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Aries Full Moon Goals

Well next week is October already. Somehow the month of September has sped past, and we’re now entering the last quarter of 2018. I had thought that I would possibly have gotten more accomplished this year, and that I would have an industry position—well that hasn’t happened yet. So we’re entering the full moon cycle, and now the moon has moved into Aries—which is always a lovely fire sign.

So let’s look at the top 5 questions from “Moonology: working with the magic of lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland.

Have I been hotheaded, selfish, or argumentative this month?

Have I been going too fast or been impulsive this month?

Have I been brash, blunt, or too competitive?

Have I ignored other people’s finer sensibilities?

Have I had enough fun?

So if I number the above questions again 1-5, I think my current answers would be as follows:

  • I actually think that I need to be a little more selfish or argumentative in the coming weeks (mainly for the sake of my mental health). I usually don’t argue with people at work (I don’t like conflict), and I try to compromise as much as possible probably in all aspects of life. I need to start putting myself first in some cases and decide that if I’m going to possibly take time off—it may be time without pay (as I’ve been told that unless I’m having an mental issue I can’t take sick leave for it).
  • No I haven’t been impulsive about things or going too fast. Probably there are a lot of people that are saying that I’m actually being way to cautious and going slower than others in terms of trying to work on my transition into industry from academia.
  • Again, I don’t think I’ve been brash or blunt this month. The same can be said about being competitive—I haven’t been.
  • What finer sensibilities? Right now I have no social life and I don’t think that I’m ignoring people’s sensibilities.
  • No I haven’t had enough fun lately. I’ve been too stressed about the animals that have declining health, trying to find another job, and the world in general.

So the moon is also passing through my 6th house or the daily work and health zone. So, this will be the second time that this house has come around this year (remember the moon passes through each house during all phases—but I’m currently only looking at the new and full moons (and not the quarters). So this is the time that we focus on releasing any issues about habits that we want to break. This is also the time that we may face a tug of war between dealing with everyday things and wanting to find time to ourselves.

This is also the time to look at what you do every Monday to Friday from nine to five—to sum up: your job. It isn’t suggested that you up and quit (unless you can afford too), but to start thinking of what you do enjoy doing and seeing if there is a way to turn that into your nine to five job, or figure out how to transition into a different job. I have decided that it is time to transition out of academia and in industry for several reasons (but that is another blog post)……

So my goals for this full moon period are:

  • Start a workout routine (either a second round of LIIFT4 or InsanityMax30).
  • Work on my transition plan (have the list of job titles ranked, and start looking into the top six a little more in detail [have at least one blog post on the top six as to why I wouldn’t mind having that position]).
  • Get back into meditating nightly.
  • Post an update (or question) in different groups that I belong to on Facebook. I’ve realized that I’m slowly losing motivation (or drive) on the transition plan (I want to transition, don’t get me wrong), and am curious to know if others had as well and what they did to gain the motivation and/or drive back.
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Pisces Full Moon Update

Well September is going to be over in basically a week, and then we have only a third of the year left. I do wish that time would slow a little on the weekends, so that I could get stuff accomplished but oh well that is life—time going at it’s own speed. The moon will be entering its full phase tomorrow and will be within the Aries constellation.

So looking back at things—I realize that I had finished the one book towards the end of last month (but it was such a rough month, I thought that I’d finished it around the long holiday weekend). But that was a side note tangent.

I have realized that I’ve fallen behind on my meditation practices and that I really need to get back into doing that nightly and if possible try to find a nice quiet place on campus that I can escape to for a few minutes during the day when I know that I’m stressing and try to get control over the anxiety.

But in terms of my goals for the period of the Pisces full moon, how did I do?

I finished LIIFT4 a week ago. I’m debating on whether or not to do a second round right away or make a hybrid calendar to get me through my “transition period” (i.e. times that I will be having to travel—either to go to networking events and interviews).

I did renew my memberships for the ASBMB & ASCB. I have basically a week to decide if I’m going to go to the ASCB meeting in December to try to network with the companies that show up to those things and also to maybe catch some talks. The other option is to wait until the spring & go to the ASBMB national conference.

I’m still working on my transition plan—I think I have an idea of what the top job titles will be—now I just need to match to companies and start adding more value to connections on linkedin so that I can work up to asking for an informational interview.

