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Hey how 'bout this weather eh?

 

It SUCKS!

 

At least it does where I live, here in the PNW.  Nothing but grey, cold, grey, rain, grey, wind, grey, and grey.

Did I mention grey?

But just because it's cold doesn't mean I can't find a sense of direction and purpose, even on the dreariest of days.  Now is the time for study, self-reflection, self-discovery, and hot beverages in porcelain mugs.

 

For those of you reading one of these for the first time...

 

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I am a bard.

 

At least, I had a good start on the makings of a bard.  But then, if I were to walk the bard's path, where would I begin?  How does one incorporate fitness into a path like this?  What are my end goals?  And more than anything, what the hell does a bard even do?  I approached these questions the same way I approached becoming a barbarian:  What are the qualities of a bard in games, books, and movies?  How can these qualities transition to a modern world?  Could you apply these qualities to any of the classes on NF?

After digging through a handful of online blogs, YouTube videos, and reading up on D&D and Pathfinder rules (both old and new), I knew I was heading in the right direction, and I started to notice some similarities.    Outside of usual being a jack of all trades, playing some sort of instrument, and indulging in wine, women, and song, the bard possesses 3 qualities:

 

A bard educates.

 

A bard entertains.

 

A bard inspires.


After realizing that, I knew I was on the right path.  But again, could I apply these qualities to a class on NF?  Even more so, how the hell does fitness play in all of this?  Do I want to stay a jack of all trades?  Should I learn an instrument?  What could I create?  What should I study?  How would I want to entertain and inspire others?

 

All this led me to seriously contemplate my EQ list, my overall story, my end goals, but more than anything, who exactly did I want to become.  I believe this is the path to not only achieving a healthy lifestyle, but also a happier one.

 

Now with introductions out of the way, let us begin...

 

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A bard educates!

No matter what or where, a bard usually seems to know something about the world around him, and is always eager to share with anyone who will listen  He not only educates others, but is also open to any lore he might come across.  Bards hold a wealth of knowledge that can usually come in handy in any situation.  I plan on expanding my interests, learning new skills, and gaining new traits to be more useful in the world around me.

Quest - Maintain 85% in school classes

Winter quarter has started, and I'm... nervous, yet again, for the challenges ahead.  Especially since I'm retaking one of my classes after previously failing it, and I know how difficult it's going to get.  Still, I can't waffle, and I must be vigilant in my studies.  I think an 85% is more than reasonable to maintain.  Even so, as my other college cronies have told me time and time again, "C's get degrees."

 

Side Quest - Read for 30 minutes a day

I...

have...

SO many friggin' books that are collecting dust on my shelf.  I like reading, and I want to do it more.  It's a skill really, and I need more practice in it.  I know I got a lot more of it in my future, and I need all the practice I can get.  So, I'll commit to 30 minutes of reading, something other than college text books.

 

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A bard entertains!

I've always found myself comfortable being the center of attention.  Whether it's making people laugh and smile, through the gift of music, or just lending an ear to those in need, I love to entertain.  If you're playing D&D, and you see someone with a mandolin strapped to their back, odds are you're in for a hell of time.  I want to improve on that magnetism.  To be charismatic, humorous, wise, and churn out a couple of songs every now and then.  

 

Quest - Finish 2 tracks for my second project album

This album has been in the works for a while.  It's definitely what you'd call a "concept album", but probably not the concept you'd expect.  And no, I'm not telling you what it is.  I'm saving that for a surprise :)

 

However, at the very least I can finish up a couple of music tracks for it, which shouldn't take long.  Hopefully I can get more than 2 done, if time allows me.  After all, school comes first.

 

Side Quest - Finish "Gamer Fuel" song

For those of you who are fans of Boogie2988, I got somethin' real special coming your way...

 

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A bard inspires!

This one was tricky.  I mean, how the hell am I suppose to inspire people.  Raising people's spirits with mere words is a little tricky for me, and I'm better suited for conversing and comedy.  Then, it hit me:  All those YouTube videos of fat guys, losing weight, and living better.  THAT is how I want to inspire people, to show the world that you shouldn't be limited to the things you can do just by your size or shape.  To show that if you have enough piss and vinegar flowing through your veins, anything can be accomplished.  THAT'S where the fitness aspect comes in.  I want the strength to move mountains, and the flexibility to handle everyday life.

However, I believe there are other ways in which one can inspire others.  From random acts of kindness and generosity, to just being a good example to those around you, it doesn't take much to be the light that guides people through the darkest times of their lives.

 

Quest 4 - Workout 5 days a week

I really need to get back into physical fitness.  Not just for my physical health, but mental as well.  With the sunlight severely diminished for the start of the winter season, I need to keep my spirits up, lest my depression overtake me.  I've already started getting back into bodyweight movements, and tonight, I'm purchasing some gear to begin my journey into yoga.  I don't know if what I'm doing is the best way to start, but something is better than nothing.  Always.

