Love Yourself As You Love Your Fave

Love Yourself As You Love Your Fave

Hey, everybody! I’m Amanda Lynn, and this is the inaugural post on my new blog, The Fangirl’s Guide to Happiness. This is a blog that puts a fandom spin on the subjects of self-help and self-development, and hopefully will help equip members of fandom (however you identify is totally cool on this blog) to become their best selves, or at least take a few steps in that direction.

Now, I’m not saying that I’m the happiest person alive or anything—far from it, actually!—but I’ve been in professional psych therapy for many years, and I read a shit-ton* of self-help and self-development books. I have depression (or possibly type 2 bipolar), anxiety, ADHD, and a “mixed” personality disorder, whatever that is. I’ve also struggled with self-harm, multiple eating disorders, addiction, and suicidal ideation in the past. I was just awarded Social Security Disability for all this stuff, so it definitely affects my everyday life in a big way. Unfortunately, just reading and writing about self-help does not necessarily mean I’m able to take all of my own advice. But I have learned a few things about how to make life suck less, and that’s what I want to share with you.

So, my very first Fangirl Secret to Happiness is this:

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Am I The Only Supernatural Fan Who Hates to *Watch* Supernatural?

Am I The Only Supernatural Fan Who Hates to *Watch* Supernatural?

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Samifer: Supernatural-induced emotional pain. Dean: Me.

My relationship with Supernatural is…unconventional, to say the least. It’s not so much a TV show anymore, but I wouldn’t say it’s a “lifestyle,” exactly. For me, it’s more of a family member—and a toxic one, at that.

I hear people say that Supernatural is their go-to TV “comfort food,” and I wanna know what the hell show they’re watching, because when I watch Supernatural, it’s rarely comforting—or fun, entertaining, joyful…you get the picture. I mean, there’s “Baby,” and “Scoobynatural,” and “Mint Condition,” so there are bright spots, but for me, watching Supernatural is the emotional equivalent of having my fingernails torn off. As Dr. Forrester, the Mad Scientist on Mystery Science Theater 3000 once said, “Prepare for a rendezvous with extreme emotional pain.” It’s gut-wrenching, it’s bleak, and it never fucking gets better!  

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