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?
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?

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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?

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?
Hard to follow last week’s brain-fest at Think 2018, but I did start learning how to play DnD. Glux and I met up at The Uncommons where Steven (our DM) helped us pick out our first set of dice! I chose a black and gold set to match my character’s gold eyes and shadowy nature. She’s a tiefling rogue named Alaria and you can read her story here. Aren’t my dice pretty? That’s a natural 20 by the way😜

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+1 Charisma – How was I less awkward or more beautiful?
We all know how bad I am at wearing jewelry, but I got this gold and hematite bracelet in Vegas and I’ve worn it every single day! I love the way the natural layers with the tech of my watch. I guess gold and black are kind of my colors lately (see dice 👆🏻)
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-5 Strength – New workouts, breakthroughs, challenges.
I have no excuses. It was a bad week for workouts. I have a 15k run next weekend and I am horribly under prepared.

+2 Defense – Where did I consciously avoid or deflect negative energy?
I cleansed the apartment with palo santo to boot the negative energy that tends to build up in the storm cloud over Ryan’s head. We didn’t fight for a whole 4 days after that! Maybe I should just keep some burning all the time? *hits Amazon for incense*

+1 Luck – Something good that happened this week
I won the TodayTix lottery for Jerry Springer – The Opera. It was an absolutely hysterical trek back into the 90s! You should go just to hear Tiffany Mann sing. Incredible. It was about 30 minutes too long, and I could have done without Jerry’s entire storyline. If it was just a few hilarious show segments, that would have been perfect. But the storyline made it an opera. Anyway. I loved it.
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+1 Wealth – How did I save towards my goals?
My savings are still on track, but I could do a lot better. I’m thinking of going back into no-spend mode for this, the month of my birth. What could be a better gift to myself than more money?

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.*

+5 Intelligence – How did I make myself a little smarter? What did I learn?
What did I LEARN this week? I learned about Quantum Computing. I learned about scientific perceptions from Neil de Grasse Tyson. Dr. Mae Jemison reminded me to look up because “the one thing we share around the world is the sky. Check out the Q&A I recorded with her:

+1 Charisma – How was I less awkward or more beautiful?
I’ve noticed that New Yorkers don’t thank servers very much. When someone comes to your table to refill your coffee or water, NYers remain locked in their phones or conversations. There feels like a sharp class divide at the root of this. I also noticed it at the convention. Most convention goers didn’t talk to staff… I did. I always have made it a point to thank those who are waiting on me and treat them like a valued part of my experience. I had conversations with tons of convention staff, taxi drivers, servers, etc. They’re the best people to talk to when you travel, FYI. They’re the locals! They have the insider information on where to go, what to order, etc… I loved getting their POVs on life in Las Vegas, the desert, what they love and hate about it, what brought them there. I try to never get so wrapped up in myself that I forget about the billions of stories whirling around me as I journey through life.

+3 Strength – New workouts, breakthroughs, challenges.
Swallowing all my fears and social anxieties, I took a pole dancing class in Vegas. Stripper 101 was one hell of a workout. I can’t even tell you how sore my arms and thighs STILL are today. I met some other awesome ladies celebrating each other, themselves and the magic of our bodies. It was such a positive experience. Our instructor, Bubbles was so sweet and talented. And the girls in my class were so into it, we graduated from Stripper 101 and got to learn some more advanced moves she doesn’t usually teach- like how to climb the pole!

+2 Defense – Where did I consciously avoid or deflect negative energy?
Ryan HATES when I travel for work. He refers to conventions, client presentations, Design Thinking Workshops, whatever as “vacations” which makes me want to shatter a ceramic dish over his thick skull. I feel like he doesn’t respect my career. He guilts me over any fun I might have on a work trip, whether it’s a personal thing I want to do/see to decompress from work or a work-related team dinner/happy hour. It’s always a fight. Glux actually made me a Bingo card for his passive aggressive bullshit, which made me feel better. On Wednesday night after my pole dancing class, I was in the VORTEX of self-love and pride and feeling like a god damn queen. Ryan, meanwhile, was LIVID with me. I refused to feel guilty. I refused to let him tear me out of my zone and ruin my achievement. In fact, on my way to grab a bite before Zombie Burlesque, I stumbled onto a bar with a mechanical bull and I rode that sucker TWICE. I fought back against guilt, jealousy and rage by following my bliss to tackle more experiences I wanted to tick off my list.

+4 Luck – Something good that happened this week
Not only did I get to attend an incredibly intimate performance by one of my favorite artists, ZZ Ward, but after her set she gave me a guitar pick! Oh I also met Charlie Hustle aka the Hit King aka Pete Rose aka one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Ryan lost his shit over the vintage Phillies uniform I had Mr. Hustle sign for him. AND I got an exclusive invite to the grand opening of the brand new Las Vegas Esports Arena!

+2 Wealth – How did I save towards my goals?
I worked an abundance spell this week while I was in Vegas. And while I definitely spent more than I gained on this trip, I got a new haiku commission and a new dogsitting client that will rake me in over $600. So technically I’m breaking even here. Plus the gifts I picked up were totally worth it. I was expecting a big win on the Jurassic Park machines, but my money came to me in other ways instead (I just have to work for it and wait a bit longer). Oh, Universe! You so tricksy!

