Living Intentionally – 49

  • Weekly Intention: Wow, week 49. This year is racing to the end. Last week was crazy busy and gave me less than zero personal time. Including the weekend, which means I didn’t do much of what I wanted to do last week (except for work.) So here’s what’s on my mind for this week:
    • I did buy some Christmas presents but I’d like to be done with that 100% this week.
    • I booked us a vacation for a short trip in December I’d like to do a bit of research so we can have a plan for when we’re there.
    • I’d like to spend some time on my 2017 plans, it feels like I might never get this done.
    • I’d also like some downtime this week. Some time to sleep, some time to rest, some time to slow down.
    • Also, we need to buy clothes for our trip to Canada since it will apparently be -20Celcius and living in California, none of us have clothes or shoes for such weather.
  • Choices I want to make:
    • One: I will choose to work enough that I don’t worry about work this week. Do what needs to be done.
    • Two:  I will choose to do my December Daily.
    • Three: I will choose to spend some quiet time with myself. Do journaling. Something to ground myself.
  • I am looking forward to: enjoying the moments of this week.
  • This week’s challenges: not that i want to jinx it but nothing looks too terrifying this week. a trip to work, one trip to N’s school, two trips to D’s school, book club. Which sounds like a lot but it’s a quieter week for me, may it stay so. the biggest challenge will be to finish xmas shopping and to get our clothes+shoes for Canada especially since I hate shopping.
  • Top Goals:
    • Work: stay on top of email + newsletters + asap do lists. let’s make this happen!
    • Personal:  i almost don’t even want to write make the 2017 plan. maybe just journaling this time?
    • Family: presents+shopping+slow down and be nice!
  • I will focus on my core desires (kind, strong, true, generous, brave) by: 
    • I will be kind to Nathaniel this week. I would like to give him a bit extra attention. And help David with math.
    • I will be strong and get xmas done, wrap all the presents, and buy the warm clothes we need.
    • I will be generous with our trip, i will relax.
    • I will be true to myself about my limits. some things will get done, many things won’t. that’s just life.
    • I will be brave with the shopping. i so hate shopping.
  • This week, I want to remember: that adventures are good. they are worthwhile. even the ones that don’t work as expected.

Here’s to a wonderful week.  Happy December!

December Daily 2016 – Day Four

Here’s day four! Today is all about the Google Holiday Party. There were two sets of photobooth shots I loved from this party. So I put my favorite one on top.

and it flips open to the other one and I also glued our ticket from the Tech Museum and the bracelet we wore to get into the party. 

That’s it for day four. I’m already loving this project so much.


Weekly Reflection – 48

  • Three Choices I made this week:
    • One: I chose to do a lot of work. At last count, I had 47+ meetings last week. Not to mention the email and todos.
    • Two: I chose to spend almost all of Thursday at David’s school, volunteering for many hours.
    • Three: I chose to do fill my weekend up, too, a bit unintentionally but here we are.
  • I read/learned: I read Crosstalk and Leave Me this week. I have a few books checked out from the library that I don’t want to read but won’t let myself move on which is stupid so I’ve read a lot less than usual this week. I’m almost done with Hungry Heart, too. I watched the last  Stanford Election 2016 class and the final OLW presentation. Almost no TV this week. Too much going on.
  • I celebrate:  finishing the Harry Potter puzzle we were working on for weeks. It was a hard one!
  • I am grateful for:  my manager and how supportive he is of me. And all my workmates.
  • I focused on my health by: nothing. i suck at this.
  • I made art:  december daily is here, yey!
  • I let go of: getting anything personal done this week. it was a busy work, kids’ schools and commitments week.
  • Core Desire Check-in:
    • Kind: I’ve been kind to David’s school this week. I was there for 7+ hours.
    • Strong: I was strong with work and allllllll those hours of meetings.
    • True: I was true to my goals for this week. Connecting back at work.
    • Generous: I was generous with work and David’s school.
    • Brave: I was brave to show up at the Google Party and my friend Evelyn’s party. Small talk is not my favorite.

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.

December Daily 2016 – Day Three

Here’s day three. Today is all about Breakfast with Santa which we’ve now done for six years.

The night before was a birthday party Nathaniel attended for his best friend and they sent him home with a lot of balloons.

On the back is our Santa Photo (doesn’t he look so happy?! – not!) and some journaling about what they discussed.

and then some breakfast photos with me and the kids and jake and the kids and then our photobooth photos.

And of course the journaling :)

Happy Day Three!

December Daily 2016 – Day Two

Here’s day two! I decided to keep this day light. I loved this photo of the two boys looking over the Nintendo DS so I just snapped it and then wrote a small amount of journaling.

