Monday, March 28, 2016

I opened a new store! Shop my closet!

The last several days I have been cleaning my room in preparation for my move to Houston! In the process, I found some nice items in my closet that are either gently or never been used. I decided to open a shop on Storenvy so I can raise some money for my move. All sales are US only and shipping is only $4 (and $1.00 for any additional item.) Right now I have a lot of purses and necklaces from brands like Betsey Johnson, Juicy Couture and Tarina Tarantino. I also have my My Little Pony blind bag collection listed and some really cool metal tin comics. This is also a chance to grab one of my cosplay prints since I found a folder with a few left over from my when I had an Etsy store. I hope you see something you like and if not please share it with your friends that might be interested!
Thanks and hugs!
Xoxo,
Glitzy


Monday, March 21, 2016

I'm Leaving Dallas


Whoa what a heavy title for a blog post! Well it's true. I am going to be leaving Dallas in April to move to Houston! I came to Dallas in December of 2009 completely on my own and ready to take on the world. I've loved my stay here. I've grown so much in many areas of my life. My career really blossomed when I became a manager for Regis and then eventually running my own business by opening a salon booth. It taught me a lot about the beauty industry and if I could I would do it all again. I took a break from doing hair to try my hands at other career options, but I've had trouble finding one that fits me. In Houston, I plan to work at a salon again and get back into the field I love most. There are about 6 different salons in the area that I will be applying at. I'm confident I'll be able to find one that is right for me.

It's hard to say goodbye to Dallas because of the amazing comic conventions and cosplay scene here. I've been able to meet a lot of fantastic friends and embrace a new hobby that really gave me life. Houston has some conventions of it's own and hopefully once things settle down I can start making costumes again. I'm thankful for all the great opportunities Dallas has provided, but I am looking forward to new doors being opened soon.


There are some other reasons that I am moving. Y'all know I've had some ups and downs recently. I don't plan to mention or dwell on much of it. Let's just say I know this will be for the best. However, I felt it would be good for me to go ahead and share this news because y'all always lift me up with your kind comments and words of encouragement!!


If you'd like .. and you don't have to so don't even worry about it .. but if you'd like you can donate a few dollars to my move fund by using the PayPal donation on my Twitch channel. If I am live streaming your message will appear on stream and I can thank you personally, but if I am offline your message will be for only me to read. And you don't need a Twitch account to donate (I don't think) and there are no fees this way! So it's just there if you feel like it - I appreciate any support!


I'll probably be pretty busy the next couple of weeks, but once I am in my new place in April I hope to get back into the swing of things again with regular posts and streams. I'm excited to go on some new adventures in Houston and have new things to actually post about! :P For now the best place to see updates from me is on Twitter - @OMGLITZY - if you want to follow me there. Thank you all for reading and being so sweet and kind to me! HUGS!

xoxo,
Glitzy

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Glitzy's Gamer Spotlight #7


What is your name?
AlaynaEvenstar

When did you start playing Guild Wars 2?

Or how long have you been playing?
At launch!

What made you want to try the game?

I had a group who had played the original guild wars and so I decided to jump in to GW2 with them. We all preordered and were logging in on day 1 to keep our character names etc

What's your favorite profession to play and why?

Elementalist 100%. I love the complexity of the attunements and find that I play so differently then I did when I first rolled my Ele just learning all of the nuances.

When you log into the game what is the first thing you like to do?

I usually see what the dailies are and try to knock them out.

Have you bought Heart of Thorns? If so, what is your impression of the new maps and events?

If you have not bought it explain why and if you plan to.
I was at the announcement panel at PAX South and definitely preordered HoT!! The new maps are gorgeous and the gliding adds a whole new layer to things. The fact that we can now glide in central Tyria is AWESOME.

What goals have you set for yourself in game?

I want a legendary! I never started down that path before the expansion but now I am definitely working through getting the mastery track and getting the precursor that way!

If you are in a guild you'd like to promote please tell us about it!

If you are not in one, what are you looking for in a guild?
I'm in a tiny guild that is just real-life friends. We are way behind in the whole guild progression stuff because there are only 4 of us who regularly log in but we are determined we are going to get out guild hall!

Any updates or fixes you wish ANet would work on?

Not really. There are always little bugs here and there at patch launches etc but overall I think they do a good job of keeping things working and interesting.


If you could visit IRL one of the cities of Tyria which one would you pick and why?
Oooo that is tough. Probably Hoelbrak. Just to see the scale and grandeur of it.

