Jump to content

Leonine’s Path to be a Master: Viridian City pt. 2


Recommended Posts

Hello, NF Rebels! Long time no see.


I can’t even remember how long it’s been since my last challenge, but I’ve been a busy bee! Sometime around the springtime, things got insanely busy at work… and they haven’t let up. Plenty of work for me to do, which is nice; but, it involves 10-12 hour days (nearly every day), plus the odd weekend.


Things have been going well in that area; I’ve definitely been getting the practice and experience that I wanted. Since my last NF check-in, I’ve gotten a bonus, a raise, a promotion, AND the work trip of my dreams (PAX Prime 2014). It’s been wonderful! But, I haven’t been striking up a very nice work-life balance lately. That just won’t do!


So, I’m giving Viridian City another shot, with a few changes thanks to my different schedule. Even though things have been going really well for me lately… I’m back because, well, I miss NF!! So let’s do this, and get back in the ring!



Goal 1: Flexibility Training


15 minutes of stretching per day


I missed stretching so much! But, I totally let it fall by the wayside with work, moving apartments, etc. I’ve decided that I really love stretching, and the idea of being flexible… I’m actually making it a goal for myself to be able to be flexible enough to do the splits. Why? Because I’ve always thought I’d never be able to. Seems like a good enough reason to me!



Goal 2: Movement


30+ minutes of movement per day


It’s becoming pretty clear that having some sort of movement every day is really important to my well-being. I just love the feeling of having an exercised body, it makes everything feel better (and skipping too many workouts makes me feel like a slug, and then I get grumpy, and it’s just a downhill spiral).


So whether it’s watching a couple anime episodes on the elliptical (heehee, my favorite), an hour-long Vinyasa class, a walk during my lunch break or a mountain hike, I’m committing to a little something every day. My ultimate goal is 30 min movement and 30 min flexibility. We’ll see!



Goal 3: Mindfulness Training


10 minutes of meditation per day


This I’ve definitely dropped the ball on, and for some reason I’m having a really hard time getting back into the groove of this one. It’s a shame, because it was working so well for me before! My making it a goal, I’m hoping it’ll give me that little accountability and push to go forward.



Life Goal: Punctual Communication


I’ve been noticing that this has been more and more of a problem with me; texts gone unanswered, messages ignored, emails sitting unread in my inbox for ages… it’s not very professional or respectful. So my life goal is to respond to messages within one hour during appropriate times (one hour response to business emails during work hours, to freelance messages during my freelance hours, to texts messages, etc).


Respond to communications within one hour.





Of course, I’m still committed to my master goal of becoming an amazing visual designer. However, when working 10-12 hours a day, that’s just not feasible to do my extra hour of practice, and still fit in the rest of my life. So, this goal is an ‘if/then’ statement;


If I work <9 hours a day, I will do one hour of design work/practice.

If I work >9 hours a day, I will not do an hour of practice.


Hopefully this will improve my balance, and still allow me to make some creative and professional gains! Let’s go team!

  • Like 1

Level 5 Dryad Druid + Adventurer

STR 7 | DEX 10 | STA 9 | CON 8 | WIS 13 | CHA 10.5


Leo's Dawn of Dragons Challenge


Link to comment



Day 8:


Off to a good start! I've been into doing cardio in the morning before I go to work. I should probably cut down in the interest of time (I was a little late to work this morning), but it's just one of those things I'll have to feel my way through.


Goal 1- Stretching - Complete

Did some stretching after my workout, and an extra round of stretching before bed. I think I'm almost to the point of flexibility I had before I stopped stretching a few months ago. -_-


Goal 2- Movement - Complete

Did about 60 minutes of cardio (crosstrainer) this morning. Overkill? Maybe. I'm going to experiment with different lengths of cardio workouts and see how it impacts my energy levels. I might be better off doing only 30 min + weights. We'll see! 


Goal 3 - Mindfulness - Complete

Definitely the most difficult challenge of the day! I sat down and for the first 5 minutes, couldn't even concentrate. I think I need to allow myself more time in the morning so I'm not so amped up and restless.

Level 5 Dryad Druid + Adventurer

STR 7 | DEX 10 | STA 9 | CON 8 | WIS 13 | CHA 10.5


Leo's Dawn of Dragons Challenge


Link to comment

holy hell!!!!  it's Leonine.....it has been forever.  happy to see you back at it....and yes you were rockin' that Catwoman cosplay!!!


I look forward to seeing you rock this challenge....just goin' to leave this here


“It’s the sensible, logical thing to do, of course, which is why we don’t do it.” -Tanis, Dragons of Autumn Twilight

"Hope is the denial of reality. It is the carrot dangled before the draft horse to keep him plodding along in a vain attempt to reach it." - Raistlin - Dragons of Autumn Twilight

Current Challenge


Link to comment

Leonine, lovely to have you back, and congratulations on all positive changes going on in your life! It is indeed easy to lose balance and end up completely engulfed in work for instance.


Congratulations on a well formulated challenge, I think especially the goal of doing something physically every day will help you wind down.


What kind of stretches do you do?



I have chosen to believe in myself.

Link to comment
  • Create New...

Important Information

New here? Please check out our Privacy Policy and Community Guidelines