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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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Scorpio New Moon Goals

So this is a day late, as the “new moon” as yesterday in the morning hours.  I’m going to try to get back in the habit of posting hopefully at least once a week (a photography review of my instagram posts), but hopefully more often than that. All I can say is that this fall has been a struggle in numerous ways, but I’m finding my way back.

So the moon has entered into the Scorpio constellation yesterday, and is also in it’s “new moon” phase. This means that there are only two full moon phases and one more new moon phase left for the year before we enter 2019.

What are some of the things that one can do during the time of the Scorpio new moon?

Get Sexy.

Invest wisely.

Make Inner Peace.

Breathe.

Drop grudges.

 

So the new moon in Scorpio is also passing through my 1st house (as I’ve been doing these predictions off my rising sign which is Scorpio; my star/birth sign is actually Virgo). The first house is our image zone (so the moon passes through it twice a year—and actually passes through each house twice a year). This is a period to work towards a new beginning, better self-image and self-direction.

 

This is something I’ve been working on all year (not just when the moon goes through my 1st house), and I’m going to use the coming two weeks to try to really focus and plan out the things I want to try to accomplish over the next few months.

 

So some of the things that you can do during this time include (according to “Moonology: working with the magic of the lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland):

 

Surprise friends with the “new you”.

Throw out all your old makeup and start again.

Meet someone new (or plan the next stage with your significant other)

Move somewhere new

Splurge on something in a vibrant color

Have a facial

Get your sight checked

So if I looked at the above list, some of the items could be doable, others not at this time, and yet others I don’t do at all. For example—I don’t wear makeup (I work in a lab all day, and I’ve never felt the need to put on makeup. Plus I probably would forget to either wash my face, or I’d rub my eyes [as I do when my allergies are acting up] and smear mascara all over my face—no thank you). Also I’ve already had my vision checked this year, so I’m good on that point for a few more months.

So my goals for this Scorpio period are:

  • Get back into a meditation routine at night. This goes with the Scorpio mood of making inner peace & breathing.
  • Work on my transition plan—try to figure out both my “why” (or purpose) and my professional lifestyle that I want to live.
  • Continue with the second round of LIIFT4; and then finally
  • Work on ideas for more blog posts (and pages) for the website.
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Pisces Full Moon Goals

                 Pisces Full Moon Goals

 

Well we’re basically to the end of August (which means there are only four months left in the year). Where has the time gone?? It seems like only yesterday was the Fourth of July, and in a little over a week we’re already at Labor Day (which means that somehow Halloween is right around the corner). Anyway the moon continues to rotate through the various constellations and will be entering in Pisces this weekend.

 

 

So to begin, I’m going to take a look at “Moonology: working the magic of lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland, to see what questions one can be asking themselves during this Pisces full moon:

 

Have I been dreamy to the point of not getting enough done and making silly mistakes?

 

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 with numbering the above questions 1-5, I think that my answers would be as following:

 

  • I don’t think that I’ve been dreamy lately. I am trying to concentration on my transition plan, as I’ve decided that being in academia and research is no longer the path that I should be on. In terms of “silly mistakes” I think it depends on one’s definition of a “silly mistake”. I know that my colleagues are convinced that I’ve been making a few mistakes for the past month or so but sending out data that they say is poor—my thoughts are “data is data, good or bad” and people should be able to see it. I’ve been called out on this and also have been told that I have to be “retrained” to ensure that my “eyes” are seeing the same as other peoples “eyes” are. But I think that I’ve made good progress on my transition plan in determining the types of positions that I now need to start looking into a little more.
  • I don’t think that I’ve been overly sensitive lately. If nothing else I’ve been getting angry (though not losing my temper with people) at work, and have taken it as a sign that it is time to move on. If people aren’t willing to contact me about possible problems, in theory I really don’t see why I need to be trying to correct them if no one is willing to mention them.
  • No I haven’t been acting like a martyr and I don’t think I’ve been easily led around either. With the past couple of weeks at work I’ve just taken the issues that have cropped up as both learning tools (realizing that not everyone agrees with the motto “data is data, good or bad—it’s still data”) and as sign that I do need to put a little more push into my transition plan.
  • I have been getting better at meditating nightly—even if it is just a couple of minutes of laying on my acupuncture mat to help clear my mind and deal with the aches of a sore back (which at times are tension induced). I’m going to try to mediate more also in terms of thinking on the card(s) that I drew in that evenings card reading.
  • I’m getting back into touch with my intuitive side—where I’ve bought several different oracle and tarot card decks and I try to do a reading nightly. It is nice to see that I am thinking correctly and aiming to change directions in terms of my career as I’ve seen numerous cards reflecting change showing up over the past week in different spreads.

