So tonight is the last full moon of 2020–that means there will only be two days left in the year. This has been a very long year with everything that has happened, especially the SARS-CoV2 pandemic that we’re still in the middle of; while there have been two vaccines that have been granted emergency use–I’m not eligible for either of them until probably the summer time (I’m currently in tier four for OK in terms of need). Therefore I’m probably not going to be making any major plans for any type of traveling until maybe sometime in 2022 going towards 2023.
So the full moon tonight will be moving through the Cancer constellation. Looking within “Moonology: working with the magic of lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland, there are several questions that one can reflect on during this time:
Have I been insecure, clingy, and no fun this month?
Have I been coming at what I want sideways instead of tackling it head-on?
Have I been sulky, moody, brooding, or manipulative?
Have I been secretive, and possibly even a tad paranoid?
Have I had enough family time, or time with people who feel like family?
Well, if I were to number the above questions 1-5, my answers this month would be as follow:
I don’t think that I’ve been insecure or clingy this month. While I’m still not 100% certain of what I want to do with my life–I have several ideas, and need to fine-tune a plan/schedule to be able to devote enough time to each potential project. In terms of not ‘being fun’–we’re in the middle of a pandemic, and therefore there really isn’t anything to do, if one is listening to the health officials and staying home. Finding time for hobbies, in addition to the different ideas for my career are on the agenda–I’ve realized over the past year or so, I do have the tendency to be laser-focused on one thing to the determinate of other things (for example–laser-focused on career/job/school and ignoring health/fitness/hobbies).
Yes, I probably have been going at what I want sideways instead of tackling it head-on. I think I found it a little easier to do it this way, since I’m not 100% certain of what it is I want to be doing.
No, I have not been sulky, brooding, or manipulative. Yes, I’ve been a little moody–but hello, we’re entering the tenth month of this damn pandemic–everyone is getting a little moody.
No, I have not been secretive or paranoid.
Yes, I have been having enough family time (again–there is a pandemic and I’m self-isolating at home with my parents; and we’ve seen my younger brother twice since it started. We’ll probably be seeing more of him once he moves back into town). I would love to spend more time with friends, but again–pandemic, and it really isn’t safe to be getting together with people who aren’t in your immediate family/household.
In addition to the above questions, the full moon in Cancer is also entering my ninth house. The ninth house is the “Big Picture” zone. Basically this zone deals with all things in terms of personal growth, professional growth, travel, religion and philosophy, and so forth.
There are actually two questions you can ask yourself in terms of the above topics:
Have you been fussing too much over the details of your latest problems or tasks?
Is your life and mind expanding or narrowing?
If I were to number the above questions 1 and 2, my answers would be as follows:
This is both a yes and no answer. Yes, I have been fussing too much over the details. I like lists, and I also like to basically have an outline (or at least rough draft) for various projects before starting things. This is more difficult to try to do when you’re thinking of switching directions career wise–especially, if you’re still uncertain about the direction. So instead of doing various things like networking, reading, listening to podcasts, and so forth I’ve been trying to make lists of skills, jobs, companies–but always second guessing and asking myself–“is this really the direction you want to be going”, and more often than not the answer comes back “I have no idea”. I don’t think I’m fussing over the tasks, but that is mainly because I’m not certain of what those tasks should be.
I think that I’m slowly getting back into a learning mindset, and therefore I am slowly starting to expand both my life and mind again. I fell into a ‘closed’ mindset for awhile, more out of self-preservation since I didn’t know what I was wanting to do with my life. I now realize that instead of investigating things and asking questions, networking, reading and trying to figure things out (basically where I am now)–I narrowed my focus to just getting through the day/week to the weekend, and that isn’t the best way to live one’s life.
So the goals for this full moon period may look like a long list–but a couple of them are hopefully going to be checked off the list before the New Year (as they’re part of another goal series that I’ll share in another post).
The goals for the Cancer Full Moon include:
Continue with my night tarot/oracle card reading and brief meditation.
Update various goal posts (150+goals in 2002 day [next installment will be in Feb]; Level 10 life)
Develop a fluid schedule/planner
Make a list of books (mainly non-fiction) to read in 2021 and e-courses to finish in 2021
Read at least one personal/professional development book from said list
Finish one small e-course from said list
Renew one professional membership
And as always the following quotes are going to be coming with me into 2021: “Progress over Perfection”, “You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one”, and “Not caring what other people think is the best choice you will ever make”.
So I’m 100 days into this challenge, and there are sixty-six days left in 2020. We’re also just about a week away from the presidential election as well (fingers crossed it goes the way I’m hoping).
I decided a couple of weeks ago, that I should probably look at the list again, and see if there were any goals that I wanted to remove (for whatever reason), and possibly any goals I wanted to add—but also to see where I was in terms of the different goals.
There is still the pandemic going on—which means that the travel plans are still on hold, and I’m still sheltering in place. I will probably continue to shelter in place at least until March of 2021 (when hopefully a possible vaccine is available). I’m still working on trying to figure out what my ‘new normal’ is going to be looking like.
As I stated in a previous post, I’m also thinking of replacing the list on the odds and end bucket list with this list—so that change may be occurring soon as well.
So how are things progressing?
