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Virgo Goals: Focusing on time & project management skills

So the moon hit its full stage last night as it enters the Virgo constellation, and I’m a day late in posting my reflections & goals. But that’s the beauty of the moon—it stays ‘full’ or ‘new’ for a day or so past the ‘peak’. There are only four days left in Feb—as this year is a leap year. As I mentioned in yesterday’s update on the Leo full moon goals—the world is going to hell in a hand basket, and at times I fall short on hitting goals (due to sitting firmly within procrastination corner).

Looking back at things—I never set goals last year for the Virgo full moon…but that was because we were still in the middle of dealing with the family medical crisis, and I let a lot of things slide (like posting consistently to the blog). That is one thing I’m aiming on improving this year—posting to at least this blog at least four times a month (covering the new & full moon goals).

If you’re one who tries to understand how your mood changes or is affected by the moon—the Virgo full moon usually has people feeling finicky and anxious. Personally—I don’t need any extra anxiety in my life; I manifest plenty on my own. Though no matter what sign I go with (star, rising, or moon)—all three are able to handle the Virgo energy. 

Feeling even more finicky and anxious currently probably isn’t helping world matters, but I’m going to try to focus on what I can control (how I perceive and react to various things).

So what are some questions that one can ask during this full moon? If one looks to ‘Moonology: working with the magic of the lunar cycles’ by Yasmin Boland—these are the questions:

Have I been too picky, pedantic, or critical of myself or anyone else?

Have I been humble to the point of underrating myself?

Have I been of service to others enough this month?

Have I been worrying and complaining too much, and thus attracting negativity?

Have I paid enough attention to the details that I need to this month?

So if I were to number the above questions 1 to 5, my answers would look like this:

  1. Since I haven’t really been around other people daily since 2019…I don’t think that I’ve been picky, pedantic, or critical of others. Unless, one wants to consider my daily updates on the situation within Gaza—then yes, I have been critical of A LOT OF PEOPLE..all strangers…all politicians…all individuals that are doing LITERALLY NOTHING TO STOP A GENOCIDE. So…I don’t think it’s a bad thing to be harboring critical (and at times disparaging) thoughts on various world leaders—look at the state of the world. In terms of how I see myself? Possibly, I do at times have the bad habit of letting my inner critic/imposter syndrome get the better of me quite frequently lately—and by allowing that, I’ve realized that I’m sitting firmly within procrastination corner, and need to move out into productivity central.
  2. This is a maybe, leaning towards a hard-yes. I’ve realized over the past few years, several ‘problems/issues’ I need to work on addressing. The first—stop being a people pleaser, start having firmer boundaries, learning to say no to things, and not be ‘agreeable’ just to avoid confrontations/conflicts. The second—speaking up for myself—this can be in terms of advocating for projects/work (not wanting to work on the same thing day-in and day-out), or standing up for my right to express my opinions on different platforms. The third—work on ‘speaking’ up on camera/video. I’d realized recently that I’m still letting a particular childhood ‘phobia/trauma’ dictate certain things…that ‘phobia/trauma’—being concerned/scared of others trying to ‘correct’  my speech (and how I say pronounce things). How do these ‘problems/issues’ equate to humbleness—I prefer being in the background and not center stage, and not ‘claiming’ the spotlight when one of my ideas or something I worked on gets spotlighted (letting others take the ‘fame’). Moving forward (either working for myself or into industry)—I need to start tooting my own horn and showing/highlighting my own worth.
  3. I’ve taken over majority of the household chores & half the cooking chores at home. Up until recently—I’d also been sharing a daily update on the situation in Gaza & the West Bank on different social media platforms—giving a voice to those that are being targeted for genocide, and helping to (hopefully) educate more people on what is happening. I say ‘up until recently’—because currently I’ve been restricted from my LinkedIn account, but am still posting those updates to Instagram & my personal Facebook page.  I’m working on my transition plan to either remote writing and/or freelance writing. I’ve discovered that two of my ‘whys’ for this change include wanting to help improve both science communication between the general public and scientists, and to help improve science education (possibly through the creation of online courses that can serve as supplemental study aids for students).
  4. Umm…the world is going to hell in a hand-basket. There is still the Russian invasion of Ukraine (entering like year two?), the genocide going on in Gaza, genocides happening within various African countries (the Congo & Sudan to name two), and other areas of the world. The SARS-CoV2 virus is still floating around as well…so have I been complaining—I’d say I’ve been more sharing news (with my opinions interspersed), and if that accounts for complaining—then yes. Has it attracted negativity? Yes…but there are always going to be people that don’t like things being pointed out to them—and I refuse to moderate what I write/share/post just to appease the emotions of total strangers. Therefore—I’m trying to focus on what is actually within my control (how I react to things), and am working on trying to catch and ‘rewrite’ the negative self-thoughts throughout the day. 
  5. Well, this month is almost over…and I’d say I’ve accomplished possibly a third of what I was aiming for—while making note of where I can strive to improve things. The biggest area that I need to work on: time & project management (aka getting out of procrastination corner and into productivity central). While I managed to watch an e-course this month, I have yet to watch any TedTalks or listen to many podcasts—two things I’m going work on improving moving forward. Creating an fluid weekly schedule, editorial calendar, and having access to all my social media channels—I will hopefully move slowly out of procrastination corner. 

 So one other thing people should look at is what house the moon is moving through as well. For me, the Virgo full moon also correlates to my 11th house or my friend zone. Therefore, the period of the Virgo full moon is a time to try to focus on the other people in your life, plus build up your personal and professional networks as well.

I’d been doing decently at networking on LinkedIn over the past few months—especially since I’d started speaking up on behalf of Gaza & Palestinians. Though, now (since my account has been restricted)—I need to figure out how to build that type of network off of LinkedIn, in other words—really start building out both blogs/websites, setting up an ‘craft’ store, creating newsletters and so forth.  

