Stronger Than Before – 29

 

Weekly Intention: This is the first official week of Summer as far as I am concerned because this week we are all back from vacation, Nathaniel starts camp, it’s a full week of work for me and David will be alone managing his work schedule at home, and Jake will be working at home or office with David. This is how we plan to spend the next six weeks with the exception of one week where Nathaniel has no camp. While I was on vacation, I set some intentions for myself and my work with the rest of my family. My hope this week is to get started on all of that so that I can make sure to start a positive cycle and take advantage of the more relaxed schedules during summer to establish some routines and habits for myself. So my intention this week is to start being more intentional and focused about both my work and my personal life. 

This month’s intention is: Mentally Strong: Time to learn some new things. How can you grow intellectually? What classes do you want to take? What do you want to teach the kids? Oh this one is interesting. I am actually deciding not to do this. Instead I will focus on some personal goals. I will teach kids stuff, and that’s definitely one of the intentions. Nathaniel and I will work on math and writing together. David and I will work on Physics and Computer Science. For me, though, I am focusing on three things: health (exercise+food+meditation), art (drawing and watercolors), and stories (journaling and simple scrapbooking.) That’s my focus for July. 

One way I will stretch this week:  i started doing the couch 2 5K and that’s definitely stretching me. 

One boundary I will set this week: i will set clear boundaries at work so I can come home and take the time I need to do the things I want. 

This week, I will focus on pleasing: i am going to give this week to me to get myself started. 

One new thing I will learn this week: i’m going to go back to learning to to draw.

One area where I will go deeper this week: journaling 

What do I need to sit with this week? how to create a schedule where I can do all I want to do. 

I am looking forward to: having a bit of a routine, i crave routine

This week’s challenges: i think i will mostly struggle with soreness and jet lag 

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  setup 1-1s, get started on both Sept and Dec. 
  • Personal: couch 2 5K, exercise, good nutrition, journal, do art
  • Family: physics with david and math with Nathaniel

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: love for the adjustment period and settling into a routine
  • Learn:  how do draw
  • Peace: peace with the soreness, it will go away
  • Service: to myself this week. 
  • Gratitude: for having the time and space to try new things.

This week, I want to remember: that things take time, not days or weeks but months or years. 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 – 26

 

Weekly Intention: This week is all about being present. I get to do such a wide range of things in this one week that I can’t even organize them here. By the end of this week, I will have worked a bunch of days, flown across the world, driven across Italy, and gotten to hug my sister, my parents, and even moved on to France. All this within a 7 day period. Here’s to hoping all of it works out as planned, or close enough to make us be happy. So here’s the deal: I am quite stressed about all this. There are a lot of logistical issues with our trip and there’s a high likelihood something somewhere will go wrong. So my intention this week is to keep an open mind, be patient, be calm, and go with the flow. Enjoy every moment. Have faith. 

This month’s intention is: A Stronger You: This month involves travel. Kids at home. Lots of chaos and also wonderful. It will challenge you and you will use the time to get stronger. You will also focus on yourself as needed. Take walks. Self care. I made a decision to focus on my core this month, so I will be doing push ups and planks while I am away. Easy and works if I can stick to it.

One way I will stretch this week:  oh this week will stretch me ๐Ÿ™‚

One boundary I will set this week: i will take the time i need for myself and take it slow everywhere. 

This week, I will focus on pleasing: my family. i love them so. 

One new thing I will learn this week: maybe a little more italian practice if i am lucky

One area where I will go deeper this week: i think i will spend some time thinking about how i want to document this vacation

What do I need to sit with this week? how to be ok with all the chaos we will have. how to sit with every moment.

I am looking forward to: vacation, seeing my family

This week’s challenges: a lot of travel

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  get my manager all set, do allyship email, close loops
  • Personal: exercise, good nutrition, selfcare, sleep, pack
  • Family: be kind, be patient, pack

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: love for all my people, may i be able to show up with all my grace
  • Learn: how to be more patient this week
  • Peace: peace with whatever will happen, faith that it will be ok.
  • Service: to family
  • Gratitude: for all the people who love me so much and have been patient with me

This week, I want to remember: that it’s magical to get to do this and i will be so so glad we did it!


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

Stronger Than Before – 25

 

Weekly Intention: Now that our Boston adventure is done, we have to prepare for Europe. For me this week is about getting enough work done at work to ensure my manager, and team, are all set and that I am not leaving anything unfinished. And seeing if I can do a bit of a mental reset as well. I’d really prefer to go on our vacation with a better mental outlook but we’ll see if that’s feasible.

This month’s intention is: A Stronger You: This month involves travel. Kids at home. Lots of chaos and also wonderful. It will challenge you and you will use the time to get stronger. You will also focus on yourself as needed. Take walks. Self care. Still no plans for the holiday, maybe it will just be taking a lot of walks.

One way I will stretch this week:  just juggling everything and getting mentally ready will do the trick

One boundary I will set this week: i will make sure to spend some time journaling this week to see if I can get myself more ready for this wonderful trip.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: work and me. 

One new thing I will learn this week: i haven’t been doing any language work so maybe that or maybe just nothing this week.

