Stronger Than Before – 17

Weekly Intention: Well here we are. The crazy weeks are starting. My schedule from this week to July is non-stop fun. This week I have four trips to the kids’ school. Two in the morning, one in the afternoon and one at night. It’s also Take your Kid to Work Day on Tuesday which magically happens to be Nathaniel’s birthday. We have his birthday part on Saturday and the Tech Challenge is on Sunday and I get on a flight to Sydney Sunday evening. Of course I have over 40 meetings in between all of these moments. Fun fun fun times. Here’s the thing. I have a lot of variety and insanity in my schedule in these weeks. I have a lot of school things, trips to Tokyo, Sydney, Boston, France, Italy and Spain. I have a ton of work. I have three summits. I am really stressing when I think about it all but I don’t need to think about it all. I can just think one day at a time here. I am very excited about every single item. None of them are chores. They will all be occasions of celebration or learning or connection. Or both or all! I am going to set the intention to be present as much as I can. I will work hard not to rush to the next moment. Not to worry about the next item. Not to stress about any one thing not going perfectly. The collection of all of these things will be wonderful and I will come out on the other side with deeper connection both at work and with my family. I will learn a ton. I will visit magical places. So let’s try to make this fun, Karen, okay?

This month’s intention is: Emotionally Strong: This is the time to work on being a better version of you. And loving you. Loving what is.  Respond and don’t react. Journal more. Doing a really crappy job of journaling still and I haven’t even done the OLW for April. I will have to do both April and May in May at this rate.

One way I will stretch this week:  My schedule will be a stretch this week. But I will make it work.

One boundary I will set this week: I am going to do better with sleep and food this week. I will limit my lunches to vegetables + protein and my dinners to salads. I will opt out of snacks and drink more liquids.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: Nathaniel, it’s his birthday week!!!

One new thing I will learn this week: I am going to learn more physics with David and more about search engines with Nathaniel.

One area where I will go deeper this week: i want to experiment with journaling times and see if I can do something to make it stick.

What do I need to sit with this week? self-care. I’d like to make a plan for keeping up good habits and self-care as i walk into a period of inconsistency in my schedule and a lot of travel.

I am looking forward to: Nathaniel’s birthday and the Tech Challenge

This week’s challenges: just all the driving to school and juggling that with my schedule. 

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  iterate in summits, send out emails to team for geist and summits, get strategy sessions iteration 1 on cals
  • Personal: pilates daily, journal, figure out food, pack for Sydney.
  • Family: nathaniel’s birthday!! make it awesome! book cars in europe,  finish booking summer camps, help nathaniel with his passion projects

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: i am going to give some love to my gums this week, i’ve not been flossing much
  • Learn: learn what the people want for the summit
  • Peace: peace with traveling.
  • Service: this week’s service is Nathaniel and school trips.
  • Gratitude: my sister and my mom. 

This week, I want to remember: that my life is full because of who i am and how i choose to live and all of these are magical moments and i can choose to enjoy them and embrace them.


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

Stronger Than Before – 16

Weekly Intention: This week is a long but normal work week. I have a ton of meetings and I will be spending all of Wednesday in a day-long meeting but for the most part I have no trips to school, no evening events except for prepping for the Wednesday meeting. I am hoping this means I can go to sleep early every night. My plan and intention for this week is twofold: to spend a bit of time thinking about my new job more and then to rest as much as possible.

This month’s intention is: Emotionally Strong: This is the time to work on being a better version of you. And loving you. Loving what is.  Respond and don’t react. Journal more. Doing a really crappy job of journaling, I am hoping to do better soon.

One way I will stretch this week:  I am taking a “learn how to bike” class this weekend. it will be stretching me a lot.

One boundary I will set this week: bedtime and rest time.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: my body a bit. it needs so much more rest than it’s getting.

One new thing I will learn this week: how to ride a bike!

