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Gemini New Moon Goals

So the moon is transitioning through Gemini today, as it marks its new phase. We’ve entered June, and I’m sure somehow it will seem like its August before I get this post done. Pretty soon we will getting to the longest day of the year, then the days will be getting shorter, and then the year will half over.

So what are some of the things that one can focus on during the Gemini new moon?

            Think about how you communicate with others.

            Meditate.

            Socialize more.

            See your siblings.

            Read more.

But then I should also look to see what house the new Gemini moon is moving through as well. So the new moon in Gemini is also moving through my eighth house, or my “sex and shared finances”. This zone can also be referred to as the money & relationship zone (or at least that is how I think of it). So what are some of the things that one can do during this time in regards to the eighth house?

            Pay off a loan (or take one out).

            Open a savings account and make your first deposit.

            Cancel a credit card you know you can’t afford.

            Ask for a pay raise (but really only if you believe you might get it).

            Refinance your mortgage.

            Talk dirty to your partner.

            Try a sexual position for the first time.

I find it a little amusing that two new moons in a row have aspects that deal with relationships—and I’m determined not to be in one currently. Basically to restate what I said last month: I don’t have the time or energy to put into the dating scene and finding someone. In terms of relationships and being with someone—I seem to be one of the odd ones that doesn’t mind being alone and unattached. I also know that I have other things to work out on my own before even attempting to stick my toes into the dating pool.

So in terms of things one can do for the eighth house:

I have a savings account already (with a decent amount in it).

Currently I can afford to pay all my credit cards off (I try to keep them low).

I don’t own a house—so trying to refinance is not necessary.

I don’t have any loans (and currently not thinking of taking one out).

There are no pay raises being given this year due to the budget (yet another reason to get out of academia).

And finally, I’m not in a relationship—so the last two aren’t even on my radar.

So my goals for the Gemini new moon include:

            I’m going to put making a financial plan back on the list. I’ve realized that I’m not getting any younger, and that there are still things that I either want to do (travel more for leisure) or will need to be doing (moving for a new job) that will require having a decent amount of money saved and/or invested.

            Try to get back into meditating nightly (I got out of the habit last month, and I need to try to get back into it again).

            Read at least three more non-fiction books (out of the large list that I have going).

I’m going to try to focus on my mental and financial health during this new moon period.

The goals might seem a little repetitive, and it may seem to others that I’m not making progress between months/years—but slow and steady is the way to go and again, not everything is publicaly shared.

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The moon is moving through Taurus: New Moon Goals for May.

So the moon is transitioning through Taurus today, as it marks its new phase. We’re a third of the way through the year, and somehow time seems to crawl by during the week and then zoom by on the weekends.

So what are some of the things that one can focus on during the Taurus new moon? Looking at “Moonlogy: working with the magic of lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland:

            Making a financial plan.

            Love yourself.

                        Make a list of your values and ask yourself if you’re living your life in a way that allows you to honor those values. If the answer is no—figure out a new plan to allow yourself to honor those values.

            Be sensual. Ask yourself “What would make my life better?”

            Character check. Ask yourself “Am I being too stubborn or too lazy?”

            Persevere—remember that there is more to life than racing head, there is also the journey that should be enjoyed as well (or as much as possible). Slow and steady will win the day.

So the new moon in Taurus is also moving through my seventh house, or my “love zone”. This zone can also be referred to as the relationship zone as well. So what are some of the things that one can do during this time in regards to the seventh house?

            Go through old love letters and get rid of at least some of them.

            If you’re single and feeling brave, try online dating.

            Ask your parents about their ideas on how to make love (aka a relationship) work.

            Recommit to your partner.

            If you hurt a past lover, admit you were wrong & apologize to them.

            Make a list of the qualities you look for in a partner.

            If you’re already attached, play matchmaker for a friend.

So looking at these two lists, I can honestly say that right now I’m going to focus on the financial/personal aspects of the Taurus new moon. I don’t have the time or energy to put into the dating scene and finding someone. In terms of relationships and being with someone—I seem to be one of the odd ones that doesn’t mind being alone and unattached. I also know that I have other things to work out on my own before even attempting to stick my toes into the dating pool.

So my goals for the Taurus new moon include:

            Making a financial plan. I’ve realized that I’m not getting any younger, and that there are still things that I either want to do (travel more for leisure) or will need to be doing (moving for a new job) that will require having a decent amount of money saved and/or invested.

