Sunday Stats

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*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 learned a new city! I don’t know if there’s a city in the country more sprawling and intimidating than LA. Thanks to Glux, we figured our way around and learned A LOT about where to stay and what to do if we ever come back.

Santa Monica Sidequest

-3 Charisma – How was I less awkward or more beautiful?
Fail. I got major sunburn on my face and arms just from walking around LA. I picked up some SPF 100 on Day 3, but it was too late.

Burning for Blue

-2 Strength – New workouts, breakthroughs, challenges.
I never work out on vacation. Packing extra shoes and a couple sets of workout clothes just seems ridiculous. I should really change this mentality though and keep up my momentum when I’m away.

+1 Defense – Where did I consciously avoid or deflect negative energy?
E3 was a major test of patience. Lines everywhere. Smelly gamer boys pushing and shoving through the crowds. Long days on my feet. But I rolled with it, stayed calm and had a great time.

Maybe this Deathclaw would have more luck with lines

+3 Luck – Something good that happened this week.
SO many good things happened! I got to play the new Smash Bros. Ultimate at E3. Dinosaur encounters peppered my week. My carney connections got me access to Universal Studios Hollywood with Express Pass so I could skip the 2 hour lines! We went early on Friday before the park got crowded and I finally got my Ravenclaw robes and a wand of Ivy, perfect for my magical outings!

Amazing real life Blue

-1 Wealth – How did I save towards my goals?
I spent about what I thought I would on this trip. I’m not worried about money right now, but focus needs to shift back toward paying off my debts. This trip allowed me to hit the spend threshold on my Chase Sapphire Reserve card so I get 50k bonus points. That will pay for my next trip!

How did YOU level up this week?

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Sunday Stats

Sunday Stats.jpg

*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?
Never never never book your seat toward the back of the plane. That’s where parents with infants book their seats. Ugh. Hard lesson learned!

+1 Charisma – How was I less awkward or more beautiful?
I always feel confident going out alone and traveling solo. In the last 24 hours everyone I’ve encountered in California has been shocked that I’m alone, but I feel like a real New Yorker and an independent woman. Feels nice, man.

-2 Strength – New workouts, breakthroughs, challenges.
I was depressed and lazy all week. I could barely make it into work. News of two high profile suicides made me realize that depression isn’t a thing you ever “grow out of.” I’m going to have to fight this for the rest of my life. And I might lose. But I’m not going to let depression eat me alive without anyone knowing. I’m not hiding it. I’m not ashamed. I can’t help that my brain feeds itself lies about my amazing, creative, empathetic, curious, fierce self. I can see myself that way sometimes, but mostly I’m surprised when I hear how positively others view me. Almost can’t believe it. So I urge you- tell your friends and family you love them, but ALSO tell them how you see them. Are they brave? Inspirational? Funny? Witty? Creative? Powerful? Tell them. Because I don’t think ANY of us see ourselves the way the people who love us do. So it’s important to hear. Depression or not.

+1 Defense – Where did I consciously avoid or deflect negative energy?
I had a thought this week. So often when something small goes wrong, I hear people sarcastically say “story of my life.” But what if we flipped the script and said (or thought) “story of my life” every time something good or lucky or fabulous happened? Imagine how much more positive energy we could attract?

+3 Luck – Something good that happened this week.
I got invited to an advance screening of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on Tuesday. How amazing is that?!? Still can’t believe I got to be one of the first in NYC and maybe the world to see it. I’m not going to spoil anything… though I can’t wait to talk about it! I did write up some non-spoilery thoughts here.

+1 Wealth – How did I save towards my goals?
My mailbox surprised me with a check for $70 from some class action lawsuit! That’s the most I’ve ever gotten from one of those things, but it ALWAYS pays to throw your hat into the ring when you get those notices in your email. Just make sure it’s not spam first. They look spammy.

How did YOU level up this week?

Sunday Stats

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*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 learned a very important lesson this week. There is an ATM in midtown that dispenses cupcakes. And cake is MY form of currency. Dreams do come true!

+1 Charisma – How was I less awkward or more beautiful?
Despite feeling antisocial, I was actually pretty personable and not awkward this week. I talked to my neighbors, the laundry man, ran into one of my Rover clients on a walk… I felt like Belle skipping through the village waving Bonjour to everyone.

-2 Strength – New workouts, breakthroughs, challenges.
I left my Apple watch charger in PA, so I couldn’t track anything this week. Also I learned I’m much less motivated unless my watch is literally zapping me to get my ass moving. I miss it 😭

+1 Defense – Where did I consciously avoid or deflect negative energy?
I’ve been kind of depressed all week, but Glux came by my office to let me borrow her Rituals for Transformation book. I’m going to do all the things and write about them!

+1 Luck – Something good that happened this week.
A lot went wrong this week. My mentor left the company. I’ve had to overhaul the apartment to deal with clutter and repairs. I left my phone and watch chargers at my sister’s place. Ryan clogged the toilet and I had to… well I don’t want to talk about what I had to do. I fixed it. But I got some gorgeous flowers AND I beat the Champions’ Ballad DLC in Breath of the Wild.

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-2 Wealth – How did I save towards my goals?
I had a spend happy week. My apartment needs some new touches and I’m getting stir crazy. There’s only ONE outlet in my bedroom. How do they expect me to live? So I ordered some 5-sided outlets and other storage/organizational/streamlining things to get me though this final year in this place.

