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Month in Review: January 2019

So we’re off and running into 2019. January has come and gone. The weather has been interesting this month—within the first four days there was a snow/ice storm (did get out of work a little early, and then the next day started a little later)—so can’t wait to see how the weather is going to behave for the rest of the year.

So I decided that to start the year, I was going to start a little slower in terms of goals (not have quite as many as I’d been having) to see if I could get at least 80% on each of them. So what did my goals for January include?

They were:

At least 434,000 steps (this will be breaking down to the minimum of 14K/day), so that I can be on track for reaching 5 million steps again by New Year’s Eve.

Starting to interact more on Linkedin.

Restarting the photography challenge (may or may not be same picture on the blog and other social pages).

Working through different e-courses and on the transition plan (making notes and posting updates on the blog).

Working on different science posts for the blog.

Reading (or finishing) at least 3 non-fiction books (aiming to read at least 10% of a book a day—lovely thing with the kindle as it tells you the % of the book you’ve read; would make it approximately 3 new books a month).

Workout daily (either restart a beachbody program or start a hybrid program), alternating resistance training with cardio (and hopefully a walk on the weekend along with yoga).

Figure out how to ensure that I’m having my shakeology daily.

So how did I do with each of them?

  1. Step goal of 434,000: I managed to surpass the step goal this month. I got in 477,549 steps (and this was with four days being below average; three of which were below 5K). A little closer to reaching 500K in a month, but still a little short. But I’m on track for both the yearly goal (of 5 million) and my 1001-day goal (of either 14,014,000 or 19,124,000 steps).
  • Interacting more on Linkedin: This one is a little slow going. I’m liking posts, and sharing posts every so often, but I have yet to write an post or leave a detailed comment on someone’s post.
  • Restarting the photography challenge: This one has been difficult, mainly due to my cell phone acting up (during the week, that is usually how I take my pictures). So the challenge got restarted again on the 7th (though I did post on the 1st, and then several pictures over the weekend of the 5th & 6th to try to make up for not having a daily picture posted from the 2nd to the 4th).

I restarted the challenge again this week (starting on the 28th), and did a double post on 30th (since I had trouble trying to load any of the pages on the blog on the 29th). So we shall see how long I make it this year.

  • Working through the different e-courses and on the transition plan: I’ve managed to work through one e-course (which was more of a refresher on job searching), and did one or two little linkedin “courses”. In terms of my transition plan, I’ve come up with several things that I’d like to avoid doing, slowly figuring out my “professional lifestyle” and I have an idea about which biotech hubs I’d be willing to move to for a job.
  • Working on different science posts: I’m slowly working on this, as I’ve realized what my two major hang-ups are: 1) trying to draw what I want to relate (structures of DNA & RNA for example), and then 2) making sure that I’m not using a huge amount of scientific jargon. I want to write scientific posts that can be understood by someone who doesn’t have the scientific background.
  • Reading (or finishing) at least 3 non-fiction books: So I managed to finish reading the following books, and have also decided to color code them differently in my master list to differentiate between the books that I finished last year (in red) and the ones I will have finished this year (in green); though I also have one in purple (this is more of a reference book):

Move Your Æ Ash: Know, Grow, & Show Your Career Value by Paul Carney

Anti Goals: Find Success by Knowing what to avoid by Kevin Wagonfoot

Power Up Your Self Talk: 6 Simple Habits to Stop Beating Yourself Up and Reclaim Your Life by Michal Stawicki

Anti-Debt: A guide to personal finance, getting out debt and building a money plan for our life by Kevin Wagonfoot

Though I’ve only written one book review so far: Anti-Goals: Find Success by Knowing What to Avoid by Kevin Wagonfoot

  • Daily workout: I’ve managed to at least get my steps in 27 out of 31 days (which means that my fitbit registered at least 25 minutes of walking). I’ve also done numerous workouts—it may not have been daily though. So this is still something I’m going to be working on (see my other post on trying to finish at least 250 different Beachbody workouts).
  • Trying to figure out the best way to have my shakeology daily. This has been a total washout—I haven’t had shakeology at all this month. I’m considering cancelling my supplements for shakeology (as I have about 2 months worth to still go through). Mornings right now are too chilly for having a shake before leaving the house, and I’ve gotten spoiled having it mixed with almond milk instead of water and blended (instead shaken in a cup). So yeah—I’m still trying to figure out the best way of having my daily dose of shakeology.

So I think I’m off to a good start this year (at least in terms of certain things). There are always going to be bumps or roadblocks in the road, and I just need to go over them or figure out a way around them. So now it’s time to try to set some goals for the next twenty-eight days in February.

February goals will include:

At least 392,000 steps (again this breaks down to at least 14K/day; and will keep me on track for my other step goals).

Continue trying to interact more on linkedin.

Read at least one article on fiercepharma or fiercebiotech each day (maybe make notes for a small weekly recap blog post).

Continue with the photography challenge

Continue working through various e-courses/groups and the transition plan (pick specific cities, and have an idea of what my superpower trifecta is).

Continue trying to workout daily.

