does work ever just…. grab you by your nonexistent ballsack???

here are some nice colored things from the past month, since i wanted to do the fatesona 30 day challenge. i can only do snippets at a time, so lord knows if ill do any more. but at least i designed her original troubadour outfit, and her advanced maid class dress. here’s a little info:

age: 21
sex: female
affiliation: corrins army (previously nohr)
starting class: troubadour
personal skill: healing intuition (rosamund can equip rods and staves regardless of her current class)

rosamund was born into nobility in nohr. from a young age she was pressured to develop her physical skills and become a knight, but she found her talents were of greater use in the medical field. she eventually became a doctor to the royal family, and was deployed to the front lines many times during nohrs campaigns. she dislikes battle and conflict, but attaches herself easily to people, forming bonds that make her very protective. she joins fights in order to heal and protect those she cares about.

off the battlefield, rosamund is very polite and will often stick to formalities. though kind, she is also very serious. it is very hard for her to be naturally relaxed. she feels as though she needs to constantly contribute to corrins cause, lest she be branded as lazy. she is gullible, and will often not understand sarcasm.

though she is not a retainer to any of the royal siblings, she is fiercely devoted to lord leo, as she was usually deployed alongside him as his medic in nohrian campaigns.

her best friends are mozu, benny, arthur, felicia, camilla, and odin. her potential love interests are ignatius, laslow, shura, and niles.

Leave No Trace: A Mindfulness Game

For the next three days, we’ll leave behind the thought-heavy “taking stock” exercises and move to everyday practice.  “Leave no trace” is another mindfulness practice I’ve adapted from the magnificent book, “How to Train a Wild Elephant.”

Step 1.

Find a spot in your house, apartment, car or office – one that, for the next three days, whenever you encounter it you will be sure to leave it looking like no one had been there. As a fellow ADHD traveler, I have no doubt you have plenty of places around you that are less than tidy.  Choose a spot that is not too big but ambitious enough that you’ll notice a difference to see it always looking pristine. I’ve always done this practice with my kitchen sink area.  Here are photos of it this morning, before and after leaving no trace:

Step 2. Leave no trace.

Every time you encounter this spot for the next few days, tidy it up. If you have a family, partner or a roommate – or if someone else is using your car or you share or an office space – doesn’t matter.  Don’t think about “whose” mess it is, just tidy it up without thinking about it. 

When I first did this practice, I chose the kitchen sink because a mountain of dirty dishes always looked like the most insurmountable thing to finish. I’d do a few dishes and then leave the rest, and myy partner would usually bat cleanup. (Yes, I didn’t mean to be, but I was being a dick). Telling myself I just had to get through it, I powered through once and then maintaining it became a bit of a game.  Now, when I’m feeling like my life (or the rest of the house) is feeling chaotic, I return to this practice as a simple way of reminding myself that climbing out of chaos happens one step at a time. 

Journaling practice: Does this practice have the same impact on you as it did on me? Does it just feel silly?  What are you thinking about when completing your practice– anything at all, or are you hyper focused on the task at hand?

Practice Leave No Trace for Three Days.