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Happy New Year and Happy 2024!

I hope everyone is doing well and having a wonderful new year! 2023 had been a rather turbulent year for a lot of us, but every new year and every day provides new opportunities. Even if yesterday was rough and full of challenge and hardship, today is a fresh start. You can release the old and make space for the new. You have the power to change your life, so trust the process and allow the magic to unfold!

I woke up fairly well rested on Monday. I could only remember one part of my dream for real--the rest was fuzzy. There had been some kind of like cat walk event or something at some mall, but it was pretty hazy. The main thing I remembered was this princely type guy seeming to be obsessed with me, but not in like a super concerning way or anything. He just seemed to think I was like really cool, wanted to get to know me, and spend as much time with me as possible. He seemed to have the rest of the world "melt away" whenever he spotted me. He always seemed to want to talk to me. Other people seemed to be absolutely no interest to him. He always wanted to hold my hand and be near me. Always seemed absolutely charmed by what I said/did and my mere existence. Didn't feel like he was faking it at all, either--he seemed completely genuine in all of it. People seemed to want to interfere and keep us a part, though. He wasn't keen on that, doing whatever he could to get close and spend time with me. Not sure why they had a problem with it, but maybe he had a reputation of not being serious with relationships/caring about getting involved with people? Wasn't the case with me at all, though. He seemed to think I was the most precious thing there ever was, always seeming to affectionately melt in reaction to me. In the dream I seemed to have an older brother that was a prince that would succeed the throne. He seemed convinced that the guy was after the throne, but in reality he seemed to not be interested in the least by the throne; all he seemed to care about was me. Apparently, the guy's sister was betrothed to my older brother, so he sent his sister to go play interference so he could go whisk me away and stop having family interfere. He seemed dead set on getting to know me and spend time with me. He seemed unbothered by other people, almost as if they were unimportant (kind of like hurdles and inconveniences towards achieving his goals), whereas I seemed to be "all that was good in the world" and "all that ever mattered." There was some sort of social etiquette we had to do when meeting people (when he had his sister come play interference with my brother), and he seemed to internally turn into goo and fangirl squeal when I greeted him. He just got the warmest, kindest look that was full of love, affection, and endearment. It was strange being the object of someone's intense affection but it felt kind of nice.

I was a bit tired when I woke up Tuesday morning. I didn't feel bad, per se, but I wouldn't say I felt full of vigor and ready to tackle any challenge life had for me. Dream recall was a completely blur, too. It was a bit of a struggle getting up Wednesday morning because I was so cozy and warm. Dream recall was a little fuzzy, but I did remember that I had been back at high school. Not entirely sure why, but I was. They had the drop schedule like when I was there, but they weren't really clear about what class was being dropped for the day. I ended up getting confused and ended up late to Spanish class. Other people were way later than me, though. My AP Spanish teacher was in charge of the class. She basically wanted us to finish this whole workbook over a break. A lot of students were throwing a fuss because they were going out of town. I flipped through the workbook and found that some of it had already been graded. I apparently was supposed to answer stuff about a variety of characters, but I didn't know most of them. I recognized Gon and Killua, though. Even though my answers were usually like "I don't know," I still managed to get full points. It was odd. The power ended up going out. Then someone/a little kid/baby that seemed to be like Stewie Griffin was going through stuff, convinced he was/could be a spy and that my teacher had spy gadgets. Went exploring the school while the power was out but there seemed to be staff out and about patrolling. Something seemed up with that, but I don't know what. That's all I could remember once I woke up. It was odd.