Aim for a week of no spend days (start money log)

Read (or finish) at least three non-fiction books

Start really trying to work on science posts for the blog (and potentially on linkedin as well).

Figure out the best way (still) of trying to have my shakeology daily.

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December in Review

So 2018 has come to an end, and I wasn’t even the least bit sorry to see the year. I’m going to be do an post for the year in review, so right now I’m going to focus looking back at my goals for December.

So my goals for December included:

1) 434,000 steps (this is still basically 14K/day; technically I can do quite a bit less and still reach my 5 million goal by the end of the month. I’m going to try to keep as close as possible to 14k/day—just to see what my final yearly total will be and maybe adjust next year’s goal higher).

2) Shakeology daily (if I don’t have it for breakfast, I need to remember to pack it for a snack on campus).

3) Read (or finish) at least 3 non-fiction books

4) Limit what I’m buying on campus (aim for at least 2 non-spend days a week [three would be great]), also start keeping a money log again on what I’m buying (and how I’m paying for it).

5) Make my hybrid workout calendar and sticking with it

6) Working through the different e-courses (and taking notes and writing small blog posts).

7) Working on the transition plan (again with blog posts).

8) Working on a editorial calendar for the blog (some of the other goals will be on that calendar as well).

9) Networking & adding value on linkedin.

10) Writing reviews of the books that I’ve finished (but haven’t reviewed yet):

Science of Intelligent Achievement by Isaiah Hankel

            Self Talk: How to train your brain to turn negative thinking into positive thinking & practice self love by Aston Sanderson

            Minimalist Living: Declutter your home, schedule, and digital life for simple living (and discover why less is more) by Aston Sanderson

            Rewire your Habits: Establish Goals, Evolve your habits, & improve your relationships, health, finances, and free time by Zoe McKey

            Thinking in Bets: making smart decisions when you don’t have all the facts by Annie Duke.

            What your clutter is trying to tell you: Uncover the message in the mess and reclaim your life by Kerri L. Richardson

            Choose Yourself: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream by James Altucher

            Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

            CareerCode: Know Your Code, Find your Fit by Jan Lowe & Tracy Lungrin

            YouMap: Find Yourself, Blaze Your path, Show the world! By Kristin Sherry

11) Restart the photography challenge (which may or may not match on various social pages).

So how did I do with my goals for December?

In terms of my step goal (at least 434,000) I managed to get 392,346 steps (it was short for the goal—but truthfully I didn’t need that many to reach the yearly goal), and that got me over my yearly goal of 5 million by several thousand steps. I ended the year with 5,278,971 steps. This was the first year that I managed to hit the goal of 5 million steps (and I’ve set the goal for three years). So I think that I will be keeping this as a yearly goal going into 2019 as well (trying to hit 5 million steps).

This was not the month for daily shakeology. My morning allergies have just been almost extreme this month so I usually try to have something solid for breakfast, and since I don’t really like mixing shakeology with water I haven’t managed to figure out how to have it at work for a snack (hopefully I can figure it out for the new year).

I have only managed to finish the following non-fiction books:

            Reinvent Yourself by James Altucher

I started out the beginning of the month doing okay in terms of keeping a money log, and even managed to have a day where I didn’t buy any sweets on campus, but I didn’t managed to go more than a single day this month in terms of not spending money (and basically after the first week of the month, I fell behind on doing the money log as well).

I made my hybrid Beachbody workout calendar for December and actually even posted it to the blog—but other than the few first days I haven’t actually completed a workout this month (other than walking). So this is something I’m also going to need to get back on track with come the New Year.

I have made a little progress with the transition plan (namely trying to do some personal development and trying to determine what my strengths and weaknesses are and then I can start tailoring my transition plan to my strengths while trying to strengthen some of my weaknesses).

In terms of everything else that I also had on the goal list for December, I really didn’t hit that many of those goals either. In part I think that I just had too many varied things on the list, and I am still struggling with time management in the evenings (two things to work on in the New Year).

So goals for starting out 2019, what will they be?

At least 434,000 steps (this will be breaking down to the minimum of 14K/day), so that I can be on track for reaching 5 million steps again by New Year’s Eve.

Starting to interact more on Linkedin.

Restarting the photography challenge (may or may not be same picture on the blog and other social pages).

Working through different e-courses and on the transition plan (making notes and posting updates on the blog).

Working on different science posts for the blog.

Reading (or finishing) at least 3 non-fiction books (aiming to read at least 10% of a book a day—lovely thing with the kindle as it tells you the % of the book you’ve read; would make it approximately 3 new books a month).

Workout daily (either restart a beachbody program or start a hybrid program), alternating resistance training with cardio (and hopefully a walk on the weekend along with yoga).

Figure out how to ensure that I’m having my shakeology daily (probably as a snack—though I’m pretty sure that I’m going to be down a day (as I didn’t have it today)).

And finally to remember to take things a day at a time and slowly but surely I’ll get a little better at time management and things will get done easier and quicker.


