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Reflections of November: Fitness on track, everything else is a work in progress.

So November is over—the presidential election went the way I wanted (though I was quite shocked at the number of people who thought the last four years were good and wanted four more years of the same shit). The Electoral College will meet in less than two weeks to finalize the vote, then on January 20th the new president and vice-president will be sworn into office.

I’m still working on figuring out the type of fluid schedule that will have me getting stuff done, but at the same time not feel like I’m being stuck in a rigid schedule.

The US still hasn’t gotten the virus under control—when I published ‘October in Review’ I noted that the US had over 9.4 million cases and now the US is just under 14 million cases (that is an increase of over 4.5 million cases in a month). This means that we’re starting to double in cases a hell of a lot faster than we were even a month ago. While there are several vaccine candidates that are being pushed for emergency use—it will still be awhile before the general population will have access to it (I’m hoping that the first series will be going to the front-line workers—the doctors, nurses, and emergency staff that have to deal with daily; and the two main vaccines require two shots a month apart). While the election went the way I wanted–it will still take a while to get the virus under control and then travel may be possible by sometime late 2021 or early 2022. I’m still planning on at least (hopefully) one mental health trip somewhere.

So as we head into the last month of 2020, I should look back on the goals that I set for November and see how I did with each of them.

Goals for November included:

At least 130-150,000 steps—I’ve realized that as it gets colder, I’m less likely to take my dog out for a walk and I usually am sitting more than anything during those days. Therefore I’m going to have to figure out something to do (possibly put on movies or something and march in place to get the steps).

Finish up the combo calendar of Yoga Booty Ballet & LIIFT4; then start 10 Rounds (which is 6 weeks and should take me right up to Christmas), with a little Yoga Booty Ballet tossed in here and there

Read (or finish) at least 2 non-fiction books

No spend days/no spend weeks/no spend month

Finish the Medical Writers Organization program

Get half way through either the Management Consultant Firm or the Project Management Consortium programs

Start working through at least one e-course that deals with Python

Complete at least two other short e-courses

Start refreshing Spanish

So how did I do with each one?

At least 130-150,000 steps—I’ve realized that as it gets colder, I’m less likely to take my dog out for a walk and I usually am sitting more than anything during those days.

I managed to hit and surpass my step goal this month. I managed to get a little over 218,000 steps (218,813 steps to be exact). I managed this because I took four walks up at Boomer Lake (and the total walk usually gives me about 10-12,000 steps).

Finish up the combo calendar of Yoga Booty Ballet & LIIFT4; then start 10 Rounds (which is 6 weeks and should take me right up to Christmas), with a little Yoga Booty Ballet tossed in here and there

So I finished up LIIFT4 mid-November. The rest days were either used as rest days or I did a walk, or yard work (because we did have a ice storm at the end of October). I managed to do Yoga Booty Ballet during the first half of LIIFT4—I may add in a week at the end of month (December) since finishing up 10 Rounds will be around Christmas and I can either start a program a week early, or possibly do a week of Yoga Booty Ballet and then start something new after Jan 1st.

Started 10 Rounds on the 16th, and currently I feel like I have two left feet in terms of the foot movement and no rhythm at all for the slips and rolls. But it’s only my first time through—I may do it again sometime in 2022 (as I have most of 2021 already planned out).

Read (or finish) at least 2 non-fiction books

This month I managed to finish reading the following books:

Quit your job and follow your dreams by Michelle Klup

            This book basically gives tips on how to get various things in order (finances being the big one), how to transition to part-time, and how to just go about trying to figure out how to translate your dreams into a career, or a hobby.

No spend days/no spend weeks/no spend month

I managed to have a couple of no spend days—but they seldom stretch to no-spend weeks, and it didn’t stretch to a no-spend month. One reason—my impulsive habit of buying e-books, and if the synopsis of the book sounds interesting I’ll purchase it and may or may not get around to reading it for awhile.

Finish the Medical Writers Organization program

I’m almost through the fifth module of the program—I just have to do the writing and editing assignments, post them in the group and get feedback. Then finish up the 6th module. I have realized that while I’m thinking of going writing—I probably want to focus on either science education/outreach and/or writing for a nonprofit (such as Nature Conservatory, Sierra Club or a zoo/aquarium).

Get half way through either the Management Consultant Firm or the Project Management Consortium programs

I think I watched the first two videos for each program. Having the basics for consulting will be good; even if that isn’t the path I currently want to go on. I have no problems with long hours for a job—I just don’t want to be adding in huge amount of travel (which consultants do, depending on the company they work for and the area they may be assigned). I’m thinking that one way to showcase my project management skills will be to have a better posting schedule for the blog, posting regularly on different social media sites, and creating/posting original content on Linkedin as well.  All-in-all two rather large projects I need to start planning out.

Start working through at least one e-course that deals with Python

            Nope, this didn’t happen this month. I realize that in addition to trying to relearn/refresh a language, I will also need to consider this goal also as a ‘class’—schedule in the time or I’m not going to get it done.

