Nourish Me – 46

Mind:

  • I read: A bunch of articles but honestly none of them stick with me, and maybe that’s reason enough to stop reading? I can’t ever be sure what the right thing to do here is.
  • I learned: I hope Calculus counts. A lot of my time has been going to the kids lately. Doing daily Calculus with David (and learning it all over myself) and doing Python with Nathaniel. I do want to pick up something new to learn but not sure what. I also signed up for another course with Karen Walrond because her courses always do right by me.
  • I watched:  Jake and I watched most of Stranger Things 2 last night. Since last weekend was a 3-day weekend for the kids, I used the opportunity to catch up on a lot of TV, too. 

Body:

  • Exercise: I exercised four times this week. On Friday the kids had no school and I had to go to teacher conferences so I had to miss my class. 
    • Monday: Body Pump
    • Tuesday: Body Pump
    • Wednesday: Pilates
    • Thursday: Yoga
  • Food: Food’s still a bit all over the place. I am still feeling wiped and lazy and not feeling in the mood to cook which means I end up making bad choices for food to eat. And while I am still pretty tired and whiny, here’s the truth: thanksgiving is coming and then I will be in Australia for a week. It will be hard enough to eat well on the plane or when I am there and if I don’t buckle down and find a way to make this work now, it will be that much harder then so it’s time. I really don’t want to put it off longer.
  • Body Care: This is another area where I’ve fallen off a lot. I think it will help me to think of this more (and not less) as we go into the darker months of the year. 

Soul:

  • I rested: I slept better this week but not as well as when I eat well.
  • I connected: I got to spend time with my friend Leslie and connected with my kids’ teachers. 
  • I journaled: I did not journal a word this week! But I did sign up for Karen’s journaling class and I am optimistic it will help me!
  • I made art: Worked on both DD and OLW! Woot!
  • Flowers: still filling my life and home with these. 

Thinking that maybe the trick is not to go back to September but forward to some new normal. 


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

Nourish Me – 45

Mind:

  • I read: Nothing besides books this week.
  • I learned: nothing new this week 🙁
  • I watched:  A little catch up TV this week. Nothing to write home about, though.

Body:

  • Exercise: I exercised four times this week. On Friday the kids had no school so I decided to take it off.
    • Monday: Body Pump
    • Tuesday: Yoga
    • Wednesday: Pilates
    • Thursday: Yoga
  • Food: Food’s still a bit all over the place. I am feeling wiped and lazy and not feeling in the mood to cook which means I end up making bad choices for food to eat. Which makes me sad. But still too tried to fix it.
  • Body Care: I did a little care of my feet and I also got my hair done.

Soul:

  • I rested: I slept better this week but not as well as when I eat well.
  • I connected: I got to spend time with my friend Leslie and connected with a few parents from school. 
  • I journaled: I did not journal a word this week!
  • I made art: Planning to work on both OLW and DD this week.
  • Flowers: still filling my life and home with these. 

Still figuring out how to go back to the place where I was in September…


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

Nourish Me – 44

Mind:

  • I read: I’m grateful to be reading a wide range of books in any one week. I also read a few blogs, some Instagram and a few articles but really very few compared to books.
  • I learned: nothing new this week 🙁
  • I watched:  I haven’t even turned on my TV since I’ve been back. I have hours and hours of recorded TV that’s waiting for me, not to mention the new season of Stranger Things.

Body:

  • Exercise: I exercised daily this week. Two of my classes were canceled so I had to improvise!
    • Monday: Body Pump
    • Tuesday: Body Pump
    • Wednesday: Sculpt + Core
    • Thursday: Yoga
    • Friday: Body Pump
  • Food: Food’s been all over the place. I am not completely off but I wouldn’t say I’ve been eating well. I’m also getting sick now which sucks and I hope that it won’t be an excuse to eat poorly.
  • Body Care: did none still. It’s been a tough week, I hope to have a better one.