One area where I will go deeper this week: i want to do better with the journaling, with understanding how i’m feeling.

What do I need to sit with this week? i need to sit with how i feel about my new job. and the next few months. i want to spend some time thinking about it deeply. so i can live intentionally. (I didn’t do this last week, maybe this week.)

I am looking forward to: going to bed early. 🙂 

This week’s challenges: learning to bike is going to be really challenging especially if my sciatica isn’t  better by then.

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  figure out what’s next, get summits squared away, make summer plans.
  • Personal: pilates daily, journal, figure out food.
  • Family: buy nathaniel presents, book cars in europe,  finish booking summer camps

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: i think my body needs a little extra love this week. extra rest.
  • Learn: learn to think about how i want my job to evolve.
  • Peace: peace with resting.
  • Service: this week’s service is work for the all day meeting.
  • Gratitude: my full life and my body for putting up with me.

This week, I want to remember: to enjoy the regular, quieter weeks like this one.


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

Stronger Than Before – 15

Weekly Intention: This is an unusual week. The kids have no school. I have to work some of the week and we’ll be on vacation for another part of the week. I have long days for the days when I am working. So I plan to really be present when I am working and not worry about home as much as possible and get a ton done so I don’t feel like I am leaving anything on the table. I then plan to really be present for my kids and husband during our time off. I am hoping to relax and read and play and enjoy our vacation. Let’s see if I can pull it off.

This month’s intention is: Emotionally Strong: This is the time to work on being a better version of you. And loving you. Loving what is.  Respond and don’t react. Journal more. Journaling so far!!

One way I will stretch this week:  maybe i can enjoy the water park, too?

One boundary I will set this week: i will not work while i am away. I can do this!

This week, I will focus on pleasing: my boys. i will do my best to make this holiday magical for them.

One new thing I will learn this week: maybe a little more rock climbing.

One area where I will go deeper this week: deeper journaling, i am hoping. 

What do I need to sit with this week? i need to sit with how i feel about my new job. and the next few months. i want to spend some time thinking about it deeply. so i can live intentionally.

I am looking forward to: a little time off.

This week’s challenges: not worrying about work when i am away.

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  book speaker, get summit organized. make progress.
  • Personal: pilates daily, book cars in europe, book summer camps, figure out dinner.
  • Family: buy nathaniel presents. enjoy vacation!

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: be extra loving with my kids and hubby!!
  • Learn: learn to think about how i want my job to evolve.
  • Peace: peace with work piling up while i am gone.
  • Service: this week’s service is to my whole family.
  • Gratitude: for some time off.

This week, I want to remember: every day i get is magic. i am so grateful.


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

Stronger Than Before – 14

Weekly Intention: This week is going to be insane. I have a lot of work to do and I have to make 4 trips to the kids’ school, two during daytime and two at night. I also have a wedding to go to on Sunday. This is enough to possibly push me over the edge. So my goal this week is to be super on top of things during the day since I won’t have nights to be able to focus and work or even rest. To eat extra well so I can feel strong and to rest as much as possible. 

This month’s intention is: Emotionally Strong: This is the time to work on being a better version of you. And loving you. Loving what is.  Respond and don’t react. Journal more. Love this. I was looking for a 100-day project and I think it will be journaling! Even if it’s a few minutes a day.  Love it.

One way I will stretch this week:  managing my time and organizing all the things i have going on will stretch me a lot this week. 

One boundary I will set this week: i will protect my time a lot this week, especially since i will have little of it. 

This week, I will focus on pleasing: my sons. especially nathaniel who has been getting less attention. 

One new thing I will learn this week: summit planning baby!

One area where I will go deeper this week: planning for 2019. 

What do I need to sit with this week? i need to sit with the discomfort of a lot of moving parts at the moment. have faith that it’s all going to come together.

I am looking forward to: spring break which is a week away. 

This week’s challenges: just all the evenings, i dislike being committed at night.

