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Lady Amezan

 Not all those who wander are lost


Druid
NF
8
XP: -1900 / -1900
EQ
2
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Getting started again--this is the essential rhythm of achievement
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My Epic Quests

Mindcraft

Learn to recognize more constellations 25 XP
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Register for teaching exams 10 XP
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Study for teacher exams 10 XP
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Learn to draw 50 things 25 XP
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Register for first TeachReady class 10 XP
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Send paperwork to state of Florida 10 XP
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Register for GRE 10 XP
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Get teaching certificate 50 XP
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Learn to do a good magic trick 10 XP
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img Read 12 books/year (2018) 10 XP
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Reach B2 level in Korean (TOPIK 4) 50 XP
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First NF 4-week Challenge Quests

img Wash dishes 6 days out of every 7 (6DOO7) for 4 weeks 25 XP
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img Sub water for soda/juice/Maxim Gold for 4 weeks (6DOO7) 25 XP
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img Pay attention while I eat for 4 weeks 50 XP
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img Do something physical every day for 4 weeks 25 XP
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Body Quests

img Do flexibility practice every day for one week 25 XP
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Use foam roller every day for one week 10 XP
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The Horror, the Horror

End student loan debt 100 XP
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Pay off IRS 25 XP
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Writing Quests

Land Publication in another Top (>1%) Journal 50 XP
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Get into Orison Anthology 50 XP
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Win a Pushcart 100 XP
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Win another contest 100 XP
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Take Chinese poetry class w/ Manth 10 XP
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Participate in a public reading 10 XP
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Edit and publish essays from thesis 50 XP
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Write and publish a Korea essay 10 XP
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Publish a Syria essay 10 XP
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Get 100 rejections in 2019 50 XP
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Publish translations or translation essay 10 XP
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Compile a chapbook 25 XP
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Appear as guest on a poetry podcast 50 XP
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Lady Amezan's Epic Quests

Get a 2nd passport 100 XP
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Get a Class B RV for driving across USA 100 XP
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Go bird-watching in Korea 10 XP
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Go on multi-day temple hike in japan 100 XP
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Bowl over 100 10 XP
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Take the Trans-Siberian Railway 50 XP
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Visit Hong Kong 10 XP
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Visit Vietnam 25 XP
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See the Aurora Borealis 25 XP
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Meditate for a week in Chiang Mai 50 XP
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Hike a mountain in Seoul 25 XP
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Hike across Gyeryongsan Mt 25 XP
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My Story

The legendary Lady Amezan was a warrior of ancient Scythia, talented at horse riding, spear throwing, archery, and swordplay. I don't have any of these talents, but I want to adopt some of her amazing physical energy and courage into my much quieter Druid life.

I'm a writer, teacher, and veteran of leveling up my life, always looking for the next challenge. I've already done some of the things that appear on lots of epic quest lists: I've lived on four continents, speak several languages, have two master's degrees, and I was once a three-day winner on Jeopardy. I've done 10-day silent meditation retreats and founded and edited a successful blog.

I don't feel like a "hero," though. Call it imposter syndrome, call it my life-long companion known as severe depression and anxiety, call it what you will, but most of the time I feel like an overweight 43-year-old woman with sore feet and waaaay too many bills.

In 2012, I took up strength training and clean eating, which was great for my health. But in the years since then, I've prioritized other things and gained forty pounds. I'm proud of the non-health ways I've leveled up in the past few years--moving to South Korea, paying off my credit card bills, and finally starting to publish my creative writing after years of being too afraid to show it to anyone. But now it's time to make health one of my priorities.

My goal is to get back that feeling of vitality, fit into some of the clothes I've outgrown, and be able to say yes the next time someone invites me on a hiking trip. (The mountains here in Korea aren't very tall, but they're wicked steep.)

My fear is that prioritizing my health will distract me from other priorities, like continuing to write and publish my creative work. I'm also teaching full-time, studying online to get a teaching certificate, and keeping up my meditation practice. I'm worried this is too much for me to realistically do (I have a sleep disorder and need my Zs every night). I will have to learn to keep my health practices short and sweet.

Going really big, my biggest of big-picture goals is this: discover and achieve a fitness and nutrition level that I can stay at without too much effort, even when I'm devoting a ton of energy to writing and studying. The Druid class seems perfect for me. The center of my life will always be my spiritual quests and my writing. I want to stay healthy to support those quests--lifting heavy objects in itself isn't enough.

Does anyone else worry that being healthy will take too much time?

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