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Briefly, a Who I Am: I'm a 44 year old American woman living on a 10 acre woodland property in rural England I call Owlshire with my partner and 5 y/o son. I work in gamedev, our son is home educated (by ourselves and outsourced help), we have a bouncy adolescent golden retriever pup, a flock of plucky rescue hens, and as a family we enjoy nature and gaming. We moved to Owlshire not quite three years ago in the midst of the Global Pandemic/UK Lockdowns and we're still trying to find/form our tribe of fellow misfits and geeks.

 

This challenge looks a lot like the last one, but with more travel. I turned 44 at the end of the last challenge, and my intention is to embrace the unknowns of our unique and quirky life and not worry so much that just because something changed that everything is "bad" or "wrong." Because it isn't at all! It just doesn't look quite what a past me thought it would look like! We are living an off-the-road-most-traveled adventure, and here be dragons.

 

Dragon Form
Building my strength and stamina and getting a sleeker dragon shape.

  • Continue to aim for 80,000 steps a week.
  • My weight at same or lower by the end of the challenge.
  • Also, reduce snacking. This has become a real problem, I'm nibbling on something between nearly every meal and I'm not even hungry. I suspect it started as stress eating and has now become a habit I need to break.

 

Dragon Wings
Exploration and adventure at home and beyond.

I have two overnight trips known for this challenge:

  • A two day business trip to London.
  • A three night trip to Devon for pleasure (my annual "Mum's holiday")

 

There are some more in discussion but not yet defined. 

 

I decided not to do the cruise I was pondering last challenge, as it was causing me a lot of stress to decide on and figure out, and the whole point was a holiday plan that didn't stress me out. I haven't yet decided when or what I'll do instead.

 

I also need to set up arrangements for trips which will happen later this year:

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  • A three day business trip to London for an industry conference.
  • A 3-4 day family holiday. We're currently talking London but might be elsewhere.
    • If our family holiday isn't in London I'll be taking another trip to London with the Enting because I want him to see the Titanosaur. It could end up being during this challenge.
  • A three day business trip to Prague.

 

I'm trying a new train route to London in September, once I've evaluated that I'll start to book other trips.

 

Mr and I are talking some trips for next year, but I don't think there'll be any serious planning during this challenge.

 

Dragon Heart
Vision, community, and mental health.

  • Update Vision Statement
    • One things I realized during the last challenge is that I was feeling out of sorts because life had deviated from The Vision. But actually, life was going in good--even great--directions. I'm still walking toward the same Mountain, it turns out; I'm just approaching from a different route. So I'm updating The Vision. I'm still working to align it and make the verbiage pretty rather than just a bunch of haphazard bulletpoints, but I'm already feeling better.
      • Complete the Vision 2023 Update.
  • Be more social
    • Reach out and arrange things with local people.
    • This includes with my family!
      • Arrange regular games and outdoor activites with Enting
      • Arrange regular date nights with Mr.
  • Spirituality/Pagan Studies
    • Spend more time on spiritual activities. It always ends up the first things sacrificed when things go sideways, and that's probably when I need it the most! For this challenge I'm focusing on lessons and learning as part of the pagan groups I'm in because it's easily measurable and pleases my inner Hermione Granger.
      • Complete 3 lessons (including the one in progress) for my coven.
      • Reinvestigate the Hearthkeeper's Way (ADF) to integrate in my practice.

 

Dragon Horde
Taking care of Owlshire, creating a comfy place to live.

  • Continue the decluttering project.
  • Look after my autumn garden. There are pumpkins! 
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“If you're reading this, you must be in dire need of a change. The same thing happened to me, long ago. I'd lost sight of what mattered most in life... real connections with other people and nature. So I dropped everything and moved to the place I truly belong.”
— Grandpa's Letter from Stardew Valley

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Week 0 Orientation:

 

It's back to school week which has all sorts of feelings. We pulled Enting out of school late last year so this is will be our first full year of home education. If he was in school, he'd be Year 1, which feels like we're really in it now. 😬

 

Mr is away on a business trip this week. In fact, for every week during this challenge either the Mr or I will be away. We are not quite ships in the night as our outings are usually only 2-3 days at a time, but still....

 

Boiler engineer finally came yesterday, on Day 10 without hot water. He needs to order a part. We may see him again later this week? I hope? I'm getting braver with my cold showers. Wim Hof here I come?