            Continue working on my transition plan—since I know at least one or two of the cities that I’m willing to relocate to (Boston, and maybe Washington DC, Chicago, or St. Louis) now I need to start looking for say three to four companies within each area that I think I could work for and start trying to network for informational interviews.

            Try and finish the following two books: “Next Gen PhD: A Guide to Career Paths in Science” by Melanie V Sinche and “Reboot Your Life: Energize your career and lie by taking a break” by Catherine Allen, Nancy Bearge, Rita Foley and Jaye Smith.

            Box (or bag) up the t-shirts that no longer fit well for donation (or selling online).

            Get back into a workout routine (go between weight training and cardio).

The goals might seem a little repetitive, and it may seem to others that I’m not making progress between months/years—but slow and steady is the way to go and not everything is publically shared.

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Aries New Moon Goals: “Starting a new zodiac year”

So the moon is moving through Aries today (as a new moon), and this also marks the start of a new astrological calendar (as Aries is the first sign in astrology). We have started the second quarter of the year, and now is a time to reflect on the past quarter and decide to change things up if things haven’t been working.

So what are some of the things that one can do during the Aries new moon period?

            Take action on your dreams.

            Make a 12-month plan.

            Be courageous.

            Have some fun.

            Focus on yourself.

Then if I look to see what house/zone Aries is moving through as well—it is going through my sixth house: or the daily work and health zone. So this is also the time to focus on my daily work and health routines. This is the time to look at my current routines and make any changes necessary to ensure that I’m going in a more healthy direction (in both terms of work and personal health/fitness).

So what are some of the things that one can do during this time to help improve their sixth house?

            Recommit to some type of exercise program (either going to the gym or doing something on your own).

            Think about your eating habits.

            Help someone out this month.

            Talk to your boss about any work concerns you might have.

            Read a book on positive thinking.

            Eat healthy lunches or dinners for one month—no exceptions.

            Learn to meditate.

I do think that it’s a little uncanny how accurate it is that as the moon is transitioning, currently it hit on my sixth house. This is one area (namely more the daily health than daily work—though that is also an area that needs focus) that I really do need to try to focus more on, as I have let my fitness routines fall by the wayside the past six weeks or so.

So my small list of things to focus on during this new moon period will be the following:

            Making a 12-month plan. This is going to encompass both personal and professional area of my life.

            Recommit to a workout program

            Work on my eating habits (I do know that quite a bit of my bad habits stem from both stress and poor sleeping). Notice I didn’t say diet—but habits. I’m trying to work on basically having things in moderation and working on serving sizes.

            Read a book on positive thinking (I’m pretty sure that I have one or two on my large to-be-read e-pile; but I’ll look at amazon and see what I either have or I will purchase a book or two).

            Then finally, continue to try to mediate nightly. I’ve realized lately that my mind still races a little too much when I do try to mediate and I call it quits after about two minutes. Also I’ve realized that my racing thoughts have also made it a little difficult to do a accurate and decent tarot/oracle card reading—I may need to meditate for a few minutes before attempting to do a reading.

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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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Libra New Moon Goals

So as we enter the second week of October, the moon is entering the Libra constellation and it’s latest new moon phase. Since this is the last quarter of the year, there are only three new moon phases and three full moon phases left in the year (it’s hard to believe that 2018 is almost over—where has the time gone?).

So what are some of the things that one can do during the time of the Libra new moon?

How well are you relating to others?

How are your partnerships/relationships (personal and/or professional) doing?

Is there anything you need to negotiate?

Are you feeling good about yourself?

Regain your identity if necessary.

So in addition to looking at various aspects of one’s relationships over the next two weeks, the new moon in Libra is also passing through my 12th house—or my secret zone. This is the time when one usually wants to retreat from the world for a bit—and truthfully it probably couldn’t have come at a better time with the way the world is going. This would also be beneficial as I’m still trying to narrow down the positions for my transition plan (and by narrow down, I’m talking about trying to figure out the biotech hub areas that I wouldn’t mind moving to and then seeing what companies are in those areas and starting to look into them more). This is the time to start trying to listen to your dreams, and getting in touch with your spiritual side.

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):

Try some yoga and meditation.

Take a “time out” from social media.

Dictate your dreams in the morning (use your phone, or old fashion pen and paper).

Try to face one big fear.

Trust your intuition.

Write some poetry from the heart.

Share one of your secrets.

