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A wedding dress, chocolate, and a ‘hidden’ past

Welcome back to Texas and the Wilders. While all of Eliza’s brothers have gotten their happily-ever-afters, now it’s on to their cousins.

Luckily—these guys, their names all start with different letters…Eliza’s parents thought it was cute to name all their children with the same letter—E.

Moments for You is Ridge & Aurora’s story—and it takes place about two years after the end of ‘Finding the Road to Us’. So—if you haven’t read Elliot’s story…stop right here, unless you don’t mind a few ‘spoilers’.

Finding the Road to Us ended with a Wilder family reunion—plus an uninvited guest—a tornado. 

The Wilder cousins decided to take everyone up on their offer of ‘relocating’, they bought some adjacent land, and the Wilder Winery & Resort, now also includes a distillery and bar—plus the spa and restaurant. Ridge joins the group as part of the security team—even though he’s part ‘owner’ in everything (just like Trace now is)…and he’s there to try to escape his past (one that he hasn’t even told his siblings about).

Aurora is working at putting her life back together after car wreck claimed her husbands life, and left her injured. Responding to a post on Instagram brings her to the Wilder resort…and while she was only suppose to be there for the weekend…she’s a pastry chef…and guess who had just ‘quit’…the latest pastry chef.

Ridge and Aurora gravitate towards each other…possibly as two wounded souls recognizing each other? They start off as friends, and their relationship progresses. Soon, though Ridge is faced with the past he was trying to escape…and comes clean to Aurora—who then urges him to open up to his brothers.

Can they navigate a new future together? Or will Ridge’s past come between them? Find out in Moments for You—the seventh installment in the Wilder Brothers series by Carrie Ann Ryan. Meet up with old friends, as most of Ridge’s cousins and siblings pop in and out of the pages and see how well they were able to rebuild following the tornado that didn’t have reservations.

Moments for You will be available at all online spaces on April 22, 2024. If you haven’t read any of the previous Wilder books…that’s okay—this is a great one to ‘dip’ your toes in as you meet a loving, and loud family. Plus—there are six other books to binge read to find out the backstory of all of Ridge’s cousins (technically seven—Eliza’s story is Inked Obsession (Montgomery Ink: Fort Collins #2), and even more series to binge when you jump into the Montgomery Ink world.

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New moon, solar eclipse & time to ‘look’ to the future

So the Aries new moon is today, and it also marks a total solar eclipse that can actually be seen in parts of the US.  Stillwater, unfortunately is suppose to be totally cloudy during those few hours this afternoon…but who knows the cloud cover could burn off a little bit at some point & I can grab my solar viewing glasses and go out back to see if I can ‘see’ anything. 

Last year I didn’t write anything about the Aries new moon…I actually didn’t write much of anything for like a good six or seven months (while 2020 wasn’t the greatest year; 2021-to [almost the present] has sucked), and getting back into a writing routine and both ‘niching’ (in terms of the science, health & medical blog) and semi-niching here has been at times a struggle. But it is a struggle I’m willing to work with—as I’m focused on getting these two freelance/creative businesses up and running.

Okay…now back to the Aries new moon. There are numerous things that one can do during this period. One ‘series’ of things reflects on the Aries new moon itself, and those things include:

  1. Take actions on dreams & plans
  2. Make a 12-month plan
  3. Be courageous in moving towards achieving your goals
  4. Have some fun
  5. Focus on you

You might be asking why one would think of making a 12-month plan in April? Well, that’s because Aries is the start of a new ‘astrological’ year/calendar—especially in terms of the ‘new’ moon. So, this is a time of reflection and planning…figuring out what goals one really wants to achieve (that match up to ones’ inner values) and figuring out how to go about and achieving them.

The second thing is to look to see what ‘house’ the Aries new moon is passing through (there are twelve houses, and the particular house for each new & full moon differs for everyone based on your astrological signs. Mine are Vigo (star), Scorpio (rising), and Pisces (moon). I usually make use of my rising sign (Scorpio) to determine which house the different moons are moving through. So for me—this Aries new moon is passing through my 6th house, or my daily work & health zone.  This means—figuring out the fluid daily/weekly schedule that will allow me to focus on the things I want: personal/professional growth, launching a freelance career, health/wellness, crafts/hobbies, and so forth.

One thing I’ve been doing the past few weeks is combining time ‘theming’ (trying to give each day a particular theme—or each morning/afternoon different themes: such as communications, administrative work, research, writing/editing, and so forth) with time blocking (setting aside say 90 minutes to do research/write/edit or do some personal/professional growth work [e-courses, Mondly, or listening to a podcast or TedTalk]). While also making use of apps that block access to social media sites (so I don’t give into the temptation of ‘doom scrolling’ when I should be doing something else).

So what are some of the things that one can do during this time to improve things in their sixth house?

  1. Recommit to some type of exercise program
  2. Think about (correct if need be) your eating habits
  3. Help someone out this month
  4. Talk to your boss about any work concerns you might have
  5. Read a book on positive thinking
  6. Eat healthy lunches or dinners for a month–no exceptions
  7. Learn to meditate

So I always find it a little uncanny at times how accurate the moons transition is through the houses (especially when I know there are certain things I should be focusing on). While there are things that listed that are ‘mainstream’ (such as correcting eating habits or eating healthier)—I’m working on developing a better relationship with food, and am starting to listen to my body more. I’m also going to be moving to a more intentional movement ‘calendar’—to where I’m doing something daily for at least five to fifteen minutes each day.

So which things am I going to try to focus on over the next few weeks?

  1. Make a 12-month (or possibly longer) plan. This will be a mix of different goal setting methods (value-driven goals, OKR [objectives & key results], and using the new & full moon phases of the moon) but written as a ‘personal/professional growth development plan’.
  2. Start using the intentional movement board game I drew out last month. I just need to write the rules, draw up some tracking sheets & figure out what my ‘rewards’ will be as well
  3. Read one of the books I have on positive thinking/mindset
  4. Continue to meditate nightly

Three years ago, I ended my Aries New Moon goals with the assumption that world’s insanity levels were going to hopefully start ‘decreasing’ and things would mellow. Oh, how I miss those rose-tinted glasses that I was metaphorically wearing. The world is going to hell in a hand-basket at an alarming clip..and I think there is a clock somewhere counting down until someone decides to launch an damn nuclear weapon at someone else.

