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The MAIN QUEST:  I've established the foundation for a life nearly worthy of being called a [barbarian Ranger], but the road is a long and winding one, with many adventures yet to partake of.  Queue the added dramatic flair and inspiration of the Warrior Skald.

 

In Dungeons & Dragons, the Skald is what happens when you marry the Barbarian to the Bard while blasting heavy metal music over the mountaintops.  Reciting epic verses, chanting magnificent lines, and howling the battle cries of legendary warriors, the Skald is what the Barbarian would be if he carried a banner, electric guitar, and a battle axe as well.  He is a Lord of War, and his game is the inspiring of himself and others, such as mine is.

 

Starting weight baseline:  185 lbs.

Maximum pull-ups:  12 strict.  Next goal:  15.

Double-unders Combo:  22 consecutive.

 

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TRAIN IN THE GLADIATOR’S SANCTUM    (+2 DEX, +2 STA)

 

“I never saw a man fight as Conan fought. He put his back to the courtyard wall, and before they overpowered him the dead men were strewn in heaps thigh-deep about him. But at last they dragged him down, a hundred against one.” – A Witch Shall Be Born, 1934.

  • Goal:  Mess with the best, die like the rest.  Attend one martial arts class per week; Krav Maga, MMA or other.
  • Bonus Adventure:  Hone those Barbarian combat skills through a Darebee martial arts/weaponry workout.

 

UNLOCK THE SECRETS OF THE SPIRIT LODGE   (+2 DEX, +2 STR)

 

“In so narrow a cleft, his foes could come at him only one or two at a time – provided they did not scale the cliff to attack him from above, or to get behind him, and provided they had no bows and arrows.  Conan was wearing no armor, and he knew that not even his panther-like agility would enable him to dodge arrows loosed at close range.” – Conan and the Spider God, 1980.

  • Goal:  Train that panther-like agility and loosen up my overworked bulk by completing one Yoga session per week, plus additional Barbarian Ranger accessory work (double-unders, ring dips, muscle-ups, pull-ups)
  • Bonus Adventure:  Despite the winter chill, get some fresh air while enjoying a session of Ranger Yoga in the wilds.

 

VISIT ‘THE FILTHY ANIMAL’  (+1 CON, +1 WIS, +1 CHA)

 

“He was concerned only with the naked fundamentals of life. The warm intimacies of small, kindly things, the sentiments and delicious trivialities that make up so much of civilized men's lives were meaningless to him. A wolf was no less a wolf because a whim of chance caused him to run with the watch-dogs. Bloodshed and violence and savagery were the natural elements of the life Conan knew; he could not, and would never, understand the little things that are so dear to civilized men and women.” – Beyond The Black River, 1935.

  • Goal:  It's time to eat like a Barbarian.  I will track and report Eat To Perform macros and calories for accountability.  Attempt one new exotic recipe per week.
  • Bonus Adventure:  Warm-up that Wilderness Lore trait to conduct a wilderness survival scenario.

 

AT DAY’S END :: THE DAILY QUESTS  (+2 WIS, + 2 CHA)

 

“Let me live deep while I live; let me know the rich juices of red meat and stinging wine on my palate, the hot embrace of white arms, the mad exultation of battle when the blue blades flame and crimson, and I am content. Let teachers and priests and philosophers brood over questions of reality and illusion. I know this: if life is illusion, then I am no less an illusion, and being thus, the illusion is real to me. I live, I burn with life, I love, I slay, and am content."  - Queen of the Black Coast, 1934.

  • Goal:  After a long day of harrowing adventure, I share the exploits of my daily activities, including any Domestic Rangering, and track my Daily Quests / To Do List.

 

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CHALLENGE INSPIRATION:  This long-ranging Barbarian now stalks the wilds of Azeroth.  Pairing the woodsy, earthen scents of cedar wood, birch bark, and smoldering tobacco from the highlands of World of Warcraft aside an exotic mélange of heady urban musk, notes of amber, bourbon vanilla, and roughly cured leather from Conan the Barbarian, you’ll have a unrestrained, fierce palate prepared for any quest.  With just a hint of Spartacus upon the finish, this challenge will leave you with a profound feeling of satisfaction and a driving thirst for adventure!