So what I’m going to try to focus on for the Libra new moon include:

Getting back into meditation (I’ve been trying to do it nightly, and some nights I just can’t get into the groove)—but I’m going to aim for doing at least five minutes of meditation each night.

Continue working on my transition plan, and also make it out to the GeneTown Connect networking event later this month.

Continue to work through the various e-courses that I’ve bought (again trying to remember to take notes so that I can also make a blog post out of what I took away from the course).

Start working on the science blog posts.

I will also continue with my hybrid workout calendar (LIIFT4 and probably InsanityMax30) and trying to keep my nutrition under control.

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Virgo New Moon Goals

So the moon is entering its latest “new” phase in the Virgo constellation today. So while I’ve been doing all of my goal predictions from the view of my rising star, the Virgo constellation holds a special place, as it is my birth sign.

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

Take an inventory of what is working & what isn’t working in your life.

Are you being of service to others?

Look to your health habits—does anything need adjustment?

Avoid nitpicking.

Get organized.

So in terms of the above ideas of things one can do, how am I doing in terms of each one?

In terms of being of service to other people—that could also be considered the motto for my current position (doing the DNA sequencing). Though it isn’t a position that I want to keep, as you’re the one that basically is blamed if something goes wrong (even if you haven’t done anything wrong). I help out around the house, and try to do a little extra at work as well (but not much, as it isn’t appreciated by other people).

Staying in academia isn’t working at all—so I’m working on figuring out the next move (which will either be into industry or possibly getting a alternative teaching certificate and teaching high school science). Staying in OK also isn’t really working (I think that there are too many bad memories from public education here, that they’re overshadowing all the progress I’m trying to make—therefore it’s time to get the hell out of the state again). What is working is joining different online communities which is giving me both accountability & support in terms of the different things I’m trying to work on (career transition, health progression, and so forth).

I’m starting to get back into both healthy eating habits (it’s been over a month since I got either a specialty coffee drink or some type of sweet dessert on campus), and sticking to a workout program (next week I’ll be finishing the first round of LIIFT4). I have slipped the past couple of days in terms of making sure that I take my multivitamins, but I’m usually good 85-90% of the time. I’m also getting better at meditating at night as well (now I just need to figure out a nice quite spot to sit at times during the work day to be able to mediate for a few minutes when I realize I’m close to losing my temper).

In terms of the nitpicking—I usually can avoid doing this at work (if nothing else, it is other people nitpicking on how I’m doing my job). I’m also getting better at not judging myself to harshly if I fall short of meeting certain weekly goals. I know that everything works better with slow and steady progress, that if you try to do too much at once—you might not get anything done (your inner critic could start sabotaging you).

Getting organized is something that I really need to do this month, especially in terms of my transition into industry. I’m going to need to keep track of the different positions, the companies that I could potentially want to work for, my network connections, the dates & times for informational interviews, and then the hopeful interviewing process.

So besides these different areas that one can focus on, the new moon in Virgo, is within my 11th house (based on my rising sign). This house is also known as your “Friend Zone plus your hopes and dreams”. So this is the time to wish for what you want or to spend more time surrounded by friends.

During this time there are two areas to focus on: your hopes and dreams and friends. In terms of hopes and dreams—I’m going to be spending the time focused on continuing to work on my transition plan, and making the decision on whether or not to continue within my current position come the end of the year. The other focus for the time is your network of friends and your position within that network.

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):

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

Network (i.e. ask your friends to introduce you to friends of theirs that you haven’t met).

Wish on a star every night for the 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(s) for being there for you.

So the goals that I’m going to focus on during the Virgo season include:

  • Continuing to focus on my transition plan, and starting to add value to connections on linkedin.
  • Work through various e-courses that I’ve bought over the past few months (and remember to try to take good notes to where I can write and post a summary on the blog).
  • Getting organized (keeping track of where I’m at in terms of #1 & #2, and possibly #4, & #5).
  • Determining my personal & professional “brand”
  • Making it through the last week of LIIFT4 & then a round of Shift Shop
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Leo New Moon Goals—Update

Tomorrow the moon has moved into another constellation—Virgo, and will be in its “new” phase. That means that it is time to reflect back on the goals that I had set for last month, when the moon had entered its “new” phase in Leo.

So, the Leo new moon was in my 10th house, or my career zone. This was the time when the universe was giving me several nudges to start working harder on trying to figure out my transition plan for getting a position in industry. During this phase, there were several different nudges but basically they all reminded me that I’m done with research in academia, and to so extent I’m done with academia in general.

