30-Day Challenge (Know Thyself): Day 9

Day 9: Favorite color

Color is an amazing thing. It makes life so much more vibrant. The fact that humans can only see a sliver of the spectrum is incredible. When I was a little girl, I was absolutely obsessed with the color pink. It is so soft, so happy, so cute, and so girly. And then I distinctly remember turning 8 or 9 and deciding my new favorite color is purple. Purple is cute and girly, but also regal and intense. It is the color that represents royalty and intuition. In recent times, pink and purple are still favorite colors of mine, but I also have a dear spot for green. It reminds me of nature.

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Today, I completed 23 circles around the sun!

I went out for breakfast with Kevin this morning and enjoyed a nice day off work. I also bought myself a few birthday presents.

Last year, I received my cat Venus as a birthday gift. I feel so grateful to have this sweet (but mischevious) little creature by my side.

Thank you so much for the wonderful birthday wishes! I am blessed to be surrounded by caring people!

30-Day Challenge (Know Thyself): Day 8

Day 8: favorite animal

Cats are my favorite animal. Their wild cousin lions are also wondrous creatures. My life would have been a lot emptier if it weren’t for the pets I grew up with — Fascia, Buttermilk, Penelope. Cats make such lovely company and their independent nature makes it easy to have them around. Some say cats have protective psychic energy; some theorize that they are aliens that came to Earth to spy on us.

30-Day Challenge (Know Thyself): Day 7

Day 7: favorite film & TV

My favorite type of film or TV to watch is “dramedy,” AKA drama/comedy mix. I like watching something that can make me laugh, but also keeps me interested and excited.

I would say that my favorite show is Friends. I’ve seen every episode and I could watch them over and over again without getting sick of it. It’s certainly way more than a comedy than a drama, although there’s still a bit of drama in the storyline. Other than that, there’s a lot of other shows I like that would be too hard to rank.

The same goes for movies. There are so many out there, that it’s hard to choose one favorite… or even a top 5. Anything with a good mix of intensity and lightheartedness captures my attention. Also, sci-fi is awesome!

30-Day Challenge (Know Thyself): Day 5

Day 5: Astrology – your horoscope, how it does or doesn’t describe you

Astrology is something that everyone seems to have a slight curiosity about. And then there are those who are totally obsessed with it or completely against it. I would say I fall into the category of obsession. Astrology is something I have always been interested in, and as the years go by I find my passion increasing as I learn more and more. There is so much to learn about astrology that most people do not realize. It is so much more fluid than we realize (nothing in life is black and white).

I am a scorpio. When I was around 11 years old or so, I used to not really like my sun sign. I felt like it was too dark for me. I vividly remember thinking, “I wish my sign was more lighthearted and fun, like aries or sagittarius.” I think it’s a really funny story because as I got older I learned about birth charts, and how we all have not just one, but several signs that influence different aspects of our lives and personalities. In astrology, most people tend to think strictly about their sun signs. It is true that our sun sign has a great influence on our personalities, but we are also heavily influenced by our moon signs and ascendant signs. While sun signs relate to overall personality, moon signs relate to emotions and ascendant signs relate to how we present ourselves to the world. Well, I eventually looked up my birth chart and found out my moon sign was aries and my ascendent sign was sagittarius! I thought it was so ironic that those were the two specific signs I had always been drawn to, before I even knew that they had anything to do with me.

Anyway, as I got older and learned more about both scorpio and my own personality, I felt much more connected to my sun sign. Scorpios are super intense — very obsessive and passionate. Their mindsets tend to be black-and-white, all-or-nothing, now-or-never, etc. They feel things so strongly that they can easily become too overwhelmed by their own emotions. When focused on something/someone, they have tunnel vision and tune out the rest of the world while diving themselves deep into whatever they are obsessing over. Because the scorpio energy is so strong, others are typically drawn to them or completely repulsed. They can be super blunt at times which can make others feel uncomfortable, and that’s something I can totally relate to.

Another thing about scorpios is that they are fiercely vengeful. They feel things so strongly that it is so hard for them to let go of grudges and forgive/forget. Scorpios are masters of getting revenge and using their “stingers.” In my younger years I was all about getting revenge on those who did me wrong, but as I got older I realized that forgiveness is so much more healing. Although, it’s difficult for me to forget about how much pain a person had caused.

Scorpio is a water sign (along with pisces and cancer), which is something I certainly relate to. Water signs are extremely sensitive and emotional. This also makes them extra intuitive. Water signs appear calm at the surface while hiding their feelings deep, deep below.

My moon sign is in aries. Aries are determined, competitive, and love being challenged. I believe my scorpio/aries combo is what gives me extremist tendencies. My ascendent sign is in sagittarius — they are adventurous risk-takers. Both aries and sagittarius are fire signs with a lot of passion, but they also like to keep things fun and light.

Overall I truly believe that astrology has a deep impact on our personalities, our relationships, and our lives in general. At the same time, I also believe that we are not 100% restricted by the signs. If you are aware of how the signs affect you, you have the ability to rise above those natural instincts and make conscious changes in your life. For example, knowing that as a scorpio I tend to hold grudges and seek revenge, I can work extra hard on forgiveness and letting go of what no longer serves me. It does not mean I am bound to be this way for the rest of my life. I think astrology is a great tool for self-improvement.