I’ve realized over the past few months—that while remote work would be nice (steady paycheck), it may not come to be—because of the fact that I’ve been speaking out on behalf of Gaza & Palestinians. Therefore—I do need to start focusing a little more on getting the freelance business(es) up and going by the summer. That also means figuring out how to reach-out/network with other freelancers (and just people in general) off of social media channels (since once your accounts are ‘restricted’—you do lose access to things).

So what can I work on during the next full moon period? Well, I can:

  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.

Four goals for the Virgo full moon. Two could be considered ‘one-and-done’ goals—doing a monthly brain dump, and making a list of things I want to accomplish during the second quarter of the year. Though technically—the second goal could be a ‘one-and-done’, if I make the time to sit and contemplate what those milestones would be. One thing that I’ve realized over the past year or two—I’m old fashion in terms of keeping track of things—meaning, I like writing things down on paper and referencing back to them..though I also know that once various aspects of either getting a freelance business launched or landing a remote job, I will have to also make use of digital tracking systems.

The rough draft weekly schedule has more to do with setting a ‘timer’ for say sixty to ninety minutes for working on a project (or doing research), then taking a ten to fifteen minute break before starting the next block of time. If I get a ‘task’ done quicker, I’ll stop the initial timer (make note in the planner how long task ‘x’ actually took), and set the break timer. In addition I need to find a productivity app that allows me to block access to social media for set periods of time as well (not sure if the self control app works on this laptop).

I’d mentioned two years ago that I’d been trying to work on an mind-map for a post/article where I was going to try to combine different methods of goal setting (SMART goals, the 12-week method, & setting goals by the phase of the moon)…and then something else caught my attention and I never got that particular project off the ground…this year will be the year that I get that article written and published (after coming up with a good tracking method and testing it out).

So..yeah–I’ll be spending most of the Virgo full moon trying to figure out the best ways of being more productive so that I can move out of procrastination corner and further into productivity central. Hopefully by focusing on what I can control, will also help in controlling the anxiety, stress, and to a point the mild depression that I fall into every so often.

I want to end by asking: what is one of your favorite ways of setting goals? Is it using the SMART method, the 12-week method, or by the phase of the moon? Also—how are you handling the extra anxiety of the Virgo moon this week?

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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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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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Major goals for 2024 determined…still need to flesh out other goals and content ideas

Alright…the moon should be heading into it’s next new moon phase tonight, and I’m slightly behind schedule already..it’s 2024, and the world is still going to hell at a decent clip…but that’s the topic for a weekend blog post. Before looking ahead to the Capricorn new moon, I should look back at the goals I set for the Sagittarius new moon and see how I did with each of them.

So goals did I set for the Sagittarius new moon? Well, they included:

  1. Determining the goals for 2024 (possibly further?); Setting up the yearly BINGO card, the first quarter BINGO card, & January BINGO card. Possibly also reflect back on 2023 (so two [maybe three] goals in one?)
  2. Develop fluid plan(s) for: (1) getting the freelance science/health/med comms/edu business up and going; (2) determining how to monetize the craft/hobby/reflective blog; (3) getting debt down [and savings up]; and (4) transitioning to a more minimalistic lifestyle
  3. Content, content, and more content creation (or at least brain dumps, mind-maps, and brainstorming session)

So…basically brainstorming and some reflection and a little planning…how did I do?

Goals for 2024 and the first three BINGO cards:

This goal was accomplished–though I really didn’t reflect back on 2023; but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to or not (at least not that during the month of December)…

The big goals for 2024 will include:

  1. Getting the different freelance businesses up and running (both the science/health/med comms/edu plus figure out how to monetize the creative)
  2. Launch a podcast and/or YouTube channel (related to both freelance businesses)
  3. Getting the debt down
  4. Continue healing my relationship with food & movement (aka getting into the best shape of my life)
  5. Determine my definition of not only success but minimalism as well–and start living/embodying them.

I didn’t stretch any of them past this year…because the year is going to be a shit show in so many different ways. But I did get the three BINGO cards drawn.

Develop the fluid plans for different things:

Nope…I had four areas I wanted to develop at least a rough outline for in terms of hitting said ‘goal’ (launching freelance businesses, monetizing them, getting debt down, and transitioning to a more minimalistic lifestyle). But I didn’t get to them…because it took quite a bit of effort to make it through the month without giving into a screaming fit and throwing things around the house…This is something to work on during the first quarter this year.

Content, content, and more content creation:

Okay…I have ideas for things I want to do…but didn’t exactly create a whole lot of content over the past few weeks. In part—just trying to survive the holidays. While mom wasn’t home last year—she was at least still alive…this past year, she was dead and her urn is sitting on the mantle. Also, this past holiday season—there is an on-going genocide (streaming live from Gaza), and numerous other world conflicts…so, I was just focused with getting through the day without again having screaming fits and throwing things.

The way 2023 unfolded wasn’t even close to how I thought it would go…I wasn’t expecting my mother to pass, to lose two pets in a span of four days, adopt a puppy, lose another pet (on my birthday), and for the world to lose it’s collective mind.

Will 2024 go the way I want? Doubtful…somehow we’ve let the greedy, pushy, bullying, egocentric individuals get power and be in charge. I know that this fall the election is going to be extremely volatile….but if Trump is allowed on the ballot…that just means our judiciary system has failed us…neither ‘major’ candidate is actually a good choice..both are huge problems—both at home and abroad.

What we need—two more constitutional amendments—one that states term limits for Congress & the Supreme Court; and the second—an age ‘cap’—to where once you hit a certain age, you’re not allowed to run for any office…it’s time to get the dinosaurs out of the government (and I’m talking all three branches).

Then there is the matter of the genocide that is currently happening in Gaza (not to mention in the Congo, Sudan, and other places)…there are so many issues we need to address in relation to these genocides (white supremacy/colonization; need for various electronics—why do we let them come out with new ones constantly?; and just how we need to come together as a global society).