Complete at least two other short e-courses

Watched the short course on skillshare: Capture your writing ideas: how never to lose track of blog or book ideas.

            Basically this short course just talked about different ways of keeping track of ideas: either analog (paper and pen) or digital. I’m basically a hybrid—I like writing out on paper, but I also like to have a list of things digitally as well. I would give the course probably 4 out of 5 stars.

Start refreshing Spanish

            Nope this didn’t happen again. I’m actually thinking that I need start thinking of this challenge (refreshing my knowledge of a language or learning a new language) as an actual class. I probably will need to write down that I will spend ‘X’ amount of time per day working on this task—otherwise I know that it isn’t going to get done.

So a little progress was made (namely on fitness) this month. In part, I will admit to being ‘glued’ earlier this month to the news to find out who would be declared the winner of the US presidential election, and the various stupid lawsuits that the outgoing president had launched to try to change the outcome.

I have to remind myself that the only person that I need to be in competition with is myself—and who I was yesterday. I’m working changing my mindset and self-talk. As I had stated last month—it took me awhile to realize that the all-out and full-speed ahead mentality/push basically brought me to that brick wall and burnout. I wasn’t using my strengths the way I should have been using them, and I was trying to meld myself into someone else.

The ‘reboot break’ may not be going as planned—but it has been beneficial. Now all I need to do is figure out the best methodology that will work for me to achieve my goals. The biggest question for me going into 2021 will be—what do I want to be doing in five years, and where do I want to be at that time.

It’s time that I start to draw my own map to my own destiny instead of relying on the maps of others. Therefore–

Goals for December will include:

At least 130-155,000 steps—December is probably going to be fairly cold and I’m not sure how often I’m going to be able to make it up to Boomer Lake for a walk.

Finish up 10 Rounds and then either do a week of YBB, or start one of the following combos: Muscle Burns Fat/Muscle Burns Fat Advance or 21-Day Fix Live/21-Day Fix Extreme Live.

Read (or finish) at least 2 non-fiction books

No spend days/no spend weeks/hopeful no spend month

Finish the writing/editing assignments for the Medical Writers Organization program.

Get halfway through one of the other advanced Cheeky Scientist programs

Complete at least two other short e-courses

Brain dump/organize/create a rough draft for a editorial/to-accomplish calendar/list

And finally reminding myself: “Progress over Perfection”, “You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one”, and “Not caring what other people think is the best choice you will ever make”.

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Progress on personal & professional development goals: September in Review

So September is over, that means my birthday has come and gone—here is to starting the fourth decade of my life in self-isolation. There are only three months left in the year, and the coming month or so will be interesting—two full moons in October (last one on Halloween), then we ‘fall back’ time wise that night/early the next morning, and then the presidential election is just a few days later.

So I decided that I would try to ‘schedule’ the time that I’m either checking my email or on social media—that way I can hopefully get quite a few other things done as well—I think that the schedule will work (though some days will be better than others). Now I’m thinking that I may also need to ‘schedule’ my time outside—as I realize that once I sit down outside, I’m more likely to stay outdoors for the rest of the day (though like today I have brought my laptop outside to work on).

The US still hasn’t gotten the virus under control—when I published ‘August in Review’ I noted that the US had over 6.2 million cases and now the US is a little over 7.4 million cases (that is an increase in over 1.2 million cases in a month). With elections just a little over a month away, it will be interesting to see how it turns out—I’m hoping the way I want, that way the virus can be brought under control and then travel may be possible by sometime late 2021 or early 2022. I’m still planning on at least (hopefully) one mental health trip somewhere.

So as we head into the last quarter of 2020, I should look back on the goals that I set for September and see how I did with each of them.

The goals for September included:

At least 150,000 steps (This breaks down to 5K/day)

Finishing up Morning Meltdown 100 (I only have 15 days left), and then starting a duel calendar of Yoga Booty Ballet and LIIFT4

Read (or finish) at least 2 non-fiction books

No Spend Days/No Spend Weeks/leading to hopefully a no spend month

Finish the Data Science Syndicate program, install python and start learning how to use it

Finish at least 3 other e-courses

So how did I do with each goal?

At least 150,000 steps—I managed to meet and surpass my step goal; I managed to get a total of 202,386 steps in for the month. Unfortunately, the number of viral cases kept going up for the month (we went from ~952 cases at the beginning of the month to over 1900 cases as of the 30th). Therefore when I do decide to walk at Boomer Lake, it will have to be during the week (when hopefully everyone is at work), and isn’t a full walk around the lake (depending on what time I leave in the morning).

Finishing Morning Meltdown 100 and starting a combo of Yoga Booty Ballet and LIIFT4—So I finished up Morning Meltdown 100 mid-month, and then started on my combo calendar of Yoga Booty Ballet and LIIFT4. This combo calendar will now take me through mid-November. I’m tracking change by how heavier I’m going in the weights, am I doing less modifications, and do I feel better/sleep better.

