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.*

+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.

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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?
Aside from usual responsibilities and guitar lessons, I didn’t actively seek out any new learning. I spent all my free time reading and playing Splatoon.

-2 Charisma – How was I less awkward or more beautiful?
It was a lazy week. I didn’t even wash my hair ONCE. Luckily, curly hair tends to look better after 3-4 days of not washing it, but I stretched this mess like 5 days when it really should have been washed on day 4. I was just too tired to get up early enough.

-3 Strength – New workouts, breakthroughs, challenges.
And too tired to get up early enough for the gym. I got my steps in, took the stairs and walked a couple subway stops more than I usually would to make up for it, but next week it’s 7am wake up call 4 days a week.

+3 Defense – Where did I consciously avoid or deflect negative energy?
I’ve been really good about keeping the peace around this week. My relationship with Ryan has been really great. When he’s in a bad mood, I’m learning how to give him the right kind of space and not engage in his nonsense.

+1 Luck – Something good that happened this week
A company from last week’s brand workshop sent me fancy ass chocolates and they’re so decadent I can’t even show you a picture because the craving for chocolate would burst your brain.

+2 Wealth – How did I save towards my goals?
I hit the $1,000 milestone in my Stash account! Checking Stash daily is such an exciting part of my day. Seeing my stocks grow and comparing with Ryan’s investments (I ALWAYS beat his returns) gives me such a sense of pride and accomplishment. THIS is an adult thing! I highly, highly recommend signing up for an account – it’s a fun way to learn about investing and watch your money work for YOU. They’re NOT paying me to tell you this, but if you sign up with my link, we both get $5 to invest. And right now there’s a chance we can both win 2k. Hey, they JUST added a Gamers, FTW stock bundle so you can invest in Blizzard, Nintendo, Activision and more. Worth it!

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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?
I learned not to take on puppies at Rover clients anymore 😂 The little lady I’m sitting now is a total sweetheart… who is quickly destroying my apartment! She’s eaten a pair of my jeans, 5 pairs of panties, 3 socks, the bathroom door, 1 bath towel, her own harness and the toilet seat😱 Looking forward to her going home tomorrow!

+2 Charisma – How was I less awkward or more beautiful?
Due to the aforementioned puppy eating my wardrobe, I had to really dress up for work this week. Stockings, dresses, heels… I looked like a different person to my colleagues.

+5 Strength – New workouts, breakthroughs, challenges.
Not only did I get back into my gym routine, I got back on my skates for the first time since I destroyed my back two years ago.It’s a tough workout, but I’d love to build back up and try out for the Gotham Girls roller derby again.

+3 Defense – Where did I consciously avoid or deflect negative energy?
After weeks of frustration and feeling like I was in a constant state of panic attackI decided I needed someone to talk to. However, finding a therapist in NYC is o-v-e-r-w-h-e-l-m-i-n-g. So I signed up for TalkSpace. Now I have a therapist I can text any time with any thought. It’s only been half a week, but I’ll let you know how it goes.

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+3 Luck – Something good that happened this week
I went for a walk through Washington Square Park and found a photo taped to a tree. I picked it up and it directed me to the nearby Lomography store where I traded it for the item IN the photo – an accordion-style photo album perfect for my Instax and Holga photos 💕 It pays to keep your head up and your phone down while exploring the world.

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+1 Wealth – How did I save towards my goals?
I scored a $50 Amazon credit for signing up for MealPal a couple months ago with a friend’s referral code. Maybe I can use it to replace what the puppy has devoured.

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.*

+2 Intelligence – How did I make myself a little smarter? What did I learn?
I’ve been expanding my DnD knowledge by listening to The Adventure Zone podcast. It’s helping me learn the language and understand the breadth of gameplay possibilities. Last week, I created a tiefling rogue called Alaria for a one-shot game. This week we start our first full campaign.
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-1 Charisma – How was I less awkward or more beautiful?
Every morning while making my coffee at work, I somehow drop a paper strip from the sugar packet into my cup. Despite the fact that I don’t (think) I’m tearing it open completely because I don’t use all the sugar, I pour my creamer in to discover a floating triangle of paper. I have to awkwardly fish it out in front of anyone who happens to be in the kitchen. This has happened every day this week. 🤦🏻‍♀️

+5 Strength – New workouts, breakthroughs, challenges.
Yesterday I ran the Hot Chocolate 15k in Philly with my sister. This was my 5th 15k and my 4th Hot Chocolate in Philly. I was really unprepared for it and hadn’t trained at all, but it was a great motivator to get my ass back into shape. I earned TWO medals – my finisher chocolate AND a retroactive 3rd year medal!