Can various governments please wake up and start sanctioning the occupiers? Like yesterday? Because—again, if they aren’t brought under control, this will spiral into a regional (and then possibly a global) conflict—and do you really want to fight someone else’s war of hate & greed (or have your children or grandchildren fight it)?

Happy, safe, loving, thoughts, vibes and prayers sent to everyone in the world that needs them—particularly within Ukraine, Gaza, the Congo, Sudan, and other sites of war and genocide.

Namaste…

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First quarter is done…onwards into the second quarter of 2024

So, the moon is going to be heading into it’s latest new moon phase this coming Monday, April 8—also marking a solar eclipse at the same time. There is a chance that Stillwater will at least have a partial eclipse during the early afternoon—so I’ve ordered some eclipse glasses to hopefully observe the eclipse this year (if I remember to head outside around the correct time—and it isn’t overcast—which it is currently forecasted as). But before looking ahead to the Aries new moon, it’s time to look back at the goals that I’d set for the Pisces new moon and see how I did with each of the goals.

The goals that I included for the Pisces new moon included:

  1. Continuing to work on the afghan
  2. Determine which ‘goals’ from the 44 things before 44 & 101 goals in 1001 days will be added to the second quarter BINGO card and/or just listed out in the journal
  3. Brainstorm ideas for an intentional movement board game (include resistance training, yoga, cardio, dancing, walking and so forth).
  4. Start brainstorming different ideas (creative writing projects & science/health/med topics) to then expand via mind-mapping.
  5. Work on setting up an ‘dedicated’ Wiccan/pagan altar that doesn’t become a catchall for craft supplies (namely threads for needlepoint projects).

So how did I do with each of these goals?

Working on the afghan:

Well I’m a little over 60% done with the afghan. Last week I had to knit a small piece to finish up the third large column (somehow it was a little too short—not sure how that happened), and last night I started working on the first of the four border pieces. I’m hoping to have the afghan totally finished by the end of the month…though it could be possibly mid-May before I’m totally done with it. The below pictures highlight the afghan…once it’s totally complete, I’ll place it on a larger bed to be able to get a good picture of it.

The ‘main’ portion of my latest afghan, which is a flame motif (which is extremely difficult to currently see). Once finished this afghan will probably fit nicely on a queen size bed.

Selecting ‘goals’ from the combined ’44 things to do before turning 44’ and 101 goals in 1001-days to work on during this second quarter of 2024:

Below are the selected goals that I’m focusing on during the second quarter of 2024, along with possibly other goals once some of these have been completed:

  1. Create a vision board based on my definition(s) of success
  2. Launch a YouTube channel
  3. Complete at least two (or more) 30-day challenges
  4. Read at least another eight-to-twelve nonfiction books
  5. Read another ‘banned’ book and at least one ‘classic’
  6. Finish the afghan
  7. Finish at least one small needlepoint project
  8. Draw/doodle & paint an original piece of art
  9. Create a workout plan
  10. Write a letter to my future self
  11. Finish at least another four-to-six Udemy courses
  12. Finish at least another five-to-seven Skillshare courses

Plus there are other things I can attempt to work into my schedule—like figuring out how to create a calendar (then figure out do I offer it just online or what); crafts, and then there is a bunch of other things that I just need to become better disciplined at doing (like creating and publishing all the different bird pages) things.

Brainstorming ideas for an intentional movement board game:

I have a rough draft of a basic board game drawn out (see below):

Rough draft of an intentional movement board game
First draft of my intentional movement board game

What I need to do now is develop the ‘rules’ for the game, making tracking sheets (mainly for the weights), and finally just start ‘playing’ with the game. Reminder to self: put on tennis shoes & socks…most of these ‘intentional movement’ shouldn’t be done while wearing slippers.  

Brainstorm ideas for different projects (creative writing projects & science/health/med topics): 

I have several different ideas for creative writing projects. There is going to be an ‘dinosaur and other ‘ancient’ creatures’ piece. ‘Interviews’ with various goddesses & gods; and several other ideas. The only one that is semi-fleshed out (in terms of a rough draft of an outline is part of the dinosaur portion of that project)—all other ideas are just the ‘broad’ ideas currently.

I have at least three ‘large’ blog project ideas down on paper for the science, health, medical blog: oncology (which I’ve already started), a cell biology series, and then possibly going into metabolism & why certain supplements aren’t worth one’s time or money.

Setting up an ‘dedicated’ Wiccan/pagan altar

This is still a semi-work in progress goal. I have an area where I have several goddess statues and other crystals, but currently it’s a little ‘crowded’. A goal is to get a shelf near by that can hold the ‘overflow’ from the altar—basically have an ‘Wiccan/pagan’ corner of the room, where I can read oracle cards (either in the morning or the evening).

Conclusions:

So I’d set five goals for the Pisces new moon—two I’d considered to be ‘finish-able’ projects: working on the afghan & setting up the Wiccan/pagan altar, in addition to making the list of goals from the combined 44 things before 44 & 101 goals in 1001-days. In terms of these three projects I’d say I managed about 75% (the goals are listed; the ‘dedicated’ Wiccan/pagan corner is coming along; and I should be finished with the afghan by the end of April or mid-May at the latest).

The brainstorming goals I wasn’t sure if I’d “finish” (aka get anything down onto paper) or not. The intentional movement game has been ‘brainstormed’—I just need to make the rules, tracking sheets & just start up a routine. The various writing projects have been brainstormed (kinda, more or less—at least in part for the science, health, medical blog). So I’d say I was 85% productive with the brainstorming sessions (I’m not making a total 100% since I didn’t really mind map that many of the projects further).

So—basically managed about 80% of the goals listed for the Pisces new moon. Do I know what ‘side-tracked’ some of the progress. Yes—in terms of the afghan, I was ‘dog-sitting’ for several nights, and had to switch up my craft project for those few nights—which put me behind schedule. But, I started working on the border pieces last night, and should possibly be done with the first border piece by the upcoming weekend.

Setting up the Wiccan/pagan corner is taking time—because I need to clean/purge at the same time—it’s not fun/easy when you’re trying to have a bedroom be multiple things: sleep space, work space, craft space, meditation/spiritual, and if possible workout/fitness space as well. 

I’ll take the 80% success rate for the Pisces new moon..and aim to hit at least 85-to-90% of the goals for the upcoming Aries New Moon (and total solar eclipse).  The other thing I’m going to keep reminding myself of: progress over perfection—since perfection is a myth, and everyone has a different idea of what it looks like.

What did you manage to get done during the Pisces new moon?

