2016 Stories – 35 – Talent Show

Here’s another story I should have written months ago.

This is David performing Superheroes by The Script. David and his two friends performed in front of the whole school. They practiced for weeks and then just got up there and did it.

This was the third year David was allowed to participate in the Talent Show and he did it each year. In third grade, he sang Deamons by Imagine Dragons while a friend played the piano. In fourth grade, he sang Pompeii by Bastille and played the guitar with a friend who sang and played the piano, and this year he played the electric guitar and sand while his friends played piano and the drums.

This introverted, quiet, science-loving kid never ever ceases to amaze me.

Thank you for all the ways in which you inspire me David!


Stories from 2016 is a year-long project for 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

August 2016 – Daily Mantras – All

One more month is over. Here are all of them.

This one was really fun. Onward to September.


Daily Mantras is a Monthly Project for June 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

Living Intentionally – 35

  • Weekly Intention: My intention this week is similar to last week. David officially starts school this week and I have no idea how the routine will go so I want to be patient with myself and him while we both learn to navigate this new world. I also have a lot of work trips this week so I want to make sure to balance it all as well as I can.
  • Choices I want to make:
    • One: I will choose to focus on work while at work and focus on my kids while i am home.
    • Two:  I will choose to keep exercising. I can do this.
    • Three: I will choose to go to bed early so i can get rest and my body can recover.
  • I am looking forward to: hearing all about David’s first week of middle school!!
  • This week’s challenges:  As I mentioned, we will be getting our new routine this week. Dropping both kids off at different buses, picking one up from school and the other one from his bus. This will take a while to get into routine form. I expect it will be rough this week. I also have to go to work three days this week so there won’t be much downtime I think.
  • Top Goals:
    • Work: My intention this week is to stay on top of all the teams and figure out the next phase in their tasks.
    • Personal: I’ve noticed that I tend to use my end of day winddown as a way to do nothing and then go to bed late. I want to work on this and get to bed no later than 9:30 on nights when I don’t have meetings. This increases my chances of an 8-hour sleep night.
    • Family: I want to focus a lot on the kids this week as well. Make sure we’re off to a good start into the school year. They matter most.
  • I will focus on my core desires (kind, strong, true, generous, brave) by: 
    • I will be kind to myself. There’s a lot to juggle this week.
    • I will be strong and keep taking care of my body.
    • I will be generous with myself. With my kids. With Jake. With work. I will operate from a place of abundance.
    • I will be true to what matters most. This week is also about the kids. They come first.
    • I will be brave by going to the volunteer fair at school. Yet another social event. I’m ready for a break.
  • This week, I want to remember: that time passes so fast. that my kids are amazing. that my husband is the kindest person. that i am so incredibly lucky for all the supportive people in my life.

Here’s to a wonderful week!

Weekly Reflection – 34

  • Three Choices I made this week:
    • One: I chose to show up for my kids. Multiple trips to multiple schools this week. Social events that are hard for me. I did it anyway.
    • Two: I chose to cook new foods for the boys and stick to the new way of eating.
    • Three: I chose to keep running even though it’s still really hard.
  • I read/learned: I finished Truth and Beauty(audio) in one day. I am still reading Present over Perfect slowly and savoring it. I listened to the Winner’s  Curse last week and am now listening to book two, The Winner’s Crime. I finally did all the lessons in Kristin and Brene’s Self Compassion course and signed up for Brene and Glennon’s Power of Story class. Looking forward to it.
  • I celebrate:  I celebrate the school year finally starting.
  • I am grateful for:  David surviving his first week with braces and so far loving his new school.
  • I focused on my health by: 
    • I’ve been doing a 1mile run, my 10K steps and my 7minute exercise daily.
    • Kids and I are eating a mostly veggie and fruit diet lately. Though I have had some chocolate of course!
    • I’ve strayed a bit more away from the diet this week but I am mostly on board still!
  • I made art:  didn’t do much art this week. Hoping to get back on that wagon soon.
  • I let go of: I let go of  having things figured out. I am going to take it one day at a time and try to survive one thing at a time.
  • Core Desire Check-in:
    • Kind: I’ve been kind to my kids this week. Trying to support their beginnings to school.
    • Strong: I’ve been working out daily, I’m proud of myself because it’s really hard for me and yet I keep doing it.
    • True: I’ve worked hard but been true to my values this week. I’ve been present for my boys.
    • Generous: I’ve been generous with my patience. Taking things as they come.
    • Brave: I’ve been brave this whole week. All these social events, new people, smalltalk are extremely hard for me. And yet I keep showing up anyway.

Here’s to another good week! :)


Weekly Reflection is a year-long project for 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

August 2016 – Daily Mantras – 20

Here’s today’s mantra:

And finally, take a moment. I want to be able to rest. I want to be able to remember to respond and not react.

Here’s the thing. I have this friend Kerry whom I love. I notice that when I am around her, she is always easygoing. She isn’t super picky. It’s not that she doesn’t care, it’s just that she is open, kind and just easy to be with. She makes life feel effortless when I am with her and I love that feeling. I want to also create that feeling for those around me. But, alas, I am usually just the opposite. I am super picky. Super stressed. Often worried. I don’t go with the flow. I am the flow.

So I want to take a moment and ask myself “what would i do if i were easier?” How would I respond differently? What would I choose? I want to take a moment to be more the kind of person I want to be. Not be on automatic pilot but really be present and act from a place of choice.

