July 2017 – Playing with Paint – 15

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Love with all your heart.


Playing with Paint is a Monthly Project for July 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 29

True to my word of not reading as much, I read fewer books this week. I started with the short story from Stories of Your Life and Others that the movie Arrival was based off of. I then tried to read some of the other stories but that wasn’t working out so I decided to put it down.

Then I read The End of Men which is the book Maggie’s Plan is based on. It was an okay read but I don’t think it’s going to leave a permanent imprint on me in any way.

I was looking forward to reading Spoonbenders but it was so hard to listen to the story, so I decided to switch to reading and it made it a thousand times more enjoyable. I loved this story and I am so glad I stuck with it. 

And finally it was time for some Pema Chodron, so I grabbed Making Friends with Your Mind in my Overdrive queue and let myself bask in some of her wisdom and kindness. Love her.

It felt good to slow down and enjoy the books this week.


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

July 2017 – Playing with Paint – 14

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Make your own path.


Playing with Paint is a Monthly Project for July 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Nourish Me – 29

Mind:

  • I read: I’m proud of myself this week, I’ve done less reading but spent more time moving and I didn’t read anything I really disliked. I abandoned three different books this week and still ended up finishing four. 
  • I learned: nothing new to report here. 
  • I watched:  Jake and I watched an episode of The Billions yesterday but nothing at all outside of that.

Body:

  • Exercise: I finally have some wonderful progress to report here. After all I wrote last week, I finally followed through on my goals and exercised every day this past week. After waking up at 5am on Monday and going to a local Barre3 place, I realized there probably were free classes at Google. And indeed there are hundreds of classes so after Monday, I drove to work everyday for a different exercise. This is also a fantastic way to try new things when I am stronger. Here’s what I did:
    • Monday: Barre3 Class
    • Tuesday: Vinyasa Yoga
    • Wednesday: Vinyasa Yoga
    • Thursday: gBarre (Google’s Barre class)
    • Friday: Body Pump Express
    • Saturday: 5K Walk with Nathaniel
    • Sunday: I wan planning on a rest day but ended up doing a 3K walk at the end of the day.
  • Food: I’ve also been doing a fantastic job here. We had a bad start on Sunday with the smoothies but then I ordered unflavored pea protein and I could totally drink it. So now I start my mornings with a Fab4 Smoothie and eat a ton of veggie bowls for lunch and dinner. I have been so incredibly full that I genuinely don’t snack (or have any desire to) between meals. Sometimes I’m so full by dinner that I have a smoothie or a small bowl instead. I still have 1 Coke Zero a day and sometimes a small square of chocolate. I find I don’t crave it or think of it as an indulgence because somehow I am genuinely not feeling deprived so far. We’ll see if things change but I am appreciating them so far. I started an instagram account where I keep track of everything I eat (for ideas later) and all the exercise I do. 
  • All the others: I’ve been to the dentist this week and also done a bunch of blood tests to see if I am all okay. I’m working on taking care of myself.  

Soul:

  • I rested: I’ve moved my sleep hours to be consistent 10pm-6am so that I set an alarm even on the weekend and don’t stay up past 10 even on the weekend. So far, so good. I don’t eat or drink anything past 7pm to see if it helps me sleep better and so far it’s going well.
  • I connected: I didn’t go to one book club but I did go to another. In fact, I drove to work to exercise, drove all the way back home to shower and go to book club, and then drove right back to work for a meeting. That’s how much I wanted to make the time to connect.
  • I journaled: I did some journaling but not as much as I would have liked. I’m still in catch-up mode at work so that’s not helping. I am planning to do some more this week and we’ll see if I can get into a groove there.
  • I made art: No art this week either. Though I have some plans for July OLW.

So grateful for finally some progress this week. With a lot of gratitude to Ali. And hoping it sticks.


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

July 2017 – Playing with Paint – 13

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Slow down daily.


