Living Intentionally 2017 – 39

 

Weekly Intention: How did we already make it to the end of September?!  This week my sister leaves Monday and then I am going to Together on Tuesday night and then to the kids’ school on Wednesday and then I have two friend coffees Thursday and Friday. But even with all that, I expect it will be less hectic this week and I plan to rest quite a bit next weekend, too. My intention for this week is to go slow, do the best I can and not stress myself. 

Things I want to get Done: Here’s the list for his week.

  • Work: clean email again. 
  • Work: keep planning October get together.
  • Work: dashboard iteration 2.
  • Work: do the deck.
  • Work: do posters
  • Work: move meetings around to work better
  • Personal: one client call
  • Personal: exercise 6/7 times. 
  • Personal: continue eating clean. 
  • Personal: Journal regularly.
  • Personal: Do mapmaker #9 and 10
  • Personal: start Brene’s class
  • Personal: Continue with the new scrapping/storytelling system.
  • Friends: Together with Haven, then Leslie, and Kelly
  • Family: do math with N
  • Family: do math with D
  • Family: get David ready for camping
  • Family: Check in regularly with my nephews and my sister.
  • Family: take photos!

This month’s intention is: September: Shine Patiently:  September is a month of change. New year. Maybe new school. New routines. New season. This month always comes with changes, adjustments, and revisiting of schedules. Be patient with yourself. Be patient with others. Remember to shine. Even if it’s in small doses. Great reminder to me this month.

Ways to Shine this week:

  • One: Bold: Bold with friends this week. 
  • Two: Open: Open to getting back on schedule.
  • Three: Heal/Nourish: I will rest and get back into routine with self-care.

I am looking forward to: together on tuesday night.

This week’s challenges: The beginning of the week is always challenging. Tuesday will be tough for driving. 

Top Goals:

  • Work: catch up, new format, october plans.
  • Personal: exercise+food+journaling.
  • Family: david camping prep.

I will focus on my core desires (bold, mindful, nourish, love) by: easing back into my schedule after my sister leaves.

This week, I will say yes to: quality time with friends and a lot of alone time.

This week, I will say no to: making bad choices. 

I am worried that:  i won’t exercise. i’ll stop eating well. i will have a hard time driving from san jose. i won’t ever stop the chocolate cravings. i wont ever catch up to my own life. i’ll disappoint someone. i will continue to be behind at school, personally with my reading and more.

This week, I want to remember:  i am so lucky period.

September 2017 – Travel Journal – 17

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The views at the Blue Mountains were amazing, too. Though it was quite cold there!

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Travel Journal is a Monthly Project for September 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Weekly Reflection 2017 – 38

How I shone this week:  My sister was here all week! Which was wonderful and while the early part of the week was filled with work, we got to spend some quality time together towards the latter end of the week. And it was wonderful. Of course, I am behind at work, in reading, and more but this kind of time with my sister is once in a life time. Books will still be here and so will work. My way to shine this week was to remember that.

Things I wanted to get Done:

  • Work: cleaned email, did blog post, started planning October, did the deck and posters. Still need to think about meetings and no work on the dashboard.
  • Personal: no client call this week either. exercised. ate okay. journaled but only a little. did mapmaker. didn’t do brene’s class. no solution to chocolate πŸ™ did the scrapping system.
  • Family: did math with both kids, did back to school night, did school chores, and took photos!

I celebrate: a whole extra week with my sister!

I am grateful for: my sister and all the help she lent me this week!

I nourished myself by: eating as well as I could this week. 

Reflecting on my worries: i apparently didn’t post a living intentionally last week so we’re going to go with i had no worries! lol πŸ™‚

I let go of: getting things done while my sister is here. and reading.

Core Desire Check-in (bold, mindful, nourish, love):

  • bold: taking all the minutes i could to be with my sister.
  • mindful: mindful that i will have a lot of catch up this week. but that it was worth it.
  • nourish: i’ve been more relaxed this week but i’m trying to be mindful about it.
  • love: love love love having my sister around.

What made me laugh this week: i laughed a lot with my boys and sister and at work, too.

What I tolerated this week: not getting enough alone time.

My mood this week was: overwhelmed.
I forgive myself for:  craving some alone time.
What I love right now: i love having my sister here and her wonderful energy.

Here’s to a great week 39. 

September 2017 – Travel Journal – 16

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For the next day, we got adventurous again and rented a car to drive to the Blue Mountains. We specifically picked Scenic World so we could do the trains and trams, etc.

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Travel Journal is a Monthly Project for September 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

September 2017 – Travel Journal – 15

You can read about the start of this project here.

We stopped by the Botanical Gardens to see the wall of flowers and then walked all the way to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair which had wonderful views.

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Travel Journal is a Monthly Project for September 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 38

I had checked out Would Everybody Please Stop last time but didn’t make it all the way through. This time I finished it and while parts of it were funny, I wasn’t a huge fan overall.

I then moved to  Stay with Me which I loved. I loved. It was hard to read and made me sad in many parts but I loved reading it.

