I thought I'd talk to you today about something that's really a very important habit in my life—borderline obsessive—and that's diarykeeping.

Here are some dayplanners that double as diaries.  I find them quite inspiring!
Nothing Spaces
Keeping a journal is not about talking about every single thought that crosses your mind daily, or aspects of your life that fall into routines. It is more so about keeping track of your progress with set goals/aspirations as well as certain highlights that make your days a little bit sweeter. This does not apply to everyone and I am certainly aware of that; but I find that if I don't document my experiences, those moments are lost forever. I can't bear the thought of not remembering special events, such as my days in Japan! (...of which I also kept a small diary.)

If you are interested in keeping a diary but rarely have the time to sit down and devote time to it, here are my suggestions:

(1) Save ephemera from meaningful experiences. I always keep movie tickets, paper bracelets from events, gifted flower petals, letters, notes, post-its, pictures, and sketches given to me by my friends.
(2) Save quotes from your friends. Text messages, instant messages, e-mails, memes, and excerpts of special conversations. Whenever I have really strange conversations with my friends and acquaintances, I find that at least once phrase is memorable enough to find its way into my diary.
(3) Write down daily highlights. This includes daily goals that you accomplish, feel-good moments, sights that are anything but ordinary, or even simple events such as lunch with a friend you haven't seen in a while.
(4) Keep it small. Don't use a journal bigger than 5x7, or else you will feel committed to fill up a lot of space, as well as lugging around extra weight. This could put you off writing if you feel that you need to invest a lot of time into making it pretty or extracting fleeting details. We are on the run, writing things down just as they happen tends to be a more effective method. Otherwise, write during idle times, such as subway rides, during lunch, or on a 15 minute break from a hectic work day. It may even help to wind the night down this way, with a quick recap of what you did all day.

Life tends to be crazy-hectic most of the time, and it is likely to leave us feeling as if we don't have time to sit down and just breathe. It is too easy to get involved with daily tasks and to forget about those special moments because of the fleeting nature of memory; but if we don't keep track of those moments, we might end up feeling as if we have not lived our lives as intensely as we would have liked to.

Come next January, I aim to have a written record of special moments and accomplishments kept in my day planner on top of my feverish journals. I want to remind myself of the many joys and obstacles in my quirky yet beautiful life... I tend to measure my goals within a year. Certain days in a month mark a meaningful event for me in a year prior, and I always ask myself if I have topped it or if that memory has been replaced with something better.

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Has Your Zodiac Changed? + Roadtrip to San Sebastian

This week revolved around an inner-island adventure and a whole lot of work. I came to the conclusion that at its core, Puerto Rico consists of funerals, hot dog stands, vegetable stands, and fried finger food.

I noticed that a recent preoccupation has taken the world of social media by storm. In Your Astrological Sign May Not Be What You Think It Is, Live Science states the following:

"For instance, those born between March 21 and April 19 consider themselves to be Aries. Today, the Sun is no longer within the constellation of Aries during much of that period. From March 11 to April 18, the Sun is actually in the constellation of Pisces! (Figure 2) See also Figure 3, which demonstrates the precession of the equinoxes from 600 BCE to 2600."

Today the sun is no longer within the same constellation during the usual period, but that does not mean that it wasn't before. While I respect Live Science for stirring up some interest in the astrological world of the Zodiac, I don't think it is right to confuse people by leading them to think that their Zodiac isn't working because of a horoscope that they probably picked up from a generic site somewhere in the corners of the internet. Maybe that horoscope that you read on last Sunday's paper was not written by a metaphysics scholar or a gypsy immersed from head to toe in the world of astrology, but by a comic strip illustrator or even somebody in the department echoing a previous issue from another year. Don't believe everything that the media tells you.

Live Science also states that the Zodiac signs have shifted to the following:

Capricorn - Jan 20 to Feb 16
Aquarius - Feb 16 to Mar 11
Pisces - Mar 11 to Apr 18
Aries - Apr 18 to May 13
Taurus - May 13 to Jun 21
Gemini - Jun 21 to Jul 20
Cancer - Jul 20 to Aug 10
Leo - Aug 10 to Sep 16
Virgo - Sep 16 to Oct 30
Libra - Oct 30 to Nov 23
Scorpius - Nov 23 to Nov 29
Ophiuchus - Nov 29 to Dec 17
Sagittarius - Dec 17 to Jan 20

Don't worry about having 'lost' your zodiac identity anymore--this isn't true! Here's why:

Somewhere among the coexisting zodiac, somebody forgot to mention that birthed zodiac corresponds to time periods. While the shift have have changed zodiac identity for people born from now on, those who were born under a certain zodiac remain the same.  I am certain that a current shift will not make me any less of a Libra, even if the projections of light were extinguished years ago and took x amount of time to reach the Earth.