The only “crafty” thing I’ve been doing lately is my evening tarot/oracle card reading. While I have been taking pictures on the weekend, they are mainly on my camera and therefore are more difficult to try to load to instagram. Though I might start the photo challenge on the blog (and when I’m able to also have it on instagram and/or twitter). I’m also going to try to find the time to also work on the jewelry projects as well.

This month may not have been the greatest in terms of self/mental care, and narrowing down the transition plan—but I tried to do a little every day (which is better than doing nothing at all). I’ve also realized that as we head into the fall and winter months—at times those are the hardest months for me to actually stick with doing anything. But again I’ve realized that I need to step up my game for getting to the next chapter/stage of my life.

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Virgo New Moon Goals

So the moon is entering its latest “new” phase in the Virgo constellation today. So while I’ve been doing all of my goal predictions from the view of my rising star, the Virgo constellation holds a special place, as it is my birth sign.

So what are some of the things that one can do during the time of the Virgo new moon?

Take an inventory of what is working & what isn’t working in your life.

Are you being of service to others?

Look to your health habits—does anything need adjustment?

Avoid nitpicking.

Get organized.

So in terms of the above ideas of things one can do, how am I doing in terms of each one?

In terms of being of service to other people—that could also be considered the motto for my current position (doing the DNA sequencing). Though it isn’t a position that I want to keep, as you’re the one that basically is blamed if something goes wrong (even if you haven’t done anything wrong). I help out around the house, and try to do a little extra at work as well (but not much, as it isn’t appreciated by other people).

Staying in academia isn’t working at all—so I’m working on figuring out the next move (which will either be into industry or possibly getting a alternative teaching certificate and teaching high school science). Staying in OK also isn’t really working (I think that there are too many bad memories from public education here, that they’re overshadowing all the progress I’m trying to make—therefore it’s time to get the hell out of the state again). What is working is joining different online communities which is giving me both accountability & support in terms of the different things I’m trying to work on (career transition, health progression, and so forth).

I’m starting to get back into both healthy eating habits (it’s been over a month since I got either a specialty coffee drink or some type of sweet dessert on campus), and sticking to a workout program (next week I’ll be finishing the first round of LIIFT4). I have slipped the past couple of days in terms of making sure that I take my multivitamins, but I’m usually good 85-90% of the time. I’m also getting better at meditating at night as well (now I just need to figure out a nice quite spot to sit at times during the work day to be able to mediate for a few minutes when I realize I’m close to losing my temper).

In terms of the nitpicking—I usually can avoid doing this at work (if nothing else, it is other people nitpicking on how I’m doing my job). I’m also getting better at not judging myself to harshly if I fall short of meeting certain weekly goals. I know that everything works better with slow and steady progress, that if you try to do too much at once—you might not get anything done (your inner critic could start sabotaging you).

Getting organized is something that I really need to do this month, especially in terms of my transition into industry. I’m going to need to keep track of the different positions, the companies that I could potentially want to work for, my network connections, the dates & times for informational interviews, and then the hopeful interviewing process.

So besides these different areas that one can focus on, the new moon in Virgo, is within my 11th house (based on my rising sign). This house is also known as your “Friend Zone plus your hopes and dreams”. So this is the time to wish for what you want or to spend more time surrounded by friends.

During this time there are two areas to focus on: your hopes and dreams and friends. In terms of hopes and dreams—I’m going to be spending the time focused on continuing to work on my transition plan, and making the decision on whether or not to continue within my current position come the end of the year. The other focus for the time is your network of friends and your position within that network.

So some of the things that you can do during this time include (according to “Moonology: working with the magic of the lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland):

Signing up for an evening class in something you’ve always wanted to do.

Network (i.e. ask your friends to introduce you to friends of theirs that you haven’t met).

Wish on a star every night for the month.

Introduce a childhood pal to a friend from your life now.

Say “Hi” to someone you see nearly every day but never speak to.

Thank your best friend(s) for being there for you.

