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Focusing on time & project management…emphasis on time management

So the moon will be transitioning through the Sagittarius constellation tonight—marking the fifth full moon of the year, and there is a week (give or take) left in May. Last year I didn’t write anything for the Sagittarius full moon…so I’ll have to compare reflections to those I wrote two (or even three) years ago. 

Two years ago, I wrote that I was hoping that there wouldn’t be spikes in SARS-CoV2 cases (and there were due to the various omicron variants)…I’m sure that there will be some type of spike due to the newer variants that are bouncing around now. So…I’ll be using the ‘fun energy’ of Sagittarius to reflect on things & work on both launching a freelance business this summer & looking for remote writing positions.

Every month, I turn to “Moonology: working with the magic of lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland to get questions to reflect on for a day or two that deal with the moon in each zodiac constellation. The questions for the Sagittarius full moon are:

Have I been too flippant, or carefree to the point of being careless, irresponsible, even?

Have I been letting myself down by allowing myself get distracted and bored?

Have I been overconfident to the point of arrogance, or too preachy?

Have I been a commitment-phobe, to my own detriment?

Have I been seeing the bigger picture?

If I were to number the above questions 1-5, my answers would be as follows:

  1. Well…since my savings account is barely there…and I’m at time binge buying things due to stress/anxiety/depression…yes—I’ve been a little too ‘flippant’ or ‘carefree’ in terms of my finances and money. I’m working on correcting those things though…plus I’m working on figuring out how to potentially set up an online store for selling things (currently digital items; and maybe a few ‘physical’ items that I’d have to mail off).
  2. Have I been allowing myself to get distracted and/or bored? Yes…but I’m working on curtailing those ‘issues’ by becoming a little better at time & project management. I’ve set up a new tracking sheet for content creation; and one of the things I’m going to start tracking is how much content do I create that I’m able to repurpose on other sites. As I mentioned to someone last week—I have a goal of having several portfolio pieces ready by the end of the summer, in addition to hopefully finding clients (or possibly having applied to one or two remote writing positions). 
  3. Nope, I have not been overconfident to the point of arrogance or being too preachy. Though I will argue with my father in terms of things that are going on in West Asia.
  4. Recycling the answer from a couple of years ago: This answer again depends on which aspect of life we’re talking about. Am I being a commitment-phobe to myself (i.e. not doing my workouts, eating well, and so forth)? Or a commitment-phobe to someone else? If we’re talking to about the first (myself)—then yes, I have been a commitment-phobe to my own detriment. I’m working on getting better at it though. If we’re talking about being a commitment-phobe to someone else—nope (can’t be a commitment phobe if you aren’t in a relationship, and I’m currently not in a relationship).
  5. Which bigger picture are we talking? Trying to figure out my life in say five to twenty years? The current societal picture? The global picture? The current global/societal picture sucks…There is still the Russia-Ukraine problem; there is the live-streaming ongoing genocide in Gaza; there are the genocides happening in the Congo, Sudan, and elsewhere in the world. There is the SARS-CoV2 virus floating around; gun violence (within the US), protests (that are peaceful, but are being squashed harshly by the police), and various other things going on. I’d mentioned two years ago, that I thought the Russia-Ukraine issue could erupt into the third world war…I was wrong…but there is the extreme possibility that the problems in West Asia (Gaza & the West Bank) could erupt into either the third regional war or the third global war.I’m seriously wondering now if we’re going to be able to survive as a society and be ‘recognized’ as society in say fifteen to twenty years.

In addition to the fact that the moon has entered into Sagittarius, at least for me it has moved into my second house (or the cash, property, and values zone). This full moon brings about feelings of one’s financial security and stability, and self worth.

It means that we’re suppose to find a balance between various aspects of life—are we tired of working for others and wanting to strike out on our own—now would be the time to start planning it, have we been neglecting ourselves and focusing on others??

This zone is popping up at a time when I need to really start ‘job searching’  (aka looking for remote and/or freelance work within science, health, medical, or agricultural comms), in addition to getting a portfolio put together and uploaded to the science, health, & medical blog; and it wouldn’t hurt to have a decent semi-working editorial content calendar created/developed. 

