*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.*
+1 Intelligence – How did I make myself a little smarter? What did I learn?
I did some networking at Stocktwits on Monday. I stumbled across someone who used to work for my company doing similar work for a different department. We made plans to get a coffee and chat. Gotta love exchanging knowledge!
+1 Charisma – How was I less awkward or more beautiful?
There’s nothing more charismatic than confidence. And I’ve been taking initiative all over the place to get my work seen. I’m making a huge impact on my company and I feel great about the future.
+1 Strength – New workouts, breakthroughs, challenges.
I’ve been working on my spiritual strength lately. I finished Witch Unleashed. Untamed. Unapologetic by Lisa Lister. I don’t recommend it, but there were some decent thought starters once I got through now much more legit of a witch she is than any of us could hope to be. I’m working on creating my own Celebration Cycle based on the Celtic traditions.
+4 Defense – Where did I consciously avoid or deflect negative energy?
I had a huge epiphany this week and someone captured the moment on Instagram (above). This very tall girl was behind me at The Dandy Warhols show in Brooklyn. She was dancing, having a great time. At one point, she moved past me and tapped the large dude (a stranger to both of us) next to me, gesturing about getting on his shoulders. As they started to attempt the maneuver, I heard myself saying “No! No! Don’t do that!” And then I looked up at her having a great time up there and I shut the fuck up. Queen Slay, as she is now known, was carefree and brave enough to do something I wish I had the confidence and extroverted personality to do. Why should I bring down someone else down because SHE’S brave enough to express her joy in a dramatic way and I’M not? Policing her good time wasn’t going to do anything for me, but positive vibes are contagious. So I gave her the smile and nod of an introvert and went back to happily, awkwardly dancing on my own. Live and let live. If you’re not brave enough to spark the highest vibrations in the room, soak up the high vibes all around you!
+1 Luck – Something good that happened this week
I got a free custom engraved New York City Beer Week glass courtesy of one of my favorite places: Coney Island Brewery. Glux, Ryan and I went to their tap takeover at the Brazen Fox Thursday evening and got a lot of great swag and delicious beers. I finally got to try the Everything But The Schmear Brown Ale and it’s the love of my life!
+5 Wealth – How did I save towards my goals?
#NoSpendFeb was a great success. I saved $1,000 in a month. I shook off some bad habits. I learned SO MUCH. Check out why I’m going to repeat this experiment every year.