June 2017 – Rock Notes – 18

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Rock Notes is a Monthly Project for June 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 26 – Traveler’s Notebook

 

Over the years, I’ve had many different notebooks where I keep track of my life and my todos. For the last 5-6 years, I’d been using the Moleskine grid notebooks and I still love them. They are big enough to fit my needs but small enough to carry in my purse. But I always find myself looking at other options just to see what others use and see if I might want to try new things.

Over the last year, I kept coming back to the traveler’s notebook posts on pinterest, instagram, etc. I didn’t want to buy it just for the sake of buying since I’m pretty happy with my existing system and my one foray into planner-land last year reminded me that I like my system and I can easily spend a lot of money on a different system which ends up being a huge waste and I can’t stand wasting money. (or food!) 

After hemming and hawing for months, I finally decided to give it a try. I bought a notebook that seemed reasonably priced. I bought three inserts: grid, weekly planner, and blank (which I had read would be great for watercolor – it is not.) I told myself I could buy more if I used this for a month and liked it. 

After three weeks, I broke down and bought a few more things. The zipper pouch so I could store my pen and they wouldn’t keep falling off,  the note holder for my stickers, a few little pockets, and the watercolor insert.  All in all, it was still a lot less money (and time) than I invested into my planner which is sitting in a box. (Actually I have three planners, all of which are not being used.)

I’ve used the watercolor insert for my July (or august) art project.

I’ve used the grid insert for journaling and the weekly planner, you can see above. And here’s the pouch below. I only put 4-5 pens inside and it adds very minimal bulk to my notebook.

So far, I love love love this notebook and it’s making me really happy. For my trip to Sydney, I have some big plans for it so we’ll see if that works but even if it doesn’t, I love that I can have different books for different things I like to do. We’ll see if this system sticks around or if I go back to my trusty Moleskines.


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

June 2017 – Rock Notes – 17

You can read about the start of this project here.

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Rock Notes is a Monthly Project for June 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

June 2017 – Rock Notes – 16

You can read about the start of this project here.

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Rock Notes is a Monthly Project for June 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 25

I really enjoyed Standard Deviation as a pleasant surprise. It was sweet, easy and yet not simple. A lovely book.

I then read Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team for book club at work. I enjoyed this book even more than the original “Five Dysfunctions of a Team” and found the practical tips to be fantastic.

I had a bunch of other books waiting but I decided to read Touch which which was really lovely and endearing and a quick, easy read. 

I finished White Fur on the airplane. I am not sure what I think of it. Mixed feelings, I guess. I will have to sit with it for a while and then see how I feel.

Not many this week and I expect the next few weeks will be the same. 


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

June 2017 – Rock Notes – 15

You can read about the start of this project here.

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Rock Notes is a Monthly Project for June 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Nourish Me – 25

Mind:

  • I read: I have seriously reduced the amount of reading I am doing online. I still open a few sites here and there but I find that most of it feels too unsubstantial. Like chewing gum. I don’t want “how to do X in Y steps” articles and yet I find I don’t have the patience for the longer, more interesting ones. It’s a weird conundrum.
  • I learned: Nothing super-new this week. I feel this week flew by.
  • I watched:  I am slowly catching up to all the TV I haven’t watched. Not in a hurry, just when I am really tired and don’t want to do anything else.

Body:

  • Exercise: Still no exercise here. I am going to start the 7-minute exercise when I land in Sydney.
  • Food: Doing okay here. Not great. But I’m about to be out of the country for a while so we’ll see.
  • All the others: i love the cream on my skin and my new makeup. it makes me happier than most things. I also got a manicure and pedicure this week which was lovely. And I went to the eye doctor and got myself some reading glasses! (Officially getting old!)

Soul:

  • I rested: I am better thankfully but I still have a lot of trouble sleeping. I wish I could understand why. I’m curious to see how Sydney will work and then I’ll have to do something about it when I am back.
  • I connected: I went to book club Tuesday night and it was lovely.
  • I journaled: a lot! quite thrilled.
  • I made art: i setup a travel journal for Sydney. I am curious to see how much of it I will  be able to keep up with. Here’s to hoping: a lot.

 


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

June 2017 – Rock Notes – 14

You can read about the start of this project here.

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Rock Notes is a Monthly Project for June 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

June 2017 – Rock Notes – 13

You can read about the start of this project here.

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Rock Notes is a Monthly Project for June 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 25 – Overexcitabilities

This post is going to be a bit weird so feel free to skip it but since, for me, it’s an important story from 2017, I wanted to make sure to document it. 

