Category: Personal Development

Aries Full Moon Goals: A few days late

So the moon is (or actually has) entered it’s latest full moon stage, and has moved through the Aries constellation. I’m going to be a day (or two, maybe three) late in posting, but that seems to be on par the past couple of weeks in my posts. By the time I post this, October will be halfway over, and that means there is only two and half months left in 2019. Somehow, time speeds by when one wants it to go slow, and crawls when we want it to speed past. I’ve realized that one thing I need to focus on during these last few weeks of 2019 and going into 2020—time management, and productivity.

So Aries is actually the start of the Zodiac calendar—which means astrologically speaking—it’s starting a new year, so goals can be reassessed, redesigned, tossed, and new ones made if one wants to.

So during the full moon, there are a series of questions one can ask themselves regarding the full moon in different constellations. So in regards to the full moon in Aries, one can ask themselves the following questions:

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

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

Have I been brash, blunt, or too competitive?

Have I ignored other people’s finer sensibilities?

Have I had enough fun?

So if I were to number the previous questions 1-5, I think my answers would be as following:

  1. I don’t think that I’ve been hotheaded, selfish, or argumentative this month as all—though I’m sure that there are some people who will disagree with me on the selfish part (since I turned in my letter of resignation for my current position [and who knows when it will be filled]). I’m actually trying to put myself first at times (especially in terms of my mental health). I usually try to avoid being argumentative at work (it doesn’t seem to do any good, other than make a situation worse).
  2. No I haven’t been going to fast or being impulsive this month either—if nothing else, my problem is that I’m usually going in the opposite mode—to slow and being overly cautious. I’ve realized that I’ve actually worked myself into a stage/period of “motion paralysis”, and this is something that I’m actually going to be working on moving/getting out of over the next few months (especially once my reboot break starts).
  3. Again, no I don’t think I’ve been brash, blunt, or too competitive—I’m more likely to stand back and let others be in the spotlight. I’m quite content to be in the background doing things.
  4. I don’t think that I’ve been ignoring other people’s finer sensibilities.
  5. No, I probably haven’t been having enough fun lately. This is something else that I’m going to be trying to correct over the next few months. I know that it shouldn’t be trying to find a “balance” between work and home—but trying to enjoy and find something “fun” in what I do between the hours of eight and five (or nine and six—or whatever the work hours will be). Plus, once I’m better at time management—spend some time in the evenings working on crafts, photography, and/or writing.

So I can safely say—that I’m quite boring, dull, and more than willing to be a wallflower. Traits, that won’t be helpful in terms of networking, and job searching—so there are things that I will need to work on over the next few months. But before one can start making their full moon goals, one should also look to see which house the full moon is moving through—and what they may need to take into account there.

So Aries is moving through my sixth house—or my daily work and health zone. So this is one nice thing about the moon—it moves through the houses several times each year—but there are two times (new & full) that we can sit and reflect on how we’ve done with each house. This is the house, where we can sit and reflect on who we are (both business/work wise and health/fitness wise) and decide to work on what we don’t like.

I find it amusing that the sixth house has popped up approximately a month before I’ll be leaving my job, and a little over a week before I do a free health assessment. I know that there are numerous things that I need to focus on in both areas of life (work/business and health/fitness)—that I’m going to go slow, and the goals may carry over into goals for both November and my reboot break/transition plan goals.

Therefore my goals for the Aries full moon will include:

            Working on my reboot break/transition plan. This may include working through some of the personal development courses or starting to read some of the personal development books (particularly the ones that have numerous journal prompts).

            Trying to back into meditating nightly—this has been an on and off endeavor the past couple of weeks. I know that when I manage to do it for at least a couple of minutes—I do sleep a little better at night.

            Not touching my phone after I turn off the lights and start reading (I have the light dimmed on the e-reader, but haven’t figured out how to dim the light on the phone). Try to be meditating by no later than nine, and reading no later than twenty after nine.

            Continue trying to plan out the next couple of months, and look into different programs that allow you to block certain apps/web pages to help increase my productivity and work on my time management skills.

And always remember: Progress over Perfection.

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A review of my Pisces full moon goals

So the moon will be entering it’s full moon phase tomorrow, and then within a few days October will be halfway over—as it is, there are less than ninety days left in the year. I have basically six weeks left on the job, and then I will be starting my reboot break—I’ve realized over the past week or so that I’ve worked myself into movement paralysis (overthinking to the point of not being able to do anything), and that in the spring I’ll have to make a leap. What that leap is going to be or where it will take me—that is still up to the drawing board.

