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This time we’re talking about something a little bit more positive than a horror game. If you want to read the last post, which was about the game “Layers of fear“, just click on it’s name. I’ve invited my dear blogger friend Karalee to talk about this with me since we both play this.

K: Animal Crossing Pocket Camp is a fun and addictive game where you run your own campsite. You can choose from natural, sporty, cute, cool, and rustic themes for your tent and amenities (I personally choose cute because I could not resist the cuteness!) You can mix and match themes, and you can have a higher friendship with animals that match your theme and get more items from them (shirt, furniture, and picture), but you can invite any animal to your camp once you meet their special requests for furniture. One thing I love about this game is that you can craft all different furniture to decorate your camp and camper with and make it yours. Another big part of the game is fulfilling requests for the animals to raise their friendship and get special rewards. This part can seem tedious at times, but it is necessary for when you want them to move into your campsite where you can host 8 animals at a time.

When the game first came out, there was not much to do besides crafting furniture and fulfilling requests for the animals, but now there is a garden area and events! In the garden you can plant flowers which you can trade for potted plants, tables, and shirts to name a few items. The Holiday and New Year’s events included limited-time furniture to craft and clothing as rewards. I know during the events I play a lot more because I want to craft all the furniture. There has also been smaller events like Host the Most where you got rewards for hosting new animals and Friend Frenzy where you got rewards for having a certain amount of friends. New animals and furniture as always being added to the game, and I cannot wait until clothing crafting is added because the only way to get clothes is from the market, which resets every 6 hours. This game is addictive because I want to play at least every time the market resets, and when new animals move every 3 hours. There are also daily quests and long-term quests to complete. You can buy leaf tickets with real money, but the game is not paid-to-win and you can get plenty of leaf tickets from rewards and leveling up.

L: In the screenshots above, you can see me visiting Karalee’s campsite (she’s the blondie), visiting friends and giving them Kudos or watering their plants is part of the ‘social’ function of the game. There is no in-game chat but it’s nice to be able to visit whenever you feel like it. Your friends can also appear in other camping sites in your game. You can also recruit your friends to help you get into an area called Shovelstrike Quarry, where you can receive different rewards.

As Karalee mentioned above, you fulfill requests from animals all around the campsites, and sometimes they trigger a special scene like you can see below. It is usually, but not always, one of the last requests for the day. I think the small events are super cute. They give me more of a sense of achievement when fulfilling them instead of receiving the usual reward of crafting materials and/or special holiday/event items and friendship levels.



We’ve mentioned decorating your camper, in the left screenshot below you can see a picture from my camper. I’ve crafted furniture to replace the standards that came with it. It was just cream colored bulky furniture and I didn’t enjoy it. You can upgrade your camper and add a second floor to it. I’m not quite sure just how they can fit a second floor on a camper van but it is a video game so I cannot really question the logic of it. I’ve also found out from playing most of the Animal Crossing games that I am a cat hoarder. I have three in real life, and now I have three hosted on my campsite. Usually people mix and match animals but I just love the animals. I really hope I’ll be able to meet my favorite, Olivia, in the game soon!



So yeah, that was a bit about Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. Have you played it before? Or have you played any Animal Crossing games at all? 

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On being motivated 

Lise —  November 3, 2017 — 16 Comments

Today I attended one, or well, technically two lectures about motivation. I’m in a work experience program to find a job suitable for the leg injury I have. My work consultant keeps signing me up for different jobs and lectures and I’m experiencing so much compared to what I used to. My anxiety has also gotten a lot better because I make myself attend everything and socialize with people.

Today was two different lectures by two different lecturers, one being a somewhat elderly Swedish man called Mats Peterson. He’s experienced with nutrition and working with athletes and helping people better their life through food, sleep and exercise. He was a very engaging lecturer, bringing his personal experience to the table in a humorous way, using sarcasm to get us to understand and I thought it was really good. It left me feeling motivated for eating the right things, for doing gentle exercises just to stay mobile and to make sure I get enough sleep every night. He also talked about hormones, about serotonin, melatonin and the other hormones that affect you on a daily basis. If you ever get the chance to listen to his lectures (either in Norway or Sweden), I would definitely recommend it. He’s not a guy who shuns everything that isn’t good but he emphasizes just how well things can be.

The other lecture was by a guy named Kjetil Kristoffersen. He mostly spoke about his experiences and how no one is entitled to tell you that you cannot achieve what you want in life. He spoke about how life had went against him and how he was always scared to take a risk and never got rewarded. Then eventually he thought like “fuck it, i’ll just do it” and he eventually succeeded. It was really good motivation and it also encouraged you to not just settle for what you have but try to achieve more if it is possible.

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He reminded me a lot of Shia Labeouf when he spoke, really energetic and trying to get us all to be as engaged as he was. He didn’t use humor as much as the other guy, but it honestly wouldn’t be as good if he did, it needed a more serious tone.

I feel like I have a more positive mindset now, at least for a little while. But anything is better than nothing, right? Do you have anything you do to try to motivate yourself?

This will just be a post talking about my health issues, if that is of no interest to you, don’t worry, you can just click away from the page, no hard feelings! 

I have talked about this before, but I don’t do so very often, but I was in a severe accident when I was 7 years old. I have a permanent injury in my leg and it makes a lot of things difficult to do. This includes jobs, and I have always pretended to be more able bodied that I am and that has resulted in me jeopardizing my health.. a lot. I think I can count on one hand the times where I actually felt pretty good during the previous year. The biggest issue is that I had to transplant a lot of skin from my right leg to my left, but it didn’t really do much and the skin on my heel breaks so easily if I’m on my feet a lot. I guess you can see how this would be an issue in a lot of work situations.

That and having a pretty uncomfortable skin illness has broken me down a lot over the years, and in May, I decided that enough was enough. I sent in my letter of resignation and as of June 30th, I am no longer employed. I had a long conversation with my regular doctor and she recommended applying for welfare, but only to an extent where I can keep a part time job. I would hate to just be 100% on welfare and not being able to do anything, I hate sitting still and I hate not being productive.

I have meddled in thoughts of making crafts and selling them online, but I’m not great with details and I’m a total perfectionist so I don’t think I would ever deem anything to be good enough to sell. I want to work with interior design, since that was my major study, but those kind of jobs require more work force than I am able to give.

Life now is just full of insecurities and I am so stressed out about what to do. What if they reject my application for financial help? What if I can’t find a new job if I have to? What if I run myself into the ground and end up jeopardizing my health again? I’m just crossing my fingers that I will have this all fixed before I run out of money.

Life is so stressful!