*Since my family first got an NES, I’ve had a controller in my hands. Exploring new worlds, meeting new characters and experiencing stories… in some ways, I’ve just connected better with the world through games. However, it’s also very important to me to be present in my life, to improve myself, to go out and MEET the people I’ve connected with online and to expand my knowledge. I spend hours in games; how do I level myself up?
In this weekly series, I’ll chronicle how I’ve improved my “stats” with completely arbitrary scoring.*
+2 Intelligence – How did I make myself a little smarter?
I read Jurassic Park. If you know me, this does not surprise you. I know every line to every film by heart. What will surprise you: this was my first time reading the novel. I can’t even explain why it took me this long. I think I was a little bit afraid. The book proved VERY different. Characters I expected to die lived. Characters I was sure were safe, died. Robert Muldoon survived, which made me very happy considering my dog- Muldoon- is named after the notorious Game Warden and Velociraptor hunter. It was like reading deleted scenes and there were so many I’d love to see played out on the big screen. The scene where Muldoon tries to tranquilize the T-Rex saw me nervously gnawing my cuticles into actual pulp. Was it the most intellectual read? No. But it counts!
+3 Charisma – How was I less awkward or more beautiful?
To put into perspective how stumped I am by girly things: when my sister gave me these Sugar Bear Hair Vitamins for Christmas, I looked at them in confusion and tried to figure out how I’d get them into my hair. Did they foam up in the shower? Did I need to burst them open for some kind of oil? Yeah. I’m a beautidiot. [Spoiler: they’re vitamins. You fucking EAT them] A big goal for me is to start getting vitamins in every day. After trying multivitamins in the past and getting sick immediately, I’ve become averse to them. I have seen more gummy options lately though. I picked up a gummy multivitamin and calcium chews on top of my hair bears. So far, I’ve noticed my hair does feel a lot softer and looks shinier, which is not something curly hair does.
+2 Strength – New workouts, breakthroughs, challenges.
Guess who made it to spin class? THREE TIMES. I wasn’t the best about getting up for my regular workouts, but I made it up with an extra spin class on Saturday. So I’m making progress towards my goals.
+2 Defense – Where did I consciously avoid or deflect negative energy?
I had some stressful moments at work this week. But, I recognized a lot of that stress was a response to my previous toxic work environment, where panic and frantic were the default. So instead of letting those old anxieties take control, I took a walk to get some water or found a private phone booth and told myself this role is a different situation, office, team, job and fear does not apply here. Fear does NOT apply here.
+3 Luck – Something good that happened this week
One of my life goals is to own a Skee-ball machine. The problem is that they’re 10-13 feet long, which is about the length of my entire NYC apartment. But, I’ve been putting it out into the universe anyway. On Tuesday, I found a Skee-ball machine that will fit! Destiny.
-1 Wealth – How did I save towards my goals?
I overspent this week. Technically, I overspent last week and that snowballed into this week. I’ve noticed this becoming a trend in the last couple of months- most notably since my boyfriend started working a very physical job and I’ve had to take on all the household responsibilities again. I usually don’t budget for groceries or laundry or household necessities like paper towels and toothpaste. This week, I started tracking these spends. This will give me a better idea of what I can budget for. It will also make me look at these items and figure out where I can cut back. I can probably get the toothpaste to stretch a little further if Ryan would learn to SQUEEZE FROM THE BOTTOM.