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November in Review

Well we are now down to the last month of the year. I’ve realized that I’ve fallen behind on doing posts on the blog—I totally forgot about the full moon last week, and didn’t make my full moon (Gemini) resolutions for November. I’ve realized that I really do need to start making to-do lists in a journal again (and start journaling again as well)—if I have things to check off, while I might not get to everything—I can at least see what I tried to plan out for the day (or week) and have an idea of what the hell I need to be doing instead of flying by the seat of my pants.

 

So my goals for November included:

 

1) At least 420,000 steps (this breaks down to 14K/day—which will help me get above & beyond my yearly goal of 5 million steps—or have me close by the end of the month).

2) Shakeology daily—either breakfast or snack

3) Read (or finish) at least 3 non fiction books (write & post review)

4) Write reviews for the above books that I haven’t done yet

Science of Intelligent Achievement by Isaiah Hankel

Self Talk: How to train your brain to turn negative thinking into positive thinking & practice self love by Aston Sanderson

Minimalist Living: Declutter your home, schedule, and digital life for simple living (and discover why less is more) by Aston Sanderson

Rewire your Habits: Establish Goals, Evolve your habits, & improve your relationships, health, finances, and free time by Zoe McKey

Thinking in Bets: making smart decisions when you don’t have all the facts by Annie Duke.

            What your clutter is trying to tell you: Uncover the message in the mess and reclaim your life by Kerri L. Richardson

5) Limit my spending on campus (try to have consecutive no spend days)

6) Start another workout program (either another round of LIIFT4 or maybe Insanity Max30 or a mix of different programs)

7) Spend at least 45 minutes a day on personal/professional development (e-course related)

8) Networking & working on transition plan

9) Restart the photography challenge

10) Work on drafting editorial calendar for the blog and trying to post at least twice a week.

 

So how did I do with each one?

At least 420,000 steps (this breaks down to 14K/day—which will help me get above & beyond my yearly goal of 5 million steps—or have me close by the end of the month).

            I managed to just get past my 420,000-step goal for the month. I managed 427,621 steps for the month—which has me at a yearly total of 4,886,625 steps. That means I can almost sit on my butt during the month of December and still hit the goal of 5 million steps. It will be nice to have achieved this goal this year (since I think I’ve set it as a goal for the past three years & this will be the first year I’ve done it).

 

Shakeology daily—either breakfast or snack

            I was good for basically the first three weeks of the month (more or less up to Thanksgiving). I think I only had a shake once this last week—mainly due to my allergies (I’m not really hungry in the morning and it takes me awhile to finish the shake & I don’t want to get up any earlier than what I’m already doing).

 

Read (or finish) at least 3 non fiction books (write & post review)

            I actually managed to finish reading four books this month (though I haven’t written or posted any reviews yet). The books that I’ve finished (and could be adding to the next list) are:

 

            Choose Yourself: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream by James Altucher

            Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

            CareerCode: Know Your Code, Find Your Fit by Jan Lowe & Tracy Lungrin

            YouMap: Find Yourself, Blaze Your Path, Show the World! By Kristin Sherry

 

Write reviews for the books below that I haven’t done yet

            Nope, still need to write these:

Science of Intelligent Achievement by Isaiah Hankel

Self Talk: How to train your brain to turn negative thinking into positive thinking & practice self love by Aston Sanderson

Minimalist Living: Declutter your home, schedule, and digital life for simple living (and discover why less is more) by Aston Sanderson

Rewire your Habits: Establish Goals, Evolve your habits, & improve your relationships, health, finances, and free time by Zoe McKey

Thinking in Bets: making smart decisions when you don’t have all the facts by Annie Duke.

            What your clutter is trying to tell you: Uncover the message in the mess and reclaim your life by Kerri L. Richardson

And now there are four more books added to this list of book reviews needing to be done.

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October in Review

Well there are now only two months left in the year—that is 61 days until 2019 arrives. While Halloween has always been a favorite holiday, I’m ready for this month to be over. It has been an extremely rough and depressing month & one that I don’t want to have to repeat ever again if possible.

Needless to say, I didn’t do great with the goals for October. But let’s take a look at each one and see how close I came to accomplishing each one. The goals for the most part really aren’t changing that much, as there are certain things that if I keep on the list, they will slowly become a habit, and the list is just a reminder of things that I want to try to be better at compared to the day before.

 

So my goals for October included:

 

434,000 steps (This is still basically 14K/day; it may be less or it may be more—it depends on if I do any traveling this month).

Trying to have my shakeology daily (breakfast, dinner, or snack)

Read (or finish) at least 3 non-fiction books

Start working though the list of books that I’ve finished, but haven’t written a review over:

Science of Intelligent Achievement by Isaiah Hankel

Self Talk: How to train your brain to turn negative thinking into positive thinking & practice self love by Aston Sanderson

Minimalist Living: Declutter your home, schedule, and digital life for simple living (and discover why less is more) by Aston Sanderson

Rewire your Habits: Establish Goals, Evolve your habits, & improve your relationships, health, finances, and free time by Zoe McKey

Thinking in Bets: making smart decisions when you don’t have all the facts by Annie Duke.

