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Breaking from my DragonAge Challenges to refocus and find a little of what I’ve lost.

 

I used to have a nice foundation and starting point but those have scurried away from me. I also want to find some way to incorporate some of the NF Academy quests into a challenge. I’m sure I can add in some of the mindful stuff in. I contemplated joining the druids this go around but I love the assassins. Going back to basics with quests revolving around the 5 senses. Using some of the information from www.chopra.com/.

 

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Plan is to focus on the 5 senses and use them to help me refocus. I have no real idea what I’m doing, so this will be a whole new experience for me. I will make a list of the things I want to accomplish and throughout the challenge I want to complete at least 3 from each sense category. I’ll most likely add more items to the list as the challenge goes on. Wish me Luck!

 

Sight - Remodel HQ

 

Touch - Body

 

Hearing - Music

 

Taste - Balanced Nutrition

 

Smell - Aromatherapy

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2018: 1.18 l  2.18 l 3.18 l 4.18 l 5.18 l 6.18 l 7.18

2017: 1.17 I 2.17 I 3.17 I 4.17 I 5.17 l 6.17 l 7.17 l 8.17 I 9.17 l 10.17  

2016: 1.16 l 2.16 l DA v.1 l DA v.2 I DA v.2 Reloaded I DA v.3 I DA v.4 I 8.16 I 9.16 I DA v.5 I 11.16 

2012: 1 2013: 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 2014: 9 l 10 l Not Done Yet l Time to Conquer l  Conquering 

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Sight - Remodel HQ Touch - Body Hearing - Music Taste - Balanced Nutrition Smell - Aromatherapy
---------------------------------------- Complete at least 3 throughout the challenge ----------------------------------------
Create a reading nook Walk/Jog/Run 10 miles (7.82/10 miles) Create a cleaning playlist 10 Paleo Meals Clean Entryway and Kitchen grout
Create list of potential cars NF Yoga Deep Stretch video Create a meditation playlist Drink more water and discover new Teas Cleanse my home of unwanted scents
Create paintings Get first Facial/Massage Create a workout Playlist Include the six tastes in a meal - sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Create a Cleaning routine
Finish Bathmat Get a Manicure Create playlist for creativity No Soda 5 days in a row (5/5) Deep Clean Fridge
Hang Bathroom mirror Do 3 NF Yoga Mini Sessions Dance like nobody's watching for 1 song Only 1 Pizza a month Find scents to fit things I do, exercise, cleaning, creating, etc
Hang Living Room mirror Do 1 REAL Push Up Discover Podcasts Only 2 Fast Food stops a week Give Eepha 2 baths (2/2)
Kitchen Cabinets - Purge & Organize Create a Skin care routine Get my violin tuned Prep for Whole 30 Shampoo carpets
Move Bookcase to bedroom Complete Rebel Run Get violin bow looked at Reduce Sugar Intake Take out Garbage every week (4/4)
Organize Books - Purge & Organize Complete 5 Mindset Quests Listen to 4 Podcasts (3/4) Starbucks coffee only on Friday Try Neuro-Associative Conditioning with scents
Organize Entryway closet Complete 4 Academy Quests Make time for journaling while listening to music Try 3 new Veggies or Fruits Vacuum 2 or more times
Organize Pantry Complete 2 Assassin Quests Practice Violin for 2 hours    
Purge unwanted items in Living Room Attempt 4 NF Yoga Quests      
Put together bathroom cabinet 4 NF Yoga sessions      
Test drive 3 different cars 1 min Planks      
Tile Bathroom mirror Try Meditation      
Trade in Car Walk for 5 mins for a week (7/7)      
Create a meditation spot        
Clean off kitchen counters        
         

 

IN PROGRESS  ------ COMPLETED  ------- FAILED

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Previous Challenges: 2020: 1.20  - 2019: 1.19 l 2.19

2018: 1.18 l  2.18 l 3.18 l 4.18 l 5.18 l 6.18 l 7.18

2017: 1.17 I 2.17 I 3.17 I 4.17 I 5.17 l 6.17 l 7.17 l 8.17 I 9.17 l 10.17  

2016: 1.16 l 2.16 l DA v.1 l DA v.2 I DA v.2 Reloaded I DA v.3 I DA v.4 I 8.16 I 9.16 I DA v.5 I 11.16 

2012: 1 2013: 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 2014: 9 l 10 l Not Done Yet l Time to Conquer l  Conquering 

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Week 1 Review

Not sure how I’m liking this challenge structure but it’s much more interesting and laid back.

