June 23rd – “Slow down today — you are right on track and you have nothing to worry about.”

It’s been a busy month. I have a two projects I am working on, so I’ve put the blog aside for the month. I can do two things at once, but not three!

As predicted by my horoscope, June has been a beautiful month for devoting more time and energy to passion projects, learning, and extra-curricular activities.” I’ve been doing all three and I am already experiencing some of the rewards!  

The end of month deadline is closing in on me and there’s still so much work left to do. I started worrying about it yesterday, but today is a different day. So what if I wasted time and worried yesterday? I don’t have to do that today. With each new day comes new challenges, new ideas, and new attitudes. For example, yesterday there was no cake in the office. Today, there was cake in the office.


Is 10:00 a.m. too early to eat cake? I don’t think so!


If cake isn’t a sign to slow down and stop worrying, I don’t know what is!


Tomorrow is the beginning of pride weekend and my boss brought this understated cake to the office. The outside is simple, but the message it conveys is crystal clear. I think there is something for me to learn here.

I have been trying to add more adventure and excitement to my story and I don’t think it needs that. The story is a simple one. It’s not supposed to be a drama filled with twists and turns, betrayals, reversal of fortunes, or evil twins. No, that was never the intent. My tale is about the everyday life of people who are not often seen.  If my story were a cake, I think it would have ten or twenty different colors underneath the vanilla frosting. Thank you for the sweet lesson today, horoscope!


November 26th – “You’re not where you want to be, but that’s no career crises. Be patient and wait.”

Worrying does nothing.

It’s an action based on inaction, stemming from fear and anxiety.

Unlike anger, resentment, sadness, jealously, or any other negative feeling, there is no catharsis or release of energy in worrying.

Worrying consumes a lot of energy, but it stores all of this energy and builds up until there’s no room to breathe. It does so because worry exists in a liminal state, the place of in between. When we worry, we are paralyzed, indecisive, and unable to take responsibility of whatever consequence lies ahead. So we wait and worry about what might or might not happen next.

That sounds like a waste of time, doesn’t it? Well, it is! So I’m not going to worry that I’m not where I want to be. Not today anyway. Being patient and waiting is so much easier than worrying!

I have an impatient temperament, so when I’m waiting, I try to keep myself occupied. What better way than to start on a new book!

Jack Kerouac’s On the Road has been on my reading list for over a couple of decades. I don’t know why I never got to it, so I’m getting to it now.


Worry is not something the characters experience very often in this Beat generation classic. In fact, their complete lack of anxiety and fear of the future is what makes this story interesting. Kerouac travels across the U.S. several times, and does so on meager funds and with vague plans. He and his friends may drink a lot, get into trouble, and freeload off others, but there is something I envy about them. Freedom.

They have freedom to explore the road, people, and LIFE with few strings attached. I’m aware that both Kerouac and Cassady (the other main character in the story) died in their forties in real life, but that doesn’t deter me. Heck, many great artists died young!

Would I rather live a short life rich with stories and adventures, or a long boring one without passion? I think I know my answer!

October 5th – “You may be totally occupied in something, but you need peripheral vision. There are key things going on out of the corner of your eye and if unaware you aren’t going to know what you need to know.”

This is very strange. Or is it another sign? My career horoscope (above) from yesterday is closely connected with my Zodiac reading for today:

On the professional plane, an oversight may have made you miss an interesting business; you’ll be now determined to do everything in your power not to commit the same error again.

Yesterday, I spent most of the day trying to figure out what I wasn’t seeing. I combed through the job ads again and found one that I missed. The deadline isn’t until November, so that could not have been it. I also started writing an article, but wasn’t able to gather my thoughts well enough to compete it before the night was over. Perhaps I missed an opportunity there?

Around 10 o’clock last night, I gave up worrying about what I couldn’t see. Worry = Stress, and Stress = Health Issues! I didn’t think it was beneficial to keep thinking about it.


Instead, I decided to make a pot of vegetable soup so I could have something to eat for the next couple of days. If I really did miss a business opportunity and will be determined to NOT make the same mistake again, I probably won’t have much time to cook.


Below is my quick and easy vegetable soup recipe. The vegetables are often different and I usually use what I have on hand. I don’t really measure things precisely, so the quantities are estimates.  You can add more of what you like and omit things that you don’t like. It’s up to you!


Lazy, but Healthy Vegetable Soup

 2 quarts – chicken or beef broth

2 carrots, chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

6 small tomatoes or 1 can of stewed tomatoes

1 onion, diced

1 tablespoon cumin

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon coriander

1 glove garlic, minced

1 cup of dried lentils or 2 cups cooked beans

A large bunch of kale or other leafy greens

Salt and pepper to taste



  1. Throw everything in the pot, except for the kale and lentils, and bring to boil for about 20 minutes
  2. Add lentils/ cooked beans and boil for another 15 minutes. For softer vegetables and a thicker broth, boil for another 15 to 30 minutes. The starch in the beans/lentils will further thicken the soup. You can also add a little corn starch to thicken as well.
  3. When the vegetables are done to your liking, turn off the stove, stir in your kale or leafy greens.