Nourish Me – 21

Mind:

  • I read: I read a lot of books this week but nothing was amazing. 
  • I learned: I still didn’t watch more of my class on Happiness and I didn’t do math since the kids were gone. But I am taking Glow and I did some work there. I have a new class at work this week. And I did my May OLW assignment.
  • I watched: A little bit more TV this week but not much.

Body:

  • Exercise: I exercised once, it’s a start!
  • Food: I ate well when at work, not as well when I am not. I ordered a lot of fruit from CSA, looking forward to it showing up.
  • All the others: still doing ok on all other things. still love my new shiny makeup too! 

Soul:

  • I rested: I am resting okay but I still feel really tired. I’ve had a chest cold for a few days and a lot of coughing which is keeping me up a bit more than I’d like.
  • I connected: with a lot of new people at work this week!
  • I journaled: a little bit of journaling thanks to the Glow class but I am behind already of course!
  • I made art: yes, i made a lot of art! 

taking it all 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 – 20

Mind:

  • I read: I read less than usual this week. Did some idle surfing but it’s ok. 
  • I learned: I still didn’t watch more of my class on Happiness but I did a lot of math with both kids.
  • I watched: I watched some TV this week finally. Not a lot but some! I also watched Glennon’s Soul Sessions speech. I’m still thinking about it.

Body:

  • Exercise: none this week except the hiking on Saturday.
  • Food: I had protein almost every morning. I ate a lot of salad. I ate some veggies. Things are getting better though I am still drinking too much coffee, not enough water, too much soda.
  • All the others: still doing ok on all other things. still love my new shiny makeup. 

Soul:

  • I rested: Had a few rough nights of sleep but feeling okay. I am frustrated with waking up in the middle of the night too much.
  • I connected: with new parents, old parents, and good friends. Good connecting this week.
  • I journaled: no journaling outside of here and the shine cards but I have some plans.
  • I made art: yes, i made some art! 

still slowly up-sloping here.


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

Nourish Me – 19

Mind:

  • I read: I read a good mix of books this week but no internet or facebook or anything else really. not even really my work email.
  • I learned: I haven’t made a lot of progress on my class on Happiness but I did read more nonfiction and i spent some serious time doing angles with david.
  • I watched: I watched no TV this week at all. Didn’t even turn it on. Nor did I watch netflix. it’s been quite a few weeks since I watched any TV. I can hardly believe it.

Body:

  • Exercise: none this week except the hiking on Saturday.
  • Food: I had protein almost every morning. I ate a lot of salad. I ate some veggies. Things are getting better though I am still drinking too much coffee, not enough water, too much chocolate.
  • All the others: still doing ok on all other things. love my new shiny makeup. 

Soul:

  • I rested: Had a few rough nights of sleep but feeling okay. Knees still in pain but better, too.
  • I connected:Lots of connecting at work and also volunteered at David’s school with lots of new parents.
  • I journaled: no journaling outside of here, still. but the shine cards count, no?
  • I made art: no new art. here’s to hoping.

I still feel positive trajectory here, however small.


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

Nourish Me – 18

Mind:

  • I read: I’ve had a full week this week. I’ve spent almost no time on Facebook and have had a lot of time reading. I haven’t surfed the internet at all. Well, I opened a lot of tabs but didn’t read any of them. It’s books all the time for me.
  • I learned: I finally signed up for and started this well-recommended class on Happiness and I’ve read several non-fiction books this week, I hope they count as learning!
  • I watched: I watched no TV this week at all. Didn’t even turn it on. Nor did I watch netflix. I did watch the awesome beer commercial but that’s all!

Body:

  • Exercise: I did one day of exercise. It was great. Let’s see if I can do more.
  • Food: I did what I had planned to do last week and just ate a lot more nutritious food this week. I had protein every morning. I ate a lot of salad. I ate some veggies. Things are getting better.
  • All the others: still doing ok on all other things. Though I’d still like to drink more water and I’d like to cut out the coffee to only when I am at work and once a week outside of that. Can I pull that off? 

Soul:

  • I rested: Feeling more rested this week. Still more tired than I’d like but not terrible.
  • I connected: I did a lot of connecting all day Saturday with the parents of all the kids. Plenty of connecting at work, too.
  • I journaled: I have been writing a lot here. I think that will have to count for now.
  • I made art: I did make some art this week. I have plans to do more, so let’s see if I can pull it off.

Things are getting better very very slowly but still at least on a positive trajectory here.


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

Nourish Me – 17

Mind:

  • I read: I’ve been doing a good job abandoning books, I’ve abandoned two this week. I’ve also checked out like 17 new ones so that’s not great but it’s ok, I’ve been pacing myself and I’ll read as much as I can but slowly. I’ve also been reading Facebook a bit more than I’d like lately. I usually don’t spend any time on Facebook but I’ve been doing so to connect with some of my Life Restoration friends and when there, it’s easy to do other things, too. So I will just stop doing that because it doesn’t nourish me at all.
  • I learned: I did start taking a few of the Brave Girls University classes this week. I also went back and reviewed parts of other classes I’d already taken. 
  • I watched: I started and finished watching Thirteen Reasons Why this week. I had read the book years ago but remembered only bits and pieces. The show was slightly different and vastly different at parts but it honored the essence of the book, in my opinion. It was really sad and scary and made me sad for days. 

Body:

  • Exercise: I haven’t taken any walks or exercised. We went hiking on Saturday and that was lovely but otherwise, I’ve still been phoning it in on this item. My friend Kimmie sent me an awesome site and I might actually see if I can give one of them a try.
  • Food: I thought about food a bunch this week and decided that instead of worrying about subtracting things from my diet, I will add lots and lots of vegetables to it and see if that changes things. I’ve ordered snap peas, green beans, broccoli and golden beets this week from our CSA. And a lot of the awesome lettuce they have that I love.
  • All the others: still doing ok on all other things. Though I’d like to drink more water. I’ve cut the soda down to 1 a day at most but i still drink a lot of coffee and tea and not nearly enough water.

Soul:

  • I rested: Still feeling tired. It was great to go hiking. But I was up until 2:30am on Friday watching the show so that didn’t help at all. 
  • I connected: I spent a wonderful, amazing, lovely breakfast with a new friend last week, I am so happy to have done that and I hope I get to do a few more of these.
  • I journaled: I finished my shine cards but didn’t do any other journaling this week unfortunately. Not sure what’s going on here. Not sure why this is so hard for me. Maybe I need to go back to having prompts. Or taking a class. I feel so impatient when I journal now.
  • I made art: I made some more painted rocks and I’ve also got an idea for my July project. Let’s see if I can pull it off.

I haven’t scheduled the times I’ve told myself that I would and I hope to do that this week. I also realized how much I liked the hiking and asked Jake if we could make that a regular thing (I need to buy sneakers!) If I could just figure out a way to make a routine out of some of these things I’d feel so much better.


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

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.