The Child was a quick read, and I will say that I didn’t guess the twist at the end at all. Partly because I read it in bits and pieces and maybe I wasn’t paying close enough attention.

I am now reading 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do which is interesting and thought provoking at parts but I am not sure it’s super considerably better than the TED talk + the article. We’ll see.


Books I Read this Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Nourish Me – 38

Mind:

  • I read: Nothing but books this week, barely even books.
  • I learned: I’ve been doing Stephanie’s Map Maker class still but haven’t begun the Courageworks class.
  • I watched:  We finished Ozark!

Body:

  • Exercise: I managed to do all 7 classes this week!
    • Monday: 7am Body Pump. 
    • Tuesday: 8am Body Pump (on my birthday nonetheless!)
    • Wednesday: Pilates and Cardio
    • Thursday: gBarre 
    • Friday: Body Pump Express and Pilates.
    • Saturday&Sunday: resting all weekend
  • Food: 
    • I functioned this week but Tuesday was my birthday and my sister is visiting so there’s be poorer food choices than usual. Overall I am still eating better than average. But I am hoping to do better next week anyway.
    • This week I stuck to peppermint tea only, too, so no caffeine besides the one coke zero I had a few of the days.
    • All the others: I’ve been still a bit less diligent than usual this week but still have been flossing, putting cream on, and taking my vitamins more often than not.

Soul:

  • I rested: Still having no trouble falling asleep but sleeping less than usual and I am exhausted and miss sleeping.
  • I connected: Connected with my sister and my friends from the kids’ school. 
  • I journaled: I did journal for MapMaker but not doing a lot of other journaling still. I honestly don’t know how to fit that in at the moment.
  • I made art: I did my last mapmaker homework.

So grateful for my progress, I have more shots on instagram though not that many since my sister came.


Nourish Me Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

September 2017 – Travel Journal – 14

You can read about the start of this project here.

The next morning, we wanted to take it easy. When we walked outside, we saw twenty birds at the house next to ours. Beautiful, colorful parrots were eating the apple and pear our neighbor had put out. We stayed there to watch for quite some time. We then started the walk over to Woolloomooloo (which is the best named place ever!)

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Travel Journal is a Monthly Project for September 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 38 – My Birthday

I got the best birthday present this year! My sister came to visit. She had a last minute change in plans and ended up coming to San Francisco three weeks earlier than planned. So she showed up late the night before my birthday and we got to go to the city all day for my birthday.

I wanted to make sure to work out so I went to work first and did my Body Pump class. I then came home and we drove to City Lights in the city. I’d never been to the famous book store and, of course, it was amazing. We then went to Spruce and had a delightful lunch. A quick trip to a coffee shop and we were on the way home to pick up the boys from the school bus. 

Later at night we had some cake at home as a family, too!

All in all, it was a really wonderful birthday! Here’s to many more together!


Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

September 2017 – Travel Journal – 13

You can read about the start of this project here.

The next day we decided to be adventurous and rented a car to drive down the Grand Pacific Drive which we were told was stunning views. It was.

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Travel Journal is a Monthly Project for September 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

September 2017 – Travel Journal – 12

You can read about the start of this project here.

The next day we all took buses to Bondi so we could do the Bondi to Coogee walk. It was incredibly cold when we first got there (it was Winter in Sydney!) but it warmed up and the walk was magnificent of course.

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Travel Journal is a Monthly Project for September 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Weekly Reflection 2017 – 37

How I shone this week:  Well this week took an unexpected turn. My sister called me Sunday and asked me if she can come Monday night. She was in Boston and was planning to come in three weeks but due to a last minute change, she decided to show up. While it was absolutely wonderful, between that and my taking the day off on Tuesday, this week was very crunched so there was much running around to squeeze in going to school and work and exercise and of course being with my wonderful sister. Maybe shining mostly looks like surviving lately for me.

Things I wanted to get Done:

  • Work: i don’t even want to tell you how behind I already am in email. did the blog but not done yet. finished deck and posters. didn’t do October get together. Dashboard still needs iteration 2. moved meetings.
  • Personal: no client calls this week in the end. didn’t journal πŸ™ ate okay and exercised. did mapmaker 7 (not 8) , didn’t start brene’s class, no solution to chocolate but i did continue scrapping.
  • Family: did math with both kids, did chores for school, had bday!, checked in with family and took photos!

I celebrate: getting to celebrate my birthday with my sister!

I am grateful for: my sister! my hubby! my boys! 

I nourished myself by: lots of exercise this week. 

Reflecting on my worries: all the days worked out and so did making more room so i could be with my sister.

I let go of: getting it all right this week.

Core Desire Check-in (bold, mindful, nourish, love):

  • bold: back to seven days of exercise.
  • mindful: mindful that i need to figure out how to balance things better this week.
  • nourish: i need to stop with the chocolate!
  • love: having my sister around.

What made me laugh this week: i laughed a lot with my boys and sister.

What I tolerated this week: not getting enough work done.

My mood this week was: tired.
I forgive myself for:  not getting enough done.
What I love right now: i love having my sister here and i know i will figure out how to balance things out.

Here’s to a great week 38.