            What your clutter is trying to tell you: Uncover the message in the mess and reclaim your life by Kerri L. Richardson

Limit what I buy on campus (pack lunch daily, including snacks)

Start another workout program (or a mix of programs—may combine LIIFT4 with InsanityMax30)

Start going through the different e-courses that I’ve bought, taking notes and posting summaries on the blog

Continue working on the transition plan (again hopefully weekly summaries for blog)

As usual—continue networking and adding value to connections on linkedin

Work on my photography challenge (probably try to restart it in the middle of the month).

Start working on more science blogs posts for the page as well.

So how did I do with each one?

434,000 steps (This is still basically 14K/day; it may be less or it may be more—it depends on if I do any traveling this month). So my total number of steps for the month is below the goal of 434,000; but only by about ~31K. The final number of steps for the month of October was 402,888. This brings my yearly total to 4,459,004. I’m just a little over 500K away from my yearly goal of 5 million steps. Since there are 61 days left in the year, I have the possibility of getting another 854,000 steps in (14K/day)—if I manage that, I’ll get above 5 million for the year. So I’m not going to beat myself up over the fact that I didn’t get to or above 434,000 steps this month.

Trying to have my shakeology daily (breakfast, dinner, or snack)

I did manage to travel out to Boston for a week (and I didn’t pack any shakeology to take with me), and I think I only managed about half the month having my shakeology at some point during the day.

Read (or finish) at least 3 non-fiction books.

I’m about 2/3 of the way through “Drive: The Surprising Truth about what Motivates Us” by Daniel H. Pink. With my mood this month, I’ve stuck with a much lighter reading material.

Start working though the list of books that I’ve finished, but haven’t written a review over: This one didn’t get done. I haven’t added any books to the list, but I haven’t taken any off the list either.

Science of Intelligent Achievement by Isaiah Hankel

Self Talk: How to train your brain to turn negative thinking into positive thinking & practice self love by Aston Sanderson

Minimalist Living: Declutter your home, schedule, and digital life for simple living (and discover why less is more) by Aston Sanderson

Rewire your Habits: Establish Goals, Evolve your habits, & improve your relationships, health, finances, and free time by Zoe McKey

Thinking in Bets: making smart decisions when you don’t have all the facts by Annie Duke.

            What your clutter is trying to tell you: Uncover the message in the mess and reclaim your life by Kerri L. Richardson

Limit what I buy on campus (pack lunch daily, including snacks)

Due to several issues (mainly the depression due to losing two dogs within a span of four days) this wasn’t the greatest this month. There have been numerous items bought on campus (ranging from coffee to lunch to snacks). I do need to try to be better about this as well.

Start another workout program (or a mix of programs—may combine LIIFT4 with InsanityMax30)

I’ve managed to do a little LIIFT4 this month (I think I managed it the second week of the month), but other than that I mainly used walking as my mood of exercise.

Start going through the different e-courses that I’ve bought, taking notes and posting summaries on the blog

Nope, this didn’t happen. It needs to start happening hopefully this coming month.

Continue working on the transition plan (again hopefully weekly summaries for blog)

This is still something I’m working on, but didn’t make much progress with it during October (especially in terms of trying to write blog posts about it).

As usual—continue networking and adding value to connections on linkedin

I did make some headway with this goal this month. I went to a couple of networking events out in Boston last week, and in addition to making some new connections on linkedin I got feedback on my resume & help with my elevator pitch.

Work on my photography challenge (probably try to restart it in the middle of the month).

Going to need to restart this one yet again. While I did quite a bit of photography on my mini vacation most of it was with my actual camera (not my phone—since it seems to be acting up in terms of allowing me to take pictures).

Start working on more science blogs posts for the page as well.

I started to draft the post for “Introduction to Central Dogma of Biology” but that is as far as I’ve gotten with my science posts for the page. This is also on my radar of things to try to get better at doing.

 

So what are my goals for going into November?

At least 420,000 steps (this breaks down to 14K/day—which will help me get above & beyond my yearly goal of 5 million steps—or have me close by the end of the month).

Shakeology daily—either breakfast or snack

Read (or finish) at least 3 non fiction books (write & post review)

Write reviews for the above books that I haven’t done yet

Limit my spending on campus (try to have consecutive no spend days) 

Start another workout program (either another round of LIIFT4 or maybe Insanity Max30 or a mix of different programs)

Spend at least 45 minutes a day on personal/professional development (e-course related)

Networking & working on transition plan

Restart the photography challenge

Work on drafting editorial calendar for the blog and trying to post at least twice a week.

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September in Review

We’re now entering the last quarter of the year; and I’ve realized that I’m almost a week late in posting my summary of how September went. So there is only 92 days left in the year (and when this gets posted—basically only like 85 or 86 days left in the year). I had hopes that by this time, I would have been further along in some areas (like networking and the job search), but I’m not—and I realize that in part that is due to my own mental issues (anxiety being the number one issue), and that I need to just make a master plan and slowly work towards that goal. I’ve also realized that I didn’t post that much last month–my apologies; things have been crazy lately and in the evenings I realize that I tended to either try to do things for my transition plan or just veg out on the computer–going to try to be better and more diligent in how I spend on my time on the computer this last quarter of the year (so there might be even more posts coming–who knows 🙂 ).