Playing with Paint is a Monthly Project for July 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 29 – Glow Class

I’m a fan of Karen Walrond and have taken classes from her over the years. When she announced she was offering a class called Glow:The 21-day course on claiming your light I decided it was a sign I had to take it. My word for 2017 is Shine after all and actually Glow sounds even nicer but either way it was just another word for my word and so I decided universe was telling me to take it.

Sometimes when you take a class from someone you’ve already taken a class from, you see a lot repeated and you don’t get a lot of value the second time. I worried this might happen with Karen’s class. But I signed up anyway.

I am so glad I did.

This class profoundly changed my life. It asked the right questions at the right time. It made me realize I had patterns in my life that I sort of knew but wasn’t embracing. 

I realized for example that I am always in a pattern of GROW : REFLECT : SHARE. As in I like to learn things, think about my learning and then share it with others by teaching or in other ways.

I also realized that the parts of my life I am so proud of are always when I live life on my own terms. I decide I will do something and I just do it. I am so proud of how often I’ve done this. How my life is so catered to what I want it to be. I am so proud of that, too. It also makes me feel strong, which I love. It allowed me to realize this about myself which I can remind myself every time I feel small and forget.

There’s so much more in this class. It’s wonderful, thoughtful and, for me, life changing. 


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

July 2017 – Playing with Paint – 12

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Sometimes things don’t make sense. Just go with it.


Playing with Paint is a Monthly Project for July 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Living Intentionally 2017 – 29

Weekly Intention: This week’s intention is just to do more of what I’ve been doing. Get up early. Exercise. Show up. Do it. Eat well. Just keep doing what I started. And figure out a plan for work a bit. 

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

  • Work: catch up on starred email.
  • Work: document (unplanned, wrong).
  • Work: send off q2 closing emails.
  • Work: do phase two of data collection
  • Work: do a bit more for september.
  • Work: do report for q2. (and for transit)
  • Personal: do OLW july.
  • Personal: exercise 6/7 days.
  • Personal: continue eating clean.
  • Personal: schedule Physical Therapy
  • Personal: check in for taxes
  • Family: work with nathaniel/david and take him to exam Saturday.

This month’s intention is:  July: Shine Boldly: This builds on June a bit but it’s time to take things up a notch. Be bold. Be brave. Be loud. Shine with all your might. Phew doing this so far!

Ways to Shine this week:

  • One: Bold: Keep keeping the exercise, maybe try one new thing.
  • Two: Open: Open to the possibility that I can keep this going.
  • Three: Heal/Nourish: Actually journaling this week πŸ™‚

I am looking forward to: feeling myself get stronger as I exercise. I know it will take 1-3 more months but I am still looking forward to it. [also at work i am looking forward to running a meeting i got the opportunity to run.]

This week’s challenges: staying on track.Nathaniel starts a class this week so just juggling that on top of my schedule.

Top Goals:

  • Work: q2 review. p. and closing emails. getting things rolling for q3.
  • Personal: exercise+food+journaling.
  • Family: math with each kid.

I will focus on my core desires (bold, mindful, nourish, love) by: remembering that i can do this!

This week, I will say yes to: showing up again and again. making it work!

This week, I will say no to: excuses of any kind.

I am worried that:  i won’t exercise. i’ll stop eating well. i will continue to be behind at work. i won’t be ready for the new cycle. all the work i did won’t matter. i won’t make time for me. i will be in so much pain  in my knees.  two trips to work. and just all my usual worries about life. i’m also praying hard for jake’s meeting this week.

This week, I want to remember:  that i am doing this one good decision at a time!

June 2017 – Playing with Paint – 11

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Life is so much more magical with you in it.


Playing with Paint is a Monthly Project for July 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Weekly Reflection 2017 – 28

How I shone this week: Woohooo! I did well this week. I did math with both of my kids for hours and tucked the little boy in bed every night, and supported David through a long test. I supported Jake with bouncing ideas for an exciting opportunity he has this week. I exercised and ate well every day. I showed up at work, in person, and tried really hard as much as possible and then let it go when it was time to sleep. I went to the dentist. I went to the blood lab to check my basic stats. I showed up again and again. 