Soul:

  • I rested: I slept so-so all week. 
  • I connected: I got to spend time with my friends Leslie and Kelly. Which was wonderful. 
  • I journaled: I did not journal a word this week!
  • I made art: I did nothing new 🙁 but looking forward to December daily.
  • Flowers: still filling my life and home with these. 

Grateful for nourishing myself more than average but I am slipping a bit and will make an effort to double down over the next few weeks before holiday season officially starts.


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

Nourish Me – 43

Mind:

  • I read: I still only read books this week.
  • I learned: I finished my work for Brene’s class and I loved it. Still trying to see what to take Nov/Dec.
  • I watched:  I watched a lot of Riverdale while I was in Seattle. 

Body:

  • Exercise: I woke up at 6am every morning while in Seattle and exercised. But it was only for 15 minutes on the treadmill and not going so fast. So I am not sure I get a lot of credit for it.
  • Food: I ate well every breakfast, and lunch, it was so-so for dinner.
  • Body Care: did none! 🙁

Soul:

  • I rested: I slept poorly all week. 
  • I connected: Got to see a ton of work friends both from Seattle and Sydney. I went to visit my friend Radhika and her baby and I even got to see my friend Leslie yesterday!
  • I journaled: I did journal for Mapmaker and Brene but I nothing more.
  • I made art: I did finish November and my plan for this week is to get December Daily ready
  • Flowers: got back home and bought flowers first thing.

So grateful still, I have more shots on instagram though very few this week.


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

Nourish Me – 42

Mind:

  • I read: I am reading so so many books lately. I don’t want to do anything but read. 
  • I learned: This is the last week of Stephanie’s class and I’ve begun doing the art for Brene’s class. I am super excited and also want to make sure I sign up for a new class for October/November. I am open to ideas.
  • I watched:  It was a choice between TV and books this week and books have won!

Body:

  • Exercise: I did five classes this week because my Body Pump teacher was out of town on Friday:
    • Monday:Body Pump
    • Tuesday: Strength and Core Training
    • Wednesday: Pilates
    • Thursday: gBarre 
    • Friday: Pilates.

I won’t even admit to how I haven’t added anything else to my schedule. Maybe when I am back from Seattle? 

  • Food: 
    • I will admit I am not crazy about the smoothies lately. But I am still doing them most days than not.
    • It would have been best if I were super strict this week in preparation for my trip to Seattle but I wasn’t. I didn’t do terribly but I could have done better. Here’s to hoping next week doesn’t suffer because of it.
  • Body Care:
    • I did a few face masks this week but this is an area where I can really do better.

Soul:

  • I rested: This week, too, was full of 11pms, I will do better here!
  • I connected: A friend on Thursday and another friend on Friday. It was wonderful. I also went to the book event i mentioned where I saw another friend. It was all great. 
  • I journaled: I did journal for Mapmaker and Brene but I still want to do more here.
  • I made art: I am planning to use my Mapmaker and Brene works as my November art. I feel like I haven’t done art in such a long time, though.
  • Flowers: Bought more flowers this week. Still loving them.

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


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

Nourish Me – 41

Mind:

  • I read: Since I often write the same things here (how i read books but nothing else) I’ve been wondering if I should be removing this section. It was originally intended for articles I find online that I might want to remember. But alas I read none. 
  • I learned: I’m almost all caught up in Stephanie’s class which is amazing. I’ve also watched all the videos of the three Courageworks classes I’d signed up for. I still have to do the art for them but I’ve listened to the content and, of course, it was fantastic.
  • I watched:  I didn’t watch any TV so far but I have a lot piled up in the Tivo and can’t wait to sit and watch Scandal, This is Us and a few others. 

Body:

  • Exercise: I did six classes this week:
    • Monday:Body Pump
    • Tuesday: Pilates
    • Wednesday: Pilates
    • Thursday: gBarre 
    • Friday: Body Pump Express and Pilates.

I haven’t begun any of the things that I mentioned last week but I also haven’t forgotten about them. I need to interlace them into my schedule. 