I like the way the page looks and the transparency.

a simple one today :)

December Daily 2016 – Day One

Here’s day one! Yesterday was a full day. I started with dropping Nathaniel off and going to David’s school for my regular Thursday volunteer spot. On Thursday mornings, two other parents and I discuss books with 11 3rd and 4th graders. We arrived early and were able to check out the Book Fair for a few minutes and David went to class and I went to reroute the Lit Club kids (we usually meet at the library but it was closed due to Book Fair.) This week’s meeting was our final one for Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy. After the discussion, they went back to class and the three of us walked to the library to do the notes we leave for each kid in their binder. That plus discussing the next two weeks took up most of the time I had left before I was scheduled to work at the Book Fair. I then moved on to learn how to use the cash register and spent the next three hours working there. When I finally left David’s school, I feverishly checked all my email and drove back home in time for a meeting. Two meetings later, I picked up Nathaniel and then rushed back home for another meeting. I had a hair appointment after that so I asked Jake to pick up David and left.

I won’t bore you with the details but the next hour was a mad insane rush of trying to see if Jake could make it to the shuttle stop before David got there (spoiler alert: he didn’t!) and finding another parent who was there so she could hang on to David until Jake could get there. All of this remotely while I was getting my hair done. Fun times. Once David was safely home, I dialed into my final meeting of the day (from the hairdresser no less) and made it back home around 9pm where I pretty much went right to bed. Don’t you feel tired just reading that?

Alas, I decided to make my first day about the morning at school since it was all about volunteering with my kids and how much it means to me. I had more than one photo so I made a little flap and put the Book Fair photo first.

When you open it, you can see the second photo with the two other parents sitting on the floor with me and adding post-its to each kid’s binder. And I wrote my journaling on the other side.


and that’s it for day one! :) Here’s to hoping Day Two is considerably less crazy.


December Daily 2016 – Beginnings

Since I generally lag a day behind for December Daily, I figured a good way to start is posting my initial pages. I will do my best to keep up with this each day and see if I can post, but considering how my schedule is considerably more hectic than usual, we’ll see if I can manage this.

After much deliberation, I decided not to put anything on the cover of my journal yet. The items I put usually fall off over the years so I didn’t want to bother this time. We’ll see if I change my mind by the end of the month. So when you open the album, the first page you see is this:


The first page is an overlay, it’s transparent so you can see the photo below.

here’s a closer look at the snowflake:

when you flip the transparency, you get to this page. I wanted the first thing to be a photo of all of us as of now :

it’s become my tradition to start the album with “and so it begins”:

a little word sticker on the bottom right:

and the back of the page has my reason why:

it’s sparkly. this is the first time I’ve done the reason why.

and there we are. tomorrow we’ll begin properly.

Hello December, love you so!

A Book a Week – 10:04

I read 10:04 because amazon said it was excellent. It was a weird and different book and I am still not sure if I liked it or not. I can tell you a lot of it didn’t stay with me and I guess maybe that says all I need to know.

December Daily 2016 – Pre Pages

It’s almost time for the most magical time of the year. My favorite.  I am not a fan of winter in general.  I don’t celebrate any of the other national holidays with vigor. I don’t care for Valentine’s Day, Halloween or even Thanksgiving, really. I don’t mind any of them (well I am not a fan of all the scary stuff around Halloween.) I just don’t feel the need to go all out. I don’t feel motivated to make a big deal.

But that’s not true for Christmastime.

I am a bonafide fan of December. I’ve always loved the New Year. I’ve always loved twinkling lights. I’ve always loved Christmas Trees. There were bits and pieces of this season that I’ve cherished over my lifetime. But I firmly believe that this lovely little project has contributed widely to my love of the holiday season. Here are the things this little album has added into my life:

  • It’s made me more intentional: More things happen because I plan them.
  • It’s made me take more photos: I make a point to bring my camera, to pause to capture the moments.
  • It’s made me more reflective: I take the time to journal my thoughts, print the photos, and put everything together every single night. This means I reflect daily.
  • It’s made me more grateful: Reflecting daily almost always translates to huge amounts of gratitude.
  • It’s made me more creative: I am guaranteed to spend some time doing something artsy/crafty every day in December.

How can you not love this project?

I always put my pre-pages together before the month but this year I found myself struggling with the idea. I was thinking maybe it’s better if I just wait until December and do it daily. Then I remembered how hard decision-making can be when you have too many choices and reminded myself that this helps narrow things down and make this project considerably more manageable. So I compromised and kept my pages pretty bare. This gives me a starting point but also gives me flexibility. (I’ve put in some pretty magazine pages in place of photos for now so it’s easier to see the page content.) - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016 - december daily 2016

I’ve been doing a monthlong December project since 2007 which means this will be my tenth December album. Here’s to many many more.

