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The Pink Super Full Moon: Scorpio goals moving forward

So we’re heading into April’s full moon tonight, and it is also the second ‘super full moon’ (aka the pink super moon) of the year. I wrote in the ‘Libra Full Moon Review’ how I felt like everything was starting to ‘speed-up’ again after going so slow last year–but at the same time things are still in ‘slow-motion’. Everyone wants everything opened and back to ‘normal’–the only problem with that is that the old ‘normal’ is how we ended up in this damn global pandemic. Yes, there are vaccines against the SARS-CoV2 virus, but they only go so far in protection. I was talking with a friend last week and we were discussing ‘herd immunity’ and who knows what the actual percentage is and if we’ll ever reach it–the only reason why I say that is that it has been shown you can catch SARS-CoV2 again after having it (and it may end up being worse the second time around) and even if you have the vaccine–there is a small chance you can catch it still (and even a smaller chance that you could still possibly die from SARS-CoV2 related complications). I think that the virus is here to stay, and as a global society–we need to start figuring out a new ‘normal’.

Anyway, back to the April full moon and moving forward trying to find/define both my new ‘normal’ and what it is going to be looking like.

The April full moon is going to be transitioning through the Scorpio constellation. Therefore if one looks to the book ‘Moonology’ there are several questions that one can reflect on during the next few days, and they are:

Have I been jealous, vengeful, suspicious, or otherwise behaved toxically?

Have I been living out of fear rather than joy?

Have I been brooding and dark: focusing on the negative rather than the positive?

Have I been cruel and cunning?

Am I have the sex I need to feel good about myself (of course some people need no sex at all to feel good about themselves)?

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

  1. While I haven’t been acting jealous, vengeful, or suspicious towards anyone, I will admit to behaving slightly toxic towards myself. I realized last month, that I have been allowing the ‘bad habits’ of my inner critic/imposter syndrome to have full reign and I really didn’t get nearly as much accomplished as I would have liked. I realized that acknowledging my inner critic/imposter syndrome is the first step in dealing with them–I also need to actively work at dealing with the ‘bad habits’ that pop up whenever I feel/realize that I’m really stepping into the stretch/risk zones and out of the comfort zone.
  2. If I’m being totally honest–yes, I have been living out of fear rather than joy. This is tied into issues with my inner critic/imposter syndrome. Instead of figuring out ways of dealing with the various ‘problems’ as my mind makes them up, I allowed my inner critic/imposter syndrome to use them to reel me back into my comfort zone. Something again to work on this coming month.
  3. Well, again if I’m totally honest–I probably have been focusing a little too much on the negative rather than the positive. This is mainly due to the fact that I’m still trying to work out what I want to do moving forward. While I’ve semi-decided on possibly freelancing, remote, or contract work (or a mix of the three)–deciding on how to start is usually where all the negative thoughts creep in. Again, the problem has been acknowledged–I just need to start deciding on how to deal with the problems.
  4. No, I have not been cruel or cunning to others or myself.
  5. Again, the answer is no–mainly because 1) we’re still in the midst of a global pandemic, 2) therefore it really isn’t in good form trying to go out and meet new people, and 3) I’m still trying to figure out my life, which may (or may not) include at least one move in the near future. Therefore, I’m not in the mindset/mood to deal with another person’s opinions/thoughts on my future right now.

The moon then is also moving through my first house (or my Image zone), as I usually work with my rising sign (which happens to be Scorpio; as my sun sign is Virgo & my moon sign is Pisces). The first house (or Image zone) focus on you–your personal and/or professional life.

I realized that my moods, focus, and ability to really get numerous things accomplished goes through cycles (some months are more productive than others), and that I also fall into the habit of focusing on one thing over others (a habit that I’m working on breaking). Therefore, I’m actually going to focus on developing a good working plan (covering both personal and professional development) that I can actually stick with it. I’ve gotten a little better at ‘channel-switching’ during the day (going between computer and non-computer work), I will still avoid doing things that I know I should be doing in order to move closer to certain goals; also as nice weather stays–I need to work on the schedule on getting things done on the computer (either morning/night) instead of just sitting outside all afternoon. As I try to work on my inner critic/imposter syndrome, I’ve come up with a small list of goals that will also help me move back towards other goals. Those goals will include:

Finishing up 21-Day Fix Real Time and then starting 21-Day Fix Extreme Real Time

Spend more time reflecting and set at least one ‘long-term’ goal (personal or professional; bonus points if I can set one of each) that is at least 5-10 years down the road.