Professional development and career: On-going
1. Transition into an industry position (probably remote/online or freelancing at this point to start); there will be several posts on this goal
2. Learn a programming language (python or R—ties in with #6)—going to go with python to begin with.
3. Finish various e-courses that I’ve bought, but in particular:
4. Dream Job Hack Removed, currently going through the modules but trying to tailor to my needs (program is best for those wanting to get into high level manager type roles—not the greatest for someone switching from research to industry and who also hasn’t been in a manager type role).
5. Medical Writers Organization
6. Data Scientist Syndicate—Finished September 3rd 2020
7. Project Management Consortium
8. Management Consulting Firm
9. All other courses—see additional lists in the journal.
10. More interacting on Linkedin—Hard to score these, I’m doing the best with #11; though I have started doing my own posts—mainly photographs and quotes; need to start working more on the other 2 (especially the giving/asking for recommendations).
11. Sharing articles from various biotech pages, and other science pages
12. Commenting on posts
13. Giving/Asking for recommendations
14. Start writing my own posts
15. Creating monthly/weekly/daily calendars for above goals—trying to get better at the editorial or to-do-list calendars.
16. Renew professional memberships—Need to pick just one or two currently to renew; can’t do all at once.
Both Personal and Professional Development—still working on all of these
17. Become fluent in Spanish
18. Become fluent in German
19. Become proficient in French, Norwegian, or Swedish
20. Read at least 300 personal/professional development books; this will include books from my previous attempts at 1001-day challenges as well. I have over 300 books on the list, and I would like to get through at least 100 of them before I keep adding to the list.
21. Finish the books on scientific writing
22. Start building up a portfolio of work (writing/data analysis/plus other ideas)
23. Develop a daily writing habit (tied with several goals below)
24. Write a letter to my future self
Personal development and hobbies—started a few, but need to also start in on others as well
25. Paint and frame at least one original painting
26. More photography—Have been doing this; started a new challenge (though I haven’t been totally consistent with daily postings) and updating/adding pages
27. 365-Day Challenge (aim for 365 different pictures)
28. Update photography pages on blog
29. Make my own jewelry
30. Learn to cross-stitch
31. Get a new sewing machine—On hold; seems getting a sewing machine there is a 50/50 risk that the machine will have problems winding the bobbin
32. Make a new quilt (or this may wait until I move)
33. Make a set of drapes for the bedroom (for backdrop for any zoom calls)
34. Start a new afghan (write a post on finishing the other)—need to figure out how to patch the other afghans
35. Show case crafts on blog (possibly a weekly update?)
36. Start writing a book
37. Learn Photoshop
38. Write in journal daily (answer questions/prompts from journaling books and free thought)
39. Create my own coffee-table photography book
40. Learn basic sign language
41. Start a virtual book club
Finances—still working on these, since I’m taking time off there isn’t a steady paycheck coming in yet.
42. Create monthly budgets—currently this is just paying off the bills.
43. Credit card debts down and hopefully paid off monthly—some are high, but that is due to buying a couple of personal/professional development courses that were rather expensive.
44. Declutter the house (way of earning extra cash)
45. Savings account up another 20K (hopefully)—this will be tied in with #44, #46, and any other ways of trying to earn a little extra cash.
46. Talk with financial person about short-term investment possibilities
47. Continue doing the small surveys as a way of earning a little extra cash
48. Finish the various financial e-courses, and decide when/how to start investing
Fitness & Health—On going
49. Get into the best shape of my life
50. Multivitamin and supplements daily
51. Manage to make it through the following Beachbody workouts
52. Morning Meltdown 100 (will probably do this 2-3 times, as I’m currently doing this program right now—07/19/2020)—Finished my first round on 9/15/2020
53. Yoga Booty Ballet—Abs & Butt (should be done mid-Nov)
54. 10 Rounds—Will be starting this mid-Nov & done by Christmas.
55. Barre Blend
56. Insanity Max 30
57. LIIFT4 (have already done this program once); 2nd round will be done mid-Nov (combined this with Yoga Booty Ballet—Abs & Butt)
58. 22-Minute Hard Corps
61. Insanity: Asylum 1
62. Insanity: Asylum 2
63. 4 weeks of Prep
64. 6 weeks of the work
65. T25 (have already done this program once)
66. Brazil Butt Lift
67. 21-Day Fix (Already done this program once)
68. 21-Day Fix Extreme (Already done this program once)
69. Country Heat (already done this program once)
71. Muscle Burns Fat
72. Muscle Burns Fat Advanced
73. 30-Day Breakaway (this is a maybe—it’s running based)
74. 9-week control freak
75. Shawn Week
76. 80-Day Obsession
77. Brazil Butt Lift: Carnivale
78. Shift Shop: Proving Grounds
Plus any other possible Beachbody program that is coming out that I may want to add.
80. Manage 5 push-ups on my toes
81. Manage 10 push-ups on my toes
82. Hold a two-minute forearm plank
83. Hold a 90 second plank
84. Meditate nightly
85. Start jogging (as another way to try to keep my mental health up)—may tie this in with #73
86. 60-80 oz of water a day
87. Stretch daily
88. Go one weekend a month with no social media (no scrolling through social media pages; may still post on the sites)
89. Get at least 10,010,000 steps (breaks down to 5K/day)—on my way; I’ve managed to hit all month goals (and surpass slightly).