Living Intentionally – 48

  • Weekly Intention: Back to work this week. It’s amazing how slowly and quickly the week off passed. I learned that I do better with schedules and plans because it’s easy for me to power down to full sloth mode when I am off. And while a little of that is a good thing, a lot of that most definitely is not good for my soul. So, like everything else, I need some balance in this, too. My intentions for this week are:
    • First, I would like to catch up to work and feel like I am in the loop again and reconnect with my people.
    • Second, I’d like to take a bit of time sketching out December. I will have a bunch more downtime and I want to be a bit more intentional about how I spend the time.
    • Third, I’d like to buy Christmas presents.
    • Fourth, I’d like to spend some time on my 2017 plans, I’d usually have long finished this by now.
    • Fifth, I’d like to make a health plan for myself. What it means to be healthy for me, how to come up with a sustainable plan, etc. I feel like this is important to me and yet I never like to make the time for it.
  • Choices I want to make:
    • One: I will choose to work a lot, catch up, feel grounded and connected at work.
    • Two:  I will choose to spend a lot of my personal time on the intentions above.
    • Three: I will choose to pay attention to all the layers of my life this week.
  • I am looking forward to: working.
  • This week’s challenges:  i’m volunteering at David’s school for a long time this week. I also have late nights and meetings all week. Some important conversations tomorrow. But mostly I want to get a lot done this week on the personal/emotional side along with work so that will be hard, I am sure.
  • Top Goals:
    • Work: catch up to email + work.
    • Personal:  make the 2017 plan. yes it’s time.
    • Family: december plan. buy presents. i can do this.
  • I will focus on my core desires (kind, strong, true, generous, brave) by: 
    • I will be kind to my back this week. I’ve been in a lot of pain on my back and neck and jaw. I am not sure if it’s due to the puzzle making but it’s a lot of pain so I will try to back off a bit and see if that helps.
    • I will be strong and organized and get these items crossed off my todo list.
    • I will be generous with the xmas presents. I will try to buy thoughtful presents for my whole family.
    • I will be true to my goals around growth and start figuring out my plans for next year. these plans help me grow each year.
    • I will be brave with work tomorrow.
  • This week, I want to remember: that this year is almost over. I am not sure how we got here so quickly but here we are. days, weeks, months, years are passing. i am so grateful for each year i get to have. for each moment.

Here’s to a wonderful week and for those of you who live in the United States, Happy Thanksgiving!

November 2016 - Today Journaling - All

Another month is over. Good-bye November. Thank you for all the wonderful days.

Here are all the pages:

Onward to December!

Truth Cards is a Monthly Project for October 2016. All of the words belong to Melody Ross. These are a part of the Soul Restoration class in Brave Girls University, I cannot recommend it enough. Here are some thoughts from when I first took it. It’s even better now because Melody added so much more! You can sign up here. (I teach there, too.) You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

Weekly Reflection – 47

  • Three Choices I made this week:
    • One: I chose to rest all week. I barely touched the computer.
    • Two: I chose to listen to a lot of books while I worked on puzzles. I loved the peace though it wasn’t so great for my posture.
    • Three: I chose to do nothing this week and I think it was with mixed results. I needed it so I am not complaining but it was also a reminder that structure and plans and schedules work better for me.
  • I read/learned: I read a lot of books this week. I finished My Year with Eleanor, The Year of the Runaways, The Course of Love, Homegoing, On Living, Today will be Different, Hag-seed,  Buffering, and The Spy. I am reading Crosstalk at the moment.  The last  Stanford Election 2016 class has finally been posted and I can’t wait to listen. Jake and I watched Search Party on TBS and I watched the Gilmore girls on Netflix of course. We didn’t get to see Fantastic Beasts or Moana. We’ll have to do that in the coming weeks.
  • I celebrate:  having a full week of downtime. oh and a lovely spot bonus at work.
  • I am grateful for:  books. i love reading more than pretty much any other way to spend my time alone.
  • I focused on my health by: nothing. i didn’t this week at all.
  • I made art:  no art this week either. unless putting up the christmas tree counts.  but here comes december daily.
  • I let go of: being productive, being healthy, or just about everything else this week.
  • Core Desire Check-in:
    • Kind: I’ve been kind to myself this week. I wanted to take the week off and i did.
    • Strong: Well I was strong in not checking work mail, does that count?
    • True: I want to spend December exploring what’s true for me.
    • Generous: I was generous with my time this week. I wanted to not stress about it counting down. I tried and was partially successful.
    • Brave: I was brave to truly disconnect this week.

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.