I can probably figure out how to earn a little extra cash (taking surveys, selling DVDs and/or books & other stuff, in addition to figuring out how to possibly set-up/open an online store to sell things).

So, while I’m still going to treat this time as a period of self-reflection, I’m also going to be doing other things that I need to do to really get the job search up and going….

Two years ago I had updating my LinkedIn profile, creating a functional resume template, updating pages on the creative blog, in addition to attempting SEO research & writing as my goals. My LinkedIn profile is more or less updated (considering I’d been restricted from it for about six weeks earlier this year), I have a decent functional resume template, and I probably still need to update pages to both blogs, continue trying to do SEO research & writing.

Therefore, the goals that I’m setting for this year’s Sagittarius full moon will include:

  1. Plan for June…content editorial calendar—pick different colored pens/markers for the different projects/channels that I’ll have going. June BINGO card; June brain dump.
  2. Develop a ‘fluid’ schedule…blocks of 40-75 minutes of work followed by blocks of 30 minutes for ‘breaks’ (which could include getting some intentional movement in).
  3. Continuing with my content creation challenge (including tracking)
  4. Update my personal/professional growth game and then roll the dice to see what the next set of adventures are.

‘Closing’ the previous chapters of ones life—for me, it’s in terms mainly of my career, has been a battle. I’ve been more than willing to slam the door shut & bar it closed…while others are still inquiring every so often if I’m willing to step back into the world of research (at the bench). I want to write, I want to come up with creative ways of sharing information with the world, and I want to help improve how the general public perceives science, health, & medical information. In order to do that…I need to close the previous chapter, and focus my energy on writing the next chapter…or possibly the next ‘act’ in the play of my life.

What is one of your Sagittarius goals?

Namaste…

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Full Moon Goals: Two completed, two started, and one forgotten

So the moon will be heading into it’s next full moon—tomorrow. Which means that I need to reflect back on the goals I’d set for the Libra full moon, before looking ahead to the Scorpio full moon.

So what were the goals that I’d set for the Libra full moon? Well, they included:

  1. Reflecting on the first quarter of 2024 & potentially ‘fine-tuning’ goals for the rest of the year.
  2. ‘Brain-dump’ for April
  3. Continue working on my two-to-five year plan 
  4. Start drafting an outline for a personal/professional growth plan (also known as personal/professional development plans—but I like using the word growth instead of development).
  5. Work on creating an fitness calendar or game board to help get me back into an fitness routine.

How did I do with each of them?

Reflections on the first quarter of 2024:

Yep…I managed to get a decent amount of stuff done during Jan-March. Did I get everything I wanted done (or even started)? Nope..but I got a decent amount of things done. The biggest thing that ‘derailed’ me—was having to ‘argue’ with a certain platform to get access back to my account. While people probably think that I enjoy following rules (since I was never much of a ‘rule-breaker’ growing up)…I only follow the rules if they make sense & agree with my values…I’m currently very begrudgingly following rules on a certain platform until I build a large enough following off of that particular site.

I’ll be ‘fine-tuning’ some goals for the rest of the year. I’d initially aimed to listen to at least three podcasts a week and watching at least three TedTalks a week, and writing a ‘blurb’ weekly on different science papers. All three goals will be getting ‘modified’ going forward. In addition—I haven’t ‘restarted’ a photography challenge…because I haven’t decided if it will be daily on Instagram and then bimonthly update on the blog or what…decisions, decisions…

‘Brain dump’ for April:

Yep…this is the second one that I’ve done this year…and it’s starting to help me get slightly organized and giving me numerous projects that I just need to ‘number’ and start focusing on. I’d kinda forgotten how much I enjoyed doing a mixing research and creative writing…now I’m working on a series of ‘creative’ interviews (currently focusing on different dinosaurs—though I’m thinking of stretching it into other areas as well).

One thing I may do with future brain dumps—after the initial, take the ideas and break them into groups, based on the amount of work that needs to go into ‘completing’ the project. So..that means I need to think of the titles for the different ‘groups’.