Blog and Social Media–Ongoing
90. Finish YouTube for bosses course
91. Finish YouTube course creation for bosses course
92. Finish blog to biz course
93. Launch a YouTube channel
94. Launch an online course
95. Get blog traffic to 500+ views a day
96. Rebrand myself (?)
97. Get Instagram followers to constant 800+
98. Get pintrest followers to constant 400+
99. Get twitter followers to constant 1000+
100. Publish at least two blog series
101. Editorial calendars (monthly/weekly/daily)
104. Facebook pages
107. Get Fit with Jessi to 1000+ likes/follows
108. Get becomingJessi (or new name if I change) to 1000+ likes/follows
109. Various top 10 author lists
110. Various top 10 book series lists
111. Launch a podcast
112. Full/New Moon Goals
113. Create my own altar (wicca/pagan)
114. Weekly (or daily) tarot/oracle card readings
115. 15 minutes outdoors in the morning (coffee only) weather permitting; probably on hold now until spring—fall/winter mornings are usually somewhere between the 30s and 50s (if it’s closer to the higher end—maybe).
116. Keep at least 3 plants alive
117. Design a science based board game
118. Create and update digital vision board
119. Reorganize my storage unit
120. Put in at least one flower garden around the house (backyard, and/or front yard)
121. Help put up partial privacy fence in backyard
122. Start downsizing clothes and creating different “minimum” wardrobes (work/professional/casual; home/casual/working out)
123. Develop at least 10 different 100-day challenges
One challenge will be 100 days of iPhone Photography.
124. Start downsizing rest of my things./ as well—would like to probably be able to live comfortably in a smallish size apartment (or house) wherever I move for the next job.
TV shows to binge watch—Haven’t felt like sitting and watching anything lately
125. Hawaii 5-0 (latest remake)
127. The Librarians
128. Once Upon A Time
131. Agents of SHIELD
Goals on hold due to the global coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) outbreak (either because they require traveling, going into a large store, and/or being around large groups of people):
132. Re-pierce my ears
133. Go to at least 1 scientific conference
134. Present at a scientific conference
135. Go to at least 2 professional networking events
136. Move to a new (or maybe not new) city for job
137. Visit at least 3 new countries
138. Visit at least one new national and/or state park
139. Visit at least one new national and/or state monument
140. Visit at least one new zoo
141. Visit at least one new aquarium
142. Fly out and/or land at 3 new (to me) airports
143. Visit at least one new city
144. Visit at least one new state
145. See the northern lights
146. Attend at least one blogging conference
147. Attend at least one author-reader conference
148. Swim with whale sharks
150. Run a 5K (connects back to goals #73 & #85)
Once I move:
151. Get fabric and foam and make new cushions for chairs
152. New couch & chair for living room
153. New dresser for bedroom
154. New mattress & box spring for bed and/or a new bed set
155. New TV & stand
156. New desk/craft workstation
So in terms of the goals:
So I’ve removed one goal (finish the Dream Job Hack program), though I’m still going to work through a little that I think is relevant to what I need to be doing. I did find the program helpful, but it is geared more towards people who have been (or are in) management type positions—while I would like to get there, I know that I probably need to start a step or two below.
I’m making some headway with others—I’ve finished the data science syndicate program from the Cheeky Scientist Association (will be writing a post on late shortly), and am looking forward to trying to learn python and then start building a data science portfolio.
I’m working my way through the medical writers organization (another advanced Cheeky Scientist program), and am hoping to have that finished by mid-November, and again start working on building up a writing portfolio.
Currently I’m thinking of going in the freelance/online/remote direction for work (namely because of the pandemic and not really wanting to figure out the whole headache of trying to move two animals, all of my stuff, and myself to a different state currently). So in that case, I’m also thinking of possibly rebranding the blog (I have a couple of different names bouncing around, a decision will be made probably early next year sometime).
I’m still working on developing an editorial calendar/to-be accomplished list hybrid that works for me. I’ve realized that I swing between two extremes: I get over-ambitious and try to cram way to stuff in everyday, or I don’t get anything really accomplished.
I’m trying to work on that by possibly going to larger bullet journals that I can paperclip in my to-be-accomplished lists (which would then be discarded once everything as accomplished) instead of having to write out the lists constantly.
I’m also working on a schedule that will let me bounce back and forth between different things. I just finished reading “ How to be everything: A guide for those who (still) don’t know what they want to be when they grow up” by Emilie Wapnick.
I will be posting a review on the book soon (hopefully this week)—but it was nice to see that I’m not the only one who has felt drawn in different directions and not having a clue how to handle things. I was pleased to find that I’m a mixed-style multipotentialite—someone who goes between having quite a few different projects going on at once to only having one or two projects going on at once.
So that has definitely been a major breakthrough during the last few weeks—now it is a matter of me fully embracing that aspect of myself and figuring how the best ways of working that way—without triggering massive anxiety attacks (stay tuned).
I also removed the “number” of workouts from my fitness goals—the main reason I was starting to get tired. Everyone needs a rest day, and I’ve shown myself that I can still push play on Monday morning even if I take the weekend off (as told by the workout schedule).
So I am slowly making progress on the first ~124 (or I guess 123) goals; the last twenty-odd goals still require the pandemic to be brought under control and for me then to be willing to slowly start leaving the house and going to places that will actually have other people present as well.
