Aug 29, 2014 - Skinny Bits    Comments Off

Skinny Bits 8.29.14

I took advantage of the task-oriented energy that came with the New Moon in Virgo earlier this week and made some updates on the blog. Ta da!! Since I’ve directed this space toward being a journal/memoir, this layout felt perfect. I’ve also got a running list of writing prompts so I can stick with my new intention of posting here twice a week. It’s part of my Beginner’s Mind Zen practice: investing more energy in my creative endeavors, an area of my life I’ve neglected for awhile now.

The biggest reason I’m drawn to astrology: it helps me order my steps. (I plan to elaborate on this in a blog post at some point)

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Aug 25, 2014 - Life & Times    Comments Off

Beginner’s Mind

The mind is tricky; it never shuts up. But we don’t have to listen to it. The key is where you focus your attention. In honor of the Virgo new moon, dial down that constantly-running mental monologue. Make it a dull hum, like the buzz of a soothing NPR commentator or classical music in the background of your life. – System Reboot: 7 Fresh Start Tips for the Virgo New Moon,

When I post inspirational quotes, I’m normally talking to myself, but I think the above is good advice for anyone. (If the stars aren’t your thing, you can just cross out all the references to the New Moon in Virgo).

When I turned 30, I thought the next year would be about perfecting my lioness roar. Having survived my messy 20s with a clear list of items on my “Let Me Show You Where You’ve Got Me Fucked Up” list, I was ready to charge into the world, free-spirited and unbothered in pursuit of a simple, yet pleasure-filled life.

Life, however, had other plans.

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