So before I sit down to draft my next round of full moon goals, I should look back at the                                           goals that I set for the Pisces full moon and see how I did with them.

My goals for the Pisces Full Moon included:

            Meditating nightly.

            Get back into journaling and working on my reboot break and transition plan.

            In connection with number two—figure out how to divide things between different days and work on my time management (plan things out).

So how did I do with each one?

            Other than the past week or so, I managed to meditate at least two to three minutes each night. I realized that October was going to be a difficult month (in basically every aspect of life), due to it being the one year anniversary “month” of when we had to put Chewi and Piranha down last year. I had thought that I managed to get a grasp on my depression—and for the most part I have, but I’ve also realized that there will be times when I slid backwards. These past few weeks has been that slid backwards—now I’m going to be working on moving forward again; both to regain the ground “lost” during my backwards slid and to make progress moving forward.

            In terms of journaling and working on various plans—I’ve been slowly working through an new e-course, and with that has come some startling thoughts—like I’ve been in academic research (in some form) for a long enough period, that the “career” has reached the legal age of drinking. Now that I’ve decided that I’m done with academia—I’ll be starting with a “new, baby” career—that will have quite a ways to go before it reaches the legal age of drinking.

            I’m still working on my time management and planning things out—I’ve realized that it may be better to just try to block off time for certain things (working on an e-course, journaling/answering personal development questions) than stating that from X to Y is going to be Z and then moving on to C and D. Again over the last few weeks I’ve realized that I’ve worked myself into “movement paralysis” and anytime I tried to slowly work my way out of it—I’d sidetrack myself by checking social media, and other pages. So one thing I’ll be doing is looking into the sites that allow you to block access to certain pages for a certain amount of time. That way I can hopefully get quite a bit of other stuff accomplished without sidetracking myself with social media. This also means that I’ll be having to straighten up my working space at home and remove/hide other items that I would consider “time wasters”—mainly my phone (so that I can’t check social media), my kindle (so I’m not just reading anything), and possibly some of my craft items.

It is time to figure out what I’m wanting to do with the second half of my life—academic research has been fun, and will always hold a spot—but it is time to find that one thing that I’m totally passionate about, and will also keep me interested and engaged at work, and I feel excitement when I head into work daily—instead of counting down the hours until I can leave.

But currently I’m going to keep with the motto: Progress over Perfection.

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September: Month in Review (a few days late)

Well September is officially over, and there are only 92 days left in the year. I’m also a day or two late in posting this as well. As I’m writing this I realize that my birthday has come and gone, and I am currently looking down my last year of my thirties. I also realized that I fell short on most of my goals for September.

We’re officially started the fourth quarter of the year, and I’m thinking that is where some of the change is going to take place, and the seeds for change in 2020 will be planted.

September goals were basically the same goals that I’ve had for the past few months, including the goal of working on my “reboot break” plan.

The goals for September included:

At least 420,000 steps

Continue with the photography challenge

Determine some type of workout routine (hopefully more than just walking)

Aim for two weeks of no spending (keep money log)

Read 3 non-fiction books

Continue working on the reboot/pause plan

Try to set up a monthly calendar (getting organize) for various things

Continue reading on various industry websites and sharing interesting articles via linkedin/twitter. Plus notes for weekly recap on the blog

So how did I do with each one?

At least 420,000 steps

            So I at least managed to surpass my step goal for the month of September (and only had a few days that I was within 1500-2000 steps of my daily goal). My total number of steps for September ended up being 467,751 steps (almost 50K above my goal), and it brings my current yearly step total to: 4,047,300 steps. I’m well on my way of reaching my goal of 5 million steps by the end of the year.

Continue with the photography challenge

            I ended the month with another hiatus (and probably will start October with one as well). It isn’t that I’m not enjoying the challenge—because I am, but because I feel like I’m in a posting rut (the same topic—though the animal might be in a different pose, since pictures were taken on different days). So this is something that I’m going to be working on over the next few months.