Continue working on the two-to-five year plan:

So, this is probably going to be a work in progress for a couple of months—the main reason, is that I’m working on merging a couple different goal setting methods into one plan: Having the ‘long-term’ (aka possibly five year goals) set via the ‘value-based’ method; then the yearly goals via the OKR (objective & key-results), with new and full moon goals weaved through as well.

I know my values: Learning/Knowledge; Creativity/Curiosity/Imagination; Authenticity/Self-Respect; Growth/Evolution/Transformation; and Spirituality/Inner Harmony.

Now…it’s just a matter of setting goals that fit within those values…and then breaking them down to yearly/quarterly/monthly/weekly/daily goals/habits.

Start drafting the outline for the personal/professional growth plan

Nope..this is on the schedule for the upcoming week (or next month). 

Work on creating a fitness calendar or game:

I have a rough-draft of a fitness board game. Last week I meant to sit down and write up the ‘rules’, tracking sheets (mainly for the weights), and start using the game…that never happened. So I’d consider this goal to be about half done. One goal for this week is to write up those rules, draw up the tracking sheets & start using the damn game. While I’m not aiming to hit any particular number on the scale…I am aiming to get into the best shape of my life (regardless of what the scale states my weight is at).

Conclusions:

I made five goals for the Libra full moon…and I managed to ‘totally’ accomplish two of them (reflections and April brain dump). The creation of the fitness game is in progress (I’d say I’m about halfway done with that), I’m making a little progress on the two-to-five year plan, and I really need to sit down and create my personal/professional growth plan (mainly for launching the different freelance businesses and to ‘focus’ my attention on different craft projects).

I’m starting to actually try and track my energy throughout the month…and sometimes it varies—but the week before either the full moon (this month) or the new moon, I literally don’t feel like doing much of anything. This was me last week…I had quite a few things I wanted to get accomplished, and while I got probably about half the list done…I could have done more—if I had the energy to do.

So..that is another ‘project’—tracking my energy throughout the day, week, & month. When I’m feeling ‘blah’…I may focus more on learning (reading and e-courses) or networking, and when I’m feeling more ‘energetic’…I will focus on more ‘research’ intensive projects. But—at all times give myself grace, since productivity can vary from day to day, week to week. What is productive for me, may not seem productive to others…and that’s fine—it’s my life, my lane, not anyone else’s.

So…now before I look ahead to the Scorpio full moon, I’ll inquire—how did you do with your Libra goals?

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Time to reflect & plan, while staying focused on the present

The moon will be transitioning through the Libra constellation today—marking the third full moon of 2024. There is a week left in both March and the first quarter of 2024. Have I gotten everything I wanted done this month (or quarter)? Probably not…but I’ve managed to get more done so far this year than I did during the same time frame last year. Though to be fair, this time last year, we were still dealing with the major family medical crisis.

I didn’t write anything last year around this time…and looking back at what I wrote in 2022—there was just the concern about trying to get the SARS-CoV2 virus under better control, so that the world could move from the pandemic stage back down to the endemic stage. Plus, at that time the biggest concern was the Russia-Ukraine conflict. 

Now? It’s the SARS-CoV2 virus (damn thing isn’t going way—in part due to the damn anti-vaxxers), the Russia-Ukraine conflict (which is on year three?), plus the whole genocide in Gaza—that is about to flare into a regional conflict. In addition to probably a dozen other global problems that I’m not totally up-to-date on (such as the issues in the Congo, Sudan, Yemen, Syria, and elsewhere in the world).

So looking to the book ‘Moonology: working with the magic of lunar cycles’ by Yasmin Boland here are the top five questions that one may meditate/think on during this time are:

Have I been too concerned with appearances in general?

Have I been thinking too much about others and neglecting my own needs?

Have I been too easily influenced, gullible, or unable to decide for myself?

Have I been living my life through someone else?

Have I spent enough time beautifying my life?