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An herb with a bad rep: National Dandelion Day

Today is national dandelion day. A day to celebrate a non-native herb (at least within North America), that over the past hundred and fifty years or so has developed a bad ‘rep’.

Dandelions poking out through the monkey-grass in the backyard.

The dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is actually an native herb to Europe and Asia, and was introduced to the Americas probably around the time of the Mayflower landing in Plymouth (1), and was then also introduced to Australia & New Zealand by European settlers as well. This wasn’t an ‘accidental’ introduction—the herb was brought with the settlers due to it’s numerous ‘medicinal’ benefits. One folk name for the plant in Europe & Asia is ‘piss en lit’ (‘piss in the night’) due to diuretic properties of the roots (1).

Prior to it’s ‘bad rep’ as an invasive weed (which—technically it is that as well), the dandelion was planted and harvested due to its numerous medical and nutritional benefits.

In terms of its ‘medical benefits’:

  1. As early as the 10th & 11th centurie, Arabian physicians were using it in medicine (1)
  2. Within China & India–it was used to treat not only liver diseases but digestive problems as well (1)

It addition to liver diseases and digestive problems, dandelions were also used to create remedies to other aliments such as baldness, toothaches, fevers, lethargy, and even depression (1).

In terms of ‘nutritional’ benefits, all parts of the dandelion can be consumed:

The flower head can be used to make wine, tea (1) or jam (2). A google search will turn up numerous recipes for all three. I may have to think of how to increase the amount of dandelions we have in the backyard so that I can possibly try to make dandelion jam (or tea) one of these days.

The leaves can be used in salads or soups (1).

The roots were used in also in tonics and teas. These ‘nutritional diuretics’ aided in both improving digestion and ‘flushing’ out toxins from the liver and other organs. In addition the roots could be roasted as well (1). 

People would start to harvest dandelion heads in late spring in order to have dandelion wine to drink later in the winter—it takes about six months or so for the dandelion wine to age before being ready to drink (1).

The dandelion has been shown to also be high in the following nutrients/vitamins (2):

Nutrients: Potassium, calcium & lecithin (phospholipids), magnesium, and zinc

Vitamins: Numerous B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5 & B6), Vitamin C, and Vitamin E

In terms of the benefits of having dandelions in your yard? Well, they attract bees & other pollinating insects. The flower head consists of numerous tube-like florets, each one containing nectar and pollen.

While they may not ‘look’ attractive in the yard—their deep taproot and root system actually helps to loosen the soil (especially ‘clay-based’ soils), helps aerate the soil (due again to their long root system), their roots also pull nutrients up for neighboring plants (that may have shallower root systems), and they also add nitrogen and minerals back to the soil—in addition to helping to reduce erosion (3). 

Basically prior to the past 150 years or so, dandelions were actually planted along side other plants in home gardens—not only for their nutritional & medical benefits, but because their roots systems helped make the soil better for other plants in the garden.

Mature dandelion ready to release it’s seed pods to the wind

So, maybe it’s time to reevaluate how we look at the dandelion. While it can be invasive, it can also be extremely beneficial to have within the yards as well. The flowers provide ‘food’ for numerous beneficial insects, and can even be harvested for sprinkling over a dinner (or lunch) salad in a pinch (just ensure that you haven’t sprayed your yard with herbicides). Also—who doesn’t love to pick a ‘mature’ dandelion and blow it, watching all the seeds disperse into the air.

References: 

  1. Rothfeld, Anne. “The Dandelion” June 7, 2016. https://circulatingnow.nlm.nih.gov/2016/06/07/the-dandelion Retrieved April 2, 2024
  2. “Dandelion” https://newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/dandelion Retrieved April 2, 2024 
  3.  Sanchez, Anita “Ten Things You Might Not Know About Dandelions” https://mofga.org/resources/weeds/ten-things-you-might-not-know-about-dandelions. Retrieved April 2, 2024

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Dan & Kara’s Story all in one place–plus meet their families

Welcome back to the world of Gansett Island, as one of the island’s favorite couples finally gets their own book. The couple: Dan Torrington & Kara Ballard.

Now…if you’ve been reading the Gansett Island series by Marie Force, you know that Dan & Kara’s story has plays out over several different books—they’ve been a ‘featured’ couple—but never the ‘main’ couple of a book. That all changes with this particular book, we get to revisit their whirling romance on Gansett Island, and get bits and pieces of their lives before coming to Gansettt and when they’ve been ‘off-island’ as well.

So why are they getting their own book now? Well—have you read Hurricane After Dark (the latest in the Gansett Island series)? If you have—you know how that particular book ended…and without giving away any spoilers—it’s exactly how this book ends as well.

I loved this book—Dan and Kara have always been a favorite couple within the series, and it was nice getting some of history (both as individuals and as a couple)—not to mention a different ‘view’ of a certain event from a previous Gansett Island book (the boys’ sailboat accident). Yes—I did just refer to the McCarthy men & their friends as ‘boys’.

I look forward to the new series coming out later this year or early next year, and I still hope that Dan & Kara will be popping in every so often within Gansett as well. This is a great book to not only introduce you to a beloved couple from Gansett Island—but the rest of the group as well, in addition to new individuals that will be popping up in the spinoff series Downeast (again later this year—or probably early next year). I give this prequel five out of five stars and will be going back to re-reading it numerous times throughout the rest of 2024. 

So–grab a cup of coffee (or tea), a cozy chair and settle in to catch up with friends both old and new.

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Time to reflect & plan, while staying focused on the present

The moon will be transitioning through the Libra constellation today—marking the third full moon of 2024. There is a week left in both March and the first quarter of 2024. Have I gotten everything I wanted done this month (or quarter)? Probably not…but I’ve managed to get more done so far this year than I did during the same time frame last year. Though to be fair, this time last year, we were still dealing with the major family medical crisis.

I didn’t write anything last year around this time…and looking back at what I wrote in 2022—there was just the concern about trying to get the SARS-CoV2 virus under better control, so that the world could move from the pandemic stage back down to the endemic stage. Plus, at that time the biggest concern was the Russia-Ukraine conflict. 

Now? It’s the SARS-CoV2 virus (damn thing isn’t going way—in part due to the damn anti-vaxxers), the Russia-Ukraine conflict (which is on year three?), plus the whole genocide in Gaza—that is about to flare into a regional conflict. In addition to probably a dozen other global problems that I’m not totally up-to-date on (such as the issues in the Congo, Sudan, Yemen, Syria, and elsewhere in the world).

