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New moon, solar eclipse & time to ‘look’ to the future

So the Aries new moon is today, and it also marks a total solar eclipse that can actually be seen in parts of the US.  Stillwater, unfortunately is suppose to be totally cloudy during those few hours this afternoon…but who knows the cloud cover could burn off a little bit at some point & I can grab my solar viewing glasses and go out back to see if I can ‘see’ anything. 

Last year I didn’t write anything about the Aries new moon…I actually didn’t write much of anything for like a good six or seven months (while 2020 wasn’t the greatest year; 2021-to [almost the present] has sucked), and getting back into a writing routine and both ‘niching’ (in terms of the science, health & medical blog) and semi-niching here has been at times a struggle. But it is a struggle I’m willing to work with—as I’m focused on getting these two freelance/creative businesses up and running.

Okay…now back to the Aries new moon. There are numerous things that one can do during this period. One ‘series’ of things reflects on the Aries new moon itself, and those things include:

  1. Take actions on dreams & plans
  2. Make a 12-month plan
  3. Be courageous in moving towards achieving your goals
  4. Have some fun
  5. Focus on you

You might be asking why one would think of making a 12-month plan in April? Well, that’s because Aries is the start of a new ‘astrological’ year/calendar—especially in terms of the ‘new’ moon. So, this is a time of reflection and planning…figuring out what goals one really wants to achieve (that match up to ones’ inner values) and figuring out how to go about and achieving them.

The second thing is to look to see what ‘house’ the Aries new moon is passing through (there are twelve houses, and the particular house for each new & full moon differs for everyone based on your astrological signs. Mine are Vigo (star), Scorpio (rising), and Pisces (moon). I usually make use of my rising sign (Scorpio) to determine which house the different moons are moving through. So for me—this Aries new moon is passing through my 6th house, or my daily work & health zone.  This means—figuring out the fluid daily/weekly schedule that will allow me to focus on the things I want: personal/professional growth, launching a freelance career, health/wellness, crafts/hobbies, and so forth.

One thing I’ve been doing the past few weeks is combining time ‘theming’ (trying to give each day a particular theme—or each morning/afternoon different themes: such as communications, administrative work, research, writing/editing, and so forth) with time blocking (setting aside say 90 minutes to do research/write/edit or do some personal/professional growth work [e-courses, Mondly, or listening to a podcast or TedTalk]). While also making use of apps that block access to social media sites (so I don’t give into the temptation of ‘doom scrolling’ when I should be doing something else).

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

  1. Recommit to some type of exercise program
  2. Think about (correct if need be) your eating habits
  3. Help someone out this month
  4. Talk to your boss about any work concerns you might have
  5. Read a book on positive thinking
  6. Eat healthy lunches or dinners for a month–no exceptions
  7. Learn to meditate

So I always find it a little uncanny at times how accurate the moons transition is through the houses (especially when I know there are certain things I should be focusing on). While there are things that listed that are ‘mainstream’ (such as correcting eating habits or eating healthier)—I’m working on developing a better relationship with food, and am starting to listen to my body more. I’m also going to be moving to a more intentional movement ‘calendar’—to where I’m doing something daily for at least five to fifteen minutes each day.

So which things am I going to try to focus on over the next few weeks?

  1. Make a 12-month (or possibly longer) plan. This will be a mix of different goal setting methods (value-driven goals, OKR [objectives & key results], and using the new & full moon phases of the moon) but written as a ‘personal/professional growth development plan’.
  2. Start using the intentional movement board game I drew out last month. I just need to write the rules, draw up some tracking sheets & figure out what my ‘rewards’ will be as well
  3. Read one of the books I have on positive thinking/mindset
  4. Continue to meditate nightly

Three years ago, I ended my Aries New Moon goals with the assumption that world’s insanity levels were going to hopefully start ‘decreasing’ and things would mellow. Oh, how I miss those rose-tinted glasses that I was metaphorically wearing. The world is going to hell in a hand-basket at an alarming clip..and I think there is a clock somewhere counting down until someone decides to launch an damn nuclear weapon at someone else.

Can various governments please wake up and start sanctioning the occupiers? Like yesterday? Because—again, if they aren’t brought under control, this will spiral into a regional (and then possibly a global) conflict—and do you really want to fight someone else’s war of hate & greed (or have your children or grandchildren fight it)?

Happy, safe, loving, thoughts, vibes and prayers sent to everyone in the world that needs them—particularly within Ukraine, Gaza, the Congo, Sudan, and other sites of war and genocide.

Namaste…

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Dan & Kara’s Story all in one place–plus meet their families

Welcome back to the world of Gansett Island, as one of the island’s favorite couples finally gets their own book. The couple: Dan Torrington & Kara Ballard.

Now…if you’ve been reading the Gansett Island series by Marie Force, you know that Dan & Kara’s story has plays out over several different books—they’ve been a ‘featured’ couple—but never the ‘main’ couple of a book. That all changes with this particular book, we get to revisit their whirling romance on Gansett Island, and get bits and pieces of their lives before coming to Gansettt and when they’ve been ‘off-island’ as well.

So why are they getting their own book now? Well—have you read Hurricane After Dark (the latest in the Gansett Island series)? If you have—you know how that particular book ended…and without giving away any spoilers—it’s exactly how this book ends as well.

I loved this book—Dan and Kara have always been a favorite couple within the series, and it was nice getting some of history (both as individuals and as a couple)—not to mention a different ‘view’ of a certain event from a previous Gansett Island book (the boys’ sailboat accident). Yes—I did just refer to the McCarthy men & their friends as ‘boys’.

I look forward to the new series coming out later this year or early next year, and I still hope that Dan & Kara will be popping in every so often within Gansett as well. This is a great book to not only introduce you to a beloved couple from Gansett Island—but the rest of the group as well, in addition to new individuals that will be popping up in the spinoff series Downeast (again later this year—or probably early next year). I give this prequel five out of five stars and will be going back to re-reading it numerous times throughout the rest of 2024. 

So–grab a cup of coffee (or tea), a cozy chair and settle in to catch up with friends both old and new.

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Brain-dumps & goals lists (check)–now on to the long-term objectives

So the moon will be going through it’s next full moon stage at the beginning of next week-which means it’s time to look at the goals I’d set for the Virgo full moon, before planning for the Libra full moon.

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

  1. Get back into the practice of doing ‘monthly brain dumps’ and using things from the list as ideas for blog posts, infographics and so forth. 
  2. Working on that two-to-five year plan. Brainstorming (hopefully) reasonable milestones to aim for
  3. Make a list (from both my 44 things before 44 & 101 goals in 1001 days) that I want to accomplish during the second quarter of 2024.
  4. Develop a rough draft of a fluid weekly schedule…leading to hopefully a workable fluid schedule by May.

