October 2017 – Twenty Mantras – 13

karenika.comThis card says: Be flexible. You have a lot of things going on in your life. Kids, work, travel, school, schedules, last minute meetings. Things will not work perfectly. If you want this to be a life style, you need to be flexible. You need to work with what you have and make the most of it.

When i am rigid i always lose out. Flexibility is the only way forward here.


Twenty Mantras is a Monthly Project for October 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here. You can read about the start of this project here.

Nourish Me – 42

Mind:

  • I read: I am reading so so many books lately. I don’t want to do anything but read. 
  • I learned: This is the last week of Stephanie’s class and I’ve begun doing the art for Brene’s class. I am super excited and also want to make sure I sign up for a new class for October/November. I am open to ideas.
  • I watched:  It was a choice between TV and books this week and books have won!

Body:

  • Exercise: I did five classes this week because my Body Pump teacher was out of town on Friday:
    • Monday:Body Pump
    • Tuesday: Strength and Core Training
    • Wednesday: Pilates
    • Thursday: gBarre 
    • Friday: Pilates.

I won’t even admit to how I haven’t added anything else to my schedule. Maybe when I am back from Seattle? 

  • Food: 
    • I will admit I am not crazy about the smoothies lately. But I am still doing them most days than not.
    • It would have been best if I were super strict this week in preparation for my trip to Seattle but I wasn’t. I didn’t do terribly but I could have done better. Here’s to hoping next week doesn’t suffer because of it.
  • Body Care:
    • I did a few face masks this week but this is an area where I can really do better.

Soul:

  • I rested: This week, too, was full of 11pms, I will do better here!
  • I connected: A friend on Thursday and another friend on Friday. It was wonderful. I also went to the book event i mentioned where I saw another friend. It was all great. 
  • I journaled: I did journal for Mapmaker and Brene but I still want to do more here.
  • I made art: I am planning to use my Mapmaker and Brene works as my November art. I feel like I haven’t done art in such a long time, though.
  • Flowers: Bought more flowers this week. Still loving them.

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


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

October 2017 – Twenty Mantras – 12

karenika.comThis card says: Do one new thing daily. Let’s take this one step at a time. You need to choose one new thing every day. A new food. A new exercise. Clothes. Some thing for your skin. Some mental health choice. Something new to you. This is how you grow. You can do this! Just one new thing every new day.

I like the idea of one new thing every day. Or even one new thing every week!


Twenty Mantras is a Monthly Project for October 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here. You can read about the start of this project here.

2017 Stories – 42 – Maggie Steifvater

I live pretty close to a wonderful book store which regularly hosts awesome author events. I always intend to go, but rarely actually go. I had planned to go to the Maggie Steifvater reading this week but then Tuesday was long and tiring and I wanted to bail (as I often do.)

I dragged myself out of the house to do it and I am so glad I did. She was fantastic and hilarious and the hour I spent there made me laugh and smile and made me love her even more.

Now I can’t wait to read her book!

More importantly, this is a reminder for me to go even when I don’t feel like going! 


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

October 2017 – Twenty Mantras – 11

karenika.comThis card says: Be Open. I know you are scared. I know you are worried that you will stop. That it will all go back to the way it was. That you’ve tried and failed so many times. But choose to be open to the possibility that it’s going to be okay. That this time can be different.

Maybe not. but maybe so.


Twenty Mantras is a Monthly Project for October 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here. You can read about the start of this project here.

Living Intentionally 2017 – 42

 

Weekly Intention: Assuming all goes okay with my flights, I am in Seattle all week this week for work. I will arrive back home very late Friday nights and hopefully my parents will already be in town. My intention this week (as is always the case when I travel for work) is to get a ton of work done so I feel that the trip was worth being away from my family. I also have the intention to find some form of exercise daily, to eat really well and to take some time for myself to step back and make some schedule changes+plans for the next few months. Let’s see how much of this will be possible.

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

  • Work: stay on top of email. 
  • Work: have an awesome summit
  • Work: do posters
  • Work: spend time on T and get set for 2018
  • Work: get to the next level of planning for C
  • Work: maybe see my friend Radhika if I get lucky
  • Personal: exercise every day while in Seattle. 
  • Personal: eat clean clean clean. 
  • Personal: Journal three times.
  • Personal: Do mapmaker #12
  • Personal: Do Brene art 2
  • Personal: Start scheduling November art
  • Personal: Continue with the new scrapping/storytelling system. Make sure Jake takes photos.
  • Family: do math+spelling with N
  • Family: make a plan with D
  • Family:Make lunches for when I am gone
  • Family: Check in regularly with my nephews and my sister.
  • Family: take photos!
  • Family: Spend time with mom and dad!