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  book speaker, get summer planning booked, staff meeting organized
  • Personal: find+do april exercise, book car in europe, book hotel in europe, book hotel for next week, book rock climbing, figure out dinner.
  • Family: help david for recital ideas. start planning nathaniel’s birthday

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: be extra loving with my kids and hubby!!
  • Learn: learn to start prioritizing work lists and make sure i don’t drop the ball.
  • Peace: peace with the fact that i will likely mess some things up.
  • Service: this week’s service is still to nathaniel who will need to prep for his Farmer’s Market at school.
  • Gratitude: for my chaotic and yet amazing life

This week, I want to remember: i can do this. i have faith.


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

Stronger Than Before – 13

Weekly Intention: This also promises to be a reasonably quiet week. My intention this week is to get some of our summer under control and to plan the rest of spring break and button up david’s application. These are all things i’ve been postponing in one way or another but they are weighing me down so i will be glad to get them done. I also want to really try to not work in the evenings this week. I want to spend time with both kids, go back to preparing healthy food. If I can do these things I’ll feel really, really good about my week. 

This month’s intention is: Party Strong: This month is for celebrating. You’ve worked hard, they’ve worked hard. Everyone’s working hard. Make sure to pause and celebrate. Have a party. Take a moment daily and pat yourself in the back. Pat your loved ones in the back, too. Hmm well we haven’t done any partying. Maybe I can declare this Friday a celebration day for our family. I will certainly be celebrating the end of March.

One way I will stretch this week:  I will be driving a new car around all week which is going to be hard for me. 

One boundary I will set this week: i will protect my evenings this week as well, mostly to sit with all my boys.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: my family by taking care of all the summer plans.

One new thing I will learn this week: more physics i hope!

One area where I will go deeper this week: i will be organizing two summits. 

What do I need to sit with this week? i need to sit with the discomfort of closing out our plans for the summer, booking places, and just getting it done.

I am looking forward to: being done with all these plans that have been weighing on me. can i get it done? 

This week’s challenges: besides what i mentioned above, it’s organizing all my learnings from the last month.

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  start organizing the summits, distill learnings
  • Personal: keep body pumping, buy tix for boston, buy tix for europe, close and submit essays and finish out the app, and for the love of the universe please figure out the food.
  • Family: spend time with all three of my boys!!

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: be extra loving with myself this week, ask for help for some of these tasks that will be hard on me.
  • Learn: learn how to be more helpful at work.
  • Peace: peace with what’s hard for me. and grace. 
  • Service: this week’s service is to nathaniel who will need to prep for his Farmer’s Market at school.
  • Gratitude: for having my husband who is my rock

This week, I want to remember: it’s all going to work out. i will buy the tickets and plan the plans.


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

Stronger Than Before – 12

Weekly Intention: It looks like this is going to be a quiet week, too, so my hope is to also stay on track each day, make a bit of progress on some of the work I do have piling up and then spend time with the kids. David travels to NYC this week with his school so I want to make sure to spend time with him until he leaves and then focus a bit extra on Nathaniel while it’s just the three of us. I also want to work on journaling or finding a way to reduce some of the anxiety I’ve been feeling.

This month’s intention is: Party Strong: This month is for celebrating. You’ve worked hard, they’ve worked hard. Everyone’s working hard. Make sure to pause and celebrate. Have a party. Take a moment daily and pat yourself in the back. Pat your loved ones in the back, too. I have to say we haven’t been partying all that hard. But I could still do something here before March is over.

One way I will stretch this week:  I will be driving a new car around all week which is going to be hard for me. 

One boundary I will set this week: i will protect my evenings this week. Especially Monday and Tuesday before David leaves.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: myself so i can get back to being a bit more level.

One new thing I will learn this week: how to distill a lot of data and comments into a comprehensible document.

One area where I will go deeper this week: making a product roadmap still working on this.