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August goals: A month in Review

Somehow we only have four months left in the year. The weather for August was rainy (which is unusual for Oklahoma), humid, hot, and then cool for a couple of days before the summer temperatures returned. Classes have started, Labor Day weekend is coming up, and then by the time we blink I swear it will probably be either Halloween or getting close to Thanksgiving. Time is moving at it’s own speed, and I wish that it would slow down when I need it to and then speed up when I need it to. Depending on how you divide up the year, there is either one month left in the quarter, or there is just a third of the year left. Currently I’m going with quarters, so I’m not totally panicking (yet).

 

In terms of the goals for August, lets look back at what I set as goals and how I did with each one.

 

 

So my goals for August included:

 

At least 434,000 steps (truthfully could be lower, but I started the year saying 14K/day, so I’m going to stick with it).

Shakeology daily (breakfast or dinner)

Reading (or finishing) at least 3 non-fiction books & writing (and posting) the reviews

Writing & posting the reviews for all other non-fiction books I’ve read, but haven’t reviewed yet (currently at five).

Packing my lunch daily and trying to include more healthy snacks.

Getting new boxes and trying to repack at least three or four boxes in the storage unit.

Walking around Boomer Lake at least once on the weekends (early morning; weather permitting)

Keeping a money log & having at least two consecutive no spend days

Continue working through the various e-courses that I’ve bought

Continue with LIIFT4 (try to work up to holding the bear movement for thirty seconds)

Continue working on my transition plan

Networking & adding value to my online connections; though trying to be strategic in doing so.

Restart my photography challenge (daily posts to instagram & twitter; then I will do a weekly recap for my blog and facebook pages)

How did I do with each one?

 

Hitting at least 434,000 steps:

            So I have managed to beat the monthly step goal of 434,000 steps. There were quite a few days that I was under the 14,000 steps (and two days where I didn’t even hit 50% of the steps—so I was under 7,000), but there have been days where I’ve been between 16 and 20,000 steps so it all manages to balance out in the end. The grand total for the month is 462,155 (which is 106% of my monthly goal). So while I’ve had some off days this month, I’m still on track of making sure that I can reach five million steps by the end of the year. I should also still be on track for reaching my 101+ goal of the 14,014,000 steps by September 28, 2020. I’ve realized that at time I just need to get up and walk around the building or something to work off energy and that there are times when the goal step isn’t going to be met for whatever reason (I’m starting to finally listen to my body more).

Having Shakeology for daily (either breakfast or dinner):  I have managed to have my shakeology daily for breakfast every day this week. I do enjoy having it on the weekends when I usually go back out in the backyard to sit for a little longer enjoying the sounds of nature before trying to get started with my day.

Reading (or finishing) at least 3 non-fiction books & writing (and posting) the reviews: I have managed to finish 2 books this month:

The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin is one of the books I’ve read and finished this month. I enjoyed this book because it has helped me figure out what my predominant tendency is—I’ve realized that I’m an questioner who can lean more towards a rebel tendency at times than leaning towards the upholder. I’m planning on writing a review of the book hopefully over the long holiday weekend and getting it posted (the book review is posted on the blog; I just need to shorten it for amazon).

 

The second book that I managed to finish Getting There: A book of Mentors by Gillian Zoe Segal. This was a good book in that it is basically a book of interviews with different successful people and how they managed to get to the point of their careers that they’re at now. There were some that resonated with me, and there were others that didn’t; but there were little nuggets of wisdom in all of them. A review of this one is also hopefully coming over the holiday weekend.

Writing & posting the reviews for all other non-fiction books that I’ve read, but haven’t reviewed yet (as of beginning of August this list is at 5 books):

Well I still have the five books to sit down and write the reviews for; these books include:

Science of Intelligent Achievement by Isaiah Hankel

Self Talk: How to train your brain to turn negative thinking into positive thinking & practice self love by Aston Sanderson

Minimalist Living: Declutter your home, schedule, and digital life for simple living (and discover why less is more) by Aston Sanderson

Rewire your Habits: Establish Goals, Evolve your habits, & improve your relationships, health, finances, and free time by Zoe McKey

Thinking in Bets: making smart decisions when you don’t have all the facts by Annie Duke.

There were other issues that have cropped up this month, which had me not wanting to be on the computer, and therefore I’ve neglected several things that truthfully shouldn’t take that long, if I just sit down and do it.

Packing my lunch daily & trying to include more healthy snacks:

Other than not packing my lunch for the very first day of the month, I’ve managed to pack my lunch every other day (not counting the last two days as I’m taking those days as a mental health break). Also other than the first few days of the month, I managed not to buy any sweet snacks (or coffee) on campus as well. This has probably saved me quite a bit of money, and has also hopefully helped in the weight to start coming off again.