So the moon will be entering its latest full moon stage either tonight (marking the full moon at the very beginning of the month) or tomorrow night. The full moon is marking the fact that there are now only four months left in 2020 (quietly looking out the window to see what is coming towards us).
So if I looked to the book “Moonology: working with the magic of lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland, I’d see that there are five questions that one can ask themselves during this time:
Have I been dreamy to the point of not getting enough done and making silly errors?
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 if I were to number the above questions 1-5, I think that my answers would be as follow:
I’m not sure if I would say that I’ve been dreamy to the point of not getting enough done. I’ve probably been wasting time (scrolling through social media and the news) that I could have spent doing something more productive. This was actually something I realized earlier—I need to find a balance between being an well-informed individual and wasting time on the computer.
I don’t think that I’ve been overly sensitive lately. Truthfully, while being in self-isolation due to the pandemic, I haven’t been around many other people so I haven’t had to deal with other people’s emotions.
No, I have haven’t been acting like either a martyr or someone that can be easily led around.
I usually try to mediate for at least five minutes every night—some nights I manage, and other nights I don’t. One thing I’m still working on is creating an optimal meditation area in the room.
This is something that I’ve been trying to do more of lately. I resigned back in December so that I would have the time and energy to try to figure out what it is I really want to do with my life. Then the SARS-CoV2 pandemic hit, and I will admit that I’ve spent quite a few months shaking my head—I realized that it would probably be a bad year, I just didn’t fathom how bad it was going to get. So I am trying to follow my dreams and hunches—one of the things I’m going to be doing is trying to help improve science education/communication somehow (still brainstorming ideas on that).
So in addition to the self-reflection questions, one should also check to see what house or zone the moon is moving through as well. For me, the Pisces full moon is moving through my 5th house (according to my rising sign), which is also known as the “kids, romance, and creativity zone”.
Any of the zones this year are more of a challenge—mainly due to the pandemic and self-isolation. Truthfully—even if we weren’t in the middle of a pandemic, I probably still wouldn’t have a lot of time currently for romance. I’m trying to figure out my life and part of that is trying to figure out where to move—I don’t want to start a relationship with anyone knowing that I’d be moving out of state at some point in the near future. So—I’m not to worried about romance, currently not around any kids (I don’t have any, my niece is out in California, again with the pandemic I’m not getting together with any friends that may have kids)—unless you count animals (then I do have six to deal with—three dogs and three cats and they’re constantly around, and two of them will have all the veto powers in any of my future relationships), so the only aspect that I’m going to concern myself with currently is the creativity zone.
I had promised myself that once I started my “reboot break” I was also going to have more time to spend on creative work (whether that was doodling, journaling, knitting, taking pictures—something that was not related to the current job search mindset). While I have been spending time doing something creative daily, I haven’t been varying (and learning new) crafts. I’ve been sticking with things I know how to do—if not great, at least well (namely photography, knitting, and some doodling and journaling). Since self-isolation is going to be stretching longer than anticipated—I’m going to slowly start stepping out of it and try my hand at a different craft.
So what are my goals going to be for the Pisces Full Moon?
More creativity time—specifically I’m going to try my hand at cross-stitching. I bought a small starter kit a couple of months ago—and haven’t touch it—due in large part to it being something new that I’ve never done and therefore I have nothing to compare it to (in terms of what I think of the finished project). But I’m going to probably try sketching out some basic geometric shapes and then try my hand at coloring them in (this should be interesting, since I have a hard enough time drawing a straight line with a ruler, can’t wait to see how the lines look when I’m just stitching them by hand).
More time spent on self-reflection. This is going to be a combination of meditation, and journaling. The journaling will be done as part of both personal/professional development (answering any questions that pop up), and self-reflection—I’m going to start drawing a single tarot/oracle card (sometimes in the morning, sometimes the night before), and writing whatever comes to mind when I look at it, then read the message in the tarot/oracle book, and see if my thoughts have differed from the intended message.
Time also spent on personal/professional development—namely working through various e-course packages that I’ve bought over the years. I know that I want a career that allows me to use my strengths (learner, intellection, input, achiever, and deliberative/ideation/arranger), while also allowing me to improve on some of the ‘weaker’ areas as well. The best way to start doing this—work through various courses bought, network, and try to set up and hold informational interviews as well.
But above all remember the following—“Progress over Perfection,”, “You can’t start the next chapter of your life, if you keep re-reading the last one”, and “Not caring what other people think is the best choice you will ever make”.
So in one of my many self reflection periods this past
month, I realized that I hadn’t been looking at my 101 goal list and seeing how
close I was to any of the goals (with the exception of my step goal). I also
realized looking at the list, it was all jumbled together and that made it hard
to see which goals could “feed” off of each other in terms of the
daily/weekly/monthly goals that I should be setting to reach them.
Therefore, I took the time and rewrote my list—this time
grouping things into different categories. I’m going to be hitting restart on
the time, to where if I start on November 2, 2019—I should then be finishing up
around July 29, 2022.