 

In keeping with the Golden Age of the Barbarian, my overarching theme for 2016, we’ll be keeping the momentum rolling with another savage challenge.  I will overcome the bleak midwinter doldrums with BLOOD & THUNDER!  Inspiration is everything, and I aim to become a BAMF the likes of which the world has never seen before. 

 

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Let's do this.

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 [ Level ?? ] Thunderbro Maximus of the Thunderlords Legion

BRUTALITY 13 | FINESSE 12 | GRIT 13  | INSIGHT 15 | MOXIE 13

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"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR.

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wolfpool.

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager.

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World of Warcraft needs a Barbarian class and I’m of a mind to make that happen, at least in a crude, primitive – but ultimately entertaining! – manner. 

 

I present to you… World of Warcraft:  Blood & Thunder the mini-game.

 

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IN ADDITION to the main Quests above, each successfully completed task or flavor achievement generates 10 points of my character’s resource, Barbarian Fury.  Some more technical or advanced efforts will contribute 20, while the largest, most involved Bonus Adventures contribute 30 Fury.  Upon filling the Fury Meter and reaching the weekly cap of 100 Fury, the next Barbarian Ability is unlocked.  These Barbarian Abilities are vital in the weekly Boss Battles as each new Boss possesses a trait or skill which requires the newest ability to defeat.  All four weekly Barbarian Abilities are necessary to defeat the Week 4 final Boss Battle. 

 

Barbarian Fury:  0/100.

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Week 1 unlocks skill:  [Raging Blow].

 

List of goals generating 10 Fury:

  • Sledgehammer workouts
  • Rucking
  • Double-unders
  • Barbarian Ranger accessory work (bodyweight movements, flexibility, recovery, etc)
  • Climbing
  • Yoga balancing/poses

Goals generating 20 Fury:

  • Martial arts class
  • Yoga session
  • Exotic meal preparation
  • Favored Terrain (Wilderness) rucking.

Bonus Adventures generating 30 Fury:

  • Darebee martial arts/weaponry workout.
  • Ranger Yoga session.
  • Wilderness survival excursion.
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 [ Level ?? ] Thunderbro Maximus of the Thunderlords Legion

BRUTALITY 13 | FINESSE 12 | GRIT 13  | INSIGHT 15 | MOXIE 13

Challenges1 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

 

"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR.

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wolfpool.

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager.

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PROLOGUE

 

Myzantia, the City of Amber-Gold, far in the Bright East.

 

SAVAGE AND SWIFT like a viper striking from its nest, the marked blade flicked out and caught its rival along the pocked sword-edge.  Blade on blade, the opposition offered a riposte that rang, a sonorous echo rolling through the arena and reverberating off the ancient stone walls which rose to rows upon rows of arena benches, worn smooth under centuries of peasant arses roaring their approval down for champions beyond counting.  The crowd’s applause was deafening, though the combatants facing dire threat and fated death paid them little mind.  Two seemed to stand against half a score as many others on the open sand, their dance was that of doomed men prepared to rise and fall upon the whim of the fighting pits.

 

Clouds of dust and sand were kicked here and there as the duo offered a strike or lunge, each barely restrained by thoughts of self-preservation.  One of skin dark as night rejoined the fight with a capable two-handed thrust from his heavy spear that promised to disembowel an opponent to a terrible and gruesome end.  The sharp tip sang its sword song like a howling torrent through an unsecured shutter on a stormy night.

 

“No!” one shaved-pate of a man cried, only seeing the dark man’s wily strike on his periphery, occupied as he was against the moves of the wild-bearded outlander, the reluctant gladiator’s companion for the day’s final act.  Attempting to wheel upon the new threat, the ragged slave offered battle to the dark man only as distraction.  No stranger to the fighting pits, the reply came as a stamp forward and a spear slash upon the exposed flesh of a malnourished thigh.  The impact of that wound buckled the slave’s knee, dropping him to the arena floor and offering only a gift of blood for the stricken slave.

 

Chest heaving and slick with sweat, the dark man hung back as far as their chain would allow for the briefest of moments while his able partner replaced him, seeming everywhere at once.  Though the chain represented their servitude and status as slaves, they were familiar enough with the inconveniences it posed from prior experience.  Despite the hindrance, the outlander’s grace was the unrestrained rising, falling, slashing, piercing game of blades that would send many men to the gods that day.  Lacking the refinement of a dedicated duelist or the careful precision of a career soldier, the outlander hurled himself from foe to foe, rending their flesh from bone with savage hacks and harrying those who could parry back under a withering hail of overpowering strikes.  Stout and stocky as he was, that wild-bearded outlander’s bulk belied a panther-like grace which served him well upon the arena sands. 

