*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?
I’ve been watching the Netflix docuseries Rotten on my work-from-home days. Each episode is a fascinating tale of true-crime or controversy in various areas of the food industry. I’ve always been somewhat food-conscious. Growing up at the beach, I’m a seafood snob and never buy farmed fish or seafood at all if I’m not within an hour of a coastline. But it’s fascinating to learn about how deceitful the food industry is. All business is about making a buck, above all common good and decency.
The honey episode was particularly interesting since I use a lot of it and always trusted it came straight from bees. Now I know that’s not the case with store bought honey. Whenever I can, I buy local honey because dosing myself with local pollen via a spoonful of honey keeps my seasonal/locational allergies in check. I’ll definitely be making more trips to the farmer’s market now.
+2 Charisma – How was I less awkward or more beautiful?
It was a terribly awkward week. One of these week’s I’ll have a “less awkward” update, but this is not that week. I’ve been slowly adding habits to my beauty and wellness routines. Typically, I can shower, dry my hair and do my minimal makeup in about 20 minutes because I kind of see makeup and beauty as a waste of time. It takes Ryan three times as long to get ready because he loves to preen himself. Lately I’ve changed my thinking that it’s not about being beautiful; it’s about feeling clean and confident. After showering all week, I slathered myself in a healthy palmful of Kiehl’s Creme de Corps. I love it because it smells nice and hydrates the fuck out of my skin and also sounds like Corpse Cream.
+2 Strength – New workouts, breakthroughs, challenges.
I hit my longest streak closing all my Apple Watch rings, which means taking stand/walking breaks each hour for 12 hours out of the day, doing at least 30 minutes of exercise, and burning at minimum 500 calories. On gym days, this is easy. On work from home days, I sometimes have to jog around the block with Muldoon at 11:30pm until I hit 500 calories. The little fireworks show I get on my wrist when I hit all three goals is maddeningly motivating. And sometimes I’ll win badges for streaks or doubling my goals. Some people are food driven; I’m motivated by tchotchkes.
+2 Defense – Where did I consciously avoid or deflect negative energy?
I typically spend Saturdays at home by myself while Ryan works. Sometimes this is an amazing luxury. Sometimes it’s sad and boring and I spend too much time sleeping. Because my apartment is so small, I often forget that I enjoy having people over OR that it’s even an option! This week, I had one of my best friends over to play Splatoon, do chocolate face masks and make an olive oil cake like the glam bitches we are.
+1 Luck – Something good that happened this week
One of my good friends got a bonus at work and celebrated by taking me on a lady date! We hit The Nugget Spot and then had a couple drinks at The Belfry and Beauty Bar.
+1 Wealth – How did I save towards my goals?
On average, I spend $12 on lunch PER DAY. With shifting schedules, Sundays have become more about adventure than bumming around so meal prep hasn’t been on the menu (HAHAHA zing!). Ryan bought groceries this week, so I used that budget to sign up for Mealpal. Several friends have recommended it and it cuts my lunch spending in HALF. At least. Sometimes I can get 2 lunches out of one pickup. As a bonus, it’s introduced me to a lot of new lunch spots in my work nabe.
However, I spent FAR too much money on other things this week (two new subscription boxes, books, adventures…). This will be severely curbed in the coming weeks.