This month’s intention is:  Shine On: You’re doing great. You made it through September. The year is starting its countdown and you can do this. Remember to keep going. Shine on. Don’t stop now. Just one day at a time. Just one day at a time, indeed.

Ways to Shine this week:

  • One: Bold: Bold at work. Show up. Take advantage of the 1-1 time, ask the hard questions.
  • Two: Open: Open to restructuring my life a bit still both at work and at home.
  • Three: Heal/Nourish: Find a new class.

I am looking forward to: seeing my work friends in Seattle

This week’s challenges: This whole week will be long and intense. I hope to exercise, take some alone time and kick butt the rest of the time.

Top Goals:

  • Work: making 2018 plans.
  • Personal: exercise+food+journaling.
  • Family: getting kids set up with a plan.

I will focus on my core desires (bold, mindful, nourish, love) by: speaking less, listening more and asking good questions this week.

This week, I will say yes to: prepping for 2018.

This week, I will say no to: quitting exercise.

I am worried that:  i won’t exercise. i’ll eat poorly. i wont be able to take the time to organize my life. i won’t get enough done in Seattle. It will have been a waste. i’ll disappoint even more people. i am still feeling worried in general lately because i feel more disconnected and like i am dropping more things on the floor.

This week, I want to remember:  that i am lucky and lucky and lucky.

Weekly Reflection 2017 – 41

How I shone this week:  I think this week was a little better than the last few weeks. Monday was a tough day for me, Tuesday was better but then David fell at school and has been in so much pain. I’ve tried to be gracious, hardworking, and grateful all week. But I feel I am at another juncture where I need to step back and re-jiggle my schedule and life a bit and can’t seem to find the time to do it. I will be away on a business trip next week so that could give me some time or it could end up being even busier than usual. If I get lucky, I plan to use some of that time to design my schedule better. 

Things I wanted to get Done:

  • Work: wasn’t great about email this week but I cleaned it up all on Friday so I’ll call this a win. Did the deck and plan and email. Doing the posters. Evaluating results and booked SYD totally. Haven’t made plan for life in SEA fully but I did send a blender to my hotel so I am determined to make things work. I also plan to go to the gym every morning. Here’s to hoping it is so. 
  • Personal: exercised 5 times, didn’t eat much better (but not poorly), journaled twice, did mapmaker 11, and started brene’s art. came up with a plan for november, didn’t do donations or taxes, did do the scrapping system.
  • Family: did math with N but not spelling. Did not finish plan for D though came up with another plan too. Went to third grade coffee. Checked in with my family often. Took photos and will make lunches on Saturday.

I celebrate: new beginnings.

I am grateful for: I am feeling an overwhelming amount of gratitude this week. for all aspects of my life. deeply thankful. my kids, my husband, my manager, my parents, my sister, my nephews, my friends, i am just all around full of gratitude.

I nourished myself by: some solid connection with friends this week.

Reflecting on my worries:  I exercised. i ate okay. i am not super behind, catching up. david was okay. i’m trying to give more attention to nathaniel. not totally bad news. i’ve been okay but the disconnected feeling is still there. i plan to work on it more.

I let go of: looking good to others and focused on doing what’s right for me.

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

  • bold: taking a new exercise class on tuesday when my usual plan was canceled.
  • mindful: mindful that i need to step back and plan my life
  • nourish: i need more sleep.
  • love: i love the gratitude i am feeling lately.

What made me laugh this week: My friend Tamara and I laughed so much.

What I tolerated this week: still rushing a bit too much between school and work.

My mood this week was: grateful.
I forgive myself for:  being sad on Monday.
What I love right now: i love that i took an impromptu walk with my neighbor and her friend on Tuesday night. go me.

Here’s to a great week 42. We’re down to 10 weeks until it’s the end of this year! 

October 2017 – Twenty Mantras – 10

karenika.comThis card says: Be consistent. The game is consistency here. Doing it every day. Getting up and choosing it even when you don’t want to. No need to do 2 hours or eat nothing. Just show up every day and be consistent. You will see that it always pays off in the end.