If I were to number the above questions 1-5, my answers would be as follow:

  1. Appearances? Are we talking in-person appearances, on-line, or digital? I’ve never really been a dress-horse. Yes, I have a large wardrobe now (one I’m working at slimming down)—but that was in part due to not wanting to constantly try to get change to do laundry, while living out in Boston. I have the ‘dressier’ clothes for more professional settings (job interviews, career fairs, and such), but for the most part—I dress for comfort. Digital appearances? Well—again, most pictures are not of me being ‘dressed’ up. Plus…there is the issue of me currently being ‘restricted’ from my LI account. I’m working on trying to regain access—but at the same time, I won’t apologize for the reason(s) why I was restricted either.
  2. I don’t think so…I try to ensure that I have some quiet time to myself for crafts and so forth. I know I need to start writing/researching & editing/proofreading more and building a portfolio of projects to hopefully jumpstart my freelance career. So…if nothing else, I’ve been potentially hyper focused on being in procrastination corner and not working my way towards being in productivity central. 
  3. Am I’m easily influenced, gullible, or unable to decide for myself? No. True, I’ve spent years in a career I wasn’t totally in love with—but looking back, I’ve realized I love learning, trying to solve problems, and see how I can fit my little bit of data into the huge overall picture/mosaic of whatever science topic I’m dealing with—that I loved. What I didn’t love, was the hours, low pay, the stress of ‘publish or perish’ (academia) or the idea of the stress of ‘innovate or perish’ (industry), and the pettiness of people in general. I’ve figured out what I want to do—I just need to finish trying to design that roadmap to get me where I want to be in say two-to-five years.
  4. Well—do fictional characters count? If we’re not counting fictional characters—no I’m not living my life through other people. Am I traveling? Not right now…for several reasons, and therefore I do enjoy seeing pictures that other people post from trips and so forth. I’m slowly working on forging my own path within the freelance world. What services will I offer? I’m thinking writing, editing, proofreading, within not only science, health, & the medical realm—but also within the personal/professional development world as well. In addition to possibly launching a online store to sell crafts.
  5. Caring too much of what others thought of my life—is what semi-lead me to quitting my job in 2019. Attempting to follow the path that others think is the best for you…turned into being on the wrong path…so now I’m forging my own path. I am working on improving my health—I’m learning more about intuitive eating, removing the word diet from my vocabulary, thinking of fitness as intuitive movement instead of exercise. I’m slowly decluttering the house to get rid of excess…while at the same time trying to empty out my storage unit (to save money). I’m trying to reframe negative self-talk in order to get a better grasp on my anxiety, stress, and depression. So, I’m working on changing, and also working on developing my own definition of ‘minimalism’ (figuring out what I don’t need a lot of, and what I like having a lot of). Right now I’m thinking more of working outside in the yards and trying to improve on the flower gardens (or at least what use to be the flower gardens).

One can also look to see what house the moon is moving through as well. For me, the Libra full moon is moving through my 12th house, or my secrets zone. This is the time to actually take some time for one self—meditate, practice yoga, and just work to find some balance.

Let’s see…I didn’t attempt to do my Libra full moon goals last year. Looking back at 2022: there was still the pandemic going on, Russia invaded Ukraine (which is now entering year three), and this year—we get to add the genocide happening within Gaza (due to the occupiers), in addition to genocides happening within the Congo & Sudan as well. So, yeah—the world is still going to hell in a hand basket, and at a slightly faster clip currently. People seem to forget that there are nine countries that have nuclear weapons (and more with ‘nuclear capabilities’)—and they don’t all get along…so I feel like there is a clock ticking down to the start of a potential nuclear war.

So what does that mean in terms of setting goals? Well, for me—the Libra full moon going through my twelfth house means I need to focus on plans for the future while also focusing on my ‘self’ in the present.

So my list of goals for the Libra full moon will include:

  1. Reflecting on the first quarter of 2024 & potentially ‘fine-tuning’ goals for the rest of the year.
  2. ‘Brain-dump’ for April
  3. Continue working on my two-to-five year plan 
  4. Start drafting an outline for a personal/professional growth plan (also known as personal/professional development plans—but I like using the word growth instead of development).
  5. Work on creating an fitness calendar or game board to help get me back into an fitness routine.

While remembering: ‘Progress over Perfection’ and ‘you can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last chapter’.