So looking to the book ‘Moonology: working with the magic of lunar cycles’ by Yasmin Boland here are the top five questions that one may meditate/think on during this time are:

Have I been too concerned with appearances in general?

Have I been thinking too much about others and neglecting my own needs?

Have I been too easily influenced, gullible, or unable to decide for myself?

Have I been living my life through someone else?

Have I spent enough time beautifying my life?

If I were to number the above questions 1-5, my answers would be as follow:

  1. Appearances? Are we talking in-person appearances, on-line, or digital? I’ve never really been a dress-horse. Yes, I have a large wardrobe now (one I’m working at slimming down)—but that was in part due to not wanting to constantly try to get change to do laundry, while living out in Boston. I have the ‘dressier’ clothes for more professional settings (job interviews, career fairs, and such), but for the most part—I dress for comfort. Digital appearances? Well—again, most pictures are not of me being ‘dressed’ up. Plus…there is the issue of me currently being ‘restricted’ from my LI account. I’m working on trying to regain access—but at the same time, I won’t apologize for the reason(s) why I was restricted either.
  2. I don’t think so…I try to ensure that I have some quiet time to myself for crafts and so forth. I know I need to start writing/researching & editing/proofreading more and building a portfolio of projects to hopefully jumpstart my freelance career. So…if nothing else, I’ve been potentially hyper focused on being in procrastination corner and not working my way towards being in productivity central. 
  3. Am I’m easily influenced, gullible, or unable to decide for myself? No. True, I’ve spent years in a career I wasn’t totally in love with—but looking back, I’ve realized I love learning, trying to solve problems, and see how I can fit my little bit of data into the huge overall picture/mosaic of whatever science topic I’m dealing with—that I loved. What I didn’t love, was the hours, low pay, the stress of ‘publish or perish’ (academia) or the idea of the stress of ‘innovate or perish’ (industry), and the pettiness of people in general. I’ve figured out what I want to do—I just need to finish trying to design that roadmap to get me where I want to be in say two-to-five years.
  4. Well—do fictional characters count? If we’re not counting fictional characters—no I’m not living my life through other people. Am I traveling? Not right now…for several reasons, and therefore I do enjoy seeing pictures that other people post from trips and so forth. I’m slowly working on forging my own path within the freelance world. What services will I offer? I’m thinking writing, editing, proofreading, within not only science, health, & the medical realm—but also within the personal/professional development world as well. In addition to possibly launching a online store to sell crafts.
  5. Caring too much of what others thought of my life—is what semi-lead me to quitting my job in 2019. Attempting to follow the path that others think is the best for you…turned into being on the wrong path…so now I’m forging my own path. I am working on improving my health—I’m learning more about intuitive eating, removing the word diet from my vocabulary, thinking of fitness as intuitive movement instead of exercise. I’m slowly decluttering the house to get rid of excess…while at the same time trying to empty out my storage unit (to save money). I’m trying to reframe negative self-talk in order to get a better grasp on my anxiety, stress, and depression. So, I’m working on changing, and also working on developing my own definition of ‘minimalism’ (figuring out what I don’t need a lot of, and what I like having a lot of). Right now I’m thinking more of working outside in the yards and trying to improve on the flower gardens (or at least what use to be the flower gardens).

One can also look to see what house the moon is moving through as well. For me, the Libra full moon is moving through my 12th house, or my secrets zone. This is the time to actually take some time for one self—meditate, practice yoga, and just work to find some balance.

Let’s see…I didn’t attempt to do my Libra full moon goals last year. Looking back at 2022: there was still the pandemic going on, Russia invaded Ukraine (which is now entering year three), and this year—we get to add the genocide happening within Gaza (due to the occupiers), in addition to genocides happening within the Congo & Sudan as well. So, yeah—the world is still going to hell in a hand basket, and at a slightly faster clip currently. People seem to forget that there are nine countries that have nuclear weapons (and more with ‘nuclear capabilities’)—and they don’t all get along…so I feel like there is a clock ticking down to the start of a potential nuclear war.

So what does that mean in terms of setting goals? Well, for me—the Libra full moon going through my twelfth house means I need to focus on plans for the future while also focusing on my ‘self’ in the present.

So my list of goals for the Libra full moon will include:

  1. Reflecting on the first quarter of 2024 & potentially ‘fine-tuning’ goals for the rest of the year.
  2. ‘Brain-dump’ for April
  3. Continue working on my two-to-five year plan 
  4. Start drafting an outline for a personal/professional growth plan (also known as personal/professional development plans—but I like using the word growth instead of development).
  5. Work on creating an fitness calendar or game board to help get me back into an fitness routine.

While remembering: ‘Progress over Perfection’ and ‘you can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last chapter’.

What are your plans for the Libra full moon?

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Brain-dumps & goals lists (check)–now on to the long-term objectives

So the moon will be going through it’s next full moon stage at the beginning of next week-which means it’s time to look at the goals I’d set for the Virgo full moon, before planning for the Libra full moon.

So what were the goals that I’d set for the Virgo full moon? Well, they included:

  1. Get back into the practice of doing ‘monthly brain dumps’ and using things from the list as ideas for blog posts, infographics and so forth. 
  2. Working on that two-to-five year plan. Brainstorming (hopefully) reasonable milestones to aim for
  3. Make a list (from both my 44 things before 44 & 101 goals in 1001 days) that I want to accomplish during the second quarter of 2024.
  4. Develop a rough draft of a fluid weekly schedule…leading to hopefully a workable fluid schedule by May.

So how did I do with each of them?

Monthly brain dump:

Well–I’m getting back into the habit. I made a brain-dump for March and actually managed to get a decent number of things checked off/accomplished, including:

  1. I posted the review to Last First Kiss on Amazon on the fourth…and they accepted it rather quickly (which was a nice surprise for a Monday).
  2. I’ve been keeping up with running the ‘accountability’ series within a Facebook group (posting the initial one on a Monday & then check-ins on Wed & Fri)
  3. I’ve been doing daily updates on Gaza on my Instagram channel (still debating on whether to start a ‘separate’ channel or not on this)
  4. I’ve found two new recipes to try this month
  5. I’ve done two e-courses
  6. I’m slowly getting back into getting on Mondly for learning a foreign language
  7. I’ve sent off two boxes of used DVDs & books…managed to hit about a quarter of my goal of earning a minimum of $100 this month selling stuff back.
  8. I finished two non-fiction books by the 20th (which meant I’d read/finished six books between 1/20 & 3/20)
  9. I set up the BINGO cards for both the second quarter of 2024 & for April
  10. Did my 3rd check-in on my 44 things to accomplish before turning 44
  11. I did my new & full moon goals this month
  12. I should hopefully have the third panel of the afghan completed by the end of the upcoming week

Working on the two-to-five year plan:

This currently is one of those ‘constantly’ in progress goals. I’m currently in the process of brainstorming ideas for not only objectives (short term goals) but ‘milestones’ as well. As I’d mentioned within my rough draft of a two-to-five year plan—I usually freak out trying to figure out how to break down the big ‘vision’ goal into smaller ‘sub-vision’ goals. It’s a work in progress, and maybe having watched the one course on how to write an business plan—I can at least get the big ‘vision’ goal down into smaller/yearly ‘sub-vision’ goals.