Read (or finish) at least 2 non-fiction books: I managed to finish the following:

“Careergasm: Find your way to feel good work; bullshit free advice to help you get after it” by Sara Vermunt

            One of the things that I really liked about this book was the reminder that at times we need to think back on the things we enjoyed as a child to help find a clue to what we may actually really enjoy doing as an adult. I actually have several different ideas now swimming around in my head on things I could try to do and/or directions I could possibly take the blog/site, or even just other pages I could add to the site.

No spend days/no spend weeks/leading to hopefully a no spend month—this is something that I’m still working on—large goal again for October.

Finish the Data Science Syndicate program, install python, and start learning how to use it—I finished the data science syndicate program on the 3rd of the month. While I have installed python on my computer, I haven’t yet started any course that will teach me how to use the program yet.

Finish at least 3 other e-courses

I re-watched one skillshare short course—“The writer’s toolkit: 6 steps to a successful writing habit”. This was an okay short course—basically talking about creating an area that is solely for writing, determining what you’re going to be writing on, having a routine in place, and also reminding us to read books that we enjoy—if you don’t enjoy reading a certain genera of literature it’s no fun.

I had also started watching the skillshare course—“Writing and Blogging with Passion: Create a Flexible Editorial Plan and Calendar”. In addition I’ve also been working through an affiliate blogging short course program as well. One thing I’ve realized with some of the courses—I will have to do a lot of brainstorming to fit the blog to their suggestions, since I’ve decided to stay somewhat multi-facet in topics that I’m covering.

So I’m slowly making more progress on various goals—the biggest thing that I need to get control over is my time management. There is enough time in the day to accomplish everything I want—it may mean though that I don’t spend forty minutes aimlessly scrolling through social media or checking my email every five minutes. Once I have that under control, and remember that I’m the only one that can walk my path I will be on my way to achieving my goals—though they may look different four months down the road compared to today. That is fine—that is evolution, learning, and realizing that in four months I may not be the same person that I am today.

Goals for October will include:

At least 155,000 steps (breakdown to 5K/day; daily step goal may go up, but again that depends on the daily number of virus cases in town)

Continuing with the combo calendar of Yoga Booty Ballet and LIIFT4

Read (or finish) at least 2 non-fiction books

No spend days/no spend weeks/no spend month

Finish the Medical Writers Organization

Complete at least one other e-course that deals with python

Then complete at least two other short e-courses

While reminding myself: “Progress over Perfection”, “You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one”, and “Not caring what other people think is the best choice you will ever make”.

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July Capricorn Full Moon Goals: A Review

So now it is August, with a full moon right around the corner. We have 151 days left in 2020—wondering what how the rest of the year is going to be going. The next full moon is coming up (some time between today and Tuesday—depending on where you are in the world). But before I get to contemplate the Sagittarius full moon, it is time to reflect back on the goals that I had made for the Capricorn full moon.

So what were the goals that I made for the Capricorn full moon?

Continuing with Morning Meltdown 100 (I should be at day 54 at the end of the month; and day 57 by the next full moon).

Work on creating a new long-term goal list; the pandemic threw quite a few monkey wrenches into my latest 101 goals in 1001 days, plus I never really got specific about the industry position. So the goal is to have an least a rough outline of the major goals for different areas (health/fitness, finance, career, personal/professional development, spirituality, and living space).

Continue reading through my huge to-be-read digital pile. I think that I’m currently up to a total of 367 (since there are ~10 books on the list that I consider to be more of a reference book). I started this list in 2018 (or maybe late 2017), and it only had ~80 books on it but has now ballooned to almost 400—and between the start of 2018 and now—I’ve read about 50 of them so far; I’m averaging about 20 non-fiction books a year. This means that if I don’t add any more books—it will still take me about another 16 years to get through the list of books. Though some of them may fall into the “reference” book pile.

So how did I do with the goals?

In terms of working out—I will be on day 57 of Morning Meltdown 100 on Aug 3rd. I’m sticking with the plan of pushing play sometime between 8:30 and 9:15 every morning. I’m modifying each workout as needed as well (since lunges aren’t really my thing—hard to have a nice straight step back when you’re knocked-kneed). I should be finishing up the program come mid-September.

In terms of the long-term goal list—I had made a new goal list/time frame schedule. Instead of saying 101 goals in 1001-days, my new list is 150 goals in 2002-days. I added in the workout programs that I want to complete, and doubled the time frame. One thing that I’m going to be doing is taking say 5-10 goals every 2-3 months and breaking them down in steps and pinning those to-do lists to my bulletin board.

In terms of the reading challenge—I managed to finish three more books over the past month. This means that I have 309 books left on the list to read—though the number may go up, since I have this habit of buying books that sound interesting and adding them to the list.

So I actually was able to meet all three of my goals for the Capricorn full moon. I will be continuing all three goals as I move forward as well—working out is helping with my mental health and sleeping, reading is something I’ve always enjoyed (trying to increase my enjoyment of non-fiction reading), and making the 150 goal list has me actually trying to think long term (and not just day-to-day as I’ve been doing for quite awhile). This progress may have had bumps in the road, but it is still progress that is moving me forward. The path may still be shrouded in shadows and mist—but the path is there, I just have to light the path myself.

