There are times when I set up these challenges for myself and I wonder if I’m either taking on too much or expecting too much from myself. Despite doing what you can to meet the goals you set out for yourself, sometimes you’re going to encounter a few setbacks. It’s in these instances where you go easy on yourself and readjust where you can. The bottom line is you don’t quit when you still want to achieve something. It’s time to report on how I did with the redux edition of my Apollo Justice video game challenge.
Trends are funny things to predict. Companies and developers release a product or game thinking they have a huge hit on their hands only to discover, after the release date, that it’s anything but a hit. Others quietly release something without a ton of marketing leading up to its launch date and find it has become a nationwide or even global phenomenon. The recent release of Pokemon Go for Android and iOS devices has brought forth an accidental perfect storm of utilizing the ever popular casual gaming app market and blending it together with a well-known and ongoing franchise that is Pokemon.
I don’t necessarily call myself a collector of anything. Collectors often buy cool but expensive action figures, toys, or memorabilia from their favorite video games, TV shows, or movies. The hardcore collectors often have whole shelves or rooms dedicated to their geeky treasure trove of awesome to put on display. Despite not really being a hardcore collector of anything, I’m not entirely opposed to collecting a few trinkets here and there to represent my most geekiest of passions. When my older sister convinced me to give one of those monthly subscription boxes a try, I opted for a three month subscription and I learned quite a few things from having received two boxes so far.
The older you get, the more you discover who you are and what your personal tastes are. This also translates into the type of clothes you like to wear. I naturally gravitate towards styles that are simple, feminine, and a bit dressed up. I’m a modest dresser who shies away from anything exposing too much of my body or skin to the public. A principle I have learned and adopted from my mom growing up is this, “Leave behind an air of mystery.” While some women are confidently showing off their hot bodies, I prefer to be covered in all the right places but showing a peak of skin when I want to feel a little sexy. The comeback of off the shoulder tops and dresses makes this spring and summer trend a huge personal style favorite for me.
Tackling a challenge will always prove to be exactly what it is––a challenge. The biggest challenge for me is keeping up with my one month goal of finishing a video game in its entirety. You eventually learn life will constantly shift in unexpected ways despite your best set intentions. Without further ado, let’s see how I did with my redux video game challenge.
My relationship with board games growing up as a kid was largely limited. My family was never the kind of people to gather around a table on a Sunday afternoon to play Monopoly, Clue, or any other classic board game you can think of from your childhood. Playtime at my house meant being alone in your room with your imagination and your Barbie dolls to act out whatever story was in your head. This suited me just fine as a child who often felt shy and uncomfortable in a crowd and preferred the quiet solitude of her room. Lacking the experience and memories other friends had of playing board games with their siblings or entire family meant I had to learn how to play these well-known board games later in life during a group hangout at someone’s place. When the opportunity to try out a very old but equally known game called Dungeons and Dragons (D&D for short) presented itself to me, I decided I wanted to dive right in.
Between fitting time to play video games and continuing my journey writing the first draft of my fantasy novel, I’ve also managed to squeeze in some anime viewing as well. With all my favorite TV shows on hiatus for the summer until the fall, except for Game of Thrones, it’s the perfect time to watch other shows I may not have a chance to watch during the week or weekends. Among the shows currently on my viewing roster are Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Fate/Stay Night.
Summertime is the season for sun, sand, and ice cream. When the temperature climbs to near 90-degree levels with the humidity at record high suffocating, big city dwellers like me often face the conundrum of wanting to take advantage of the nicer weather but absolutely detest walking the streets in the heat. Your best bet to at least tolerate the hot air when you’re out having fun in the concrete jungle is to wear looser and cooler clothing. Among the popular ongoing style trends of the summer is the romper.
What I love most about extended holiday weekends, like Memorial Day, is it gives you the opportunity to do whatever fun activity you’ve been wanting to do for a while now. Whether you have holiday plans to hit the beach or stay in and catch up on that video game you’ve been wanting more time with, an extra day can do wonders for you. If only we had more extended weekends every single month. Before I say goodbye to May, let’s see how I did with this month’s video game challenge.
Music is an emotional and universal experience. Its reach can be far and wide, has the power to bring people together, or it can inspire. Music gives us what we need in each moment. And just like music has the power to affect us in a meaningful way, so does meeting the right kind of people who will prove to be significant to us in some way, big or small. For piano prodigy Kousei Arima, music is the key to facing his personal demons and healing himself with the help of a fellow musician who brings back color into his life and a renewed passion for the piano.