Determine some type of workout routine (hopefully more than just walking)

            Well I stuck with mainly walking for the month—though there was a day or two at the beginning of the month that I did LIIFT4. I have created a hybrid calendar with LIIFT4, Country Heat, and Yoga Booty Ballet that I will hopefully be following for the rest of the year. I’m being smart and starting slightly light on the weights (instead of doing heavy right away), and may double up on the Country Heat & Yoga Booty Ballet on the weekends (Wednesday may be an automatic rest day, since there are quite a few chores that I have to take care of once I get home from work).

Aim for two weeks of no spending (keep money log)

            This didn’t happen. I think that I might have managed a day or two here and there in terms of no spending on campus. One thing about quitting my job come November—I’ll be saving quite a bit of money, since I won’t be buying chocolate and/or coffee on a daily basis.

Read 3 non-fiction books

            I finished reading the “introduction” book in a self-development series (and am almost through with the second book; and the only other one I bought). The title of the book I finished is:

                        “Simplify your pursuit of success: Six simple steps to success” by Michal Stawicki

Continue working on the reboot/pause plan

            I’m still working on this plan. I have an idea of how the first two weeks may go—mainly getting my storage unit in order and enjoying the start of the holiday season (Thanksgiving). Since I’m also in the process of trying to rework my transition plan, and plans for traveling are slightly on hold (until I can figure out what will be either a mental health break and/or a combination work/enjoyment trips).

Try to set up a monthly calendar (getting organize) for various things

            This one is also a work in progress, as I haven’t found a planner calendar that I actually like (in other words one that is large enough for me to write multiple things for a single day), I’m in the process of trying to create my own monthly calendars where I can have multiple things written—or at least referenced back to on different days.

Continue reading on various industry websites and sharing interesting articles via linkedin/twitter. Plus notes for weekly recap on the blog

            I managed this for a while at the beginning of the month, but fell behind schedule towards the middle/end of the month. Though I didn’t take any notes to do a recap post on the blog.

So I fell short on basically ninety percent of my goals for September—but that ten percent success rate is what is keeping me going—Progress over perfection. I know that I’m not perfect, that I’m going to give in to my anxiety now and then, that I’m going to fall back on my fiction reading to help deal with my mood swings (and lets not talk about the current state of the world); but I am doing a little each day that helps me get a little closer to some of the goals that I’ve had set for quite a while.

Therefore the goals for October will include:

At least 434,000 steps

Photography challenge (if there has to be a recap session to make up for a few days—oh, well—I’m only human)

Read at least 2 non-fiction books

Continue working on my reboot break & start reworking my transition plan

Aim for one week no spend

Continue working out (hybrid LIIFT4/Country Heat/Yoga Booty Ballet)

Set up the monthly calendar (can start with November as a trial run)

Keep reminding myself: Progress over perfection, and that I shouldn’t fear failure, but fear being in the same place next year as I am today.

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Another late post: Libra New Moon Goals

So the moon transitioned through it’s new phase this past weekend (I’m a few days late in the posting), and it went through the Libra constellation. This means that there are only three months left in the year. So we’ve left behind Virgo season and moved into Libra. This means that I now have less than three and sixty days before I hit the big four-zero (more posts on this in the coming months).

But since we’re still in the new moon phase, what are some of the things that one can do during this time?

            Look at how you’re relating to people (this is the time of year when the energy should be more on the giving than the receiving side).

            Look into your partnerships (are there issues that need to be sorted out?)

            Negotiate—figure out a way to bring things into balance if needed.

            Look gorgeous—work on improving your self-image (and self love).

            Regain your identity—if there is unhealthy co-dependency issues, figure out how to resolve them.

The moon is also moving through my 12th house—or my secrets zone. This is the time when you really just want to retreat from the world for a while and work on things. But what some of the things that one can do during this time in regards to their inner self?

            Practice yoga

            Take a break from social media and/or numerous social obligations

            Start a dream journal

            Face one big fear

            Trust your intuition

            Buy a meditation CD & use it every day for a month

            Write poetry from the heart

            Share one of your secrets

So this new moon for me means finding a balance between being somewhat social and working on calming the mind/chatter (inner peace if you would). I realize that I’m a work in progress on a lot of things—and mental clarity/calmness is one that I’m striving for.

So making my goals for the Libra new moon:

            Meditate nightly—I have some nature CDs on my iPhone that I bought via iTunes—they’re calming (at least for me) and no one is talking.

            Practice yoga—there is a little yoga in one of the workouts that I’ll be doing over the next few weeks.