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“If you're reading this, you must be in dire need of a change. The same thing happened to me, long ago. I'd lost sight of what mattered most in life... real connections with other people and nature. So I dropped everything and moved to the place I truly belong.”
— Grandpa's Letter from Stardew Valley

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Oooo good luck on the hot water!! We were out for a good 2-3 weeks last summer while we sourced parts too. Something about cold showers building character…! Heheheh

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1 hour ago, shaar said:

Oooo good luck on the hot water!! We were out for a good 2-3 weeks last summer while we sourced parts too. Something about cold showers building character…! Heheheh

 

At least it's during the summer this time. A couple of winters back our boiler was out for a cumulative 5+ weeks.  I've become very skilled with the wood stove....

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“If you're reading this, you must be in dire need of a change. The same thing happened to me, long ago. I'd lost sight of what mattered most in life... real connections with other people and nature. So I dropped everything and moved to the place I truly belong.”
— Grandpa's Letter from Stardew Valley

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Here to cheer you on, Ann! 😁

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Past Challenges: #1, #2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10#11#12#13#14#15#16

Current Challenge: #17

 

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Here to follow along! 🥳

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Challenges: 1st [B-], 2nd [NA], (6 years away),  3rd[A-], 4th [B-], 5th [C], 6th [Current]
Walk to Mordor - (spreadsheet)
 

"Do the best you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt
(Don't wait for the ideal circumstances, get to work NOW)

 

The most important step a man can take. It's not the first one, is it? It's the next one. Always the next step.

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Following! Best of luck with a fix soon for your water heater!

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"I Find That Answer Vague And Unconvincing." - K-2SO, Rogue One

”Persistence without insight will lead to the same outcome.” [spoilers], The Book of Boba Fett

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Following! Hope your boiler gets fixed soon!

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Who am I? -- My NF Character

Current Challenge: WolfDreamer Enters Spartan Training

Past Challenges: 

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Winter is ComingWolfen Strengthens His Heart, Body, Mind, and Spirit, Wolfen Becomes One of the PeopleWolfen Strengthens His ChakrasWolfen Welcomes Summer and Gets Primal, Soulcon and Spartan, Wolfen Develops Mental ToughnessWolfen Joins the Wander SocietySoulcon, Spartan, School, and Stranger ThingsWolfen Becomes a Warrior EliteWolfen Goes Here and There and Back AgainWolfen Becomes a Soulcon Warrior EliteWolfen Returns to His RootsWolfen Wanders in Soul, Spirit, and BodyWolfen Owns the DayWolfen Searches for His Wild Heart, Wolfen Runs for His LifeWolfen Hits the TrailsWolfen Becomes an Explorer and Joins the ResistanceWolfen Goes Back to the SourceWolfen Begins the Hero's JourneyWolfDreamer Returns to the People,  WolfDreamer Pushes BackWolfDreamer PrioritizesBurpees, Books, and BrainworkBurpees, Books, Brainwork, and BodyworkWolfDreamer Masters the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Continues to Master the Four ElementsWolfDreamer Returns to SpartaWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Continues His Middle Earth AdventureWolfDreamer and the FallWolfDreamer Forges His Own PathWolfDreamer Has HopeWolfDreamer Returns to Middle EarthWolfDreamer Reads Harder, Breathes Harder, and Journals MoreWolfDreamer Embraces His Wild PoetThe Mad Poet Becomes SupernaturalWolfDreamer, The Mad Poet, Becomes SuperhumanWolfDreamer ElevatesWolfDreamer Becomes IronBornWolfDreamer Wakes the White WolfThe Mad Poet Recovers by Keeping it SimpleWolfDreamer Clears His Mind to Find His Wild HeartWolfDreamer ResetsWolfDreamer Strives to Become an Eminently Qualified Peaceful WarriorWolfDreamer Springs ForwardWolfDreamer Returns (For Real This Time)WolfDreamer is RespaWinningWolfDreamer RebootsWolfDreamer Thinks About the Roman Empire

I'd rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.” -- Jack London

“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love.” -- Leo Tolstoy

"I feel love rising in my chest again
Rising like a burning sun into the day..." -- Gungor, "Hurricane"

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On 9/12/2023 at 10:34 PM, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

It has been one week since your last post. How was zero week?

 

 

On 9/12/2023 at 10:40 PM, TrashcanCarla said:

Also curious! How did your week go? Here to support

 

Week Zero (and part of 1)

 

Already thrown off course! Mr was away on a business trip, we had weekend guests visiting from the North, and then I had a short business trip to London. Through all of this, Enting has been ill.  (He saw the GP yesterday.) Our boiler is still dead. We are currently looking into replacing it. 

 

I think on future updates I'll add a photo collage from the week, but for now I'll just get an update posted because it's like  Thursday on Week 1....

 

Dragon Form
77,000/80,0000 steps on Week 0, so a bit to improve on.