 

Not unlike the lusty caress of any one of his many slave-girls within the harem back at his palace – especially his favorite girl, the enigmatic redhead whose presence he had come to immeasurably appreciate over the months since his most capable slave-captain had escorted her and many others over the amber sands to their new home Myzantia, the Jewel of the East – the blood sports of the Myzanteen arena thrilled Jhondar the Turan to his core.  Upon the crowd favorite striking a particularly well-struck slash, Jhondar roared his savage approval alongside the masses and nobles alike who populated the rows upon rows of seating that surrounded the fighting pits.

 

Jhondar the Turan twirled an elaborately greased moustache in appreciation for the sport being offered before him.  It was a rare day indeed for so elaborate a series of games to be arranged by Her Ladyship the Matriarch of Myzantia.  Many days the arena was filled with naught but dregs dragged in from the deep dungeons; this was an unusual offering, one to be treasured indeed, to see the outlander the crowd had dubbed the Iron Lion of the West.  And the outlander did veritably fight as if he were the very beast upon which is reputation was forged.

 

The Iron Lion whirled about in a terrible dance of death, as if the blade were his mistress and he a prince of battle.  His sword swept in a wild arc, rebounding off its rival to sweep back into a savage cleave and split the belly of one opponent.  The doom-stricken man attempted to stave off his rapidly draining vitality; only to slowly grew more and more pale until his skin was a white as the snows which Jhondar had seen topping the distant mountains only once in his youth, before dropping to a knee within the pool of his blood.  Within moments more foes had found their end upon the outlander’s sword-edge, but the other pressed the vacancy left by their brothers’ demise.  Jhondar the Turan licked his lips in anticipation.

 

“The outlander fights with uncommon zeal, Jhondar,” a voice mewed.    

 

Refusing to tear his withering gaze from the action, Jhondar nodded eagerly, an errant hand twisting the greased ends of his long mustache.  “He fights as if blessed with the fury of the very gods!”

 

Nazem the Sibuyan stifled a mocking laugh behind his well-manicured hand, holding to the status quo that it was better he not insult his social betters no matter how embarrassing their behavior.  Still, pathetic as he was, Jhondar the Turan did have an eye for the delights of the arena to accompany a nose for the gambling pits as keen as his mind for turning a profit in the trading of slaves.  Nazem sighed wistfully.  It was not right that the gods saw it fit to lift one such as Jhondar of the Turan Family above more able-bodied, industrious men as he, Nazem of the Sibuyans.

 

“Our intrepid Iron Lion and his southern compatriot are making short work of the dungeons today,” another noble remarked from the crowd before turning face from the action to accept a silver cup of flavored ice to cool herself against the late afternoon heat.

 

Jhondar was nodding his agreement, the extra skin beneath his chin sagging and bulging as he did.  Nazem knew few who took the arena games quite so seriously as his acquaintance.  On more than once occasion the heavy man had regaled him with statistics of this combatant or that, their land of origin, even the meal he preferred before going into uncertain battle.  From having it drilled into his memory so recently, Nazem could ably recall the Iron Lion’s favored repast; boar ribs slow-basted in beer, and only dark ale would do.  The outlander had no tongue for the myriad wines that were the specialty of Myzanteen winemakers and their treasured vineyards, much to the lament of many would-be sponsors and patrons.

 

A cacophonous roar shook the walls of the arena, summoning Nazem’s attentions back upon the sands.  It seemed as if the Iron Lion would be enjoying a hearty meal of his ale-sodden porcine delight that very evening, for he and the dark man stood victors upon the sands of the fighting pits once more.  From her sacred balcony to the fore of the arena, the Matriarch of Myzantia presented herself from the shaded confines of the silk canopy above, bucking and struggling against the afternoon gusts as it was; equally pugnacious against the breeze as the dregs had been upon the arena floor before falling to the combined majesty of the victors’ blades.

 

“My dear citizens of Myzantia,” the Matriarch’s clear voice rang, forcing a silence over the crowd.  “I present your victors this day; Khalen of the South Isles, and Stygga, the Iron Lion of the West!”

