July 2016 – Watercolor Food – 20

Here’s piece twenty:

figs remind me of home every time.


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

A Book a Week – Kitchens of the Great Midwest

I read Kitchens of the Great Midwest because it was on amazon’s list as a great book to read.

And it was!

It was a gem of a book. Good writing, great characters. Nice way to have interconnected little short stories. I even loved reading about food (which I usually don’t care for.)

If you haven’t picked this one up, I’d recommend it.

July 2016 – Watercolor Food – 19

Here’s piece nineteen:

summer means watermelons!


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

July 2016 - Watercolor Food - 18

Here’s piece eighteen:

something slightly different today. still related to food :)


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

July 2016 – Watercolor Food – 17

Here’s piece seventeen:

not as much in love with this one but here it is. a bit overworked.


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

Living Intentionally – 30

 

Hello! I am writing this from my hotel room in Sydney, Australia. Whoa! Australia! I’ve been here for four days now and I still can’t believe I’m in Australia! I can’t even write it without exclamation points! When I originally booked my tickets for Sydney, I was supposed to be here with a work friend and figured she would encourage me to go out over the weekend since my inclination is always to stay home. As it worked out, her visa never came through so she had to cancel her trip. After my moment of panic passed, I promised myself that I would spend all of my weekend going around to ensure I made the very best of being here. I am delighted to say, I’ve held my promise! In the last 48 hours (it’s Sunday night here in Sydney as I write this) I have visited:

  1. Circular Quey
  2. The Rocks
  3. The Taranga Zoo
  4. The Sydney Opera House
  5. The Botanical Gardens
  6. The NSW Library
  7. Art Gallery NSW
  8. Hyde Park + Archibald Fountain
  9. Bronte Beach
  10. Tamarama Beach
  11. Bondi Beach
  12. Bronte to Bondi Coastal Walk
  13. Darling Harbour
  14. Chinese Garden of Friendship
  15. Sydney Sky Tower
I also took the Ferry to the Zoo and the Bus from Bondi back to Darling Harbour.
Isn’t that awesome!? I feel like I’ve seen so much of Sydney and I feel like I definitely held my promise to myself. It was so worth it!
  • Weekly Intention: This week is a bit crazy. I start the week here in Sydney, I fly home on Wednesday at 7am and I have a bunch of meetings on that day, I have to then pack and head to Boston that very same night at 11pm for the redeye. We get in Thursday am and then have a long drive to the ferry and then another drive from ferry to Jake’s home where we hope to vacation for a few days and then turn around and do the ferry, driving, etc all over again. I am very much looking forward to the vacation but expect Wed+Thursday to be relatively tough. My intention is to be as kind and easy as I can be to try to keep things as smooth as possible and to go through this week with a lot of grace.
  • Choices I want to make:
    • One: I will choose to continue be present in this moment and take each challenge one at a time.
    • Two:  I will choose to be graceful and kind. Both to myself and to everyone around me. Especially Jake and the kids.
    • Three: I will choose to be present to the moments of magic in my life. To notice how lucky I am to get to take all these trips.
  • I am looking forward to: hugging my kids and my wonderful hubby in just a few days.
  • This week’s challenges:  I have this 14 hour flight which is during the day so not conducive to sleeping followed by a full day at home with work and then an overnight flight with two kids.  Somewhere in there i have to sleep and pack, too. It’s all going to be okay.
  • Top Goals:
    • Work:  I would like to build more relationships while I am here so I can be more effective when I am back.
    • Personal: I want to stay positive this week. Be kind. Be patient. Have faith.
    • Family: I want to kiss and hug my kids and Jake a lot lot lot this week, too!!
  • I will focus on my core desires (kind, strong, true, generous, brave) by: 
    • I will be kind to everyone, especially on that very long Wednesday.
    • I will be strong and remind myself that I can do this. It will be 1-2 very long days but then it will be over.
    • I will be generous with with my patience. I can do this.
    • I will be true to who I want to be. Bring out and hold on to the very best version of me.
    • I will be brave by going through this with kindness and love.
  • This week, I want to remember: That I am lucky to get to vacation with my family. To get to go to special places. That I love and adore my inlaws and I am so happy that my kids will spend a lot of time with them. That the short term pain will be worth it!

Here’s to a wonderful week!

 

July 2016 – Watercolor Food – 16

Here’s piece sixteen:

I know it’s simple but i like this banana.


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

July 2016 - Watercolor Food - 15

Here’s piece two:

strawberries and ice cream :)


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

A Book a Week – Fallen

I read Fallen because it had been on my YA to-read list for a long long time.

Man, was that a mistake.

This book dragged for days for me. And that’s a sign of a terrible book. The writing, the characters, the plot. None of it spoke to me. Maybe it was my mood when I read it. Maybe I’ve already read similar books. Not sure why I didn’t like it.

But I didn’t.

July 2016 – Watercolor Food – 14

Here’s piece fourteen:

fun with eggplant.


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

July 2016 – Watercolor Food – 13

Here’s piece thirteen:

love the watermelon :)


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

July 2016 – Watercolor Food – 12

Here’s piece twelve:

i worked hard on this one but i really don’t like how it turned out.


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