So I’ve managed to decide on a start date for my reboot
break—it will start roughly right around the Thanksgiving holiday. Many may
think the timing is bad, but when you start a job right after the holidays, the
contract usually ends right before it the following year. I more or less gave
four months notice two weeks ago, so now I’m on a countdown clock. I just haven’t decided on a end date for the
reboot break—I know that it will at least stretch into the early part of 2020.
I’ve also decided that this is going to be a three-prong
reboot break: course-correction/career reinvention, emotional/mental healing,
and life enhancement. Currently I see all three as interconnecting—if I can get
back on a even keel in terms of mental/physical health, I will be able to
readjust my career trajectory and enhance my life at the same time.
I’m planning on spending a good part of early December
trying to get my storage unit in better order; I started it last year right
after the Fourth of July holiday, but haven’t had the time to repack anything
that needs it. I’m hoping that in addition to repacking the boxes that have
fallen apart, I will go through others and start paring down my belongings.
I’ve realized that I will probably always be living in an
apartment (or condo)—I don’t really see myself trying to buy a house anytime
soon. Therefore, I need to make sure that I’m not taking a lot of stuff with me
that will just clutter up the space.
I’m also planning on working on my mental and physical
health as well. By the time the reboot break starts, I will hopefully have
finished a second round of Country Heat, the first round of Yoga Booty Ballet:
Abs and Butt, and maybe be working through a second round of LIIFT4. In
addition, I will start meditating twice a day (morning and evening), and
writing more in my journal. By removing myself from a semi-toxic work
environment, hopefully within a few weeks some of the mental cobwebs will be
My traveling will probably be done during the springtime—at least one trip somewhere for enjoyment, and then one or two for networking/job hunting. I have a couple of ideas percolating for the networking trips—which one(s) I go with, will depend on the time of year, and how much groundwork I’ve done via online networking.
In addition, I have so many different e-courses that I’ve
bought over the past few years, that I will finally have the time to sit down
and actually go through and learn something that I can possibly use moving
forward. I won’t feel guilty listening to videos taking notes on things
unrelated to my current position. If I can also relearn a foreign language
(such as Spanish or German)—it will allow me to travel more with a little more
So a recap:
Reboot break is starting end of November 2019. During the
month of December I plan on getting my storage unit in order, starting to work
through more of the e-courses, declutter things in my bedroom, and hopefully
settled into a exercise/meditation routine as well (getting my mental and
physical health back on track).
I will also then be planning out what I hope to accomplish
during the first few months of 2020 as well. Those plans will be posted in an
update, once I’ve posted pictures of the cleaned/organized storage unit and
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 the moon is transitioning through Taurus today, as it
marks its new phase. We’re a third of the way through the year, and somehow
time seems to crawl by during the week and then zoom by on the weekends.
So what are some of the things that one can focus on during the Taurus new moon? Looking at “Moonlogy: working with the magic of lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland:
a list of your values and ask yourself if you’re living your life in a way that
allows you to honor those values. If the answer is no—figure out a new plan to
allow yourself to honor those values.
Ask yourself “What would make my life better?”
check. Ask yourself “Am I being too stubborn or too lazy?”
that there is more to life than racing head, there is also the journey that
should be enjoyed as well (or as much as possible). Slow and steady will win
So the new moon in Taurus is also moving through my seventh
house, or my “love zone”. This zone can also be referred to as the relationship
zone as well. So what are some of the things that one can do during this time
in regards to the seventh house?
old love letters and get rid of at least some of them.
single and feeling brave, try online dating.
parents about their ideas on how to make love (aka a relationship) work.
If you hurt
a past lover, admit you were wrong & apologize to them.
Make a list
of the qualities you look for in a partner.
already attached, play matchmaker for a friend.
So looking at these two lists, I can honestly say that right
now I’m going to focus on the financial/personal aspects of the Taurus new
moon. I don’t have the time or energy to put into the dating scene and finding
someone. In terms of relationships and being with someone—I seem to be one of
the odd ones that doesn’t mind being alone and unattached. I also know that I
have other things to work out on my own before even attempting to stick my toes
into the dating pool.
