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Steven Universe Challenge :D


 


Steven Universe is about a group of Gemstone based beings who save the world, and notably ALL Gems are female (well technically they are a uni-gendered race that uses female pronouns :tongue:). GIRL POWER! The show has a couple of main themes: the power of compassion and the necessity of strong, trusting relationships.


 


I love the show for the amazing characters, beautiful animation, fun and catchy songs, and hilarity ("my mind is the internet, I know every continuity mistake ever made on television"). Awesome characters I wasn't able to fit into this challenge include: Connie Maheswaren (nerd girl extraordinare turned sword fighter!), the whole Pizza family (especially Nana Pizza!), Buck Dewey, Sour Cream, Onion (yes he's Sour Cream's half-brother :lol:) Ronaldo the consiracy theorist ("keep Beach City weird!"), Peridot, Lion (the only non-anthropomorphized animal I've ever seen in a cartoon), Lars and Sadie.... I could keep going but I won't ;)


 



 


Not all of the song videos display but I highly recommend watching them because 1. they're awesome and genuinely great songs and 2. because each song is linked to the challenge goal of the character who sings it


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Be Kind is the overarching goal, much like Steven’s approach to life. Compassion to all, including (especially) myself.


 


 


 


Steven: “Be Wherever You Are†aka Self Care


 


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Steven is a sweet, kindhearted boy who shows compassion to everyone and loves himself. His Gem weapon is his shield, representing his desire to protect those he loves.


 



 


 


Steven Tasks



Positive Self Talk


being kind to myself


kindness to others


take a bath


take a shower


paint my nails


face treatment


gratitude statements


work on positivity wall


Play with a cat


Remember compliments


Five minutes of Play


Choose to be light and playful about things that seem to involve tension or where I put pressure on myself


Mini dance party!


Try a new recipe


Sit outside


Anything from this list: 


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Greg Universe: â€œHave a Little Faith in Me†aka Creative Quests


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Greg may be the best character on Steven Universe. A former wanna-be rockstar who fell in love with a huge pink alien lady (seriously Rose Quartz is like 8 feet tall) and then raised his son on his own (Rose gave up her physical form to give birth to Steven.....). He's an amazing dad, he's super relaxed (for the most part) and: "When you're a one-man band you got to know do it all: lyrics, graphic design, forum moderation..." -Greg Universe


 


“Don't focus so much on talent, Steven. Making art is all about communication. A piece of art is a conversation. Every choice you make, is a statement. Don't worry about labels, or conforming to a standard. Just be true to yourself, and people will appreciate your honesty.†-Dogcopter


 


https://soundcloud.com/aivisura/steven-universe-wailing-stone?in=aivisura/sets/steven-universe


 


Greg Tasks



Guitar


Songwriting


Nanowrimo- 1667 words daily!


Draw


Blog Post


Quick sketch series


play around with synthesizer


Return to an old song


edit an old story


edit last year’s novel


Watch a tv show that inspires you


watch a movie that inspires you


Study chord progression



 


 


 


 


 


Amethyst: “On the Run†aka Food and Exercise


 


Amethyst is the most intuitive and impulsive of the gems. From masquerading as a wrestler (Tiger Millionare is the best early episode IMO) to her obsession with food, Amethyst is the most human of the Gems since she was "born" and raised on Earth. 


 


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https://soundcloud.com/jeff-liu/on-the-run-official-version


 


Amethyst Tasks



Measure food, log accurately


2 servings of fruit


2 servings of veg


under calories goal


low carb


salad 


Strength workouts


Yoga!


Walk


Pilates



 


 


 


 


Pearl:  â€œStrong in the Real Way†aka Exercise my Brain


The brains of the Crystal Gems, Pearl is insecure but super smart. She's strong in her own way. She wasn't made to fight or even be the amazing technician she is but she trained herself to be useful to the team and become more than she was "programmed" to be.