So the goals that I’m going to focus on during the Virgo season include:

  • Continuing to focus on my transition plan, and starting to add value to connections on linkedin.
  • Work through various e-courses that I’ve bought over the past few months (and remember to try to take good notes to where I can write and post a summary on the blog).
  • Getting organized (keeping track of where I’m at in terms of #1 & #2, and possibly #4, & #5).
  • Determining my personal & professional “brand”
  • Making it through the last week of LIIFT4 & then a round of Shift Shop
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Pisces Full Moon Goals

                 Pisces Full Moon Goals

 

Well we’re basically to the end of August (which means there are only four months left in the year). Where has the time gone?? It seems like only yesterday was the Fourth of July, and in a little over a week we’re already at Labor Day (which means that somehow Halloween is right around the corner). Anyway the moon continues to rotate through the various constellations and will be entering in Pisces this weekend.

 

 

So to begin, I’m going to take a look at “Moonology: working the magic of lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland, to see what questions one can be asking themselves during this Pisces full moon:

 

Have I been dreamy to the point of not getting enough done and making silly mistakes?

 

Have I been overly sensitive and too easily hurt?

 

Have I been acting like a martyr? Or too easily led?

 

Have I been meditating every day, and if not, why not?

 

Have I been in touch with my intuitive side? Following my dreams and hunches?

 

So with numbering the above questions 1-5, I think that my answers would be as following:

 

  • I don’t think that I’ve been dreamy lately. I am trying to concentration on my transition plan, as I’ve decided that being in academia and research is no longer the path that I should be on. In terms of “silly mistakes” I think it depends on one’s definition of a “silly mistake”. I know that my colleagues are convinced that I’ve been making a few mistakes for the past month or so but sending out data that they say is poor—my thoughts are “data is data, good or bad” and people should be able to see it. I’ve been called out on this and also have been told that I have to be “retrained” to ensure that my “eyes” are seeing the same as other peoples “eyes” are. But I think that I’ve made good progress on my transition plan in determining the types of positions that I now need to start looking into a little more.
  • I don’t think that I’ve been overly sensitive lately. If nothing else I’ve been getting angry (though not losing my temper with people) at work, and have taken it as a sign that it is time to move on. If people aren’t willing to contact me about possible problems, in theory I really don’t see why I need to be trying to correct them if no one is willing to mention them.
  • No I haven’t been acting like a martyr and I don’t think I’ve been easily led around either. With the past couple of weeks at work I’ve just taken the issues that have cropped up as both learning tools (realizing that not everyone agrees with the motto “data is data, good or bad—it’s still data”) and as sign that I do need to put a little more push into my transition plan.
  • I have been getting better at meditating nightly—even if it is just a couple of minutes of laying on my acupuncture mat to help clear my mind and deal with the aches of a sore back (which at times are tension induced). I’m going to try to mediate more also in terms of thinking on the card(s) that I drew in that evenings card reading.
  • I’m getting back into touch with my intuitive side—where I’ve bought several different oracle and tarot card decks and I try to do a reading nightly. It is nice to see that I am thinking correctly and aiming to change directions in terms of my career as I’ve seen numerous cards reflecting change showing up over the past week in different spreads.

So this transition of the moon through Pisces is also having it pass through my fifth house (or the kids, romance, and creativity zone). This can be a time to where we should be making sure that we’re also having fun. For me, I think I’m probably going to be focusing on the creativity aspect of this house—as I don’t have kids, and right now I don’t have the time or energy for a romantic relationship. It’s also a time to try and find a balance between being in a supportive role and also standing up and letting the world and universe see what you have to offer.

The balance between the supportive role & standing up for myself may be difficult to maintain this week at work. But I will strive to be the professional and not let people know exactly what I think of them (if I can do that–it means two more hidden object games next weekend 🙂 )

So my goals for this full moon period include:

  • Finishing the LIIFT4 program (I finished week 5 yesterday, and starting week 6 on Monday)—there are only 3 weeks left, and I do enjoy the workouts. It also helps me relax and get rid of the tension headaches I’ve been having recently.
  • Renew some professional memberships (and possibly see about joining one that is slightly outside my area of expertise so that I could possibly go to a “blue networking event”).
  • Continue working on my transition plan (really start looking into a couple of different positions and start adding more value to connections on linkedin); update my linkedin summary and start making a master list of things that I need to do to transition to industry by no later than April of next year.
  • Work on my photography challenge, and maybe actually try to finish a bracelet or two. In addition continue meditating nightly, and doing my daily evening tarot/oracle card readings.

While these might not all seem “fun or creative”—they will help me keep my sanity. I’ve realized over the past few weeks that I have spent way to many years ignoring my gut/intuition/the universe and now that I’m starting to listen again—I need to step up my game for getting to the next chapter/stage of my life.