So my goals for the Taurus new moon include:
financial plan. I’ve realized that I’m not getting any younger, and that there
are still things that I either want to do (travel more for leisure) or will
need to be doing (moving for a new job) that will require having a decent
amount of money saved and/or invested.
on my transition plan—since I know at least one or two of the cities that I’m
willing to relocate to (Boston, and maybe Washington DC, Chicago, or St. Louis)
now I need to start looking for say three to four companies within each area
that I think I could work for and start trying to network for informational
finish the following two books: “Next Gen PhD: A Guide to Career Paths in
Science” by Melanie V Sinche and “Reboot Your Life: Energize your career and
lie by taking a break” by Catherine Allen, Nancy Bearge, Rita Foley and Jaye
bag) up the t-shirts that no longer fit well for donation (or selling online).
into a workout routine (go between weight training and cardio).
The goals might seem a little repetitive, and it may seem to
others that I’m not making progress between months/years—but slow and steady is
the way to go and not everything is publically shared.
So I just finished reading “Anti-Goals: Find Success by
Knowing What to Avoid” by Kevin Wagonfoot as part of my big push again into
reading more personal/professional development books in 2019. This book struck
several chords with me, and therefore I want to share with you.
So anti-goals are basically things that you want to avoid
(and we’re talking things other than death, taxes, and getting sick—because
really those are three things that no one can avoid forever). But the book also
informs “you cannot know what you want, until you know exactly what it is you
That quote right there basically sums up my life for the
past eight years for different areas of my life—namely in terms of work and
health. I’ve been slightly struggling with my job search/transition because I
don’t know exactly what I want to do—though I have some ideas of the type of
jobs I don’t want to do (now I just
need to narrow it down in terms of company culture to determine the companies
that I don’t want to work for).
Another two line from the book that resonated with me were
“You’re not going to know what you want until you taste it. You might not even
know your own preferences yet, even if you’re 30+ years old”. All I have to say
is—Yes, yes, yes—I have no idea of what all my own preferences are yet. Right
now I’m still learning the things I want to avoid (mainly in terms of
personalities of people to try to avoid being around).
Also there was the addition of phrases to avoid, which
mainly leads to self-doubt, negative self-talk, and procrastination. Those
phrases include: “I’ll start on it tomorrow”—I will admit guilt to using this
phrase. I am now going to try to be better at starting projects on time (even
if they’re something I rather not be doing). “We’ve never done it like that
before”—if I’ve used this phrase it usually is in a lab setting and would be
followed by ‘how is different from our current method’ or something similar. “I
don’t know what to do”—I’ve only said this to myself when I’m in the middle of
an anxiety attack thinking about all the different possible job directions I
could go and the ways I could get there. I will try to get better at not
thinking (or saying out loud) as I work on transitioning into industry. The
phrase that is suggested that you also avoid using is “this is in my way”. Now
that particular phrase can be mentally thought when looking at anything or
anyone; while I probably do mentally use the phrase—it is so subconsciously
that I truthfully can’t remember the last time I thought it in a negative way
against someone. I probably mentally say it around things at home or when
looking at a calendar and wanting the next break.
So getting back to the setting of the anti-goals, you can
pick as many different parts of your life to look at and list out the things
you dislike and would like to avoid in each area, and then list ways that you
could possibly avoid doing those things (while realizing that some anti-goals
may still crop up in life and you will then just have to face them head on).
I then realized that this could almost blend in with the
Level 10 life—here you always want to raise the level of different areas of
your life, and with the anti-goals you want to avoid hitting zero. I think that
they could almost be a balance of each other (in certain areas).
So if I were to list out different areas of life and the
things I would like to avoid they would probably look something like this:
long work days.
paid what I’m worth
amount of credit card debt
in the retirement account
to survive month to month
Health and Fitness
overweight and out of shape
good night sleep
stuff than I need
“cluttered and disorganized”
Friends & Family
touch and not staying connected
So my anti-goals would then be for each area:
that would only require occasional long day (or weekend) but with compensation
(days off in return)
Move into a
job sector that will pay people with high level of scientific training what
they are worth
credit cards when ever possible & keep the debt low enough to be paid off
different ways of being able to get more money into a retirement account (safe
alternatives to the stock market)
Have a job
with a company that pays what you are worth, and also one that takes into
account the cost of living in that particular city/area
financial responsible and realizing that less is actually more.