 

Side Quest - Cold showers, 3/week at least

Oh yes, this is a road I've been down before.  I told you, we're finding clarity in the cold, and cold showers are SO FUCKING ANNOYING OH MY GOD I FUCKING HATE COLD SHOWERS FUCK THEM FUCK THEM STRAIGHT TO HELL IT'S SUCH FUCKING BULLSHIT!!!  But, they are good for you, in many different ways.  It increases metabolism, burns fat, raises core temperature, and other stuff.  So, it's cold showers for me.  It will take a while for the effects of them to kick in, but I remember 6 years ago I could stand in the snow with a t-shirt, and actually, legitimately feel comfortable.  And I want to get back to that.

 

 

Stay strong my brothers and sisters.  Just because it's cold, doesn't mean you can't find the warmth in the world around you, and within yourself.

Let the challenges begin!

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Character Sheet | Current Challenge |

| Past Challenges | #1 | #2 | #3#4 |
Educate - Entertain - Inspire

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Whoo hoo! 

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Level 74 Wood Elf Druid

Druid: || 59 | 60 | 61 | 61.5 | 62 | 63 | 64 | 65 | 66 | 67 | 68 | 69 | 70 | 71 | 72 | 73 | 74 ||

Ranger: || 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 | 37 | 38 | 39 | 40 | 41 | 42 | 43 | 44 | 45 | 46 | 47 | 48 | 49 | 50 | 51 | 52 | 53 | 54 | 55 | 56 | 57 | 58 ||

||Char/RPG||
STR: 57 || DEX: 59 || STA: 52 || CON: 47 || WIS: 59 || CHA: 59

 

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UPDATE!

So while this challenge month was off to a rough start, it certainly wasn't the roughest.  I do feel a check-in is necessary, just to keep myself on track, and make sure I keep focus where it needs to be.  On the plus side, the last of my patches came in, so I'll finally be able to finish my battle vest (for now anyway).

Any-who, onto the update.

 

Quest - Maintain 85% in school classes

The first week of school is always the easiest.  "Here's the syllabus.  Here's the criteria.  Here's what books you need.  Don't fuck up."  I'm acing all my classes right now, which isn't saying much.  But this quarter feels... different.  I'm finding myself participating more in class, and being consciously more active with things going on around me.  It actually not only feels like I'm actually learning, but also being able to apply what I've learned before to what I'm doing now.  It's a very exciting time for me.

 

Side Quest - Read for 30 minutes a day

Freakin' nailed it.  I've been reading PDF's of books I've gotten off of Humble Bundle, and listening to audio books (which totally friggin' counts).  I'm actually a little surprised I've taken to reading so easily.  And not just college text books either.

 

Quest - Finish 2 tracks for my second project album

With this being the first week of school, I haven't touched on any music making at all.  I'm honestly okay with that for this week, but I need to remember to give myself time to create; not only to give myself time to decompress, but to make me happy.  Even if it's just for an hour a week.  I also know that I need to remain focused, and have an idea about what I want to create before I start.

 

Side Quest - Finish "Gamer Fuel" song

See previous statement.

 

Quest 4 - Workout 5 days a week

I've worked out for days this week, which considering how busy my week has been, I'm calling that a victory.  It's nice to be back into bodyweight training.  But also, my yoga mat came in the mail, and I'm so excited to start getting into yoga again.  I might need some help with that when the time comes though.  I'd rather not resort to YouTube tutorials if I can help it.

 

Side Quest - Cold showers, 3/week at least

Yeah that's a big no on this one.  "I have a hard enough week, I deserve to unwind with a hot shower."  That's the bullshit excuse I've been telling myself, and it needs to stop.  Sure cold showers are uncomfortable, but learning to deal with discomfort in itself is a great trait to have.  Stoicism.  So, next week will be better.  I promise y'all.

 

Hope everyone is doing good on their own paths!  Keep up the good fight my fellow nerds!

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Character Sheet | Current Challenge |

| Past Challenges | #1 | #2 | #3#4 |
Educate - Entertain - Inspire

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*pOkE* *POKE* How's it going? 

Level 74 Wood Elf Druid

Druid: || 59 | 60 | 61 | 61.5 | 62 | 63 | 64 | 65 | 66 | 67 | 68 | 69 | 70 | 71 | 72 | 73 | 74 ||

Ranger: || 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35 | 36 | 37 | 38 | 39 | 40 | 41 | 42 | 43 | 44 | 45 | 46 | 47 | 48 | 49 | 50 | 51 | 52 | 53 | 54 | 55 | 56 | 57 | 58 ||

||Char/RPG||
STR: 57 || DEX: 59 || STA: 52 || CON: 47 || WIS: 59 || CHA: 59

 

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