Nourish Me – 16

Here are some thoughts per category:

Mind:

  • I read: I’ve been reading a tremendous amount this year. I’ve read 87 books already. What I need here is actually to slow down. I need to be more selective about my reading. Books that don’t speak to me have to be abandoned more easily. I am totally done reading books about conniving women/girls. I am done reading about cruel main characters. I am done reading about things that don’t feed my soul. 
  • I learned: I’ve done a lot of non-fiction reading this year so far which I’m enjoying quite a bit. I’ve reduced the mindless internet reading. But I also seem to have lost some of my patience along the way. I’d like to restore some of that by slowing down. I also still want to take a class. I haven’t taken the step here that I’d like. I am not sure why. Maybe it’s one of those things that you have to just start. So maybe I will schedule 30 mins a week to do this. 
  • I watched: I’ve watched so so little TV this year. This is because I am spending all my time reading or working. This is ok with me. However, I think I’d like to watch more TED talks, more lessons, etc. so maybe I will schedule 30 mins a week to do this, too. 

Body:

  • Exercise: I’ve pretty much stopped exercising. At all. There’s no story here. Yes, my knees are hurting. Yes, I’m tired. But really none of those are excuses that make any sense. I just stopped and I need to start. Now that the weather is good again, I think I will start by taking walks.
  • Food: Food’s been a mess too. I still crave and love the fresh food. I still also crave and love desserts, chocolate, coffee. I miss eating healthier. I will start with lunch. And water. 
  • All the others: I am paying attention to my skin, flossing and what needs to be done most of the time. I think if I can get the other two right, I will feel so much better. This stuff is simple but not easy. For me.

Soul:

  • I rested: I need a lot more rest. I am not sure what it is but I feel exhausted all the time. I don’t want to keep drinking coffee to feel more awake. I want to work from bed more when I have stuff to do but no place to be. I will be more diligent about going to sleep on time. I might have to experiment with cutting out the coffee (or even tea, gasp!) to see how tired my body really is.
  • I connected: I want to be more mindful with my connecting. I would like to take the time to get to know a few parents in David’s class, and a few in Nathaniel’s class. I want to connect with a few friends from work. And a few friends online.  And that’s it for now. 
  • I journaled: This is definitely falling by the wayside. I need, want, desire to journal more. Journaling is how i connect to my soul, my thoughts, my heart. I need more of it in my life. I need to quit obsessing about the reading, and journal more. 
  • I made art: Art is also good for my soul. It’s something that makes me happy. I used to have a discipline of art and lately I’m either not doing it or just getting it done. I want neither. I want to go back to having the discipline of it. I need to think about what this means for me a bit more.

Here are some of my thoughts. My body and soul need this so much and I want to start with my body. What I put into it, how I move it and how I rest it. It’s how I get the strength to do all the other bits. 


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

Nourish Me – 15

 

Taking a break this week as I spend the whole week Nourishing my soul. Back next week with a different perspective and possibly a different plan.


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

Nourish Me – 14

Mind:

  • I read: I’ve been really behind in internet reading. I have like 40 tabs open but I keep reading books instead. 
  • I learned: i read a few non fiction books this week and learned what to do to manage teams well, does that count?
  • I watched: same as the reading. I am focusing on books which means the TV didn’t even get turned on this weekend. but I watched this which made me cry.

Body:

  • Exercise: No exercise this week either. One of my knees did stop hurting so now I am wondering if I should pick something else.
  • Food: Ate some really heathy stuff and some really unhealthy stuff. 
  • Skin: doing ok here.
  • Floss: ok here, too.
  • And More: nothing else here. i’d like to spend some time thinking about this, though. I think I need some nice tops. I’ve always wanted to have someone help me find a dressing style. i wish i could have that.

Soul:

  • I rested: it was a very quiet weekend. but i think i need to find a new rhythm. maybe not so much reading. 
  • I connected: with more parents from the kids’ school.
  • I journaled: too little. i hope and plan to do some this week.
  • I made art: i started a little bit more art. really simple things but still.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what nourishment means to me. And how maybe I’ve been going about it a bit wrong. I need to do some more thinking here. 


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

Nourish Me – 13

Here’s to drinking more water.

Mind:

  • I read: A lot of books this week but not much of anything else.
  • I learned: I am still woefully behind here, too. I had intentions but I used up the time with booking our trip. I will see if I can dedicate some during-the-week time here.
  • I watched: a little tv this week. i don’t really seem to miss tv all that much. no ted talks either, though.

Body:

  • Exercise: No exercise last week, I wanted to see if my knees were sicker than I thought. But they are not. So I am back to doing it this week.
  • Food: Still mixed bag this week. Ate some really heathy stuff and some really unhealthy stuff. 
  • Skin: still moisturizing and taking care of my skin. my heels are so soft and lovely thanks to the awesome cream i use.
  • Floss: still flossing. love love love my floss.
  • And More: got my hair done. 