Heath and fitness:
workout at least three days a week.
at least 14,000 steps/day
more at home, and trying to cook healthier versions of different meals
7 to 8 hours of sleep a night
checking the news/social media before bed
counting calories/macros & giving up the word “diet”
back movies that I haven’t watched in years (this should be fun, since I technically
haven’t watched any of the movies in my storage unit in the past 6 years)
clothes that I don’t wear that often
realize that less is actually more and get rid of stuff that I don’t need (or
Set up a
cleaning schedule and actually try to stick with it for once
Friends & Family
Keeping in touch
via social media (if I don’t have their telephone number or email address)
get together for coffee, or a walk, or something sort of social event
accepting invitations to social events and then actually showing up to them.
friends/family know when I’m in the area on vacation/work so that maybe can get
together for coffee or dinner
All in all, this was a good book with some very good points (and the sad thing is—is that all the points were basic, common sense points that as a society we’ve seem to have lost connections to). I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to figure out why they’re stuck where they are in life, but also remember that change doesn’t happen over night and that like anything in life slow, sustainable progress is better than quick, fast changes that you might not be able to maintain over the years.
While the anti-goal list seems lofty and extensive-I’m not going to be doing all of them every day of the week. I may try to focus on one area one week, and then maybe another area the next week, while still incorporating some of the previous week. Small steps will still get you to the finish line–and life shouldn’t be a race, we will all get to our own finish lines at the correct time.
Well the weather is definitely on the warmer side of things now. June is over, and that means 2018 is also halfway over. The second half of the year starts, and the third quarter of the year starts as well. I made note last month, on how I needed to get better at time management so that I didn’t feel overwhelmed everyday—sufficient to say that is still something that I need to work on. I’ve also realized that I really have no tolerance for the high humidity of summer; I remember throughout both my undergrad and grad years I wouldn’t blink twice at biking when there was a heat index in the low 100s—I’d bike a little slower, but I’d still ride my bike. Now I step outside and I almost immediately feel sick to my stomach—so there are other things I need to work on as well this second half the year. So there will also be a couple of posts that are showing where I’m at in terms of my 101+ goal list, and how I’m feeling with my Level 10 life. But for now lets look back on June.
So my goals for June included:
At least 435,000 steps (adding in about 500 steps a day to make up for the deficiency from May)
Shakeology daily (breakfast or dinner)
Reading (finishing) at least 4 non-fiction books & writing the reviews
Finishing up the reviews for the other books
Packing my lunch daily
Walking around Boomer Lake at least once on the weekend (early morning)
Getting through the first month of InsantiyMax30 (its an 8 week program)
Networking and adding value to my online connections
Keeping a money log & having at least two consecutive non-spend days
Finish up the project management e-bundle course that I bought
Other than meeting up with a friend for lunch sometime this month for lunch, and the few things that I purchased today, and the few books that I’ve got on pre-order, one goal now is not to spend any more money this month. That means that I pack my lunch for work (twenty days), not spending any money on the one main match three game that I have on my kindle (it’s funny—I deleted a few games that I was spending way to much money on from my kindle and then downloaded one that I’d deleted because I got stuck on a certain level—and now I’m back in the boat of spending money on the boosts for that game)—this game might get deleted for the month of June (and then re-downloaded come July). This also means that I will have to curb my habit of randomly buying e-books as well. There have been a number of personal/professional development books that I’ve bought over the past couple of weeks, which I need to add to my list of books to finish by Sept 28, 2020.
Trying to stick with a budget hasn’t been that bad—my problem has been trying to also stick with a money log. I can do about a day or two, and then I slowly quit writing down what I’ve bought and how I’ve paid for it. Hence, the money challenge this month—other than lunch with a friend, I’m going to aim for not spending any more money this month (and that lunch shouldn’t run more than $20 [including tip]). Then come July I’ll get back into also trying to keep a money log as well—maybe if I switch up how I’m doing my savings challenges I will actually keep track and stay on top of everything.
So, on June 30th I will post an update on whether or not I was able to stick with this challenge for the entire month (and if I failed, I’ll mention where that money went)—if I succeed I’ll pat myself on the back, maybe get an new e-book (if I also manage to write at least another four book reviews for the blog).