5 Tips for Healthy Living

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Living a healthy life isn’t always easy. We’re all busy with work, school, family and that never ending to-do list, and often looking after ourselves (mentally and physically) falls to the wayside. Why not try out one (or more) of our quick tips for healthy living?

 

1. Drink More Water
As adults we are recommended to drink 2+ Litres (or 70 fluid ounces) of water per day. That sounds like a lot of water!! Why not start with just increasing your daily water intake by 1 glass? Or maybe have one glass of water before each meal?

 

2. Take Time For Yourself (even if it’s just a little)
Time for yourself can be a rare commodity, but it is priceless! Doing something just for you can refresh you and help you to tackle the next thing in your day. Maybe it’s 10 minutes before anyone else is up. Maybe it’s 10 minutes while everyone else is busy doing something else. But if you can take it, you should, you deserve it!

 

3. Eat Your Greens
Most of us could definitely eat healthier. But eating healthily is a long term habit to get into, why not just start with adding a piece of fruit into your daily routine? Or have a few more vegetables with your dinner? Baby steps are still steps forward, and your body will thank you for it!

 

4. Sleep!
For most of us, sleeping is just what we do with our leftover time. You know, that time between when we’re finished what we have to do for the day and when we have to get up to start again. But getting enough sleep (whenever possible – because let’s be realistic about it) helps our body to recharge, allows us to process what has happened during the day and helps to keep us healthy. Why not try going to bed 30 minutes earlier and see what happens?

 

5. Be More Active
We don’t all have the time (or the inclination) for a 2 hour gym session. But being more active doesn’t have to be about pumping iron or running a marathon (if it is, we applaud you)! It could be as simple as parking at the far side of the parking lot, or taking the stairs instead of the lift. Every time you get your heart rate up and keep moving you’re being active.

 

Come chat with us in our Health & Fitness Forum in the Discussion Halls. You can share what you’ve been doing, and learn from and support one and other. You can also check out the Working From Home article written by our Keeper of the Chronicles, Mieriana Souvra. Even if you’re working from home, I think that we can all relate.

 

Let us know if you have any other tips or tricks, we’d love to hear from you!

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What is an Ajah?

Ajah

 

Simply speaking, an Ajah (pronounced: AH-jah) is a group of Aes Sedai within the Wheel of Time series created by Robert Jordan. But it is much more than that.

 

In the modern era of the Wheel of Time Series, each Ajah has its own raison d’être which determines the lives and purpose of the Aes Sedai who belong to it. Each Ajah also comes with its own rules, requirements and leadership. Depending on the purpose of the Ajah, they also have their own traditions, spy networks (eyes-and-ears) and even secret weaves which are known only to the Aes Sedai of that Ajah.

 

When an Accepted is raised to Aes Sedai, she requests acceptance to her Ajah of choice. No Aes Sedai is ever refused entry into the Ajah she has chosen. The only Aes Sedai who does not belong to an Ajah is The Amyrlin Seat. The Amyrlin Seat is “of all Ajahs and of none,” however it is a point of pride for her former Ajah to have their sister serve as the Amyrlin Seat. There are 7 different Ajahs: Blue, Brown, Green, Gray, Red, White and Yellow. When an Aes Sedai joins her Ajah she is given a vine-embroidered shawl and the fringe denotes the Ajah she has joined.

 

The Blue Ajah stands for causes of righteousness. While some Aes Sedai may work together on these causes, others act alone. First Selector is the title given to the leader of the Blue Ajah, which is believed to be the sixth largest. While it may not be one of the larger Ajahs, the Blue Ajah has a very wide reach with the largest network of eyes-and-ears.

 

The Brown Ajah’s focus is on the collection and preservation of knowledge. Unlike the other Ajahs, the Brown Ajah is known to be governed by a ruling council, the head of which is given the title First Chair. The Brown Ajah is the fourth largest, and the Librarians in the Tower Library are most commonly Brown Aes Sedai.

 

The Green Ajah is also known as the Battle Ajah, and their primary focus is to “Stand Ready” for the Last Battle. The Green Ajah is the second largest and, because of their purpose, the Aes Sedai of this Ajah often bond more than one Warder. The leader of the Green Ajah is known as the Captain-General.

 

The Grey Ajah’s purpose is to exercise diplomacy and mediation in politics. The leader of this Ajah is known as the Head Clerk. The Grey Ajah is known to be the third largest in the Tower.

 

The Red Ajah is the largest in the Tower. They are responsible for “dealing with” the incorrect and dangerous use of the One Power. While this is predominantly achieved by the capture and gentling of male channelers, it has previously included the locating and eradication of any group of female channelers unaligned with the Tower. The leader of the Red Ajah holds the title of Highest. The Aes Sedai of the Red Ajah do not bond Warders.

 

The White Ajah’s focus is on logic and philosophy. The White Ajah is believed to be the smallest in the Tower, and their Aes Sedai are rarely known to bond Warders. The leader of the White Ajah is known as the First Reasoner.

 

The Yellow Ajah is known primarily for Healing. Since Healing is a specific talent of channelers, Accepted who have this talent often join the Yellow Ajah upon being raised to Aes Sedai. The leader of the Yellow Ajah is known as the First Weaver. The Yellow Ajah is believed to be the fifth largest Ajah in the Tower.

 

To learn more about the Aes Sedai, Ajah’s and The White Tower. Keep an eye out for more posts here on the Tar Valon Times!
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Robert Jordan: In Memorium

Robert Jordan
James Rigney, Jr

Oct 17, 1948 – Sept. 16, 2007

The Creator, an Author, a Mentor, a Friend, a Father, and a Husband.