List of things from both the 44 things before 44 & 101 goals in 1001 days to put on the second quarter BINGO card:

I’ve gotten this accomplished. What’s being added to the second quarter BINGO card (and partially to the April BINGO card) includes:

  1. Creating a vision board based on my definition(s) of success
  2. Launching a YouTube channel
  3. Completing three 30-day challenges
  4. Reading at least another 8-12 nonfiction books
  5. Reading another ‘banned’ book and at least one ‘new’ classic book
  6. Finishing at least one small needlepoint project
  7. Finishing the afghan project
  8. Drawing/doodling & painting an original piece of art
  9. Creating a workout plan
  10. Writing a letter to my future self (again)
  11. Completing at least 4 more Udemy courses & at least 5 more Skillshare courses
  12. At least 30 minutes 3x/week on Mondly learning a foreign language
  13. Start at least one new Instagram channel (possibly for the oracle cards)
  14. A minimum of 12 mini book reviews (for the creative blog)
  15. A minimum of 10 ‘blurbs/reviews’ of different science papers (for the science/health/medical blog)

These are in addition to the ‘normal’ goals that I have on it:

  1. Daily oracle card drawings
  2. Water before coffee
  3. Daily craft time
  4. Daily gratitude journal entries
  5. Daily intentional movements
  6. Daily mediation
  7. No spend challenges
  8. Time & project management
  9. Read at least nine fiction books (breaks down to at least three a month)

Develop a ‘rough’ fluid weekly schedule:

I’ve realized that at times my biggest distractions are getting back onto social media and semi-doom scrolling…so I need to ‘block’ myself from at least Facebook majority of the day. I’m not going to ‘block’ myself from Instagram…as I haven’t bookmarked the ‘help’ page yet for LI ticket submissions.

This week I’ve tried the idea of time theming…where I put a particular ‘theme’ to a day. The theme is suppose to help me ‘focus’ by the fact that most tasks for the day should be around the ‘theme’. What I’ve learned—I need to do more of a morning & afternoon theme than a particular full day theme. Especially since I’m still not fully certain of when I have the most focused attention/energy. 

I know that most people (and there is research to back this) state that we’re most focused the first couple of hours in the morning…and I’m semi-focused during the morning. I think that I’m the most focused at night when I’m working on crafts…which means that I possibly should be thinking of trying to get more ‘crafts’ made so I can launch a online craft store (via Etsy or some other site).

Next week I’m going to try to blend ‘theming’ in with time blocks. I’ve also realized that I kinda like semi-spontaneous during the day/week—and by that I mean moving projects around to days when I think I’ll actually make some progress towards getting them started/finished. Also next week will show me how well I can manage my day when I’m in charge of the animals for more than just ten or twelve hours.

Four goals. Two were ‘one-and-done’ (monthly brain dump & list from the combo 44 things/101 goals), and both were finished. The other two were more ‘fluid’ and semi-continuous goals. The weekly schedule needs to have decent breaks scattered throughout (not to mention a time for intentional movement). The two-to-five year plan…well I still need to fine-tune the goals & objective statements, not to mention figuring out what milestones to have for each sub-objective. But I made some progress on both of those goals…so it was a win for the Virgo full moon period.

As I mentioned in last month’s post—I want to try to combine different methods of goal setting and see if a blend of methods works better than a ‘single’ method. I’ve picked the following methods to try to blend: Value-based goal setting (are the goals I’m setting matching my values?), OKR (objective & key results), WOOP (Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan) & goals based on the phase/constellation of the moon. Four methods, and truthfully the biggest ‘obstacles’ are going to be trying to determine the key results/outcomes that I can actually achieve within a set time frame (not too long or short of time).

Since we’re also entering the last week of March—it is also time to reflect back on the first quarter of the year—did you get everything accomplished that you wanted? Or are there still big goals that will now be stretching into the second quarter of the year?

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Progress on the 44 things to do before turning 44 project

Okay…I realized last night as I was working on the latest update to this ‘project’–I never got around to posting the original 44 things to do before turning 44, nor either of the previous two updates. The original post, and both previous updates I think I posted to Instagram, and I think LinkedIn.

I’ve posted the third update to Instagram this morning, and until LinkedIn allows me back onto my account–obviously I can’t post it there. So I’m posting it here, and will probably post it over to Facebook this afternoon sometime. So, this ’44 things to do before turning 44′ is an update/continuation to the previous ‘birthday’ challenge (43 things to do before turning 43) and the ‘goals’ have been taken from the new 101 goals in 1001-days challenge that I’d also started back the day after my 43rd birthday.

Today marks the third update (March 20), and the half-way point between my birthdays. Now, if it was a perfect world–I’d be halfway done with the goals (in theory knocking out 22 goals in six months)…but it isn’t a perfect world, and I’ll admit that I’d fallen into procrastination canyon for awhile last fall. I’m slowly getting better at getting things done, and who knows I may actually get a decent number of the goals totally completed by my birthday in six months.

So what is on the 44 things to do before turning 44?

Well these goals include:

The daily oracle/tarot card readings are an ‘365-day’ challenge…so obviously I’m not going to be checking this one off until basically my birthday in six months. I have been consistent at doing an oracle card drawing daily, and am even thinking of starting an new Instagram account for sharing those ‘readings’.

I’m learning about body confidence (I’ve read several books on the subject–so check out the list a little further down the challenge list). I’ve got an idea for creating a consistent exercise routine (hopefully by the next check-in, I can say that I’ve managed at least 30-days of consistent intentional movement).

