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My horoscope for November 15, 2006:
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The two routes to happiness show up in a clear way. You can either get more of what you need to be happy, or you can lower your number of needs and be happy with what you have.

My birth date:
January 19, 1981

Why I read the Aquarius horoscope:
The labor was induced.

What Scott calls my list of wants:
Val’s mantra

Val’s mantra:
Find a job, find an apartment, find a man.

Number of those steps I have completed:

Number of steps those I hope to have completed by the end of the year:

Number of reasons why the third one is hard:
A million

What Scott assumes:
That this mantra will eventually be replaced with a new one.

What I assume:
He is probably right.

What I tell him that will be:
Get a raise, buy a condo, get a husband.

What I say will come after that:
Retire, buy a house, have an affair

Number of those things I have no intention of ever ever doing:

Question I have often asked:
Do I need all three to be happy?

An old answer:

A new answer:

My real horoscope for November 15, 2006:
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): It’s not one big thing, but a million little things that indicate you’re all right. You’re content with what you are, who you are and what you’re doing now. If this isn’t heaven, what is?

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Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

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