 

13 years ago on the 16th of September 2007, James Rigney Jr known us as, Robert Jordan (The Creator of the World of The Wheel of Time) passed away. Jordan was a best-selling writer of twenty-five books, published in 22 countries around the world.

 

He was in constant communication with his fans throughout the world, and touched millions of lives through his writing. In his series, he described the term ta’veren as one who is chosen by the Wheel of Time to bend the pattern of the web of destiny; one thread which pulls others to it and changes lives without even realizing it. Such was the life of James Rigney, Jr. Whether he met them or did not, there are thousands of stories to be found of readers who connected through his books, forged lasting relationships, improved their lives and worked to serve others through charitable acts as a result of reading the Wheel of Time series.
– Sela Narian

 

Robert Jordan had been receiving treatment for a rare blood disease amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy for over a year and a half. He was survived by his wife, Harriet, who served as his editor (and so much more), and his son, William. Upon receiving the news of his passing the community at TarValon.net received a huge surge in membership. Fans from all around the world were coming together to celebrate the life and mourn the loss of the First Gaidin.

 

Along with a memorial service for our members a collection of quotes was recorded in our library, Our Memories of Robert Jordan. While every member had not had the good fortune to meet Jordan during his lifetime his words were what had brought us together. In his memory an Obituary was written by Sela Narian along with a Biography written by Kariada Kunai. Both pieces can be found in our library.

 

He spent his later years in Charleston in a historic house with his wife and publisher, Harriet. His home was at the junction of the Ashley and Cooper rivers, nestled serenely in a lush wood–a place he affectionately described as the Two Rivers. Jordan spent most of his time writing in a carriage house on the property, surrounded by thousands of books, antique weapons, hats, and gifts given to him by fans.
– Kariada Kunai

 

Today, on the anniversary of his passing our thoughts are with Harriet, his family, and all those who knew or were touched by him and his writing. We say thank you, for creating the rich, diverse and captivating world of The Wheel of Time, and bringing us all together.

 

He came like the wind, like the wind touched everything, and like the wind was gone.
– The Dragon Reborn, R. Jordan

 

May you shelter in the palm of the Creator’s hand, and may the last embrace of the mother welcome you home.

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Winespring Inn Reveal

Winespring Inn

On the 10th of September, 2020 we were gifted the first glimpse of The Winespring Inn as created for the #WotonPrime Wheel of Time Television Series. With the caption, “You want stories?” Thom Merrilin declaimed. “I have stories, and I will give them to you. I will make them come alive before your eyes.” ​#WOTonPrime. Check out the sneak peak shared by @wotonprime and @rafejudkins.

 

Some first reactions from our community were, “That looks so amazing!”, “Love, love, love. I can’t wait to see Rand & Tam hauling Brandy in there.” and “Now that looks pretty perfect”. There will of course always be people who want more, but the excitement it has created cannot be denied. Showrunner Rafe Judkins also treated the fans by answering three unique questions about The Winespring Inn via Twitter.
 

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In the Wheel of Time series, the Winespring is the first inn we see as we begin our adventure. It is located in Emond’s Field, and is owned by Brandelwyn al’Vere. That surname sure looks familiar, doesn’t it. The Winespring Inn is an important place to the people of Emond’s Field serving as the home of the Village Council, and an integral part of the village’s Bel Tine festivities. The inn is located on the eastern side of the Green. Despite being described as stout, the Winespring Inn is a two storey building and the only one in Emond’s Field which sports a tiled roof.
 

For those who haven’t been following the progress of the upcoming Wheel of Time Series, on Amazon Prime. We have had a couple of other glimpses of Emond’s Field, but none have been quite so powerful, as the reveal of The Winespring Inn. Filming has recently resumed for the remainder of the first season (to be composed of eight episodes). It is expected to be released into the arms of anxious fans in 2021.
 

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Posted February 20, 2020 on Rafe Judkin’s Instagram.

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Posted January 16, 2020 on Rafe Judkin’s Instagram.

 

To stay up to date on all the latest news from the #WoTonPrime team, Rafe Judkins, and the cast and crew, make sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

 

Share with us in the comments below what you thought of the reveal. And, let us know what would you like to see revealed next?

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International Red Cross Fundraiser

TarValon.Net International Red Cross Fundraiser

During the month of August 2020, our Servant of All Team organised a Fundraiser for the International Red Cross.

 

Thanks to the wonderful generosity of our TarValon.Net community, we were able to raise $700! These funds will go towards helping those affected by recent tragedies around the world. Check out the fundraiser announcement post for more information.

Aes Sedai means “Servant of All.” This philosophy is fundamental to our community at TarValon.Net. Our Servant of All Team makes efforts to help members identify different ways in which they can choose to be a Servant of All. Whether that’s donating time, money or every day items — every little bit helps. If you would like to know more about the Servant of All Team, contact Lillian O’Neeus, Servant of All Coordinator. She can be reached via email at soac@tarvalon.net.

For more information about the International Red Cross, check out the Support Us page on their website.

To help raise awareness for our TarValon.Net fundraiser, our Graphics Development Team composed some graphics for our members to wear.

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As a thank you, all members who donated were entered into a drawing to receive a queen-sized crochet blanket in the colours of the Amyrlin Stole. The lucky recipient of the drawing was and Aes Sedai of the Yellow Ajah, Idine Espanyas. We hope you enjoy your blanket!

Crochet Blanket Amyrlin Stole

If you are a member looking for more ways to be a Servant of All at TarValon.Net, please keep an eye out in the Servant of All Forum for more opportunities to help both the community around you and the world at large.

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