The daily mediation goal is another one that I won’t be ‘checking’ off until basically my birthday in six months. I have been sitting ‘quietly’ for a few minutes every evening, and am still working on trying to introducing some ‘quiet’ (aka meditative) time in the morning. Getting into the best shape of my life will slowly start happening once I’ve developed that intentional movement plan that I will (hopefully) be able to stick with.

I have an idea for the name of a YouTube channel, and ideas for what I would be wanting to talk about…I just need to ‘record’ a practice video and see how it looks/sounds before actually ‘launching’ the channel. Then hopefully by the end of the summer I will have ‘launched’ it as a podcast as well–or at least have a outline/schedule for launching it as a podcast.

Working on the happiness plan, and slowly working on getting the debt down (starting to keep track [more or less] of purchases and such).

Again, the stretching daily won’t be ‘checked’ off until my birthday–and I’ve been stretching in the morning & before bed. The monthly editorial calendars have been getting made (and more or less followed). The others are still works in progress.

Okay…something checked off: My definition of success.

I’m defining success as any of the following:

I have my credit card debt paid off…and have canceled a credit card…and the others are paid off monthly

I have started saving money again, and adding to my retirement account

My yearly earnings are in the upper five figure to low six figures

My stress levels have ‘leveled’ out

I’m committed to a fitness routine that I’ve tailored to my likes and dislikes…I’m in the progress of getting into the best shape of my life

I’m meditating twice a day

I’m spending time out in nature

I’m writing and researching things of interest

I have two successful blogs….two successful freelance businesses

I have a podcast…a YouTube channel…that I do for fun…and to educate and entertain others…earning money from them is secondary…

I have an online store for selling my crafts…

I’ve developed an “working relationship” with my ‘imposter syndrome/inner critic’…

I have developed and embraced my vision of minimalism…

I am staying up-to date on world events…

I have created numerous online courses that not only cover science topics, but history, social sciences, and current events.

Basically…Success to me is being curious, constantly learning, creative, present, productive, and aware that not every day is going to be rainbows and unicorns…sometimes they’re thunderstorms and disasters…Success is more than money, influence, and power…it’s being a member of the global community, helping to improve society in whatever small way(s) I’m able to. It’s being comfortable with what I have, doing what I can with what I have, while striving to be a little better tomorrow than I was today. I’m only in ‘competition’ with the me I was yesterday.

The next step is to create a vision board based on the above statements.

I’m making progress on the non-fiction reading:

I’ve been averaging about five books every two months (so roughly two and a half books a month). While I’ve read more non-fiction books this time around compared to the list for the 43 before 43 challenge–I’m hoping to still ‘finish’ this challenge. That means I need to try to read at least one non-fiction book a week for the next six months. One thing I need to do–is to go back and write at least four to five mini-book reviews over various books that I’ve finished.

Okay two more things have been totally checked off, and I’m halfway done with the challenge of reading two banned books.

Both of the above series are romance series that are based around a group of siblings. The ‘Lost & Found’ series has aspects of suspense woven throughout all the books, while the ‘Cottonwood Cove’ series has various other ‘tropes’ (such as brother’s best-friend [though so does the ‘Lost & Found’], enemy-to-friends, and friends-to-lovers). I give both series five out of five stars, and am planning on going back and writing reviews for each of the series (haven’t decided if it will be five individual reviews or a combo-five reviews over the entire series).

The other goal checked off that page: Doodling/drawing, coloring & framing at least two original drawings. I decided that for this goal I was going to do large drawings/doodles instead of the smaller ones I’d been doing last spring/summer and early fall.

Here are the three that I’d completed last fall:

In addition last fall, I also finished up the first really large needlepoint project:

I’m currently working on a needlepoint project that is even larger than this one. Though I should possibly do a couple of small ones as well–just to make sure that I hit the goal of completing at least three needlepoint projects. I’m also thinking of launching an etsy store to sell abstract needlepoint projects, digital coloring books, downloadable prints of my colored doodles, and other crafts–so stay tuned to hear about when I decide to launch that project.

I may get several of the above goals finished over the next few days/weeks. I have numerous black and white doodles that I can use to create a coloring book. I just need to have really good pictures of them to upload into a program to then print off (or upload) as a pdf booklet. I’m thinking of possibly trying to complete the draw/doodle & paint goal this upcoming weekend along with starting to possibly play with some resin or make some charm bracelets & necklaces.

Okay. In terms of the photography challenge–I need to try to develop a plan–am I going to do various 30-day challenges, random times with the cell-phone camera or what. The last time I did a photography challenge was back in 2018/2019 and I managed about six to seven months before I called quits (mainly because I felt like I was constantly ‘repeating’ the subject matter).

In terms of new & full moon goals–I’ve only missed one so far, and that was setting full moon goals in Oct 2023. I wasn’t dealing with Oct very well (as that was the start of the ongoing genocide in Gaza), and the one thing that really fell by the wayside was the full moon goals at the end of the month.

I’ve finished three Udemy courses and two Skillshare courses so far:

I now have a couple of ideas of sites to use when trying to do SEO research for writing (both on this blog & the science, health, medical blog), and I have a better idea of what goes into a business plan.

I’ll be doing one of those exercises again that allows me to figure out my values at this stage of life, and then figure out how to combine those with my strengths to determine how to create my ‘dream career’. Time theming is something I’m attempting this week…and I’ve realized so far that I need to pair the ‘theming’ with other productivity ‘tools’ such as using a timer, logging out of social media sites, and so forth to ensure that I’m not getting overly distracted from what I’m wanting to get accomplished.

The final two goals:

The sudoku & crossword puzzle challenge is an way of keeping the brain active. I use to do the sudoku puzzle almost daily, but when things really started to go south late 2022…I quit doing them–now I’m going to try to get back into doing them. The crossword puzzles are just for fun, actually they both are. I don’t expect to ‘win’ at the sudoku puzzle every day–especially the harder levels towards the end of the week, and I’m pretty sure that I won’t be finishing every crossword puzzle either.

Learning basic sign language is another ‘refresher’ in a way. When I was younger I could sign the entire alphabet using sign language, but as with many things–since it wasn’t ‘related’ to school…I quit practicing and have forgotten most of what I’d learned. It similar with wanting to become fluent in Spanish–I took a year of Spanish in high school (my freshman year) before switching to German. I didn’t take any foreign languages in college–though, I did take a class that had a class trip to Honduras (so I brushed up on my Spanish a little). I want to become fluent in Spanish to where I could travel to Spain and hopefully not have to rely on a guidebook. I’m hoping to become proficient in Arabic…because why not?