Getting new boxes & trying to repack at least three or four boxes in the storage unit:

            I have managed to get several “new” boxes. So by “new” I mean that they aren’t years old—I’m still grabbing some from campus instead of going and spending money at Lowes or somewhere for boxes. I just have yet to make it up to the storage unit to try and repack anything. So I’m at about 50% for this goal.

Walking around Boomer Lake at least once on the weekends (early mornings):

I think that I’ve managed at least one day each weekend up at Boomer in the early morning for my walk. There are some days that I also want to say no—but I go and that way I have time to practice my photography skills. This is also my wake-up time on the weekends before others in the house get up and I have to interact with people.

Keeping a money log & having at least two consecutive no-spend days:

For the most part I managed to keep a money log. Since I had made it a goal to go basically the month without extra sweets (not counting the first few days of the month, since I was still trying to come up with a goal)—I managed to have basically three weeks of no spend days on campus (yes there was one day or two days of needing to get something at the bookstore). So if I can keep this up, I should have the credit card debt basically almost to zero every month.

Continuing to work through the various e courses that I’ve bought. Well this one I didn’t do to well on this month. There were problems at work that ate up the time that I would usually dedicate to trying to get through one video a day at work. So this is something else I need to schedule time to make sure that I actually get it done.

Continue with LIIFT4

I will be finishing week six of LIIFT4 at the end of the month. That means that I will have two weeks left of the program and will be finishing it roughly halfway through September. I’m liking the program—I’m starting to lift heavier with some of the exercises, but at the same time keeping with lighter weights for majority of the “fly” workouts (my shoulders aren’t quite that strong yet). I will be doing a second round of LIIFT4, I’m just not 100% certain when that will be (plus I know that I’m going to be maxing out at 20 pound weights until I move and then I might get one or two sets of slightly heavier dumbbells—plus two sets of in between weights for some of the weights I already have).

Continue working on my transition plan

So this month I had several “universal” pushes to make sure that I actually got my butt in gear and made some head way with my transition plan. I have basically decided that I no longer want to do research, and want to navigate away from the bench. This means that I’m going to be stepping outside of my comfort zone (which basically has been research) and seeing what other aspect of science I have a knack for and it interests me. This was basically just the starting point of the plan (determining both what I don’t want to do, and what I potentially would like to do). The next step is to start making lists of things that I need to get done, writing summaries of different things (such as watching different webinars, or taking e-courses) and then posting those as articles/posts on the blog.

Network & add value to my online connections (though try to be strategic about it)

This is something that I am still working on making weekly time for. One problem had been that without knowing exactly the direction (or directions) I wanted to pursue, I didn’t want to just be trying to do the connection with a whole lot of different people, and not have anything to show for it. I know that it will take time, and I am going to try to schedule a set time (probably evenings or weekend mornings) that I can do the majority of the networking, and then a little bit during the week.

Restarting the photography challenge: This one for some reason is now slightly difficult to do—mainly trying to get a new picture every day. There are some days where I do take a new picture, but other days I don’t. Currently the posts for Instagram have been of the oracle card readings I’ve been doing or the nature photo of the day. I do need to get back into doing this daily & also making the small posts to the blog. I noticed that I got the most views for a month when I was posting something daily (even if it was just a picture with a small blurb under it).

So moving forward into the last portion of the year, my goals for September will be similar to the past couple of months, with maybe trying to add in a few shorter specific goals that are related to my job transition plans.

September goals:

At least 420,000 steps

Shakeology daily (breakfast or dinner)

Reading (or finishing) at least 3 non-fiction books & writing (and posting) a review.

Writing & posting reviews for other non-fiction books I’ve read (see above—the list is currently at 5, but could go up to 7).

Packing my lunch daily, including more healthy snacks, & not buying any sweets on campus

Trying to start repacking boxes in my storage unit

Walking at Boomer Lake at least one morning on the weekend

Keeping a money log & have at least 2 consecutive no spend days

Finishing LIIFT4 and starting Shift Shop

Working through the various e-courses that I bought, taking notes and posting a summary of it on the blog

Working on the transition plan for industry (again there will hopefully be a weekly blog summary about what I’ve managed to accomplish that week in terms of the progress on getting from academia to industry).

Network, network, and more networking.

Restart the photography challenge (yet again).

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July in Review

Well the weather is still definitely on the warmer side of things now. We are well and truly into the last half of the year. July is over, and before we know it-it will be Halloween, then Thanksgiving, and then the Christmas holidays. I had seriously hoped at the beginning of the year that by the time August rolled around, I would have had several different informational interviews to help narrow down my job search (needless to say that this hasn’t happened yet). I’m trying to get better at time management (if I just make the time during the workday to get some things done, I think I’d be doing a lot better). There is now just two months left for the third quarter of the year, and I think that I might need to look at my Level 10 life and see how things are progressing, and maybe add in one or two things from that to my goal list of August. But in terms of how this past month has gone, lets take a look at what I set as my goals and if I met them or not.

So my goals for July included:

At least 434,000 steps (basically back to trying to get 14,000 steps/day).