One area where I will go deeper this week: my thoughts and feelings this week

What do I need to sit with this week? where i am and how I can help myself out of there.

I am looking forward to: one lovely week at home.

This week’s challenges: just a lot of work 

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  get strategy doc written. allyship email done, tie loose ends
  • Personal: exercise, good nutrition, selfcare, sleep
  • Family: hug kids and jake all the time

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: love for myself this week i didn’t do much last week
  • Learn: in the spirit of new classes, i will try to see if i can get to work a bit early and use some of the machines.
  • Peace: peace with whatever’s going on
  • Service: to work this week since i will be out
  • Gratitude: for my incredible life that is so much more than i could have imagined

This week, I want to remember: that life is actually good in all the ways that matter.


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

Stronger Than Before – 24

 

Weekly Intention: This week is the first week of summer for my kids. Nathaniel has Raspberry pi camp all week and we have scattered and mixed travel schedule this week to go see family. I am both excited and overwhelmed at the idea because we then come home briefly before we embark on our logistically tricky summer vacation. So I am a bit worried about how everything will unfold for the next few weeks but I am also trying to be zen about it all. Zen is not something that I’d associate with me so my intention this week is to enjoy the week I have, get some self-care, some quiet time, some family time, and a bunch of work done. Let’s start with that.

This month’s intention is: A Stronger You: This month involves travel. Kids at home. Lots of chaos and also wonderful. It will challenge you and you will use the time to get stronger. You will also focus on yourself as needed. Take walks. Self care. It helps to have been going to the gym but I will need a plan for the travel so I’ll spend some time working on that this week.

One way I will stretch this week:  the travel and coordination will stretch me.

One boundary I will set this week: i will work less this week and keep some self-care time.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: me. 

One new thing I will learn this week: maybe i can do some more italian this week.

One area where I will go deeper this week: making a plan for the summer for the kids.

What do I need to sit with this week? with the fact that i am still not feeling altogether here. it’s been a long may and likely will be a long june/july. i need to really work on journaling and being present and looking for the joy.

I am looking forward to: seeing my nephews.

This week’s challenges: coordination, juggling life/work, travel

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  get strategy sessions organized. allyship focus. catch up.
  • Personal: exercise, good nutrition, selfcare, sleep
  • Family: our trip, summer plans for the kids

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: love for myself this week. i need it.
  • Learn: maybe i can try one more new class at work this week.
  • Peace: peace with the fact that june/july will be a bunch of travel and see if i can enjoy it 
  • Service: to the kids and their summer plans this week
  • Gratitude: for having people love me so much despite my crazy

This week, I want to remember: that i am not really traveling much until end of june and i can enjoy all the days in between


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

Stronger Than Before – 23

 

Weekly Intention: Finally it’s here. The summit I’ve been planning for, for 3 months is here. I’ve had three summits in the last month and a half. The other two were international in Sydney and Tokyo and I’ve planned all three but this is the biggest one and the one I am most nervous about. So I will be so glad when it’s over this week and I can stop thinking about it for a while. It’s also the kids’ last week of school so I will be spending Friday there at school. And I have several evening activities due to the summit, of course. And I am now going back to the gym daily! I am determined to make it all work and my intention this week is to be present, to be calm, to be helpful and to enjoy whatever I can.

This month’s intention is: A Stronger You: This month involves travel. Kids at home. Lots of chaos and also wonderful. It will challenge you and you will use the time to get stronger. You will also focus on yourself as needed. Take walks. Self care. As always I had no idea how accurate these would be. I will do all of this!

One way I will stretch this week:  I am thinking of trying a Spin class, I might be crazy. I also will be socializing way more than I like to.

One boundary I will set this week: choosing gym over drop off.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: the big team, myself for the gym, and my kids+hubby

One new thing I will learn this week: spin maybe. 

One area where I will go deeper this week: hmm not sure this week..

What do I need to sit with this week? the fact that summer is starting which is both wonderful and scary. 

I am looking forward to: the summit, mostly its being over.

This week’s challenges: summit, exercise, and school!

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  pm summit is done, strategy session booked with owner and organized
  • Personal: exercise, good nutrition
  • Family: last day of school! 

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: i want to give so much love to my incredible husband for his patience and kindness
  • Learn: spin maybe?
  • Peace: peace with the fact that it will be chaotic this week and things will go wrong. 
  • Service: to work this week..
  • Gratitude: for having so much in my life. i am beyond lucky

This week, I want to remember: that i am showing up and trying. it’s the first step!


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

Stronger Than Before – 22

 

Weekly Intention: This is a short week since we have Monday off and I am hoping to also take Friday off if I can pull it off. The three days in between are crazy busy and David will be off at another school trip. Nathaniel has a culmination on Thursday so the nights are busy and the days are busy but short. My intention this week is to see if I can spend some time on myself. Just 30 mins of thinking, writing, planning. I want to see if I can do some self-work.

This month’s intention is:  Quietly Strong: How can you bring more calm into this month? May is chaotic with lots of endings and transitions. Celebrate but also stay calm. Stay grounded. What will help here?  Maybe one last push here before May is over would work.