What are your plans for the Libra full moon?

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Reflections, reading-list, and planning for 2024: Gemini Full Moon Goals

Okay…the moon should be transitioning into it’s last full moon phase of 2023 tomorrow night…which makes it roughly a full moon for Christmas. But before looking ahead to the next full moon (and the end of the year reflections), I need to look back at the goals I set for the Gemini full moon.

Things aren’t chilling out anywhere in the world…things in West Asia are still a stone-throw away from a regional/world war…so yeah, it’s going to be an extremely bumpy 2024…not thrilled…but…I’m alive…so I’ll figure out what the hell I’m doing for 2024 over the next few days…

Back to the review of the Gemini (Beaver Full Moon) goals. They included:

  1. Setting up for December 2023…and writing out the four big goals for 2024
  2. Continue reading the various non-fiction books I’ve started over the past few weeks
  3. Brain dumps, mind-maps, notes/ideas…aka. getting a list made for content ideads for 2024 and beyond

Okay…so how did I do with each goal?

Setting up for December 2023…and writing out the four big goals for 2024:

I’d set up a BINGO card for December, and wrote out what my top three goals were for the month:

  1. Finish planning out a possible YouTube and/or podcast ‘channel’
  2. Posting to each blog semi-consistently
  3. Working on various items from the 44 things before 44 and 101 goals in 1001 day lists

In terms of those three goals:

I’ve only managed to post to the creative blog somewhat consistently this month (I think it’s been the new moon goals/reviews, a book review, and then the full moon goals/reviews). I haven’t posted to the science one since October…

I’m still planning out the possible YouTube and podcast ‘channels’. I have an idea for the name of both…ideas for both…I just need to develop an workable calendar that won’t have me totally overwhelmed—I’m thinking that once I start it, aim for biweekly on the YouTube and monthly for the podcast (to start).

And I’ve been slowly working on the two goal lists…

In terms of the four big goals for 2024—I had written down four…but three of them are technically related…so I’m still working on this one…

Continue reading non-fiction books:

Since I published the November full moon goals, I’ve finished the following three non-fiction books:

  1. Things no one will tell fat girls: a handbook for unapologetic living by Jes Baker
  2. Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis
  3. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

I’m also a quarter of the way through the following two books:

  1. Flying Snakes & Griffin Claws, and other classical myths, historical oddities, and scientific curiosities by Adrienne Mayor
  2. The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017 by Rashid Khalidi

Brain dumps, mind-maps, and notes/ideas:

Not so much was done with this goal…I have ideas—I just need to get them onto paper…ranked…and a schedule set (and one that I will actually follow). I wrote things daily…but it was posted mainly to LinkedIn and Facebook—my daily updates on the on-going genocide in Gaza and the crap that is also going on in the occupied West Bank.

So….

Two out of the three were semi-completed to totally completed. I got goals set for December, started setting up goals for 2024, and I have finished three non-fiction books so far. Hoping to possibly finish another one by next week…but we’ll have to see on that.

I’m striving for progress…and I’m making progress on certain fronts, while stalling/back-sliding on other fronts. This is something I’m hoping to change in 2024. I’ll still be talking about Gaza/West Bank/Palestine (in addition to starting to talk about Yemen, and various issues within Africa as well).

We’re a global society…we should be striving to help each other…not sit around while one group tries to wipe out another (just to have total access & control of land and various natural resources)—so there will be more social science/history/current event posts within the creative/hobby blog starting in 2024 as well..

So..while I look ahead to the next full moon—it will be moving through the Cancer constellation, and is also called the Cold Full Moon (which is totally fitting for it being at the end of December)…I will also be looking ahead to 2024…and brainstorming ideas on how to become a better global citizen (not to say I’ve been a bad one to date…but I know that there are areas I can improve on)…

So…what did you manage to accomplish during the Gemini full moon?

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Personal & Professional Growth: Two sides of the coin.

Okay…The moon started it’s transition through its new moon phase last night (Nov 13) and is moving through the Scorpio constellation. There are now only forty-eight days left in 2023…and if things don’t settle down soon…we’re going to be hitting 2024 with a bang.