Shakeology daily (breakfast or dinner)

Reading (or finishing) at least 3 non-fiction books & writing (and posting) the reviews

Writing & posting the reviews for all other non-fiction books I’ve read, but haven’t reviewed yet.

Packing my lunch daily

Starting to get my storage unit in order

Walking around Boomer Lake at least once on the weekends (early morning)

Keeping a money log & having at least two consecutive no spend days

Continue working through the various e-courses that I’ve bought

Figuring out the best workout plan and implementing it this month

Continue working on my transition plan

Networking & adding value to my online connections; though trying to be strategic in doing so—realizing that I can’t add value to over 1200 people in a month.

Restart my photography challenge (daily posts to instagram & twitter; then I will do a weekly recap for my blog and facebook pages)

So how did I do with each one?

Getting at least 434,000 steps in: I have managed to surpass the monthly goal of 434,000 steps. I have been getting anywhere from the 14,000 upwards of 20,000 (or more) daily. There were a few days that I didn’t hit the minimal goal of 14,000 (but since there were days at or above 20,000—its balanced out). The final total for the month was 499,633 (I was so close to accidently getting to 500k this month in steps). This has me at a total of 3,116,437 and that means to reach my goal of 5 million steps by December 31st I only need to basically do 12,311 steps a day (I’m still going to be aiming for 14k though).

Having shakeology daily (for either breakfast or dinner): I have managed to have my shakeology for breakfast everyday this month. It is one nice thing about summer—it’s hot and the shakeology is nice and cold. The only thing that I really need to start doing is to properly measure how much plain Greek yogurt and all natural peanut butter I’m actually adding into my shake on a daily basis.

Reading (or finishing) at least 3 non-fiction books & writing (and posting) the reviews: Well this one (and the following one) are two that I did not manage to get even a little part done on. I did add a few more books to my to-be-read digital pile, but I haven’t finished any from that list this month. I have been reading both fiction and non-fiction, but just haven’t finished any non-fiction books (they do at times take a little more brain power than reading a fiction book). So this one (and the following one) will probably be going back onto the goal list for August.

Writing and posting the reviews for all the other non-fiction books I’ve read this year, but haven’t reviewed yet: Nope, haven’t written (and posted) book reviews yet. I have documents started for several of the books that I need to review (I did that back in the beginning of June)—I just need to sit down and (1) see if I highlighted any quotes or phrases in any of the books (I do love that little part of the kindle); and then (2) if I haven’t probably go back through and skim the book for those little nuggets that I should have highlighted the first time.

So the books that still need a review written on them include:

Science of Intelligent Achievement by Isaiah Hankel

Self Talk: How to train your brain to turn negative thinking into positive thinking & practice self love by Aston Sanderson

Minimalist Living: Declutter your home, schedule, and digital life for simple living (and discover why less is more) by Aston Sanderson

Rewire your Habits: Establish Goals, Evolve your habits, & improve your relationships, health, finances, and free time by Zoe McKey

Thinking in Bets: making smart decisions when you don’t have all the facts by Annie Duke.

Packing my lunch daily: This one has been a success. I guess there is one little benefit for being on the stupid damn timesheet—you bring your lunch to make sure that you aren’t going to be going over your one hour lunch and having to work late. Though I also need to start packing more snacks for the day (that way I won’t feel tempted to go to the union to buy some type of sweets).

Starting to get my storage unit in order: Did this the day after the Fourth of July. I managed to get everything rearranged, and now I just need to start getting boxes that way once I take off another couple of days, I can start repacking the boxes that have fallen apart and be able to get a little more stuff in there as well (including the recliner from Arick’s room).

Walking around Boomer Lake at least once on the weekends (early morning walk): This one I’ve basically managed to get up to Boomer Lake either both Saturday and Sunday, or at least one of the two (depending on the weather). I haven’t really done the full walk around Boomer, since I’m taking photographs—I realized it would probably be an almost two hour (if not closer to three) walk if I tried to go all the way around the lake (though I might try that maybe today [July 29th]. I have managed to get pictures of the great blue herons, the scissortail flycatchers, the ducks & geese in the mornings. Occasionally I will see the green heron as well. I do enjoy seeing the rabbits out and about in the early mornings as well.

Keeping a money log & trying to have at least two consecutive no spend days: I have more or less managed to keep a money log going this month (and my no-spend days were basically at the beginning of the month). I’ve realized that I probably should try to see if I can make it through a workday with just a mug of tea (because even getting a “normal” coffee is still a little over two dollars), and I truthfully really don’t need the extra sweets that I’d also been buying. In addition I’m thinking of deleting the match three games off my kindle again, as I seem to be willing to spend the money every so often (and at times quite frequently) for getting extra turns and lives to continue playing the games. This is another challenge that I’m going to keep going for awhile to see if I can get better at curbing my random spending and start saving more.

Continue working through the various e-courses that I’ve bought: I’m slowly working through the different courses that I’ve bought (which now includes courses [and access to websites] that are devoted to coding for webpage development. Coding is something that will be beneficial for me to know, no matter what direction I go with my career. I’m hoping that I can get through a few more of the smaller courses through August, and then in September and October dedicate time for some that will take a little more time.