            Regain my identity—this doesn’t have anything to do with unhealthy co-dependency issues (unless you consider all my jobs to this point have been in an academic setting)—but try to figure out who I am and what I want to do with the next half of my life.

I’m hoping to get back into a schedule for posting for the end of the year–the last few months have been “off” for me–though I do realize why–we’re coming up on the year anniversary of losing our two oldest dogs last year (the first anniversary will be next Friday, with the second one the following Tuesday). Hopefully I can focus on planning my reboot break, transition plan, blog posts (and possibly trips) and work my way back out of the little funk that I’ve found myself in the past six weeks or so.

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Slightly Late: Review of Virgo New Moon Goals

So the moon is entering it’s new phase again, and has transitioned through Libra over the past weekend. This means that we’re almost down to the last quarter of the year—Monday was the last day of September, and then there are only 92 days left in the year.

So before heading into making my goals for the next new moon—it’s time to review how I did with my Virgo new moon goals.

My short list of goals for the Virgo new moon period included the following:

  1. Taking an inventory of my life—work on scheduling my reboot break, and other things
  2. Try to get back into a workout routine (probably Country Heat)
  3. Get organized (try to set up various calendars in regards to exercise, working on the blog, networking, job searching, and so forth).

So how did I do with the three goals?

In terms of taking an inventory of my life—I need to finish up my rough draft of my reboot break. I have an general idea of how the first two weeks or so will go (mainly trying to get my storage unit in order), but in terms of trips—those haven’t been planned yet (need to also do some work on my transition plan).  It is time to take control of the direction of my life, and while totally scary—I think it will be a fun trip, as long as I remember to enjoy the journey of getting to where I want to be (which means I still have to have an idea of the end point).

In terms of getting back into a workout routine—I’ve made (though I need to modify it a little) a hybrid calendar that if I start it on Monday will take me through the rest of the year (and possibly the first week or two of the new year). Currently I’ve been trying to make sure that I at least get my steps in during the week—and if I can go over 14K enough, I don’t feel too bad about the days that I fall short of the goal. I know that working out will help me sleep better at night, therefore I need to push myself into the habit again of working out after feeding the dogs (and doing other chores) and try to get it done before dinner.

In terms of getting organized—since I haven’t found a planner that I really like, and while I like my bullet journal—I don’t like how limited the space is for creating calendars. Therefore I went and bought some graphing paper (already hole-punched) and will be using that to hopefully create a large enough monthly calendar that I can at least put more than one thing on each day. I can also have normal paper behind it with lists and have those referenced to the calendar. This is something that I’m hoping to put into effect for October going forward.

So I’m slowly working on moving forward with things (no matter how scary they are)—I’ve more or less given my resignation with my current position (just need to write the resignation letter), and then will have the time to focus on figuring out what I want to do with my life. I’m slowly getting back into a workout routine—while it goes hand in hand with nutrition, I’m going to currently focus on getting back into working out daily. Once I have that has a daily habit, then I’ll also focus more on the nutrition (and that isn’t saying that I’m ignoring nutrition—but I’m not freaking out over calories or macros currently). I’ve decided that the word diet is gone from my vocabulary—and I’m also thinking of striking the words organic and anti-GMO from my vocabulary as well (possible future posts on this topic).

But I have been remembering: Progress over Perfection—I may not be reaching all of my goals for the year—but I’m making progress towards them.

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September’s Full Moon Goals as it transitions through Pisces

So the moon has entered it’s latest full moon phase. This happened either last night (which would have made it a full moon on Friday the 13th) or tonight. It is also the Harvest moon (which is what the full moon closest to the fall equinox is called).  September is also almost halfway over, and that means there is just a little over three and a half months left in 2019.

The Harvest Moon

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:

  1. I would probably agree that I haven’t gotten enough things done in terms of working towards a transition into industry, but that is more of not planning/over-planning/not managing my time well enough. I do “escape” into my own world when the real world irritates me (which is quite a lot lately), but I don’t think that I’m making silly errors. I do make mistakes now and then—but I’m only human, and not a machine.
  2. This depends on what one is talking about—I try not to take criticism personally at work, I know that I’m moving on and the others are staying—they have to worry about every little thing to ensure that funding stays. I’m only human and I do make mistakes (and I made a couple this week, that postponed some data for clients by a day or two)—but I always apologize both ahead of time and when I finally get the data to them.
  3. No, I haven’t been acting like either a martyr or being easily led around by others either.
  4. I try to mediate every day and usually at night. There have been a few days when I haven’t meditated in the evenings before bed, and that is usually because I’m either really tired, or really irritated with something and I just want to read for awhile before heading to bed.
  5. I’m trying to do this, I really am—but first I have to try to redefine what my dreams are for my career (as becoming a professor at a university doing cutting edge research isn’t in the current cards). I have realized that I need to live my life for me—which means going on a reboot break to determine what it is I want to do, and moving forward from there.