  • Food: 
    • I’ve been doing an okay job with smoothies. I did some variation this week but not a lot. 
    • I’ve had decent food and less than usual chocolate. But I’ve also been pretty lax with other tidbits here and there and I’d like to be better because it’s not too hard to slip from one small thing to many. So I think it’s better to be conscious all the time and make the healthier choices again and again.
  • Body Care:
    • I did soak my feet once this week but that’s all i’ve done so far!

Soul:

  • I rested: I slept a bit less than usual this week. Most nights I made it to bed between 10:30-11 instead of 10. Which seems like a little but it is not enough for me. I plan to do better this week.
  • I connected: with my friend on Thursday. We’ve made a recurring date to connect on Thursdays for now and it’s been really good for my soul.
  • I journaled: I did journal for MapMaker but not much else. I want to do more for mapmaker, some for brene’s class and some just for me.
  • I made art: I caught up for my mapmaker class but it’s time to think about November art and I have no plans. The small plans I had didn’t work out. Any ideas for me for November?
  • Flowers: I bought lots of beautiful flowers, I’ve loved adding this into my life. Worth every penny.

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


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

Nourish Me – 40

Mind:

  • I read: I’ve been keeping away from websites. Since I am pretty behind in all things lately, I’ve been heavily prioritizing and reading my internet feeds have been at the bottom of the list.
  • I learned: I’ve still been doing Stephanie’s Map Maker class still but sadly still haven’t begun the Courageworks class even though I think about it constantly. 
  • I watched:  A lot of TV this past Friday night. Just felt too tired to do anything else. This is Us and Suits. Also Jake and I went to the movies last weekend to see Brad’s Status which I really liked. 

Body:

  • Exercise: I did 5 classes this week:
    • Monday: Yoga
    • Tuesday: Body Pump
    • Wednesday: Pilates
    • Thursday: gBarre 
    • Friday: Pilates.

My body pump teacher comes back this week so I am excited to see get back into it. I’ve also been thinking about how I’d like my exercise to be ideally and here are a few things on my mind:

  • Ideally, I’d like to:
    • Meditate 5 mins in the mornings
    • Cardio: twice a week for 20 mins each
    • Plank: practice daily, start with 1 min, move to 3-5mins, then move to side plank
    • pilates, yoga, barre -> do at least one of each weekly
    • body pump -> at least two a week

So I need to figure out how to slowly incorporate some of these into my routine.

  • Food: 
    • So food’s gone off the rails more than I’d like partly due to my sister’s visit but mostly due to my just making bad choices. It’s nothing extreme but I can see myself slip sliding and I’d like to get myself centered. When I eat well, I feel well. When I eat poorly, I don’t even like the taste often. So I want to do better here.
    • I’ve been thinking about alternating my foods a bit. So instead of always using the same protein, I can try new ones. Here’s my variety list that I want to rotate through (this list is all things I have at home right now.):
      • Fab 4 smoothies:
        • Protein powder : collagen, vanilla, whey, plain, variety (strawberry, chocolate, etc.)
        • Veggies: zucchini, spinach, kale
        • Fiber: chia seeds, raw fiber, flax seeds
        • Fat: avocados, almond butter, MTC oil, coconut oil
        • Other: ashwaganda, macha, maca, hemp seeds
      • Salads/meals:
        • Protein: chicken, ground chicken, salmon, other fish, tuna, ground bison, eggs
        • Fiber: Spinach, baby kale, zucchini, okra, broccoli, brussell sprouts
        • Veggies: squash (winter+delicata+spaghetti), eggplant
        • Fat: cashews, almonds, avocados
        • Fruit: berries, figs, watermelon
    • For me it’s easiest to schedule stuff for days of the week so that I can be sure to be rotating so that’s my plan each week with what I have on hand. We’ll see how well it works.
  • Body Care:
    • I’ve also been thinking here:
    • Soak feet in salts once a week
    • Monthly pedicures
    • Paint my nails weekly
    • Soak in a bath 1 month
    • Do face masks twice a week
    • Floss+cream daily