How did YOU level up this week?

Sunday Stats

*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.*

+4 Intelligence – How did I make myself a little smarter? What did I learn?
My brother-in-law taught me how to play Zombie by The Cranberries on his guitar. Now I know my first song!

+1 Charisma – How was I less awkward or more beautiful?
My sister and I got our nails done on Friday before our brother’s wedding. Ignore my sudden stigmata. I went with a Barbie pink, inspired by the Tiny Shoulders documentary on Hulu.

+2 Strength – New workouts, breakthroughs, challenges.
I mixed up the gym this week with stair walking at work. 9 floors is no joke. I’ve even inspired some coworkers to make the climb with me.

+3 Defense – Where did I consciously avoid or deflect negative energy?
On Wednesday I booked a crystal bed session at modrn sanctuary. This time I chose Third Eye frequencies and went into a meditation so deep, I felt like I left my body. I don’t know if I went into a past life or a future one. I don’t remember much of the visualizations now, but when the session was up, I felt my energy come crashing back into my body. I took a sharp gasping breath as if I hadn’t been breathing at all for the 45 minute session! It was strange but the balance I felt when I came back made me feel like a new person.

+1 Luck – Something good that happened this week.
I picked up a couple of crowlers at Victory Brewing, but the server filled one with the wrong beer so I got a third corrected crowler for free!


-3 Wealth – How did I save towards my goals?
I booked my E3 trip for a week in Cali. First I fly into San Jose for two nights then I meet Glux in LA! It’s going to be an awesome trip, but it’s costing me. I hope these sapphire reserve points really do add up fast! It was amazing that my $300 annual travel credit was applied immediately though!

How did YOU level up this week?

Sunday Stats

Sunday Stats.jpg

*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?
Guitar lessons are going well. I learned part of a Bad Religion song. My fingers still hurt, but it feels like PROGRESS.

+2 Charisma – How was I less awkward or more beautiful?
I wore lipstick every day this week. It felt kind of weird, but it was a nice change. I blended red with a little gold powder for a shimmery Splatfest look.

+2 Strength – New workouts, breakthroughs, challenges.
I made it to the gym! I also hit a new Move streak record. Yeah for keeping things moving!

-2 Defense – Where did I consciously avoid or deflect negative energy?
I didn’t take care of my mental enough this week. There was a lot of fighting and sadness and general feelings of being drained. Next week I’m going on I schedule a crystal bed session for next week or something.

+1 Luck – Something good that happened this week
I got drinks with the co-manager of our Nintendo Switch Meet-Up group to scout some new potential hosting spots in Williamsburg. She moved back to the states from Australia not long ago and I’m SO glad to have her back!!

+3 Wealth – How did I save towards my goals?
Dog sitting biz this year continues to explode! Three new clients this week, which pushes me to over $4,000 TOTAL in that account and 40% of that was earned this year.

Look at this cutie

How did YOU level up this week?

Sunday Stats – 🎉Birthday Edition🎉

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*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.*

LEVEL UP

TODAY is my birthday! I’ve officially hit level 34. In addition to my #Rebirthday tasks, I get:

Defense bonus – Now gives less fucks than ever before
Charisma incentive – treat yoself to a wardrobe refresh
Wealth check – birthday money + make sure that 401k is on track

And now back to our weekly programming.

+2 Intelligence – How did I make myself a little smarter? What did I learn?
I learned some valuable home improvement skills! Check out the before and after shots of the bathroom door a rover client destroyed. I’m ready for my own HGTV show!

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+2 Charisma – How was I less awkward or more beautiful?
My family came up on Saturday so I had a lot of housekeeping to do. I made some repairs, threw out a ton of shit and really cleansed my tiny space. Additionally, I has a breakfast spread waiting for them when they arrived like Carney Fucking Homemaker of the Year. Look at me go!

+5 Strength – New workouts, breakthroughs, challenges.
I made it to the gym on Tuesday for a crushing workout, but next week I need to put in 4 days. It’s getting slightly less wintery out in NYC so I’ve been talking Muldoon for longer and longer walks again.

+2 Defense – Where did I consciously avoid or deflect negative energy?
I adorned my Passion Planner/Bullet Journal with an adorable enamel pin I found at The Strand. It’s a little fountain pen that says “mightier” in script – as in the pen is mightier than the sword. It’s a reminder that yes, words are powerful and this book is filled with power. But it’s also a mantra – I am mightier than I know. I am mightier than my thoughts.

+4 Luck – Something good that happened this week
On Wednesday, Spotify sponsored an extension of the David Bowie Is exhibit currently on display at the Brooklyn Museum. They decked out the Bleeker Street/ Broadway-Lafayette subway station (Bowie’s neighborhood stop) with photos, quotes and artwork from the Starman’s life. Some pieces have a Spotify code you can scan to hear his music. As part of the exhibit they made some limited edition metrocards available. There were 5 different Bowie metrocards and people were lining up for them. I managed to get one of the LAST full sets available before they ran out of Young Bowie!

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ALSO- I scored an industry pass to E3 in June! Glux got a gamer pass and we’re making a girls trip out of our geeky week in LA.

+2 Wealth – How did I save towards my goals?
I got a TWO HUNDRED DOLLAR TIP from my Rover client. That’ll go a long way to replacing the toilet seat his sweet but destructive pup ate.

How did you level up this week?

 

Sunday Stats

Sunday Stats

*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.

How did you level up this week?