 



 


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Pearl Tasks



Daily Preparation/To Do


Brain strong- study!


Read non-fiction


Read fiction


Take notes on a chapter that inspires me!


Learn something new!


Revisit an old project


Read in the Tao Te Ching


Read in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind


Study music theory



 


 


 


 


Garnet: “Stronger than You†aka Calm


Voiced by Estelle (yes "American Boy" Estelle) Garnet is the leader of the Crystal Gems. She's strong, doesn't put up with anyone's shit, and she's supremely confident in herself and her abilities. But she also believes in her teammates just as much. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDpCzvMmbSA


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Garnet Tasks



(morning) Meditation


bonus points for multiple meditation sessions


mindful drinking cup of tea


Yoga session


Deep breaths


Daily Inspiration


Be mindful of body tension


10 minutes of cleaning my space


Slow down during a moment of high tension


Eat a meal mindfully


If a fear arises, watch it and let it pass


mini-meditation- 1 minute of mindful awareness



 


 


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More great songs: 


"What Can I Do"- Greg Universe Ft. Rose Quartz and the Crystal Gems 



 


"Do It For Her" -Pearl and Connie


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpMSwgPKWd4


 


"Like a Comet" -Greg Universe (this song is so great and young Greg rocks it!) 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01-n-KVZta0


 


"Haven't You Noticed (I'm a Star)"- Sung by the amazing Olivia Olsen (aka Marceline from Adventure TIme)


https://soundcloud.com/aivisura/steven-universe-havent-you-noticed-im-a-star-rebecca-sugar


 


Types of Combos: 


 


Points will be accumulated by creating combos. I need to do 7 combos per week [dungeon explanation here]


 


Beginner:


Gem Glow = 1 thing from each list


+500 points


 


Basic:


Bubble = 1 thing from each list + 3 extra from any list


+800 points


 


Intermediate:


Amethyst's Whip = two things from each list


OR


Shapeshifting= one thing from each list and 5 from any list


+1000 points


 


Seasoned:


Rose’s Sword = two things from each list + 3 extra from any list


OR


Laser Light Cannon= one from each list and 8 other items


+1300 points


 


Experienced:


Healing Spit = 3 things from each list


OR


Pearl’s Spear= 2 things from every list + 5 things from any list


OR


Mr. Universe Shirt =1 thing from every list and 10 from any list


+1500 points


 


Advanced:


Rose’s Shield = 3 things from each list + 3 extra from any list


OR


Greg's Van= 1 from each list and 12 from any list


+1800 points


 


Expert:


Fusion = 4 things from each list


OR


Garnet’s Gauntlets= 3 things from each list and 5 from any list


OR


Quartizine Trio= 2 things from each list and 10 from any list


OR


Lion's Mane= 1 from each list and 20 from any list


+2000 points


 


 


Dungeons!


 ~UnDEr CoNSTrUcTiOn~


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Goal of at least 7000 points per week, some days can/will be higher than others, every 300 extra points means I get a bag of Fry Bits. [still figuring out what the Fry Bits do]


 


Dungeon 1:


 


Roses Room (Week 1)


Activate the door and enter Rose's Room in the Temple


 


BOSS FIGHT:


Mirror Gem/Ocean Gem (Week 2)


Get enough points to release Lapis, then save the ocean!


 


Dungeon 2:


 


 The Message (Week 3)


Decode Lapis’s message


 


BOSS FIGHT:


The Return/ Jail Break (Week 4)


Escape Space Jail


 


Dungeon 3: 


 


Sworn to the Sword (Week 5)


Learn to Sword fight


 


BOSS FIGHT:


Catch and Release (Week 6)


 


Capture Peridot


 


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I love it so far even though the dungeons are still a mystery. I especially love your 'be kind' goal. 