So how did I do with each of them?

Monthly brain dump:

Well–I’m getting back into the habit. I made a brain-dump for March and actually managed to get a decent number of things checked off/accomplished, including:

  1. I posted the review to Last First Kiss on Amazon on the fourth…and they accepted it rather quickly (which was a nice surprise for a Monday).
  2. I’ve been keeping up with running the ‘accountability’ series within a Facebook group (posting the initial one on a Monday & then check-ins on Wed & Fri)
  3. I’ve been doing daily updates on Gaza on my Instagram channel (still debating on whether to start a ‘separate’ channel or not on this)
  4. I’ve found two new recipes to try this month
  5. I’ve done two e-courses
  6. I’m slowly getting back into getting on Mondly for learning a foreign language
  7. I’ve sent off two boxes of used DVDs & books…managed to hit about a quarter of my goal of earning a minimum of $100 this month selling stuff back.
  8. I finished two non-fiction books by the 20th (which meant I’d read/finished six books between 1/20 & 3/20)
  9. I set up the BINGO cards for both the second quarter of 2024 & for April
  10. Did my 3rd check-in on my 44 things to accomplish before turning 44
  11. I did my new & full moon goals this month
  12. I should hopefully have the third panel of the afghan completed by the end of the upcoming week

Working on the two-to-five year plan:

This currently is one of those ‘constantly’ in progress goals. I’m currently in the process of brainstorming ideas for not only objectives (short term goals) but ‘milestones’ as well. As I’d mentioned within my rough draft of a two-to-five year plan—I usually freak out trying to figure out how to break down the big ‘vision’ goal into smaller ‘sub-vision’ goals. It’s a work in progress, and maybe having watched the one course on how to write an business plan—I can at least get the big ‘vision’ goal down into smaller/yearly ‘sub-vision’ goals.

List of things from both the 44 things before 44 & 101 goals in 1001 days to put on the second quarter BINGO card:

I’ve gotten this accomplished. What’s being added to the second quarter BINGO card (and partially to the April BINGO card) includes:

  1. Creating a vision board based on my definition(s) of success
  2. Launching a YouTube channel
  3. Completing three 30-day challenges
  4. Reading at least another 8-12 nonfiction books
  5. Reading another ‘banned’ book and at least one ‘new’ classic book
  6. Finishing at least one small needlepoint project
  7. Finishing the afghan project
  8. Drawing/doodling & painting an original piece of art
  9. Creating a workout plan
  10. Writing a letter to my future self (again)
  11. Completing at least 4 more Udemy courses & at least 5 more Skillshare courses
  12. At least 30 minutes 3x/week on Mondly learning a foreign language
  13. Start at least one new Instagram channel (possibly for the oracle cards)
  14. A minimum of 12 mini book reviews (for the creative blog)
  15. A minimum of 10 ‘blurbs/reviews’ of different science papers (for the science/health/medical blog)

These are in addition to the ‘normal’ goals that I have on it:

  1. Daily oracle card drawings
  2. Water before coffee
  3. Daily craft time
  4. Daily gratitude journal entries
  5. Daily intentional movements
  6. Daily mediation
  7. No spend challenges
  8. Time & project management
  9. Read at least nine fiction books (breaks down to at least three a month)

Develop a ‘rough’ fluid weekly schedule:

I’ve realized that at times my biggest distractions are getting back onto social media and semi-doom scrolling…so I need to ‘block’ myself from at least Facebook majority of the day. I’m not going to ‘block’ myself from Instagram…as I haven’t bookmarked the ‘help’ page yet for LI ticket submissions.

This week I’ve tried the idea of time theming…where I put a particular ‘theme’ to a day. The theme is suppose to help me ‘focus’ by the fact that most tasks for the day should be around the ‘theme’. What I’ve learned—I need to do more of a morning & afternoon theme than a particular full day theme. Especially since I’m still not fully certain of when I have the most focused attention/energy. 

I know that most people (and there is research to back this) state that we’re most focused the first couple of hours in the morning…and I’m semi-focused during the morning. I think that I’m the most focused at night when I’m working on crafts…which means that I possibly should be thinking of trying to get more ‘crafts’ made so I can launch a online craft store (via Etsy or some other site).

Next week I’m going to try to blend ‘theming’ in with time blocks. I’ve also realized that I kinda like semi-spontaneous during the day/week—and by that I mean moving projects around to days when I think I’ll actually make some progress towards getting them started/finished. Also next week will show me how well I can manage my day when I’m in charge of the animals for more than just ten or twelve hours.

Four goals. Two were ‘one-and-done’ (monthly brain dump & list from the combo 44 things/101 goals), and both were finished. The other two were more ‘fluid’ and semi-continuous goals. The weekly schedule needs to have decent breaks scattered throughout (not to mention a time for intentional movement). The two-to-five year plan…well I still need to fine-tune the goals & objective statements, not to mention figuring out what milestones to have for each sub-objective. But I made some progress on both of those goals…so it was a win for the Virgo full moon period.

As I mentioned in last month’s post—I want to try to combine different methods of goal setting and see if a blend of methods works better than a ‘single’ method. I’ve picked the following methods to try to blend: Value-based goal setting (are the goals I’m setting matching my values?), OKR (objective & key results), WOOP (Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan) & goals based on the phase/constellation of the moon. Four methods, and truthfully the biggest ‘obstacles’ are going to be trying to determine the key results/outcomes that I can actually achieve within a set time frame (not too long or short of time).

Since we’re also entering the last week of March—it is also time to reflect back on the first quarter of the year—did you get everything accomplished that you wanted? Or are there still big goals that will now be stretching into the second quarter of the year?

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Progress on the 44 things to do before turning 44 project

Okay…I realized last night as I was working on the latest update to this ‘project’–I never got around to posting the original 44 things to do before turning 44, nor either of the previous two updates. The original post, and both previous updates I think I posted to Instagram, and I think LinkedIn.

I’ve posted the third update to Instagram this morning, and until LinkedIn allows me back onto my account–obviously I can’t post it there. So I’m posting it here, and will probably post it over to Facebook this afternoon sometime. So, this ’44 things to do before turning 44′ is an update/continuation to the previous ‘birthday’ challenge (43 things to do before turning 43) and the ‘goals’ have been taken from the new 101 goals in 1001-days challenge that I’d also started back the day after my 43rd birthday.