Then finishing setting up my 12-month plan (based semi off the ‘long-term goals’; plus this would also be finishing up the Aries new moon goal as well)

Continue to mediate daily/nightly

And above all remember as I continue through 2021–Aim for progress and not for perfection.

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Recapping Leo Full Moon Goals: health, craft, & spiritual goals

So we’re going to be heading into the second full moon of 2021 this weekend. That means that before I look ahead to the next full moon, I need to take a look back at the goals that I set for the Leo full moon and see how I did with them.

So what were my goals for the Leo full moon? They included:

Continuing with my fitness schedule–to finish up with Muscle Burns Fat Advance and then move on to Barre Blend.

Write down the current ideas I have for going freelance/independent/remote work in addition to also seeing what other industry direction is of interest. Plus figure out other ways of earning a little extra money

Spend time working on crafts (start trying to learn cross-stitching, patch up the afghans, doodle, make jewelry, color, and if the weather warms up–photography time up at Boomer Lake)

Meditate, tarot/oracle card readings, and finally setting up my altar for doing card readings

So how did I do with each one?

I finished up Muscle Burns Fat Advance on Feb 7th and started in with Barre Blend on the 8th. Barre Blend is an eight-week program that I will be finishing up by the beginning of April. I actually tried to do the program last year when it first came out but I wasn’t a) in the right mindset, and b) hadn’t figured out the best time of day for working out. Now I have the time of day more or less figured out (I try to ensure that i have my workout done by no later than 10am), and the mindset is getting there.

Barre Blend isn’t going to be my favorite Beachbody program–but I told myself that I needed to give it an honest try and complete the program. There will be a review of it come early April when I finish my first (and possibly only) round.

In terms of work ideas: currently I’m leaning towards writing, data analysis, project management, photography, and possibly tutoring (or online teaching). I’m also still looking at other positions as well (clinical data analysis, educational consulting, and possibly going back to the bench). Though there will be more on this in upcoming blog post.

I started to teach myself cross-stitching this past month. It is something that is going to take time–mainly in terms of trying to get the design sketched onto the fabric. I’m currently working on my ‘trial’ or hit-and-miss piece right now. This is where I try to sketch different things (such as numbers or words) onto the fabric and try to then fill in with colored thread. I also did a little iPhone photography as well over the past month, though most of the craft time was doing color by number on the kindle. The weather never did really warm up to be able to get up to Boomer Lake–the one really nice day we had this week, the ground was so muddy that I didn’t feel like dealing with walking through it up at the lake. I realized that I’m going on almost a little over two months since I took at a walk at Boomer Lake.

My evening routine lately had been doing an oracle card reading followed by a couple minutes of meditation. I then decided to try to meditate by candlelight, and have been able to do almost five+ minutes of meditation. This usually means though that if I do a card reading, I usually forget to sketch it out in the journal. What I’m going to start doing is drawing a card (or three) in the morning and have them near my meditation mat so that I can meditate on the message again in the evening.

I have created an altar of sorts–but it is on a low shelf, and therefore still not in the best location for doing a card reading. I will probably just move certain items (such as stones or rocks) back and forth from where I meditate at night (and will be doing the card readings in the morning) and the shelf/altar.

I actually managed to meet the minimum of each goal during the past full moon. I feel like I’m on a more even footing in terms of working out–I don’t freak out if I have to move a rest day around, and I know that if I actually take the weekend for rest I will still be able to push play come Monday. I’m slowly working my way out of my comfort zone (more on this hopefully in another post this weekend or early next week). I’m also slowly branching out in terms of crafts (though I do need to commit to working on different crafts daily), and I’m spending more time also focusing on my spiritual and mental health as well.

