100 Days of Radical Wellness

100 Days of Radical Wellness – Day 79

I cannot get enough of the ranunculus. I adore them so.

Grateful for.one last day of vacation today. Exercised, did art, and now off to journal.

A full day.

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Daily Year of Yes

Year of Yes – 109

I’ve been looking for a way to have Turkish tea. There’s a place near our house that serves it and it’s so aromatic and reminds me so much of home.

I don’t know which tea it is so i found one on Amazon that can be used with a pot and made some today. Alas it wasn’t the one. It’s tasty but not aromatic.

Still enjoying it and the slowness it encourages in my life.

Yes to experimenting. Yes to tea. Yes to slow.

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Drawing Books

Say Yes – 16

  • Weekly Intention: My intention this week is to stay in this quiet place as long as I can. I know this week will be busy at work and then it will culminate in little boy’s birthday and I want to go through this week with kindness at my heart and gratitude for the people around me.
  • This month’s intention is: April: The Quiet Yes: Be still. Listen to the whispers of your soul. See what your heart is telling you. Listen to the conversations in your head. Hear yourself. Ok so I haven’t been doing daily journaling but I have been quiet more often than not in April. The restorative yoga is really helping.
  • One way I will leap this week:  so I would still love to journal and find some way back to art. but I also would love to find a painter for the house and make the appointment for my real id. Those are my current big to dos.
  • One boundary I will set this week: i am working on this advice my kids’ principal gave a few years ago. that when someone i love is on a roller coaster, i don’t get on the roller coaster with them. instead i wait at the bottom with a plate of cookies. so i am going to work on not feeling other people’s feelings and not being responsible for their feelings either. being there for them without making it about me.
  • One area where I will go deeper this week: hmmm some work around the designing work book so i can think about my work a bit.
  • What do I need to sit with this week? some ideas on how to incorporate art back into my life
  • I am looking forward to: celebrating little boy
  • Focus on Core Desired Feelings (lighter, kinder, enough, magic, wild): i do feel lighter now that the days are warmer and longer and i can sit outside more. now i have to start being kinder and slower.
  • This week’s challenges: there’s a lot to do at work this week. I am hoping that I can go through it with grace and calm. and without working too many long days.
  • Top Goals: 
    • Work:  finish prep for review. clean email. figure out plan for E.
    • Personal:  get back to drawing and journaling.
    • Family: celebrate N. find painters, book real id.
  • This week, I want to remember: There are very few things time cannot heal.

Daily Year of Yes

Year of Yes – 108

It was 80+ degrees here today. I spent the entire day outside except when I was riding the bike and doing my other exercises.

This is the time of year I start living outside as much as possible. It replenishes my soul every single day.

So grateful for California.

Yes to sunshine and outdoor time.

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100 Days of Radical Wellness

100 Days of Radical Wellness – Day 78

Sunday nights are usually tough for me but now that summer is getting closer and the days are longer, it’s a little easier.

I’ve been thinking about how to incorporate more art into my days. I miss it.

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Weekly Reflection 2021 – 15

  • The Best Part of this Week: it was really wonderful to get away a little this week.
  • I celebrate: booking our vacation, even if very last minute
  • I am grateful for:  getting to spend some days over the water. water always centers me.
  • This week, I exercised: I climbed 3 times a week, rode every day i was home times, did 10 mins of core and 10 mins of arms 5 days a week. And did 50 mins of restorative yoga and 40 mins of stretching.
  • This week, I said yes to:  working even though i didn’t want to.
  • I said no to: canceling my vacation for work.
  • I honored my values (love, learn, peace, service, gratitude): i am feeling grounded and peaceful for now. working on staying in this quiet place.
  • Top Goals Review: n/a
  • My mood this week was: calm
  • I am proud of: i am proud of all the exercise i am doing and how calm it’s making me feel.
  • I release: the desire to absorb others’ pain. it’s so hard for me when people i love aren’t happy..
  • Here’s what I learned this week: it’s always always worth going near the water.

Review: The Missing Treasures of Amy Ashton

The Missing Treasures of Amy Ashton
The Missing Treasures of Amy Ashton by Eleanor Ray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

” Alan Carver was what Tim had needed in his life. And he could have had his father back. If only his father had tried harder. Or if Tim had been able to forgive. Amy felt a wave of forgiveness wash over her like Roberta’s soap. If she had a second chance with the people she’d lost, she wouldn’t waste it. She’d forgive them and at the very least have her friends again.”

I loved this book from the moment I started it. I loved the author’s voice, I loved Amy. I was rooting for her from the beginning and didn’t stop for a moment. I loved how she loved all these flawed people around her and could see the magic in them and how she supported who they were.

“She didn’t have the heart to tell them that really, it was not the plants that mattered to her. It seemed strange that some people could be so kind while others destroyed beautiful objects for no reason.”

This is the story of Amy, whose best friend and boyfriend disappeared eleven years ago and she’s not heard from them since. She started hanging on to things and never let go so her house is a full-on hoarder house now and she still works at the company where she was doing an internship at 11 years ago. Her whole life is stuck.

‘Richard appeared at Amy’s gate. “We all have baggage,” replied Amy. She glanced back into her house. “No one travels lightly anymore.”’

But then a new family moves in next door and slowly little things start happening that unravels her life. I loved all the characters and how they were each flawed in their own way but none of them were perfect good or perfect bad. Even the tangential characters weren’t caricaturish.

but most of all i loved the voice this novel was written with. I felt drawn to it and found so much joy reading it.

with gratitude to Gallery Books and netgalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review

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Review: Every Vow You Break

Every Vow You Break
Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This book was an absolute waste of time. It’s an incredibly fast read. Almost like watching a movie but then it gets completely unraveled at the end and you’re like WTF, totally stupid and I want my hours back thank you very much. I know writing books are an effort and I would never belittle that. I am sure many others loved this book and this author can clearly write. I just really really disliked this particular book.

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Review: Perfect on Paper

Perfect on Paper
Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

I read this whole book in one sitting. It was fun, sweet and a thoughtful YA story about a girl who’s giving everyone advice (secretly) and sort of makes a mess of things. I loved the characters and even though it was predictable for me, i still enjoyed its diverse characters.

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Review: Gold Diggers

Gold Diggers
Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars.

A friend of mine recommended this book to me and said it would get me out of my reading slump. It sort of did. What an unusual coming-of-age story about an Indian American boy, Neil, and his next door neighbor. I really liked the magical realism in this story that was woven into the story. I also loved how it started when he was a teen but then picked up again when he was in his twenties. It was a lovely story. (but did not really get me out of my slump!)

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Review: The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connections and Courage

The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connections and Courage
The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connections and Courage by Brené Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve listened to this series before. I will listen to it again. Brene’s lessons are ones I have to hear again and again in my life.

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