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Focusing on time & project management during the Super Blue Moon

So the moon will be entering its second full moon for August tonight—making it a super blue moon. I’ve seen it stated that the moon could be either in Pisces or back in Aquarius…so I’m going to go with the first—that the moon will be moving through Pisces tonight.

That means there is only a day left in August of 2023, and four months left in the year.

So if I look to the book “Moonology: working with the magic of lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland, there are five questions that one can ask themselves during this time:

Self-reflection questions:

(1) Have I been dreamy to the point of not getting enough done and making silly errors?

(2) Have I been overly sensitive and too easily hurt?

(3) Have I been acting like a martyr? Or too easily led?

(4) Have I been meditating every day, and if not, why not?

(5) Have I been in touch with my intuitive side? Following my dreams and hunches?

My answers:

  1. I don’t think I’ve been ‘too dreamy’ lately…distracted, semi-depressed, dealing with grief, and still totally irritated with the world? Yep…this year hasn’t been the greatest, I’m working on finding a new routine, while balancing various other things—and working on improving my overall mental health. I haven’t been making silly errors, but I probably haven’t been getting nearly enough things done…though I have managed to three ‘BINGOs’ on my August BINGO goal card.
  2. The past year has been a sh*t show of epic proportions, and I probably am a little more sensitive lately compared to say two or three years ago. I do realize that everyone is busy with things and that if someone doesn’t respond—it only means they’re busy. 
  3. Nope.
  4. While I’m still using the soothing pod app for ‘guided’ meditation at night…I’d say my ability to ‘focus’ on breath for meditating is currently sitting around two minutes (the opening intros of the guided meditations)…then I listen as I pull a couple of oracle cards to ‘read’.
  5. As I’ve mentioned a couple of times—this is something that I’m working on…having spent so many years in higher edu research—I’m extremely good at being in touch with my analytical side, and ‘ignoring’ my intuitive side. I’m working at getting better at being in the moment, taking things slowly, and not having everything planned out. I am going after my dream of having a more independent career away from the bench. I am pivoting to the direction of freelance/remote/contract science/health/medical communications. In other words—writing, creating infographics, posters, slide decks, and other educational type material. Once I have that up and going, I’ll also be working different ideas/directions for this blog as well (creative writing/crafts/photography/travel/book reviews). I’ve chosen these directions because I want something that is location independent, time independent, and allows me to ‘jump’ between different areas/subjects that are of interest to me as I create content. 

So in addition to the self-reflection questions, one should also check to see what house or zone the moon is moving through as well. For me, the Pisces full moon is moving through my 5th house (according to my rising sign), which is also known as the “kids, romance, and creativity zone”.

I’m still semi self-isolating—I’ll meet a friend for lunch occasionally, we try to get out to walk the dogs at a park once a week (temperatures permitting), and hopefully within a month or two I can start trying to get a walk in at Boomer; but there are new variants of the omicron COVID-19 variant popping up—so I may not do the lunch meetup all that often this fall.

I made note last year that when (and if) I move, it would require moving into a small one or two bedroom house, due to my dog…well, now when that happens—it will probably be a two (or three) bedroom house with a basement, and possibly an apartment over the detached garage. Seems mighty specific, huh…well—moving is going to become an ‘family’ affair. My father is going to be retiring within two or three years, and has been talking of moving once that happens. My younger brother is financially dependent on my father, and well—I’m going to have power of attorney…so I’d rather be in the same area in case something goes wrong.  The current ‘specifics’ of the house/property is from how I imagine us being able to move and ‘live’ around each other.

Again, the only ‘kids’ I’m currently around are the furry variety—the two dogs and two cats. My niece is out in CA, and we don’t see them that often; and when I meet up with friends for lunch, if it’s during the school year—her daughter is in school.

I’m doing well with crafts…I’m making progress on my large cross-stitch project, and have started a large doodle/drawing project as well. If I like how the doodle/drawing turns out this winter—the second one will actually be done on a canvas (the current paper is a little too thin for even water colors).

Pisces Super Blue Full Moon goals:

(1) Troubleshooting my weekly ‘schedule’—making notes of what blocks of periods work, what doesn’t work; am I trying to cram too much stuff in on any particular day; are there days that may be better served as ‘brainstorming’/‘learning’ days?

(2) Spend at least fifteen to thirty minutes a day on some type of craft project.

(3) Working on both blogs—getting the second blog up and ‘running’ (having the home page & about me pages written, and having the ‘blog’ portion live with at least one post by the end of September); working on editorial calendars, and so forth.

(4) Work through at least part of one personal/professional e-course.

Four goals, and while only one (the last) will actually have a ‘yes/no’ in terms of completion—the rest can also be considered on-going/continuous goals—but if one doesn’t start them…one can in theory never continue them…

Bits and pieces from previous chapters of our lives usually find their way into our current chapters that we’re trying to write…the bits and pieces from my previous chapters unfortunately right now include: imposter syndrome, inner critic, negative self-talk, and feelings of inadequacy. 

I know that I can work through all of those feelings, and will be doing so—but also just acknowledging them is a huge step in the right direction of self-care/self-acceptance, and healing. 