So below are my goals—but broken up into different
categories (such as professional development/career, personal development, both
personal/professional development, travel, health & fitness to name a few
Professional development and career:
Transition into an industry position (tied to latest self reflections post);
there will be several posts on this goal
2. Learn a
various e-courses that I’ve bought, but in particular:
Dream Job Hack
Medical Writers Organization
interacting on Linkedin
Sharing articles from various biotech pages, and other science pages
Commenting on posts
Giving/Asking for recommendations
Creating monthly/weekly/daily calendars for above goals
11. Go to
at least 1 scientific conference
Present at a scientific conference
13. Go to
at least 2 professional networking events
15. Move to
a new (or maybe not new) city for job
Both Personal and Professional Development
fluent in Spanish
fluent in German (or maybe French)
18. Read at
least 100 personal/professional development books
the books on scientific writing
Personal development and hobbies
and frame at least one original painting
365-Day Challenge (aim for 365 different pictures)
Update photography pages on blog
24. Make my
my latest afghan
case crafts on blog (possibly a weekly update?)
writing a book
in journal daily (answer questions/prompts from journaling books and free
my own coffee-table photography book
basic sign language
card debts down and hopefully paid off monthly
Declutter the house (way of earning extra cash)
account up another 20K (hopefully)
with financial person about short-term investment possibilities
at least 3 new countries
at least one new national and/or state park
at least one new national and/or state monument
at least one new zoo
at least one new aquarium
43. Fly out
and/or land at 3 new (to me) airports
at least one new city
at least one new state
46. See the
at least one blogging conference
at least one author-reader conference
49. Attend Beachbody
Coach Summit 2020
Fitness & Health
into the best shape of my life
Multivitamin and supplements daily
at least 250 days of Beachbody workouts
5 push-ups on my toes
10 push-ups on my toes
55. Hold a two-minute forearm plank
56. Hold a 90 second plank
57. Meditate nightly
58. 30-day Zumba challenge
59. 60-80 oz of water a day
60. Stretch daily
61. Go one
weekend a month with no social media (no scrolling through social media pages;
may still post on the sites)
62. Get at
least 14,014,000 steps (breaks down to 14K/day)
Blog and Social Media
63. Finish YouTube for bosses course
64. Finish YouTube course creation for bosses
65. Finish blog to biz course
66. Launch a YouTube channel
an online course
blog traffic to 500+ views a day
Instagram followers to constant 800+
pintrest followers to constant 400+
twitter followers to constant 1000+
at least two blog series
74. Editorial calendars (monthly/weekly/daily)
78. Get Fit
with Jessi to 1000+ likes/follows
becomingJessi (or new name if I change) to 1000+ likes/follows
top 10 author lists
top 10 book series lists
Full/New Moon Goals
83. Create my own altar (wicca/pagan)
tarot/oracle card readings
85. Keep at
least 3 plants alive
a science based board game
87. Create and update a digital vision board
my storage unit
Once I move:
90. Get a
new sewing machine
Make a new quilt
Get fabric and foam and make new cushions for chairs
couch & chair for living room
dresser for bedroom
mattress & box spring for bed
96. New TV
TV shows to binge watch
5-0 (latest remake)
Upon A Time
So that is my update and “organized” 101 goals in 1001 days.
This time I’m trying to balance things out—personal and professional
development, career and then just odds and ends. Hopefully with it being
organized, I will be better at tracking how close I am to completing certain
items and which items when completed will flow into another one being started.
So we’re officially a little over halfway through 2019, which means that there are 815 days left in this challenge (as today is July 5th 2019). So I decided that I should probably do a check-in on the goals and see where I’m at with them. Updates are in bold.
The dates for my 101 goal challenges are:
So my original start and finish dates were:
Start Date: January 1 2018
Finish Date: September 28 2020
My new start and finish dates:
Start Date: January 1, 2019
Finish Date: September 28, 2021
Here are my 101 goals for the next 1001 days
(random and non-grouped):
Transition into a biotech or
biopharma company as a research scientist
Become fluent in Spanish
Become fluent in German
Learn to program (R and maybe
Visit at least three new
Finish the various other e-course
bundles that I bought (list out later)
Move to a new(ish) city for #1
Make it through at least 250 days
of beachbody workouts (share on twitter?) (0/250) *Luckily it doesn’t have to be consecutive days (though I would like
that)—I haven’t done a Beachbody workout in awhile (I also can’t remember how
many I’d done before I hit my slump).
Paint & frame at least one
original painting (0/1)
Finish the Dream Job Hack program
Finish the Youtube for bosses course
Finish the Youtube course creation for bosses course
Launch a youtube channel
Launch a online course
Get blog traffic to 500+ views/day
Publish 5-10 scientific blog posts (0/10)
Practice more photography (1-2 posts a week) I’ve managed to stick with the photography challenge so far, so at
least on the blog there have been new pictures post on a semi-constant basis
(at least for the past three-four months).
Get instagram followers to 800+
Showcase crafts on blog (afghans, artwork, jewelry)
Learn to make my own jewelry
Re-pierce my ears
Finish at least 200 personal/professional development books (and
post reviews) (35/200) *So out of
the 274 books I have on my book reading list for both personal and professional
development (and this number is growing)—I’ve read 20 in 2018, and 15 so far in
2019—that means I only have another 238 books to read to finish the list (and
that is only if I don’t add anymore books to the list).
Interact more on Linkedin (actually network with connections) (at
least 4 a week) (0/140)
Reach at least 14,014,000 steps (0/14,014,000); though if I add in
the steps from 2018—this could actually be closer to 20,000,000 steps
(goal—19,124,000 by Sept 28 2021 (as of yesterday (07/04/19) 8,047,645/19,124,000).