Today marks the third update (March 20), and the half-way point between my birthdays. Now, if it was a perfect world–I’d be halfway done with the goals (in theory knocking out 22 goals in six months)…but it isn’t a perfect world, and I’ll admit that I’d fallen into procrastination canyon for awhile last fall. I’m slowly getting better at getting things done, and who knows I may actually get a decent number of the goals totally completed by my birthday in six months.

So what is on the 44 things to do before turning 44?

Well these goals include:

The daily oracle/tarot card readings are an ‘365-day’ challenge…so obviously I’m not going to be checking this one off until basically my birthday in six months. I have been consistent at doing an oracle card drawing daily, and am even thinking of starting an new Instagram account for sharing those ‘readings’.

I’m learning about body confidence (I’ve read several books on the subject–so check out the list a little further down the challenge list). I’ve got an idea for creating a consistent exercise routine (hopefully by the next check-in, I can say that I’ve managed at least 30-days of consistent intentional movement).

The daily mediation goal is another one that I won’t be ‘checking’ off until basically my birthday in six months. I have been sitting ‘quietly’ for a few minutes every evening, and am still working on trying to introducing some ‘quiet’ (aka meditative) time in the morning. Getting into the best shape of my life will slowly start happening once I’ve developed that intentional movement plan that I will (hopefully) be able to stick with.

I have an idea for the name of a YouTube channel, and ideas for what I would be wanting to talk about…I just need to ‘record’ a practice video and see how it looks/sounds before actually ‘launching’ the channel. Then hopefully by the end of the summer I will have ‘launched’ it as a podcast as well–or at least have a outline/schedule for launching it as a podcast.

Working on the happiness plan, and slowly working on getting the debt down (starting to keep track [more or less] of purchases and such).

Again, the stretching daily won’t be ‘checked’ off until my birthday–and I’ve been stretching in the morning & before bed. The monthly editorial calendars have been getting made (and more or less followed). The others are still works in progress.

Okay…something checked off: My definition of success.

I’m defining success as any of the following:

I have my credit card debt paid off…and have canceled a credit card…and the others are paid off monthly

I have started saving money again, and adding to my retirement account

My yearly earnings are in the upper five figure to low six figures

My stress levels have ‘leveled’ out

I’m committed to a fitness routine that I’ve tailored to my likes and dislikes…I’m in the progress of getting into the best shape of my life

I’m meditating twice a day

I’m spending time out in nature

I’m writing and researching things of interest

I have two successful blogs….two successful freelance businesses

I have a podcast…a YouTube channel…that I do for fun…and to educate and entertain others…earning money from them is secondary…

I have an online store for selling my crafts…

I’ve developed an “working relationship” with my ‘imposter syndrome/inner critic’…

I have developed and embraced my vision of minimalism…

I am staying up-to date on world events…

I have created numerous online courses that not only cover science topics, but history, social sciences, and current events.

Basically…Success to me is being curious, constantly learning, creative, present, productive, and aware that not every day is going to be rainbows and unicorns…sometimes they’re thunderstorms and disasters…Success is more than money, influence, and power…it’s being a member of the global community, helping to improve society in whatever small way(s) I’m able to. It’s being comfortable with what I have, doing what I can with what I have, while striving to be a little better tomorrow than I was today. I’m only in ‘competition’ with the me I was yesterday.

The next step is to create a vision board based on the above statements.

I’m making progress on the non-fiction reading:

I’ve been averaging about five books every two months (so roughly two and a half books a month). While I’ve read more non-fiction books this time around compared to the list for the 43 before 43 challenge–I’m hoping to still ‘finish’ this challenge. That means I need to try to read at least one non-fiction book a week for the next six months. One thing I need to do–is to go back and write at least four to five mini-book reviews over various books that I’ve finished.

Okay two more things have been totally checked off, and I’m halfway done with the challenge of reading two banned books.

Both of the above series are romance series that are based around a group of siblings. The ‘Lost & Found’ series has aspects of suspense woven throughout all the books, while the ‘Cottonwood Cove’ series has various other ‘tropes’ (such as brother’s best-friend [though so does the ‘Lost & Found’], enemy-to-friends, and friends-to-lovers). I give both series five out of five stars, and am planning on going back and writing reviews for each of the series (haven’t decided if it will be five individual reviews or a combo-five reviews over the entire series).

The other goal checked off that page: Doodling/drawing, coloring & framing at least two original drawings. I decided that for this goal I was going to do large drawings/doodles instead of the smaller ones I’d been doing last spring/summer and early fall.

Here are the three that I’d completed last fall:

In addition last fall, I also finished up the first really large needlepoint project:

I’m currently working on a needlepoint project that is even larger than this one. Though I should possibly do a couple of small ones as well–just to make sure that I hit the goal of completing at least three needlepoint projects. I’m also thinking of launching an etsy store to sell abstract needlepoint projects, digital coloring books, downloadable prints of my colored doodles, and other crafts–so stay tuned to hear about when I decide to launch that project.

I may get several of the above goals finished over the next few days/weeks. I have numerous black and white doodles that I can use to create a coloring book. I just need to have really good pictures of them to upload into a program to then print off (or upload) as a pdf booklet. I’m thinking of possibly trying to complete the draw/doodle & paint goal this upcoming weekend along with starting to possibly play with some resin or make some charm bracelets & necklaces.

Okay. In terms of the photography challenge–I need to try to develop a plan–am I going to do various 30-day challenges, random times with the cell-phone camera or what. The last time I did a photography challenge was back in 2018/2019 and I managed about six to seven months before I called quits (mainly because I felt like I was constantly ‘repeating’ the subject matter).

In terms of new & full moon goals–I’ve only missed one so far, and that was setting full moon goals in Oct 2023. I wasn’t dealing with Oct very well (as that was the start of the ongoing genocide in Gaza), and the one thing that really fell by the wayside was the full moon goals at the end of the month.

I’ve finished three Udemy courses and two Skillshare courses so far:

I now have a couple of ideas of sites to use when trying to do SEO research for writing (both on this blog & the science, health, medical blog), and I have a better idea of what goes into a business plan.

I’ll be doing one of those exercises again that allows me to figure out my values at this stage of life, and then figure out how to combine those with my strengths to determine how to create my ‘dream career’. Time theming is something I’m attempting this week…and I’ve realized so far that I need to pair the ‘theming’ with other productivity ‘tools’ such as using a timer, logging out of social media sites, and so forth to ensure that I’m not getting overly distracted from what I’m wanting to get accomplished.