But those are topics for other posts…In regards to the goals I set back in December…I managed a third of them. Not great—but considering the month…it’s a win that I’ll take. Each new and full moon period is a time to aim at being a little better than the previous period. Sometime that happens, other times I stay the same, or slightly slide backwards. Progress is made though when I acknowledge that things didn’t go great—and continue on the path forward, regardless of how slow I may be progressing.

Progress…that is what we need…progress towards a better future…an healthier planet, and healthier global society.

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Looking back at the dumpster fire that was 2023

Okay…It’s Monday…and January…and 2024…I didn’t opened the letter last night that I wrote to myself the previous year…because I knew that nothing within that letter was able to happen last year…2023 was a shit-show…but life seems to be shit-show after shit-show..especially since the SARS-CoV2 virus showed up in 2020…

While I’ve gravitated towards the career pivot—building a freelance career that encompasses not science, health, and medical literacy/education—but crafts/hobbies and various aspects of personal/professional growth (health/wellness, finances, spirituality, and developing my own vision of not only minimalism but success)…a good portion of the world seems to have lost its damn mind…

2020 was when the SARS-CoV2 virus made it around the world…and created a pandemic that lasted for a few years. If we had competent leaders in 2020…I don’t think it would have swelled into such a problem…and was the initial spark for pivoting towards science/health/med comms.

I wanted to improve how findings/results and such were relied to the public…because public health should NEVER be politicized…when it becomes a ‘political’ issue…it means lives are lost…and it started the spiral. Everyone either lost a family member or friend, or knows of someone who lost someone to the pandemic…

Fall 2021…when we took our young boxer mix in for another allergy shot…and shortly thereafter found out she developed a rare side effect—hemolytic anemia. Jump forward to spring 2022—she’d been getting weaned from the immunosuppressant meds, her allergies kicked in…and we lost her to a relapse of the anemia…

Fall 2022…mom went into the hospital. She’d finally scared herself enough that she was finally willing to get an medical evaluation…what we thought was only going to be a few days—stretched into nine months…then two and half weeks in a skilled nursing facility getting a little more rehab; being home for less than a day before heading back into the hospital…only for her to pass in emergency surgery the following week (May 2023)…

June 2023…saw the loss of two animals (Pye and Boozer), and the adoption of Apep, our black-mouth cur mix dog. He’s somewhere between 60 and 75 pounds, way too smart for our own good, and lovable goof. He gets along with Chaos, and harasses the hell out of the cats.

September 2023…I’ve had better birthdays…we lost Waffles (our Russian Blue cat) on my birthday last year…which meant we’re currently down to one (Pancakes—my black cat), whose health is bouncing around okay and not great.

Then we come to October 2023…the month when the world lost it’s mind. Yes…whatever the hell happened on Oct 7th was horrible. BUT what has happened since has been nothing but GENOCIDE. Israel is systemically trying to wipe out (or drive out) the Palestinian people from both Gaza and the West Bank. As of today (Jan 1 2024) over 30,000 Palestinians are either dead or missing in Gaza, and over 57,000 are wounded. Hundreds have been killed in the West Bank, thousands injured, and thousands more ‘detained’ for questioning. 

While majority of the world has been demanding a ceasefire for the past two months…thanks to the US’s blind backing of Israel—the US ambassadors to the UN have vetoed any resolution within the Security Council that calls for an outright ceasefire. They abstained from voting on a extremely watered down humanitarian aid resolution last month.

We’re entering 2024 with numerous genocides being carried out around the world—and one being documented daily, but not stopped or condemned..and I wonder if it’s because the genocide isn’t happening on European soils this time??

When did ‘Never Again’ become ‘Everyday’, and ‘Never Again’ BUT only for ‘selected’ groups of individuals?

Since late October…I’ve realized that there are aspects of history that have been left out of books..whether they’re world history books (such as the Nakba of 1948), or state history books (such as the Tulsa Race Massacre or the Osage murders)…and now I have a goal of becoming a better informed global citizen. Which means I will probably be doing more current event posts within this blog–possibly a weekly recap of the news that I’m sharing daily on LinkedIn and Facebook.

One thing I had quit doing early last year—was my monthly reviews of the previous months. This was in part due to dealing with various things related to my mom being in the hospital, trying to keep my mental health on an even-keel and dealing with a thousand and one other things as well. I’m hoping to get back into do those reviews this year, as I managed to get back into do the new moon & full moon goals towards the end of the year. 

So what are some of the things I managed to get accomplish last year (even with everyone else losing their damn minds)? Well…I managed to read a good number of both fiction and non-fiction books:

Non-fiction:

  1. Madly, Deeply the diaries of Alan Rickman by Alan Rickman
  2. Creativity: A short & cheerful guide by John Cleese
  3. Innercise: The new science to unlock your brain’s hidden power by John Assaraf
  4. It’s okay that you’re not okay by Megan Devine
  5. Oracle Cards 101 by Sunny Johnson
  6. Survivors: The Animals & Plants that time left behind by Richard Foley
  7. Unfuck your brain: using science to get over anxiety, depression, anger, freakouts, and triggers by Faith Harper
  8. Monarchs of the Sea (The Extraordinary 500-million year history of cephalopods) by Danna Staaf
  9. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  10. How to GRASP Confidence and own your power by Tara LaFon Gooch
  11. Conquering your burnout-an actionable guide to overcome burnout by Veronica Llorca-Smith
  12. Beyond Beautiful: A practical guide to being happy, confidence, and you in a looks-obsessed world by Anuschka Rees
  13. Things No One will tell Fat Girls: an handbook for unapologetic living by Jes Baker
  14. Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundation of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis

Fiction:

