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Ballad's Epic Quest [2016]



"Rule your mind or it will rule you."



Welcome to my epic quest for 2016!


For the past few years, I've done my best to choose a theme that guides my actions and decisions throughout the year. The last two years have been heavily structured around stepping outside my comfort zone, gaining knowledge, and cultivating friendships. I want to continue to grow in 2016, but there are some mental blocks that have been holding me back.


This year, I plan to consciously focus on building a strong mental foundation for future success.


I'll be basing my epic quest around 3 pillars:


1. Mental fortitude

2. Discipline

3. Kindness


More to come of the meaning and significance of these pillars.


Side Quests



"You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force."
Publilius Syrus


I've included examples of potential side quests to tackle during future challenges, each of which is related to a particular pillar. More will be added throughout the year.


Mental Fortitude

  • 7-8 hours of sleep/night
  • 8 glasses of water/day
  • 5 min meditation/day
  • 2 cold showers/week
  • Complete Mark Divine & Ramit Sethi's "Hell Week"
  • Attend a meditation retreat



  • Arrive everywhere 5-10 min early
  • Go to the gym 3 times/week
  • Wake up at 5:30am, 5 days/week
  • Write once/day
  • Cook dinner 2 days/week
  • Read for 10 min before bed, 5 days/week
  • Complete a "28 days of yoga" challenge
  • 100 push-ups challenge



  • Record 5 things I'm grateful for each day
  • Give 1 compliment/day
  • Write 3 thank you notes/week
  • Eat vegetarian 1 day/week (ex. "Meatless Monday")
  • Be present in conversation




I'll be using this page to share updates, record accomplishments, and remind myself of my motivation.


Please feel free to follow along, ask questions, and cheer me on!




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Level | Water Nymph | Druid


Current Challenge | Battle Log | Epic Quest

Past Challenges: I


"The first and best victory is to conquer self." 

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