But there you have it. If you’ve read this far (or scrolled) I’ve managed to complete 3 out of the 44 goals currently–that’s not quite 7% (it’s actually 6.8%) of the goals met. Some of the goals are just a matter of deciding that the evening craft time will be spent drawing, painting, playing with beads/charms, threads, or resin instead of knitting (which has been my major project for the past couple of weeks–trying to finish my latest afghan).

So what am I going to try to accomplish over the next two months?

I’m going to work on accomplishing the following:

  1. Create a vision board based on my definition(s) of success
  2. Launch a YouTube channel
  3. Complete at least two 30-day challenges
  4. Read at least another eight non-fiction books
  5. Read another ‘banned’ book & at least one ‘classic’
  6. Finish at least one small needlepoint project
  7. Draw/doodle & paint an original piece of art
  8. Create a workout plan
  9. Write a letter to my future self
  10. Complete another four Udemy courses
  11. Complete another five Skillshare courses

Have you ever made a list of goals based on how old you’re going to be the next year? If so–were you able to accomplish all the goals, or were there some goals that were left unaccomplished?

I’m hoping to put a little progress into all the goals–regardless of whether or not I land a remote position (I want to have at least applied to say half a dozen remote science/health/medical communications positions), as some goals are on-going (getting debt down, getting into the best shape of my life), while others can be marked as ‘done’ once the birthday rolls around (since they’re ‘on-going’ but only for this particular birthday year–currently).

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Combining the creative & the practical: making my own time/project management system

So, the moon is moving through the Pisces constellation and marking the third new moon of the year tonight. Just in time for us ‘springing’ forward. I thought it was bad luck back in 2020—when it was a full moon, Friday the 13th, and springing forward all on the same weekend. Here’s hoping that it won’t be quite as bad this year with it just being a new moon, no Friday the 13th, but still springing forward.

The world is still crumbling or combusting at a nice clip…things in West Asia are almost to a boiling point, where this conflict is going to spill over into a regional conflict within months if not weeks (or days). I noticed that last year I didn’t post anything for March in terms of goals or either new or full moon posts…last year wasn’t the greatest of years (and that is still a mild understatement).

I’ve started trying to plan out the each upcoming week on the weekend…write out the top long-term goals, the top yearly goals, quarterly, and monthly goals (while also referring back to the bingo cards for other goals). So…yeah, I’ve been trying to get better at both time and project management the past two weeks or so. Has it helped improve my time/project management—yes, and no. Yes, in terms of getting more things done…no, in terms of having spent time learning (i.e. watching a TedTalk, listening to a podcast, or working through an e-course). So—I need to figure out how to get those items into the the schedule (going to try using a timer—one that can be set for anything from 20 minutes (for watching a TedTalk) to upwards of an hour (listening to a podcast or starting to work through an e-course)).

If we wanted to focus on things that one could do during the Pisces new moon, according to “Moonology: working with the magic of lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland, there are several things we can do, and they include:

  1. Dream
  2. Face your fears
  3. Follow your hunches/intution
  4. Heal–focus on working through emotional or spiritual issues
  5. ‘Surrender’–practice yoga, meditation–open yourself to the possibilities of the unvierse.

I’m dreaming…dreaming of having two successful blogs/websites that allow me to live life on my terms. Facing my fears? As I’d mentioned back in 2022—I’ve realized that several of my ‘fears’ are actually more of an ‘anxiety’ issue than an legit fear. This includes my ‘fear’ of public speaking..it’s more of an ‘anxiety’ issue—worrying that someone in the audience is going to ‘stop’ me in the middle of talking to ‘correct’ how I’m saying something…thank you to the damn teachers in elementary school for this ‘fear/anxiety’ issue that I’m still working through. I’d mentioned back in 2022—that I was thinking of launching a podcast or just starting to record myself talking about various topics—as a way of learning to ‘not hate how I sound/talk’. Actually—I’m thinking of launching a YouTube channel later this summer, and this was one of the reasons for it—to get accustomed to how my voice sounds ‘recorded’ and so forth.

Other problems that I need to address as they (or when they) crop up: speaking up for myself & asking for additional projects/work when I get bored (on the job—so this would be mainly if I manage to land a remote position within science/health/medical comms); and sticking up for myself (dealing with confrontations).

In addition I’m still focusing on my mental & spiritual health as well. While conventional religion really doesn’t work for me, I’m attempting to delve deeper into the spiritual side of things (meditation, oracle card readings, journaling, nature, and so forth). One of the biggest things I need to do is set up an dedicated altar that doesn’t also become a catchall for craft supplies. Yoga has been on the ‘to-do’ list for quite awhile…biggest problem currently is #apepthepuppy and I’m not sure how he’d take to me trying to do yoga in the living room.

In addition, Pisces is also moving through my 5th house—or my fun zone. So this is the area that is triggered by creativity, children, and romance. Now I’m good with the creativity portion—I don’t have kids (at least the ‘two-legged’ variety [I do have ‘furry’ children], and I’m not around them all that much), and truthfully right now I’m not in the market for romance (especially since I’m still trying to figure out my life and who knows when I’d possibly be moving).

So there are several different things that one can do, that sums up the 5th house (or fun zone):

  1. Take up belly dancing
  2. Making a toy for a child
  3. Starting to date
  4. Going on a trip with your significant other
  5. Doing something creative (writing, painting, so forth)
  6. Do something that typifies your idea of fun
  7. Throw a party

So…what would I be scratching off the list as not getting done? Well…I’m not going to start dating (see above for the reason why), taking a trip with one’s significant other (again—not in a relationship), and making a toy for a child (though I may try to make some stuff animals for donations?). Also—no throwing parties, because I’d rather meet up with a few friends for lunch, or a walk, or something other than a party.

I’ve been thinking of taking up belly dancing again (I’d had workout DVDs years ago)—I just need to find a decent YouTube channel to follow. It would also be something that could possibly help me get out of my rut of not doing much ‘physical activity’ during the day. I’ve been working on my large afghan for the past month or so…I’m hoping to have it finished by mid-April (maybe closer to late-April, depending on the size/width of the border pieces I will knit after I’m done with the third panel).

Fun…enjoyment…the balance to ‘work’…though I think one should be able to weave ‘fun’ activities in throughout the day to make ‘work’ more enjoyable. One of the many reasons, why I want to be my own boss..I can take a ‘fun’ break when I need one, to help refuel the creative juices needed to brainstorm the project, outline, or whatever.