  1. State of Bliss (First Family #6) by Marie Force
  2. Offside Hearts by Nikki Lawson
  3. Born to be Badger (Honey Badger Chronicles #5) by Shelly Laurenston
  4. Iced Out (Heston U #1) by Veronica Eden
  5. The Enforcer (Lakeside University Hockey #1) by Avery Keenan
  6. Jackson (Mercy Ring #1) by Nyssa Kathryn
  7. Declan (Mercy Ring #2) by Nyssa Kathryn
  8. Cole (Mercy Ring #3) by Nyssa Kathryn
  9. Ryker (Mercy Ring #4) by Nyssa Kathryn
  10. The Devil You Know by Veronica Eden
  11. Chase: and the girl who came back by Amber Davis
  12. Mine to Have (Southern Wedding #1) by Natasha Madison
  13. Mine to Hold (Southern Wedding #2) by Natasha Madison
  14. Mine to Cherish (Southern Wedding #3) by Natasha Madison
  15. Mine to Love (Southern Wedding #4) by Natasha Madison 
  16. Mine to Take (Southern Wedding #5) by Natasha Madison
  17. Mine to Promise (Southern Wedding #6) by Natasha Madison
  18. Mine to Honor (Southern Wedding #7) by Natasha Madison
  19. Someone to Love (Wild Widows #3) by Marie Force
  20. Spymaster (Dragon Knights #18) by Bianca D’Arc
  21. Too Close to Home by Abbie Zanders
  22. Where We Belong (Paradise Bay Billionaire Brothers #8) by Claudia Burgoa
  23. The Comeback Pact (Warner University Bullldogs #1) by E.M. Moore
  24. Varsity Series Box Set by Ginger Scott
  25. The Broken Vows by Catharina Maura
  26. Rules of the Game (Rule Breakers #2) by J. Wilder
  27. Rule Number Five (Rule Breakers #1) by J. Wilder
  28. The Temporary Wife by Catharina Maura
  29. The Wrong Bride by Catharina Maura
  30. The Unwanted Marriage by Catharina Maura
  31. Rule Breaker (Wild Card #1) by Nikki Hall
  32. State of Denial (First Family #5) by Marie Force
  33. Wicked Hearts (The Hearts of Swayers Bend #5) by Ivy Layne
  34. Billionaire Unreachable—Wyatt (California Billionaires #5) by J.S. Scott
  35. Finally Found You (Paradise Bay Billionaire Brothers #7) by Claudia Burgoa
  36. One Too Many (Truth in Lies #1) by Melody Anne & John Henley
  37. Two Secrets Kept (Truth in Lies #2) by Melody Anne & John Henley
  38. Three Outs (Truth in Lies #3) by Melody Anne & John Henley
  39. Four Seconds Gone (Truth in Lies #4) by Melody Anne & John Henley
  40. Five Goodbyes (Truth in Lies #5) by Melody Anne & John Henley
  41. Jasmine’s Homecoming (Anderson Heirs #3) by Melody Anne
  42. Forever Goals: Rixon High Epilogue by L.A. Cotton
  43. Hurricane After Dark (Gansett Island #26) by Marie Force
  44. Meant for Me (Paradise Bay Billionaire Brothers #6) by Claudia Burgoa
  45. How Much I Need (Miami Nights #5) by Marie Force
  46. Jacob’s Challenge (Anderson Heirs #2) by Melody Anne
  47. The Way of Us (Paradise Bay Billionaire Brothers #5) by Claudia Burgoa
  48. The Long & Winding Road (Butler VT #9) by Marie Force
  49. Truly You (Luna Harbor #4) by Claudia Burgoa
  50. Finding the Road to Us (Wilder Brothers #6) by Carrie Ann Ryan
  51. Best Friend Temptation (Montgomery Ink Legacy #4) by Carrie Ann Ryan
  52. Stay Here with Me (Wilder Brothers #5) by Carrie Ann Ryan
  53. Longtime Crush (Montgomery Ink Legacy #3) by Carrie Ann Ryan
  54. Love Under Two Rebels (Lusty, Texas #47) by Cara Covington
  55. Coming Home to Us (Wilder Brothers #3) by Carrie Ann Ryan
  56. Happily Ever Never (Montgomery Ink Legacy Novella) by Carrie Ann Ryan
  57. At First Meet (Montgomery Ink Legacy #2) by Carrie Ann Ryan
  58. Sweet Noel (Anderson Heirs #1) by Melody Anne

Yes…all fifty-eight of these books are romance (of some sub-genera)…but these are my go-to genera when I’m in a off mood, feeling blue, down, or whatever…and 2023 had more of the ‘negative’ emotions than it did of the ‘happy/positive’ emotions.

Fifty-eight fiction books read…and that number is a very small percent of the number of books that I bought last year, in addition to the number I downloaded on the ‘load your kindle with free books’ days…also fourteen non-fiction book read…also a very small percentage of my non-fiction book list (which grew by probably by a hundred books or so last year). A goal for 2024—not to add any books to the non-fiction list, and to read at least 24 of them; and not to randomly buy fiction books…work my way through the ones I have (plus the pre-orders). I know that there are a handful of authors that I’ll buy books from when they announce publication dates.

I know I worked through possibly a half a dozen e-courses (between Jan-March & then again in September)…I just didn’t really write down that those courses were (I think I downloaded a certificate or two of completion)…

I worked on crafts….finished several—including drawing/doodling, coloring and framing several large drawings:

Large colored & framed doodle…under the sea…my vision

Under the sea…version #2

Mix of dragon eyes and abstract faces

A large needlepoint:

Currently the largest abstract needlepoint project that I’ve finished.

Plus numerous doodles. I’ve also started working on a new afghan–and am hoping to have that project finished by summer.

Going into 2024 I have one REALLY BIG & SCARY GOAL:

Launching the freelance businesses (science/health/med comms/education; and the craft/hobby), and possibly setting up an Etsy store (or other online store) for selling crafts. 

It’s time to start getting serious on the writing for science/health/med comms & health, and figuring out how to earn money via freelance, crafts, and who knows what other side hustle.