Those of you who are willing to renounce your previous Zodiac identity to take on a new one are basically cleansing and starting anew in my eyes, but you cannot deny that for certain years of your life you identified with and lived through the characteristics of your Zodiac first hand. This applies to those who believed in and researched their Zodiac in the first place, because I am well aware that not everyone believes in the Zodiac. I do.

The universe will continue to contract, expand and change… but that won't make anyone feel less of what they are. Don't feel confused because of one article that came up in the media. Seek proof for as long as it takes to base your answer off facts. Don't believe everything the media tells you, as so many before you have.

If you disagree, feel free to argue. I'd really like to know what you guys think about the matter!

Three Kings Day + Guest Reading + St. Andrew's Cross

Hey! The first week of 2O11 is nearly spent; thus far I like what it brings. Although it is almost a year ahead, I am really looking forward to November 11, 2O11... I want to make a hyper wish on 11:11 A.M. and P.M.. Mark your calendars!

Yesterday, January 6, 2011 was Three Kings Day. To be honest, I have never really celebrated it before, but it was still a great excuse for Jean's Mother and my Mother to meet. A little eggnog, an exchange of slightly embarrassing experiences, and good times ensued.


Aquarius. Received a BFA in Fine Arts from Ringling College of Art and Design in May 2010, currently resides in St. Augustine, Florida.

Sarah works with anything from 3-D paper graphics to larger-than-life sculptures, but my favorites will always be her inks.

Right off the bat, meeting Sarah is like running into a unicorn with a sparkling rainbow mane of hair. Conversations with her are fun and explosive, and you are more likely than not to find yourself chuckling at a clever remark that she leaves lingering in the mind. When it comes down to night life, she is always on the go and scoping out some new ways to further her creative career.

 You can check Sarah's work on her web site. She also has a Deviant Art page with some of her older works.

This month's guest reading features Sarah. Good luck!

St. Andrew's Cross + Guest Reading
This spread is devised for general questions. You read from 1 +, ranging from the furthest in the past towards the future. The 5th card, or the one in the middle, indicates the conclusion of the spread. 

(01) Inverted 3 of Wands: Fear of shifting careers or making a big move to another city; feeling stuck or unprepared. 
(02) 5 of Cups: Wallowing in sorrow, sadness. Obsessing over what is missing other than being glad for what is still here.
(03 Inverted King of Wands: Unexpected changes or rude awakenings with a co-worker.
(04) XXI. The World: The cycle is completed with a successful conclusion. It brings with it success and even a few trips.
Interpretation: You had big expectations, whether to move out of your house, town, or to switch to a different job a little while ago. When it didn't happen, you got frustrated and you may have felt as if someone you were collaborating with dealt you a bad hand, but everything worked out in your favor in the end. Your long wait was rewarded, and now you're finally getting back on top of things.

(06) Inverted Page of Swords: As a result of past difficulty, you are generally more guarded around people. 
(07) VII. The Chariot: Success, may come after facing obstacles. Things moving rapidly.
(08) 9 of Cups: Good times ahead. Your wishes are coming through, and you are evolving both spiritually and mentally.
(09) 7 of Coins: Risky decisions accompanied by gain of monetary wealth. Good luck and good health.
Interpretation: After all that worrying, you work is finally paying off. Be straightforward and risky, and take advantage of the momentum you have gained. This is a chance to make a major breakthrough with your goals... and win some pretty sweet income.

(10) Ace of Swords: Feeling ready to talk and take on challenges. Having a sharp tongue.
(11) Inverted King of Cups: A mature and generous man, possibly your boss.
(12) Inverted 9 of Pentacles: Feelings of superiority, temporary losses.
(13) I. The Magician: Having the tools needed for the trade. The creative process of springing work from your mind.
Interpretation: There may be a brief disagreement with your boss coming up. Be strategic; find out how to emerge victorious without exchanges of sharp words. Whatever the disagreement is about has a good-natured root. Trust a little.

(14) II. High Priestess: Learning through trial-and-error, advantage in learning.
(15) Inverted 7 of Swords: Unwanted advice and/or discipline. Obtuse ideas.
(16) Inverted 7 of Wands: Being successful if in need and good-natured. Simplicity.
(17) 2 of Swords: Indecision, conflict.
Interpretation: It seems you're being tested for something bigger that could do you well. Have an open mind to whatever message is coming your way and you will be rewarded. Work hard, forget drama and looming jealousy, and focus on what you're doing... in the end you emerge victorious if you make a good decision.

(05) Inverted Nine of Wands: Rivalry, retirement.
Interpretation: Keep firm in times of rivalry, stand your ground and don't let anyone take from you what you already have working for you.

This sounds a little tough, but just as exciting! Good luck, Sarah!

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