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Leo Full Moon Goals: A Review

So in a day or two there will be another full moon—this time it will be going through the Virgo constellation. This means that I need to reflect back on the goals that I set for the last full moon and had aimed to work on during the month of February. In addition acknowledging my current mindset and coming up with ideas on how to switch it to being a more productive mindset.

So what were my goals for the Leo Full Moon?

  1. Getting back into a workout routine
  2. Working on my transition plan for moving into industry from academia
  3. Spend time working on crafts (knitting, photography, and doodling)
  4. Meditate, tarot/oracle readings—getting back on track with my spirituality.

So how did I do with each one goal?

In terms of getting back into a workout routine—I’m happy to say that today I finished day fourteen of Morning Meltdown 100—which is a hundred day workout program that launched on Beachbody-on-demand late last year.

I think that this is going to be the program that helps get me out of my depression/funk that I’ve been in for quite a while. I truthfully didn’t think I was that depressed last year, but looking at the stats on the total number of workouts I’ve done over the past not quite two years—yeah, I barely worked out (at least using Beachbody-on-demand).

My goal is to continue with Morning Meltdown 100, and the program will see me through until the beginning of June.

In terms of working on my transition plan for moving into industry from academia—it is slow going. I actually joined an accountability group to help an extra little push, and while it is uncomfortable at times trying to push out of my fear zone and into my learning zone—I’m slowly getting there. While I’m going to be going at my pace, I know have ideas on how to connect to others, adding value, inquiring on informational interviews, and so forth.

In terms of working on crafts—I managed only a couple of walks up at Boomer for doing some nature photography, and I’ve done a little backyard birding as well. I’m actually going to schedule in more time for crafts over the next couple of weeks.

This was something that I really didn’t do that well on—I really haven’t meditated nightly, and I’ve only done one or two oracle/tarot card readings over the past month. Again, this is something that I’m going to schedule more time for over the next few weeks.

One thing I’ve noticed over the past few weeks is that I’ve fallen back into the mindset of focusing on just one thing and ignoring everything else. That one thing I’d been focusing on is building my job search spreadsheet—so I’ve been spending literally days looking at companies on linkedin, glassdoor, their own websites to determine which companies I wanted to add to the list. I would take breaks for eating, an occasional walk at Boomer Lake, or just go sit outside in the backyard and watch the birds.

This isn’t a beneficial mindset to be moving forward with—but it is the automatic response of how I handled school from public up through getting my graduate degree and to an extent how I handled all the jobs since graduating (to an extent). But I’ve decided that mindset needs an overhaul—so I’m going to actually try to plan out my days somewhat. They’re going to be fluid in terms of the fact I’m not always certain when I’m going to do a walk at Boomer Lake or when I’m going to take my pup for his walk through the neighborhoods.

So while I seemed to be only about fifty-fifty on hitting the goals—I made a lot more forward movement on mental health side—so for fourteen straight days of exercising, and admitting that the current mindset needs to change and will start implementing those changes over the next few days/weeks.

I’ve also been reminding myself of this quote on a basically daily basis: “Progress over Perfection”

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Check-in on 101 goals

So we’re officially a little over halfway through 2019, which means that there are 815 days left in this challenge (as today is July 5th 2019). So I decided that I should probably do a check-in on the goals and see where I’m at with them. Updates are in bold.

The dates for my 101 goal challenges are:

So my original start and finish dates were:

Start Date: January 1 2018

Finish Date: September 28 2020

My new start and finish dates:

Start Date: January 1, 2019

Finish Date: September 28, 2021

Here are my 101 goals for the next 1001 days (random and non-grouped):