The final two goals:

The sudoku & crossword puzzle challenge is an way of keeping the brain active. I use to do the sudoku puzzle almost daily, but when things really started to go south late 2022…I quit doing them–now I’m going to try to get back into doing them. The crossword puzzles are just for fun, actually they both are. I don’t expect to ‘win’ at the sudoku puzzle every day–especially the harder levels towards the end of the week, and I’m pretty sure that I won’t be finishing every crossword puzzle either.

Learning basic sign language is another ‘refresher’ in a way. When I was younger I could sign the entire alphabet using sign language, but as with many things–since it wasn’t ‘related’ to school…I quit practicing and have forgotten most of what I’d learned. It similar with wanting to become fluent in Spanish–I took a year of Spanish in high school (my freshman year) before switching to German. I didn’t take any foreign languages in college–though, I did take a class that had a class trip to Honduras (so I brushed up on my Spanish a little). I want to become fluent in Spanish to where I could travel to Spain and hopefully not have to rely on a guidebook. I’m hoping to become proficient in Arabic…because why not?

But there you have it. If you’ve read this far (or scrolled) I’ve managed to complete 3 out of the 44 goals currently–that’s not quite 7% (it’s actually 6.8%) of the goals met. Some of the goals are just a matter of deciding that the evening craft time will be spent drawing, painting, playing with beads/charms, threads, or resin instead of knitting (which has been my major project for the past couple of weeks–trying to finish my latest afghan).

So what am I going to try to accomplish over the next two months?

I’m going to work on accomplishing the following:

  1. Create a vision board based on my definition(s) of success
  2. Launch a YouTube channel
  3. Complete at least two 30-day challenges
  4. Read at least another eight non-fiction books
  5. Read another ‘banned’ book & at least one ‘classic’
  6. Finish at least one small needlepoint project
  7. Draw/doodle & paint an original piece of art
  8. Create a workout plan
  9. Write a letter to my future self
  10. Complete another four Udemy courses
  11. Complete another five Skillshare courses

Have you ever made a list of goals based on how old you’re going to be the next year? If so–were you able to accomplish all the goals, or were there some goals that were left unaccomplished?

I’m hoping to put a little progress into all the goals–regardless of whether or not I land a remote position (I want to have at least applied to say half a dozen remote science/health/medical communications positions), as some goals are on-going (getting debt down, getting into the best shape of my life), while others can be marked as ‘done’ once the birthday rolls around (since they’re ‘on-going’ but only for this particular birthday year–currently).

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Where is the focus needed: Time & Project Management

So…the moon will be entering the Aquarius constellation over the day or so…marking the second new moon of 2024. But, before looking ahead to the Aquarius new moon, I need to look back at the goals I set for the Capricorn new moon…and see how I did with each of them.

So what were the goals for the Capricorn new moon? They included:

  1. Work on developing my vision of where I would like to be in 3-5 years in regards to remote/contract/online freelance writing/blogging. In the same note, write out very specific goals/milestones that will help me achieve the said vision.
  2. Read at least one non-fiction book that I’ve started
  3. Finish at least one module of a personal/professional development course
  4. Start refreshing my Spanish again (or start learning Arabic) using the app Mondly

So how did I do with the above goals?

Developing a vision of where I want to be in three-to-five years:

This vision ties in with my new ‘definition’ of success. In three-to-five years, I have my debt paid off, a credit card (or two) canceled, and all other debt being paid off monthly.

I have two successful freelance businesses—which includes having a podcast & YouTube channel (that I do for fun), an online store to sell crafts, and several e-courses (covering a broad range of not only science topics, but history & social sciences as well).

Plus getting into the best shape of my life, creating & embracing my vision/version of minimalism, mediating more, and having my mental/emotional/spiritual health on an even keel as well. 

Have I figured out the monthly/quarterly/yearly goals to get there? Nope…not yet—but I have the vision…so I’m actually a little over halfway there—compared to the past.

Finish reading at least one non-fiction book:

I’ve actually finished the following:

  1. Letters to a Starseed by Rebecca Campbell
  2. White Women: Everything You Already Know about Your Racism & How to do Better by Regina Jackson & Saira Rao
  3. Healthy at Every Size: The Surprising Truth about Your Weight by Linda Bacon, PhD

These are three of the five non-fiction books that I’ve finished so far this year. The other two–I finished roughly right before the Capricorn new moon started…so they couldn’t count towards this list.

Finish at least part of a personal/professional development course:

Nope…while I did finish a very short e-course last month–it was before the start of the Capricorn new moon & can’t count towards the goal.

Start refreshing Spanish (or learning Arabic) on Mondly:

Nope…haven’t gotten into an consistent habit of doing this currently.

Four goals for the Capricorn new moon, and I managed to complete about half of them (reading & having a rough idea of where I would like to be in three-to-five years). The other two goals…all I can say is that I allowed doom scrolling and reading the news sidetrack me from these goals. Also the fact that I have yet to design/create/figure out the best ‘fluid’ schedule for the day/week/month.

I know the REALLY BIG PROBLEM…I try to put EVERYTHING on the calendar…I try to BLOCK OUT ALL TIME…make use of ALL TIME…be SUPER-PRODUCTIVE…and then I end up doing nothing—due to analysis-paralysis & that pesky imposter syndrome/inner critic. One of the goals for this month—create at least two really detailed outlines for topics related to the science/health/medical blog & at least one really detailed outline for a ‘blog’ series for this blog (I’m thinking of comparing different goals setting methods, time management, project management and so forth). These outlines will be the ‘framework’ for blog posts, infographics, posters and so forth. Plus–I can block time for just them in the weekly schedule.

My top strength is love of learning…but if I don’t develop a WORKING schedule that is tailored for ME…my top strength also becomes my top weakness. I also know that for certain projects—I need to write, pause, and then come back and edit. This is a problem mainly when I do my morning updates on Gaza for LinkedIn—I almost always overshoot the character limitation (which is 2974 characters—including spaces).

So, after I get this update posted…I’ll be reflecting back on how I’m (more or less) spending my days…to figure out where I’m wasting time (doom scrolling), and whether or no I need to try to download yet another productivity app that will allow me to ‘block’ access to certain sites during the day (so I don’t ‘doom scroll). This HAS to happen…because I really don’t want to try to do an 9-5 in-person job. I don’t think that will work anymore. I’ve grown a little too accustomed to doing what I want, when I want.

So…2024 will be the year that I continue in the direction of freelance work (with the extremely small possibility of a remote job—as the steady paycheck for awhile would be nice), becoming better at both time & project management. It will also be a year that I develop a “working” relationship with my inner critic/imposter syndrome (that I’m going to name ‘Carla’).

