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Did the brain-dump, meditation, & slowly figuring other things out

So we’re going to be heading into the third full moon of the year tomorrow. The moon will be entering the Libra constellation, and it will also be the first super moon of the year.

But before I can look ahead to the Libra full moon, I need to look back at the goals that I set for the Virgo full moon and see how I did with each of them.

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

Meditating nightly, and hopefully catching and re-framing negative thoughts into more positive thoughts.

Trying to do a monthly ‘brain-dump’–getting all ideas out of my head on what I would like to get accomplished during hte month (for example-March), and then selecting ideas from the list to put on my weekly to-be accomplished list. Have it such that it is a mix of various things instead of focusing solely on one area.

Continue working on the transition plan–try to figure out which industry positions are of interest and start trying to network again.

So how did I do with each of them?

In terms of nightly meditations–I’ve been doing really well with these. I’ve found that right now the best combination is that I have my ‘noise maker’ going, the lights off, and candles lit. I can usually quiet my mind for a few minutes.

Re-framing the thoughts is always going to be an ongoing battle. I’ve realized that most of the time, the negative thoughts have become ‘background’ noise in my head and I usually have ‘tuned-it out’ aka I don’t realize what I’m thinking. I’m now trying to tie emotions to thoughts and when I start feeling anxious I then try to tune in to the thoughts.

I managed to do a ‘monthly brain dump’ for March at the end of February. It has been helpful in terms of ideas for blog posts (or at least reminding myself of recurring posts), blog/website pages or both. While there is one section of the brain dump that hasn’t had items marked out–I did make a massive list of ideas, with the understanding that I probably wasn’t going to be able to cover everything on the list. Some ideas/topics may make it onto the ‘monthly brain dump’ for April.

So in terms of the transition plan–this is still currently a work in progress, and since I’m not sure if I’m going to stick with trying to be remote/freelance/online or possible a mix of online and in-person I haven’t started networking more yet. Though I’m leaning more and more towards the idea of something that can be semi-location independent and it has flexible hours so that I can also focus on me.

I’ve decided that those are going to be two of the most important aspects of moving forward—the location and the ability to semi-control my schedule. Since I’ve acknowledge that I have a terrible habit of prioritizing one aspect of life over others, I’m slowly starting to bring that back into a balance—and I don’t want to lose that balance.

Therefore I don’t want a job that is going to require me commuting more than say 45-60 minutes per direction (that’s saying I’m willing to lose 1.5-2 hours a day or 7.5-10 hours a week commuting), and one that I can safely leave work at work (even when I decide to go solo—I’m going to ‘create’ an home office where work will stop at 5:30 every day).

As I had mentioned in a Linkedin post last week: I’m focusing on figuring out the direction (or possibly directions) to go in that will allow me to continuously learn, be challenged, have fun, but also have flexible hours and be semi-location independent.

While that may not sound like I made progress on the transition plan—I actually have—in starting to define what type of professional lifestyle I want and now I need to start figuring out (besides scientific writer, data analyst, and possibly project manager) what industry positions would be a good for my desired professional lifestyle.

Progress is being made and I’m slowly starting to stretch the comfort zone. Using my strengths and values as guiding points I may actually semi-figure out what I’m doing with the second half of my life.

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Review of my Virgo Full Moon goals

So we’re almost a quarter of the way through the year. The moon should be transitioning into Libra tomorrow, and it will also mark the spring equinox. Therefore we will in theory be leaving winter behind and entering spring (though I’m sure that there will still be one or two spring snowstorms to hit somewhere in the US during the end of March & the early part of April). So now is time to look back on the goals that I had set for the period of the Virgo full moon.

So my goals for the last full moon included:

            Networking more on linkedin (add value to current connections, and then also strategically expand my network as well).

            Getting together with local friends more often (either for lunch, coffee, or maybe walking around Boomer Lake).

            Reaching out to friends that I haven’t talked to in awhile and catch up either through email or instant messaging.

            Then also continue working on my transition plan and also trying to develop a balance between “free time” and everything else that I need to be doing.

So how did I do with each one?

In terms of being more active on linkedin, this is still slow going. This is due to several things: 1) I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do, and until I do so I don’t want to go in half-hearted with adding value (though adding value to connections is never a bad thing); 2) I will need to look at people’s profiles to be able to figure out what “value” to add (as I haven’t had face-to-face interactions with probably ninety-eight percent of them); and 3) I really just need to schedule in time in a calendar to where I’m a) looking at people’s profiles and taking notes, b) commenting on people’s posts (one way of adding in value) and then c) communicating more with my network. So as usually this is an on-going task.

In terms of getting together with local friends more often—this hasn’t happened. Currently I usually try to get together with a friend for lunch once a month on the weekends (works best for both of us that way). So this is still something that I should be working on as well (as you never know where that lucky job referral will be coming from).

Reaching out to friends, this has been slow going as well. I’m thinking that these are tasks that I actually need to schedule into my calendar so that I know that I’ve set aside a specific time to be doing this.

In terms of working on my transition plan, I have an general idea of the type of professional lifestyle that I would like to have (if it can be on the bench that would be great, but at the same time I’m willing to start slowly migrating away from the bench), and I’ve come up with a list of job titles that also could be a match, though now there is more work that needs to be done to both narrow down the list and see which ones could be the best match for my desired professional lifestyle.

So I didn’t get a huge amount of each task completed this month. I seem to have the cycle where I manage to get a lot done, and then I get from just a little to maybe two-thirds completed. These are general things that will probably be kept on the outskirts of all other tasks over the next few months (if not making it back onto a list—depending on the sign and house that the moon is transitioning through).

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