  1. Transition into a biotech or biopharma company as a research scientist
  2. Become fluent in Spanish
  3. Become fluent in German
  4. Learn to program (R and maybe python)
  5. Visit at least three new countries (0/3)
  6. Finish the various other e-course bundles that I bought (list out later)
  7. Move to a new(ish) city for #1
  8. Make it through at least 250 days of beachbody workouts (share on twitter?) (0/250) *Luckily it doesn’t have to be consecutive days (though I would like that)—I haven’t done a Beachbody workout in awhile (I also can’t remember how many I’d done before I hit my slump).
  9. Paint & frame at least one original painting (0/1)
  10. Finish the Dream Job Hack program
  11. Finish the Youtube for bosses course
  12. Finish the Youtube course creation for bosses course
  13. Launch a youtube channel
  14. Launch a online course
  15. Get blog traffic to 500+ views/day
  16. Publish 5-10 scientific blog posts (0/10)
  17. Practice more photography (1-2 posts a week) I’ve managed to stick with the photography challenge so far, so at least on the blog there have been new pictures post on a semi-constant basis (at least for the past three-four months).
  18. Get instagram followers to 800+
  19. Showcase crafts on blog (afghans, artwork, jewelry)
  20. Learn to make my own jewelry
  21. Re-pierce my ears
  22. Finish at least 200 personal/professional development books (and post reviews) (35/200) *So out of the 274 books I have on my book reading list for both personal and professional development (and this number is growing)—I’ve read 20 in 2018, and 15 so far in 2019—that means I only have another 238 books to read to finish the list (and that is only if I don’t add anymore books to the list).
  23. Interact more on Linkedin (actually network with connections) (at least 4 a week) (0/140)
  24. Reach at least 14,014,000 steps (0/14,014,000); though if I add in the steps from 2018—this could actually be closer to 20,000,000 steps (goal—19,124,000 by Sept 28 2021 (as of yesterday (07/04/19) 8,047,645/19,124,000).
  25. Visit at least one new national (or state) park (0/1)
  26. Visit at least one new national (or state) monument (0/1)
  27. 5 pushups on toes (0/5)
  28. 10 pushups on toes (0/10)
  29. Fly/land at least 3 new airports
  30. Visit one new city & state (US) (0/1; 0/1)
  31. Go to one or more scientific conferences (0/1)
  32. Go to a blogging conference (0/1)
  33. See the Northern Lights
  34. Present at a scientific conference (0/1)
  35. Post free monthly challenges in facebook groups
  36. Write (or start) a book
  37. Complete a 365 day photography challenge (137/365) I started the challenge a little late this year, or more accurately it took me awhile to build momentum to continue posting a daily picture.
  38. Learn to cross-stitch
  39. Reach 400+ followers on pintrest
  40. Reach 1000+ followers on twitter
  41. Publish at least two blog series (0/2)
  42. Mediate at least 5 minutes a day  (0/1001) This one has been an off and on success—there have been at least one or two weeks when I didn’t feel like meditating nightly, and therefore I didn’t—but I’m slowly getting back into the routine.
  43. No extra snacks at work (i.e. no hitting the coffee shop for cookies in the morning) This one is a work in progress, there are some days when I’m really good at not getting extra snacks at work, and there are other days when I cave and get chocolate.
  44. Declutter the movies in the house
  45. Create an editorial calendar for blog (0/33) Well I’m slowly starting to try creating editorial calendars, but have only been really good at posting certain topics (new/full moon goals & updates, monthly updates & photography challenge). This is something I still need to work on.
  46. Credit card debt down to less than $500 a month (and getting paid off monthly in full) This is almost happening—I do have my debt at a level that I can pay off monthly, though some bills get a little higher than planned.
  47. Monthly budget (plus list of monthly recurring charges on credit cards) (0/33) I’ve been doing this, though not listing the recurring charges on my credit cards.
  48. Learn to give mani/pedi and give myself one a month (0/33) This one is off the list—because I have yet to do it, and while I might in the future I don’t see me doing it quite yet.
  49. Get a new sewing machine and make a new quilt for bed. This one is on hold until I move and then I’ll be buying a new sewing machine.
  50. Make my new moon & full moon goals (0/66) I’ve been keeping up with this one. Though I may not hit all the goals for both the new moon & the full moon—I’m at least putting my intentions out there for the universe to hear.
  51. Buy a new couch and chair for my living room. This one and #s 52-54 are dependent on success with #1 & #7
  52. Buy a new dresser for my bedroom
  53. Buy a new mattress & box-spring for my bed
  54. Buy a new TV & stand for living room
  55. Reorganize my storage unit
  56. Buy fabric & foam and make new cushions for rocking chair
  57. Create a posting schedule (editorial calendar) for facebook pages (0/66) I’m behind on this.
  58. Generate at least three months of memes for facebook pages (0/3)
  59. Create posting schedule (editorial calendar) for instagram (0/33) Behind on this.
  60. Learn to use photoshop for memes & posts
  61. Make a 30-day Zumba schedule & stick with it (0/30) Haven’t done this yet.
  62. Visit one or more new zoos (0/1)
  63. Visit one or more new aquariums (0/1)
  64. Make a top 10 favorite author list (for different genera; romance, fantasy/sci-fi, mystery/thriller, non-fiction) for blog
  65. Write and share at least two posts on linkedin every two months (0/32) Behind on this as well.
  66. Ask for endorsements from 6 well known connections on linkedin (0/6) Behind on this well.
  67. Endorse 3 to 5 people on linkedin every four months (0/40) Behind on this.
  68. Renew professional memberships (0/6) Need to do this soon.
  69. Get into the “best shape” of my life. This is one of the things I’m going to try to focus on more, and maybe should be moved higher in the list.
  70. Finish reading books on scientific writing (review and post) (0/7)
  71. Take a multivitamin & supplements daily (0/1001). There have been several days (going on to a week) that I’ve missed taking my multivitamin & supplements.
  72. Design a logo for my blog/website
  73. Finish 3 hidden object games without using hints, or the strategy guide
  74. Go to a author-reader conference and meet authors
  75. Write in journal daily (0/1001). There have been several weeks that I didn’t do this (mainly due to my current mood—even though I know when I’m feeling down or in a funk that is actually a good time to journal).
  76. Complete my book of Sudoku puzzles (minus the ones crossed out)
  77. Drink 70 oz of water a day (0/1001). There have been quite a few days when this hasn’t happened.
  78. Color in two coloring books (0/2) (pictures on blog/instagram)
  79. Knit another afghan (diamond pattern) This has been started, and hopefully will be finished this coming winter.
  80. Watch all the episodes of Hawaii 5-0
  81. Go to at least 2 professional networking events (0/2)
  82. Update Linkedin profile (0/2)
  83. Watch all the episodes of Grimm
  84. Design a science based board game
  85. Hold a two minute plank (on forearms)
  86. Hold a 90 second plank (full)
  87. Go at least one weekend a month without social media (0/33) This hasn’t happened yet, though with the way the world is going I might start doing it.
  88. Create (and update) a vision board. I’ve created and updated a digital vision board, and will probably try to update it at least every two to three months.
  89. Create my own altar (wiccan/pagan)
  90. Learn basic sign language
  91. Create job searching/networking editorial calendar (0/12)
  92. Get an additional external hard drive to back up the laptop & external DVD drive for installing printer program on laptop
  93. Create my own coffee table photography book
  94. Touch base with friends that I haven’t talked to lately
  95. Savings up another 20K (0/20K)
  96. Get at least three plants and keep them alive (0/3)
  97. Stretch daily (0/1001)
  98. Watch all the episodes of The Librarians
  99. Watch all the episodes of Once Upon A Time
  100. Get Fit with Jessi to 1000+ likes
  101. Get BecomingJessi to 1000+ likes