Sight - Remodel HQ

Worked on my bathmat and I hope to have it finished by the end of the challenge. Added a few more cars to my potential car list.

Touch - Body

Had 2 meditation sessions this week. They went well but wondered if it’s normal to feel heavy after a session. 2.75/10 miles

Hearing - Music

Made 3 playlists, 2 for workouts, 1 for cleaning and then listened to 3 podcasts.

Taste - Balanced Nutrition

I don’t have any money right now to try new teas and I struck out with the local tea shop. I did get in my order of Pero and that was sort of tasty. Did some prepping and planning for my Whole30 next challenge.

Smell - Aromatherapy

Cleaned some spots on my carpet but should probably do an all over clean eventually. Scrubbed the entry way and started working on cleaning the grout. Looked into diffusers and essential oils. Gave Eepha a bath and she smells so much better! Also took out 2 garbage bags.

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Previous Challenges: 2020: 1.20  - 2019: 1.19 l 2.19

2018: 1.18 l  2.18 l 3.18 l 4.18 l 5.18 l 6.18 l 7.18

2017: 1.17 I 2.17 I 3.17 I 4.17 I 5.17 l 6.17 l 7.17 l 8.17 I 9.17 l 10.17  

2016: 1.16 l 2.16 l DA v.1 l DA v.2 I DA v.2 Reloaded I DA v.3 I DA v.4 I 8.16 I 9.16 I DA v.5 I 11.16 

2012: 1 2013: 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 2014: 9 l 10 l Not Done Yet l Time to Conquer l  Conquering 

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Cool challenge! 

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To no longer feel inferior or held back because of my weight.

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Ooooh, this is very different and new. I really like it! 

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Thanks all! I needed a little shake up and something that's a little simpler. My DA challenges will come back eventually, still need to save the Arl Eamon and Ferelden. :) 

 

I really want to do another Whole30 but cold turkey isn't something I want to do again. The next challenge dates seem to be a good enough time to get it done. I'd be down for doing it that challenge with ya!

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Previous Challenges: 2020: 1.20  - 2019: 1.19 l 2.19

2018: 1.18 l  2.18 l 3.18 l 4.18 l 5.18 l 6.18 l 7.18

2017: 1.17 I 2.17 I 3.17 I 4.17 I 5.17 l 6.17 l 7.17 l 8.17 I 9.17 l 10.17  

2016: 1.16 l 2.16 l DA v.1 l DA v.2 I DA v.2 Reloaded I DA v.3 I DA v.4 I 8.16 I 9.16 I DA v.5 I 11.16 

2012: 1 2013: 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 2014: 9 l 10 l Not Done Yet l Time to Conquer l  Conquering 

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Fun! I'm in.

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22 hours ago, Lightning said:

So Colorful! :)  

 

I'm pretty sure this is why I decided on this challenge format. I saw the 5 senses picture and was like, yep that's my calling. I like color. That's an understatement but colors generally make me happy. :) 

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2018: 1.18 l  2.18 l 3.18 l 4.18 l 5.18 l 6.18 l 7.18

2017: 1.17 I 2.17 I 3.17 I 4.17 I 5.17 l 6.17 l 7.17 l 8.17 I 9.17 l 10.17  

2016: 1.16 l 2.16 l DA v.1 l DA v.2 I DA v.2 Reloaded I DA v.3 I DA v.4 I 8.16 I 9.16 I DA v.5 I 11.16 

2012: 1 2013: 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 2014: 9 l 10 l Not Done Yet l Time to Conquer l  Conquering 

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I'm interested to hear about your meditation experiment.

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2 minutes ago, RogueLibrarian said:

I'm interested to hear about your meditation experiment.