What do I need to sit with this week? i need to sit with the anxiety which will be hard with the new car and david traveling.

I am looking forward to: my new car i think even though i’m anxious.

This week’s challenges: i need to finish some of the work i’ve been working on so i can feel like i made progress.

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  finish the results doc and the initial roadmap
  • Personal: keep body pumping, think about food more and see if you can make some decisions
  • Family: spend time with david, finish the essay for his app, spend time with Nathaniel and make a new plan for him now that he’s finished the math

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: be extra loving with david. kind and generous, too.
  • Learn: learn how things work in this org.
  • Peace: peace with the new car. and with driving. 
  • Service: this week’s service is to the kids’ school. for the STEM fair.
  • Gratitude: for being able to take it one step at a time.

This week, I want to remember: life is good. i am okay. everything is ok. i am grateful.


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

Stronger Than Before – 11

Weekly Intention: It looks like this is going to be a quieter week. I have a lot of work meetings but no super late nights and no obligations that I can see until next Sunday when it’s the school’s STEM Fair. So this week’s intention is: let’s stay on track each day, so that I don’t accumulate work into the weekend like I did last week. Let’s spend the nights with the kids and with Jake. Let’s enjoy the week.

This month’s intention is: Party Strong: This month is for celebrating. You’ve worked hard, they’ve worked hard. Everyone’s working hard. Make sure to pause and celebrate. Have a party. Take a moment daily and pat yourself in the back. Pat your loved ones in the back, too. Interesting timing for this one. I’ll see what I can do here. Hmm. We had a celebration last week for David so this week we’ll make another one. I’ll figure out an occasion.

One way I will stretch this week:  I will see what it takes to keep on schedule. It’s going to be hard.

One boundary I will set this week: aiming for no weekend work. that’s a hard boundary for me.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: my family.

One new thing I will learn this week: i’ve been learning a lot at work. i’m counting that this week.

One area where I will go deeper this week: making a product roadmap.

What do I need to sit with this week? i need to sit with the low level of anxiety and how to balance things a bit better.

I am looking forward to: a quieter week.

This week’s challenges: putting myself out there every day lately.

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  more 1-1s, start planning a bit.
  • Personal: keep body pumping, make a food plan, do olw march. – repeat of last week 🙁
  • Family: just loving time with my family this week.

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: i want to show my love a lot this week.
  • Learn: learn what matters most for the folk at work.
  • Peace: just peace. 
  • Service: this week’s service is showing up for my people.
  • Gratitude: for my life. for people’s patience with me

This week, I want to remember: there will always be plenty of work. always.


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

Stronger Than Before – 10

Weekly Intention: Jake’s back and I have a long week of meetings this week. Thankfully, no evening activities. I have follow up from the accident last week and otherwise I expect to be fully focused at work and on my family. My intention for this week is to move on. To do the mourning I need to do and then allow myself to forgive myself and focus on what matters most again.

This month’s intention is: Party Strong: This month is for celebrating. You’ve worked hard, they’ve worked hard. Everyone’s working hard. Make sure to pause and celebrate. Have a party. Take a moment daily and pat yourself in the back. Pat your loved ones in the back, too. Interesting timing for this one. I’ll see what I can do here. March is usually a tough month for me and I didn’t start on the very best foot, so maybe taking a moment to celebrate is a good thing.

One way I will stretch this week:  honestly with more meetings at work, trying to learn my job.

One boundary I will set this week: between me and myself this week on how much I will allow last week to impact me.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: my wonderful husband. he so deserves it.

One new thing I will learn this week: i am taking an AP Physics course with David and i am going to say this still counts.

One area where I will go deeper this week: identifying some focus areas for work.

What do I need to sit with this week? i need to sit with how i am feeling and how to heal.

I am looking forward to: having jake back at home.

This week’s challenges: following up for some of the needed work on our car.