My kids go to a school that focuses on “gifted” education. To get in, you need to score two standard deviations above the norm on an IQ test. And while none of us in this house believe in any value that comes from scoring higher on an IQ exam, this school happens to be a very good fit for my kids for a multitude of reasons so we look past the fact that it considers itself to be a school for the gifted. 

Two weeks ago, I was at the school for an all-day Parents’ Association meeting. On the agenda we received, it said that the day would culminate in a talk by our school’s activism teacher who would speak to what it means to be gifted. I figured I would sneak away right before the talk and drive to work instead.

As things worked out, there wasn’t an easy moment to escape so I stayed for the beginning of the talk and about ten minutes in, she said something that completely changed the way I saw my life. (My *own* life from when I was growing up, not my kids’ lives now.)

She put up the above slide on “overexcitabilities” which is a poorly worded name but what it means is that gifted kids/people experience the world in a qualitatively different manner. It’s not better or worse, it’s different. This might have been a “nothing” slide for many others in the room but it was a major shift for me. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a story around not belonging and not being like others. Especially around my childhood with my family and friends from that time.

What I realized looking at this slide was that I wasn’t just “feeling” different. I actually was experiencing life differently. It wasn’t a feeling, it was a fact.  I don’t really know how to put into words what this means for me and why it was such a jarring moment. It mostly made me realize that I was different and that was ok. It made me think differently about my belonging issues differently. Like I was trying to belong into a world that I wasn’t even experiencing the same way as the ones in it. As I said, hard for me to explain. 

I also feel obliged to take a moment here and point out that I am not saying I am gifted and aren’t I awesome and all that crap. All I am saying is that I was different. I actually was. And this came with a lot of suffering at the time for me. A lot of trying to reconcile the world people around me felt and the one I felt. Seeing this slide made it all come together for me. 

She then put up this other slide and while I have many of these (rapid speech, major issues with smell and sound, and definitely an intensified emotional connection to the world) it was hard for me to tell how generalizable these are. Maybe everyone falls into one or more of these buckets so I am not sure how much of a “thing” this is. Nonetheless, it was interesting to see a slide that talked about some of the quirks of my personality.

I didn’t get to stay for all of her talk because I had to drive back to work but I am so glad I was there for that one moment. Even if none of this revelation is true, I know that what matters most is not the truth but the way we think of life so if all this did was change my perspective, it’s exactly what I needed.

I will also say that I am not sure if any of this is true for my kids, but if they feel even a small bit of what I did as a kid, I am so grateful that they are going to a school that’s paying attention to the fact that people experience the world in different ways. 


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

Living Intentionally 2017 – 25

Weekly Intention: And I am off. As you read this, I will have hopefully just landed in Sydney. This is my work-very-hard-and-make-it-count-that-you’re-without-the-boys week. I try to get as much work as possible in there so I can really make the most of being away and also enjoy my family without guilt when the week is over. So my plan this week is to work hard, journal my trip, sleep a lot, and look forward to seeing my family again.

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

  • Work: catch up to email.
  • Work: document (unplanned, wrong).
  • Work: finish off planning phase one.
  • Work: follow up with the team from the class.
  • Work: do phase one of fall plan.
  • Work: do phase two of data collection
  • Work: do posters.
  • Personal: start travel journal.
  • Personal: meet with Gabrielle.
  • Personal: rest as much as i can.
  • Family: miss family a lot!!

This month’s intention is:  June: Shine Through: Let yourself be seen this month. Express yourself. Be true to you. Own who you are. This one really resonates with me right now.

Ways to Shine this week:

  • One: Bold: Bold and open and really present at work this week.
  • Two: Open: open to the possibility that things will go wonderfully for the next three weeks.
  • Three: Heal/Nourish: I plan to nourish a lot on the plane and exercise in sydney.

I am looking forward to: a good week at work.

This week’s challenges: working a lot. being without the boys.

Top Goals:

  • Work: taking some time to think about my categories.
  • Personal: doing my travel journal.
  • Family: talking to them daily.

I will focus on my core desires (bold, mindful, nourish, love) by: remembering that the universe is on my side.

This week, I will say yes to: showing up. being present and doing all i can.

This week, I will say no to: worrying about things outside of my control.

I am worried that:  something will go wrong with my trip, my luggage, my hotel, my work, the family arriving, their trip and luggage. with out planes. just in general, i want us to all be healthy, make wonderful memories and have things go as “planned” as possible. 

This week, I want to remember:  just being together is all that matters.

June 2017 – Rock Notes – 12

You can read about the start of this project here.

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Rock Notes is a Monthly Project for June 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.