 

I've meditated in the past. Literally just sitting there for 5 mins breathing in and out thinking about nothing and almost falling asleep. I have no idea if that is how I should do it but it was something. Lol

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2016: 1.16 l 2.16 l DA v.1 l DA v.2 I DA v.2 Reloaded I DA v.3 I DA v.4 I 8.16 I 9.16 I DA v.5 I 11.16 

2012: 1 2013: 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 2014: 9 l 10 l Not Done Yet l Time to Conquer l  Conquering 

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Well, "not falling asleep" is a skill to cultivate. I don't always manage it.

 

I can recommend both the Headspace and Stop Breathe & Think apps if you are interested in guided meditation.

 

Dan Harris's 10% Happier podcast has interesting interviews and has taught me a lot about meditation.

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I've heard guided meditation words thrown around here and there but are there different forms of meditation? 

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4 minutes ago, Jonesy said:

I've heard guided meditation words thrown around here and there but are there different forms of meditation? 

 

"Guided" just meaning there's a voice telling you what to do: "Now pay attention to your breath ... now imagine a white light coming out of your forehead ... don't worry that you're doing it wrong ... stop worrying about what the cat's chewing on." I find it helpful to keep me on track. :)

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8 minutes ago, AmayaDances said:

Fact: you can never have enough basics!

And yay for aromatherapy! I think people too often overlook smell (unless the smell is terrible!) and how much of an effect it can have.

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I'm not too familiar with a lot of the items I have on my lists but this challenge is about learning and doing. :) I think a lot of people, myself included, tend to not think about our senses unless something goes wrong. I want to use what I have to help build better good habits! It will be an experiment. 

 

2 minutes ago, RogueLibrarian said:

 

"Guided" just meaning there's a voice telling you what to do: "Now pay attention to your breath ... now imagine a white light coming out of your forehead ... don't worry that you're doing it wrong ... stop worrying about what the cat's chewing on." I find it helpful to keep me on track. :)

 

Ahh ok. Yeah I wonder how I will do this with the dog sitting in front of me staring and pawing at me...

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Just now, Jonesy said:

Ahh ok. Yeah I wonder how I will do this with the dog sitting in front of me staring and pawing at me...

 

One of my cats in particular is in my lap walking up my chest every time I meditate, without fail.

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I downloaded an app called Breathe+ that I like. You set how long you want the session to be and how many seconds you want to inhale, exhale, hold the inhale and hold the exhale. Then it has a visualization to indicate where in the breath you should be. So you just sit there, watching your phone and breathing along with the visualization until it says you're done. It makes it very easy to concentrate on your breathing and nothing else. Someone else suggested it, but I'm not sure if it was on here or somewhere else.

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I've been a little distracted but I will check out those apps! 

 

Just spent 7 hours putting in tile at my friends house. We didn't get the grout done because it needs to dry but her kitchen is tiled! I'm exhausted! 

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2012: 1 2013: 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 2014: 9 l 10 l Not Done Yet l Time to Conquer l  Conquering 

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That is some amazing work right there! And it's a workout. Five minutes doing it wouldn't be but 7 hours?! Yeah you had your full body workout. Squats, lifts, lunges, lol it's all there

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I've also discovered that I don't know my own strength. I do not do well using a tile cutter. Lol. 

 

We felt so productive! Although she feels like we should have done it faster but it was hard. Not the actual tile part but fitting and cutting pieces around 6 outlets and dealing with her warped walls. 

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2018: 1.18 l  2.18 l 3.18 l 4.18 l 5.18 l 6.18 l 7.18

2017: 1.17 I 2.17 I 3.17 I 4.17 I 5.17 l 6.17 l 7.17 l 8.17 I 9.17 l 10.17  

2016: 1.16 l 2.16 l DA v.1 l DA v.2 I DA v.2 Reloaded I DA v.3 I DA v.4 I 8.16 I 9.16 I DA v.5 I 11.16 

2012: 1 2013: 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 2014: 9 l 10 l Not Done Yet l Time to Conquer l  Conquering 

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