Therefore, I’m also going to keep the following quote at the forefront: ‘progress over perfection’, and knowing that I’m slowly starting the next chapter of my life (as I’m done re-reading the last one), in addition to limiting the influence of others in terms of what I decide to do with my future.

Question time: what are some of your favorite crafts?

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Working on crafts, & updating the website: Goals for the Pisces Full Moon

So the moon will be entering its latest full moon stage either tonight or tomorrow night (depending on where you are in the world). This full moon is also falling on my birthday, marking there are only ten days left in September, and then only three months left in 2021 (slowly peaking around the corner to see what may be coming towards us in 2022).

So if I looked to the book “Moonology: working with the magic of lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland, I’d see that there are five questions that one can ask themselves during this time:

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

Have I been overly sensitive and too easily hurt?

Have I been acting like a martyr? Or too easily led?

Have I been meditating every day, and if not, why not?

Have I been in touch with my intuitive side? Following my dreams and hunches?

So if I were to number the above questions 1-5, I think that my answers would be as follow:

  1. Well, I haven’t been too dreamy—I’ve been at times too distracted, too upset, semi-depressed, and totally irritated to the point of not getting enough done. But then again—the idea/concept of being super busy, productive, and always getting things done—that can be a determent to ones mental health. Therefore, while I may have been slightly less productive the past month (in terms of trying to get my freelance business up and running), I have been more productive in terms of managing my mental health.
  2. No, I haven’t been overly sensitive and too easily hurt. But then again—we’re still in the pandemic and I haven’t been interacting with a lot of people outside of family (and what other interactions I have had have been online, and its easy to block the trolls and haters).
  3. Nope.
  4. I’ve been getting better at meditating, or at least sitting quietly for a few minutes every night. Now the goal or challenge will be trying to introduce meditation/sitting quietly to the morning and possibly early afternoon routines as well.
  5. I’m trying to get better at this—I’m good at being in touch with my ‘analytical’ side, but had spent years ‘ignoring’ my intuitive side. That is something I’ve been working on correcting over the past year or so. In terms of trying to follow my dreams and hunches—I’m slowly working on moving away from the bench, and towards a more independent ‘career’ of freelance/remote/contract writing/data analysis/project and/or product management style career. This is because due to the pandemic—I think it is more important to have a career that is location independent, and semi-company independent as well.

So in addition to the self-reflection questions, one should also check to see what house or zone the moon is moving through as well. For me, the Pisces full moon is moving through my 5th house (according to my rising sign), which is also known as the “kids, romance, and creativity zone”.

All of the zones are still a ‘challenge’ this year due in part to the fact that the pandemic is still going and I’m still self-isolating (even though I got my J&J shot back in April—I’m a little petrified of the delta variant). Though, even if everything had gotten under control and we weren’t in the middle of the pandemic—I still don’t have the time for romance.

As I stated last year, I’m still trying to figure out my life, and part of that is determining where I may be moving (with at least one dog), and I don’t feel like trying to start a relationship with someone knowing that I’d possibly be moving at some point in the near future. Currently I’m not around ‘human kids’ (my niece is out in California, and I haven’t gotten together with any friends that have kids in well over a year), but I am surrounded by ‘furry kids’ (three dogs and three cats) daily. Though one of those furry kids is currently at the vet’s getting numerous tests done to determine what caused her to develop hemolytic anemia. Therefore I’m going to focus on the ‘creativity’ part of the fifth house.

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time lately doing cross-stitching, as this is a nice activity that doesn’t require me to concentrate that much on it (as I’m doing more abstract designs than following a pattern) and it doesn’t cause my hands to cramp as much as knitting does.

I’m still working on stretching my crafting comfort zone (which usually encompasses photography, knitting, reading, and when I have a working sewing machine-quilting), and now can add cross-stitching to that list. Next craft that I will hopefully find as enjoyable will be jewelry design/creation.

So what are my goals going to be for the Pisces Full Moon?

  1. Continue working on my third cross-stitch project, and then also start working on creating some jewelry (bracelets and necklaces to start but maybe also some ear-rings).
  2. Start reworking various pages/tabs on the website. I have a general idea of the direction(s) I want to go in, and some pages will be combined, others will stay the same, and one or two will be renamed and/or reworked.
  3. Personal/professional development and self-reflection

There are only a few goals for this full moon period—mainly because I know that I’m going to be a little distracted (at least emotionally) until we have a ‘proper’ diagnosis and treatment plan for our one dog (who developed hemolytic anemia earlier this month). My game plan is to be productive, but at the same time realize that there may be a day or two of doing nothing but creative work—and that is fine.

I’m also going to keep the following quote at the forefront: ‘progress over perfection’, and knowing that I’m slowly starting the next chapter of my life (as I’m done re-reading the last one), in addition to limiting the influence of others in terms of what I decide to do with my future.

Question time: what are some of your favorite crafts?

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Creativity, personal/professional development goals for the Pisces Full Moon

So the moon will be entering its latest full moon stage either tonight (marking the full moon at the very beginning of the month) or tomorrow night. The full moon is marking the fact that there are now only four months left in 2020 (quietly looking out the window to see what is coming towards us).