Visit at least one new national (or state) park (0/1)
Visit at least one new national (or state) monument (0/1)
5 pushups on toes (0/5)
10 pushups on toes (0/10)
Fly/land at least 3 new airports
Visit one new city & state (US) (0/1; 0/1)
Go to one or more scientific conferences (0/1)
Go to a blogging conference (0/1)
See the Northern Lights
Present at a scientific conference (0/1)
Post free monthly challenges in facebook groups
Write (or start) a book
Complete a 365 day photography challenge (137/365) I started the
challenge a little late this year, or more accurately it took me awhile to
build momentum to continue posting a daily picture.
Learn to cross-stitch
Reach 400+ followers on pintrest
Reach 1000+ followers on twitter
Publish at least two blog series (0/2)
Mediate at least 5 minutes a day (0/1001)
This one has been an off and on success—there have been at least one or two
weeks when I didn’t feel like meditating nightly, and therefore I didn’t—but
I’m slowly getting back into the routine.
No extra snacks at work (i.e. no hitting the coffee shop for cookies
in the morning) This one is a work in
progress, there are some days when I’m really good at not getting extra snacks
at work, and there are other days when I cave and get chocolate.
Declutter the movies in the house
Create an editorial calendar for blog (0/33) Well I’m slowly starting to try creating editorial calendars, but have
only been really good at posting certain topics (new/full moon goals &
updates, monthly updates & photography challenge). This is something I
still need to work on.
Credit card debt down to less than $500 a month (and getting paid
off monthly in full) This is almost
happening—I do have my debt at a level that I can pay off monthly, though some
bills get a little higher than planned.
Monthly budget (plus list of monthly recurring charges on credit
cards) (0/33) I’ve been doing this,
though not listing the recurring charges on my credit cards.
Learn to give mani/pedi and give myself one a month (0/33)This one is off the
list—because I have yet to do it, and while I might in the future I don’t see
me doing it quite yet.
Get a new sewing machine and make a new quilt for bed. This one is on hold until I move and then
I’ll be buying a new sewing machine.
Make my new moon & full moon goals (0/66) I’ve been keeping up with this one. Though I may not hit all the goals
for both the new moon & the full moon—I’m at least putting my intentions
out there for the universe to hear.
Buy a new couch and chair for my living room. This one and #s 52-54 are dependent on success with #1 & #7
Buy a new dresser for my bedroom
Buy a new mattress & box-spring for my bed
Buy a new TV & stand for living room
Reorganize my storage unit
Buy fabric & foam and make new cushions for rocking chair
Create a posting schedule (editorial calendar) for facebook pages
(0/66) I’m behind on this.
Generate at least three months of memes for facebook pages (0/3)
Create posting schedule (editorial calendar) for instagram (0/33) Behind on this.
Learn to use photoshop for memes & posts
Make a 30-day Zumba schedule & stick with it (0/30) Haven’t done this yet.
Visit one or more new zoos (0/1)
Visit one or more new aquariums (0/1)
Make a top 10 favorite author list (for different genera; romance,
fantasy/sci-fi, mystery/thriller, non-fiction) for blog
Write and share at least two posts on linkedin every two months (0/32) Behind on this as well.
Ask for endorsements from 6 well known connections on linkedin
(0/6) Behind on this well.
Endorse 3 to 5 people on linkedin every four months (0/40) Behind on this.
Renew professional memberships (0/6) Need to do this soon.
Get into the “best shape” of my life. This is one of the things I’m going to try to focus on more, and maybe
should be moved higher in the list.
Finish reading books on scientific writing (review and post) (0/7)
Take a multivitamin & supplements daily (0/1001). There have been several days (going on to
a week) that I’ve missed taking my multivitamin & supplements.
Design a logo for my blog/website
Finish 3 hidden object games without using hints, or the strategy
Go to a author-reader conference and meet authors
Write in journal daily (0/1001). There have been several weeks that I didn’t do this (mainly due to my
current mood—even though I know when I’m feeling down or in a funk that is
actually a good time to journal).
Complete my book of Sudoku puzzles (minus the ones crossed out)
Drink 70 oz of water a day (0/1001). There have been quite a few days when this hasn’t happened.
Color in two coloring books (0/2) (pictures on blog/instagram)
Knit another afghan (diamond pattern) This has been started, and hopefully will be finished this coming
Watch all the episodes of Hawaii 5-0
Go to at least 2 professional networking events (0/2)
Update Linkedin profile (0/2)
Watch all the episodes of Grimm
Design a science based board game
Hold a two minute plank (on forearms)
Hold a 90 second plank (full)
Go at least one weekend a month without social media (0/33) This hasn’t happened yet, though with the
way the world is going I might start doing it.
Create (and update) a vision board. I’ve created and updated a digital vision board, and will probably
try to update it at least every two to three months.