Other goals for 2024 include:

  1. Reading at least 24 non-fiction books and reading at least 60 fiction books (with writing at least twenty mini-book reviews)
  2. Continue working on mending my relationship with food & movement; and continue working on improving/healing my mental/emotional/spiritual health as well.
  3. Pick a ‘non-science’ topic and develop ‘niche’ knowledge on it
  4. Write/research/post to each blog at least twice a month…it will probably be more on the creative/hobby/reflective blog—but for the science/health/med one I’m starting ‘slow’.
  5. Write 52 mini-reviews/blurbs on different research papers/topics (basically review one science/health/medical paper a week).
  6. Plus other goals from my 101 goals in 1001 days challenge.

2024 is going to be an extremely scary year…between the powder-keg that West Asia has become and the fact that it is election year here in the states…while I can’t control everything–I’m going pave my path…writing more science, health, medical pieces. Writing more personal/professional growth pieces, creative/hobby pieces, more time on crafts & hobbies..and work at also becoming a better global citizen.

What is your BIG & SCARY goal for 2024?

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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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Sagittarius Goals: Planning for 2024 and beyond…becoming a better global citizen…

So the moon entered the Sagittarius constellation yesterday, marking the final new moon for 2023. There are less than three weeks left in the year and I’m rather worried that we’re going to be entering 2024 with the potential start of another global conflict.

The situation within West Asia hasn’t calmed down…over 23,000 Palestinians are dead; over 50,000 are wounded; over 8,000 are buried in the rubble (dead or dying); and over 25,000 children are now orphans…not to mention the thousands of children that have had to undergo amputations without the benefit of anesthesia.

The aggressor has lost the war (and has definitely lost the PR war)…and it was a country that I at least never supported…and it had absolutely nothing to do with religion—there were just too many things that didn’t add up for me…

And now back to the new moon…which was moving through the Sagittarius constellation…

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

Looking at the book “Moonology: working with the magic of lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland, you can:

  1. Get away–travel
  2. Study
  3. Search for meaning
  4. Laugh
  5. Be grateful

I’d mentioned last year that I was thinking of a trip either late this year or sometime in 2024…currently as much as I’d love to travel—it will have to be somewhat local (and dog friendly)…

I’m still studying and ‘searching’ for meaning…I know what I want to do with my career—help improve not only science/health/medical literacy within the global community, but history/social sciences as well (cause there is a lot of historical things that have been left out of text books—such as the Nakba of 1948 and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre)…

I’m trying to find the silver linings daily and things to make me chuckle…though those are becoming a little harder with each passing day and the depressing news that comes out of West Asia…

With the moon entering into Sagittarius, this is also my second house or the “cash, property, and values” zone.  I wasn’t really in the holiday spirits last year (mom was in the hospital), and I’m totally not in the holiday spirits/mood this year (with the whole West Asia issue)…but I will possibly get everyone something small for the holidays…

I’d been steadily working my way out of burnout…and the past year and a half has seen me slowly slid back towards burnout…I really do need to develop a plan that will stop the backwards slid and propel me forward again in working my way out of it..

So back to the Sagittarius new moon as it is also moving through my second house or the ‘cash, property, and value’ zone…what are some of the things that one can do within that zone (again, this is according to the book “Moonology: working with the magic of the lunar cycles”), they include:

  1. Start a savings account
  2. Pay your bills, debt, taxes, etc
  3. Hire an accountant, if it’s all too much
  4. Showcase your talents
  5. Get a neck and shoulder massage
  6. Invest in an expensive neck cream

Last year I’d mentioned that I was aiming to start living a much more minimalistic life starting this year..I’ve slowly started heading in that direction…I’ve donated the boxes of shirts under my bed, and am still working on paring down my wardrobe…and decluttering not only my stuff but the house in general..

In terms of items listed above for the ‘cash, property, and value zone’:

I have a savings account—I just need to get more money into it…

I’m paying bills and debt…would like to have at least a quarter to three-fourths paid off by the end of 2024…

In terms of showcasing my talents…I have the two blogs…just need to get more stuff on the science/health/med comms one…plus figure out the best way to showcase/sell various crafts (prints, jewelry [once I get some made], needlepoint projects, and other things)…

Currently I don’t have a need to hire an accountant….

Therefore my short list of goals for the Sagittarius season will include:

  1. Determining the goals for 2024 (and possibly 2025-2027); Setting up the yearly BINGO card, first quarter BINGO card, and January BINGO card. In addition to reflecting back on 2023… (so kinda three goals in one)
  2. Develop a fluid plan(s): (1) getting the freelance science/health/med comms business up and going; (2) determining how to monetize the craft/hobby/reflective blog; (3) getting debt down, and savings (plus retirement account) up; and (4) transitioning to a more minimalistic lifestyle.
  3. Content, content, and more content creation (or at least brain dumps, mind-maps, and brainstorming ideas)…

Basically—brainstorm and plan for transitioning to freelance work, a minimalistic lifestyle, and becoming a better global citizen…

There are three goals–though two have multiple parts…and technically all can be either ‘open-ended’ or ‘closed’…The first one is a ‘closed’ goal…the second one is ‘open-ended’, as I may have to adjust plans as I move along the freelance/entrepreneur route; and the final goal is also an open-ended goal…

2023 wasn’t my year (by any stretch of the imagination), and I know that 2024 isn’t going to be starting on a high note…probably starting on a very low note…but if we each pledge to become a better global citizen (not updating phones, computers, boycotting various brands, and working towards common goals)…we might actually be able to save this planet and society…

Progress…that is what we need…progress towards a better future…an healthier planet, and healthier global society.

What is a large/scary goal you’re going to try to achieve in 2024?

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Gotta get better at time and project management…I’m a work in progress

Okay…The moon will be transitioning through the last new moon phase of 2023 tonight through tomorrow night going through the Sagittarius constellation. But before I look ahead to the Sagittarius new moon, I should look back at the goals I’d set for the Scorpio new moon and see how I did with each of them.