Two years ago, I’d made goals such as indulging in more creative work during the day; mind-mapping different ideas (creative writing projects plus more science/health/med topics); trying to create an intentional movement board game; and evening meditation. This year the list of goals is going to include the following:

  1. Continuing to work on the afghan
  2. Determining which goals from the 44 things before 44 & 101 goals in 1001 days will be added to the second quarter BINGO card and/or listed out in the journal
  3. Brainstorming ideas for an intentional movement board game
  4. Brainstorming ideas for different writing projects (both creative & science/health/med related)
  5. Work at setting up an ‘dedicated’ Wiccan/pagan altar for mediation/oracle card reading that doesn’t become a catch-all for craft supplies (namely the threads for needlepoint projects).

In theory, there are two ‘totally finish-able’ goals listed above: working the afghan & setting up the dedicated wiccan/pagan altar. Possibly even the ‘list’ of goals from the 44 before 44 list & 101 goals in 1001 day list can be considered an ‘one-and-done’ goal. Brainstorming goals usually become an ‘ongoing’ goal…because I keep trying to add more and more…so I think I may also have to put a ‘time’ limit on each brainstorming session I have moving forward.

But these projects also have aspects of time/project management not to mention the creative/curious aspect as well. Life at times isn’t totally linear, but can circle back towards something we think we’ve worked through…only to realize that we’ve only learned part of the lesson that we needed to learn.

The other thing I’m going to keep reminding myself of: progress over perfection—since perfection is a myth, and everyone has a different idea of what it looks like.

What is one of your Pisces new moon goals?

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Time and Project Management: Time to compare time blocking or a timer?

Note to self–PROOFREAD before saving and uploading…luckily I caught my error before hitting ‘publish’…I think I may need more coffee tomorrow.

So we’re going to be entering the third new moon cycle this weekend…just in time to set the clocks ahead an hour and screw up our natural circadian clock for several days. I would really like for Congress to get off their asses and pass a bill that would have things either totally standard time or day-light savings time—pick one….while I’d like standard time to stay…I could adapt to day-lights savings time…but I’m getting tired of the bouncing between the two. Also…the change was ‘good’ back in the day—before headlights were added to farm equipment, allowing farmers to work past sundown. 

I’m not holding out high hopes for 2024 to be a stellar year…hell, I’m not sure if I’m going to hold hopes for the decade ending on a decent note (and we still have a little over five years before we hit 2030).

So, before looking ahead to the Pisces new moon, I need to look back at the few goals I’d set for the Aquarius new moon and see how I did with each of them. I didn’t set many goals for the Aquarius new moon—mainly because I’m still working on figuring out the best time/project management system for myself.

So what were the few goals that I’d set for the Aquarius new moon? They included:

  1. Continue working on my ‘long-term’ vision/plan (and brainstorm what the smaller milestones will be)
  2. Continue trying to organize the files on the computer (see what is actually needed/worth keeping and what can be deleted), and the backup external hard drive.
  3. Finish ‘reorganizing’ the bedroom (again)

So how did I do with each of them?

Working on the ‘long-term’ (aka two-to-five year) plan:

Where do I see myself in two-to-five years? I see myself having two successful blogs/websites that have helped me par down on my debt, embrace my own vision of success & minimalism, and am living life more or less on my own terms. Do I have each ‘goal’ totally broken down into objectives & key results/milestones…not quite—I’ve got objectives (and sub-objectives) for one or two of the goals. I’ve been slowly spending about an hour a day reading through the document, editing, and then brainstorming what key objectives (and sub-objectives) would work best for each goal. Then I will go back and brainstorm the key results/milestones for each.

I wrote out five ‘big’ goals—or goal like statements. I’ve got objective (or mini-goals) for two of them written, along with some sub-objective. I’m hoping to have the rest fleshed out by next weekend and having them posted somewhere I will see them daily.

Organization of files on the laptop…and hopefully the backup hard drive:

I’ve managed to get a good chunk of files organized on the laptop…due in part to the fact that I didn’t transfer over all the files from my backup hard drive. So…there are still files/folders that I need to organize on that hard drive (namely all the pictures from the digital camera), and I should probably think of possibly getting another backup hard drive for this computer as well. The biggest thing I’ve found is that I have the terrible habit of labeling almost all projects ‘rough draft’ and I don’t know which is the actual rough draft & which one was the one that I’d published on LI (several years ago). 

So this is something that I’m going to try to be better at—creating folders and then actually having all the correct files within those folders (say notes in one folder, rough draft & edits in another, and then file drafts in a third; but all of these folders within a folder for that particular blog post). This will be extremely important as I start branching out and writing on different platforms, trying to find clients and so forth. 

I still need to look at the backup hard-drive, which has all the files from the older laptop on it–along with ALL my pictures. Now, that is one task I’ve been trying to accomplish for a couple of years–organization of the pictures and deletion of blurry pictures. I’d say deleting duplicates…but I don’t really have ‘duplicate’ pictures–I just have a whole of pictures of birds…and I think there could be a GB or two on just the ruby-throated hummingbirds that show up in the summer.

Reorganizing the bedroom (again):

I’ve almost got my room put back together (after having to move stuff around early last month due to getting new windows in). Though it will become disorganized again as I work on decluttering my room…so I can start bring boxes from my storage unit home to sort through and decide what can be kept, discarded, sold, or donated. One really big plan for the year is to try to get things decluttered enough—that I may actually be willing to dust the house (more than just maybe once every six months or so).

I’ve got ideas for making use of scrap cloth and other material—I just need to figure out where I can set up my sewing machine, and have a storage area for not only sewing supplies—but other craft supplies as well.

Conclusions:

Three goals…and I would say that I managed to get about 75-80% done on each one. The bedroom will always be semi-disorganized (at least until I get everything out of the storage unit and into the house), and I’ve gotten rid of things that I either no longer want, use, or have need for (though I’m going to try to repurpose and reuse things).

Organization of the computer files went a little better than I thought it would…but then I realized that most of the files are still on the backup hard-drive (which I haven’t started working with yet). The two-to-five year plan is slowly coming along. I just need to spend a couple of hours brainstorming ideas for the objectives for a few of the goals, and then figure out the sub-objectives and key results for most of them.

But I made progress on all of them…and that is progress in and of itself. The past two years have been hard, and trying to find a new normal isn’t always easy…sometimes it’s easier to fall back into procrastination corner instead of working towards being in productivity central. But I’m making that progress.

What did you manage to get accomplish during the Aquarius new moon?

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