In addition—this is the year of authenticity, growth, creativity/curiosity, & prosperity.

How did your Capricorn goals go? Successes or near misses? And what is your go-to word for 2024?

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Harnessing time & project management to focus on personal & professional growth

So Thursday night marked the first full moon of 2024. We’re now twenty-seven days into the new year, and I’m ready for it be over. I know I should give it ‘more time’…but there is the ongoing genocide in Gaza (yes, the ICJ ruled…their ruling amounted to a ceasefire [stop any & all genocidal activities]…but Israel is ignoring it [as expected])…and I have a bad feeling things are going spiral out of control soon…and this is going to explode into the third world war.

Plus…there is that new variant of the SARS-CoV2 virus floating around as well…

Last year, I didn’t post any new or full moon goals for the first half of the year (depression and so forth)..and I’ve made it a goal to try to be better this year…even if I’m a day or more late in posting the goals (or reviews). 

What are some questions to reflect on during the first few days of the full moon? According to “Moonology: working with the magic of the lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland:

Have I been too self-centered, egotistical, or proud?

Have I been treating the people around me like minions?

Have I been arrogant, vain, pushy, or pompous?

Have I been expressing myself creatively enough?

Have I shown myself enough self-love?

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

  1. Let’s see…there is still the SARS-CoV2 virus running around (technically we’re in the ‘epidemic’ stage and not pandemic stage)…there is a genocide being carried out live in Gaza…and we’re heading into possibly the most heated/volatile presidential campaign season (even worse than either 2016 or 2020). Since I’m still working on building a freelance business, I don’t think I’ve been self-centered or egotistical about things. I’m proud that I haven’t totally lost my sanity or have had any type of major mental breakdowns. I won’t say that it has been a walk in the park—I’m still struggling with a few things, but I’m surviving.
  2. Nope, I haven’t been treating the people around me like minions. I live at home with my father currently—there are no minions here. Though the animals would say that I’m their minion.
  3. Again, nope I haven’t been arrogant, vain, pushy, or pompous. This is also because again—I haven’t really been out of the house for quite a while. Last year, I just started meeting a friend for lunch monthly again. Though I’m sure that those I’ve blocked on various social media sites might argue this. 
  4. Well, this is something I’m working on. Currently I’m working on a afghan and I’m about a little over a third done with it. I also have a needlepoint project I could pick back up, doodling, drawing, coloring, painting, and numerous other craft projects to do in my evening spare time. I would like to get up to Boomer with my camera at some point…but since I’m really a fair weather girl..that will still be a couple of weeks before that happens (and then will probably be the first time in over a year since I took my camera up there).
  5. The answer to this is almost me shrugging my shoulders…as in I’m not sure. From fall of 2021 though this year has been a goddamn rollercoaster…and I’ve never been a fan of them. So, I probably am not showing myself enough self-love and/or self-care. It is something I’m going to be trying to get better at as I navigate 2024 (with fingers and toes crossed that a world war isn’t going to suddenly erupt). So, yeah—I still need to work on improving my health: physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and social. 

With focusing on self-care/love, this will include doing intentional movements (anything from lifting weights, to walking, to cardio and yoga), meditating at night, doing a oracle/tarot card reading, starting to listening to podcasts again, reading, and just trying to figure out what works for me.

Looking at my chart—the Leo full moon is going through my 10th house, which is also my career zone. So, with it going through my career zone—the past couple of years have been spent trying to figure out what it is I want to do with the second half of my life…both personally and professionally.

I’ve decided that I’m going to be focusing on freelance (and possibly remote work) with science/health/medical communications/education, in addition to also adding in some history/social sciences and current events. As well as figuring out how to monetize the creative/hobby blog (link to a different site for selling crafts? Go to craft fairs and/or farmer markets? The possibilities are possibly endless.

The combination of the two—will allow me to combine my core values: learning/knowledge, imagination/originality, growth/evolution, communication & community, simplicity & insightful; with my strengths: learner, intellection, input, achiever, deliberative, creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking. In addition the combination of these paths (freelance work in different fields and creative craft work) will also allow me to embrace my multipotentialite personality.

So what are my goals for the Leo Full Moon? They include:

  1. Develop not only an calendar for intentional movement (such as weight lifting, cardio & other stuff), but also a weekly schedule for working on different projects (such as morning updates on Gaza & the West Bank; my microbe series I want to get started; and other ‘random’ projects), as well as continuous learning (working through e-courses and listening to podcasts). 
  2. Continue working on my two-to-five year plan…with mini-goals/objectives
  3. Spend time in the evenings working on crafts (continue the afghan, or also work on the needlepoint project, doodle/draw, maybe try to make some jewelry).
  4. Evening oracle card reading and meditation time. 

Life isn’t so much about finding balance…but finding equilibrium between areas of life—sometimes we do need to push a little harder in the career…but then we need to fall back and spend more time doing things that replenish us and allows us to ‘refill’ our internal cup. This has actually been one of my biggest stumbling blocks—finding the equilibrium between things…as well as finally admitting that I was on the wrong career path.

Will I get all goals accomplished? Well, I am starting a couple of days late (because, as usually I’m running behind schedule on things)…and technically half the goals are continuous (three and four), while the first two goals are more fluid…so I’ll aim to get them accomplished…and I’ll check back in next month (with the update) and we shall see…

What are some of your Leo goals?

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Reading..goal-setting..choosing my words: Review of Cancer Full Moon

Okay…we’re going to be heading into the first full moon of 2024 tonight (and I’m behind schedule as usual)…which means that before looking ahead to the Leo Full Moon, I need to look back at the goals I had set for the Cancer full moon. 

It’s 2024…and we’re sliding down a slope towards a regional conflict that could morph into a global conflict. The issues are within West Asia (Gaza, the occupied West Bank and the genocide Israel is carrying out). I’ve managed one update here on the blog…hoping to do it at least twice a month, and once I start doing more research on other conflicts, having a weekly update.

But this post is to look at the goals I’d set for the Cancer Full Moon last month and how I did with each of them. The goals that I’d set included:

  1. Determine the four top goals for 2024 and come up wiht a good tracking system
  2. Determine my words (or phrase) for 2024
  3. Nightly oracle card drawings and mediation
  4. Draft a three-to-five year plan (with yearly/quarterly/monthly/bi-weekly goals)
  5. Finish at least one more non-fiction book
  6. Work through part of a personal/professional growth course.

So how did I do with the goals?