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  more 1-1s, summarizing, iterating.
  • Personal: keep body pumping, make a food plan, do olw march. 
  • Family: getting into a routine with david and our physics class.

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: i want to journal some this week to help me feel my feelings.
  • Learn: learn how to do my job.
  • Peace: peace with what happened.
  • Service: this week’s service is getting back in the car when i really don’t want to.
  • Gratitude: for my husband. my kids. my parents.

This week, I want to remember: it’s going to be ok. i’m going to be ok. things happen. life is not a straight line. 


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

Stronger Than Before – 09

Weekly Intention: Everyone goes back to school and work this week. My manager is out of town so all of my week will be getting focused and caught up to speed on my new work and getting ahead in my old job so I can make sure to give him more time when he’s back. Jake will be gone most of this week and I will have to juggle work and pickup/drop off which I know will be tough. I also have to go to the kids’ school twice this week. Personally, my intention is to spend a bit extra time resting and a beat longer which each kid to make sure I am not rushing through this week. At work, I want to also get organized a bit.

This month’s intention is: Physically Strong: This is your month. Get out there and get strong. Increase the weights. Add more cardio. Make a plan. You can do this. You have it in you. Still working on the yoga. Will think about my March plans this week.

One way I will stretch this week:  i will be starting to make decisions and that will require stretching (at work.)

One boundary I will set this week: i will have to be clear with my work/home boundaries this week as I will be mostly an only-parent this week.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: hmm i think this week will be dedicated to Jake as I give him the room to go on his business trips.

One new thing I will learn this week: i am taking an AP Physics course with David which is kicking my …. since I know nothing.

One area where I will go deeper this week: i guess i will dive deeper in the product roadmap this week, too.

What do I need to sit with this week? i need to sit with understanding my job better, diving deeper and carving some solid work for myself.

I am looking forward to: feeling a bit more at home here. i know it will take some time.

This week’s challenges: balancing work and home this week without jake.

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  more 1-1s, product roadmap and reviews, making a plan for next steps.
  • Personal: making march plan, picking something to do daily. 
  • Family: spending time with both boys this week and making sure they get back into the groove of school. 

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: i want to spend my evenings with a little self-care this week.
  • Learn: learn more about the organization as a whole.
  • Peace: peace with juggling things this week.
  • Service: this week’s service is all the drop off and pick ups maybe? 🙂
  • Gratitude: for having the space to juggle all i have to juggle this week.

This week, I want to remember: that it’s all going to look different in three months and then again in six months. be patient.


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

Stronger Than Before – 08

Weekly Intention: This week is a bit of a mix. Monday is a national holiday so I will be grateful to have the extra day to relax. Tuesday and Wednesday will be long work days for me and the kids will be home with Jake since it’s Winter Break for them. On Thursday, I will work half a day and then we will see if we can sneak a mini-vacation the rest of the week. (Hopefully!) My intention for this week is to be very productive when at work. And then to really be present with my family. I want to rest a lot, play a lot and live the moments of my life.

This month’s intention is: Physically Strong: This is your month. Get out there and get strong. Increase the weights. Add more cardio. Make a plan. You can do this. You have it in you. I will say that it worked out to be a poor choice to have this for February. I will not be able to go to the gym at all this month due to my travel, jake’s travel and holidays. I will have to swap this for March and do both of my intentions then. In the meantime I am still honoring this by doing daily yoga at least.

One way I will stretch this week:  i’m going to have to say that my new role will be stretching me for the next few weeks/months.

One boundary I will set this week: i will make sure more and more people know about my new role. this will help me be successful and set more boundaries.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: while i will continue to focus on my new team for a while, this week i will also spend solid energy on my boys while I am away

One new thing I will learn this week: i am going to try to learn a little bit more about each person.

One area where I will go deeper this week: one specific thing this week is a product roadmap.

What do I need to sit with this week? i need to sit with the discomfort of being the new person, not knowing enough, not being able to help enough yet, etc.