Soul:

  • I rested: Doing okay on the sleep but I just didn’t get enough this week. I am catching up here, though.
  • I connected: A lot of connection last week. Monday, my sister was still here, Tuesday night I met a friend when we went to Together Rising, Wednesday, I went to the kids’ school and connected with another parent, Thursday I met with a friend in the morning and then had lunch with a work friend. And friday, I had a 4-5 hour chat with another friend. a LOT of connecting this week.
  • I journaled: I did journal for MapMaker but not doing a lot of other journaling still except for my happy planner. I’d like to get myself to 3x/week journaling. 
  • I made art: I didn’t do my last mapmaker homework yet so no art this week but I plan to catch up.
  • Flowers: I bought lots of beautiful flowers, they make my soul so happy.

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


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

Nourish Me – 39

Mind:

  • I read: Nothing but books this week, barely even books still :(.
  • I learned: I’ve still been doing Stephanie’s Map Maker class still but haven’t begun the Courageworks class even though I think about it constantly.
  • I watched:  My sister and I watched season I of Gilmore Girls! I also watched a bit of Prison Break.

Body:

  • Exercise: I did 5 classes this week:
    • Monday: Body Pump. 
    • Tuesday: Yoga
    • Wednesday: Pilates
    • Thursday: gBarre 
    • Friday: Pilates.
    • My body pump teacher is gone this and next week so I wanted to see how five would feel. It felt a bit easier paced.
  • Food: 
    • I have been making a few poorer choices due to having visitors and going out on date nights, etc. But nothing crazy.
    • This week I stuck to peppermint tea or decaf 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 some of the time.

Soul:

  • I rested: Still having no trouble falling asleep but still sleeping less than usual and I am exhausted and miss sleeping. I plan to make up for it.
  • I connected: Connected with my sister most of the time and a few visitors for work. 
  • I journaled: I did journal for MapMaker but not doing a lot of other journaling still. 
  • I made art: I did my last mapmaker homework.

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


Nourish Me 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.

Nourish Me – 37

Mind:

  • I read: Nothing but books this week! I’ve been super busy.
  • I learned: I’ve been doing Stephanie’s Map Maker class still and One Little Word! I haven’t begun the Courageworks class.
  • I watched:  We watched Ozark a bit more. I seem to have no patience for TV lately.

Body:

  • Exercise: This week was tricky with no work Monday, Jake’s birthday on Tuesday and in Seattle all Wednesday but I still managed to get 4 classes in.
    • Monday: nothing since it was no-work day and all my classes are at work.
    • Tuesday: Yoga.
    • Wednesday: nothing I was in Seattle all day .
    • Thursday: gBarre 
    • Friday: Body Pump Express and Pilates.
    • Saturday&Sunday: resting all weekend
  • Food: 
    • I did a poorer job this week. Not due to the meals, I am still eating really healthy for my three meals but i am having chocolate in the afternoons and i’ve been making things like zucchini bread or pazooki equivalents with paleo recipes but those items are still bad for you and I need to stop eating them. I am hoping it was hormonal and I can just stop now. 
    • This week I stuck to peppermint tea only so no caffeeine 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 i did a face mask and have been flossing, putting cream on,  and taking my vitamins more often than not.

Soul:

  • I rested: Sleeping strong and having no trouble falling asleep which is a miracle for me.
  • I connected: Connected with my Young Adult book club, all my work mates in Seattle and went to both a grade leads meeting(for Nathaniel) and back to school night(for David) at the kids’ school. I also spent wonderful alone time with Jake on his birthday. 
  • I journaled: I did journal for MapMaker but not doing a lot of other journaling, i’d like to fix that this week.
  • I made art: I did my last mapmaker homework and OLW for September.

So grateful for my progress, I have more shots on instagram.