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Update on Aquarius Full Moon Goals

Well August is almost over, and depending on how you divide up the year, we have either a little over a quarter of the year left, or just a third of a year left. Time does go by at it’s own speed, which seems to be extremely slow Monday through Wednesday, and then flies by Thursday through Sunday. But anyway, the moon is continuing to make it’s way through the various constellations, having gone through Cancer, Aquarius, Leo, and will be entering Pisces later this weekend.

So I’d answered some questions from “Moonology: working the magic of lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland, in terms of my current mentality in how I deal with certain things. Also looking at the answers, I could probably go back and maybe answer slightly differently as I’ve also been reading The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin, and have realized that my tendency is that of a questioner that leans towards the rebel. But lets look at the goals that I set for the last full moon period and how I did with them:

So the first goal was to continue with LIIFT4 (the resistance/HIIT combo program that will be getting released Oct 1st from Beachbody; I bought early access to the program). I will be finishing up week 5 today, and starting week 6 on Monday. There are only three weeks left in the program, and while I haven’t lost a ton of weight—I am starting to see more muscle definition in my arms and I can even get into a size 12 pair of capris that I haven’t been able to fit into since I bought them a couple of years ago.

I still need to renew a couple of my professional memberships this weekend (I’ve been trying to figure out which two to renew—since they’re all expensive currently I’m only going to probably do two out of the three, I just have to decide which two to do). I’m also going to see joining one that is outside my area and consider that a “blue” event that I could also possibly go to as well.

I have made progress with my transition plan this pass month—the universe has given me several big signs that it’s time to move on from both academia and research (possibly more on this topic later), so I’m currently thinking of a project manager position (slight research, but away from the bench), going to the marketing side, data analysis, or trying to go information specialist.

The balance between life (meeting up with friends, crafting, things like that) and the job search/work/professional development aspects is still a work in progress. I’ve realized that I need to set little goals (like “x” amount of time doing programming for “x” days/weeks will then equal me getting an hidden objects game or an e-book), to be able to actually stick with something. So that is something I’m going to still be working on.

But for the most part, I made progress on each of the goals that I set during the last full moon. I’m starting to listen more the cues of the universe and my intuition and have realized that if I don’t find something by the end of my current contract, being unemployed isn’t a bad thing—but would then give me more time to focus on trying to find that exact match for me and to also work on side projects as well.

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Being True to Myself

So I’ve decided that I need to start being more authentic and staying true to myself. This means in one aspect besides meditating, starting to use oracle and tarot cards again to help gain a glimpse of what the universe is trying to tell me. I’ve realized that over the past (let’s say) decade I’ve ignored my intuition and gut feelings on numerous occasions. By doing this I’ve found myself on a path that I can truthfully say I probably shouldn’t be on, and now I need to make the leap, or at least start forging the path back to the one I should be on.

Latest set of Oracle Cards

Last week I decided I would order a couple different oracle card sets (and I’ve also recently ordered a couple different tarot card sets that should be showing up sometime next week). I’ve been trying to a reading at least every other night or so, and Friday night, I decided I’d do a duel three card reading from the two sets of oracle cards that I have.

Dual three card reading

From the first set (enchanted spell oracle) I pulled the luxury, clarity, and intellect cards.

 

Then from the second set (flowers of the night oracle) I pulled the passion, awaken, and restore cards.

 

The meanings of the cards are as followed (from the enchanted spell oracle deck): The luxury card symbolizes that my life could use a little more joy right now. The clarity card symbolizes that I have a big undertaking ahead of me that requires my absolute focus, and that I need to write down every step I need to take in order to accomplish this goal (or undertaking). The intellect card symbolizes that I need to be using my head not my heart in making decisions (i.e. applying logic to the situation and not just reacting).

From the flowers of the night deck: the passion card symbolizes the possibility of new relationships, or basically anything that can bring a spark to my soul (hobby turning into a career, or a new perspective that changes a current position on something). The awaken card symbolizes my acknowledgement that I still have much to learn if I want to transition into industry, plus much to learn in terms of different hobbies. The restore card is symbolizing that a change is coming for me, and that it will be beneficial in the long run, all I have to do is accept and reflect back on the cycles that have brought me to my current position (and know what needs to be fixed to insure that those cycles aren’t continuously repeated).