To do that well, I need to always take a moment.


Daily Mantras is a Monthly Project for June 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

August 2016 - Daily Mantras - 19

Here’s today’s mantra:

This one is thanks to my nephew Jeff. It’s one of his mantras that I think I really could use.

I always worry. About everything. About small things, big things, medium things. About all of it. For a long time, when I was pregnant, I had a big sign over my door that said “give up that there’s something wrong.” I love what that means but somehow it sounds negative to me. I don’t want to just give up that something is wrong. I want to embrace that all is good. Everything is great. Life is good. All will be ok.

I want to remind myself that good and bad are just in my head. I can choose good. I can see the good. All is good.


Daily Mantras is a Monthly Project for June 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

August 2016 - Daily Mantras - 18

Here’s today’s mantra:

This one is here to honor my word. To remind me that every step of my life is my choice. I decide what to do next, I decide how to feel, I decide who to be, I decide where to go, who to choose, what I see, what I hear. What I remember. What I believe.

I decide every moment of every day. Not what happens. But what I make it mean.

It’s all up to me.


Daily Mantras is a Monthly Project for June 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

A Book a Week – 1984

I read 1984  because my nephews had to read it for school and asked me if I could help them so to have the full context I decided to read it again.

Man is that book violent.

I remembered the ideology it was spouting but had conveniently forgotten how incredibly gritty and violent it was. It was a tough tough read.

August 2016 - Daily Mantras - 17

Here’s today’s mantra:

Things can be hard. Things can go differently than I wish. I might not be as strong as I thought. A task can be much more monumental than it seemed. And yet. I do it anyway. I am a huge proponent of doing it anyway.

Things aren’t meant to be easy. The “easy” comes with practice. It comes with doing hard things first. So even if it seems hard, long, tough, I just do it anyway.

Even if I am scared, worried, anxious, I do it anyway.

Even if it feels impossible. I do it anyway.

I do it because I know I can.


Daily Mantras is a Monthly Project for June 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

2016 Stories – 34 – New York City

While we were in Boston we got to sneak away for two days and drove to New York City. Our boys had never been there before and since we lived there for 8 years we wanted to share a piece of our past with them.

We rented a car and drove to Connecticut on the first morning. We spent a bit of time hanging out with our friend Kendall and his awesome wife. The kids got to go in the pool and had a blast. We then drove to Long Island City where our hotel was and rested for a moment before we took the subway to the high line. Then we went to the Google office, the 9/11 memorial, the Staten Island ferry, and Times Square all in one day. At 11pm we were on the subway home and we were all very wiped.

The next morning we got to visit Jake’s friend Adam who works at Blue Sky and he gave us a tour of his work, which hands down was my favorite experience of the two weeks. After we got back, we went into the city to meet one of my childhood friends and then headed to the apartment of Jake’s college roommate where the kids played and laughed for hours as we reminisced.

It was a super short vacation but I am really glad we did it. We got to see our friends and the boys got to get a glimpse of one of my favorite cities in the world.


Stories from 2016 is a year-long project for 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

Living Intentionally – 34

  • Weekly Intention: My intention this week is to enter the week gracefully and take every day as it comes. Nathaniel starts school on Wednesday and David has 2 days of orientation on Thursday and Friday which includes me so there’s a lot of juggling and driving on the horizon this week. I don’t want to pre-panic for what’s to come on the latter half of the day and just be present and enjoy what’s here now.
  • Choices I want to make:
    • One: I will choose to get a bunch of work done early in the week so I can peacefully be present with my kids as they need me in the latter half of the week.
    • Two:  I will choose to keep holding the kids accountable for eating more varieties of food.
    • Three: I will choose to be patient and kind as this is a long week for a multitude of reasons.
  • I am looking forward to: walking Nathaniel to second grade, getting to go to Orientation at David’s new school and learning a bit more.
  • This week’s challenges:  David is getting braces this week. I expect that will be rough. I have to be away from home both Thursday and Friday to make sure both we and David goes to this orientation and this will make work a bit tough. We also have a social event for David’s new class on Saturday. I am not great with social events.
  • Top Goals:
    • Work: My intention this week is to continue to get caught up at work so I can feel a bit more relaxed.
    • Personal: I want to continue with my workout goals during this more challenging week (schedule-wise.)
    • Family: I want to focus a lot on David this week as he goes through multiple transitions and Nathaniel as he walks into a new grade.
  • I will focus on my core desires (kind, strong, true, generous, brave) by: 
    • I will be kind to my kids. Transitions can be tough.
    • I will be strong and keep exercising.
    • I will be generous with my compassion. And with my availability.
    • I will be true to what matters most. This week is about the kids (next week, too, as David starts actual school.)
    • I will be brave by going to this orientation + social events. They are tough for me.
  • This week, I want to remember: that in a few weeks we will fall into a routine with school and that it will all be okay. I just need to take it one day at a time.

Here’s to a wonderful week!

August 2016 - Daily Mantras - 16

Here’s today’s mantra:

This is similar to day three. Thanks to my OLW last year, I learned that I am indeed brave. I have all the courage I need. I put my mind to something and I do it. So all I need is the little voice in my head that reminds me that I am already brave. I am brave.

And onward I go.


Daily Mantras is a Monthly Project for June 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.