So besides updating my 101 goals for the next 1001 days (and hopefully looking at them more often), I also updated my Level 10 life.
So yesterday I sat down and drew out where I thought everything was sitting in the 10 different areas of life: friends & family, personal development, spirituality, finances, career, social life, fun & recreation, giving & contribution, physical environment, and then finally health & fitness.
As usual things were going up and down in numerous areas. The only one that really stayed the same was my social life at basically 1. I realize that I have no social life, and currently I’m perfectly fine with that, though I know that getting out could help with the networking–I just really don’t have the energy to do it right now. I’m sure that it will change once I move to a new city and meet new people.
So what are some things that I can try to do over the next three months to try to bring the numbers up?
Get in touch with friends/family via email, facebook, linkedin.
Continue reading personal development books & getting through at least one personal development course that I’ve bought.
Mediate about 5 minutes a night and do daily tarot card readings
Savings challenges and limiting what I’m buying on campus.
Working on my transition plan and networking
Meeting up with friends for lunch (or walking around Boomer Lake) and/or trying to make it to a Cheeky meetup.
Schedule time for crafts
Go through clothes to possibly donate
Repack boxes in storage unit & straighten up my bedroom
Start either another round of LIIFT4 or try to do InsanityMax30 again.
So I’m going to be trying to restart my photography challenge–that means taking a picture everyday for at least the next 365 days (I’m aiming at trying to complete a one year challenge to begin with). The subject of the photos will vary either daily or hopefully weekly. Also depending on my schedule I may end up doing a weekly review if I run out of time in the evenings trying to post them on the different social media pages (or they may even vary on the different platforms).
One of the photography subjects is going to be tarot/oracle cards. Currently I have six different decks (not counting the three or four that I have in my storage unit). I’m thinking that I’m going to do daily (or every other day) readings for a month from each set–though around the full moon, I might do the readings from a particular deck (even if it isn’t that decks “month”). I’m also going to be doing two readings at the end of this month with two different decks.
The first deck that I’m using is the Enchanted Spell Oracle Deck. Tonight I decided to do a crescent moon reading to get an idea of things to come both this month and in the coming year. The cards that I pulled for the reading are telling me that I need to figure out creative ways of generating abundance–though I need to figure out what I consider abundance first, I also need to guard against draining energies of other people, and to have patience and to know that change is coming.
I’m glad that when I’ve been doing readings over the last few months (though not as often lately as I should have been doing) and that no matter what deck I’ve been using–rebirth and change have been a common theme. This means that changing directions in my career is the correct decision–now I just need to figure out what that directional change is going to be.
I open myself up for guidance from the universe and it’s teachers (be they unicorns, dragons, or other mystical creatures). 2019 will be the year of change, and new adventures and dreams.
I’ve been getting back into trying to do a daily evening reading using one of my current oracle or tarot card decks. I know that some people like to do it in the morning—but I barely give myself enough time to get ready and out the door in the morning, and I don’t really want to rush doing a reading.
I cycle between the different decks (as you know if you also follow me on instagram) though I might use the same deck for two or three days before going to a different one.
I’ve been trying to be more honest and true to myself, and therefore have been doing these readings—this is my form of “praying”—to where I’m asking the universe what are my options going forward. I know that these cards are just “suggestions” and ones that I can chose to ignore (though that means staying stagnant) or listening to and growing.
So I’ve decided that I’d share some of the readings that I’ve done over the past week or so.
When I did a reading using the #wildunknowntarot deck, I drew cards that corresponded to change, positive energy, and contentment being on the horizon. Basically stating that forward is the direction to go, no matter how scary that unknown journey is going to be–I need to find the joy and excitement in the journey.
I’d done a similar reading using the #wildwoodtarot deck, to where I was pointed to walking through a gateway onto a new path, goals will be reached (through commitment and focus), and continuation of my path back to my spiritual truth.
Earlier in the month I did a #mooncyclespread using the #flowersofthenightoracle deck on the night of the #virgonewmoon. I know that I need to listen to my inner voice and feel more self confident in the planning of my job transition. One door will soon be closed, and then I just need to look for the one that will be opening. I’ve decided it’s time to start moving on and exploring other scientific job opportunities outside of academia.
