The first project for 2021 started with a chance post on facebook by Specialist Games product design manager Rob Alderman and an app called ‘Walk to Mordor’. It’s one of those quirky but fun apps that breaks down Frodo’s journey from the Shire to Mount Doom by distance and key milestones. By logging your own exercise routines, be that running or walking, you can amuse yourself by tracking your progress in relation to that iconic journey. I’ve made no secret of the fact last year and all the restrictions the Covid pandemic introduced had a negative impact on my motivation to paint and, if I’m being truly honest how I felt about ‘things’ in general. I really don’t want that to be a thing as we move into a new year and want to get on top of it now with a bit of positive mindset, using the hobby as a productive way to decompress. So let’s pivot.
Being stuck working from home a lot more I began adopting healthier routines, including making sure I took a good break away from my office to go for a walk. A proper walk, rain or shine for a good solid hour. It has helped me get my head in the right place and I’m not ashamed to say I’ve shed a few pounds as a bonus. Rob’s random post about ‘Walk to Mordor’ gave me an idea that not only keeps me honest with what’s become a daily habit, but also make it a bit of added fun with a hobby twist.