Determine the four top goals for 2024…and come up wiht a good tracking system

The four TOP goals for 2024 are:

  1. Getting the freelance business(es) launched. This will also include a YouTube chnnel, possible podcast (by the end of the year), figuring out how to monetize the creative blog, and possibly an Etsy store (or other site) for selling crafts.
  2. Getting the debt down
  3. Continuing to heal my relationship with food and movement
  4. Continuing working on hitting goals from my 44 things before 44 goal list, and 1001 goals in 1001 days.

I’m still working on developing a good tracking system for the goals.

Determining my words (or phrase) for 2024:

The words: growth, challenge, compassion, curiosity, and creativity.

Why these words? Well 2024 is going to be a challenging year (in more than one way)—which will mean I will be growing, I’m naturally creative and curious—so they will help me navigate the challenging year and determine the best ways to ‘grow’, and compassion is needed to help heal the world.

I haven’t thought of a phrase yet…though it may just be the hashtags: #WTF and #WTH considering the state of the world.

Nightly oracle card drawings and meditation:

Yes, I’ve been doing nightly oracle card drawings (they’re daily on Thursday—as they’re part of my Thoughtful Thursday series on LinkedIn), and I usually am able to manage a couple minutes mediating.

Drafting a three-to-five year plan (with yearly/quarterly/monthly/bi-weekly goals)

This is still a work in progress. Why? Well…we’re still watching a genocide being live-streamed. The occupying force that is committing the genocide is looking to go after other neighbors, and I’m seriously concerned that this is going to spiral into WWIII…so as I continue to work on drafting my ‘long-term’ plan…I may cut the time down to two-to-three years…which could very well be how long humanity has left…

Finish at least one more non-fiction book:

I’d actually finished three non-fiction books during the past month:

  1. Body Positive Power: Because Life is Already Happening & You Don’t Need Flat Abs to Live It by Megan Jayne Crabbe
  2. Flying Snakes & Griffin Claws: and other classical myths, historical oddities, and scientific curiousities by Adrienne Mayor
  3. Letters to a Starseed by Rebecca Campbell

Currently I’m bouncing back and forth between the following non-fiction books:

  1. Healthy at Every Size by Linda Bacon, PhD (53% done)
  2. The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017 by Rashid Khalidi (26% done)
  3. Eve: How the Female Body Drove 200 Million Years of Human Evolution by Cat Bohannon (basically just started ~3% done)
  4. American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodward (basically just started ~4% done)
  5. They Call Me a Lioness: A Palestinian Girl’s Fight for Freedom by Ahed Tamini & Dean Takruri (~10% read)
  6. Gaza in Crisis: A Reflection on the US-Israeli War on the Palestinians by Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappe (55% done)
  7. White Women: Everything you already know about your own racism and how to be better by Regina Jackson & Saira Rao (72% done)

There are about another 500 that are waiting to be started…I have a habit of buying books before finish about a third of the ones I already own.

Working through part of a personal/professional growth course

Earlier this month I watched an short art history course on Udemy: Gods and Kings: The Art History of Mesopotamia and Arabia.

It was a very short course—only about an hour long; which is one of two things I had against the course. I felt like the instructor could have done more on each of the topics; in addition—there should have been some type of ‘discalimer’ stating that you should take her prehistory art history course before taking this one. I found it slightly distracting that she kept referring back to ‘previous’ lectures—which in actuality would be a ‘previous course’.

But other than those two things—it was a good course for being only about an hour long, and trying to cram thousands of years of art history into that period (especially for the two regions covered). I’d like to see an more extensive course offered for the art history of the Arabian peninsula (Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, the UAE, Qatar, and Bahrain).

In conclusion:

So…I think I managed to meet most of the goals (long-term planning is always an ongoing process…especially when witnessing an genocide & the lack of compassion that majority of the world is showing). I also know that I’m running behind by about a day or so in posting things to this blog…and I’m woefully behind on posting to the science/health/medical blog…

One e-course was completed…I have a goal of trying to complete at least eighteen different e-courses before June of 2026; and I’d technically like to complete about a third of those before my birthday in September. One of the things I’m going to be doing is (especially since I’ve bought SO many e-courses over the past few years on different sites) to focus on courses that will help me launch my businesses this year.

I also have a goal of reading at least 100 non-fiction books by June of 2026–and I also have the goal of trying to read 44 of those before my birthday. I’ve managed to read ten (between Sept of 2023 and today)…so to reach the goal by my birthday–only 33 more books; and I’m pretty certain I’ll make the 100 books by June 2026–since I’m a tenth of the way there already.

I’m pretty certain I’ve closed the career chapter(s)/section on working in higher education, and actually have ‘written’ a short story within my life story on reasons why I don’t think I’d be a good fit within industry…so I am slowly working on writing that next section of my life.

What goal from the December Cancer Full Moon are you proud to have accomplished?

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Start of a new year–planning, planning, and more planning

So the moon entered the Capricorn constellation some time over the past day or two…it’s only January 13, and I’m already slightly behind schedule. In terms of setting goals last year based on the new and full moons—I missed quite a few months, as 2023 was not a good year…at all…for anyone.

One of the goals this year is to set goals for both the new and full moon each month, and try to accomplish at least half of them…or at least have ‘started’ half of them, as I usually have some ‘on-going’ goals (such as working through e-courses, reading, or trying to listen to podcasts).

So, back to the first new moon of the year, which is moving through the Capricorn constellation, and according to “Moonlogy: Working with the magic of lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland, there are several things that one can do during this time:

  1. Plan for the next year
  2. Be ambitious with your plans for the next year (or few years)
  3. Be kind (to both yourself and others)
  4. Cede control (don’t micromanage or manipulate others)
  5. Establish traditions (also working on your reputation [both personal & professional])

What is nice about life under the Capricorn constellation—all items listed above can be accomplished without having to be in ‘crowds’—since there are variants of COVID that are popping up again, it’s winter, and I’m not much for large gatherings currently.

There is another aspect of the moon cycles—and that is the zone (which is associated with your signs [there are your star, rising, and moon signs]). I usually do all my predictions using my rising sign: Scorpio, though I could do it with my star sign (which is Virgo), or even my moon sign (which is Pisces). Just like the constellations, we pass through each zone twice each year (once for the new moon and once for the full moon).

