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Adam The Blue Rogue

 Let's Do it To it


Monk
NF
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XP: -100 / -100
EQ
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Weight Lifting, Martial Arts, Dancing, Fantasy Novels, Video Games!
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My Epic Quests

Craftsman

img Complete Codecademy's HTML/CSS Course 5 XP
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img Complete Codecademy's Javascript Course 5 XP
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Get Certified in a Programming Language 25 XP
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Enroll in an Art Course 10 XP
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img Writing Questline 1: Free-Write for 15 minutes every day for a month 10 XP
2/1/2106: Made this goal part of a 4-week challenge
02/04/2016
Started on 1/23. If consistency is upheld, this quest will be completed on 2/23
01/23/2016
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Renaissance Man

img Attend an Improv Class 5 XP
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Dance Boss Battle 1: Participate in a Swing-Dance Competition 25 XP
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img Dance Questline 3: Take Intermediate Swing-Dance Lessons for 10 weeks 10 XP
2/22/2016: Signed up for Intermediate Classes. Classes start on 3/23/2016
03/16/2016
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img Dance Questline 2: Go to 5 public dances and dance with at least 4 different people at each 10 XP
3/16: Public Dance in Phoenixville, PA. Danced with over 10 people.
03/20/2016
3/5: Public Dance in Pottstown, PA. Danced with over 10 people.
03/16/2016
2/20: Public Dance in Pottstown, PA. Danced with about 15 different people
02/22/2016
2/13: Public Dance in Lancaster, PA. Danced with over 10 people
02/22/2016
2/6: Public Dance in Pottstown, PA. Danced with upwards of 10 people.
02/08/2016
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img Dance Questline 1: Take Swing Dancing Lessons 1x/week for 10 weeks 10 XP
2/4/2016: 5 Weeks down. Halfway there!
02/04/2016
Reward: Sign up for Intermediate Lessons.
02/04/2016
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French Final Boss: Read any of Alexandre Dumas' books in French 50 XP
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French Boss Battle: Travel to a French-Speaking country and spend one day speaking French-only 30 XP
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French Questline 4: Have a 30-minute conversation in French with a French Speaker 20 XP
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French Questline 3: Memorize the 100 most-commonly-spoken words in the French Language 5 XP
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French Questline 2: Take French lessons 2x/week for 6 months 25 XP
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img French Questline 1: Listen to French-Learning Podcast daily for one month 10 XP
REWARD: Buy lessons through iTalki.
02/04/2016
2/1/2016: Made this quest a part of a 4-week challenge. If consistent, this quest will be completed on 2/29/2016
02/04/2016
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Receive a Black Belt in a Martial Art 50 XP
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Take Guitar Lessons 1x/week for 6 months 25 XP
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img Take Martial Arts Lessons 1x/week for 6 months 25 XP
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"Impossible" Quests

Illustrate for a published Comic Book 100 XP
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Write and Publish an Adventure Novel 100 XP
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Participate in an actual Joust 100 XP
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Compete in a Martial Arts Tournament 100 XP
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Serve with Peace Corps for two years 100 XP
6/12/16: Submitted Peace Corps Application
06/14/2016
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Compete in a Ninja Warrior Competition 100 XP
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Design and Create a Video Game 100 XP
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Habits

img Meditate twice daily for a month 10 XP
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img Keep Gratitude Journal every day for a month 10 XP
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img Keep a Daily Journal for a Month 10 XP
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Mobility

img Squat Questline 1: Do NF Squat Yoga daily for 1 Month 10 XP
2/1/2016: Made this quest part of a 4-week challenge.
02/04/2016
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Hold a full ass-to-grass squat for 3 minutes 25 XP
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Hold a Free-Standing Handstand for 30 seconds 25 XP
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Successfully Perform a Cartwheel 10 XP
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Hold a full Bridge for 30 seconds 25 XP
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Strength

Bench my Bodyweight (175 lbs) 50 XP
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Deadlift 300 lbs 25 XP
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Squat my Bodyweight (175 lbs) 25 XP
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Do a One-Handed Pushup 50 XP
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img Deadlift 250 lbs 25 XP
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Perform a Muscle-Up 50 XP
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Do a Wall-Handstand Pushup 50 XP
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Do a Pistol Squat 50 XP
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My Story

"Impossible is just a word to make people feel better when they give up"

I once lived a humble existence as a pharmaceutical office worker. Not particularly excited about my job or life, I dutifully put in the hours at work before returning home and losing myself in video games, books, and TV. Adventure stories always spoke to me the most. I imagined myself in those stories, thinking I might be a hero if I just had the right set of circumstances. I didn't get it yet that creating those circumstances was on me.

I heard the call to adventure when I came across a book called “Born to Run”. Something about it awakened a fire in me to do something awesome. “Maybe I could do this”, I thought. “I used to run in high school. Maybe I'll get back into it go for a half-marathon”. So I set off to do it.

While training, I found two blogs that would change the way thought. Nerd Fitness and Art of Manliness. I learned about strength training, proper eating, and how valuable strength is. I also started to believe that my adulthood could – contrary to popular belief – be even better than my teen and college years. If I was deliberate about it. I finished the half-marathon – which remains one of my proudest accomplishments – but chose afterward to use strength training as my primary exercise.

Since the half-marathon, I've grown much stronger both physically and mentally. I've become much more disciplined, lowered my body fat, put on visible muscle, began training in a Martial Art, and attended Camp Nerd Fitness! Today, I still work at that pharmaceutical office job by day (which I'm working to change), but by night – as The Blue Rogue – I strength train, learn new things, and go on adventures (like Swing Dancing, Martial arts, and occasionally dipping my toes in Parkour!)

There is still so much more that I want to accomplish (see Epic Quest list), and I'm excited to work towards it. So: Let's do it to it.

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