All in all, a good start to 2021–a year that I stated was going to be focusing growth, creativity, and curiosity leading to happiness and prosperity.

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Update on fitness and health journey

So I’m again trying to refocus on my health and fitness journey. I do well for a while, and then I slid off course (both in terms of nutrition and fitness). Since we just got back from a mini vacation in southeastern New Mexico (Carlsbad Caverns, the White Sands, & Roswell), I’ve decided that its time again to try to focus on getting back into shape.

I’m not trying to get back into shape to impress people, or to get to a certain size—I’m doing it for myself (to hopefully negate some potential health difficulties, and to be able to check a few things off my bucket list). There are several different hikes that I would like to do, and I know that to be able to do them (and not be totally out of breath the entire time) I need to get into shape and lose some weight.

I’d like to hike at the Grand Canyon, visit the Incan ruins in Peru, and go on several other hikes that probably haven’t made it onto my bucket list but probably will be getting added within the next few weeks.

So how am I getting my fitness routine back on track? I’m currently doing Insanity Max:30 as my main workout program. As the name implies it’s an insanity workout, but each workout is only 30 minutes long, plus there is a modifier you can follow (which they don’t have in the original insanity workouts). While this is my main workout program, I may be subbing in other workouts for some of them until I feel like I can do the workout without quitting 8 minutes into. Last night I was attempting to do Sweat Intervals and realized that this was the workout that had me quitting the program the last time I attempted it, so instead of totally stopping a workout, I exchanged it for Country Heat: Giddy Up (and while I only made it through about half of that—combined they were about 20 minutes of working out). I’m going to try Sweat Intervals again this weekend, and just try to figure out the best modifications for some of the moves (right now there is no way I can do squats to lunges without falling on my face; so I may just do squats the first time and then lunges the second round). So while I may not be totally making it through the full 30 minutes (daily goals are a minimum of 20-25 minutes; depending on what the last round or so of exercise are), I am doing it daily. The other programs that are probably also going to be used are Country Heat, and then for some more resistance training: Les Mills Pump.

One other things that I’m going to do is watch the entire workout (even if I don’t do it) so that I have an idea of the exercises that are going to be used during that specific workout.

Nutrition wise: I’m removing the word “can’t” from my vocabulary and exchanging it with the word “don’t” to where my mental talks with myself I’m telling myself that “I don’t want something” instead of saying “I can’t have something). This way I still allow myself treats (and chocolate) and hopefully will now not have that many episodes where I’m bingeing on foods that in small moderations aren’t that bad—but when binged upon can add up in the calories.

I’m hopefully going to start eating more fruits (and maybe some more veggies), and try to cut down on the amount of processed foods that I’m eating (namely cutting back on the processed meats and some of the cheeses, and pasta, and a few other things). But again—replacing the word “can’t” with the word “don’t” and telling myself that I can find something else that will also satisfy me, but be better on the nutritional scale than some of the things I’ve been eating.

So things that I’ve come to realize this week:

Trying to work out daily: 1) I don’t have the space to do side-to-side burpees (going to have to do front-to-back burpees); 2) I still can’t do a push-up to save my life (something to continue working on); and 3) I have zero upper body/arm strength to try to do tricep dips on the floor (going to have to modify and use a chair or something for those).

Therefore, while I have a “goal” weight listed in various fitness/health apps—I’m going to judge my progress by other markers as well: 1) measure monthly (how many inches have been lost); 2) can I start lifting more weight in different programs (so I may switch up the resistance training with different workouts from different programs and keep track of the weights and see after “x” weeks between the programs if I’m lifting heavier or doing more reps with the current weights); 3) can I go from a “modified” form of a workout to the “non-modified” form (i.e. push-ups on the knees (or leaning against the wall) to actually doing an push-up on my toes); 4) buying clothes in a smaller size.

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Monday Motivation

I’ve been trying to keep track of my mood this month (as a small mental health challenge for mental health awareness–another post to come on that), and I thought my mood was okay this morning, but it went downhill after lunch for some reason and I’m thinking that I’ll re-grade it as a 2 instead of a 4.

