Hello everyone, my name is Stephanie, known around the Internet as AnimaniacZero. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, and I have a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Holy Family University. I have a loving family and an extremely supportive group of friends. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music, playing video games, writing, watching/playing sports, reading books, doing yoga, watching cartoons and anime, singing, cooking, doing word searches, and learning new things.
I created this blog in late February of 2010 for several reasons: to practice my writing skills, expand my knowledge and opinions of sports, and to also provide a decent background of writing for a future resume. Ever since I was little, I loved baseball, and understood the sport very quickly at a very young age. Sure, I had other interests in my life, such as what was going on with the Power Rangers, wondering why my older brother was always so annoying, and watching the weather reports every night on the news. However, nothing held a candle to my childhood team: the Philadelphia Phillies. As I got older, my love for sports was somewhat on the back burner because even though I played basketball for 3 years, soccer for 10 years, and softball for 12 years, I had other interests. I did a lot of theater and chorus-related things in high school, and I was pretty much set on becoming a performer or voice-actress. However, that slowly began to change when I had to decide what I was going to go to college for. I knew that theater programs were insane in college, and I knew I would never have my heart fully into it enough to completely love what I did. That's when my childhood came back with a raging, yet loving vengeance.
As I entered college, my love of sports expanded heavily. I was watching soccer with my younger brother and an ex-boyfriend a couple of times a week. I always enjoyed soccer, but I never really watched full games of it. Once I did, I realized what I was actually missing out on. However, that eventually led to an opportunity. In 2014, I wrote pieces for the website The Soccer Desk, and I also produced their weekly podcast. I also started following hockey a little more each month. Hockey, with its fast pace and physicality, sucked me in right away. I enjoy skating when I get the chance, so I would never hesitate to try out hockey one day. I even got back into professional wrestling. See--the wrestling thing was kind of a tomboyish interest I had back in the 90's before the Monday Night Wars and I would watch it with my older brother. In fact, I actually trained for a brief time! Can you believe that? Over the past few years, I've gotten more into football. A good friend of mine (and an occasional guest writer on the blog) sucked me into a fantasy league and I held my own, even going so far as to reaching a league final. The love has grown since then.
Before college, I was never a reader or a writer. In life, people give themselves the stigma of being either a "math person" or a "grammar person." For the first sixteen years of my life, I thought I was one of the "math people." I was dead wrong. Once I started reading certain books and writing about topics that I actually enjoyed, things began to slowly change. Believe me, I still have a nice relationship with mathematics, but I know I could never advance to a level to the point where I can't keep a straight conversation with my own parents. I can't even do Sudoku without hurting my head. Outside of my mathematical mind, I always wanted to express an opinion, to have a say, to show my emotion and what have you toward states of mind and states of living and entertainment. This is where my "grammar person" came alive.
Now here we are, in present day, and I'm very happy with where I currently stand. I'm currently working in retail, but that obviously isn't going to stop me from doing what I want to do. Contrary to previous thoughts in college, I'm still acting, which makes me happy beyond any sort of explanation. I'm also doing some dancing into the screenwriting and acting field in the process. The economy is bad, yes, but that's not going to keep me from attacking the Internet with my blog posts and attempting to sell the writing that I have. The biggest inspiration for this blog has been my parents. Without them, I wouldn't have the love and support that I have in order to keep this thing going. My Mom is always proud of what I do, and I keep telling her that I'm going to get her house in Vermont one day with the money I make. My Dad was a driving force too; every time he'd call from work he'd ask if the Phillies were on and who they were playing. He's in Heaven now, but I guarantee you that he's helping me out big time from up there.
I have days in which I ask, "Is this what I really want to do with my life? Can I do something else, too?" The other thoughts seem nice at first, but then I have to ask, "Is this thing going to make me happy for the rest of my life?" From this day forward, I'm going to look straight ahead and make my next step into the future that I am creating for myself. I hope you don't mind my saying this but... There's no way you're going to stop me from achieving the ultimate happiness in life. I don't care who you are, really. You just won't be able to.