So all these cards were basically spot on based on how my last week had been going. I probably can use a little more joy in my life—I seem to be stuck in the work, no play mindset right now; or I should say the work, try to recharge, back to work mindset. I’ve realized that by the time Friday rolls around my mental/metaphysical/emotional battery is pretty close to being totally empty, and it does basically take the weekend to recharge it to almost full just to then get depleted during another week at work. I am trying to transition into an industry position, so I probably should make a detailed plan on how that is going to happen, and I need to make the decision on the career path mainly with my head and not my heart. Though with this—I’m also trying to stick with the idea that “if something isn’t a hell yes, then it’s a no”. Staying within my comfort zone has shown me that research hasn’t always been a hell yes for me, and therefore I should have moved it to the no column long ago. I’ve also decided that just because I’m out of school, I shouldn’t just quit trying to learn things (I know I did that for awhile, just to “take a breather from school” but hadn’t realized how long I let the attitude go on for). So I do have numerous e-courses that I am still working my way through. Also a change in careers in coming; whether it’s a straight transition into an industry position, or a transition into industry with a small stop in unemployment again that remains to be seen.

So I’m going to start paying more attention to my hunches, feelings, and daydreams—while trying to avoid all the negative self talk that I sometimes find myself falling into. I know now with hundred percent certainty that I’m done with academia (though I will miss working with students), and that I need to focus more on the transition into industry.

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Leo New Moon Goals

So the moon is entering yet another constellation—Leo, the might lion. It’s hard to believe that we’re over half way through the year—but as much as I’d like time to slow down, I know that it won’t.

                        Leo New Moon Goals

So what are some fun facts about the Leo constellation?

 

If you look back into Greek mythology, the lion is based off of one of Hercules’ 12 labors—killing the Nemean lion. He managed the feat by strangling the lion and then placed the body in the heavens.

              The Leo Constellation. (c)space.com

Leo is the fifth sign of the Zodiac, and is considered to be a masculine, extroverted sign.

The best time to see the constellation for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere is during the spring season (namely in April just after dark).

 

So there are a few things that one should try to do right around the peak of the new moon: 1) Show off—basically this is a time to celebrate life, so basically it’s a time to enjoy what’s going on around us. 2) Flirt—not something I’m probably going to be doing (as again I’m not in a relationship, and right now not looking to be in a relationship either). 3) Be creative—I have been trying to stay in touch with my creative side more (weekend walks at Boomer working on my photography skills and then learning coding for designing websites). 4) Self love—again this something that I’m constantly working on (limiting the negative self talk and practicing mindfulness). And finally 5) spoil yourself—meaning indulge a little and remember “you’re a hot little number with a lot to offer the world”.

So besides moving through Leo, the moon is also going through my 10th house—which is also known as the “Career Zone”. So I was right yesterday when I though that the universe was giving me a little nudge to continue fine tuning my transition plan.

There are numerous things that one can do during this time in regards to their career, but the ones I’m going to focus on include plotting my next best career move, thereby applying for new jobs with confidence (if I see any that match my goals, interests, and skills), and generally give myself a big push forward in moving on to the next step.

So my goals for the Leo New Moon include:

  • Narrowing down my top choices of industry positions;
  • Adding more value to connections (but being strategic at the same time) to hopefully gain informational interviews soon
  • Determine what my “brand” is both personal & professional
  • Start reading more in both the business world & the scientific world; and finally
  • Continue working through the data programming e-courses that I’ve bought

Resources:

“Moonology: Plan and Predict Your way to Joy, Health and Abundance with the Magic of Lunar Cycles” by Yasmin Boland.

“Leo Constellation: Facts about the lion” https://www.space.com/16845-leo-constellation.html

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Update on Cancer New Moon Goals

So we’re going to be entering another new moon tomorrow—Leo. That means yet another series of lunar cycles (new, quarter, full, quarter, to new) has come and gone. So it is yet time again to reflect back on what I had set as goals for the last new moon period (Cancer) as the moon moved through my 9th house (or the “Big Picture Zone”).