 

Following as ever Spooky! :D

Thanks deftona! TBH the dungeons are still a bit of a mystery to me too, it depends on the Week 0 trial a bit, seeing what kinds of combos are possible and what a reasonable amount of points is for each two week period. But I expect to know fairly soon :D Happy to have you along for the ride <3

 

Here to see you rock, lady.

YAY! Happy to have you hear! I want to rock this challenge as hard as Greg Universe :P

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Ahaha I need to watch this show!!  So many friends of mine watch it and I've never sat down to give it a go...

 

ESTELLE.  American Boy is a wonderful song, so chill. *_*

 

Here to see you surpass your goals in the way only SpookyFoot can~ <3  You are a force to be reckoned with!!!!!!!!! ^______^

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I started watching Steven Universe a couple of weeks ago after you plugged it in your last challenge. Now I'm all caught up, and hooked, and whyyyy do they have to be on hiatus until 2016?!?!?!

 

Ahh, it's seriously the best kid's show I've ever seen. Even better than Gravity Falls!

 

I like the way your challenge is structured. :D I'm thinking about trying the 'combo' style, maybe, for mine. Still haven't decided.

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Along for the ride!

WOOOO yay <3! Happy to have you :D

 

Ahaha I need to watch this show!!  So many friends of mine watch it and I've never sat down to give it a go...

 

ESTELLE.  American Boy is a wonderful song, so chill. *_*

 

Here to see you surpass your goals in the way only SpookyFoot can~ <3  You are a force to be reckoned with!!!!!!!!! ^______^

YES WATCH IT!!!! It's super awesome, Rebecca Sugar, the creator, used to work on Adventure Time and she's doing an amazing job with this show. Plus there is a TON of anime influence so I think you'll like it :) I would recommend giving it util at least episode 25/26 (Mirror Gem/Ocean Gem) because the WHOLE GAME of the show changes at this point. I really enjoy the early "slice of life" style episodes but some people I know have found them a bit slow (I obviously disagree but just thought I should let you know :)). Personally I was hooked from the second episode with the line "If every pork chop were perfect, we wouldn't have hotdogs" <3

 

Estelle is wonderful as Garnet, I love her voice acting work. Plus when she finally sings (come on, you knew it would happen) it's just epic. There are also guest appearances from Nicki Minaj and Aimee Mann. I really like that they use non-typical voice over actors, it makes the characters feel unique. 

 

Thank you <3 <3 <3 That last bit is going on my positivity wall for sure. Have to remind myself I am a force to be reckoned with (listen to shaarawy, brain!). You are the best, can't wait to rock this challenge together!

 

I started watching Steven Universe a couple of weeks ago after you plugged it in your last challenge. Now I'm all caught up, and hooked, and whyyyy do they have to be on hiatus until 2016?!?!?!

 

Ahh, it's seriously the best kid's show I've ever seen. Even better than Gravity Falls!

 

I like the way your challenge is structured. :D I'm thinking about trying the 'combo' style, maybe, for mine. Still haven't decided.

YESSS WELCOME TO THE STEVEN UNIVERSE SIDE! I am so not pleased with the hiatus :( but I guess every show has one eventually. 

 

RIGHT?!?!?! It's so good! The characters and plot developments are just so excellent. Love the way they make fun of genre cliches like when Ronaldo and Steven are talking about "brooding" at the top of the cliff :lol: just genius. Plus the songs are so good! I've listened to "I'm just a Comet" way too many times :tongue: Glad to have another Steven Universe fan :D

 

Thank you! I stole the format from Luciana Valerosa Culming so have a look at her past couple challenges if you want a better idea of how it works. I really like the flexibility it allows for picking different things each day. 

 

Happy to have you along for the ride this challenge :D

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Thank you! I stole the format from Luciana Valerosa Culming so have a look at her past couple challenges if you want a better idea of how it works. I really like the flexibility it allows for picking different things each day.

I like this flexibility, too. And I like that it also prevents me from doing too much out of one category. When I started this, I realised I was doing too much housework, when I should be doing my homework. Or I studied a lot and forgot to take a break for myself. It works well, when you have flexible timetables.

