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Scorpio Full Moon Goals Update

So the month of May is winding down (where is the time going???), and the moon again has moved through the various constellations over the past few weeks (the last new moon was in Taurus; and before that the last full moon was in Scorpio). So before I get to the post on what my goals are going to be for the next full moon cycle, here is a brief update on how I did with my goals for the Scorpio full moon.

The goals included:

Finding happiness daily and also practicing happiness daily (i.e. limit the amount of complaining that I do).

For the most part, I think I was able to find a small ray of happiness daily (it did help that there was a mini vacation during the month of May (actually during the last new moon cycle), so there were cool things there. I still need to work on trying to limit the amount of complaining that I do (there is always going to be something that probably irritates me, I just need to go with the flow of things and not let it get to me).

Continue trying to get my health and fitness routine back on track, but also forgive myself for the days that I slip.

Well I’ve decided that I’m going to commit to doing InsanityMax30 for the next 60 days (there is one workout that I still need to watch to have an idea of all the exercises in it, so that I just don’t decide to quit because it’s difficult to do). Also I’m trying to commit to the mantra of removing the word “can’t” from my vocabulary in terms of what I eat and replacing it with the word “don’t”. Therefore when I’m deciding on food my mental mantra will be in the terms of “I don’t want that” and not “I can’t have that”. Going to take back control of what I eat and how it makes me feel.

            To finalize my choices for the type of industry positions that I want to be possibly trying to transition into by the fall.

Well, this is one that I still need to work on—the top choice right now is still the R&D research scientist, only because it would require the minimal amount of updating on my linkedin profile (and that isn’t really a good reason). I know that I need to start trying to step outside my comfort zone (which is where the other choices on the list come in). One thing that I need to start carving out time for is networking (starting conversations with people that I’m already connected to), and also trying to determine if there are other areas (other than Boston) that I’m willing to move to for a new job.

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Scorpio Full Moon Goals: The First House

So the month of April is winding down, and the moon has moved through various constellations over the last two weeks (the last new moon was in Aries), and now it is entering the constellation Scorpio. So with sticking with the theme of going with my rising sign (and not my star/sun sign)—this full moon has entered my 1st house, or my image zone.

So what this means, is that over the next two week I should also be focusing on myself and what I need. This is a time, where if I need help I shouldn’t be afraid to ask for it; also I shouldn’t be afraid to say no either—if I’m super busy I can calmly tell people that sorry, can’t help today maybe some other time. I also need to focus on my health and fitness—this may be the time where I order some new workout clothes, or go and get a haircut (just doing something for me for no other reason than its for me).

So some goals for this particular period are:


To find happiness daily (it could be seeing a wild animal on the walk to the bus stop, flowers opening, clouds in the sky). Also practice happiness—try not to complain about things that I can’t change.

To continue working on getting my health and fitness routine back on track, but also forgive myself for the times that I slip.

To finalize my choices for the type of industry positions that I want to be possibly trying to transition into by the fall.

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Libra Full Moon Goals: Update

So the full moon has traveled through Libra constellation. During this time, it was on my 12th house (or the secret zone). I had told myself that I was going to reflect on both why I want to transition from academia into industry, and why I’ve allowed my health and fitness routines to fall by the wayside and me falling back onto bad habits.


So why do I want to move from academia to industry? One reason is that there are more jobs in industry that pay a lot better than jobs within academia. Yes there is still the pressure to get results, but within industry bad results are even viewed as positive (in that you may have saved the company thousands of dollars by proving that the assay won’t work). There is also a better chance of the results of your research having a direct impact on society (instead of possibly ten or twenty years down the road in academia, if you can still get enough funding year after year for your project). And finally you’re valued as a member of a team, and not just as another pair of hands that can do something to make the principle investigator look good.

I’m tired of having to job hop due to academic funding running out (both post-doc positions ended because of funding running out, and it’s quite possible that both of the staff positions I’ve had are also going to end due to funding issues as well [though it is a little hard to tell with my current one right now; as I still have six months left on the contract]. Basically I want a stable job that gives a good salary, one where I’m constantly learning, engaged, and excited about showing up to work.