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.*

+2 Intelligence – How did I make myself a little smarter? What did I learn?
On Thursday evening, I attended an IBM ThinkLeaders session with Irene Pedruelo, Director of Insights and Research at DoSomething.org. I really love this series of talks and they always find wonderfully smart guests to interview. Irene talked about the impact of the political climate on brands and young people, how to galvanize them to action through social and why it’s important to get involved in change. Keep an eye out for the next one on twitter and join me there!

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+1 Charisma – How was I less awkward or more beautiful?
I had a colleague try to bottleneck one of my projects, even inserting herself into a conversation I was having where she had no business. Instead of doing the “polite” thing and clamming up when she interrupted me, I didn’t let her. I kept making my point until SHE stopped talking. It felt uncomfortable and a little aggressive, but it was important for me to assert myself and stand my ground. And it worked. I got a lot of respect and an apology!

+1 Strength – New workouts, breakthroughs, challenges.
I feel good. I made progress toward a gym routine and remembered how good it feels to be at Equinox and get my muscles warm. I’m traveling to Vegas today through Friday, but I’m bringing gym gear and I’ve even booked myself a “fitness class” that I can’t wait to tell you about.

+2 Defense – Where did I consciously avoid or deflect negative energy?
I really challenged myself not to take Ryan’s bait. It’s fucking hard. He knows all the wrong things to say and all the buttons to push and he is relentless in trying to get a reaction out of me. But whenever we got snippy with each other, I responded softly.

+3 Luck – Something good that happened this week
Glux scored tickets to Dessert Goals on Saturday and I got to be her date to a dessert wonderland full of quirky sweet treats! Full report coming, but in the meantime, drool over these decadent delights.

+2 Wealth – How did I save towards my goals?
Two great things happened! 1) I got a small bonus in my paycheck through our profit-sharing program so I was able to put an extra $400 toward savings and debt reduction! 2) I was tapped for a user experience study for a new app in development for a MAJOR beverage company. For my time commenting on their message board and playing with the app, they compensated me with $175 in Amazon credit – that’s a lot of dog food and desk dinosaurs!

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.*

+1 Intelligence – How did I make myself a little smarter? What did I learn?
Ugly Delicious on Netflix taught me so much about food and cultural perspectives (and I’m pretty sure it made Ryan think too!). I have to admit, I’d never questioned the American cultural status of Chinese food. David Chang (of Momofuku fame) pointed out that while it deserves the same consideration as French or Italian cuisines, it’s widely perceived as “cheap” and “dirty.” That was eye opening. I realized I’ve also considered Chinese food to be a cheap and “lesser” category of food. I don’t know the difference between regional flavors and styles. Though I always make an effort to experience and appreciate other cultures, it’s always a humbling reminder of my white privilege when these perspectives and perceptions smack me in the head. I’m grateful for shows like this that make me reflect and understand. I highly recommend everyone check it out.

+1 Charisma – How was I less awkward or more beautiful?
Our Boss’s Boss’s Boss was in the office this week and I made sure to get a little face time in with her. There were a lot of people clamoring for her attention, but I stepped up and asked her some good questions during her Office Hours.

-5 Strength – New workouts, breakthroughs, challenges.
It was a failed week at the gym. I didn’t make it once. Couldn’t sleep. Super emotional. Lots of crying. But I’m blasting this trend on Monday. I’ll never be ready for my race in April if I don’t get back into a solid routine NOW.

+2 Defense – Where did I consciously avoid or deflect negative energy?
My Discipline moved to a beautiful, bright new space this week. It’s not without its glitches, but it’s a massive improvement over our last floor. A lot of coworkers have been complaining about it though. So I’ve started pointing out something great for every complaint they have. “These pillars disrupt the room”: “We can wrap them in streamers and post up artwork!” “It’s going to be too crowded.”: “Let’s enjoy the quiet before we enjoy collaborating with everone else when they move in.” It’s all how you frame it. If you look for misery, you’ll always find it. If you look for the good, you will always find it.

+1 Luck – Something good that happened this week
I love my Passion Planner Eco, but when I close it the sleeve doesn’t quite fit right. The front of my poor bujo is bent in all manner from trying to wiggle and force it to close properly. I guess several buyers write a note to PP because they reached out offering a refund or replacement of my choice while they discontinue the Eco planner until it’s perfected. So now I’ll have a gorgeous Cosmic Rose Gold undated planner to map out 2019!

+5 Wealth – How did I save towards my goals?
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned before, but I dog sit through Rover.com. I figured I already have a dog so what’s one more? Why not get paid for Muldoon to have an occasional sleepover? Last year I made over $3,000 for hanging out with cool ass pups. This week I booked a new client for TWO AND A HALF WEEKS! AND she’s a puppy so I get my puppy rate. By this time last year, I hadn’t had a single booking yet and I only gained 2 new clients for all of 2017 (my regulars were super active though!). After this new booking, I’ll have already made 1/3 of my profits from 2017 and booked THREE new clients! It’s shaping up to be a lucrative year!

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?