September 2017 – Travel Journal – 15

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We stopped by the Botanical Gardens to see the wall of flowers and then walked all the way to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair which had wonderful views.

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Travel Journal is a Monthly Project for September 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 38

I had checked out Would Everybody Please Stop last time but didn’t make it all the way through. This time I finished it and while parts of it were funny, I wasn’t a huge fan overall.

I then moved to  Stay with Me which I loved. I loved. It was hard to read and made me sad in many parts but I loved reading it.

The Child was a quick read, and I will say that I didn’t guess the twist at the end at all. Partly because I read it in bits and pieces and maybe I wasn’t paying close enough attention.

I am now reading 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do which is interesting and thought provoking at parts but I am not sure it’s super considerably better than the TED talk + the article. We’ll see.


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

Nourish Me – 38

Mind:

  • I read: Nothing but books this week, barely even books.
  • I learned: I’ve been doing Stephanie’s Map Maker class still but haven’t begun the Courageworks class.
  • I watched:  We finished Ozark!

Body:

  • Exercise: I managed to do all 7 classes this week!
    • Monday: 7am Body Pump. 
    • Tuesday: 8am Body Pump (on my birthday nonetheless!)
    • Wednesday: Pilates and Cardio
    • Thursday: gBarre 
    • Friday: Body Pump Express and Pilates.
    • Saturday&Sunday: resting all weekend
  • Food: 
    • I functioned this week but Tuesday was my birthday and my sister is visiting so there’s be poorer food choices than usual. Overall I am still eating better than average. But I am hoping to do better next week anyway.
    • This week I stuck to peppermint tea only, too, so no caffeine besides the one coke zero I had a few of the days.
    • All the others: I’ve been still a bit less diligent than usual this week but still have been flossing, putting cream on, and taking my vitamins more often than not.

Soul:

  • I rested: Still having no trouble falling asleep but sleeping less than usual and I am exhausted and miss sleeping.
  • I connected: Connected with my sister and my friends from the kids’ school. 
  • I journaled: I did journal for MapMaker but not doing a lot of other journaling still. I honestly don’t know how to fit that in at the moment.
  • I made art: I did my last mapmaker homework.

So grateful for my progress, I have more shots on instagram though not that many since my sister came.


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

September 2017 – Travel Journal – 14

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The next morning, we wanted to take it easy. When we walked outside, we saw twenty birds at the house next to ours. Beautiful, colorful parrots were eating the apple and pear our neighbor had put out. We stayed there to watch for quite some time. We then started the walk over to Woolloomooloo (which is the best named place ever!)

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Travel Journal is a Monthly Project for September 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 38 – My Birthday

I got the best birthday present this year! My sister came to visit. She had a last minute change in plans and ended up coming to San Francisco three weeks earlier than planned. So she showed up late the night before my birthday and we got to go to the city all day for my birthday.

I wanted to make sure to work out so I went to work first and did my Body Pump class. I then came home and we drove to City Lights in the city. I’d never been to the famous book store and, of course, it was amazing. We then went to Spruce and had a delightful lunch. A quick trip to a coffee shop and we were on the way home to pick up the boys from the school bus. 

Later at night we had some cake at home as a family, too!

All in all, it was a really wonderful birthday! Here’s to many more together!


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

September 2017 – Travel Journal – 13

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The next day we decided to be adventurous and rented a car to drive down the Grand Pacific Drive which we were told was stunning views. It was.

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Travel Journal is a Monthly Project for September 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

September 2017 – Travel Journal – 12

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The next day we all took buses to Bondi so we could do the Bondi to Coogee walk. It was incredibly cold when we first got there (it was Winter in Sydney!) but it warmed up and the walk was magnificent of course.

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Travel Journal is a Monthly Project for September 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Weekly Reflection 2017 – 37

How I shone this week:  Well this week took an unexpected turn. My sister called me Sunday and asked me if she can come Monday night. She was in Boston and was planning to come in three weeks but due to a last minute change, she decided to show up. While it was absolutely wonderful, between that and my taking the day off on Tuesday, this week was very crunched so there was much running around to squeeze in going to school and work and exercise and of course being with my wonderful sister. Maybe shining mostly looks like surviving lately for me.

Things I wanted to get Done:

  • Work: i don’t even want to tell you how behind I already am in email. did the blog but not done yet. finished deck and posters. didn’t do October get together. Dashboard still needs iteration 2. moved meetings.
  • Personal: no client calls this week in the end. didn’t journal 🙁 ate okay and exercised. did mapmaker 7 (not 8) , didn’t start brene’s class, no solution to chocolate but i did continue scrapping.
  • Family: did math with both kids, did chores for school, had bday!, checked in with family and took photos!

I celebrate: getting to celebrate my birthday with my sister!

I am grateful for: my sister! my hubby! my boys! 

I nourished myself by: lots of exercise this week. 

Reflecting on my worries: all the days worked out and so did making more room so i could be with my sister.

I let go of: getting it all right this week.

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

  • bold: back to seven days of exercise.
  • mindful: mindful that i need to figure out how to balance things better this week.
  • nourish: i need to stop with the chocolate!
  • love: having my sister around.

What made me laugh this week: i laughed a lot with my boys and sister.

What I tolerated this week: not getting enough work done.

My mood this week was: tired.
I forgive myself for:  not getting enough done.
What I love right now: i love having my sister here and i know i will figure out how to balance things out.

Here’s to a great week 38. 

September 2017 – Travel Journal – 11

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After Circular Quay, we walked down to the Sydney Opera House. No one else appreciated the magnificence like I did though.

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Travel Journal is a Monthly Project for September 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

September 2017 – Travel Journal – 10

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Our first day in Sydney, we were all wiped. We walked to Circular Quay and Nathaniel ended up sleeping on my lap in a cafe.

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Travel Journal is a Monthly Project for September 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 37

I read the Class Mom pretty quickly. It was funny but it was also trying too hard to be funny in my opinion. It was ok but it will be a book I will forget pretty quickly.

I then moved to  Reincarnation Blues  which was unusual and interesting and I am still not sure if I like it or not.

Almost Missed You was a quick read, too, and also not super interesting. It was okay but meh.

I then read Home Fire which was interesting even though it was hard to read. I liked it and I liked the characters, the story and I am glad I read it.

I am now reading Stress-Proof which has a lot of facts but also a lot of “this may help…” which makes me think a lot of this book is still theories and not proven anything but still interesting and worthwhile to read, for me.


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

September 2017 – Travel Journal – 9

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The next day was our flight to Sydney for the second half of our vacation. The kids were in a good mood.

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Travel Journal is a Monthly Project for September 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.