So the 9th house was where we were to reflect on things that were related to adventure, travel, personal development, getting in touch with family, and review one’s goals. So some of the topics were easier to deal with than others. Depending on whether you’re talking about just immediate family (or extended)—I keep in touch with most family via social media, with the exception of my parents (as I live at home) and my younger brother (who frequently comes home for visits). While it has been years since I’ve seen my extended family—the highway goes both ways and they could always come visit us as well.

I think I managed to finish one more personal development book during this new moon (and it was “Thinking in Bets: Making Smart Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts” by Annie Duke). I’m also working on learning web design (I have bought several books and e-courses on the subject) so that I can try to update the facilities page, and also have the skill to where if I want to build a site devoted to my photography I can.

I think that today the universe was giving me the subtle hint that I need to start really focusing on my transition into industry. So while I think I’ve narrowed down the different positions that sound interesting, I know that I now have more work to do before getting an informational interview:

  • With the idea of staying with research—I’m thinking of potentially going either more agricultural or maybe cosmetic. This means that I need to look for companies to follow in linkedin, twitter, and so forth; plus try to find the mission statements of the companies to make sure that they align with my own values.
  • I need to work through the different data programming e-courses that I’ve bought as I’m thinking possibly also of going the route of data analysis.
  • I also need to start reading more within the business world (and also the scientific world as well).
  • Start adding value to connections that might lead to informational interviews within either one of different research fields or the different business fields as well.

I have been doing better at meditating at night, sometimes it is only for a two or three minutes, other times it is closer to the five minutes. I’ve found that the best thing that works for me is a couple minutes of laying down on my acupuncture mat to help clear my mind, before sitting up to meditate. The acupuncture mat (and pillow) work wonders on the muscle cramps from a long day and relieving the pressure from sinus (and tension) headaches.

So I did a bit better this time around with meeting my goals, and at the same time realizing that I’m just going to have to take the leap and realize that the net will appear to catch me—I just have to let go of the fear of not knowing when it will catch me.

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Aquarius Full Moon Goals

Well we’re basically to the end of July (which means there are only five months left in the year). I really do wish that time would just slow down a little—I mean I could swear that yesterday was Memorial Day and a three-day weekend. Anyway the moon has spun through Capricorn, and Cancer constellations and will be entering into Aquarius. And with this transition, there is also going to be a solar eclipse (that I won’t be able to see since it won’t be visible from the US).

So to begin, I’m going to take a look at “Moonology: working the magic of lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland, to see what questions one can be asking themselves during this Aquarius full moon:

Have I been pragmatic to the point of losing the romance of life?

Have I been living too much in my head and not enough in my heart?

Have I been trying to do things my way, just for the sake of it?

Have I been trying too hard to befriend people, and for the wrong reasons?

Have I allowed myself to move forward this month?

So with numbering the above questions 1-5, I think that my answers would be as following:

  • I’m not really sure how to answer this one. I’ve never been in a relationship—I was picked on through out public school, and then I was concentrating on classes and working throughout my undergrad and grad school times. When I moved to Boston for my first postdoc—I was focused on trying to find a balance between work and life (and never really did find it). After coming home, I’ve been focused on trying to determine what my career is going to be (probably to the determent of having a social life). Plus I figured that I’d only be back for a couple of years, and I don’t want to have to deal with the idea of a long distance relationship. So my answer would have to be maybe???
  • Yes, I probably have been living too much in my head and not enough in my heart. It’s just easier that way right now. I don’t have the energy to try to figure out what my next career path is going to be and try to balance that with a social life. I know that I probably should be a little more social (would probably help in dealing with social anxiety)—I just don’t have the energy right now to do it.
  • I think the answer to this question depends on the context of the question. What things are we referring to? At work there really is only one way of doing most things when it comes to setting up the reactions and getting the plate run on the machine. Cooking and cleaning?? Maybe I do things my way, but that’s just because that’s how I like to do things. So I think that this question can be misleading. I know that things change and there can be faster and quicker ways of doing things—the question one has to ask themselves is this: Is the new way more cost effective than the old (in terms of certain science practices), and what would happen if we ran out of money (is there someone that can do it the old way)?
  • I don’t think that I’ve been trying too hard to befriend people, and for the wrong reasons. I know that to get forward in industry, one has to network. The networking can take time depending on how many conversations you have between the two of you before you are able to send your request for an informational interview or a referral. I know that I’ve had people reach out to connect with me on Linkedin, and then almost right away ask for help in their job search. When this happens I politely say no that I don’t know of any openings and wait to see what their response is.
  • In terms of moving forward this month—I’m hoping to move forward in terms of my transition plan. While I think that my current job is secure until sometime next year, I do need to aim to be somewhere else by April of next year (this is currently 9 months off). I’m doing LIIFT4, so I’m also trying to move forward with my workout schedule and trying to get back into shape as well.