So if I looked to the book “Moonology: working with the magic of lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland, I’d see that there are five questions that one can ask themselves during this time:

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

Have I been overly sensitive and too easily hurt?

Have I been acting like a martyr? Or too easily led?

Have I been meditating every day, and if not, why not?

Have I been in touch with my intuitive side? Following my dreams and hunches?

So if I were to number the above questions 1-5, I think that my answers would be as follow:

  1. I’m not sure if I would say that I’ve been dreamy to the point of not getting enough done. I’ve probably been wasting time (scrolling through social media and the news) that I could have spent doing something more productive. This was actually something I realized earlier—I need to find a balance between being an well-informed individual and wasting time on the computer.
  2. I don’t think that I’ve been overly sensitive lately. Truthfully, while being in self-isolation due to the pandemic, I haven’t been around many other people so I haven’t had to deal with other people’s emotions.
  3. No, I have haven’t been acting like either a martyr or someone that can be easily led around.
  4. I usually try to mediate for at least five minutes every night—some nights I manage, and other nights I don’t. One thing I’m still working on is creating an optimal meditation area in the room.
  5. This is something that I’ve been trying to do more of lately. I resigned back in December so that I would have the time and energy to try to figure out what it is I really want to do with my life. Then the SARS-CoV2 pandemic hit, and I will admit that I’ve spent quite a few months shaking my head—I realized that it would probably be a bad year, I just didn’t fathom how bad it was going to get. So I am trying to follow my dreams and hunches—one of the things I’m going to be doing is trying to help improve science education/communication somehow (still brainstorming ideas on that).

So in addition to the self-reflection questions, one should also check to see what house or zone the moon is moving through as well. For me, the Pisces full moon is moving through my 5th house (according to my rising sign), which is also known as the “kids, romance, and creativity zone”.

Any of the zones this year are more of a challenge—mainly due to the pandemic and self-isolation. Truthfully—even if we weren’t in the middle of a pandemic, I probably still wouldn’t have a lot of time currently for romance. I’m trying to figure out my life and part of that is trying to figure out where to move—I don’t want to start a relationship with anyone knowing that I’d be moving out of state at some point in the near future. So—I’m not to worried about romance, currently not around any kids (I don’t have any, my niece is out in California, again with the pandemic I’m not getting together with any friends that may have kids)—unless you count animals (then I do have six to deal with—three dogs and three cats and they’re constantly around, and two of them will have all the veto powers in any of my future relationships), so the only aspect that I’m going to concern myself with currently is the creativity zone.

I had promised myself that once I started my “reboot break” I was also going to have more time to spend on creative work (whether that was doodling, journaling, knitting, taking pictures—something that was not related to the current job search mindset). While I have been spending time doing something creative daily, I haven’t been varying (and learning new) crafts. I’ve been sticking with things I know how to do—if not great, at least well (namely photography, knitting, and some doodling and journaling). Since self-isolation is going to be stretching longer than anticipated—I’m going to slowly start stepping out of it and try my hand at a different craft.

So what are my goals going to be for the Pisces Full Moon?

            More creativity time—specifically I’m going to try my hand at cross-stitching. I bought a small starter kit a couple of months ago—and haven’t touch it—due in large part to it being something new that I’ve never done and therefore I have nothing to compare it to (in terms of what I think of the finished project). But I’m going to probably try sketching out some basic geometric shapes and then try my hand at coloring them in (this should be interesting, since I have a hard enough time drawing a straight line with a ruler, can’t wait to see how the lines look when I’m just stitching them by hand).

            More time spent on self-reflection. This is going to be a combination of meditation, and journaling. The journaling will be done as part of both personal/professional development (answering any questions that pop up), and self-reflection—I’m going to start drawing a single tarot/oracle card (sometimes in the morning, sometimes the night before), and writing whatever comes to mind when I look at it, then read the message in the tarot/oracle book, and see if my thoughts have differed from the intended message.

            Time also spent on personal/professional development—namely working through various e-course packages that I’ve bought over the years. I know that I want a career that allows me to use my strengths (learner, intellection, input, achiever, and deliberative/ideation/arranger), while also allowing me to improve on some of the ‘weaker’ areas as well. The best way to start doing this—work through various courses bought, network, and try to set up and hold informational interviews as well.

But above all remember the following—“Progress over Perfection,”, “You can’t start the next chapter of your life, if you keep re-reading the last one”, and “Not caring what other people think is the best choice you will ever make”.

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September’s Full Moon Goals as it transitions through Pisces

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

The Harvest Moon

So if I looked to the book “Moonology: working with the magic of lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland, I’d see that there are five questions that one can ask themselves during this time:

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

Have I been overly sensitive and too easily hurt?

Have I been acting like a martyr? Or too easily led?

Have I been meditating every day, and if not, why not?

Have I been in touch with my intuitive side? Following my dreams and hunches?

So if I were to number the above questions 1-5, I think that my answers would be as follow:

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

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

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

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

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

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

But over all remember: Progress over Perfection.

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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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