Monday, March 7, 2016

February Thoughts


I was hoping to make a February Vlog for YouTube kind of like I did for January but seeing how it's already March 7 I figured let's just type it out this time! I really don't want to lose momentum from the boost of creative energy I had at the beginning of this year. February was a true test for this because life sure did like to tell me "NO!" I applied for so many things in February and every single thing came back negative. I've been reaching out more to friends and that's really helped me keep my chin up. I received so much positive feedback and advice after my "Staying Positive" blog post. I read all the comments and emails and private messages and to be honest that's truly what has kept me from throwing in the towel again. Last year I gave up so easily at the first sign of defeat.

In February, I applied for a Twitch subscribe button. They got back to me with the standard "We receive a lot of applications and have to choose wisely. Please apply again in 2-4 weeks if you want." So I've been researching more what makes a Twitch channel great. I've come to realize that it's truly about building a community. I'm going to focus more on that and hope to make any viewers that stop by my channel feel excited and welcome to be there. So I've been thinking of ways to do that and hope we can all grow more soon and maybe reapply for the button in a few more weeks.

I also applied for a partnership with Guild Wars 2. I sent it in once at the beginning of February and another at the end. No reply. I'm guessing they might not be accepting new partners right now. They recently announced that their Game Director (Colin Johanson) was leaving. I imagine there is a lot going on there. So for now I am not going to worry about that partnership and may reapply another time if it seems like they are interested in accepting new creators.

Probably the biggest bummer was seeing the response to my job application. I submitted it online for a pretty cool company in my area and felt super confident I would be a perfect fit for them. They never called me and a few weeks later I finally checked my submission on their site and saw the "received" was changed to "reviewed; not selected". I admit I was pretty upset they didn't even want a phone interview. It felt as if I wasn't given a fair chance at proving myself. However, I have learned from this how important your application and resume must be. Not only for this job but for all the things I've been applying for lately. I can't just assume what I put down is going to land me everything I want. I have to keep improving and growing. That means I can't lose momentum here. If I continue to sit back and twiddle my thumbs nothing is going to change. So it's up to me to push myself to become better!



February wasn't all drab. Tsum Tsum Tuesday was fun because they released the Star Wars collection. Pixie had a positive check up at the vet. I attended the Dallas Boat Show and saw some cool and sparkly boats. I started playing RuneScape which is actually really fun! I was able to have lunch with some family I hadn't seen in awhile. Valentine's Day was a blast as I hosted some giveaways on stream and received the cutest dragon plushies from my parents.


I uploaded my first wig review video that I worked pretty hard on. My raid group on GW2 has progressed so much that we actually kill all 3 bosses in less than a hour. A super kind gift arrived from Jerome J. who got me a Hogwarts robe from my Amazon wishlist. And finally thanks to the generous donations from my Twitch stream I upgraded from my 9 year old desk chair to a fancy DXRacer Racing Series chair! I plan to make a whole review post about it so be on the lookout for that soon.

After typing and rereading that last paragraph, I realize that I am still guilty of dwelling on the negative. I mean SO many great and happy things happened in February. Sure some bad was mixed in there, but one of the great things about blogging is discovering yourself in the process. Had I not typed that out and reflected I may have never seen how truly good life can be. Thank you all for sharing this journey with me and I hope you have a great week!

xoxo,
Glitzy

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Glitzy's Gamer Spotlight #6




What is your name?
Immortalf0x

When did you start playing Guild Wars 2?

Or how long have you been playing?
Almost a year ago.

What made you want to try the game?

A friend recommended Guild Wars to me.

What's your favorite profession to play and why?

Mesmer, now Chronomancer is by far my favorite.

When you log into the game what is the first thing you like to do?

Talking to Guild members it usually the first thing I do, afterwards I like to do dailies.

Have you bought Heart of Thorns? If so, what is your impression of the new maps and events?
If you have not bought it explain why and if you plan to.
I did buy HoT, I love the new maps! Gliding is so much fun, I've spent many hours just gliding around the maps to enjoy the scenery.

What goals have you set for yourself in game?

I'm currently working toward the legendary Nevermore and my first map completion.

If you are in a guild you'd like to promote please tell us about it!
If you are not in one, what are you looking for in a guild?
I'm in an awesome guild! We are called Destructive Winds (RG)

Any updates or fixes you wish ANet would work on?

The only complaint I have is recent problems I've been having with fractals glitching, causing us to have to start the fractal over.


If you could visit IRL one of the cities of Tyria which one would you pick and why?
The grove of course Sylvari is my favorite race.

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