+2 Defense – Where did I consciously avoid or deflect negative energy?
My mom, my sister and I started a gratitude group text. Each morning we text each other something we’re grateful for to start our days on a positive note. I love this because they both wake up much earlier than I do so I get to wake up to a string of positivity and the knowledge that the people I love most are happy.

+3 Luck – Something good that happened this week
I got a super sweet surprise package from my longest-standing friend. Liz sent me a Rebel Tarot deck of oracle cards that don’t give a flying fuck about my feelings. I love it because this is exactly the kind of thing we would have had in high school when we first started exploring our witchiness. Answers with attitude.

+1 Wealth – How did I save towards my goals?
Quarterly update: I’m a little bit ahead of my 2018 savings goal! It feels really good to stick to this and not fall behind for once. I’m thinking about breaking this goal into pieces and shoving that money into my high yield savings or Stash. Otherwise it’s just sitting in this goal not doing anything. BUT it’ll feel so satisfying to see that 5k mark hit all at once and then move a chunk of money into savings.
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How did you level up this week?

Money Magic in Vegas!

I’ve always believed that fate can only take you so far and the rest is up to you. So on my trip to Vegas last week, I packed up a portable Money Attracting spell I created in an effort to put the energy of abundance into the universe and attract some wealth (The TSA must have been pretty puzzled when they went through my bag. They always seem to randomly check my suitcases!). I’m not a big gambler. My preferred casino-gaming style is to drop $20 in a penny slot and spend a couple hours playing. I either lose $20, but have a good time or I win a few hundred bucks and have a good time. Either way, I’m not really making any major impact on my finances.

I’d never really done a specific candle spell to attract money until now. While I looked up some generic spells, none of them felt truly fitting so I ended up taking bits of them and writing my own incantations. Actually, I didn’t write it as much as it just came to me while I was meditating over the candle.

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[Supplies]
Green Candle
Abundance oils
6 coins (or casino chips, or a mix!)
Gold or green pouch
Paper money (optional)
Gold altar items (optional)

Create your portable altar. Find a sacred space in your accommodations (I recommend hanging the Do Not Disturb tag on your door for the duration of your stay to avoid other energies entering the room). The Luxor had a perfect little round table in my room – black with gold flecks! Place your candle in the center of your chosen space and think about how you’re going to arrange spell items. If you brought any additional magical items (I brought my Golden Thread tarot cards and added a rose quartz and copper bonsai tree I bought on my trip) you want to add to your altar, you can arrange them before you start your spell.

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[Spell]
Anoint the green candle with abundance oil.
Meditate while visualizing gold light flowing from your hands into the candle. Visualize the money. What would it feel like to win a jackpot? What do the cash and chips feel like in your hands? What sounds are happening around you as the machine goes wild? What does the total look like in your bank account?
Holding these thoughts, lay your 6 coins or bills around your candle. (I laid several small bills underneath my candle and placed my coins upright around the base. The oil on the candle helped them stick).
Light your match or lighter and imagine the golden light surrounding the altar, surrounding you and illuminating space in your “vault” (or physical bank account) for money to flow into.
Light the candle and the repeat this incantation:

Silver and Gold
Silver and Gold
Bring to me Fortune untold
As I will it, so it be
Money, Money comes to me

Let the candle burn as long as you’re present. Extinguish it when you leave (safety!). Afterwards, place the coins into your gold pouch and carry them with you as a talisman.

[Results]
I burned my candle every night while I was in Vegas (Sunday through Thursday). While I didn’t win any major money, I HAVE attracted an unusual amount of money in the last week. My first (non-friend/family) Fiverr Haiku commission came through. Incredibly, the request was for a haiku about Dr. Mae Jemison – the first African American female astronaut – and she was AT the same conference! Her speech inspired me so much I delivered 4 haiku and the client tipped me double the price of the poems! Additionally, I had two Rover requests come in – another NEW client with a long term stay (over $600) and a new-this-year client rebooking for this weekend. Oh! And I earned $175 for participating in a market research panel testing a new app. All in all, pretty successful!