Soul:

  • I rested: I am resting. I spent much of the past weekend resting. I am working on it.
  • I connected: with a lot of parents from David’s class. And Nathaniel’s new class.
  • I journaled: a little this week! i miss journaling but I also don’t. not sure what that means.
  • I made art: i finished all my april art and really enjoyed making it.

I think I need to rest more. I am going to see if the intention around slowing down does the trick to help me rest more this week. Here’s to hoping.

 

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

Nourish Me – 12

I am learning that nourishment is a journey for me. And it’s not even a matter of all right or all wrong. But making every single choice along the way deliberately. Even the small ones like having shiny toenails to remember my word.  

Mind:

  • I read: I am behind in this week’s blog reading mostly because I was out of town and had a full schedule once I got back and then spent the weekend doing taxes and at the kids’ school etc. I did read a bunch of books but not much else this week.
  • I learned: I learned a lot of stuff at the STEM fair but I didn’t do any of my other projects. Didn’t sign up for a class either. Still intend to. I also intend to catch up to Stephanie’s class which I haven’t given proper attention to. I am reading nonstop so that’s taking time away from other things. 
  • I watched: I finally watched all the outstanding episodes of This is Us on my Tivo. I cried of course. In every single episode! There are movies I want to watch but at the moment that time is not a luxury. 

Body:

  • Exercise: I exercised twice this week. I am working on getting it to be more. I am in quite a bit of knee pain so I am going to see what the doctor says.
  • Food: Mixed bag this week. Ate some really heathy stuff and some really unhealthy stuff. Working on it with each meal and trying to make sure I am mindful consistently.
  • Skin: still moisturizing and taking care of my skin. grateful for this practice.
  • Floss: still flossing. love love love my floss.
  • And More: made a doctor’s appointment finally for my knees and just a general checkup. 

Soul:

  • I rested: sleep has been a mixed bag too. I’ve been staying up a bit later which isn’t great. but the 3am wakeup is gone, thankfully. I am feeling extremely tired, however, and that’s another reason I made an appointment with the doctor so I can make sure nothing is wrong.
  • I connected: with several friends this past week as well as workmates in Seattle. 
  • I journaled: none this week. I know. I know.
  • I made art: I didn’t do more art since last week but I got ready for the prep work I need to do for it, does that count?
 

I am realizing that one of the things I am going to need to focus more heavily on is my knees as they are in so much pain in this moment and I am also going to need to do some quality resting this week if at all possible. If not, I will take some time off next week so I can stay in bed and rest. I feel quite exhausted.

 

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

Nourish Me – 11

Last week, I thought about and journaled ways in which I might be able to reset and I have some ideas but I am not sure they are the right ones. What I know is that I am not ready to give it up yet. I still believe deeply in everything on my list. So I will find my way back either way. 

Mind:

  • I read: Still reading books voraciously. I’ve noticed in the last few weeks that I don’t really like blogs I read anymore. Most of the people I loved reading aren’t writing anymore or are mostly doing commercial things (which is totally fine, just not what I connect with.) So if you’re reading a great blog, I’d love to hear about it. I also loved this little tidbit from zenhabits which resonated with me. 
  • I learned: Well I am talking to the kids about projects they’d like to do and David has some ideas that might mean learning new things for me. I’ve also been thinking about online classes again. Maybe something small to get me started…I also want to read and do the exercises for all the wholehearted lessons this week. let’s see if I can.
  • I watched: I am quite amazed at the lack of TV in my life lately. I just don’t choose to turn it on. When the alternative is a book, the TV just doesn’t get used. I did watch this wonderful talk and recommend it wholeheartedly. Very resonant with my goals this week (or in life in general.)

Body:

  • Exercise: I exercised just once again. I have a bit of a plan for exercising as soon as I get up to not worry about the variability in my day to day schedule. But I also know I am really tired when I get up. So we’ll see if it works.
  • Food: I have brought more whole foods into my diet. I have also decided coffee’s ok if need be but I’d like to step back from the processed food that I don’t enjoy and eat anyway.
  • Skin: moisturizing has been going well. I see the effect and like doing it. yey for my skin.
  • Floss: back to flossing, that wasn’t too hard and dude i need to just not stop it.
  • And More: i got a mani and pedi this week. first time in years. and put on shiny polish so I can remember to shine!

Soul:

  • I rested: I have been sleeping uninterupted for two nights. That’s a blessing. Still very tired but hopefully on the way to better rest. 
  • I connected: with parents from David’s school at a lovely dinner. It was fantastic.
  • I journaled: once but for a long time, this week.
  • I made art: Started April art. About halfway there and it was really fun.
I did some of the reflection I mentioned last week but I didn’t think about what fills me up,what gives me energy, what depletes me, and I’d love to see if I can do that this week.
 