So this new moon in Capricorn is entering my third house, or my communication zone. This is the time to concentrate on communication, and spending time with friends and siblings. So there are several things that one can do during this time (again I’m taking this from “Moonology”):

  1. Take a public speaking course
  2. Read the books you’ve got stacked up
  3. Take a short trip
  4. Hang out with your siblings
  5. Study a foreign language
  6. Really listen to others
  7. Write those letters you’ve been putting off

Well…while we technically aren’t in the middle of a pandemic (we’re in the ‘endemic’ stage)…money is tight, so there are still a few things that probably won’t be happening:

  1. Hanging with siblings…though this deals more with the older sibling who lives out of state..I see my younger sibling a litte more frequently, since he lives in town
  2. Taking a short trip. While I’ve gotten my vaccine & one booster shot–money is an issue, and truthfully, while there are plaecs I’d like to visit..they can wait until I can afford to travel and it’s warmer.
  3. Taking a public speaking course…this is on this list due to money, and the new COVID strain running around.

Therefore, if I were to combine the two lists and create goals from them, my goals will include:

  1. Developing my vision of where I want to be in 3-to-5 years in regards to my freelance/blogging & crafts businessses. In addition start drawing out the ‘road-map’ to get there.
  2. Finish reading at least one of the non-fiction books I’ve started
  3. Finish at least one module of a e-course
  4. Start refreshing my Spanish again (or start learning Arabic) using Mondly

I know what I want to do with my future—a combination of freelance science/health/medical communications/education along with the crafts/hobby/personal/professional growth blogging and potential monetizing of selling crafts. Last year had so many stumbling blocks that I only got certain ‘pages’ up and live towards the year. I have numerous ideas—I just need to get them all down on paper, mindmap/brainstorm, and then pick different projects that I can move between (say blog posts, creating infographics, posters/slide-decks and so forth). 

That also means I need to develop (and stick) with a good posting schedule for the blogs, and different social media sites…plus start writing on other sites (such as Medium). Currently, one hurdle I’d dealing with—is trying to edit as I write. While I logically know I need to write, take a break and then come back and edit…I’ve fallen back into the semi-bad habit of trying to edit as I write…which makes things go three times as long.

2024…a new year…but continuing in the direction of freelance work, possibly remote (a steady paycheck would be nice for awhile), and becoming better at time & project management. Things I’m going to try to ‘shed’ this year—-the negative self talk, the self-doubt/comparing myself to others, and working at ‘taming’ my inner critic/imposter syndrome (‘Carla’)…

I forget what words I’d chose for 2023…they could have been similar to the words I’d chose for 2021 and 2022. While I’m keeping a few of those words, I’m adding a new word for 2024: authenticity; the other words are growth, creativity/curiosity, and prosperity.

What word (or words) have you chosen for 2024?

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‘As the World Crumbles’ Episode 1: Gaza & the West Bank

So…

I’d stated that one of the goals I had this year was to become a better global citizen. That means educating myself on various global conflicts…unlearn and relearn various times in history. One way I’m doing that is sharing an weekly update here on the blog…This weekly update is starting with what is currently happening within Gaza & the West Bank–but will later include topics such as what is going on in the Congo, Sudan, Yemen, and various other areas of the world.

Basically—this is a ‘recap’ post of my daily posts that I’ve been doing on LinkedIn and Instagram. Now, I know that there are going to be people that tell me to stay in my ‘lane’ and not write about global conflicts since I’m not a political scientist…and since ‘global conflicts’ technically isn’t my ‘niche’…

Well..what I will say to those people…’there’s the door…unfollow this particular blog…or maybe ask yourself why the post upset you…you might have some ‘unlearning and relearning’ to do as well.

Today marks 91 days…91 days since Israel launched an attack on Gaza. Before anyone tries to throw ‘self-defense’ and ‘but…Hamas’…at me—international lawyers have stated that when you occupy a territory (Like Israel has been occupying Gaza & the West Bank)—you loose that argument & ‘defense’…you have no rights to ‘self-defense’…but the other side does have the right to resist.

Now…all my updates to LinkedIn and Instagram come from summarizing live news briefs from Al Jazeera news, where they’re running (and updating) a daily blog on what’s going on. The numbers cited come from either Al Jazeera or the Euro Rights Monitoring group.

So in basically three months:

Over 30,000 Palestinians are dead, missing, or being ‘detained’ for questioning. It was just released earlier this week that 51 of the women & children being ‘detained’ from Gaza are now being held in the Damon prison.

Over 58,000 Palestinians have been wounded, and thousands have had to undergo surgeries without the benefit of anesthesia…thousands of children have lost at least one limb.

Approximately 90% of the population within Gaza has been displaced and is homeless. Winter is arrived, and people now are also (unfortunately) freezing to death as well at night.

Basically everyone within Gaza is starving…people are only able to have single meal once (or sometimes every other day) a day. There is also limited clean water coming into the area as well.

Over 70% of hospitals and clinics are non-functional. Those that are still ‘functional’ have to deal with dwindling medical supplies, limited staff (as numerous doctors & nurses have been killed or ‘detained’ for questioning), and being targeted by missiles and snipers.

Over 100 journalists have been killed in three months—this is more than the number of journalists killed during WWII, the Korean, or Vietnam wars—and all of those lasted a hell of a lot longer.

200 historical and/or archaeological sites have been destroyed—including the oldest church and mosque within Gaza.

This is also an ‘ethnic cleansing’ against the Palestinian Christians as well…there are less than 700 living within Gaza.

The history of the conflict between Palestinians and Israel go further back than Oct 7 2023. The problems and conflicts started in the early 1900s…before the state of Israel was established. There is history that has been left out of history books (or rewritten to make the west & Israel look ‘good’ and to try to paint the Palestinians as the ‘problem’). 

I’m still educating myself on the past 100+ years (basically from 1917 to present), and have bought the following books:

  1. Palestine, Peace not Apartheid by Jimmy Carter
  2. The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017 by Rashid Khalidi (I’m about a quarter of the way through this book)
  3. The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe
  4. The Crime of Nationalism: Britain, Palestine, and Nation-Building on the Fringe of Empire by Matthew Kraig Kelley
  5. The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories by Ilan Pappe
  6. The Attack on the Liberty: The Untold Story of Israel’s Deadly 1967 Assault on a US Spy Ship by James Scott
  7. Palestine: A Four Thousand Year History by Nur Masalha
  8. They Call Me a Lioness: A Palestinian Girl’s Fight for Freedom by Ahed Tamini & Dean Takruri
  9. Gaza: An Inquest into its Martyrdom by Norman Finkelstein
  10. Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on the US-Israeli War on the Palestinians by Noam Chomsky & Ilan Pappe (I’m about a third of the way through this book)

Before anyone say’s that the reading list is ‘bias’ towards Palestinian voices—Ilan Pappe is an Israeli historian…and currently I’m more interested in hearing the story from the side of the oppressed than the side of the oppressor.