I’ve only removed one goal from the list—giving myself a mani/pedi monthly. I’ve never been the type to fuss with their nails (though I know with job searching, I do need to start taking better care of my nails, and this does include painting them every so often). I’ve realized that I have fallen behind on some of the daily goals (taking my multivitamins, drinking a certain amount of water a day, and writing in my journal every day)—but at least I do start back up, even if it tampers off, and then starts again.

I also know that there are goals that I haven’t started on, and others that require another goal to be accomplished before they are looked at. I know where I need to try to focus for the next few months (personal care—mental and physical health, and slowly figuring out my career objectives), and once these are on track, I think the others will follow suit.

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New Moon Goals in Review

So we’ve entered the last new moon phase yesterday, and I’ve decided that now would be a good time to reflect back on the different new moon goals that I’ve tried to set through out2018. One thing that I noticed is that I missed March (when I had the flu)—so that means I managed to do eleven out of twelve new moons this year (not bad for the first time trying to coordinate my life with the ebb and flow of the moon).

My goals varied a little month to month (depending on what constellation the moon was traveling through and therefore what house it was going through as well). So what were some of the goals that I had this year (and I’m only mentioning a goal once—even though most of these showed up more often than that through the year)?

I can probably divide up my goals into the following categories:

Personal, Professional,Finances, Spiritual, and Other.

Personal goals:

Starting to lose weight.

Working out daily

Getting my nutrition back on track.

Drink 60-70oz of water a day

 Try to read (or finish) one personal/professional development book a week.

Get through one short personal/professional development course.

Determine what my “personal”brand is

Professional goals:

Starting to add value and network more online (namely on Linkedin).

Working on my transition plan.

Work through the web development courses.

Narrow down my top choices for industry positions.

Start reading more in both the business and scientific worlds.

 Work through the data programming e-courses that I bought.

Determine what my professional “brand” is

 Determine the professional lifestyle that I want

Narrow down the biotech hubs I’d be willing to relocate to

Financial goals:

Thinking about investing some money into a short term CD (leaving a good chunk in the savings account).

Making monthly budgets.

Limiting purchases on campus to no more than three days a week.

Looking into ways of trying to increase my retirement account (without severely depleting my savings account or taking a big chunk out of my paycheck).

Keeping a monthly money log

Spiritual goals:

Mediate at least three days/nights a week.

Remember that disagreements happen, and that it is okay to remove people from certain aspects of one’s life.

Start doing daily (or evening) tarot card readings for myself again.

Other goals:

Having benchmarks set in terms of the number of hits/visitors to the blog for the month.

Start trying to get my Beachbody business up and running.

Starting to reorganize/clean bedroom, storage unit, and bathroom.

New overall 12-month plan.

Science blog posts/pages

So how would I summarize the progress that I made with my numerous different New Moon goals?  So I’ve managed to start losing weight and getting things back on track slowly in terms of nutrition and fitness. While I’ve only really finished one program this year (LIIFT4), I’ve managed to keep the weight on a more or less downwards trend. Nutrition could be better (the last two and half months has been rough and has seen me fallback on some bad habits), but all I’m really trying to do is be slightly better than yesterday. I’ve also been fairly good at getting my water in daily (though there are some days when I don’t quite hit the minimum goal).

I’m trying to get back into a routine of meditating nightly—though this is something that I find difficult to do when I’m traveling (either by myself or with other people & sharing a room). I’m hoping if I can get back into the nightly routine I can figure out how to make it work when I’m on the road.

