Stronger Than Before – 02

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Weekly Intention:  This is the first real week of the year. I have a full load of meetings, David has an orthodontist appointment, the work gym is finally open again and I have one to possibly two client meetings. A lot going on. And within all that I still plan to maintain my personal exercise routine, whole30 eating, and minimum 8 hours of sleep.  I think the intention I want to set more than anything else this week is to go slowly and quietly. It lines up well with my monthly intention, too. I want to be as slow as it’s possible for me to be. Still, quiet, and considerate. I think it’s possible to be these things and passionate at the same time. Let’s see if I am right.

This month’s intention is: Strong Silent Type: Your challenge this month is to speak less, listen more. How can you influence with fewer words. At work, at home, even in your own head. Pause one more beat before replying. Mute the VC. Wait six seconds. Do what it takes to give this a try. I think this is a perfect way to start the year. There is a lot I have to get done this month and I like the challenge of learning how to do it more quietly. Can I influence with fewer words?

One way I will stretch this week:  I might possibly have a new client this week. This always creates opportunities to stretch.

One boundary I will set this week: As the meetings start flooding in, I plan to keep my personal priorities at the top of the list. I will not sacrifice my personal goals on behalf of work.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: I have some serious deliverables at work next week, I’d like to make sure to focus hard on prioritizing work early in the week to ensure I can get ready.

One new thing I will learn this week: I didn’t spend enough time coming up with self-care ideas last week so I plan to focus on this a bit this week.

One area where I will go deeper this week: Since I quit caffeine and I already don’t drink soda, liquids have been a bit tough lately. My plan this week is to experiment with different hint waters and teas so create a collection of drinkable options.

What do I need to sit with this week? My head has been constantly challenging me about this path i am taking. Do I really need to exercise? Whole30? Am I crazy? Why can’t I just eat everything in moderation? Why would i quit caffeine? It doesn’t even affect me that much. All this is so hard, just give it up already, blah blah blah. It’s constant. I need to sit with it and let it come and go. Listen to it, thank it and release it.

I am looking forward to: work because i really want to get organized. and getting my hair done this week, too.

This week’s challenges: The biggest challenge will be getting a solid chunk of work done early in the week. f I can pull that off, I will feel much better. Also, going back to the gym, I assume, will also be challenging.

Top Goals: 

  • Work: get ready for next week’s meeting, milestones +OKRs done, date picked for offsite
  • Personal: add the gym back into this new routine + keep going
  • Family: finish off and send D’s round one

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: My kids are also transitioning from rest to school so I want to give them some extra love this week.
  • Learn: I need to learn how to cook a few more dishes so I can have some variety.
  • Peace: Peace during meetings, peace with chores, peace with kids this week.
  • Service: I’d like to help my nephew this week for his scholarship application.
  • Gratitude: As i journal daily, I think it would be good to add a small gratitude to my words.

This week, I want to remember:  that I am going to be okay. That everything is going to be okay.  And also that even though the days are long, the years are so so short and I want to make sure to pay attention and love my precious people madly.


Stronger Than Before is a year-long project for 2018. You can read more about my projects for 2018 here.

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