So what were my goals for the Leo new moon?

  • Narrowing down my top choices of industry positions;
  • Adding more value to connections (but being strategic at the same time) to hopefully gain informational interviews soon
  • Determine what my “brand” is both personal & professional
  • Start reading more in both the business world & the scientific world; and finally
  • Continue working through the data programming e-courses that I’ve bought

So how did I do with each goal?

In terms of narrowing down my top choices for industry positions—the positions that I’m now considering include:

Health Economist and Outcome Research

Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) Specialist

Clinical Data Manager

R&D Research Scientist (working up to R&D project manager; I’ve realized that if I want to become a project manager—I would need to spend some time still at the bench, as most companies probably won’t hire someone who doesn’t have the experience to be an manager right away).

Marketing Communications Specialist

Market Research Analyst

Quantitative Analyst

Operation Research Analyst

Medical Copywriting

In terms of adding value to connections—this is still slow going, in that I know that I need to set aside specific time periods and just work on this (so again, this is a work in progress).

I’m still trying to determine my “brand” (to the point I’m actually taking an e-course on personal branding).

The reading is slow going—again, I need to just set aside specific time periods to where I’m reading business pages, and then start reading scientific papers that actually interest me (with this—I might start writing small reviews of things for the blog).

I’m also slowly working through the different programming e-courses that I’ve bought (mainly because I haven’t had the time to totally download programs to my computer for some of the courses).

Overall, I made progress this past month in determining the different paths that I want to start exploring in terms of different career options. Research as moved down the list, mainly because I have slowly started to lose my enthusiasm for it—though that could just be the fact that I’m totally done with academic research. I am also getting close to the decision on whether or not I want to sign the extension contract come Thanksgiving—while the paycheck is always nice, being stuck in a job that you don’t enjoy and actually dread going to work daily—it isn’t worth it (even if it means that I may not be eligible for unemployment; I would then have more time to focus on my industry transition.

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Leo New Moon Goals

So the moon is entering yet another constellation—Leo, the might lion. It’s hard to believe that we’re over half way through the year—but as much as I’d like time to slow down, I know that it won’t.

                        Leo New Moon Goals

So what are some fun facts about the Leo constellation?

 

If you look back into Greek mythology, the lion is based off of one of Hercules’ 12 labors—killing the Nemean lion. He managed the feat by strangling the lion and then placed the body in the heavens.

              The Leo Constellation. (c)space.com

Leo is the fifth sign of the Zodiac, and is considered to be a masculine, extroverted sign.

The best time to see the constellation for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere is during the spring season (namely in April just after dark).

 

So there are a few things that one should try to do right around the peak of the new moon: 1) Show off—basically this is a time to celebrate life, so basically it’s a time to enjoy what’s going on around us. 2) Flirt—not something I’m probably going to be doing (as again I’m not in a relationship, and right now not looking to be in a relationship either). 3) Be creative—I have been trying to stay in touch with my creative side more (weekend walks at Boomer working on my photography skills and then learning coding for designing websites). 4) Self love—again this something that I’m constantly working on (limiting the negative self talk and practicing mindfulness). And finally 5) spoil yourself—meaning indulge a little and remember “you’re a hot little number with a lot to offer the world”.

So besides moving through Leo, the moon is also going through my 10th house—which is also known as the “Career Zone”. So I was right yesterday when I though that the universe was giving me a little nudge to continue fine tuning my transition plan.

There are numerous things that one can do during this time in regards to their career, but the ones I’m going to focus on include plotting my next best career move, thereby applying for new jobs with confidence (if I see any that match my goals, interests, and skills), and generally give myself a big push forward in moving on to the next step.

So my goals for the Leo New Moon include:

  • Narrowing down my top choices of industry positions;
  • Adding more value to connections (but being strategic at the same time) to hopefully gain informational interviews soon
  • Determine what my “brand” is both personal & professional
  • Start reading more in both the business world & the scientific world; and finally
  • Continue working through the data programming e-courses that I’ve bought

Resources:

“Moonology: Plan and Predict Your way to Joy, Health and Abundance with the Magic of Lunar Cycles” by Yasmin Boland.

“Leo Constellation: Facts about the lion” https://www.space.com/16845-leo-constellation.html

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Cancer New Moon Goals

So we’re going to be entering another new moon this week—Cancer, and will actually be a partial lunar eclipse (that very few people will actually get to see); but that means that there will also be solar eclipse at the end of the month (that sadly I won’t be able to view as it won’t be visible from the US).