I’ve made a small dent in my personal/professional development book list (though I think I’ve added more books to the list than I’ve finished so far this year). I am going to try to aim for finishing one book every seven to ten days (especially since I have a habit of going between two and four different personal/professional books at a time).

In terms of doing the different e-courses; this is a on-going struggle at times since it is all computer based. Also depending on the course, at times I find it difficult to pay attention to the voice of the instructor. But this is something that I’m going to work at getting better at over the next year.

In terms of my financial goals—I’m pretty good at trying to set budgets, and had a small track record going of not purchasing anything on campus (but fell out of that routine do to how terrible October had gone and I haven’t gotten back in the groove of things for that challenge). The monthly money logs vary (sometime I’m decent at keeping one, and other times I totally forget about doing it). I really should try to make an appointment with some financial person to talk about how to try to get either some savings invested in a short term CD and/or how to slowly start adding more to my retirement account.

In terms of the professional goals for the year—I’m still working on everything. I’m probably going at a slower rate than other people—but I’ve been burnt a couple of times already and I want to make sure that I’m on the correct path. I think that the areas that I need to try to spend the most on right now are: networking (adding value to connections), and trying to figure out what my “brand” is (both personal and professional). Though I have realized that I like sharing different science articles that span different areas of science, because I enjoy learning different things. That was one of the major issues I have with different aspects of science—how you’re suppose to become an “expert” in one or two areas and almost ignore everything else that is going on. I think I might just stick with being a more“generalist” with interest in say five or six different areas than trying to become “expert”.

As the year is winding down, it is time to start trying to develop a new plan for the New Year (and do more realistic breakdowns for the month/week/day), and aim for 2019 to be a much better year than 2018.

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November in Review

Well we are now down to the last month of the year. I’ve realized that I’ve fallen behind on doing posts on the blog—I totally forgot about the full moon last week, and didn’t make my full moon (Gemini) resolutions for November. I’ve realized that I really do need to start making to-do lists in a journal again (and start journaling again as well)—if I have things to check off, while I might not get to everything—I can at least see what I tried to plan out for the day (or week) and have an idea of what the hell I need to be doing instead of flying by the seat of my pants.

 

So my goals for November included:

 

1) At least 420,000 steps (this breaks down to 14K/day—which will help me get above & beyond my yearly goal of 5 million steps—or have me close by the end of the month).

2) Shakeology daily—either breakfast or snack

3) Read (or finish) at least 3 non fiction books (write & post review)

4) Write reviews for the above books that I haven’t done yet

Science of Intelligent Achievement by Isaiah Hankel

Self Talk: How to train your brain to turn negative thinking into positive thinking & practice self love by Aston Sanderson

Minimalist Living: Declutter your home, schedule, and digital life for simple living (and discover why less is more) by Aston Sanderson

Rewire your Habits: Establish Goals, Evolve your habits, & improve your relationships, health, finances, and free time by Zoe McKey

Thinking in Bets: making smart decisions when you don’t have all the facts by Annie Duke.

            What your clutter is trying to tell you: Uncover the message in the mess and reclaim your life by Kerri L. Richardson

5) Limit my spending on campus (try to have consecutive no spend days)

6) Start another workout program (either another round of LIIFT4 or maybe Insanity Max30 or a mix of different programs)

7) Spend at least 45 minutes a day on personal/professional development (e-course related)

8) Networking & working on transition plan

9) Restart the photography challenge

10) Work on drafting editorial calendar for the blog and trying to post at least twice a week.

 

So how did I do with each one?

At least 420,000 steps (this breaks down to 14K/day—which will help me get above & beyond my yearly goal of 5 million steps—or have me close by the end of the month).

            I managed to just get past my 420,000-step goal for the month. I managed 427,621 steps for the month—which has me at a yearly total of 4,886,625 steps. That means I can almost sit on my butt during the month of December and still hit the goal of 5 million steps. It will be nice to have achieved this goal this year (since I think I’ve set it as a goal for the past three years & this will be the first year I’ve done it).

 

Shakeology daily—either breakfast or snack

            I was good for basically the first three weeks of the month (more or less up to Thanksgiving). I think I only had a shake once this last week—mainly due to my allergies (I’m not really hungry in the morning and it takes me awhile to finish the shake & I don’t want to get up any earlier than what I’m already doing).

 

Read (or finish) at least 3 non fiction books (write & post review)

            I actually managed to finish reading four books this month (though I haven’t written or posted any reviews yet). The books that I’ve finished (and could be adding to the next list) are:

 

            Choose Yourself: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream by James Altucher

            Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

            CareerCode: Know Your Code, Find Your Fit by Jan Lowe & Tracy Lungrin

            YouMap: Find Yourself, Blaze Your Path, Show the World! By Kristin Sherry

 

Write reviews for the books below that I haven’t done yet

            Nope, still need to write these:

Science of Intelligent Achievement by Isaiah Hankel

Self Talk: How to train your brain to turn negative thinking into positive thinking & practice self love by Aston Sanderson

Minimalist Living: Declutter your home, schedule, and digital life for simple living (and discover why less is more) by Aston Sanderson

Rewire your Habits: Establish Goals, Evolve your habits, & improve your relationships, health, finances, and free time by Zoe McKey

Thinking in Bets: making smart decisions when you don’t have all the facts by Annie Duke.