 

Yes, it was Stygga the burly one was called, Nazem recalled, and the Matriarch would recall well that fact.  For she remained the heavy-bearded outlander’s master, much to the eternal lament of Jhondar and others who saw the profit to be made in commanding the dwarf’s capable skills at the gladiatorial arts.  For now, those profits remained squandered by the Matriarch, she who was called only The Urgan, much like many Matriarchs before her.  Useful gold misspent upon charity and the treatment of those undeserving, thought Nazem.  For now.

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 [ Level ?? ] Thunderbro Maximus of the Thunderlords Legion

BRUTALITY 13 | FINESSE 12 | GRIT 13  | INSIGHT 15 | MOXIE 13

Challenges1 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

 

"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR.

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wolfpool.

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager.

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How could I not follow when there is more story to come LOL.

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B'ker Level 1 Half-elf Ranger  STR: 3  DEX: 3  CON: 3  INT: 3  WIS: 2  CHA: 2

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My friend, I'd adventure with you anywhere. You have my sword, as long as you need it.

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"By the Most-Righteous-and-Blessed Beard of Sir Tanktimus the Encourager!" - Jarl Rurik Harrgath

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Here for blood, thunder, and shirtless Momoa gifs.

 

Meow. Make that two of us here for that.

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Prologue's up!

 

Great to see so many old friends following along, and a few new faces scattered throughout the crowd too.  Is anyone else really glad to have a couple of days off before the next challenge 'officially' starts?  Not like I did much late this week, but I was feeling the burnout.  Motivation is a fickle mistress sometimes...

 

Also, I posed a question in the wrap-up of my last challenge:

 

Does anyone have some advice for making 'adventure' a regular part of your life for a homebody?  I've been reading and studying so much Conan lately and I very much want to be the sort who lives life to the fullest and is always out doing things, but I'm just such a bloody stay-at-home type.  Very little motivation for carving out time for adventure in my day-to-day.

 

So I thought it bore dragging over to the new challenge in the interest of garnering exposure.  I know many of you are wildly motivated and enthusiastic individuals, and some have managed to push themselves out the door on at least a Bilbo Baggins scale if not an Aragorn one.  I'm definitely feeling more like a Samwise Gamgee with regard to my adventure-seeking pursuits lately.  Like, seriously.  I could drag myself out of the house 7 days a week for CrossFit classes (if it wasn't for my work schedule, of course) even with adding two different martial arts classes to the schedule, no problem.  Why can't I force myself out once a week to practice something like survival skills or for a session of Ranger Yoga?  It's the weirdest bloody thing.

 

Any help would be appreciated.

 

But otherwise, let's enjoy a relaxed weekend before kicking the new challenge off nice and strong on Monday!

 

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How could I not follow when there is more story to come LOL.

 

See above.  ;)

 

Here for blood, thunder, and shirtless Momoa gifs.

Meow. Make that two of us here for that.

 

Girl, please!  Me too.  ;)

 

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I have a man crush and I'm not the least bit ashamed of it.  Don't care how weird this gets; I'm comfortable enough with my sexuality.  :tongue:

 

Jason Momoa is my spirit animal, after all.

 

Sub'd of course for the epic of Rurik :) also the mini game idea is really cool and I know that week 4 boss is going down!

 

Sure hope so, buddy!  Gonna have to make myself work this challenge.  Might end up being some filler yoga to get the points in on slow weeks.  ;)

 

My friend, I'd adventure with you anywhere. You have my sword, as long as you need it.

 

You aren't getting any inside info or spoilers.  Tanktimus will just have to sit and wait like everyone else, no matter how much you butter me up.  :tongue:

 

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SUBBED (of course)

 

The splitting image.  Great find, Katrin!

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 [ Level ?? ] Thunderbro Maximus of the Thunderlords Legion

BRUTALITY 13 | FINESSE 12 | GRIT 13  | INSIGHT 15 | MOXIE 13

Challenges1 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

 

"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR.

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wolfpool.

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager.

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Prologue's up!

 

Also, I posed a question in the wrap-up of my last challenge:

 

Does anyone have some advice for making 'adventure' a regular part of your life for a homebody?  I've been reading and studying so much Conan lately and I very much want to be the sort who lives life to the fullest and is always out doing things, but I'm just such a bloody stay-at-home type.  Very little motivation for carving out time for adventure in my day-to-day.