Looking back at posts that I’d written during the Scorpio new moon:

2020-2022 covered COVID cases:

2020—the world had over 54 million cases, the US was topping 11 million, and there were over 1.3 million dead.

2021—the world had almost 248.5 million cases, the US was almost at 47 million cases, and there were over 5 million dead.

2022—the world has almost 632.8 million cases, the US has over 99 million cases, and there are over 6.5 million dead.

This year…it isn’t COVID that is currently dominating the headlines…nor is it Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (which is still on-going by the way)…but Israel’s genocidal warfare against Palestinians within Gaza and the West Bank. Currently over 12,000 people have been killed and over 26,000 wounded…fuck any arguments of self-defense…and while Oct 7 was horrid—the number of dead from that day keep falling, along with the types of crimes…while since then the number of dead in Gaza keeps climbing…but that is another rant for another time.

So, back to the new moon…what can one do during the Scorpio new moon? Well according to ‘Moonology: working with the magic of lunar cycles’ by Yasmin Boland, you can:

  1. Get sexy
  2. Invest wisely
  3. Make inner peace
  4. B-r-e-a-t-h-e
  5. Drop grudges

I’m changing how I look at some of the above items. Instead of looking at the first exactly how it’s written—I’m going to look at it as a means of boosting one’s self-confidence.

I’ve got a couple of courses on learning how to invest…maybe it’s time to start watching one or two of them. I’m working on my inner peace, and remembering to b-r-e-a-t-h-e….but in terms of dropping grudges…the main one currently (against a certain government carrying out genocide)…nope, not dropping it currently.

This moon is also moving through my first house or my image zone (how one presents themselves to the world). While the Aries new moon is the start of the zodiac calendar—when the new moon passes through your first house, it can also seem as the start of a “new year” (we can have a “new start” twice a year if necessary).

So what are some of the things that one can do if the moon is passing through their first house? Well, they include:

  1. Surprise friends with the ‘new you’
  2. Throw out all your old make-up and start new
  3. Get married or meet someone new
  4. Good time to move
  5. Splurge on something in a vibrant color
  6. Have a facial
  7. Get your sight checked

Let’s see…what on the above list can be automatically discarded?

Well—throwing out old makeup and buying new…I don’t wear makeup, and haven’t since I was in middle school/junior high. Getting married or meeting someone new…currently not in looking for a relationship. Getting a facial…I can do that at home for cheap. Moving…that is possible within a couple of years (just not right now). 

Who would I consider the ‘new me’? Being a little more outspoken on what’s going on in the world? Being a little more blunt and outspoken about life in general? Neither of those are really ‘new’…it’s just I’m getting sick and tired of all the patriarchy bullshit that is still penetrating life and making things miserable for a large chunk of the global population. 

I should get my eyes checked…it’s been a couple of years since my last eye appointment, and I know if nothing else I need a new set of lens for the glasses.

Therefore, this new moon is letting us know to focus on more personal growth than professional–though that can still be within the goals, because as I look at things personal and professional growth are just opposite sides of the same coin. Learning about investments is something that falls into both categories–because wealth/earning/ and so forth are needed to survive and to flourish.

So what goals am I setting for the Scorpio New Moon? Well, they’re going to include mostly ‘open-ended’ goals…or goals that I start, knowing that they’ll be a work in progress and possibly finished during another new or full moon period. The goals will include:

  1. Continue to work on healing my relationship with food and movement. I’m getting better at making ‘healthier’ choices when it comes to eating…though I still need to work on getting more protein in at breakfast time and snack time. I’m not totally sitting on my butt all day, but with the current state of global affairs—I’ve found that I’m a little more lethargic than I usually am…so working on doing random dance parties in the living room with the dogs watching. There may be walks with the dogs…once someone else is home to pup-sit the one left behind (currently I can’t control them both at the same time).
  2. Content creation. Do brain dumps, mind-maps, outlines, and start doing research for different types of communications pieces to showcase on both the science/health/med comms website and within my LinkedIn profile. In addition, to doing brain dumps, mind-maps, and outlines for other pieces for the creative blog, and other social media channels.
  3. Becoming more financially literate. Pick a finance e-course that I’ve bought over the years and actually start working through one.
  4. Unplugging at night. Working on craft projects, reading, or doing brain dumps of ideas
  5. Reading. Try to finish at least one of the books that I’ve bought to help me understand the history behind all the problems in West Asia
  6. Figuring out my personal/professional brand. What services do I want to offer, how to blend the science/health comms with the whimsical crafty side of things

