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Final Entry ~ My Greatest Achievement
May. 29th, 2012 | 05:36 pm
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My Greatest Achievement~

~Final Entry~

6 Years ago. I was 12 years old when I fell in love. Tokyo Mew Mew being my first Anime opened my eyes to an entire new world that would make me who I am today. I fell in love and I fell in love with collecting, and with that I found a determination and dedication nobody could have known I had in me. It was a day 6 years ago that I said to myself "One day I will own all 15 Tokyo Mew Mew UFO Catcher Plushies" and I was right!

If you've been following my previous journal entries, you'll know that for the past 6 years I have been relentless. I have been focused and dedicated and unwavering, I've been stupid and reckless and greedy. But it all paid off. Today is the day that I own all 15! I finally did it. I didn't doubt myself for a moment along the way and I was right not to.

I ordered the final plushies I needed almost a month ago now, and I've waited inpatiently for them to arrive and the whole while, it didn't click in my head that I'd done it. I wasn't able to accept that I owned them all. Until today at 12:48 the postman arrived. He knocked on my door, we made small talk about the spelling of my name, I signed for the package and I closed the door. And it hit me.
I screamed! I literally squeed in a high pitched noise I didn't know I could make! I ran to the kitchen and went at the box! And I pulled out the Plushies and I was speechless. I teared up and stared down at them just speechless. I ran upstairs and placed them with the others and there it was, right before my eyes, all 15 plush together on my bookshelf.

The immensity of the emotion I felt in that instance was indescribable. 6 Years of excitement and hoping and searching, it all hit me. This is my greatest achievement. I kept myself dedicated to something for 6 whole years and achieved an unbelievable collection. The sum of my pride lay before me in plain sight. My whole life I've never stuck with anything long enough to achieve anything, and nothing good has happened to me, I have always had to make things happen for myself. And this is exactly what I did here.

Nobody will deny how much I put myself into this collection, how much I did and how much I spent, I dedicated the entirety of myself. I put it ahead of my education, my relationships, my responsibilities, my home, my bills, everything. I did this on an extreme level that was even unhealthy. And you know what? It was worth it! Every penny I spent, every relentless moment, it was all more than worth it. I sacrificed as much I had for this, and it was worth it.

This collection has been everything to me for so long, and I did it and I am so proud of myself! It's everything I thought it would be to have done it.

So what now?? Many people have asked me this and for a while I had no idea what I'd do with myself after this was done, but I finally decided on this.
I want others to be able to achieve what I did and feel what I feel, and I want to help them, the same as people have helped me.

So! Following this final entry I will be releasing my own personal How-To-Guide on collecting these plushies, with all my tips and tricks, secrets, sites, advice, and even quotes and advice from my fellow collectors. This will be my gift to everyone else who wants these plushies! And if that isn't enough, I've made a tumblr page dedicated to these plushies where I will be releasing articles about them from time to time, and best of all regular updates on what plush are available for sale where!

This entire journey to collect them all has been amazing, I've made friends, I've achieved something amazing and I've grown up into an adult who's ready to move on with their life. (But not completely xP) So I would like to say a MASSIVE thankyou to everyone that has helped me along the way, the eBay sellers like hgkittykat, and mewpearl the private sellers like Katrus, heartxofxlilith and Mangav and the friends I've made like MewIchigo, yellowmonkey and many others! And the biggest thankyou to TsukiAkumu my boyfriend who actually stuck with me (even if on and off) for almost 5 of the 6 years, helping me out along the way!

And with that, this is my final journal entry, I have nothing more to say or do now, now it's everyone else's turn to fall under the magic of these plushies~
So there's nothing left to say but Good luck collecting everyone~ ^w^

Don't forget to follow my tumblr for regular Plushie updates~ [ext link ]

KeiKeiAi's Ultimate Guide to Tokyo Mew Mew Plush Collecting~ [ext link ]

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05 years agoKeiKei-AiKeiKei-Ai
Thankyou to everyone for all the congratulations and nice comments ^w^
05 years agoShigerugalShigerugal
I know very little about the series but I have caught your posts time from time and it always amazes me how determine you are to get those plushies! I talked to a friend of mine and we discuss about you a few times as well! I doubt saying "Congratulations" is going to compare to the fifteen adorable plushies you have in your room but... CONGRATULATIONS! YOU DID IT! (now go chill with your plushies, maybe read the manga with your favorite drink in hand~ XD )
05 years agoKimistuoKimistuo
Congratulations ^^ !!
05 years agoMewIchigo8543MewIchigo8543
Great job!!!!!
05 years agopiratepapillonpiratepapillon
Congrats! It's really nice to see someone so dedicated to something they love and I hope those little plush bring you lots of joy in the future :)
05 years ago (5 years ago)JukaiJukai
Congratulations! I have to ask though, does it feel like you're finally at ease now that you have you collection complete? I'm in the same boat as you and can definitely relate, especially when you said this;

" My whole life I've never stuck with anything long enough to achieve anything, I have always had to make things happen for myself. "

" Nobody will deny how much I put myself into this collection, how much I did and how much I spent, I dedicated the entirety of myself. I put it ahead of my education, my relationships, my responsibilities, my home, my bills, everything. I did this on an extreme level that was even unhealthy."

Most people collect because they like the "Thrill of the hunt" I'm completely opposite of this, I hate every seconded of it. I hate trying to track and hunt stuff down, racing to beat people to get rare/hot items and preorders before they become ridiculously over priced/unavailable later ( A recent one being Neca's Portal Gun, the original Chell model.) Haggling with flippers who majority of the time are not even collectors and only buy stuff to resale at crazy prices, constantly scrambling to come up with money to get stuff before it vanishes (EX: Portal Gun ) and having financial problems because of it. Staying up extremely late to keep an eye out for stuff making sure you don't miss an opportunity only to have to get up early for work in the morning and the list goes on and on.

It's to the point that it's stressful and depressing, but I've come to far to quit and give up like I do with most things that I try to accomplish ( Another reason that drives me to complete this) It feels like a never ending up hill battle while getting attacked from all sides. So again I have to ask, when you get to the top of that mountain and complete it do you feel a wave of relief that you can relax and that in the end it was all worth it?
05 years agoYaoneKohaiYaoneKohai
Congratulations :) that is such a great story! I'm so happy you finally got to complete your collection!
05 years agoBoomsickleBoomsickle Galge Gamer
Wow good job before anime my goal was to collect all fluttershy toys :p almost did it too but then i realized i love anime figures much more and now i have a bunch of small goals to get not all figures but at least one of each of the females from series i start collecting though i dont rush as much since japanese toys cost way more than american ones. ounce again i applaud you.
05 years ago (5 years ago)WindsorSevenWindsorSeven SHSL Vegone
Yay your search is finally over!
05 years agoKeiKei-AiKeiKei-Ai
GothlequinYour dedication is admirable it makes me want to find a certain thing and stick to it as well congrats!

I'd definitely recommend it! It's unbelievably rewarding, having dedicated yourself to a goal to the very end x3

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