I am looking forward to: learning, growing, being helpful. i am really looking forward to this new role.

This week’s challenges: balancing work and home this week will be tricky.

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  more 1-1s, product roadmap and reviews.
  • Personal: rest. 
  • Family: vacation!

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: i want to spend some time helping jake this week
  • Learn: learn how to navigate well in this new role.
  • Peace: peace with being a beginner in so many ways
  • Service: this week’s service is maybe driving a bunch so Jake doesn’t have to.
  • Gratitude: for the opportunities that are coming my way. i am not taking any of it for granted for a second.

This week, I want to remember:  everything takes time, especially establishing relationships.


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

Stronger Than Before – 07

Weekly Intention:  This is a big week. Some changes in my work life will be announced today and I am both looking forward to it and of course a bit apprehensive. It will change my schedule and so much of what i do day to day. This will require lots of adjustment. I am looking forward to it but also scared of course. My intention this week is to give a lot of focus to this change and really show up at work. 

This month’s intention is: Physically Strong: This is your month. Get out there and get strong. Increase the weights. Add more cardio. Make a plan. You can do this. You have it in you. I plan to keep going with the yoga and add 5-10lbs to my weights.

One way I will stretch this week:  oh well it will be in a lot of ways at work this week.

One boundary I will set this week: i will start deleting some meetings, start claiming my time back.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: my new people at work!

One new thing I will learn this week: my new work.

One area where I will go deeper this week: i think i will pick a specific area at work and see if i can dive deep a bit.

What do I need to sit with this week? i need to sit with the discomfort of all the new things in my work.

I am looking forward to: everything being announced finally.

This week’s challenges: let’s just say plenty 🙂

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  have 1-1s, hit the ground running.
  • Personal: keep going with the yoga+add weights+eat better.
  • Family: make a plan for Nathaniel!!

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: love and hug my boys like crazy!
  • Learn: Learn how to be patient with myself with learning all these new things.
  • Peace: peace with quitting this volunteer job.
  • Service: this week’s service is going to jake since he’s done so much while I was out.
  • Gratitude: for my family for my job, for my life.

This week, I want to remember:  that I can do this!


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

Stronger Than Before – 06

Weekly Intention:  I will spend part of this week in Sydney working still and then I fly back home on Thursday morning in time for David’s birthday. I intend to go pick him up from school and have a 1-1 day together. Friday my inlaws come and that weekend I have to be at the kids’ school all day for an event and then the next day we celebrate David’s birthday. So it will be a full-to-the-brim week. My intention is to do enough work while I am here that I can feel solid about my trip and then to really focus on my son when I am back.

This month’s intention is: Physically Strong: This is your month. Get out there and get strong. Increase the weights. Add more cardio. Make a plan. You can do this. You have it in you. For now, I’ve taken this to encourage myself to start daily Yoga but I also hope to increase the weights when I am back home.

One way I will stretch this week:  this weekend will stretch my patience.

One boundary I will set this week: thursday will be dedicated to david.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: david as it’s his week!

One new thing I will learn this week: I’m learning more yoga.

One area where I will go deeper this week: Still hoping to plan some of February or at least maybe March at this point. 

What do I need to sit with this week? i need to sit with how I plan to eat now. how to make peace with my body. 

I am looking forward to: seeing my boys again.

This week’s challenges: another 14 hour flight!

Top Goals: 

  • Work: get everything organized/into routine. spend a lot of f2f time.
  • Personal: keep going with the yoga.
  • Family: celebrate David!!

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: love david madly!
  • Learn: Learn how to be patient with people who are so different than I am. How to slow down.
  • Peace: peace with change.
  • Service: this week’s service is going to david. making sure he has a wonderful birthday. and then to jake since he’s working so hard to help me.
  • Gratitude: for my family for my job, for my life.

This week, I want to remember:  that adventures are how i grow!


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