I will be totally honest—the past two months have been hard…I’d say possibly even harder than this time last year (and my mom was in the ICU and it was touch and go)…

Over 21,000 Palestinians have been murdered…and for what? Their land, oil, natural gas, and other resources…

Last month (when I posted the original Scorpio new moon goals)—the death total for Gaza was over 12,000…almost another 10,000 have been killed in a month…and it’s almost 46,000 wounded…and thousands dying (or dead) under the rubble…

Hopefully tomorrow the UN general assembly will pass a ceasefire resolution (and then figure out how to enforce it)…

And now back to looking at the goals I’d set for the Scorpio new moon…those goals included:

(1) Continuing to work on healing my relationship with food and movement.

(2) Doing brain dumps, mind-maps, outlines, and research for not only the science/health/med comms website and my LinkedIn profile, but for the creative blog and other social channels.

(3) Pick a finance e-course that I’ve bought over the years and actually start working through one.

(4) Continue to unplug at night (putting the computer to ‘sleep’ by 7:15pm)

(5) Continue figuring out my personal/professional brand

(6) Continue to read the various books that I’ve bought on the history of the problems within West Asia.

So how did I do with these six goals…that can almost be considered ‘open-ended’….

Well…

Healing my relationship with food and movement: (~60%)

My relationship with food is slowly getting better. I’m still working at getting more protein in during breakfast and snack time…and working at limiting the highly processed snacks (such as chips and dip). In terms of movement—I’ll admit to being a fair weather person, and someone who totally detests the gym…therefore—I’m still working on developing a plan that I would be able to stick with consistently…

Doing brain dumps, mind-maps, outlines, research: (~5%)

I’ve done a little work…mainly keeping up to-date on the genocide that is happening within Gaza and the West Bank…plus some other global news. In terms of doing things for the blog and so forth…not really.

Working through a finance e-course: (0%)

Okay…this one I didn’t even start. While I’ve started an e-course, it is one of the many professional growth/development ones that I’ve bought over the years. The personal finance ones that I’ve bought…I’ve only watched like the first video…note to self: Start one of those this week.

Continuing to unplug at night: (90%)

I’ve been pretty good at doing this. I’ve been working on my latest afghan project the past couple of weeks after dinner and my shower. I may quickly check the computer and respond to message prior to taking the dogs out prior to meditating…

Figuring out my personal/professional brand: (~5%)

Branding…the process of creating a ‘mark’ around your name and/or your career. Something that wasn’t touched on in any of the undergrad courses I took (should have taken an marketing course or two as an undergrad)…

This is still something that I’m slowly working on…I know what I want to do with my life/career…I want to improve not only science/health/medical literacy within the global community, but also improve education within the same arena…

This means also creating e-courses (that won’t be affiliated with any organization) for not only college students (to use as additional ‘study’ material), but for public education (currently thinking high school and potentially middle school and/or junior high)…

While at the same time balancing the science/health/med research and writing with crafts and hobbies. I’ve learned that I can’t just hyper focus on one thing…it tends to lead to burnout, depression, and huge loss of energy…

So…the approximate five percent work has been figuring out what it is I want to mainly focus on..and trying to decide on fonts, colors, and things like that…

Reading various books that I’ve bought on the history of the problems within West Asia: (~20%)

So I’m about a fifth of the way through: 

‘The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017’ by Rashid Khalidi

I’m also not quite halfway through with:

‘Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement’ by Angela Davis

So…

The only goal I basically accomplished: unplugging for the night. The others ranged from nothing to possibly about sixty percent…not a great month…but not totally horrid either.

What improvements do I need to be implementing?

Set time(s) for working through e-courses, and other types of learning (such as learning a new language), instead of just thinking ‘whenever’ will work…

Designing and implementing a good tracking system for various things (not just nutrition/movement, but pages read, minutes/hours reading or working through e-courses).

Also set time(s) for brainstorming sessions, and other planning items.

Time and project management….figuring out how to best support Gaza and Palestine (currently it is by sharing updates on different social media platforms), while at the same time figuring out how to build my businesses from the ground up…

While still working at healing from burnout…and managing grief, and other emotions…

Progress…not perfection that is what I’m aiming for and aiming to improve. Moving the pointer and ‘goal’ posts forward a little each day…as small steps can add up over time…and are better than trying to make a massive leap once or twice a year…

What is one of your top favorite things about fall?

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Reading, planning, and more planning: The goals of the Beaver Full Moon

Tonight marks November’s full moon within the Gemini constellation…it’s also known as the Beaver Full Moon…it’s the last full moon of the fall season. With this moon—there are only thirty-four days left in 2023 (three days left in November, and then December).

Hopefully things will chill out in West Asia…I’m hopeful, but at the same time totally realistic in knowing that we’re a hair-trigger away from WWIII…

I’m mentioned last year with the Gemini full moon (which occurred in early December) that I’d hope that 2023 would go better than how the last five months of 2022 had gone…well I didn’t get that wish…maybe need to make the wish on the moon (and not on a star)…

There are several questions that one can reflect on during each full moon period that one can find in “Moonology: working with the magic of lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland; and those five questions are:

Have I been gossipy, superficial, or flighty this month?

Have I been glossing over other people’s feelings?

Have I been too quick to change my mind, or too restless?

Have I been too much of a silver-tongued hustler?

Have I done enough reading to keep expanding my mind?