Have you had success with money magic?

Lessons from #NoSpendFeb

As a result of some uncontrolled spending in January, I put myself on a strict financial diet for February. I tracked my daily spending to the last cent and resolved to not make purchases unless I really needed to. My strategy looked like this:

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I wasn’t always perfect. Concert tickets for the summer all seem to go on sale in February and there were some opportunities I couldn’t miss. But I learned so much about myself and my habits in the last month.

1) I’m very impulsive with money. On the night of the Super Bowl, I tried to buy a case of Tastykakes while drunk. Luckily my card wouldn’t go through and I (also luckily) didn’t have my credit with me because I hid it from myself (also while drunk) and I can’t find it.

2) Wishlists work. I created two lists – Wants and Needs. Needs are obviously prioritized and include things like new sheets. The Wants are things I’d typically buy myself in the moment, and maybe regret later. By adding it to the list, I can let some time pass and see if it’s still something important to me. Maybe someone needs a gift idea for me? Maybe I don’t want that thing anymore? Do I want this $300 water bottle filled with diamonds? Yup. Do I need it right now? Probably not.

3) Make your wallet inconvenient to access. This was so simple and SO unexpectedly effective! I switched from a messenger bag to a backpack recently. To access my wallet, I need to take the backpack off, unzip the compartments, and dig it out. It’s kind of a pain. When my wallet was easy to access in a side pocket, I could whip it out all too often. Now when I stroll through The Strand, I have to really think about if I want to hold up the line to excavate my wallet to buy a new book. I keep daily essentials like my work badge and MTA card on the back of my phone, but not my debit card.

4) Don’t autosave card numbers into websites. One-click purchases are just too convenient… and often thoughtless! I took my numbers off Amazon. Seamless. Paypal. Modcloth. Pretty much everywhere. Ticketmaster got to keep my card info. That’s it.

4a) DO automate saving! I had an ambitious savings goal of $1,000 for the month. Granted, tax returns helped with that quite a bit, but my bank also lets me set goals based on timing and then automatically moves money into those goals every day.

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5) There’s a lot of free stuff to do around the city. I kind of knew this already. But I rededicated myself to finding free or cheap things to do. There’s lots of free music. Free tastings. Cheap performances at the PIT. One of the reasons I LOVE living in NYC is that i consider my crazy rent part of my membership

6) I appreciated my paid activities more. Like lunch with Tony. And Galentine’s Day festivities. Likewise I felt bad about money events I can’t control – like a “team lunch” that we had to pay for ourselves where I ended up with a $21 appetizer-sized crab cake after splitting the bill 😑 It was really a lesson in value over cost and how to balance the two.

7) Rethinking gift giving. I tend to throw money at spoiling the people I love. It’s a Taurus thing reinforced by my Dad’s specific way of expressing love. For Valentine’s day, instead of a fancy night out and big gifts, I got Ryan a Movie Pass subscription and a poem I wrote about him when I was SIXTEEN. So now we can have a cheap date night at the movies whenever we want!

8) I didn’t check my bank account as much. Because I wasn’t worried about money! Usually in the week leading up to payday, I’m anxious about my account. I check it at least once a day. I always pay all the bills first, but when I’m frivolous with money I don’t feel secure. Since I was very closely tracking my spending, I always knew what was in my account without even having to check. It was a much better feeling!

9) My friends are awesome. Not a new lesson, but it really helped to have friends who understood my experiment and were supportive of the mission. No one was offended if I said no to a spendy hang out. I really appreciated their company instead of worrying about how to keep everyone entertained.

10) I have a mild shopping addiction. It gives me a RUSH to pull out my credit card and punch in the numbers… and then guilt. I feel out of control when I buy things sometimes. I don’t want to feel like that. I channeled that energy into working out or discovering an amazing piece at one of the museums I have memberships with.

I highly recommend trying a No Spend month! The daily spending tracking habits I’ve developed will continue forward, help me save more than I ever imagined, and force me to prioritize my needs over impulsive wants. If you try this experiment, let me know how it goes!