Get an additional external hard drive to back up the laptop &
external DVD drive for installing printer program on laptop
Create my own coffee table photography book
Touch base with friends that I haven’t talked to lately
Savings up another 20K (0/20K)
Get at least three plants and keep them alive (0/3)
Stretch daily (0/1001)
Watch all the episodes of The Librarians
Watch all the episodes of Once Upon A Time
Get Fit with Jessi to 1000+ likes
Get BecomingJessi to 1000+ likes
I’ve only removed one goal from the
list—giving myself a mani/pedi monthly. I’ve never been the type to fuss with
their nails (though I know with job searching, I do need to start taking better
care of my nails, and this does include painting them every so often). I’ve
realized that I have fallen behind on some of the daily goals (taking my
multivitamins, drinking a certain amount of water a day, and writing in my
journal every day)—but at least I do start back up, even if it tampers off, and
then starts again.
I also know that there are goals that I
haven’t started on, and others that require another goal to be accomplished
before they are looked at. I know where I need to try to focus for the next few
months (personal care—mental and physical health, and slowly figuring out my
career objectives), and once these are on track, I think the others will follow
So we’re well into the year—tomorrow marks the second full
moon (and depending on whom you listen to, it will either be back through the
Leo constellation or entering the Virgo constellation). I’m going to go with
the assumption that the moon is transitioning through each constellation during
both the new moon and the full moon periods. That means that tomorrow, the moon
should be entering the Virgo constellation.
So that means, that it is time to look back at the goals
that were set for the Leo full moon period last month, and determine how I did
with each goal.
So my goals for the last full moon were:
to try to workout daily
working on my transition plan. I more or less have part of my why down (why I’m
in science and research in general)—I just need to work on why I want to leave
academia for industry, figure out the companies, interact more on linkedin and
working on some craft again (whether it’s photography, knitting, starting to
make jewelry, or just coloring in a coloring book).
nightly, and remember that if I keep putting one foot in front of the other,
change will come—but I have to work towards the change and not wait for it to
come to me.
So how did I do with each one?
In terms of working out daily, I have more or less managed
this with the one or two rest days on the weekends. I haven’t totally gotten to
where I do a different workout each day (I have realized that if I haven’t hit
my step goal for the day, I’m going to put on a workout program that will allow
me to almost hit the goal by the end of the workout (or surpass it)), and then
I know that by bedtime I should have my steps in. I am going to try to start
varying the workouts again (especially to get in more strength training), as I
continue to try to be a little better than yesterday in terms of fitness.
In terms of my transition plan, I’ve realized that I have
been letting indecision and fear of failure keep me spinning in circles. I have
an idea of at least one biotech hub (mainly Boston) that I wouldn’t mind moving
back to. I’m also thinking of possibly St. Louis or Indianapolis for the
Midwest area, and then also possibly Washington DC. I know there are hubs on
the west coast—but they’re about double the price of being in Boston or
Washington DC—so I think I may stick east of the Rocky Mountains.
In terms of crafting, this is something that I’ve fallen
behind on. I’ve been trying to do my daily photography challenge, but with cold
weather and it barely getting light by the time I leave to catch the bus this
has been difficult (since I decided that I shouldn’t just be posting pictures
of the animals or tarot cards all the time [though yes I know that is basically
my instagram posts right now]). I may try to continue working on my afghan as I
would like to have that finished before I possibly move in the
I have been trying to mediate nightly, though at times it
may just be laying on the acupuncture mat for 3-5 minutes trying to clear my
mind and relieve the tension in my back and shoulders before going to bed.
There may gave only been one night this past month that I didn’t mediate, and
that was due to be extremely sore my workout and I wasn’t sure if I could a)
get down to the floor, and if I could get down b) I wasn’t sure I could get off
So out of the four goals, the only one that I really didn’t
make a lot of progress on was the crafting goal. This will probably always be
on the list (either on a full/new moon list or working it’s way back into a
weekly habit tracker list), that way I can have a daily reminder that there
should be a balance between life and work, and relaxing is actually something
that is good for me.
Well decided that today’s photography challenge, would be an update on my latest craft project. I decided that I needed to spend time doing more crafts, both those that I’m good at and ones that I need to learn or practice.
One of the crafts that I enjoy doing is knitting. I’ve never been one to really follow a pattern (the first afghan I did–I followed directions since I was learning–but since then I’ve done my own thing). The afghans that I’ve knitted have run the size range from normal size to ones that could double as a blanket on a queen size bed.
This afghan is probably going to be large enough to cover a full size bed as a blanket by the time I’m done knitting it. The ball of yarn is made by tying together fifteen different skeins of yarn to make one large abstract ball of yarn. I never know which color is coming next right now until I get to it. I do know that hopefully within the next hundred rows or so, I should be hitting the region where the mutli-colored yarn is between some black yarn.
Currently the afghan is consists of two hundred stitches cast onto the knitting needles, and I’m making my own diamond pattern within it. I will update sporadically throughout the year as I continue working on it.
Well today’s picture is brought to you by an unknown entomology student. The main part of the department is in a different building and next door to the entomology and plant pathology department. At least one of the entomology classes has an art project as part of the overall semester grade. Their wing wonderful to walk through as there are different drawings, paintings, and sculptures–over the next few months, I’ll take some pictures to share with you.
Lately their art projects have slowly found their way into the biochemistry & molecular biology wing (mainly because there are numerous plants in the area leading to the entomology and plant pathology wings. They moved a large paper-mâché caterpillar into the wing a little over a year ago.
This spider is part of the latest additions to the crowd. There are also a couple of ants crawling around on some hibiscus plants, and then there is a praying mantis hidden within the leaves and branches of another small “tree”. Its the one thing I love seeing is how art and science can be combined–there are several fields where it is easy to do so (entomology is just one of the them).