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

  1. Let’s see…I’m still more or less self-isolating…my conversations (in person) are limited to a very small group of people, and the rest of my conversations are on-line. I don’t think I’ve been gossipy or superficial this past month. ‘Flighty’…well when there is the potential for WWIII to be breaking out at any moment, still trying to heal/deal with the trauma of the family medical issue that ‘resolved’ itself back in May….yeah, I’ve probably been a little flighty.
  2. The only feelings that I might be glossing over—are those who think that Israel hasn’t done anything wrong over the past six plus weeks. If someone thinks genocide is okay…I don’t give a damn if I offend their feelings or not in response. #istandwithgaza #istandwithpalestine #endtheoccupation #endthegenocide #istandwithhumanity 
  3. Change my mind??? The only thing I’ve possibly changed my mind on is moving forward with potential remote positions…I know with having taken a pro-Palestinian/pro-humanity stand over the past six plus weeks, there are possibly numerous companies that won’t hire/work with me due to that stance…and I’m fine with that. Personal/Professional views are just two different sides of the same coin. I’m not going to change my morals just to ensure that I have a job…have I been too restless?? Maybe…I mean we are closer to WWIII breaking out than we’ve been in years (and that’s saying something considering the last two Republican administrations this country has had)…so yeah, I’ve probably been a little restless
  4. Nope.
  5. I’ve added to my non-fiction/historical fiction reading list over the past two months. I’ve bought books on the history of the Palestinian conflict (I have about five or six books), books on how the western world has screwed up Africa (I have about four books), plus books on various events that have happened within the past 150 years within American history (but weren’t covered in textbooks)—such as the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, the 1898 Wilmington massacre, and the Osage tribe murders. I know that majority of the problems in the world can come down to the meddling of western powers (specifically the US and several European countries), and it is up to each of us to realize that we may still have a #colonialmindset (wether we mean to or not), and it is up to each of us to get rid of that mindset and relearn global/regional histories that may have been left out of textbooks (or had only one side presented).

So I’m also going to see what house the moon will be transition through during this time. Using my rising sign (which is Scorpio), the Gemini constellation is moving through my eighth house—the focus of this house on “death and rebirth, reinvention and transformation”. 

Since January 2020…I’ve been doing a large amount of self-reflection and figuring out the direction I wanted to pivot in regarding my career…

The direction—freelance science/health/medical communications and education. The why—to help improve overall science/health/medical literacy within the global community. At the same time, I’m also going to be adding in social sciences/history—in regards to helping to improve understanding within those areas…plus work on what I’m calling my #decolonizingmindset

What I mean by that—realizing the fact that there are numerous aspects of history (global, country, and state) that have either been left out of textbooks (such as the 1948 Nakba, the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre) or written about from a single perspective. It’s time to realize that we need to search for information on these topics (plus probably thousands of others) and learn about them. Learning about them will allow us to become better global citizens…and maybe not fall for the first hysterical news brief that has the potential to spark the next huge global conflict.

I’m also brainstorming ideas of how to get the creative/hobby/reflective side of things up and going as a business as well. I’m enjoying doing crafts at night—as it’s my way of unplugging and staying away from the news for at least an hour or so…and I’m brainstorming ideas of how to turn all of that into a business as well.

So…I’ll probably be spending a bit of this full moon brainstorming (and hopefully fleshing out slightly) the big and ambitious goals for 2024.

The goals for the Beaver Full Moon will include:

  1. Setting up for December 2023…and writing out the four big goals for 2024.
  2. Continue reading the various non-fiction books I’ve started over the past six weeks (hopefully get at least one if not two finished for December 2023).
  3. Brain dumps, mind-maps, notes/ideas…a.k.a getting a list made for content ideas for 2024 and beyond…

Three goals…two can be considered finished/not finished…while the third is more fluid. I know I will always have ideas that I may or may not get down on paper…so if I can get at least a fraction of all the ideas on to paper…that will be a good start for a productive and transformative 2024.

Progress…that is what I’m striving for during these last thirty-odd days of 2023. Silencing the inner critic/imposter syndrome/perfectionist and remind myself—I’m capable of learning what ever I want…and I’m capable of being whoever I want…and I want to be the advocate for change, progress, education, and working towards healing the global wounds left by western colonial powers…

So here’s to the last few weeks of fall, and then welcoming the winter…when it will become time to really think about, flesh out, and have plans ready for the new year. What is one of your Gemini (Beaver) Full Moon goals?

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Another attempt on 101 goals in 1001-days, with 44 things to do before turning 44

I’ve tried several time since 2018 in doing a 101 goals in 1001-day challenge. I’ve even tried to expand it to 100+ goals in 2002-days. My problem has always been the same: I make the list, and then I only occasionally look at it again to see how I’m doing in terms of the goals—and some of the goals never seemed to feel like ‘mine’. They felt like goals I should put down because they’re ones that ‘society’ deems acceptable.

Last year I also tried to a ’43 things to do before turning 43’ list of goals. The problem: I made that list/goal idea during a really rough time—my mother was still in the hospital, and I thought making a ‘smaller’ list of goals and a ‘tighter’ window would result in the goals being accomplished.

I did manage to accomplish about 44% of the goals that I set last year—as I counted even semi-accomplished (or started) goals in the ‘check’ category. Ones I did start or attempt were considered ‘not done’.

So, I’m three weeks and a few days late in posting this particular post—it is a combination of a new 101 goals in 1001 days list, and a ’44 things to do before turning 44’ goal list.

What’s the difference: I’ve actually picked a handful of 101 goals to try to get accomplished (or at least a good head start on) by my birthday next year. In addition, there are several additional goals at the end of the list that are on my ‘44 things to do’ list that aren’t on (or fit with) the 101 goals in 1001 days.

So what is what? The long list is basically the 101 goals that I’m aiming to accomplish in 1001 days. Items that are bolded are from the 44 things to do before turning 44 list. I’ve determined that I’m going to be having ‘scheduled’ updates—every two months for the 44 things before 44 list, and every 100 days for the 101-goals (plus yearly updates around my birthday).

The areas that I’m focusing on for both lists: career/professional growth; personal growth (including areas of health/wellness, spirituality, and personal finances); and crafts/hobbies (tied with career). Why these areas? Because, they’re the ones that if I focus on will also have the most impact in other areas of life (such as social life, friends/family, contributions/donations and physical environment).