But going back to the Cancer New Moon—this movement through the cosmos has moved the moon into my 9th house, or the “Big Picture Zone”. So this zone is one that is focused on adventure, travel, and personal development. This is the time where you need to be honest with yourself in terms of any type of insecurity, or fears that you might be having. In addition it’s a time to review your goals, get in touch with family, and just take a little bit of time to nurture yourself.

Getting in touch with family isn’t that difficult, since I live at home and see my parents on a daily basis. I see my younger brother frequently, and keep in touch with my older brother via social media or texting. While it would be nice to see my niece—they’re on the west coast, and while I want to visit, the visits are more geared towards the national parks than LA.

I can say that I’m trying to keep up on the personal development aspect—I’ve got plenty of different books to read (though I will admit that I’ve been on a romance genera feast for awhile now); and I’ve bought several different little e-courses on different things to help with both personal and professional development. I just need to start 1) reading the books and 2) find the time to go through all the different courses that I’ve bought.

The books cover a variety of topics from spirituality to entrepreneurship to almost basic self-help for introverts. At the beginning of the year I’d posted within my 101+ goal list that I’d read fifty personal/professional development books over the course of 1001 days—well that list has now grown to 142 books (and probably will continue to grow)—though I’ve finished 12 of the books so far (and reviewed six of those); so I’m down to trying to finish 130 books in basically 809 days. As far as the personal development courses go—I’ve got a nice long list of ones that I’ve purchased or “saved” that I need to start working through—some are short only a single video, while others are a little more in-depth and will take more time to work through.

If I’m totally honest with myself—the one major area of insecurity or fear is trying to transition into an industry position. The fear or insecurity is coming from the unknown—will I like the new position/company? Will I be challenged in the position and allowed to grow? Or will it be a repeat of my first postdoc experience?

I’m moving slow on trying to transition into an industry position—mainly because I don’t want to make a mistake and windup broke, in debt, and having to move back in with my parents. The one leap after grad school for the post-doc position taught me well that at times its better to be unemployed for a while than take the first job offer you get. But I’m still working on my transition plan—I’m thinking of either slightly switching research sectors (move away from things that are heavily cell culture based), going for a more managerial position, or transitioning out of research entirely.

I am trying to get better at meditating every night—some nights I’m able to meditate for five or more minutes, other nights I can maybe get in two or three minutes before my eyes pop open and that’s the end of it. I know that meditating isn’t for everyone, but I’ve actually found that it has been helping me at time sleep better (though some nights when I have an awful night sleep I’d managed to meditate for a good amount of time before bed), and also to try to clear my thoughts so that my mind isn’t racing in circles when trying to work on my transition plan.

So my goals for the next two weeks are to:

  • Mediate nightly (even if it is only for two or three minutes).
  • Try to read at least one more personal/professional development book (two would be great).
  • Get through at least one more mini personal development course and at least another third of the way through the web development course.
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Gemini New Moon Goals

So as the month of June reaches the mid-point, the moon has transitioned into it’s “new” phase and entered the Gemini Constellation. This phase and this constellation reflects my 8th house. So this zone or house is also known as the Sex and Shared Finances Zone.

 

So in part this is good—I need to double down on making sure that I’m not going to overboard on purchases. I had started a challenge this month that I wasn’t going to be spending any money (other than what I had spent on things pre-ordered and one or two purchases already made). I have managed about three or four days of not spending any money. Currently I’m buying coffee in the morning on campus as an extra jolt of caffeine to wake up. So I know that there are things there that I can work on—and I could also look into seeking some financial advice about investments and trying to build my retirement account (while at the same time making sure that I have enough money set aside for any possible moves for a new job).

 

As far as the other portion of the zone—the Sex zone—right now that could be called the sexless zone—I’m not in a relationship with anyone. Right now I don’t have the time or the energy to put into 1) the dating scene, and then 2) a relationship. With plans of moving sometime within the next year, I just don’t want to deal with any more complications than what I’m already going to be dealing with.

 

So my goals for the next two weeks include: 1) making a budget for the last half of June and starting one for July; 2) limiting purchases on campus to no more than 3 days a week; and 3) look into ways of increasing my retirement account (without decreasing my savings or paycheck).

 

Yes I know I’m focusing on half of the zone—but right now half is better than none.

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