Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake Microreview

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Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake Microreview – 20/20

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30 Days of Meditation

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Yesterday I posted a challenge to myself to complete 30 Days of Yoga; no excuses, no exceptions. Today i’d also like to throw some more fuel on that fire and give myself another challenge to complete 30 days of meditation.

Sometimes I think about things a little too intently and I build up a lot of pent up anxiety about a wide variety of mostly meaningless topics. I think taking the time to clear my head and focusing myself each day will do a lot of good in my life.

To get myself started, I downloaded the Stop, Breathe, and Think app on my iPhone/iPad which provides different focuses of meditation based on how you’re feeling. You can either complete their self assessment exercise and they will recommend meditations for you or you can select your own without the assessment.

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30 Day Yoga Challenge

YogaApp.pngOnce, long ago, I was in the habit of practicing yoga every day. During that time, I felt better physically and mentally than I had in a long time prior. I miss that feeling and I want it back. The problem is, I’m lazy. I start again for a few days, then get bored or make excuses and fall off track.

So here it is, I’m going to do 30 days of yoga; no breaks, no excuses.

I use an application on my iPad called Yoga Studio.

Yoga Studio provides several “classes” per competency level, lasting different lengths and focusing on different goals. Just as an example, I can take a class for beginner strength lasting 30 minutes or mix 15 minutes of beginner combination with 15 minutes of beginner flexibility, depending on my attention span and how I feel.

Individually each of these practices are powerful in their own right and each serves a particular purpose. When practiced with intention and consistency, they develop stamina, strength, energy, flexibility and inner peace. Yoga has numerous health benefits including improvements in cardiovascular, musculo–skeletal and mental health.

At the end of my 30 day challenge, I will have (hopefully) created a good habit and continue practicing yoga without the need to create a challenge like this.

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Transistor Microreview

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Transistor Microreview – 19/20

Transistor, like it’s predecessor Bastion, is a beautiful product of the developers at Supergiant Games who are trying new things with each new game release. This game features a science fiction theme with an exceptional new combat system. I removed one star from the “fun factor” category because I felt like there was something ultimately missing to make this game perfection. I myself can’t quite figure it out, but I know it didn’t hold all of the same magic for me that Bastion did.

Take all of this with a grain of salt, however, because this game is still an incredible experience!

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Bastion Microreview

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Bastion Microreview – 20/20!

The art design, narration and music of Bastion, beautiful and unique to the SuperGiant name, caught and held my eye and ear. As much fun as I was had learning the story, then hacking and smashing through each level, the music really motivated me and I still listen to it outside of the game to this day.

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