*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? What did I learn?
Color me a slacker. I haven’t touched my guitar or my game coding classes in a while. Hold me accountable! Bug me about it!
+3 Charisma – How was I less awkward or more beautiful?
This evening, I got dolled up for a fancy dinner with my guy at the infamous Smith and Wollensky. It was the most perfect evening I’ve had in ages! Dressing up and enjoying a good meal and a bottle of pinot grigio with great company just felt energizing somehow.
+3 Strength – New workouts, breakthroughs, challenges.
MAJOR Skeeball milestone! I practiced my hundreds and NAILED them for a new personal record of 550 points, which was also enough to win the arcade jackpot. Perfect score club, here I come!
🎟JACKPOT🎟 My journey to #skeeball champion started right here. I grew up playing on these machines. Today I paid an obligatory visit while I was home and scored a PERSONAL BEST which also happened to win me the #jackpot. No better skeeball machines in the world. Someday, I’ll own one of these babies. #carneylife #pb #personalbest #newrecord #moreyspiers #marinerslanding #marinersarcade #550 #wildwood #wildwoodnj #skeeballchamp #skeeballqueen #jerseygirl #jerseyshore
+5 Defense – Where did I consciously avoid or deflect negative energy?
My sister came to visit yesterday and we got matching tattoos. She got the little dipper; I got the big dipper. They’re a tiny reminder on our ankles that if we’re ever looking down to look up and look for each other. The constellations are simple, tiny dots, but one dot on each of our tattoos is an actual star. For me it’s the tip of the cup and for her it’s the end of the handle (the North Star). These are the stars that you line up to find True North. So we will never be lost.
Savoring the sounds while @wickynicky adorns my ankle with a delicate Big Dipper constellation to match my little sister’s Little Dipper. The stars are all little dots except for the star on each of our constellations that line up to find true North. It’s a reminder that if we are ever looking down on ourselves to look up and look for each other. ✨ @west4tattoo #tinytattoo #bigdipper #littledipper #sistertattoos #sisters #nyc #tattoos #constellationtattoo #looktothestars #tattooedgirls #inkedup #inkedgirls #newtattoo #freshink
+1 Luck – Something good that happened this week.
This was a great week! We kicked ass at skeeball, I balanced time with all my friends, and there was an excellent Nintendo Meet-Up in a thunderstorm!
-3 Wealth – How did I save towards my goals?
Yeahhhh this week was a drain. I’m still on track with my ambitious savings goal, but the credit card payoff goal definitely needs some attention. With less than 6 months to go in the year, I’m going to have to double down on my thriftiness to make that work.
How did YOU level up this week?