Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What a month!

September 2014. What a month!

Alex moved out on the 1st, into a great condo space with Penny, leaving an empty room behind.

My birthday on the 7th. Already? I've heard the older you get the faster time flies. I never really believed it before, but it doesn't seem that long ago I was celebrating my 50th.

Celebrated my birthday in Paris! After 8 incredible nights, it was off for a week in London! What a vacation. I am still going through photos and absorbing some of the experiences. This holiday will linger for awhile. It certainly broadened my perspective.

Work-wise, although I am still with the public service, I resigned from my home position, ended my secondment, and accepted a new job. I stepped 'down' from management into a position that pays slightly better, offers more holidays, and a better chance for work-life balance. Started the new job  determined to set healthy habits (like eat lunch and leave work on time). So far so good!

Thankfully last weekend we were able to relax at Toronto Island and totally unwind. Drop anchor, dinghy through the islands, enjoy the 'Indian Summer' temperatures, have Alex overnite on the boat, enjoy dinner with friends, ride our bikes, read, hang out. Lovely.

Tonight, a restorative yoga class, and early to bed.

horoscope for the year ahead:
You have very strong values, and others know it. Your persistence is the major key to your success, but good money management is also a big contributor. Extremely sensitive to your surroundings, you pick up signals that fly over others' heads. You are generally quite organized. You are competent, hard-working, and very proud of the work you do. Some may find you critical and tough-minded. On the inside, however, you are passionate and emotionally sensitive, and you don't always show your more vulnerable side. You tend to attract relationships in which there is an imbalance of power - either you are controlling or dominating, or your partner is. Power struggles may be a theme or pattern in your love life until you learn to demand equality. Famous people born today: Grandma Moses, Buddy Holly, Chrissie Hynde, Shannon Elizabeth, Michael Emerson, Evan Rachel Wood.
Your Birthday Year Forecast:
Your attitude towards life evolves and transforms in significant ways with transiting Pluto trine your Sun. What used to satisfy you may not continue to do so, particularly if your goals have been superficial or a poor reflection of your inner desires. You are no longer willing to make compromises in the important areas of your life, particularly with regards to career and your life path. You are more determined this year, and it's an excellent time for getting rid of bad habits. This is a year in which to get your life back on track, as you have the willpower to do so. Others are bound to recognize your leadership skills and talents, or, at the very least, your potential. You want your life path and your objectives to reflect what you're really about. You benefit from being more decisive than usual, and your ability to concentrate and focus help you to achieve what you set out to do. A new project or goal begun this year has a good chance of being successful and long-lasting.
You have a stronger focus on, and dedication to, work in the period ahead, sometimes taking it a little too far. Taking the time to pull yourself away from your pet projects or work will help bring more balance to your life, and will ensure that you don't neglect other important areas of life. However, you can make significant headway in specific areas this year, and you are likely to feel a strong sense of direction and purpose.
This is a good period for bringing more order and organization to your life. Success comes from hard work and detailed attention.
However, with Mercury square Pluto in your Return chart, there can be some intensity in your thought patterns and interactions with others. Try to avoid coming on too strong with your opinions. You are hungry for deeper meaning, but a suspicious attitude, or making mountains out of molehills, won't serve you well. Some secretiveness is possible. At times, you may have a troubled mind and some mental anxiety. On the other hand, it can suggest the ability to engage in deep, penetrating communication this year. Mercury governs speech, and you will need to watch what and how you communicate. Something you write or say could lead to opposition from others. Your need to investigate and read between the lines is strong this year. It's best used for research and increased awareness of psychological motivations, both of others and yourself.
You can be highly creative and original this year. You are especially dynamic and might often experience bursts of energy. Activities that require fast reflexes or spontaneity can thrive. You are bolder and more courageous. You are naturally competitive, but not in an aggressive or antagonistic manner. In fact, you are easy to smile in this period of life, and you more readily drum up enthusiasm than you do opposition.
This is a year in which you make important changes and improvements to your life. It's a standout period for focus and commitment. Both work and "play" are emphasized, so that striking a nice balance is within reach. You can be especially creative this year, and others tend to be attracted strongly to your more unique traits. Big, and even pivotal, changes can be made towards self-improvement goals, as your willpower is stronger than usual.

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