            What your clutter is trying to tell you: Uncover the message in the mess and reclaim your life by Kerri L. Richardson

And now there are four more books added to this list of book reviews needing to be done.

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Scorpio New Moon Goals

So this is a day late, as the “new moon” as yesterday in the morning hours.  I’m going to try to get back in the habit of posting hopefully at least once a week (a photography review of my instagram posts), but hopefully more often than that. All I can say is that this fall has been a struggle in numerous ways, but I’m finding my way back.

So the moon has entered into the Scorpio constellation yesterday, and is also in it’s “new moon” phase. This means that there are only two full moon phases and one more new moon phase left for the year before we enter 2019.

What are some of the things that one can do during the time of the Scorpio new moon?

Get Sexy.

Invest wisely.

Make Inner Peace.

Breathe.

Drop grudges.

 

So the new moon in Scorpio is also passing through my 1st house (as I’ve been doing these predictions off my rising sign which is Scorpio; my star/birth sign is actually Virgo). The first house is our image zone (so the moon passes through it twice a year—and actually passes through each house twice a year). This is a period to work towards a new beginning, better self-image and self-direction.

 

This is something I’ve been working on all year (not just when the moon goes through my 1st house), and I’m going to use the coming two weeks to try to really focus and plan out the things I want to try to accomplish over the next few months.

 

So some of the things that you can do during this time include (according to “Moonology: working with the magic of the lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland):

 

Surprise friends with the “new you”.

Throw out all your old makeup and start again.

Meet someone new (or plan the next stage with your significant other)

Move somewhere new

Splurge on something in a vibrant color

Have a facial

Get your sight checked

So if I looked at the above list, some of the items could be doable, others not at this time, and yet others I don’t do at all. For example—I don’t wear makeup (I work in a lab all day, and I’ve never felt the need to put on makeup. Plus I probably would forget to either wash my face, or I’d rub my eyes [as I do when my allergies are acting up] and smear mascara all over my face—no thank you). Also I’ve already had my vision checked this year, so I’m good on that point for a few more months.

So my goals for this Scorpio period are:

  • Get back into a meditation routine at night. This goes with the Scorpio mood of making inner peace & breathing.
  • Work on my transition plan—try to figure out both my “why” (or purpose) and my professional lifestyle that I want to live.
  • Continue with the second round of LIIFT4; and then finally
  • Work on ideas for more blog posts (and pages) for the website.
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September in Review

We’re now entering the last quarter of the year; and I’ve realized that I’m almost a week late in posting my summary of how September went. So there is only 92 days left in the year (and when this gets posted—basically only like 85 or 86 days left in the year). I had hopes that by this time, I would have been further along in some areas (like networking and the job search), but I’m not—and I realize that in part that is due to my own mental issues (anxiety being the number one issue), and that I need to just make a master plan and slowly work towards that goal. I’ve also realized that I didn’t post that much last month–my apologies; things have been crazy lately and in the evenings I realize that I tended to either try to do things for my transition plan or just veg out on the computer–going to try to be better and more diligent in how I spend on my time on the computer this last quarter of the year (so there might be even more posts coming–who knows 🙂 ).

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LIIFT4 Update: End of Week 4

So today was leg day with LIIFT4 (since I missed doing it yesterday). But since it was week four–that means that it was all HIIT exercises. There were only four exercises, but three rounds of each with decreasing times, then a double burnout round, and then three rounds of ab work. We’ll see if I can get out of bed tomorrow or not.

Glance at the weights over the past four weeks

I’m really enjoying this program, and will probably do a second round (though not right away). I know that I’m getting stronger (I mean why else would I have gone ahead and ordered a set of twenty pound dumbbells?), though the scale isn’t changing dramatically. But in all honesty–I don’t want the scale to dramatically change as that means there is the good chance of me gaining the weight back (which I’ve done–and it’s not fun trying to convince your body to let the fat go the second time).

I’m going to start measuring my successes by other means–lifting heavier, actually being able to do some of the moves (I still can’t do a decent reverse lunge, and lets not even talk tricep pushups), and just feeling better about myself.

Four weeks to go with program, and then it will be on to doing a second (or maybe I should say a first full complete) round of Shift Shop–it’s only three weeks, and then possibly on to doing a round of Insanity Max30. I’ve realized with the past week–pushing play does help to get rid of the headache, and if I’m honest–I’m sure the next few months are going to be prime for me developing constant headaches.

But I have remembered how I enjoy to lift weights–so I will be cycling back to the programs that have the weights, and between them ones that have more cardio and resistant training (using body weight but no actual weights).

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