So tomorrow is going to be the first full moon of 2021. That means that there will only be three days left in January, 232 days until my 41st birthday, and a little over 11 months left in 2021. Also it’s been a wild January, and I’m hoping that once we hit say March (since I know that February is also going to be a little nuts), things start to mellow a little.
But before looking ahead to the next full moon, I should look back at the goals that I set for the Cancer full moon and see how I did with each of them.
The goals for the Cancer full moon included:
Doing both a nightly tarot/oracle card reading and meditating nightly (even if its only for two or three minutes)
Updating various goal posts (150+goals in 2002 days; Level 10 life)
Develop a fluid schedule/planner
Make the lists of non-fiction books to read in 2021 and e-courses to finish in 2021
Read at least one personal/professional development book
Finish at least one more mini personal/professional development e-course
Renew a professional membership
So how did I do with each of them?
In terms of the night tarot/oracle card readings and meditation time–I’ve managed to this nightly. Currently, for January I’ve been using Nature’s Whisper Oracle card deck for my readings (review of the cards coming at some point this spring). I usually then try to sit and reflect on the cards for a few minutes before heading to bed–though the time frame can still use some work.
In terms of updating various goal posts–I drew out a new Level 10 life for starting 2021, and I’m slowly updating the 150+goals in 2002 days (update coming soon, when I reach 200 days into the challenge). In addition, I decided that for this year I was going to do ‘resolutions’ as a bingo card. I also made a two-to-three-year fitness bingo card as well (stretching from 2021 to 2023).
The fluid schedule/planner is still needing fine tuning, as I’ve realized I need to figure out how to balance being overly busy with extremely lazy (I seem to swing from one extreme to the other, and I need to find a way to just hang in the middle). Better time and project management are major goals for this year.
I made my list of non-fiction books to read and my list of e-courses to finish this year. While I have a low-ball number picked for both (~30 non-fictions books and ~20 e-courses), the lists have basically almost three times the number listed, giving me a good selection to chose from throughout the year.
I managed to finish two non-fiction books so far this month and they were:
Secrets of Six Figure Women: Surprising strategies to up your earnings and change your life by Barbara Stanny (review coming soon)
Badass Habits: cultivate the awareness, boundaries, and daily upgrades you need to make them stick by Jen Sincero (review coming soon)
I’m also currently reading: Burnout: the secret to unlocking the stress cycle by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski
In terms of finishing ‘e-courses’, I managed to finish several this month. The first one was Listen to Your Body Method. This was a personal development coaching class that went through various personal development topics such as listening to ones intuition/inner voice, self-compassion, values, purpose, and setting boundaries. As our coach said–these are things that we should always be working on, that there really isn’t a one and one with the course, but we finished our weekly calls mid-month. Now I need to continue working things.
I also watch a couple of short courses on Skillshare over the weekend, and they included:
Powerful storytelling today: strategies for crafting great content. Rate 4/5
This short course was about a half-hour long, and I felt it was crafted more for established entrepreneurs, bloggers, and social media experts. While I did find the course to be helpful, it may be awhile before I can use the tips from the course. The rating was because I felt the title was slightly misleading.
3 ways often overlooked to get traffic to your blog Rate 4/5
This was another short course (about twenty minutes or so) and quickly covered three topics:
Google Adwords–to help you choose your key words(s) or phrase(s) for your blog and content
Suggesting that you should probably aim to put out at least 1 large article/post (~1500 words) compared to shorter articles, plus embedding in an audio transcript for the article as well.
The final suggestion was making use of pintrest.
My takeaways: I know that larger articles at time get more views and visitors to the blog (depending on the topic and where it is shared), I do make use of pintrest (just not as much as I should), and will be looking at both Google Adwords and possibly embedding in an audio transcript (once I find an application that is easy to use to create them). The rating was based on how short the course was.
The final short course that I watched was Finding Your Inner Creative. Rate 4.5/5
This was another thirty-forty minute course with suggestions for different ways to connecting to one’s inner creative. Unlike the other two short courses, this one actually had ‘assignments’ at the end of various videos–which I am going to be incorporating into my schedule over the next week or so. I did find this course to be insightful, especially the exercises (which I will give more details on once I’ve completed them).
I haven’t renewed a professional membership yet for a couple of reasons: 1) it is too expensive to renew all of them at the same time (four to five memberships at ~$150 each–that is ~$750), and I can’t afford that right now. The second reason is that I haven’t decided which membership is more beneficial and pressing to my career transition. Hopefully I will be deciding by April or May, which professional membership will be the most beneficial.
So I managed to basically meet all the goals (with the exception of the last one), for the most part. Though I will admit, that the completion of the goals isn’t at a nice steady pace–some get done quicker than other, and some were done over the entire period (such as oracle card readings/meditating/reading books). But I feel like I’m on a slightly more solid foundation for starting 2021 than I was for starting 2020.
Here is to 2021 being calmer, more productive, more at ease, and less anxiety/worry than 2020 was. Also I’m still basically using the same quotes for 2021 that I did for 2020, and they are: “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”.