*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.*
+5 Intelligence – How did I make myself a little smarter? What did I learn?
Mashable had an incredible sale on coding classes that would help me learn how to make games! I can’t think of a better format to tell the stories and create the worlds I want. There’s a game I’ve been dreaming up for a long time now… this feels like a step toward one day making it a reality.
-3 Charisma – How was I less awkward or more beautiful?
I was in an allergy fog all week. Red, itchy eyes. Runny nose. Clogged ears. Basically just a gross mess.
+1 Strength – New workouts, breakthroughs, challenges.
I don’t really do freelance work anymore. It’s stressful. It’s hard to get paid fairly. And it’s created tense moments between me and people I once respected. But this week I got a request. It’s not a lot of money, but it’s not about the money. This request comes from my first job. Freelancing for them was the start of my career. I owe everything to that gig. “No” wasn’t even an option when they asked. It’s all about respecting your roots and being grateful for where you came from. And I am. And that feels like a strong move forward.
+2 Defense – Where did I consciously avoid or deflect negative energy?
I’ve been feeling really run down since coming back from E3. Allergies are a nightmare. I’m tired all the time. I’m dangerously unmotivated. So I perked myself up with a little treat from Strand Books. I went in for a pencil case to hold my bujo markers and got myself a new set of neon and glitter pens, a set of motivating purpose pens, sleek new NYC moleskine (I hope this means all the citybooks are coming back in this modern design!) and a big fat root beer float lollipop. Carrying the bag back to my office felt like a surprising little reward, even though I already knew everything that was inside.
+3 Luck – Something good that happened this week.
We got the greenlight to work from home next week so I’m pretty thrilled about that.
-2 Wealth – How did I save towards my goals?
I’ve been on a bit of a spender this week… (that’s spend + bender, btw) Treating myself is a double edged sword. Next week I’ll make some cuts and get back on track.
How did YOU level up this week?