So this transition of the moon through Pisces is also having it pass through my fifth house (or the kids, romance, and creativity zone). This can be a time to where we should be making sure that we’re also having fun. For me, I think I’m probably going to be focusing on the creativity aspect of this house—as I don’t have kids, and right now I don’t have the time or energy for a romantic relationship. It’s also a time to try and find a balance between being in a supportive role and also standing up and letting the world and universe see what you have to offer.

The balance between the supportive role & standing up for myself may be difficult to maintain this week at work. But I will strive to be the professional and not let people know exactly what I think of them (if I can do that–it means two more hidden object games next weekend 🙂 )

So my goals for this full moon period include:

  • Finishing the LIIFT4 program (I finished week 5 yesterday, and starting week 6 on Monday)—there are only 3 weeks left, and I do enjoy the workouts. It also helps me relax and get rid of the tension headaches I’ve been having recently.
  • Renew some professional memberships (and possibly see about joining one that is slightly outside my area of expertise so that I could possibly go to a “blue networking event”).
  • Continue working on my transition plan (really start looking into a couple of different positions and start adding more value to connections on linkedin); update my linkedin summary and start making a master list of things that I need to do to transition to industry by no later than April of next year.
  • Work on my photography challenge, and maybe actually try to finish a bracelet or two. In addition continue meditating nightly, and doing my daily evening tarot/oracle card readings.

While these might not all seem “fun or creative”—they will help me keep my sanity. I’ve realized over the past few weeks that I have spent way to many years ignoring my gut/intuition/the universe and now that I’m starting to listen again—I need to step up my game for getting to the next chapter/stage of my life.

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Update on my reading list for the 101+ Goal Challenge

So I thought that I’d give an updated reading list for my 101+ Goal challenge. These books include personal and professional development books, autobiographies, and then other books of interest (science or otherwise).  Some of the books are short reads, mainly because they revolve around answering a series of questions (see # 32 and #111), these could even become a series of blog posts on their own (depending on when I get finished answering the questions). While I’ve finished several of them so far (look for the bold lines), I haven’t finished writing all the book reviews to post on the blog yet. But the new goal is to now finish at least 112 books before September 28 2020.

1. Black Hole Focus by Isaiah Hankel
2. Rewire Your Habits: Establish Goals, Evolve your habits, & improve your relationships, health and finances and free time by Zoe McKey
3. Minimalist Money Makeover by Michelle Moore
4. The No Spend Challenge Guide: How to stop spending money impulsively, pay off debt fast, and make your finances fit your dreams by Jen Smith
5. Minimalist Living: Declutter your home, schedule, and digital life for simple living (and discover why less is more) by Aston Sanderson
6. Self Talk: How to train your brain to turn negative thinking into positive thinking & practice self love by Aston Sanderson
7. Tame Your Emotions by Zoe McKey
8.The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
9. The happiness advantage by Shawn Achor
10. Am I making myself clear by Cornelia Dean
11. Escape the ivory tower by Nancy Baron
12. Kiss that Frog by Brian Tracy and Christina Tracy Stein
13. The Science of Intelligent Achievement by Isaiah Hankel
14.Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Berstein
15. Judgement Detox by Gabrielle Berstein
16. Science Blogging: The Essential Guide. Edited by Christie Wilcox, Bethany Brookshire & Jason G. Goldman
17. Hiding in the bathroom by Morra Aarons-Mele
18. The Little book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
19. Introvert Survival Tactics by Patrick King
20. T is for Transformation by Shawn T
21. Tribe of Mentors by Timothy Ferriss
22. The Scientist’s Guide to Writing by Stephen Heard
23. Write Science in Plain English by Anne Green
24. The Science Writer’s Handbook edited by Thomas Hayden & Michelle Nijhuis
25. A Field Guide for Science Writers Edited by Deborah Blum, Mary Knudson, and Robin Henig
26. 7 Habits of highly effective people by Stephen Covey
27. The confidence code by Katty Kat & Claire Shipman
28. You 2.0 by Ayodeja Awosika
29. Thrive by Arianna Huffington
30. The Renaissance Soul by Margaret Lobensteine
31. Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher
32. Find Your Passion: 25 Questions You Must Ask Yourself by Henri Junttila
33. I thought it was just me (but it wasn’t) by Brene Brown
34.What color is your parachute? 2018: A practical manual for job hunters & career changers by Richard N. Bolles
35. Manage your day to day: build your routine, find your focus, & Sharpen your creative mind. Edited by Jocelyn Glei
36. Raise your vibration by Kyle Gray
37. Sugar Free: 8 weeks to freedom from sugar and carb addiction by Karen Thomson Read More

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