*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.*
+3 Intelligence – How did I make myself a little smarter? What did I learn?
On Monday night, I took a hand lettering class at Craft Jam. Since I’ve been diligently working on my planner/bullet journal, I wanted to learn some new skills to turn my doodles into something slightly more artistic. The class was filled with a bunch of kick ass creative women and for 2 hours we learned some of the basics of lettering design. Such a blast! Can’t wait to take the full 3 sessions course in the future.
+1 Charisma – How was I less awkward or more beautiful?
I got a free sample of L’Oreal Elvive leave in conditioner from Influenster. I’ve never used a leave in conditioner. Curly hair is super temperamental and any change to my routine, products or the weather can send my hair into revolt. But I tried it out on a day when I had 0 plans in case of disaster. The results have honestly been pretty great. My hair is SO much more hydrated and incredibly soft. Curls are always thirsty so they’re definitely appreciating this new treat.
+4 Strength – New workouts, breakthroughs, challenges.
This week I faced a FEAR – I recorded a video! I’ve never been comfortable on video. As part of my new role at work, I need to position myself as a thought leader. While I can eloquently write stories and create presentations, giving a presentation is another beast. But I recorded a video presentation where I walk through some strategies I developed around impending changes to Facebook. And people are loving it!
-2 Defense – Where did I consciously avoid or deflect negative energy?
There was a lot of funky energy this week. In Inception, when your subconscious starts to realize the dream isn’t real, the people in the dream start to get a little unfriendly, giving nasty looks and sometimes getting hostile. That’s what this week felt like. People who are usually friendly were standoffish, Ryan and I fought a lot over stupid shit just to hear ourselves yell (he shockingly handled it WAY better than I did). But you know what they say – If you keep running into assholes, you’re probably the asshole. I put up some walls and heightened expectations for other people, so of course I felt a funky energy. I was the one attracting it!
+5 Luck – Something good that happened this week
Lots of great things happened this week. My best friends got me sweet valentine’s treats- Glux got me a chocolate cupcake from Sprinkles and Tony got me a box of decadent, heart shaped chocolates 😋 AND I got my lease renewal from the landlord with the most anticipated news of any New Yorker’s year: “what’s my unjustified rent increase?” IT’S ZERO, BABY!
-2 Wealth – How did I save towards my goals?
#NoSpendFeb didn’t go so great this week. I hit my savings goals, but I went a little overboard celebrating Valentine’s Day with fancy shots. Celebrating friends is always worth it though. Especially when you get to give her her first blowjob. Then I spent $300 on Depeche Mode tickets because seeing the biggest band in the new wave movement of the 80s and 90s ir a once in a lifetime thing. Then Muldoon had his annual physical at the vet on Friday, which included blood work, stool work, nails, ears and teeth, and his bordetella vaccine. That ran me $398 😱 I mean, when you have a dog though, taking care of him becomes a necessary expense. And it’s only a once-a-year kind of expenditure. I’d do anything to keep him happy and healthy.
This weekend, I kept things very very low key to make up for that spending. I should also be getting my tax return soon to bolster my savings and pay down my debts. Hopefully next Sunday I’ll have the exciting update I’m waiting to break!