Coincidentally, Gretchen Rubin blogged about this quote this week:

“Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am. That I will never fulfill my obligation to surpass myself unless I first accept myself–and if I accept myself fully in the right way I will already have surpassed myself.

–Thomas Merton, Journal, October 2, 1958

I felt like it was a perfect representation of what I am learning along this journey of life.


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

Nourish Me – 10

And here we are, still not back on the path. I am doing better. I am taking it one day at a time. Forgiving myself and doing what needs to be done to reset each time. This journey is not easy for me and I am trying to be kind to myself about it.

Mind:

  • I read: I read quite a lot this week and read 3 books I loved all in one week which is quite rare for me and I am really grateful. I also read this. It resonated so so strongly with me. I do this a lot. All the time. I want to start showing up to my life.
  • I learned: not a lot of new things here either. i usually spend a bit of time online but i was really busy and decided to not touch the computer outside of work.
  • I watched: I watched just a few episodes of Suits. Not even the Oscars last week. This is quite unusual for me.

Body:

  • Exercise: I exercised just once. My knees are not feeling well but that’s mostly an excuse.
  • Food: I’ve had cappuccinos and mille feuilles this week. But I also had eggs, salads, and fruit 
  • Skin: i did moisturize.
  • Floss: i didn’t floss 🙁
  • And More: nothing more. i am still doing the bare minimum.

I am hoping to report something different here next week. 

Soul:

  • I rested: I still wake up at 3am and can’t fall back asleep. I sneeze, and my brain gets stuck and the rest of the night is a wash.
  • I connected: with a friend, completely randomly this week and then with another one as well.
  • I journaled: it turns out i journaled 13 days in February. Not great but also not abysmal. I have plans for journaling this week.
  • I made art: i am trying to think about April art already. Open to ideas!
As I work on assessing things this week, one of the areas I want to tackle is nourishment. What fills me up,what gives me energy, what depletes me, etc.

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

Nourish Me – 09

And here we are, still wildly off the path.

Mind:

  • I read: read a bit this week. more than usual considering I was out of town for most of it.
  • I learned: nothing this week. i have had to work super hard to be able to leave town so I’ve been mostly focused on that.
  • I watched: I watched Big Little Liars and the Billions this week. Oh and Moana.

Body:

  • Exercise: I exercised none this week. But I did walk a lot. a lot. so much that I am hurting all over.
  • Food: I’ve had a lot more cappuccinos and just ate all around badly.
  • Skin: i did moisturize.
  • Floss: i didn’t floss 🙁
  • And More: nothing more. i am still doing the bare minimum.

Soul:

  • I rested: I have been sleeping badly. i am going to bed early but then i wake up in the middle of the night. i can’t go back to sleep easily and i just feel terribly unrested.
  • I connected: with my family this week. and my YA book club, too!
  • I journaled: i have done an abysmal job of journaling. it’s almost as if choosing it for my Feb OLW jinxed it.
  • I made art: i finished my march art and loved it.
It’s really hard to get back on track still. I am trying to figure out how to think about all this differently so I don’t judge myself and so that I can get back on track seamlessly and with compassion.

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

Nourish Me – 08

Oh man. The thing about falling off the plan is that it’s so much harder to go back on 🙁 I seem to have to learn this lesson again and again.

Mind:

  • I read: a lot this weekend. I spent most of my weekend reading and relaxing and i am looking forward to a bit more reading on the way down to Los Angeles.
  • I learned: a lot about work this week and not much else.
  • I watched: here are a few lovely videos thanks to swiss miss.

Body:

  • Exercise: I exercised one day this week. I can’t even begin to tell you how much this frustrates me but alas i still haven’t done it.
  • Food: I’ve had a lot more cappuccinos. A little better this week but not much.
  • Skin: i did moisturize.
  • Floss: i didn’t floss 🙁
  • And More: nothing more. i am still doing the bare minimum.

Soul:

  • I rested: I have been sleeping weird hours. I am getting 7-8 hours a night but I am exhausted and don’t seem to have recovered from my trip somehow.
  • I connected: ?with a few friends last Friday and that was lovely.
  • I journaled: i have still not been really journaling. i am not sure what’s going on. i was doing so well that I picked this as my thing to try for OLW and maybe that just cursed it.
  • I made art: I did make some art, yey!
It’s really hard to get back on track at this moment. I feel like February has been all around tough and I expect this week will be so, too. But I am not giving up.

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

Nourish Me – 07

I just got back from Sydney. I am writing this before I am back on the routine so I will be honest. Hopefully by Wednesday things will be more back to nourishment.

