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Sure one could slay dragons, but that seems so laden with tropes of farm boys with swords. I don't even own a pair of overalls, and the only sharp blades I keep are in my kitchen. Personally I'd rather make friends with a dragon or two. Then I have awesome dragon friends. Maybe one lets me ride on its back. Maybe we just make s'mores and talk about life.

 

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Anyway...let's meet the dragons I'll be befriending over the next 4 weeks.

 

Budget the Mighty

 

The most intimidating of all my dragons. This dragon can only be befriended through brutal honesty, a willingness to make tough choices, and continual tending. This pragmatic dragon will bring me peace of mind and help me plan for the future. To befriend him I must:

 

  • Create a basic budget (week 1)
  • Consolidate debt (week 1)
  • Update any spending through YNAB (daily as needed)
  • Prioritize goals (week 2)
  • ??

 

Beatrice the Productive

 

 

I've already begun making friends with this dragon. She appreciates a companion who gets their shit done. To continue growing my friendship with her I need to keep a steady, thoughtful pace with my school and work days. Beatrice prefers to hangout during daylight and generally doesn't like to see anyone after 5pm. Engage her without good reason after dark at your own peril!

 

The Funinator

 

The Funinator just wants to have a good time but will start setting things on fire if you tell it the night's plans are to camp out in front of the tv. She's okay with it every once in awhile, it's just that there are so many more interesting things she'd rather do like make art or music or even curl up with a good book. The Funinator is also a great encourager of getting out of the house now and again, even if it is very, very cold outside.

 

Bro the Built

 

Bro can be a little much sometimes, but his intentions are good. Deep down he wants his friends to be happy and healthy and knows that getting them off their asses is the best way to do that. He hasn't been super pleased watching me eat my stress the last few weeks and suggested I start writing down everything I eat for the next 4 weeks. He was also way too excited when I told him that I missed feeling strong. He is "totally pumped" for me to try his new bodyweight routine 3x per week and supplement it with 20 minute yoga sessions 2x per week. 

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28 minutes ago, Suzaqu said:

Mmmmm dragon smores! Great looking challenge! And yay someone else uses YNAB! I love that program!

 

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Thanks! I'm fairly new to YNAB, but I like their philosophy a lot!

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I like Dragons too. I love your challenge [emoji236][emoji244]. I'm looking forward to further reading.

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9 hours ago, courtneyc said:

 

Thanks! I'm fairly new to YNAB, but I like their philosophy a lot!

I've been using it since 2016 (can't believe it's been that long!), and it definitely changed how I view my money. I used to use Mint, but I like YNAB a lot more.

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Sooo cute. :D All of the dragon friends!

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On 2/10/2019 at 11:00 PM, Scrawlcreatelive said:

I like Dragons too. I love your challenge emoji236.pngemoji244.png. I'm looking forward to further reading.

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On 2/11/2019 at 9:05 AM, Mad Hatter said:

What a cute challenge, I love it!!!

 

On 2/11/2019 at 9:59 AM, raptron said:

Sooo cute. :D All of the dragon friends!

 

Thanks all! 

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Ugh, so many annoying feelings the past couple of days! A perfect storm of hormones and snow days (the bane of my existence as a single parent attempting the work/school balance) has made the kickoff to this challenge rocky. Still, progress (however imperfect it may be) is being made.

 

Budget and debt consolidation is in progress. Food log is started. I ordered some markers and pens to start working on my hand lettering in the evenings. Those are supposed to arrive today! :D 

 

Keeping school work relegated to the daytime hours has been challenging/impossible with my daughter home from school the first half of the week with the snow. It has me feeling like my standard for school as a non-traditional student should be to work ahead (possibly way ahead), because life is way too unpredictable and easily thrown off when juggling more schedules than just my own. 

 

Workouts have yet to happen but really need to. An active Courtney is a happy Courtney. Tonight I'll do one of my BW workouts even if I'm half asleep for it. Maybe I'll actually be able to sleep well as a result. That would be almost as magical as dragon friends.

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"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work."

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Aaaaand I'm back.

 

I got super overwhelmed that first week of the challenge and entered survival mode. I didn't abandon my goals for the challenge, but they have been modified heavily. I'm actually really proud of myself for taking progress over perfection. Long and short, the stress of starting up school and the new job and then adding in a bunch of goals, even ones I thought were realistic, broke my brain. Enough about that though. Let's get to the good stuff!

 

I joined a climbing gym! It's in no way fancy, but having an activity vs. just a workout makes a world of difference for me. Plus, it gives me an environment beyond work, school, and my apartment to enjoy. A big win for my emotional and physical health!

 

I started hand lettering and really enjoy it. It's creative, meditative, and a great evening activity to get lost in.

 

I transferred the dreaded credit card debt that built up as a result of unemployment to an interest free account. Now I need to develop a realistic plan for payoff.

 

For the most part I've been able to keep school work out of my evenings. Sometimes I do math homework with the tv going after my daughter goes to bed. I'm good with that since I'm already coming into that work with a solid understanding, so the tv turns what could be tedious rote calculations into something fairly enjoyable. 

 

So that's that. I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has been up to this challenge :) 

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"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work."

- Stephen King

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Sounds like you've been busy, but like you've done a good job keeping some balance!

 

Are you using anything to work on your hand lettering? That's something I want to get into, but I don't know where to start.

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On 3/4/2019 at 9:38 PM, Suzaqu said:

Sounds like you've been busy, but like you've done a good job keeping some balance!

 

Are you using anything to work on your hand lettering? That's something I want to get into, but I don't know where to start.

I watch the odd online tutorial video and look around for inspiration. But honestly my favorite thing is to either have my daughter choose a word for me to play around with (less pressure when someone else chooses it!) or to just start experimenting with letterforms and strokes until I find something I really like. Then I'll build letters off that and maybe eventually come up with a word. If all else fails I find writing swear words repeatedly in fancy looking scripts to be highly amusing and relaxing.

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"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work."

- Stephen King

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9 hours ago, courtneyc said:

I watch the odd online tutorial video and look around for inspiration. But honestly my favorite thing is to either have my daughter choose a word for me to play around with (less pressure when someone else chooses it!) or to just start experimenting with letterforms and strokes until I find something I really like. Then I'll build letters off that and maybe eventually come up with a word. If all else fails I find writing swear words repeatedly in fancy looking scripts to be highly amusing and relaxing.

Oh fun, that's a cool, easy/low pressure, way to practice, especially the swear words :) Any favorite pens?

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1 hour ago, Suzaqu said:

Oh fun, that's a cool, easy/low pressure, way to practice, especially the swear words :) Any favorite pens?

 

I like my tombow brush lettering pens a lot and my white signo gel pen is fun for adding a little highlight in the final stages of projects.

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"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work."

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