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Update on the April Full Moon Goals

So the moon is going to be entering it’s latest full moon stage tomorrow, and actually should be within the Scorpio constellation. I will admit that this year has totally confused me on which constellation the moon is in and when, since there have been a couple of times that it seems to have transitioned quickly back into the same constellation it was in the previous month. So it looks like I’m going to have another chance on working on my goals for a Scorpio full moon, as that is the constellation that it will be going through tomorrow. That means that it’s time to look back on the first round of Scorpio goals and see how I did with each one.

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

            Getting my fitness and nutrition back on track.

            Working on my transition plan.

            Practicing gratitude/happiness/keeping a positive outlook daily.

So how did I do with each one?

            In terms of fitness and nutrition—this didn’t really happen, though I am trying not to buy as many sweets on campus. Now that our wifi/internet is hopefully back to it’s normal speed and not disappearing at the drop of a dime I will hopefully try to get back into doing a workout daily.

                        I’ve realized that at times I get bored with the workout because I’ve done it before and then I lose interest in the entire program. I’m thinking that I’m going to have to push myself to get through a program and try to lift a little heavier each week (if possible) in certain exercises and see if that can help propel me through various programs.

                        In terms of nutrition, I need to figure out a better way of dealing with stress and irritation—currently it’s going to buy some type of sweet/candy that I know I don’t need but I usually eat it anyway (or I save it for the weekend at home). If I can avoid getting the sweets (and the extra coffee) in the morning/during the day—besides losing some weight I will also be saving some money.

            In terms of working on my transition plan, so far the only book that I’ve finished reading so far has been: “Reboot your life: energize your career and life by taking a break” by Catherine Allen, Nancy Bearg, Rita Foley, and Jaye Smith. This book has shown me that its fine wanting to take a break from things, and that it’s even expected that people do that (I had no idea that companies like Google and Genetech actually support employees doing this).

                        So this is something that I’m seriously thinking of doing. I know that I have enough money saved (one nice thing about my current living arrangements), and that this is the perfect time for me to do so. Therefore sometime by the end of the year I’m going to embark on my own “reboot break”.

                        I’ve also joined another subgroup within a professional group I’m in—this one focusing on different aspects of scientific writing (but focused on non-academia areas). There are two other books that I’m currently reading (and hopefully will be finishing within the next full moon), and they are: “The Renaissance Soul: How to make your passions your life” by Margaret Loensteine and “Next Gen PhD” by Melanie Sinche.

Listening to a teambeachbody podcast this week (and currently I forget which April one it was), but one thing that stuck with me was—working the personal development that I need to be working on for myself and not what others think (or I think I should do to be like others). Listening to some of the podcasts have been reminding me that I really haven’t been working on me for me; and that is another reason why I’m leaning towards doing a “reboot break”.

Finally in terms of trying to practice happiness/gratitude daily—this is a hit and miss. I realize that the part of my day that I’m currently at times the unhappiest is when I’m at work. One reason is that we’re getting into the nicer weather and I don’t like being stuck indoors all day. I think that I’d almost prefer a job that had flexible hours/schedule to where I could work from both an office and then from home (or a park or somewhere I could take a break and get outdoors). I’m trying to find things to be happy/grateful for daily, and it boosts my mood for a while—but if others are in a bad mood that seems to spread around everyone and it’s hard to stay upbeat. So that is yet another nudge I need for taking a “reboot break” so that I can figure out what the next stage of my career is going to be.

Things were hit and miss this last month, and I’m not sure if it was just because the semester was winding down or if I was going through another small bout of depression (or both). Since we’re going to be cycling back through Scorpio, I will have the chance to modify the goals and figure out the best plan for moving forward again—since the moon in Scorpio will also mark the start of the full moon going through all my houses (from the first).

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Capricorn New Moon Goals: Review

So, January has come and gone, and we will soon have the second new moon for the year. I know that time doesn’t speed up or slow down, but the illusion that does both will always baffle me. I mean during the week—the workday can drag on forever (even though it doesn’t), and the weekend can seem to both drag and fly by at the same time. One thing I’m wanting to improve on this year is time management—the goals that I’ve set out for myself are all achievable, but I need to manage my time better to be able to reach them.