So the Pisces full moon is also passing through my seventh house, which is also my “love zone”. While I’m currently not in a relationship, it can also relate to how one deals with other people in general. One thing that I have found interesting with this book—there are questions for the full moon, and things to consider with each house (but only with the new moon)—I guess they balance each other out, since you go through each constellation and house twice in a year (once for the new moon and then once for the full moon).

So I am going to pay attention to how I get along with people, and try to be more understanding of others over the next couple of weeks. Therefore my goals for the Pisces Full Moon will include:

            Meditating nightly. I’ve been trying to get back into the routine, and will continue working on it. I can usually manage two-to-four minutes, and hope that within a couple more months, I can get back to five-to-ten minutes. Also I’m going to try to find somewhere on campus that I can at least sit and breath for a few minutes (without being disturbed).

            Get back into journaling and working on my reboot break and transition plan. The birthday is happening soon, and then I will be looking down my last year of my thirties—it’s time to seriously plan for the second half of my life.

            In connection with number two—figure out how to divide things between different days and work on my time management (plan things out).

But over all remember: Progress over Perfection.

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A review of August’s Aquarius Full Moon Goals

So the moon is going to be transitioning into Pisces either last night (which makes it a full moon on Friday the 13th) or tonight—but it all depends on where you are in the world. So September is almost halfway over, and in a week or so I’ll be staring down my last year of my thirties.

But for now, it means looking back at the goals that I set during the Aquarius full moon, and seeing how I did with each of them.

My goals for the Aquarius Full Moon included:

            Evening meditations

            Getting back into a workout routine

            Working on my reboot break and transition plans

So how did I do with each of them?

I’ve been okay at doing my evening meditations, even if it is only for two or three minutes, though there might have been a night or two that I skipped my meditations. I’m slowly being able to focus more on my breathing than the thoughts racing through my mind. Though I’m still working on the length of time I spend meditating—there are some nights where I can’t seem to focus and that’s okay. Still working on trying to find the quiet spot at work that I can go, sit and just be for a while (without anyone really knowing where I am, but at the same time not leaving campus). So this is still a minor work in progress.

Currently my workout routine has been mainly walking either on campus during the week, or walking around Boomer Lake on the weekends (the temperatures are finally decent in the mornings for a walk). I still want to get back into a resistance/cardio routine, but so far haven’t figure out the best timing with only about an hour and half between getting off of work, getting home, doing chores and then dinner time. After dinner, I have my evening routine before winding down before bed. So—yes I know that there are twenty-four hours in the day, and that I should easily be able to carve out thirty to forty minutes for a workout—I just haven’t figure out that time period/point yet.

In terms of my reboot break, it should be starting in roughly ten weeks—this is the approximate time in which my current job contract ends. Ending a job (without another set up) right before the holidays may seem strange and crazy—but that is exactly what I need to do. I need to mainly focus on myself and things that will help me go forward, and while I could probably gain a little more expertise in my current position (by taking on more responsibilities), there are no promotions or career movements within the position.

The first week of the reboot break will be semi-relaxing (mainly towards the end—which is the holidays), but at the beginning I’m going to try to get some of my storage unit in order (start repacking boxes that are falling apart), and seeing what I can maybe get rid of or sell. At the same time, I’m going to try to start paring back on the belongings I have at my parents’ place—that way when I do find a job, it won’t take that long to move the other belongings to storage unit (and that way easier to get on the moving truck).

After getting things in order, that is when I plan on devoting more time to personal/professional development and my transition plan. I have ideas of what I would possibly like to do outside of academia—I have a list of different skills for each of those areas, and have actually started to highlight what I think are the skills I should possibly try to start learning on my own.

The biggest thing though is going to be starting to network and be more active on linkedin, and figuring out where I would like to live and work (biotech hubs), and go from there. I’m hoping that by mid-December I’ll have at least three different ideas down on paths I would like to possibly take—and then I’ll have to start working my way on the three paths and see where they lead me in 2020.

