flattering or the healthiest.

I want to share this journey with you guys, the ups and downs, triumphs and tribulations, throughout this whole process. Hopefully it will help motivate and keep me accountable but also inspire you guys with whatever you want to do!

Now starting the beginning of this year I weighed in at a whopping 335lbs. I was wearing a 2XL and almost a size 26. It was just sad. Cue the unflattering picture of myself:

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Fast forward to today, almost a full year later, and I am down to 276lbs and comfortably wearing a XL and a size 16. Cue better looking, happier picture:

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How have I done it might you ask? To be completely honest the start of this journey didn’t start out as the healthiest of choices. I went through a lot this year, emotionally, physically, and mentally causing me to become extremely stressed out which made my appetite non-existent. So if you don’t get the drift, I wasn’t eating like I should be.

Needless to say things calmed down and I got back into the correct way of doing things so no worries! I have been eating healthy and doing things to stay moving to help both keep the weight off and to continue to lose weight. I might not be losing weight nearly as quickly as I was but, I have been able to maintain a steady weight loss rather than gain any of my lost weight back which is the important part, along with being healthy about it.

But back to how exactly I’ve been able to shed this weight once I started doing it the healthy way. I have been trying to make better food choices while not restricting myself too much. If I want the fast food, I’ll still get it but choose smaller portions and healthier options; staying away from the french fries or getting a single burger rather than the double, etc. I also will limit myself in unhealthy options each day; if I choose to have Chipotle or something more fatty or caloric for lunch then I’ll try and grab something light like a salad or soup for dinner. I’ve also been trying to watch my sugar and carb intake as well which I have noticed has made quite the difference in my body. It has made me honestly feel a lot better overall; I don’t feel as tired or sluggish because of it, and it has helped me continue to lose weight.

As for what I have been doing to be active is honestly not all that impressive. I try to be more active throughout the day, especially at work and I’ve been doing some in home workouts when I get the chance. With my job personally is more of a stationary job so when I don’t have customers I will drive my coworkers crazy by pacing back and forth the stretch of my work area which makes my fitness tracker very happy 😛 When the weather is not cold like it is I will go out for walks around the many beautiful areas surrounding where I live but since its winter I try to make time for doing little workouts in my room. So crunches, lunges and arm workouts galore.

This was quite a lot to throw at y’all straight off the bat but I will be keeping you guys updated from time to time about how this journey as going. I can’t wait to celebrate the triumphs with you as well as let you share in my tribulations of this long and difficult process.

Until next time friends, stay classy and sassy 😉