Updated: Apr 8, 2020
With the holidays right around the corner, it's important to take time to care for yourself. That could mean a day to do nothing. It could mean sleeping in and having an at home spa day. It could mean going out and doing fun activities. It could mean curling up on the couch and reading a book or watching Netflix. Whatever it is, we need to remember to take care of ourselves; our lives are so busy nowadays that we often forget. Carve that time out for yourself; you won't regret it. Some might argue that there's no time to do so with all of the hectic preparations of the holidays. However, if you've taken time for yourself, you'll feel better. You'll feel rested and rejuvenated--you'll feel ready and prepared for what life dishes out your way next.
I've spent lots of time this weekend for myself, and it's been great! I've slept in. I watched great anime. I've listened to great music (Joy FM held a concert Thursday night with Austin French and played the whole thing on their station; I loved being able to listen at home--it was super inspiring).
As Pokemon Sword and Shield came out two Fridays ago (November 15th), I spent a good chunk playing and exploring the game. I've got to say, it's super fun. I love the camping component and making all these different curries. I love exploring the Wild Area and participating in the various raids that take place there. It's awesome that you can see Pokemon roaming around on screen; it definitely gives the game a more realistic feel, as if you're actually in the Pokemon world. My favorite new Pokemon has to be Galarian Ponyta; it's so flipping adorable! Other new Pokemon I like include: the Rookidee line, Grookey, Galarian Weezing, the Yamper line, Wooloo, Galarian Zigzagoon, Alcremie, Sirfetch'd, Galarian Mr. Mime, Scorbunny, Sobble, Gossifleur, the Hatenna line, Polteageist, Zacian, Zamazenta, and Eternatus. While I do like how Pokemon is diversifying their 'mons, I can't say I'm ecstatic about all the new Pokemon. Everyone has different tastes, though, so it's okay. My team consists of: Pikachu, Flygon, Gyardos, Eevee, Corviknight, and Vulpix (all named after anime/favorite characters). (If you noticed that I don't have any of the starters on my team, it's because I'm not fond of any of the final evolutions; Grookey is my favorite of the starters, but if I absolutely had to choose a favorite final evolution, it'd be Cinderace. Still not all that fond of it, though). If I could get ahold of a Galarian Ponyta (currently playing Sword version), it would likely replace Eevee's spot on my team, honestly. Both my Pikachu and Eevee can Gigantamax, which is pretty neat. Gotten pretty far on my Pokedex (215 caught Pokemon isn't too shabby), and the critical catch is a neat added feature when catching Pokemon. Battling in the stadiums (and the interesting gym missions) adds interest to the game play. The story of the game is pretty interesting; the characters have a variety of personalities, have believable reactions/responses, and have character growth, which is nice. I love being able to customize my character and trainer card! Overall, it's been a really pleasant, fun experience. It's been a nice way to have some me time over the weekend. I look forward to seeing what else the game has in store for me.