So small steps were made with all three goals this past month. I’m thinking that I might start trying to track things in a journal again, but limit what I have listed daily. That way instead of trying to tackle four or five different areas everyday I can focus on one or two, and then the next day a different set. This will help curtail both the boredom that at times arises, and also the anxiety of trying to get too many things done in a very short period of time.

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August: Month in Review

Well August is officially over, and there are only 122 days left in the year. I’m also a day late in posting this as well. As I’m writing this I realize that my birthday is now in less than three weeks, and then I will be looking down my last year of my thirties. I also realized that I fell short on some of the goals for August.

There is only a month left in the third quarter of the year, and while that is scary, depressing, and slightly invigorating—I’ve realized that is just how time goes now—in an instant. Though there is still the fourth quarter of the year, and I’m thinking that is where some of the change is going to take place, and the seeds for change in 2020 will be planted.

August goals were basically the same goals that I’ve had for the past few months, including the goal of working on my “reboot break” plan.

The goals for August included:

At least 434,000 steps

Continuing with the photography challenge

Reading (or finishing) at least 3 non-fiction books

Working on my “reboot break”

Aim for two weeks of no spending (keeping a money log)

Get back into a workout schedule (either a full program or a hybrid program between two different programs).

Work on creating more content for the blog (and potentially posts for linkedin).

Work on getting in a routine of reading business & scientific articles.

So how did I do with each one?

At least 434,000 steps

            I was down less than 9,000 steps for the month of August—my final total was 425,266 steps. This was mainly due to the hot temperatures on the weekends, and me not getting my steps in on those days (plus one or two days during the week, when I fell short as well). Though for the year I’m at 3,579,549 steps, which means that to get to 5 million—I only need to aim for a little over 11,500 steps a day. So, I think it is safe to say that I’m going to make the goal of 5 million steps. It is nice to see that by the time I take my reboot break, I don’t necessarily have to aim for 14,000 steps a day (though I probably will—just so I’m not constantly sitting on my butt).

Continuing with the photography challenge

            I took a week off from the photography challenge this month. This was partially due to the heat and not having done a walk for a week or two (therefore I felt like I was running low on photographs to share), and partially due to my mood—I just wasn’t in a good mind space that week.

Reading (or finishing) at least 3 non-fiction books

            I managed to finish one book this month and it was “The Self-Care Prescription: Powerful solutions to manage stress, reduce anxiety, and increase well-being” by Robyn Gobin.

            One thing that I have realized is that while having a kindle is nice—all your books are at your fingertips, at the same time it can be detrimental if you bounce between books a lot (like I do at times). There are numerous books that I’ve started to read in terms of personal/professional development and then I decided I wanted to read something else. So now I’m actually going to go back to some of those books and start from the beginning, as it’s been at least six weeks (if not longer) since I read anything from that particular book.

Working on my “reboot break”

            I have an idea of how the first few weeks will go—as those are the weeks that I’m going to dedicate to getting my storage unit in order and starting to try to get rid of things (either selling or donating).

            As I had posted earlier, I’m thinking that the first week (and it will probably be the week of Thanksgiving) will look a little like this:

                        Get up, have a cup of coffee (or tea), and feed the dogs

                        Go for a morning walk at Boomer Lake (morning zen time and photography time)

                        Breakfast, shower (probably), then to the storage unit to rearrange and/or repack boxes

                        Home for lunch

                        Computer time: **Make use of apps that allow blocking of certain sites for a certain time frame (remove social media temptation—mainly facebook & instagram).

                                    At least one e-course (I have numerous ones bought covering a wide range of topics)

                                    Read/share at least two articles from a biotech/biopharma news site on Linkedin and twitter

                                    Spend at least forty minutes responding to messages and/or sending out connection requests on linkedin

                                    Spend at least thirty minutes reading through other people’s posts on linkedin, and hopefully commenting on at least two or three of them.

                                    Read for an hour (personal/professional development) and journal for an hour (answering questions from personal/professional development book)

                                    Workout

                                    Feed the animals

                                    Dinner and evening routine

            Then after getting my storage unit in order, and other things taken care of I can use that time for other things (such as craft time, or more reading/journaling time). This is one thing I’m hoping to improve upon during my reboot break—time management and spending time doing things that I enjoy and things I need to do.