Mind:

  • I read: I’ve read less than I’d hoped to this week. But still a lot considering I was working really long days.  This lovely reminder.
  • I learned: Hmmm. I read a few nonfictions in the last 10 days so I’ll say I learned a bit there. Especially about logotherapy. I’ve also learned a lot about my workmates.
  • I watched: A bunch of TV when I got back. All the videos from Brave Girl Symposium (I cannot recommend them enough!). This wonderful video about all that we share (thanks swissmiss)

Body:

  • Exercise: I did not do the exercise but I walked and walked every day I was in Sydney. A lot of walking. my body was aching all over.
  • Food: I had cappuccinos, soda and all sorts of food. But I still prioritized the healthy and fresh. I didn’t overdo it (I think!) and I am looking forward to eating fresh again.
  • Skin: didn’t take moisturizer with me.
  • Floss: nor did i floss 🙁
  • And More: nothing more. i pretty much did the bare minimum while there.

Soul:

  • I rested: I slept as much as possible while there. I’d say i averaged 5-6. not ideal.
  • I connected:  Lots and lots of connections last week.
  • I journaled: I journaled all but two days. But not deep journaling to be honest.
  • I made art: I tried to make art but just wasn’t able to. I am trying to decide what this means for March. I did however take photos every day.
Here’s to getting back on track.

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

Nourish Me – 06

Ok I am writing this before I am in Sydney so it might actually end up a bit different. But I will write both what I did and what I plan.

Mind:

  • I read: I’ve read a few books this week. Not as much as usual but I am writing this before the weekend.
  • I learned: A lot about work this week.
  • I watched: I have watched some TV and Men in Black with David. That’s it.

Body:

  • Exercise: I did the 7-minute exercise some of the days this week. I only skipped when I worked literally the whole day.
  • Food: I had one latte, but not from Starbucks. We baked our own bread this week. I’ve eaten consistently healthy. My plan for Sydney is to not worry too much. I might even drink soda. But I will consistently make the healthy choice first. I am not going to worry about this.
  • Skin: moisturized every day when i came out of the shower.
  • Floss: flossed every night when I was home.
  • And More: used the flouride-rich toothpaste a tiny bit more.

Soul:

  • I rested: I slept 7-8 hours each night. I expect Sydney will come with some jetlag and low on sleep.
  • I connected:  I had lunch with a good friend and it was so great for my soul. Connected with others, too.
  • I journaled: I started using the awesome journaling practice idea and it’s my February pick.
  • I made art: I made a little more art. didn’t make enough but a good amount.
Here’s to getting better one day at a time.

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

Nourish Me – 05

Ok so this week has been a bit “worse” than the other weeks in that I’ve not been blindly and wholly adhering to the letter of the law I’ve created for myself. But I think I’m actually moving closer to the lifelong strategy I want to have here and I think this is the better direction. I just want to make sure I don’t lose my way along the way.

Mind:

  • I read: I’ve read a range of books this week. Other than that, I’ve been reading a lot on Facebook, mostly political content and I am not 100% its’ good for my soul. I don’t believe in putting my head in a hole but I also think a lot of this might just be bad for my soul. So I need to find some balance.
  • I learned: Hmm not a lot of learning this week. It’s been a short week and I’ve been working or with my kiddos.
  • I watched: Thank’s to swissmiss, again, here’s a lovely video about making a difference and here’s food for thought (not a video). I’m still thinking about it. And here’s Dr. Burns’ TEDx talk.

Body:

  • Exercise: I did the 7-minute exercise some of the days this week. But then I didn’t while I was skiing. I did ski, though, so that helped.
  • Food: No lattes, well actually i ordered one, took a sip and threw it out. I had two bagels this week when I was on the road and had little other choice and one small pancake and i’ve had some chocolate. those are the processed items i ate. The rest of the time I stuck to whole and fresh. I’ve also just signed our family up for CSA delivery starting when I’m back from Sydney and had a long talk with the kids about eating healthier. I have some ideas around eating very fresh and healthy at home and not worrying about when we eat out at the moment. We eat out at most 1-3 times a week. It’s not ideal but we eat at home 18-20 times a week so I’d rather focus on those meals first.
  • Skin: moisturized every day when i came out of the shower.
  • Floss: flossed every night when I was home.
  • And More: didn’t use the flouride-rich toothpaste this week, back on the wagon starting tonight.

Soul:

  • I rested: I slept 7-8 hours each night except Friday because we were in a hotel and Jake was really sick.
  • I connected:  Not much connecting with friends this week though a small vacation with my family counts, too.
  • I journaled: I journaled for a few days but I’ve found this awesome journaling practice idea thanks to positively present and I will give it a shot this week to see what impact it has.
  • I made art: I made a little more art. Not fully there but slowly slowly getting there.
Here’s to getting better one day at a time.

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