So this transition of the moon through Aquarius is also having it pass through my fourth house or home and family zone. This can be a time to where we can make changes to where we live, work on any issues we might have with family, and again try to find balance between one’s personal life and one’s career. For me this basically means still working on my transition plan to move into industry but at the same time trying to keep a balance to where I’m not spending all my time outside of work working on it (I can probably do some stuff during the day at work [like read coding books to figure out how to set up a webpage and things like that]).

So my goals for this full moon period include:

  • Continuing with LIIFT4 (currently I’d be ending week 2; so that by the time that we get to the next new moon—I should be through week 4).
  • Renew some professional memberships (and possibly see about joining one that is slightly outside my area of expertise so that I could possibly go to a “blue networking event”).
  • Continue working on my transition plan (there are some areas that I think I need to freshen up or redo; which is why this transition plan document is over forty pages).
  • Strive to find that balance between work/job searching/and trying to have a life (socializing, crafting, spending time with my animals).
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Capricorn Full Moon: Update

Well another month is almost over, and the moon has moved from Capricorn (the last full moon), through Cancer (the last new moon) and will soon be entering Aquarius at the end of the week.

 

So I’d answered the Capricorn Moonology questions last month in regards to whether or not I thought I was being overly ambitious, obsessive, hard-headed, and where I felt I was in terms of planning my life. After answering those questions I set some goals that could either be completed between the Capricorn full moon and the Cancer new moon, or were going to be almost month long goals.

 

So the goals that I’d set for the Capricorn full moon included:

 

Start reorganizing my storage unit. While I don’t have any job prospects lined up, I don’t want to be dealing with my obnoxious, boxes falling apart, storage unit.

Again, continue working on my transition plan for moving from academia to industry (narrowing down the jobs/areas, networking & trying to set up informational interviews).

Remembering to stop and smell the roses, that there is a time for work and a time to play. While I’m starting to maintain the rule of not checking my work email after hours or on the weekend, I also need to remember that I don’t have to spend all the time being an adult—there are crafts that I can also be working on.

So how did I do with these three goals?

I did manage to start reorganizing my storage unit. It took me a couple of hours to do it—but it’s organized more with the large things (mattress, box spring, bookcase) in the back of the unit and the boxes towards the front. I still need to make time to start repacking boxes that are falling apart (I do know that there is one box that the bottom is ripped; and numerous other boxes that have collapsed in on themselves).

In terms of the transition plan—I’m trying to rework my linkedin profile. There was this webinar that I listened too a couple of weeks ago, that gave great tips for linkedin (make your summary a story of where you are wanting to end up—not just where you’ve been or where you are currently at; and also to determine your brand on linkedin (what you want to be known for [then make sure that the things you’re posting/sharing/liking are related to that topic]). I’ve got an idea of other directions that I may want to be going—but I need to start doing a little more research into them, also start networking more so that I can at some point start having informational interviews about these positions to learn more about them.

I am trying to get better at the whole work/life balance (or at times the job searching/life balance). I will be the first to admit that after say 9pm I switch from job searching/writing posts/anything work related to it’s time to wind down for bed (which usually includes putting lotion on, meditating (or trying to), and then reading on my kindle for about thirty minutes, and then going to bed). I know that this isn’t the most productive thing to do—but I value my sleep (and I toss and turn enough that I do wake up feeling tired half the time) and I know that if I’m not getting enough (at least seven hours) I end up going after the sweets and caffeine. This is still going to be something that I need to work on (namely during the day—I can probably be more productive at work than what I am once I figure out different things that I need to be focusing on).

But overall I didn’t do that bad with the goals—I took the time and tackled the storage unit, to where when I go back to repack boxes I can easily get to said boxes (instead of having to move a lot of stuff around). In terms of the job search/transition—I have an idea of what I’m wanting to do—I just have to put it down on paper as a plan and figure out the steps to achieve said plan. The same can be said for figuring out the work/life balance.

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