Figuring out the best workout plan & implementing it this month: Decided to go with LIIFT4. This is a new resistant training with HIIT intervals in it, and it’s only four days with the workouts ranging from about 30 to 45 minutes. I missed this pass Monday due to the site being down, but was able to start it the next day, and we shall see if it’s a good idea to have a leg day HIIT program on the weekend.

Continue working on my transition plan: I managed to try to develop a new way of thinking about my transition plan—I drew some bubble maps on what I considered my safety zone (research) and those positions that I was consider that were totally outside my zone of comfort, and how they could also be connected to things that I enjoy doing. I still need to work on the plan (one of the books that I’ve started reading has these little “homework” assignments of writing down your goals and putting them in a timeline, so I need to start doing that as well)—but the big priority for August is to determine the direction that I think I want to go (research [if so the sector] or other direction), that way I can really start trying to network better.

Networking & adding value: I’m still slowing working on this. If you look above, I’m putting a deadline (hopefully) of when basically September being the month that I really try to start networking more (though I not sure that I really want to be moving possibly back to the east coast during winter), to hopefully find something for the spring.

Restarting my photography challenge: This one I started, but then stopped doing sometime after the fifth of the month. I mainly stopped because my phone was acting up (and still is). Basically I need to make sure that all photos are downloaded to my computer and delete a lot of them from my phone (I keep getting the message that I don’t have enough memory for taking photos). In addition I need to plan out what each week may consist of that way I have a better idea of what I may want to take a picture of; though I do like doing freestyle photography of what ever catches my eye and attention. So—this is something that I need work on still. But I think I’m getting better with the camera during my morning walks at Boomer.

So my goals for August will included:

 

At least 434,000 steps (truthfully could be lower, but I started the year saying 14K/day, so I’m going to stick with it).

Shakeology daily (breakfast or dinner)

Reading (or finishing) at least 3 non-fiction books & writing (and posting) the reviews

Writing & posting the reviews for all other non-fiction books I’ve read, but haven’t reviewed yet (currently at five).

Packing my lunch daily and trying to include more healthy snacks.

Getting new boxes and trying to repack at least three or four boxes in the storage unit.

Walking around Boomer Lake at least once on the weekends (early morning; weather permitting)

Keeping a money log & having at least two consecutive no spend days

Continue working through the various e-courses that I’ve bought

Continue with LIIFT4 (try to work up to holding the bear movement for thirty seconds)

Continue working on my transition plan

Networking & adding value to my online connections; though trying to be strategic in doing so.

Restart my photography challenge (daily posts to instagram & twitter (and possibly to the blog); then I will do a weekly recap for my facebook pages and possibly the blog as well–this might vary week to week)

Basically the goals are more or less the same for August as they were for July (with a few changes). If I want to transition by April of 2019—I have eight months to make that happen, so I really do need to start making lists and checking things off.

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June in Review

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

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Month in Review: May

It seems as that the weather gets a little warmer; the days seem to fly by. May is over, and we’re only thirty days from being half way done with the year. One thing that I really do need to get better at is either time management or staying up until things are finished for the day (or start getting up earlier to get some things done). This is mainly in regards to both trying to transition into industry and getting some writing done (book reviews and trying to think up ideas for content posts for the blog). I’ve come to realize that in the evenings once I get home, that after I do a few things (feeding the animals), I either make the time to do a workout or I just relax (relaxing is good, but at the same time I should try to be a little more productive with my time so that I can actually start getting a few other things accomplished).

So my goals for May included:

At least 434,000 steps (There is going to be a mini-vacation in May, so I’m going to have to figure out how to ensure that I get all my steps in, even though there will be several days of driving).

Shakeology daily (breakfast or dinner)

Reading at least 4 non-fiction books & writing the reviews

Finishing up the reviews for the other books

Packing my lunch daily

Keeping track (some-what) of my daily calories

Getting through Yoga Booty Ballet: Ab & Butt Makeover

Networking

Keeping a money log & having at least two consecutive non-spend days

Finish up the project management e-bundle course that I bought

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April In Review

Somehow the month of April is over. I want to say that I’ve gotten better at time management so that I can get more accomplished each day, but I haven’t gotten there yet. My goals really haven’t been changing all that much (the step goal changes by about 14,000 [depending on the number of days in the month]), and then I adjust all the other goals so that I can add in one or two other ones that I think I can accomplish that month.

So, my goals for April included:

At least 420,000 steps

Having Shakeology daily for breakfast

Read at least 4 non fiction books (and write reviews)

Write the reviews for books I’ve read this year (but haven’t reviewed)

Pack my lunch daily

Have at least 2 no spend days in a row, and work up to a no spend week

Exercise 6 days a week (get through Yoga Booty Ballet)

Continue networking

Finish up the modules for the SMBA, and then continue working through the other numerous online courses that I’ve bought.

Keep a money log

Finalize my top three industry position choices and start drafting a Linkedin summary that could encompass all three positions.

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