I haven't eliminated snacks, but I'm lower quantity. It's a stepped process. I'm also trying to lower portions at meal times.

 

Dragon Wings

I've been to London and back again (Week 1). Tried a new route (driving to a different station and catching the train from there), it had problems (IE, absurb traffic, I nearly missed the train), will refine for the next round. Much accomplished on said work trip. I'm going to do some research on routes and train fares for the next trip to London (November).

 

Our family trip is beginning to take form. A couple of days in the Sussex countryside (with friends whose family have a holiday cottage there), and then a couple of days at their home in London. Now to figure out what to do about the dog...

 

I have a 3 day writing retreat (Tues-Thursday) at the end of September. I decided to add Monday and Friday to my time off work to have the full week off. Those will be at home doing things with the Enting.

 

Dragon Heart
I've poked the vision statement. Not much else done, unfortunately.

 

Dragon Horde
Haha, no.

 

 

 

 

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— Grandpa's Letter from Stardew Valley

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Week 1 (the remains of) Report:

 

Dragon Form
Steps: 76,786/80,000

I've had a decline in step averages lately, need to work on that.

 

I think I'm reducing net snack consumption, but I still need to work on it. I've got a habit tracker (see below) set up for this week which I'm hoping will help.

 

Dragon Wings
I already mentioned my London business travel last week. Now I need to prepare for the one to Devon next week. (And should buy train tickets for my November business travel...)

 

We have arranged our family holiday in November. Two days in the Sussex countryside at a friend's holiday cottage, and then two days in London. Hurrah!

 

Dragon Heart
I think I'll make this broader on my next challenge. I've been binge reading books on home education (more "how" than "why") and developing some activities/games tailored to the Enting to work on some things he's been resistant about (which also include more research into game design). None of my spiritual studies are getting completed.

 

I think this is fine. What Dragon Heart is really about is making time for the things that I am passionate about--home education and game design are also among them and I'm doing a lot in that regard (above and beyond the hours I spend in my day job).

 

Also, I've just signed up for four weeks of adolescent dog obedience classes for Skye.

 

Dragon Horde
Uh.

 

We haven't had a working boiler in more than three weeks. There is no fix or replacement yet scheduled. (A part--with no tracking info--supposedly on the way to the repair people from Finland.) The plumbing in the guest bedroom (runs on a different system) was leaking, so we couldn't using the shower in there, either. Last Monday, the plumber came by and believed he'd done an  temporary fix to the leaky shower but a few days later water was coming through the more wrecked than before ceiling below so... not so much. Now we've torn out the rotting ceiling boards. More fun! (Also no ETA on a fix.)

 

Oh, and my in-laws are coming to visit this weekend! (They've decided to stay at a nearby B&B given our "living history" situation, which I'm sure they won't be passive-aggressive about at all.)

 

In other news, I recently received the digital planner for the Hero's Planner I backed. The physical one comes in December, but I'm printing off sheets and putting them in my notebook. I'm going to making use of the habit tracker this week, particularly for:

  • No snacks (AM)
  • No snacks (PM)
  • 10k+ per day
  • Out of bed by 6:30AM (I've recently developed a poor habit of laying in bed long after the alarm and then being in a rush the rest of the morning.) 
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— Grandpa's Letter from Stardew Valley

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I'm sorry that your boiler is still out. Terrible! Are you used to cold showers? : shivers :

 

I think it's awesome how many steps you are getting in. Yes, there is room for improvement, but I am inspired!

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8 minutes ago, sylph said:

Well this sounds just delightful.

 

 To be honest, it’s usually a better visit when they aren’t staying with us. The Mr and his sister are prone to lots of micro aggressions and this way they (and their partners) all get a break. 
 

 

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“If you're reading this, you must be in dire need of a change. The same thing happened to me, long ago. I'd lost sight of what mattered most in life... real connections with other people and nature. So I dropped everything and moved to the place I truly belong.”
— Grandpa's Letter from Stardew Valley

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5 hours ago, sylph said:

I despise having people staying in my space in general. At least this way if they get passive aggressive about anything you know they have to leave to sleep at a minimum. :)

 

The Mr loves having guests to stay. Our place in London practically felt like a B&B, but (especially once we had Enting) we were all on top of one another and I Do Not Like People in My Space. So when we moved to Owlshire one of my requirements was dedicated guest quarters.

 

And that usually works out fine, except when it's my in-laws ;) 

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“If you're reading this, you must be in dire need of a change. The same thing happened to me, long ago. I'd lost sight of what mattered most in life... real connections with other people and nature. So I dropped everything and moved to the place I truly belong.”
— Grandpa's Letter from Stardew Valley

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