 

So I thought it bore dragging over to the new challenge in the interest of garnering exposure.  I know many of you are wildly motivated and enthusiastic individuals, and some have managed to push themselves out the door on at least a Bilbo Baggins scale if not an Aragorn one.  I'm definitely feeling more like a Samwise Gamgee with regard to my adventure-seeking pursuits lately.  Like, seriously.  I could drag myself out of the house 7 days a week for CrossFit classes (if it wasn't for my work schedule, of course) even with adding two different martial arts classes to the schedule, no problem.  Why can't I force myself out once a week to practice something like survival skills or for a session of Ranger Yoga?  It's the weirdest bloody thing.

 

 

I need to go read the prologue, but thought I'd respond to this real quick before I lost my train of thought...  

 

I totally understand where you're coming from, especially having just read LUYL as well.  The book made me want to set forth on a great adventure.  In really getting honest with myself though, that's not really MY level up.  I'm totally a home-body.  I think travel is great and I will do some, but it's not really a strong goal of mine.  I'm more apt to enjoy an early morning hike up the mountain and some peak-top meditation than a trans-Atlantic European whirlwind tour.  I love my little corner of the world, so my adventures are smaller and more local.  Your adventures are of your own making.

 

All I'm saying really is that, to be perfectly honest...  if you aren't making them a priority, then maybe they just aren't a priority.  Why force yourself to do anything?  It's your journey.  Find adventures that you WANT bad enough that you don't have to force anything.

 

There's your 2 cents from an old lady.  haha.

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I absolutely agree with marauder! My adventures are small hikes and rucks\bouldering for a few hours where I can just wander and get lost for a bit. Just try and plan for small getaways maybe once every few weeks to start with. Maybe it's the freedom of an adventure, and trying to fit it into a WOD mentality that is clashing. Adventures are fun escapes not rgid rules. Idk I'm just brainstorming :)

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Prolouge is great. Darn your preception seeing through my attempts at influence. Guess I rolled a one on that one ;)

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"By the Most-Righteous-and-Blessed Beard of Sir Tanktimus the Encourager!" - Jarl Rurik Harrgath

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On the home-body craving adventure front, yes, I'm right there with you.

Marauder has it right: find what makes you go without effort.

 

Hubby and I did a hike last year... just the two of us, borrowing my mums car, driving to a spot and wandering around for 10km and there was this moment at the end, where we left the forest behind and stepped back onto the hill from the start, and the sun dipped below the cloud cover and it was such a magical beautiful view from this little hilltop that is optimistically called a mountain (yeah right!) and I just couldn't get enough of the sight. Hunger drove us to the car in the end.

 

We haven't done anything hike-ish since, I do my walking, but that's in town, so relative tame. No danger of getting lost either.

Maybe you're asking the wrong question: Why can't you force yourself out on adventure? Maybe you could ask "What adventures draw me out the door?" instead.

Maybe your adventures is checking out local restaurants in a hunt for a nice affordable place to have a meal once in a while... Maybe hunting for new recipes will take you to engage people and ask them what they do? What does exotic recipe mean to you?

Maybe you're more like me, I research and then go try things out myself. Maybe a cooking class for Thai food calls to you, or you endeavour to talk a mechanic into teaching you how to build your own bike, or not, heck what do I know? What makes you tick? Ask yourself "Wouldn't it be nice....?" and then don't let the logic block you into a "can't be done" corner.

 

The heart decides where you go, not the head, the head is there to figure out how to get around obstacles, the heart decides the direction/goal.

 

Sorry rambling,

hope you don't mind

 

(For me it's learning sign language and an obstacle race in September, and maybe some hiking and/or kayaking, taking breathtaking pictures. And eventually visit people all over the globe that I met online... that kinda thing.)

 

 

PS Maybe going out is not as enticing because of the "unfamiliarness" of the outside... I don't know where you live, do you have a wild area closeby that you can make "your own"? Something where you can go and change little things, and noone would mind? Maybe a forest in walking distance where you could build a shelter? Have a  spot where you go daily, weekly, whatever-works-for-you, and sit and watch... I got the natureskills.com newsletter for a while, they have good resources, but in the end it's what makes your curiosity perk up that will always direct what you do, not your head telling you you should want something.