Also the impact has a cumulative effect. Consistency wins the game. 


Twenty Mantras is a Monthly Project for October 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here. You can read about the start of this project here.

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 41

Some solid reading this week. I still have 30+ books checked out from the library and don’t really have hope of catching up to my list. But this also gives me more variety and makes me feel less pressure about finishing books I don’t like.

 Flesh and Bone and Water was really different for me. I can’t quite put my finger on exactly while bit I liked it. I am glad I read it.

I had checked out I Liked my Life from the library a while back and never read it. This time, I was in the mood for it. I knew it would be light which is sort of was but it also was sad and heavy in parts. I am not sure if there’s meant to be a twist toward the end (which i totally guessed) but it was not an important part of the plot for me. I still liked the book.

The Ninth Hour was a slog to get through. I really don’t know why I continued to read it. It made me so very sad. She’s an amazing writer, yes, but I just can’t read these types of stories anymore.

Since We Fell had also been on my pile before but I’d not managed to read it. The only other Lehane I read was Mystic River which I really loved. I am not a huge mystery fan but Lehane does an incredible job of character development and this book was no exception. I think it wasn’t as good as Mystic River but I still liked it.

New People was also one I’d checked out before and felt uncompelled to read. This time I finished it pretty quickly and actually liked bits of it mostly because it was really interesting to read about characters so wildly different than I am. I also really loved the ending. 

Nothing absolutely amazing this week but I have some great ones on my pile that I am really excited to read.


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

October 2017 – Twenty Mantras – 9

karenika.comThis card says: Make Space. You have no time. No one has any time. You never had any time. Except you do of course. This is not about having time. It’s about “making” time. You make space for this in your schedule. that’s how this works.

We all have the same 24 hours in the day. It’s what we do with our 24 that matters.


Twenty Mantras is a Monthly Project for October 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here. You can read about the start of this project here.

Nourish Me – 41

Mind:

  • I read: Since I often write the same things here (how i read books but nothing else) I’ve been wondering if I should be removing this section. It was originally intended for articles I find online that I might want to remember. But alas I read none. 
  • I learned: I’m almost all caught up in Stephanie’s class which is amazing. I’ve also watched all the videos of the three Courageworks classes I’d signed up for. I still have to do the art for them but I’ve listened to the content and, of course, it was fantastic.
  • I watched:  I didn’t watch any TV so far but I have a lot piled up in the Tivo and can’t wait to sit and watch Scandal, This is Us and a few others. 

Body:

  • Exercise: I did six classes this week:
    • Monday:Body Pump
    • Tuesday: Pilates
    • Wednesday: Pilates
    • Thursday: gBarre 
    • Friday: Body Pump Express and Pilates.

I haven’t begun any of the things that I mentioned last week but I also haven’t forgotten about them. I need to interlace them into my schedule. 

  • Food: 
    • I’ve been doing an okay job with smoothies. I did some variation this week but not a lot. 
    • I’ve had decent food and less than usual chocolate. But I’ve also been pretty lax with other tidbits here and there and I’d like to be better because it’s not too hard to slip from one small thing to many. So I think it’s better to be conscious all the time and make the healthier choices again and again.
  • Body Care:
    • I did soak my feet once this week but that’s all i’ve done so far!

Soul:

  • I rested: I slept a bit less than usual this week. Most nights I made it to bed between 10:30-11 instead of 10. Which seems like a little but it is not enough for me. I plan to do better this week.
  • I connected: with my friend on Thursday. We’ve made a recurring date to connect on Thursdays for now and it’s been really good for my soul.
  • I journaled: I did journal for MapMaker but not much else. I want to do more for mapmaker, some for brene’s class and some just for me.
  • I made art: I caught up for my mapmaker class but it’s time to think about November art and I have no plans. The small plans I had didn’t work out. Any ideas for me for November?
  • Flowers: I bought lots of beautiful flowers, I’ve loved adding this into my life. Worth every penny.

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


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

October 2017 – Twenty Mantras – 8

karenika.comThis card says: Push Harder. It’s okay to take it easy when you need to but it’s also okay to push harder every now and then. It’s ok to understand your limitations and to test them. See if you have improved. See if you can do better now. Give yourself that nudge occasionally. Push a little harder.

We can’t tell if we can now do what we couldn’t before, unless we try.


Twenty Mantras is a Monthly Project for October 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here. You can read about the start of this project here.