This card almost seemed to jump out of the deck at me this evening as I was thinking of what the motivation for the week should be. “Anything is possible”. This is a reminder that I needed tonight, that I need to keep working towards my goals of finding an industry position and getting back into shape.

             Monday Motivation

We really can accomplish almost anything (though I doubt that we’ll be living on Mars any time soon though), if we just believe that we can. Right now it isn’t so much that I don’t believe in myself (because I do)–I’m just worried that I’m going to make another mistake. It’s amazing how a wrong decision can haunt you for quite awhile–the decision in question was that I shouldn’t have jumped at the first job offer after graduate school. It seemed a little off, but I shook it off to basically my first real interview and nerves. But now looking back, I should have listened to my gut and taken the risk of being unemployed for awhile as I looked for a position–who knows that might have made me consider industry even sooner than what things did.

What is going to be possible for me this year?? A new job in industry (sector/company/position–all still in the air), I will start networking more on-line and add value to where I can get to an informational interview. I will move (possibly to a new city), and I will continue to get my nutrition and fitness back on track to where I’m getting into the best shape of my life.

Baby steps (or crawls) are needed before racing–as long as I’m moving in the correct direction, slow works–I can build up the steam shortly (but I don’t want to push so fast that I burn myself out.

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Tuesday Tip (Also Monthly Tip)

So the motivation/tip for the day is:

                          Tuesday Tip

So I’ve managed to basically complete day two of Yoga Booty Ballet (minus so of the ab work–because by that time I’m hungry, my stomach is growling/aching, and I don’t feel comfortable on the floor doing the exercises–hopefully next week). My mantra is do at least twenty minutes of a workout, in addition to the walking that I do at work, and with trying to watch my calorie intake, I should hopefully start seeing some weight come off.

You don’t have to wait until a Monday to start something new (and yes, I’m guilty of this too–saying that I’ll start working out again/eating better/whatever come Monday). The best attack is to start that day (whether or not it is a Monday or a Saturday). Everyday is a new beginning–yesterday pops into the past quickly, and saying “next Monday” is saying that you’re will to wait for the future to start something, well buttercup tomorrow is the future. If you’re wanting to start something in the present, you need to start today.

I’ve restarted my health and fitness journey so many times over the past few years, I should almost have whiplash from it. But–I started, not necessarily on Monday, it was whatever day of the week I decided to pop in a workout DVD and try to get back into shape. I’ve restarted again, and now I’m pledging to myself that anything I do is “starting” and not “restarting”, and it will always be today, and not tomorrow or next Monday.

The future isn’t guaranteed, and all we can be positive about is that we have today. So I’m promising myself that each day is a new start, and a continuation at the same time–as nothing will “stop”, it might “pause”–but it won’t “stop”.

Goals and dreams are only achieved when we put in the sweat and tears to get there. So again, if there is something that you want to do–start working towards it today.

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Tuesday Tip

So I’m switching things up in regards to my photography challenge–there are hopefully going to be a few more inspirational/motivational pictures going up instead of all cats, dogs, fish, birds, and nature (though those will still be coming as well).

                  Tuesday Tip

Today’s inspirational/motivational quote is something that I think everyone can use–a basic reminder that every day is a fresh start. As humans we seem to like to dwell on the past (yes it is good to remember important events–but the past is there for us to learn from, not repeat). There are times when I do think that as a human race we’re going to be doomed to repeat our pasts, due to that one saying ‘Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it’. So yes, we need to learn and remember–but not dwell on the fact that something bad had happened in the past (unless you have a time machine–there is little we can do about it now), we need to use it as a learning tool to make sure that some similar doesn’t happen again.

It also means that if you miss a workout, or if your nutrition isn’t spot on–tomorrow is a fresh start.

I also posted this because I needed the reminder that everyday is a fresh start.  A fresh start in my job search, my personal development journey, my professional development journey, and this blog. I know that there are days when I’m not going to do my workout, days when I don’t feel like trying to work on the job search, and that’s okay–tomorrow is another day, and it is one that has a blank slate. The daily story is whatever you want to write–it can be something fresh and new, an “edit” of a previous day, or a continuation of a previous day–the choice is yours.

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