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

Nourish Me – 36

Mind:

  • I read: A few articles here and there but nothing to write home about.
  • I learned: I’ve been doing Stephanie’s Map Maker class still! I decided to take the Courageworks class.
  • I watched:  We watched Ozark a bit.

Body:

  • Exercise: This week was tricky with two morning trips to the kids’ schools, so I adjusted.
    • Monday: First day of school so I missed my 7am Body Pump, I had to change it up and took Power Yoga which was super hard.
    • Tuesday: made it to Body Pump class just in time.
    • Wednesday: took a new Body Pump Express class.
    • Thursday: gBarre 
    • Friday: Body Pump Express and was too tired to stay for Pilates.
    • Saturday&Sunday: resting all weekend
  • Food: 
    • Veggies I had: delicata squash, eggplants, zucchini, cucumbers, broccoli rice, brussel sprouts, okra and spinach. 
    • Protein: chicken breasts, chicken sausage, ground chicken, pulled beef and eggs. 
    • I am a bit more hungry between meals now but can’t tell if it’s hormonal.
    • I’ve been eating too much chocolate and need to just quit it.
    • No coffee for eight weeks now. Still drinking a lot of mint tea.
    • All the others: I’ve been still a bit less diligent than usual this week but i did a face mask and have been flossing, putting cream on,  and taking my vitamins more often than not.

Soul:

  • I rested: Still sleeping strong unless I drink after 7pm. Even if I wake up now, I seem to fall back asleep.
  • I connected: Connected with my good friend Leslie and my friends Cole and Ty!
  • I journaled: I did simple daily journaling but didn’t journal on my MapMaker yet (but I will!)
  • I made art: I did my last mapmaker homework!

So grateful for my progress, I have more shots on instagram.


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

Nourish Me – 35

Mind:

  • I read: Outside of the books I’ve read this week, I haven’t done any other reading.
  • I learned: I’ve been doing Stephanie’s Map Maker class still! And I am on the fence on the courageworks class, especially since they are closing their doors by the end of this year.
  • I watched:  Still only one hour of TV this week.

Body:

  • Exercise: I came home from the trip and immediately went to work to make sure I was exercising!! I’ve been trying to introduce a new class each week, this week I did a new-to-me Vinyasa Yoga class and I went to a Sculpt and Abs class on Friday and it was crazy hard. I keep thinking those classes will not be cardio and yet they are!
    • Monday: no exercise since I was in the car!
    • Tuesday: Vinyasa Yoga
    • Wednesday: Sculpt and Core and Mat Pilates
    • Thursday: gBarre 
    • Friday: Body Pump Express and Sculpt and Abs
    • Saturday&Sunday: resting all weekend
  • Food: Since we traveled this past weekend. Food was tricky. I tried to eat my best and for the most part I managed to do so. I snacked on others’ food a bit more than I would have liked to but otherwise i am pretty proud of how clean i ate. 
    • Veggies I had: butternut squash, spaghetti squash, eggplants, zucchini, celery, cucumbers, broccoli rice, artichokes, kale and spinach. 
    • Protein: chicken breasts, chicken sausage, buffalo meat and eggs. 
    • I am still not hungry between meals. But i am still eating my chocolate and i need to come up with a plan for it.
    • No coffee for seven weeks now. When I was in Ashland, I tried Mint Tea and fell in love and I’ve been drinking it a lot since!
  • All the others: I’ve been a bit less diligent than usual this week. I will get back on the wagon. 

Soul:

  • I rested: Still sleeping strong unless I drink after 7pm. I’ve had all sorts of funny sleep last week, of course, but I am getting back on the saddle here.
  • I connected: Connected with family this week, it was awesome!
  • I journaled: I journaled only for mapmaker this week but i also started a simple daily journaling idea thanks to Stephanie Howell and I am so grateful to her (more on this later.)
  • I made art: I did parts of my mapmaker homework!

So grateful for my progress, I have more shots on instagram.


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