            I’ve realized that I’m not aiming for “balance” per say—just having the ability to say today is a day that I need more “me” time or today is a day that will be heavy workwise, therefore after work this is going to be my recharge plan. It has taken me almost thirty-nine years to realize that I really never have had that type of “balance”—I go all out one way or the other, and therefore it isn’t surprising that I’m basically burnt out on life.

Aim for two weeks of no spending (keeping a money log)

            I think I managed about one day a week of not spending money on campus. I’ve gotten into the bad habit again of going to the student union at lunch and grabbing candy (my excuse is that it’s a walk to help me get in my steps). Hopefully other than a few scheduled purchases (such as pre-ordered books, one lunch out with friends, and one order from Amazon), I can avoid spending money this month.

            I don’t see spending money as bad—but considering what I’m currently buying (namely candy)—I think that I should try to cut back on that spending. Now if I end up buying some fruit or veggies to snack on while on campus—I will make note, but still try to avoid “careless” spending (i.e. spending money on things that I could very well bring from home).

Get back into a workout schedule (either a full program or a hybrid program between two different programs).

            This is one thing that I’m struggling with currently. There have been new “hours” required at work (they’re not really new, but they’re very concrete—can’t leave until basically 5 pm on the dot), which has messed up my evening routine and I have yet to get into the groove of a new one. Hopefully this is something that I can get straightened out over the next few months.

Work on creating more content for the blog (and potentially posts for linkedin).

            Well, other than the photography challenge (and I took a week off from that), and a few other posts—I didn’t get that much content created for the blog, and none that would be shared via linkedin.

            I realize that sharing things via linkedin, they’ll be more of the scientific posts (and I don’t have that many of those done), plus I haven’t decided on the niche/area I would like to focus on. Though to be truthful, for the blog I can be a little more of a jack-of-all-trades, but they would need a central theme.

Work on getting in a routine of reading business & scientific articles.

            I have read several articles on biotech/biopharma business pages, and even shared them on linkedin and twitter. It isn’t totally consistent—but it is a start. I’m still trying to figure out my niche, as everything/one has said that it is better to be an expert than a jack-of-all-trades (which is what I currently consider myself).

            This is currently one of the problems I’m having with my transition plan—trying to narrow down what it is I want to do with my life. One thing I’ve realized over the years—once I master a skill, I start to get bored. Therefore I’m going to need to choose an area, where I will be challenged consistently, and that could even mean working my way up the ladder—more responsibility, more challenges. Or, I may need to look towards smaller companies, where I may wear more than one “hat” in terms of responsibilities.

Therefore the goals for September will include:

At least 420,000 steps

Continue with the photography challenge

Determine some type of workout routine (hopefully more than just walking)

Aim for two weeks of no spending (keep money log)

Read 3 non-fiction books

Continue working on the reboot/pause plan

Try to set up a monthly calendar (getting organize) for various things

Continue reading on various industry websites and sharing interesting articles via linkedin/twitter. Plus notes for weekly recap on the blog

Keep reminding myself: Progress over perfection, and that I shouldn’t fear failure, but fear being in the same place next year as I am today.

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Virgo New Moon Goals

So yesterday (or today, depending on where you live) the moon transitioned into its new phase and into the Virgo constellation. So there are now basically four months left in the year—tomorrow is September 1st—that means there are 122 days left in the year.

So this time of year is special—it’s Virgo season, and that is my star sign (as my rising sign is Scorpio and my moon sign is Pisces). It also makes sense that we all have three signs—as we’re rarely fit all traits of just one sign. Virgos are known to be neat, cleaning constantly, and have everything in their place. I’m semi-neat, rarely have things in their place, and clean when I need to (either when things are on my nerves or I’m bored).

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

            Take an inventory of your life. Figure out what is working and what isn’t—and then figure out what needs to change for the things that aren’t working.

            Be of service—help out more at work (if able), do the little things that can help make someone else’s day a little more bearable.

            Be healthy—see what is and isn’t working in your health and fitness routines and figure out what to fix—i.e. what new habits to start working on.

            Avoid nitpicking—this is where the motto Progress over perfection really comes into play.

            Get organized—pay bills, figure out the monthly schedule (workout, eating, whatever)—things that can make life a little more bearable going forward.

The moon is also moving through my 11th house—or my friend zone. So what are some of the things that one can do during this time in regards to friends and hopes and dreams?

