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?
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.

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+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.

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Pretty, shiny achievements!

12 day streak complete as of Friday night.

+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.

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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?
I read Jurassic Park. If you know me, this does not surprise you. I know every line to every film by heart. What will surprise you: this was my first time reading the novel. I can’t even explain why it took me this long. I think I was a little bit afraid. The book proved VERY different. Characters I expected to die lived. Characters I was sure were safe, died. Robert Muldoon survived, which made me very happy considering my dog- Muldoon- is named after the notorious Game Warden and Velociraptor hunter. It was like reading deleted scenes and there were so many I’d love to see played out on the big screen. The scene where Muldoon tries to tranquilize the T-Rex saw me nervously gnawing my cuticles into actual pulp. Was it the most intellectual read? No. But it counts!

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+3 Charisma – How was I less awkward or more beautiful?
To put into perspective how stumped I am by girly things: when my sister gave me these Sugar Bear Hair Vitamins for Christmas, I looked at them in confusion and tried to figure out how I’d get them into my hair. Did they foam up in the shower? Did I need to burst them open for some kind of oil? Yeah. I’m a beautidiot. [Spoiler: they’re vitamins. You fucking EAT them] A big goal for me is to start getting vitamins in every day. After trying multivitamins in the past and getting sick immediately, I’ve become averse to them. I have seen more gummy options lately though. I picked up a gummy multivitamin and calcium chews on top of my hair bears. So far, I’ve noticed my hair does feel a lot softer and looks shinier, which is not something curly hair does. 

+2 Strength – New workouts, breakthroughs, challenges.
Guess who made it to spin class? THREE TIMES. I wasn’t the best about getting up for my regular workouts, but I made it up with an extra spin class on Saturday. So I’m making progress towards my goals.

+2 Defense – Where did I consciously avoid or deflect negative energy?
I had some stressful moments at work this week. But, I recognized a lot of that stress was a response to my previous toxic work environment, where panic and frantic were the default. So instead of letting those old anxieties take control, I took a walk to get some water or found a private phone booth and told myself this role is a different situation, office, team, job and fear does not apply here. Fear does NOT apply here.

+3 Luck – Something good that happened this week
One of my life goals is to own a Skee-ball machine. The problem is that they’re 10-13 feet long, which is about the length of my entire NYC apartment. But, I’ve been putting it out into the universe anyway. On Tuesday, I found a Skee-ball machine that will fit! Destiny.

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Totally counts

-1 Wealth – How did I save towards my goals?
I overspent this week. Technically, I overspent last week and that snowballed into this week. I’ve noticed this becoming a trend in the last couple of months- most notably since my boyfriend started working a very physical job and I’ve had to take on all the household responsibilities again. I usually don’t budget for groceries or laundry or household necessities like paper towels and toothpaste. This week, I started tracking these spends. This will give me a better idea of what I can budget for. It will also make me look at these items and figure out where I can cut back. I can probably get the toothpaste to stretch a little further if Ryan would learn to SQUEEZE FROM THE BOTTOM.

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?

So 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?
Deciding to read more this year, I joined a book club at work (accountability). We’re reading Shoe Dog, Memoir of the Creator of Nike. So far I’m delighted by Phil Knight’s story and his poetic writing style. It’s a true testament to the power of desire, determination and manifestation.

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Current read

+3 Charisma – How was I less awkward or more beautiful?
My challenge this week was to wear jewelry every day. I have so many funky, artful pieces and yet I never wear any of them. I upgraded my Apple Watch band to a pretty black chain and relegated the default black sports band for gym use only. I wore a chunky necklace Tuesday and on my snow days, loaded up on vitamins and bubble baths. Delicious.

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Chain band = built in jewelry

-2 Strength – New workouts, breakthroughs, challenges.
Coming back from a little over a week off, getting back to the gym is tough. Couple that with not feeling well, jury duty, the influx of Resolutioners booking up all the classes super fast, AND a storm so intense they literally referred to it as a “bomb,” and I completely failed. I barely walked the dog. My 20 min walk to work each way was about all the exercise I got in and that was only Wednesday.

+4 Defense – Where did I consciously avoid or deflect negative energy?
For a couple years now I’ve felt this sort of competitive jealousy toward my old roommate. Even though we are completely different people with different dreams and desires, I felt like I needed to impress her. I felt like I needed to keep up with her glamorous barbie-doll lifestyle, even though that’s pretty much opposite of who I am. This week, I meditated on it and did a little cord cutting ritual to let go of that negative energy. It feels so gross to have that jealous energy in my chest. Jealousy stops you from being who you are and drives you to make choices that aren’t in your best interest, but rather for the benefit of someone else. You’ll never be satisfied living that way.

+1 Luck – Something good that happened this week
I got dismissed from Jury Duty after just 1 day. And I made that day very productive by updating my Passion Planner and prepping for the week ahead.

+5 Wealth – How did I save towards my goals?
I’ve been using the Stash app since June as a way to learn a little about investing and save a little money. I’m kind of obsessed with it. This week my investments hit an all-time high! They were up over 7% and earned me $35 plus paid out $4.84 in dividends for me to reinvest. If you’re interested, use my link above to sign up and we’ll both get 5 bucks.

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Watching my savings work for me