I’m slowly trying to figure out ways of doing more art/crafts with my field of study–biochemistry and molecular biology, that are also within the crafts that I know how to do (or decide to learn). Maybe the next afghan will have more scientific symbols on it????
As I look towards the New Year, I’ve realized that I need to quit being a passive actor in my own life and I need to start putting serious work and dedication to certain areas to be able to get to where I want to be. So I’m doing things a bit different—I’m doing both a 101+ Goals in 1001 Day Challenge, and looking at my life from a level 10 view. Level 10 Life is a method that is described in Hal Elrod’s book “The Miracle Morning”; after seeing what the Level 10 life chart looks like and trying it myself—I’ve ordered the book and it is on my to-be read pile for this year—so look for a book review coming later (yes, I’m doing things backwards—but hey I never liked marching to the same beat as others). Below are the “10” Levels of life that we usually are giving some part of our life to, and the ranking (1 to 10) is how satisfied I am with each level as the calendar switches from 2017 to 2018; why I feel that way; then hopefully ten goals for each level that I can work towards over the next say three to five years to get everything up to a 7-to-9 ranking.
Here is a picture of what my “Level 10 life” looks like right now.
Some of these goals will be overlapping with my 101+ goals in 1,001-day challenge that I decided to start this year as well (see that post-101+goals). Note—not all sections have 10 goals yet (and one has more), mainly because I’m still trying to think of ideas/goals for each area.
Level: Family and Friends (5): This is the level that I have the most satisfaction with, though it is only at basically 50%. It helps that I do live with my parents currently and my younger brother lives with in the state. I try to keep in touch with friends through social media, and the occasional get together.
GOALS for Family and Friends:
Touch base with people (email/facebook/ in person) more often
Sending Channing an postcard/letter monthly (start a pen-pal system with niece)
Try to have a monthly lunch meet up with friends
Send out a yearly Christmas letter/card to update everyone on how I’m doing (start a new tradition)
Level: Personal Development (4): This is a pretty good ranking, considering I’ve really only started to spend the past couple of months working on any type of development (personal, spiritual, or professional).
GOALS for Personal Development:
Read all the personal development books that I’ve currently bought (or pre-ordered) on my Kindle (roughly 56)
Read the few autobiographical/personal/professional development books that I’ve bought on my Kindle (Roughly 3)
Brush up on at least one foreign language (Spanish & hopefully German)
Start doing more cooking (learning/trying new recipes and cultures)
Tackle my anxiety of driving (find a place for lessons that has done some work with people that have driving phobias/anxiety)
Take at least one vacation trip solo a year (either to a new state/city or to a new country/city)
Listen to at least one podcast a day
Write in a journal daily (make a hybrid of bullet journal and a normal journal)
Set goals monthly (review daily/weekly/monthly)
Develop a time management schedule and stick with it (i.e. planning out the day)
Level: Spirituality (3.5): This isn’t that high, but then I’ve never really considered myself to be a spiritual person (I vary daily between being a pagan and an atheist depending on my mood).
GOALS for Spirituality:
Read the different spirituality books that I’ve got on my Kindle (4 right now) and possibly buy a few more
Try to keep up with doing my new and full moon rituals (wishes)
Mediate at least five minutes a day
Do yoga at least twice a week
Set up an altar for meditation/spell casting
Level: Finances (4.5): This is almost to 50% mainly because I do have a decent size savings account at the current time, though the debt could be lower.
GOALS for Finances:
Get credit card debt down to less than $400 a month re-occurring
Put 8K into a short-term CD investment
Get savings account up at least another 20K
Get a side hustle(s) going that can bring in at least $500/month (cover the re-occurring credit card debt)
Have a monthly budget set up and stick with it; Write down everything that I buy (charge) for two months to see where money is going (and cut back accordingly)
Level: Career (4.5): This is almost to 50% mainly because I’ve realized that I really don’t want to be a professor in academia. Now I just need to spend some time trying to determine exactly what it is that I want to do, and work my way towards that goal.
GOALS for Career:
Read the books that I’ve bought on scientific writing and presenting (7)
Finish the CSA transition plan (mainly trying to rewrite my story to be short and powerful).
Finish the CSA and SMBA modules
Determine the best non-academia position that I fit and meet my criteria of balancing work and life
Start networking with my linkedin connections
Determine the company(ies) that I would like to work for
Start reaching out for informational interviews
Start reaching out for recommendations/referrals on linkedin
Apply for key positions within companies
Land dream(ish) job and start working my way up the ladder to the point that I want to get to.
Finish the other online course bundles that I’ve bought over the past several months (programming, project management, Six Sigma)
Level: Relationship/Social Life (0.5-1.0): This is the lowest ranking. Currently I’m not in any relationship, and until I have my life somewhat figured out (i.e. what my career choice/goal is; location for said career) I don’t feel comfortable getting into a relationship with someone, that could end up having to be long distance. Also right now I don’t feel comfortable trying to meet people in the same town that I basically grew up in (in other words I don’t feel like potentially dating someone I went to school with (either public or college).
GOALS for relationship/social life:
Try to get together with friends on the weekends (lunch, or walking around Boomer Lake)
And more to come as I can think of them………….. Read More