So the moon is soon going to be entering into the Aquarius constellation, and that means I should look back at the goals that I set during the new moon in Capricorn and see how I did with those goals. I’d mentioned last month that it seemed weird that the moon might be in a constellation longer (or back through it twice), so my goals were going to be off—but I think that depends on which astrology chart (or astrologer) you follow. I’ve now seen it both ways—some saying that there isn’t going to be a full moon in the Virgo constellation (it would somehow be Leo again), but others state that there will be a full moon in Virgo. So I’m going to be going with the ones that claim that there will be a new moon/full moon in each constellation this year (making it easier to do my new moon/full moon goals).

All right, so back to my goals from the last new moon, what were they and how did I do with them?

The goals included:

            Working on the transition plan (namely reworking my core values and the daily steps for transitioning into an industry position).

            Reading (or finishing) at least 3 non-fiction books

            Start working through the various e-courses that I’ve bought (which includes lifetime access for learning a foreign language).

So how did I do with each one?

I did manage to finish four different non-fiction books during the month of January (see my January in review post), though I only wrote one book review.

I made a little bit of progress on my transition plan, I’m still working on reworking my core values (trying to only have a “priority” list of say five to seven), and the daily steps for transitioning into an industry position. I have figured out a few things that I would like to be able to avoid doing in my next position (though some of them are necessary evils, I just want to limit the amount I have to deal with).

In terms of the different e-courses, I managed to finish one on job searching (which was more of a refresher for me, though it did give a different way of trying to work the resume and also a way of having “stories” on hand/mind when interviewing). I plan on also going back through some of the other short ones that I did (such as time management & goal setting and re-listening to the lectures to have a refresher on certain little topics).

Overall, I managed to get a little done on two of the three goals. I always enjoy reading, though reading non-fiction takes a little longer for me, as it is harder for me to “paint” the picture in my mind of what the author is saying (it’s much easier to picture something from a fiction book than a non-fiction book; at least for me). I will still be working on all three of these areas through out the year, as I really would like this to be the year that I land a job in industry (or potentially at a different university closer to and industry biotech hub).

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Cancer New Moon Goals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So my goals for the next two weeks are to:

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

Well we’ve moved out of Gemini, through Capricorn and this week the moon will be entering into the constellation of Cancer. So before going into the next house, I’m going to try to reflect back on the time that the moon spent in Gemini.

So during that two-week period (from new moon to full moon), the moon was moving through my 8th house or zone: which was the Sex and Shared Finances Zone. As I mentioned last month, for me it should be called the Sexless and Shared Finances Zone. I’m not in any relationship, and truthfully not looking to meet/date anyone right now either. I may try to correct this once I’ve moved on to the next job, but currently I don’t mind being single—and if I want something steamy—I have plenty of romance novels I can read.

So as far as the finance goals that I set for the last half of June, they included: 1) making a budget for the last half of June and starting one for July; 2) limiting purchases on campus to no more than 3 days a week; and 3) look into ways of increasing my retirement account (without decreasing my savings or paycheck).

So how did I do with those goals?

  • The budget—didn’t happen—though I did make note of what all the credit card balances were at the end of the month (past the two-week deadline—but a start). I’m trying to be more mindful of what I’m spending money on (so I’m also trying to keep another money log going).
  • Limiting purchases on campus to no more than 3 days a week. Well, the best week was the week of July 4th and that’s only because I was working 2 days. I need to try to bring my travel coffee mug and get regular coffee (with maybe some cream) instead of a blended coffee drink. It may not save a lot of money, but it will save some. Also I need to just pick up some extra fruit on campus and not the sweets that I’ve been buying.
  • So far I haven’t managed this one—though it did go up a little this past three months, so I’d be good if I died about 2 weeks after retirement.

So getting financially secure and not randomly spending money is still something that I need to work on (hence the money log and aiming for no-spend days challenges that I do monthly). Truthfully I shouldn’t be buying anymore books for awhile, though I know that there will be several that I do buy over the month—but a new goal may be for every book that I want to buy I have to write at least a 700 word review for three other books and post them (both on the blog and then on the site where I purchased the books).

One thing about looking to the moon–I’m also looking at different aspects of my life and seeing how things are and what improvements are needed in each area. Also–the moon goes through each house twice a year (once as a new moon and once as a full moon), so I have two tries at hopefully getting one goal from each house accomplished. I’m thinking that there might even be a mid year post on the different houses for both the new moon and the full moon and how I’ve done so far this year, and what I hope to accomplish through out the rest of the year.

 

 

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