Six goals…all can almost be considered ‘open-ended’…yes, I have reading down (but none of the books are exactly short or easy to read), and working though an e-course (but they can be up to six or seven hours—so it will depend on how much time per day/week I set aside for the goal). The brain-dumps, mind-maps, and outlines can be considered ‘closed-ended’ goals…the ‘open-ended’ portion is the research (depending on the the length of the outline).

I’m aiming for progress and not perfection, also being happy with ‘done’…I need to define what ‘done’ looks like for different projects, and so forth—because that is a rabbit hole that I fall down all the time…am I covering this topic in-depth, do I have all the pain points, am I doing this or that…it’s exhausting…and if I change how I’m defining ‘done’—I can get rid of at least a little bit of the exhaustion.

Working on these goals will also have me focusing on project and time management as well…which is something I need to become more attuned to…at times I have the ‘problem’ of falling down the rabbit hole of research (or reading) and before I know it…the day has sped by and I haven’t gotten nearly as much done as I’d hoped.

That means—even if I only manage a few days (or even a just a week) focusing on each one—that is progress, baby steps forward is progress—and that is what I’m aiming for—the slow steady progress that would result in finishing a marathon.

Curious–what is one of your top favorite things about fall?

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Virgo Full Moon Goals: Mediation, brain-dumps, & networking

So the moon should be hitting its full stage tonight as it enters the Virgo constellation. So the full moon is five days past ‘setting the clocks ahead an hour’—which fell on Sunday the 13th. Hopefully it will be last time of having to change the clocks (the US senate did vote to keep the time change, will just have to see how the house votes and the wait for it be signed into law). There is only one Friday the 13th this year—and that is in May.

I’d mentioned earlier, that I’m going to be trying to be a little more ‘narrow’ in my focus for goals that I set during each new/full moon period (because in actuality—each only lasts about a week). Though it will probably take quite a bit of trial and error for me to ‘narrow’ down goals that can serve more as stepping-stones to the next milestone for that series of goals.

If you’re one who tries to understand how your mood changes or is affected by the moon—the Virgo full moon usually has people feeling finicky and anxious. Personally—I don’t need any extra anxiety in my life; I manifest plenty on my own. Though no matter what sign I go with (star, rising, or moon)—all three are able to handle the Virgo energy.

Feeling even more finicky and anxious currently probably isn’t helping world matters, but I’m going to try to focus on what I can control (how I perceive and react to various things).

So what are some questions that one can ask during this full moon?

They include:

  1. Have I been too picky, pedantic, or critical of myself or anyone else?
  2. Have I been humble to the point of underrating myself?
  3. Have I been of service to others enough this month?
  4. Have I been worrying and complaining too much, and thus attracting negativity?
  5. Have I paid enough attention to the the details that I need to this month?

My answers to the questions are the following:

