*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?
I’m making myself smarter by sharing my knowledge and exercising my skills more through a few gigs on Fiverr. You can have a custom haiku written for you for just $5 by an award-winning MFA poet. OR I’ll read your tarot cards!
+1 Charisma – How was I less awkward or more beautiful?
I made sure I got at least 8 hours of sleep every night this week. I looked and felt so much more refreshed! The extra two hours of sleep a night also made me a little more pleasant to interact with.
-2 Strength – New workouts, breakthroughs, challenges.
I got to the gym this week, but then had a pretty rough Thursday. I spent the day in ER with abdominal cramps so severe I could barely breathe. Long story short, I’m ok and it was nothing serious. Just some fun lady bits drama to keep an eye on. Definitely taking good care of myself and feeling better.
+4 Defense – Where did I consciously avoid or deflect negative energy?
I chose my charity to support this year! Notice the new widget on the top right of my homepage? I’ve joined the Extra Life fundraising community to help my local children’s hospital. Inspired by my day in the ER, seeing a lot of hurt or sick kids and worried parents holding it together like a miracle of modern psyche, It’s a ways off until my 24 hour Game Marathon on November 3rd, but I wanted to open up donations early. For the timeframe, I’ve set a pretty modest goal of $1,000. Hopefully I can raise that number before Game Day.
+3 Luck – Something good that happened this week
Why does every show for the year go on sale in February? I have no idea. But this week, I scored seats for the Smashing Pumpkins. Hopefully I can add a couple of Bush shows to the roster as well.
+5 Wealth – How did I save towards my goals?
I have a HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT: I got back my Federal tax return and paid off my student loan! That’s $150 a month I can now put toward getting my other debts paid off. There are few greater feelings than the weight of a debt lifting off your bank account.
It’s also the last Sunday of #NoSpendFeb and I have learned a ton this month. I cracked down, saved over $1000 this month (thanks in part to my tax return, but also to some budgeting acrobatics.) I’ll have a full report on the results of this amazing experiment on Friday. I’m stoked to share!