I'll be following you of course ;)

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I like this flexibility, too. And I like that it also prevents me from doing too much out of one category. When I started this, I realised I was doing too much housework, when I should be doing my homework. Or I studied a lot and forgot to take a break for myself. It works well, when you have flexible timetables.

I'll be following you of course ;)

The flexibility is what attracted me to your system :). I totally agree with doing too much of one category, this seems like a great way to balance many different aspects of life. I'm really happy with the self care and calm categories, I think making sure to make space for those each day will be really important. 

 

Very happy to have you here <3

 

Looks like a fun challenge as usual. I'll be following along.

Thanks sterre! Happy to have you along for the ride <3!

 

I just followed and didn't post at all? What was a thinking!

Following along Spooky, I wouldn't want to miss a bit of this new journey.

BLASPHEMY but not actually because I lurk on threads all the time ;)

 

Super happy to have you here for this <3 :D

 

Oh wow, so  much awesomeness! I love your challenge format

Thanks Terah<3! I spent quite a bit of time making/planning this challenge so I'm really happy with the way it turned out so far :D. I'm really excited for this format, I think it'll be a good one :)

 

I'm in as always for the positivity, pork chops and hot dogs.

YASSSS <3! Happy to have you here!!! Not the same without Buff ;)

 

Following!

Welcome, welcome! Happy to have you following along 

 

STEVEN UNIVERSE! Yes! I love the combos.

YASSSSS <3. Pretty sure we have the same taste in cartoons, Sarah :) I'm really excited by the combo system, and I had fun making them Steven Universe themed. I may go back and make a few more for Garnet's Gauntlets, Pearl's Spear, Amethyst's Whip, and maybe also Future Vision :)

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Daily Inspiration: 

 

50

The Master gives himself up
to whatever the moment brings.
He knows that he is going to die,
and he has nothing left to hold on to:
no illusions in his mind,
no resistances in his body.
He doesn't think about his actions;
they flow from the core of his being.
He holds nothing back from life;
therefore he is ready for death,
as a man is ready for sleep
after a good day's work.

 

"Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat" 

-Malcolm S. Forbes

 

"Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else"

-Shunryu Suzuki 

 

"Where there is patience and humility there is neither anger nor worry" 

-Francis of Assisi 

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Excellent workout today :D, I did 3 circuits of strength training and 10 minutes of elliptical to warm up. I still have 110 minutes of cardio to do for my Hero of Week Zero challenge, especially since I epically failed my quest not to eat sugar yesterday. I made banana bread and it sang its' siren song. But at least it was healthier banana bread (130 calories per slice!) and it was quite delicious too. I did do well tracking yesterday so that's good :).

 

Positive self talk has really helped today. I'm also thinking I may increase the number of points per combo since I want to make each thing I do 100 points, then each combo could be a multiple of those points (i.e. a Fusion combo would be 1200 points). It definitely makes more sense that way. Plus more points=more credit to myself for actually Doing The Thing. 

 

Still figuring out the "dungeons" since I think each one will probably have a specific plot/objective and they'll all be different. But today and tomorrow will give me a good idea of how many combos and points is a reasonable amount to expect for each two week period. I'm super excited for this challenge :D

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Haven't posted a salad in a while:

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Lots of fun spiralized veggies: red onion, carrots, cucumber, green Apple, sliced celery,
Pomegranate seeds, crushed cashews, sprinkling of sesame seeds, sesame ginger soy dressing

 


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Then I ended up adding fried onions and chow mien noodles on top since I made the dressing a bit too sweet this time. I may not even add sweetener next time, I think I'd like it better tart to contrast with the apples, carrots, and pomegranate seeds.

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Good Lord!  There is so much awesomeness in here, I don't even know where to begin!

 

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Good luck and have fun!

Thanks Little Turtle <3! 

 

I'm very excited for this challenge :D

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