I’m also going to start learning of some of the other global conflicts that are occurring (the genocide in the Congo, the ongoing civil war in Sudan, the issues within Yemen, and other problems throughout the world). While there are usually two sides to each conflict…the current conflict in Gaza is the result of 75 years of suppression, death, destruction, and force exiled. While violence shouldn’t be the answer—sometimes it is the only thing that the bully/oppressor understands.

So…that is the recap of the last three months of the genocide and ethnic cleansing that has been going on in Gaza. We’re in 2024–and ‘Never Again’ is suppose to mean exactly that ‘Never Again’. It’s sad, frustrating, and maddening that this happening and being carried ‘live’ across social media. The conflict has also shown exactly how little power the general assembly of the UN has, and how the permanent members will abuse their powers to keep others out of ‘trouble’.

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Time to reflect & plan for 2024 and beyond…Cancer Full Moon Goals

Tonight marks the last full moon of 2023, as the moon makes it’s way through the Cancer constellation…last year—it marked the first full moon; this year, it’s marking the last. It’s also considered the Cold Full Moon…which is extremely fitting—not only is it December…but considering current global events…it’s fitting.

We’re probably heading into 2024 being a less then an centimeter away from a regional conflict that may explode to a global conflict. I’m talking about the issues in West Asia (Gaza, the occupied West Bank, and the genocide that Israel is carrying out). I’ve been posting consistently on this over on LinkedIn and Facebook, and will probably start doing a weekly recap on the situation here starting next week…

But…that isn’t what this particular post is about. This post is about the Cancer Full Moon….

So, what are some questions that one can reflect on during this time? If one looks at the book: ‘Moonology: working with the magic of lunar cycles’ by Yasmin Boland, there are several questions, and they are:

Have I been insecure, clingy, and no fun this month?

Have I been coming at what I want sideways, instead of tackling it head-on?

Have I been sulky, moody, brooding, or manipulative? Hmmm?

Have I been secretive and possibly even a tad paranoid?

Have I had enough family time, or time with people who feel like family?

Since the full moon falls towards the end of the month…I can answer based off of how I felt the month had gone. If I were to number the above questions one to five, I think that this year my answers would be:

  1. Well…there is a genocide being carried out in real time over in Gaza & the West Bank…so yeah, I probably haven’t been that ‘fun’ this month. Clingy—nope..I’ve never really been a clingy person in general. Do I feel insecure…yeah…and I know that it is due to my inner critic/imposter syndrome trying to derail me from fully launching a freelance science/health/medical comms business in addition to full time blogging on crafts/hobbies, and personal/professional growth.
  2. Probably…yeah…I have been coming at things sideways—especially in terms of setting up the freelance business(es).
  3. I don’t think I’ve been manipulative this year/month…have I been a little sulky—possibly, but again—there is a genocide being carried out in real time. Moody or brooding—again, genocide being carried out in real time, and I’m getting tired of how various politicians are listening more to their donors than to the population that they’re suppose to be serving…so yeah…I’ve been slightly sulky, moody, and brooding this past month.
  4. No I haven’t been paranoid…nor really secretive…I shared links to both blogs sometime last fall to my LinkedIn profile…though I haven’t been totally consistent to posting to the science one (I think there are two blog posts and I haven’t done one since October). I just need to develop some type of daily schedule that I can actually stick with in terms of content development and posting to various sites.
  5. There has been ample family time this year…and several get-together with various friends. While the pandemic has been down-graded to epidemic status..I’ll probably start wearing a mask when going into really inclosed spaces.

The main takeaway for the month–I need to work on my imposter syndrome/inner critic when it comes to my science/health/med writing. I’ve been able to more or less ‘silence’ it when it comes to writing about what is going on in Gaza and the West Bank…

The Cancer full moon is also passing through my 9th house (or my ‘Big Picture’ zone). This is the time to deal with issues relating to travel, study, and so forth. There are two questions that you can ask yourself in regards to the 9th house and the Cancer full moon, and they are:

Have you been fussing too much over the details of your latest problems or tasks?

Is your life and mind expanding or narrowing?

If I were to number the above questions one and two, my answers would be as followed:

  1. Yes, I have a gold medal in over-thinking and analysis-paralysis. Last year…it was overthinking things in regards to looking at job ads for remote work…this year it was dealing with grief, and then the world lost it’s mind in October (I’m talking the on-going genocide in Gaza)…therefore I haven’t been as ‘productive’ as I could have been this past month/year. 
  2. I’m working on making sure that my life and mind are expanding. I’ve bought several (probably closer to a dozen plus) books on the history of the Palestinian conflict, white supremacy (within the US) & various historical US incidents that weren’t taught when I was in school (the Tulsa race massacre, the Osage murders, and others),  and how the west has royally fucked up Africa (haven’t gotten to these books yet). I’m slowly working on stretching my comfort, bounce (I added this zone in), and stretch zones while shrinking my risk and die zones.

I’m getting back into history, social sciences, and current events…especially in terms of Gaza & Palestine…will be also expanding to include Yemen, Syria, Sudan, and the Congo as we move into the new year. Evenings are spent on crafts—currently working on a new afghan (this time as panels to stitch together and not a huge ass afghan that will bend the knitting needles). 

Since this full moon falls so close to the end of the year (we’re five days away from New Years Eve)…the goals are going to revolve around getting setup for 2024, so I can hopefully hit the ground running and be fairly productive (compared to 2023)…

The goals for this full moon period are going to include:

  1. Determining the top four goals for 2024…and coming up with a good tracking system..
  2. Determining my words/phrase for 2024
  3. Nightly oracle card drawings and meditation
  4. Draft a three-to-five year plan (with yearly/quarterly/monthly/bi-weekly goals)
  5. Finish at least one more non-fiction book
  6. Working through part (at least one module) of a personal/professional development course.

Half a dozen goals….but several are fairly ‘quick and easy’–such as determining my words/phrase for 2024…others are on-going goals–nightly oracle card drawings and meditation. Planning for next year, plus two-to-four years past–that will probably take the most time (in regards to breaking them down and coming up with a tracking system).

This year did not go anywhere close to what I thought it would…there has been deaths (my mother, plus three pets)…a chunk of the world loosing it’s collective mind and morals (I’m talking the ongoing genocide in Gaza)…and just general craziness…I hope that 2024 goes better…because I know it can also go a hell of a lot worse…

So…as we bask under the glow of the Cold Full Moon…I wish nothing but peace and prosperity to everyone…especially those going through hard times…and those suffering and struggling to just make it to tomorrow.

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