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Katrin the Morag Lvl 22 Cadet, half klingon, c-licensed trainer, mother of two, gaming nerd

 

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Talking about awesome people... or at least their physique:

Remember him:

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.... just saying, he looks like this now that he's grown:

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Granted, he's no Mormoa, but honestly, who is...

(But I'll look at mormoa gifs with you... I don't mind)

 

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Katrin the Morag Lvl 22 Cadet, half klingon, c-licensed trainer, mother of two, gaming nerd

 

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Urgan posted this in my old challenge, and I wanted to draw attention to it hear in the interest of keeping this whole discussion together.

 

 

 Well, if nothing else I feel you on wanting to "be good" and do things you know or at least suspect will be good for you. This "burnout" might just be a sign that you have a full plate--whatever your notions of what that SHOULD look like aside--and have changed enough things or are sufficiently busy that you've run out of the old willpower. My novice advice for a fellow homebody, in no particular order:


 

- Back off a wee bit, let your new martial arts habit stick--NEVER underestimate the drain of a new activity! 

- Cut your difficult-to-establish habit/activity goal in half, if possible, or down to a bare minimum and try to meet the much smaller goal--hey, if it's laughably easy, it's easy, yeah? Increment up from there

- If you "just don't wanna"...maybe you think you like the idea of incorporating the activity, but when it comes right down to it, it's not really a priority right now. That's cool, maybe have another look at it in a couple challenges

- Positive reinforcement of rewarding yourself somehow on a weekly basis for tackling a tougher quest?

- Worst case scenario: more room for something that suits you better

 

Some of the burnout is, I suspect and you mentioned, just trying to do too much at once.  Ever since my first challenge, I've tried to cram my schedule too full of new things building on top of the foundation I already have - which further complicates my homebody-centric worldview.  They do say willpower is a finite resource, similar to my views on Social Mana.  That does it, from now on I'll be referring to Willpower in exactly those terms.  :P  So you make a fair point there. 

 

Actually, pretty much all of your points are quite solid.  It took a lot of effort to get yoga to stick in even the slightest manner it has, so a small goal or slowly introducing something is a wonderful concept.  I like the idea of positive reinforcement, a tangible reward for tackling a tougher quest, as you said, but it make take my dwelling on what such a reward might look like before I'm able to implement that.  It bears merit, though.

 

I need to go read the prologue, but thought I'd respond to this real quick before I lost my train of thought...  

 

I totally understand where you're coming from, especially having just read LUYL as well.  The book made me want to set forth on a great adventure.  In really getting honest with myself though, that's not really MY level up.  I'm totally a home-body.  I think travel is great and I will do some, but it's not really a strong goal of mine.  I'm more apt to enjoy an early morning hike up the mountain and some peak-top meditation than a trans-Atlantic European whirlwind tour.  I love my little corner of the world, so my adventures are smaller and more local.  Your adventures are of your own making.

 

All I'm saying really is that, to be perfectly honest...  if you aren't making them a priority, then maybe they just aren't a priority.  Why force yourself to do anything?  It's your journey.  Find adventures that you WANT bad enough that you don't have to force anything.

 

There's your 2 cents from an old lady.  haha.

 

Steve's idea of adventure is much larger scale than mine.  While I have proven to enjoy travel in smaller increments (I still look back on Scotland wistfully and cannot wait to travel again), it all stems from a 'home base' worldview where I enjoy the time away, but can't wait to return home with my stories.  I guess in that way I am more Bilbo Baggins that I want to admit.

 

My specific situation stems more from a passive sense of, "Gee, Gandalf.  Helping those Dwarves out sounds like a bloody awesome adventure!  But I don't feel like it today; I think I'll stay home and read a book instead."  Well, that's usually how it goes, at least.  :P

 

I want to do these things, enjoy these microadventures I plan, and they do sound quite lovely in the planning phase, but once it comes to moving beyond conceptualizing to the implementing stage, well oftentimes my inner homebody rears its mind for creature comforts and I cancel my plans to remain at home.   Prioritization might factor in, I'm not quite sure.

 

More introspection might be necessary.  I should reread those first couple chapters of Level Up Your Life which deal with the call to arms and Leaving the Shire, since that's pretty much the sum of the conversation at the moment.  Thank you for your thoughts on the matter, Marauder!