When I used the #enchantedspelloracle deck–I saw that I needed to really think of switching directions, as being at the bench is basically behind me–though it could also mean that academic research is behind me, and I can still do bench work in industry. But I do need to figure out which direction I should be turning to figure out what is ahead of me.
And finally, when I drew a card from the #chakrawisdomoracle deck–I drew a card for the #browchakra. Which was fitting as I’m slowly stepping into the unknown as I work on my career transition from academia to industry.
So in conclusion—I’m not crazy for wanting change–staying in the same place where you don’t grow is crazy. This is something I’ve been guilty of doing over the years because I always feared the change more than the stagnant position. But as I am looking at my birthday coming up in a few days, I’ve realized that I need to start embracing change and stepping outside of my comfort zone every now and then. By doing so I can slowly start achieving things that I’ve been too scared to try to do before hand.
So I’ve decided that I need to start being more authentic and staying true to myself. This means in one aspect besides meditating, starting to use oracle and tarot cards again to help gain a glimpse of what the universe is trying to tell me. I’ve realized that over the past (let’s say) decade I’ve ignored my intuition and gut feelings on numerous occasions. By doing this I’ve found myself on a path that I can truthfully say I probably shouldn’t be on, and now I need to make the leap, or at least start forging the path back to the one I should be on.
Last week I decided I would order a couple different oracle card sets (and I’ve also recently ordered a couple different tarot card sets that should be showing up sometime next week). I’ve been trying to a reading at least every other night or so, and Friday night, I decided I’d do a duel three card reading from the two sets of oracle cards that I have.
From the first set (enchanted spell oracle) I pulled the luxury, clarity, and intellect cards.
Then from the second set (flowers of the night oracle) I pulled the passion, awaken, and restore cards.
The meanings of the cards are as followed (from the enchanted spell oracle deck): The luxury card symbolizes that my life could use a little more joy right now. The clarity card symbolizes that I have a big undertaking ahead of me that requires my absolute focus, and that I need to write down every step I need to take in order to accomplish this goal (or undertaking). The intellect card symbolizes that I need to be using my head not my heart in making decisions (i.e. applying logic to the situation and not just reacting).
From the flowers of the night deck: the passion card symbolizes the possibility of new relationships, or basically anything that can bring a spark to my soul (hobby turning into a career, or a new perspective that changes a current position on something). The awaken card symbolizes my acknowledgement that I still have much to learn if I want to transition into industry, plus much to learn in terms of different hobbies. The restore card is symbolizing that a change is coming for me, and that it will be beneficial in the long run, all I have to do is accept and reflect back on the cycles that have brought me to my current position (and know what needs to be fixed to insure that those cycles aren’t continuously repeated).
So all these cards were basically spot on based on how my last week had been going. I probably can use a little more joy in my life—I seem to be stuck in the work, no play mindset right now; or I should say the work, try to recharge, back to work mindset. I’ve realized that by the time Friday rolls around my mental/metaphysical/emotional battery is pretty close to being totally empty, and it does basically take the weekend to recharge it to almost full just to then get depleted during another week at work. I am trying to transition into an industry position, so I probably should make a detailed plan on how that is going to happen, and I need to make the decision on the career path mainly with my head and not my heart. Though with this—I’m also trying to stick with the idea that “if something isn’t a hell yes, then it’s a no”. Staying within my comfort zone has shown me that research hasn’t always been a hell yes for me, and therefore I should have moved it to the no column long ago. I’ve also decided that just because I’m out of school, I shouldn’t just quit trying to learn things (I know I did that for awhile, just to “take a breather from school” but hadn’t realized how long I let the attitude go on for). So I do have numerous e-courses that I am still working my way through. Also a change in careers in coming; whether it’s a straight transition into an industry position, or a transition into industry with a small stop in unemployment again that remains to be seen.
So I’m going to start paying more attention to my hunches, feelings, and daydreams—while trying to avoid all the negative self talk that I sometimes find myself falling into. I know now with hundred percent certainty that I’m done with academia (though I will miss working with students), and that I need to focus more on the transition into industry.