Things I wanted to get Done:

  • Work: can’t say i caught up on email, i basically archived all. i didn’t document anything yet. i did setup the sheets and meetings. I didn’t do q2 closing yet or phase 2 of data. I am hoping i will do the posters today. 
  • Personal: I didn’t do OLW july but I think i want to make a project out of it, so I might wait till next weekend. I did exercise and eat well but didn’t check in for taxes or schedule PT. I will do those this week.
  • Family: Worked with both D and N on Math, supported him  and Jake. yay!

I celebrate: exercising every day, eating well, i am so grateful.

I am grateful for: getting a bit on track for a bit. jake supporting me so i can go exercise.

I nourished myself by: eating really well and sleeping!

Reflecting on my worries: i exercised. I continued to eat well. I caught up a bit at work. i am starting to get ready for the new cycle. i don’t have control on what matters. i am working to make time for me and my knees are just fine!

I let go of: trying to catch up to everything. i’ll get there when i get there.

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

  • bold: i exercised! I showed up to classes i knew nothing about. 
  • mindful: mindful of the fact that I will run out of hours and need to start getting solid about prioritizing work.
  • nourish: nourishing well now. cooking even!
  • love: i am feeling so much gratitude and love for turning things around a tiny bit. 

What made me laugh this week: This teacher on Friday (Molly) was super nice and made me laugh and laugh.

What I tolerated this week: quite a bit of muscle pain and getting used to the protein powder’s taste.

My mood this week was: aching but grateful.
I forgive myself for: being so out of shape and weak. Not getting more done at work.
What I love right now: i love summer. i love being able to sit in the backyard. i love that the sun is up at 6am. I love the long days. 

Here’s to a lovely week 29. Here’s to keeping things going!

July 2017 – Playing with Paint – 10

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Glow with all your might.


Playing with Paint is a Monthly Project for June 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 28

 

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t like Arundhati Roy’s previous book so I was determined not to pick up  Ministry of Utmost Happiness despite all the press about it. But then Amazon listed it as one of the best books of this year and for some reason that was the tipping point for me. I committed to reading it. I wish I hadn’t. Yes, it was well written. Yes, it was an important story and has valuable points/perspective/insights but it’s so brutal. So difficult. So tough. The story just got worse and worse and I couldn’t deal with it. I should have put it down. 

I then read The Shack which is stupid because I knew it was also very sad. and it didn’t disappoint on the sadness. I just couldn’t get past the dying of the girl. I was so sad as a mom and kept imagining the worse case. It was a good book, though and I’m also watching the movie, now.

I then moved on to Void Star which I’d checked out an returned several times previously. So I decided this was the time to actually read it. I will admit though that I was still on vacation and listened to this book a but half-focused. Nonetheless if science fiction is your thing, this one is a good read. 

I had also returned The Fifth Season a bazillion times so I decided to also buckle down and read it. I read it on my last day in Sydney and on the airplane. I retained probably half of this book and would have to read it again if I want to read the sequel. However, if fantasy is your genre, this one’s a winner.

I finally got to read Hunger after patiently reading the books that came before it on my queue. I had been wanting to read this book since I heard about it. I love Roxane Gay. I knew this book would be honest. And I knew it would be tough. I was right on both counts. But I was also wrong. It was much tougher than I thought. So so tough. I am glad i read it but if you get triggered, I would not recommend this one.

When I got back I dove into Fireworks because it’s the next book in our Young Adult book group. It was a super-fast read and I am glad I read it instead of listening to it. It was eh. 

Next on my library queue was F*ck Feelings. I started listening to it but quickly moved to book format because I knew i wanted to be able to jump around and only read the sections that were interesting to me. There was nothing new in this book for me.

I then listened to Windfall for something fun. It was okay. Not as fun as I hoped it would be but not bad either.

And I ended the week with Body Love, thanks to Ali. She’s been quoting Kelly’s book for a little while now so I decided to order it on my kindle and see how I felt. I already mentioned this one in the Nourish post yesterday so I won’t add more here.

A lot of reading this week. Hunger was the most profound one.


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