So why have I let my health and fitness slide backwards? I had been doing so good when I first started off with T25 a couple of years ago—I managed to lose quite a bit of weight with that program and then followed it up with CLX & 21DF. I think the starting sliding point was both being unemployed for a couple of months after my second post-doc position ended, coupled with my bike accident where I bruised the hell out of my left leg, and couldn’t work out for about three months until everything healed. During that time, I was barely watching what I was eating, and then I fell into a spring/summer funk to where I didn’t feel like having my shake in the morning—and things just spiraled from there.

Currently I have managed to lose two pounds during the month of April, bringing the yearly total to just a little over six pounds. It’s a goal to try to drop another four to five pounds during May to get down to (or below) 190. I know that when I get home in the evenings and after feeding the dogs, fish, and outside birds, I need to just do my workout and not sit around and relax and then try to do it (relaxing can come after the workout).


So what I’ve managed to unearth about myself, is that I need to (1) stop sitting on my butt and do my workouts in the evenings; (2) stay away from the sweets [fruits are okay; some granola bars are okay—cookies are not]; and (3) I need to focus on the job search [networking, and researching the different sectors/companies that I think I could be a good fit with].

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Update on my reading list for the 101+ Goal Challenge

So I thought that I’d give an updated reading list for my 101+ Goal challenge. These books include personal and professional development books, autobiographies, and then other books of interest (science or otherwise).  Some of the books are short reads, mainly because they revolve around answering a series of questions (see # 32 and #111), these could even become a series of blog posts on their own (depending on when I get finished answering the questions). While I’ve finished several of them so far (look for the bold lines), I haven’t finished writing all the book reviews to post on the blog yet. But the new goal is to now finish at least 112 books before September 28 2020.

1. Black Hole Focus by Isaiah Hankel
2. Rewire Your Habits: Establish Goals, Evolve your habits, & improve your relationships, health and finances and free time by Zoe McKey
3. Minimalist Money Makeover by Michelle Moore
4. The No Spend Challenge Guide: How to stop spending money impulsively, pay off debt fast, and make your finances fit your dreams by Jen Smith
5. Minimalist Living: Declutter your home, schedule, and digital life for simple living (and discover why less is more) by Aston Sanderson
6. Self Talk: How to train your brain to turn negative thinking into positive thinking & practice self love by Aston Sanderson
7. Tame Your Emotions by Zoe McKey
8.The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
9. The happiness advantage by Shawn Achor
10. Am I making myself clear by Cornelia Dean
11. Escape the ivory tower by Nancy Baron
12. Kiss that Frog by Brian Tracy and Christina Tracy Stein
13. The Science of Intelligent Achievement by Isaiah Hankel
14.Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Berstein
15. Judgement Detox by Gabrielle Berstein
16. Science Blogging: The Essential Guide. Edited by Christie Wilcox, Bethany Brookshire & Jason G. Goldman
17. Hiding in the bathroom by Morra Aarons-Mele
18. The Little book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
19. Introvert Survival Tactics by Patrick King
20. T is for Transformation by Shawn T
21. Tribe of Mentors by Timothy Ferriss
22. The Scientist’s Guide to Writing by Stephen Heard
23. Write Science in Plain English by Anne Green
24. The Science Writer’s Handbook edited by Thomas Hayden & Michelle Nijhuis
25. A Field Guide for Science Writers Edited by Deborah Blum, Mary Knudson, and Robin Henig
26. 7 Habits of highly effective people by Stephen Covey
27. The confidence code by Katty Kat & Claire Shipman
28. You 2.0 by Ayodeja Awosika
29. Thrive by Arianna Huffington
30. The Renaissance Soul by Margaret Lobensteine
31. Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher
32. Find Your Passion: 25 Questions You Must Ask Yourself by Henri Junttila
33. I thought it was just me (but it wasn’t) by Brene Brown
34.What color is your parachute? 2018: A practical manual for job hunters & career changers by Richard N. Bolles
35. Manage your day to day: build your routine, find your focus, & Sharpen your creative mind. Edited by Jocelyn Glei
36. Raise your vibration by Kyle Gray
37. Sugar Free: 8 weeks to freedom from sugar and carb addiction by Karen Thomson Read More

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