  1. I don’t think that I’ve been too picky, pedantic, or critical of others (I haven’t really been around anyone other than family for over three years now) currently (though I am harboring critical thoughts of various world leaders right now—but take a look at the current political, health, environmental, and all other issues plaguing the planet, and it shouldn’t be surprising that I’m irritated with various world leaders). In terms of how I see myself? I probably have been a little too pedantic and critical of myself lately. I’ve realized that I am still allowing my inner critic/imposter syndrome to get the better of me quite frequently. This is something that I’m trying to catch and slowly correct on a day-to-day and week-to-week basis.
  2. This is a maybe, leaning towards a hard-yes. I’ve realized over the past few years, that I have two ‘problems/issues’ that I need to work on address as I transition away from academia. The first ‘problem/issue’ is that I have a terrible habit of trying to be a people pleaser (taking on tasks I don’t want because I’ve been asked or told to; avoiding confrontations no matter what). The second ‘problem/issue’ is not speaking up or asking for more challenging work, once I become ‘bored’. I’m a fairly quick learner (at least in terms of technical techniques), and once I learn how to do something, I always have ‘okay, what’s next’ bouncing around in my head. How do these two ‘problems/issues’ equate to humbleness—I prefer being in the background and not center stage, and not ‘claiming’ the spotlight when one of my ideas or something I worked on gets spotlighted (letting others take the ‘fame’). Moving forward (either working for myself or into industry)—I need to start tooting my own horn and showing/highlighting my own worth.
  3. I’ve been doing more of the house chores, and taking on a little more of the cooking chores as well at home. I’m working on my transition plan to either remote writing and/or freelance writing. I’ve discovered that two of my ‘whys’ for this change include wanting to help improve both science communication between the general public and scientists, and to help improve science education (possibly through the creation of online courses that can serve as supplemental study aids for students).
  4. Well, if one isn’t worried about the current state of the world—please find some ‘neutral’ media sites and take a gander at what is going on. It is entering week four of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the SARS-CoV2 is still a pandemic (even if some countries are moving to a ‘endemic’ living), and we’re still trying to destroy the only place we have to live. I’m trying to focus on what is actually within my control (how I react to things), and am working on trying to catch and ‘rewrite’ the negative self-thoughts throughout the day.
  5. Well, this depends on the situation. If we’re talking about the overall details of what I would like to accomplish in a given month—no I haven’t been giving enough attention to the details. I’m working on getting back into the habit of doing a monthly ‘brain dump’ and then trying to create (and follow) an editorial calendar for the blog, possibly the Facebook page, and of course LinkedIn. If I can manage those two things—I should be spending time on all aspects of life, and not either zeroing in on one area or being so overwhelmed I’m not doing anything.

Another aspect of trying to set habits according the moon and its phases is to see what house the moon is moving through as well. For me, the Virgo full moon also correlates to my 11th house or my friend zone. Therefore, the period of the Virgo full moon is a time to try to focus on the other people in your life, plus build up your personal and professional networks as well.

I have realized that I haven’t been doing nearly as much networking as I need to since I’m looking to transition to a new role (either within a company or working for myself). The reason may seem silly to others—that while I have an good idea of the direction I want to go, but haven’t narrowed down the companies, I don’t want to waste ‘other peoples’ time’ with trying to set up informational interviews if I decide that company isn’t for me. Though I logically know that is how I’m suppose to find out if the company could be a good fit or not.

I know that I want to transition into a remote writing position, and also work on creating my own freelance business. While I know this is the direction I want to go in—I need to develop strategies for working with my inner critic/imposter syndrome to start stretching the comfort zone.

I will be starting up networking again (probably reworking the timeline I came up with this past weekend), but it may be a little slower than what other people are doing—but that’s fine as long as I’m moving forward and not either staying stagnant or moving backwards.

So what are some things that I can work on during the next full moon period?

  1. Finish setting up the ‘meditation’ area for nightly meditations
  2. Get back into the practice doing monthly ‘brain dumps’ and using that to gauge how narrowly focused or ‘well-rounded’ I’m being in both my thoughts and actions.
  3. Continue working on various Diamond group activities to help with the transition to either a remote writing position (and then slowly starting my own freelance wiritng business–side hustle to begin with).
  4. Finally, my last long-term goal is to continue looking into my cultural heritage and starting to strengthen my sisu.

Looking at these goals—only one can be considered a ‘one-and-done’, and that will be setting up the meditation area (though I’m planning on having the area ‘taken down’ when I’m not meditating to reduce risks of animal accidents).

The others three can be considered on-going goals/projects. But, I’ll be at least ‘starting’ each goal/project. I’m actually working on a mind-map for a post/article on trying to combine ‘traditional’ goal setting (SMART goals) with using the 12-week year method and trying to harness the power of the moon cycles (more on this as I make headway on the project).

How are you handling the extra anxiety of the Virgo moon??

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