 

I absolutely agree with marauder! My adventures are small hikes and rucks\bouldering for a few hours where I can just wander and get lost for a bit. Just try and plan for small getaways maybe once every few weeks to start with. Maybe it's the freedom of an adventure, and trying to fit it into a WOD mentality that is clashing. Adventures are fun escapes not rgid rules. Idk I'm just brainstorming :)

 

9/10 times, I struggle even with those.  My inner homebody will whisper, "Why bother when you can stay home and look at pictures of the outdoors?"  I grumble my agreement and settle back in on the couch.  :P

 

I need to figure out a way to stick with those "small getaways" you mentioned.  At this point, my current headspace would be over-the-moon if I could manage one microadventure a month.  Maybe that should be the goal.  One per challenge.  Nothing more.  Still, I think it might require some manner of positive reinforcement to actually accomplish that particular feat.

 

Maybe beer and a steak for cooking over a campfire.  Something along those lines.

 

Maybe you're asking the wrong question: Why can't you force yourself out on adventure? Maybe you could ask "What adventures draw me out the door?" instead.

 

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Maybe you're more like me, I research and then go try things out myself. Maybe a cooking class for Thai food calls to you, or you endeavour to talk a mechanic into teaching you how to build your own bike, or not, heck what do I know? What makes you tick? Ask yourself "Wouldn't it be nice....?" and then don't let the logic block you into a "can't be done" corner.


PS Maybe going out is not as enticing because of the "unfamiliarness" of the outside... I don't know where you live, do you have a wild area closeby that you can make "your own"? Something where you can go and change little things, and noone would mind? Maybe a forest in walking distance where you could build a shelter? Have a  spot where you go daily, weekly, whatever-works-for-you, and sit and watch... I got the natureskills.com newsletter for a while, they have good resources, but in the end it's what makes your curiosity perk up that will always direct what you do, not your head telling you you should want something.

 

Your question I highlighted up there is actually another fair point.  Perhaps I need to find something that is enough of a draw to get me out the door of my own volition.  Of course, I haven't got a foggy clue what that might look like, but it sounds like a novel enough concept.

 

My nod toward exotic recipes will likely feature some 'Eastern' food from Pinterest and possible a recipe or two from the Game of Thrones recipe book I've been sitting on for a couple of years and only attempted one recipe of.  I love new and exciting food, but like my microadventure efforts, often fall back on the old reliable staples of my every day meals.

 

Even my tongue deserves some adventure once in a while.  ;)

 

Talking about awesome people... or at least their physique:

Remember him:

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.... just saying, he looks like this now that he's grown:

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Granted, he's no Mormoa, but honestly, who is...

(But I'll look at mormoa gifs with you... I don't mind)

 

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This challenge is off to a wonderful start with posts like this.  Still not weird yet.  :P

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Some of the burnout is, I suspect and you mentioned, just trying to do too much at once.  Ever since my first challenge, I've tried to cram my schedule too full of new things building on top of the foundation I already have - which further complicates my homebody-centric worldview.  They do say willpower is a finite resource, similar to my views on Social Mana.  That does it, from now on I'll be referring to Willpower in exactly those terms.  :tongue:  So you make a fair point there. 

 

Actually, pretty much all of your points are quite solid.  It took a lot of effort to get yoga to stick in even the slightest manner it has, so a small goal or slowly introducing something is a wonderful concept.  I like the idea of positive reinforcement, a tangible reward for tackling a tougher quest, as you said, but it make take my dwelling on what such a reward might look like before I'm able to implement that.  It bears merit, though.

 

There might be some merit in counting how many new things you add vs how many you successfully tackle...that difference will be telling. 

 

Nothing says positive reinforcement like medium rare steak. Or brisket. Or another source of fuel for the awesomeness. Lol. Or, if food rewards frighten and/or repulse you, perhaps a new piece of gear or shiny toy you've been holding off on because #moneywhut? 

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"9/10 times, I struggle even with those.  My inner homebody will whisper, "Why bother when you can stay home and look at pictures of the outdoors?"  I grumble my agreement and settle back in on the couch.  :tongue:"

 

Lol this made me laugh, I do the same thing a lot of the time! Thinking about doing things is almost the same as doing them right? I feel you, the homebody mind games are real! I plan it all out and then sit back and watch myself wreck the whole thing in favor of staying home and reading or writing...

 

 

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