My dream recall was a bit hazy when I woke up Thursday morning, but it was a pretty interesting one. There was a small group/party traveling. It was comprised of a girl who seemed like Yona from Yona of the Dawn, and three male companions. These companions seemed similar to Hak and Gija from Yona of the Dawn, and the last one seemed to be some sort of combination of Jae-ha from Yona of the Dawn and Obi from the Snow White with the Red Hair. They ended up traveling to this really snowy village/town. They seemed to have some beef with this guy that seemed sort of like Akura-ou from Kami-sama Kiss. I think they had tracked him down to the village. The power ended up going out, and the Akura-ou character was all, "Huh. That's kind of weird, but that's probably normal for here," when one of his followers/attendants had asked if it was something to be concerned about (they seemed to get a nudging that there was something more going on). The Akura-ou character ended up going with one of the residents to some meeting; turns out the group was arriving with another resident--both had no clue that the other was there. When they spotted each other in the meeting room, they were all kind of shocked. They obviously didn't like one another, but they forced social pleasantries (I guess they were faking for the citizens' sake). There were these snow bears (literally bears made out of snow that had sentience) that had shown up in the town. One of the residents thanked the group for warning them about the bear's "hard shell." The group seemed really confused, but the Gija character jumped in right away, all, "Yes, of course! The hard shells must be quite the ordeal to deal with," before muttering under his breath in a rage to the Jae-ha/Obi character, "Would have been nice if someone would have warned us about that." The Jae-ha/Obi character kind of just quietly laughed it off, basically all, "Haha. Oops. I guess I did say that. I forgot." Not sure why, but he had made that up about the bears (it was obviously confusing why the residents believed it because there was no shell--you could tell just by looking). Later, the group was hanging outside in what seemed sort of like a park. This trio of girls/young lades spotted the group and zeroed in on the Yona character's companions, having a keen interest in them. One of them really seemed insistent on trying to hit on the trio, sort of hoping to woo them over. The other seemed kind of child-like and really wanted one of them to rock her to sleep like a baby and was really put off by how the trio ignored her, but how the Hak character was willing to do so for the Yona character. Somebody who seemed like Yun from Yona of the Dawn came in and explained that it was because they grew up together and that he basically saw her as a sister. The girl was still put off, pouting with an angry puff of her cheeks about how she wanted someone to do so for her. The trio really didn't seem to pay the girls any mind. More likely happened, but that's all I could remember.

Sleep was rough Thursday night/Friday morning. I probably got like 3 and a half hours of sleep. It was a struggle falling asleep because I just wasn't tired, but then I still had to get up early in the morning for school drop off responsibilities. Not sure if I dreamed at all, but if I did, I had zero recollection of what transpired. I was able to sleep in Saturday morning, and it was so nice; I was so cozy and warm, not wanting to leave my bed. Sleeping in to what's natural for your body is so wonderful. I couldn't remember any details from my dream, though. I'd imagine I dreamed something, but no idea what it was. This morning I was able to sleep in some, but I had to go check on the boys' dogs while their family was out of town. I was a bit tired when I woke up, but it wasn't awful. I couldn't remember what transpired in the dream realm still, though. Not sure why that is. Just know that it is what it is.

The boys were excited to still be on break for the bulk of the week. They enjoyed discussing Pokémon theories, discussing their games, and taking it easy at home. The older brother was all too eager to tell me about Universal and its theme parks (like about Nintendo Land and rides that were How to Train Your Dragon themed). He also had me watch some overview parody of the How to Train Your Dragon movie. Apparently, they were playing a video game version of D&D, and someone on the one boy's party was racist and didn't like a party member solely due to their race. They were glad to boot them from the party and have a party that was accepting and not hateful/spiteful. Apparently, their favorite character, Gale, has some condition where he has to eat a magical item all the time or else he'll level a whole town by exploding and kill himself. Sounds really intense. They had to go back to school on Thursday, and they had mixed feelings about it.

With how bitterly cold it's been, Tsuki's been all too content to snuggle up indoors and enjoy cozy cat naps. Tsuki loved birdwatching, stay snug and warm by the fire, snuggling up by the space heater (and using my arm as a pillow), hanging out on her new cat table, getting cozy in her cat house, enjoying lovely cat naps, playing in paper bags, and jumping up onto my shoulders just wanting to hang out. She's such an adorable goof. It's been a quiet, peaceful week of rest and relaxation, and she wouldn't have it any other way.

Artwork for the week included an owl diamond art design:

This week I created new content for Creativity Chronicles as well as YouTube shorts! Feel free to check out the newest articles and shorts!

New Creativity Chronicles' articles included:

No matter what this new year throws at you, remember to be gentle with yourself. You're doing the best you can. It's okay to take things slow and go at your own pace. It's okay to do things differently in a way that works best for you. You don't have to be like everyone else; the world is a better place with you in it as your authentic self. Shine your light bright and have fun! Savor the journey of life and do what you enjoy! It's your life, so make it a life worthwhile! Wishing you a wonderful weekend and 2024!

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