So what are the goals? They include:

  1. Start my freelance science/health/medical communications business
  2. Transition to a remote science/health/medical communications position
  3. Monetize blogs and set up an Etsy store for the crafts and so-forth
  4. Launch a YouTube channel
  5. Launch a podcast
  6. Increase blog/website(s) traffic (aim for 500+ views/day)
  7. Social media following of 500+ across different channels
  8. Launch at least one online course
  9. Hit 10K (and then 12.5K, 15K, 20+K) followers on LinkedIn
  10. Go to at least one scientific conference
  11. Present at least one scientific conference
  12. Renew professional memberships (ASBMB, ASCB; at least once)
  13. More interaction on LinkedIn
  14. Go to at least two professional networking events
  15. Attend at least one blogging conference
  16. Attend at least one author-reader conference
  17. Develop a passive income stream
  18. Complete at least 18 different e-courses
    • Finish at least two CSA advanced programs
    • Finish at least four Udemy courses
    • Finish at least six Skillshare courses
  19. Read at leaet 100 different nonfiction/historical fiction books
    • Read at least 44 nonfiction/historical books before Sept 20, 2024
  20. Become fluent in Spanish
  21. Become fluent in German
  22. Become proficient in French, Norwegian, or Swedish
    • Learn to say hello and thank you in ten different languages
  23. Complete at least one 365-day photography challenge
  24. Editorial calendars, to-be accomplished lists for both blogs and various social media accounts
  25. Learn python coding
  26. Create a physical vision board and update it regularly
    • Based on my vision/definition of success
  27. Learn basic sign language
  28. Get out of debt
  29. Increase my savings account 500x
  30. Increase my retirement account 500x
  31. No spend challenges
  32. Finish at least one personal finance book and e-course
  33. Get into the best shape of my life
    • Learn about body confidence
    • Create a happiness plan
  34. Daily mediation (work up to twice a day)
  35. Stretch daily
  36. Hold a 90-second plank
  37. Develop (and stick with) a consistent exercise schedule
  38. Make a candle (or two, or three, or more)
  39. Make some mosaic art & resin art
  40. Make some soap
  41. Make some tie-dye clothes/accessories
  42. Draw/doodle, color, and frame a original drawing
  43. Draw/doodle, paint, and frame a original piece of art
  44. Sew something I’d wear
  45. Start my own jewelry line
  46. Make a memorial quilt
  47. Start another afghan (or make some scarfs to donate)
  48. Upload/update photography pages (namely bird pages) on creative/hobby blog
  49. Complete at least another six cross-stitch projects
  50. Create my own coffee-table photography book
  51. Create my own calendar using my nature photographs
  52. Create at least one piece of wood-burnt art
  53. Monthly new & full moon goals
  54. Daily oracle card drawings
  55. Create my own Wicca/pagan altar & update throughout the seasons
  56. See a coral reef
  57. Tour a vineyard
  58. See the Northern Lights
  59. Go to a Renaissance Festival
  60. Visit at least three countries
  61. Visit at least one ‘new’ national and/or state park
  62. Visit at least one ‘new’ national and/or state monument
  63. Visit at least one ‘new’ zoo
  64. Visit at least one ‘new’ aquarium
  65. Visit at least one ‘new’ state
  66. Visit at least one ‘new’ city
  67. Fly out and/or land at three ‘new’ airports
  68. Make fresh pasta
  69. Learn to make sushi
  70. Learn glass etching
  71. Get a haircut and highlights (light purple, blue, and/or green)
  72. Various top ten author/book series lists (creative blog)
  73. Keep at least three plants alive
  74. Start a succulent garden in a pot
  75. Design a science-based board game
  76. Declutter and downsize
  77. Create a minimal wardrobe
  78. Swim with whale sharks
  79. Put in at least one flower garden around the house
  80. Become better informed in regards to politics
  81. Become better informed in regards to economics
  82. Pick a non-science topic and develop ‘niche’ knowledge on it
  83. Research 30 prominent women throughout history
  84. Write a minimum of 101 mini-book reviews
  85. Write a minimum of 100 blurbs/reviews on different research papers/topics
  86. Start a junk journal
  87. Listen to a different podcast everyday (30-120 day challenge)
  88. Yoga for a minimum of 30 days
  89. 30+ days of iPhone photography
  90. 30+ days of doodling
    • Create a coloring book from various (uncolored) doodles/drawings
  91. 30-days of coloring in coloring books
  92. Solo dance parties (minimum of four to five songs)
  93. 30-days of making rubbings of interesting surfaces and textures (leaves, flowers, tree bark, so forth)
  94. Film progress of one (or more) 30-day challenge
  95. Learn a new country (or fact) a day
  96. Do a Sudoku or crossword puzzle daily
  97. Jumping jack/squat challenge
  98. Watch a different TedTalk each day (30-120 day challenge); plus a 100-200 word summary
  99. Create my own cookbook
  100. Ten minutes on the exercise bike (work up to a 5+ mile bike ride)
  101. 30+ days of mind-maps

The last few things from the 44 things to do before turning 44 list:

Complete at least five 30-day challenges (some of which are listed above)

Read at least two ‘new’ banned books

Read at least two ‘new’ classic books

Read at least one ‘new’ trilogy (or longer) series

Finish creating a inspiring work/craft area

Write a letter to my future self (again)

So that is my combined 101 goals and 44 things list…technically could call it a 107 goals in 1001 days…but splitting things up may help me actually complete more of the goals. In terms of updating the lists: I’ll be updating my progress on the bolded items every 60 days (basically the 20th of every other month) and the first update will be Nov 20 2023. In terms of the 101 goals–updates will be every 100 days, with yearly updates on my birthday (so there will a 365 day and 730 day update in addition to all the other updates). The first update for the 101 goals will be Dec 30 2023.

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