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

            Ask your friends to introduce you to friends of theirs you’ve never met.

            Wish on a star every night for a month.

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

            Say ‘Hi’ to someone you see nearly every day but never speak to.

            Thank your best friend for being there for you.

So it’s nice that this house is pushing me to focus a little on my social life (as I really don’t have one), and humans are social creatures by nature. Though currently I don’t have a lot of energy to focus on this portion of my life—I go to work, I go home, I go to work, I go home—this is really all the energy I have during the day/week. Though I will meet up with a college friend for lunch once a month (if both of our schedules allow it).

So again looking at these two lists, my goals for the Virgo New Moon period will include the following:

  1. Taking an inventory of my life—work on scheduling my reboot break, and other things
  2. Try to get back into a workout routine (probably Country Heat)
  3. Get organized (try to set up various calendars in regards to exercise, working on the blog, networking, job searching, and so forth).

All the while remembering: Progress over Perfection

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Review of my Leo New Moon Goals

So the moon is making its transition into Virgo (either today or tomorrow depending on where you live). The transition today will make it a new moon in August (and fairly late at that—since tomorrow is the 31st). This also means that there are only four months left in the year. It also means that it is time to look back at the goals that I had set for the Leo new moon and see how I did with them.

So what were my goals for the Leo new moon?

  1. Continue planning/outlining my reboot break/pause time.
  2. In part with #1—plan at least one trip (either total mental break or a combination mental break/networking/job searching).
  3. Work on creating more content for the blog and getting back into creative writing.
  4. Continuing with the photography challenge
  5. Work on my daily meditation practice (try to get back to meditating 5-10 minutes a night).

So how did I do with each goal?

In terms of my reboot/pause break—the only thing I know for certain is that I will be spending a good week or so going through my storage unit and getting it in order. I started doing it last year, when I rearranged everything—but I know that I have at least half a dozen boxes that need to be repacked. I’d also like to maybe go through a few of the boxes and maybe get rid of some stuff if possible.

I’m thinking that for at least the first week or so my day may look like this:

            Get up, have a cup of coffee (or tea) and feed the dogs.

            Go for a morning walk at Boomer Lake and take some nature/wildlife photography shots.

            Breakfast, and then up to the storage facility to work on my storage unit (for at least an hour or two).

            Then back home for lunch.

            Go through at least one e-course (taking notes).

            Read/share at least two articles from a biotech/biopharma news site on linkedin and twitter

            Spend at least forty minutes responding to messages and/or sending out connection requests on linkedin.

            Read for an hour (personal/professional development) and journal for an hour (answering questions from personal/professional development book).

            Workout

            Feed the animals

            Dinner and evening routine

In terms of planning a trip—I haven’t quite decided if I’m going to try to make it the ASCB national meeting in December or not (and that would take a minor chunk of money). If I decide not to go, then I’ll probably start planning a trip (or two) for the spring (towards March or April), when hopefully there isn’t as bad of weather (blizzards and such) that could wreck havoc with air travel.

In terms of writing more—this is something that I feel short on this month. I’ve realized that my “writer’s block” is partially procrastination, and then partially being tired all the time and poor time management (see being tired). As I told someone the other day—I’m not an early bird, or night owl—I’m a perpetually tired day pigeon. I need to get my sleep schedule worked out and once that is on an even keel, I’m sure everything else will fall into place. Though with the reboot break coming up—I should also schedule in the time for writing and brainstorming.

I took a mini hiatus from the photography challenge this month—I just couldn’t decide on photographs to share, and it was one of the weeks when I was just really irritated with the world in general. But I got back to this last week, and I think as long as I get a weekend walk in—I should have photographs to share (though the themes are repetitive—the pictures aren’t), but I am also going to try to do some architecture photography this fall as well. That means hopefully some new pictures/themes.

In terms of meditating nightly—I’ve managed that, though most nights it has only been for two to five minutes. I’m still quite a bit off from doing nightly five to ten minute meditations. When I was doing my five to ten minute meditations—it took me about two to three months to get up to that time. So I’m on target to get back to five to ten minutes a night—I just have to keep up with the routine (and some nights that is a challenge).

So I was probably at about fifty to sixty percent on hitting my goals during the last new moon phase—which is on target with how I’ve been doing all year. I’ve been able to meet at least half my goals (sometime more, and once or twice a little less). But the motto for the last few months has been: Progress over perfection.

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