One way I will stretch this week:  I think i will do personal work this week and see what I can move here.

One boundary I will set this week: taking Friday off.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: whatever’s hurting inside of me at the moment.

One new thing I will learn this week: still doing Italian and French. 

One area where I will go deeper this week: self-work since i didn’t do it last week. 

What do I need to sit with this week? how to shift things. 

I am looking forward to: exercising again and journaling.

This week’s challenges: fitting so much in a short week

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  pm summit is ready?!
  • Personal: selfwork, exercise, healthier eating
  • Family: nathaniel’s culmination, david’s trip, and just spend time with jake

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: self-compassion is way overdue here
  • Learn: italian+french still
  • Peace: peace with whatever’s going on 
  • Service: to pm summit still + strategy sessions.
  • Gratitude: kindsness of friends and my loving husband

This week, I want to remember: summer is almost here.


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

Stronger Than Before – 21

 

Weekly Intention: This week is reasonably quiet. We will all be home for the first time in a while. I have to go to school once and the doctor once. Jake has surgery at the end of the week and we all have a long weekend. Otherwise, it’s an ordinary week. The last full week of school. My intention this week is to take things slow. I will rest. I will spend time with my family and I will work on healing and making a plan for myself to feel better. 

This month’s intention is:  Quietly Strong: How can you bring more calm into this month? May is chaotic with lots of endings and transitions. Celebrate but also stay calm. Stay grounded. What will help here?  I haven’t been doing a great job here. I am calm on the surface but anxious under it. I am working on it. Not sure why I won’t journal either.

One way I will stretch this week:  I will do the best I can with the summit but let it go after that.

One boundary I will set this week: I will rest. I need the sleep and the mental rest even more than that.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: myself.

One new thing I will learn this week: moved on to Italian now since Italy is next. 

One area where I will go deeper this week: self-work. 

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

I am looking forward to: being home, sleeping in my own bed, hugging my family, spending time with jake.

This week’s challenges: jetlag+prep work for summit+friday

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  get pm summit in a good place
  • Personal: make a plan
  • Family: support nathaniel in his project

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: take time to look inward
  • Learn: italian
  • Peace: peace with where i am 
  • Service: to pm summit.
  • Gratitude: being home

This week, I want to remember: that it doesn’t mean anything. feelings are ephemeral.


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

Stronger Than Before – 20

 

Weekly Intention: As you read this, I’m flying to Tokyo. I will arrive pretty late Monday and spend three and half days there and come back from Friday before David gets back from his trip, hopefully. David will be Yosemite the whole week, back country backpacking with his class. He’s not thrilled but I know it will be an adventure he won’t forget. I arranged my flight so I can be back before he is. So Nathaniel and Jake will be together just the two of them this week and I will be with my new team in Tokyo. I haven’t been to Tokyo since 1999. Back then, I spent six months there working for Goldman Sachs which is in fact in the same exact building Google is in so it will be interesting to go to the exact same spot where I was and see how much I remember, see how much has changed, see how I feel this time. I am nervous and excited and honestly so tired that a little unable to feel much. I have been studying some of my Japanese (which I used to be able to speak so much better 20 years ago) and mentally preparing myself for food I know I don’t like. So, anyway, here’s my intention for this week: I want to really be present with the people I am there with. I have some work I feel like I need to do while I am there but outside of that, I want to really focus on getting closer to the teams there and have the very best time I can. I want to be kind, generous, open. 

This month’s intention is:  Quietly Strong: How can you bring more calm into this month? May is chaotic with lots of endings and transitions. Celebrate but also stay calm. Stay grounded. What will help here? How can I show up as my best self?

One way I will stretch this week:  Being in Tokyo will stretch me plenty.

One boundary I will set this week: I will make sure to go to sleep as early as possible on each of the nights. I know I will need my rest.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: my new manager+team.

One new thing I will learn this week: still Japanese. 

One area where I will go deeper this week: the work my new team is planning to discuss. 

What do I need to sit with this week? the overwhelm i seem to be feeling. 

I am looking forward to: alone time on the plane, seeing tokyo again.

This week’s challenges: jetlag+a lot of socializing

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  a successful tokyo summit + get pm summit in a good place
  • Personal: do tabata, journal, eat well, rest.
  • Family: come home and hug the kids super tight, support jake remotely as much as i can, chat daily

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: self care and self love in all the down moments this week
  • Learn: japanese, more about each team member
  • Peace: peace with being away again
  • Service: to the new team.
  • Gratitude: to getting to go to tokyo again after all these years

This week, I want to remember: that i am doing a good job, there are phases in life and this is the one i am in at this moment.


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

Stronger Than Before – 19

 

Weekly Intention: This is my one week at home before I fly to Tokyo on Sunday. Early in the week, I am work heavy partly due to preparation for Google IO and partly to catch up from having been gone last week. And then Nathaniel leaves on Wednesday for a camping trip so I want to spend all my free moments with him on Monday and Tuesday since he comes back on Friday afternoon and I leave early Sunday. I have a trip to the school on Wednesday and twice on Friday. So it promises to be reasonably hectic. My intention is to spend a lot of time with the kids and Jake before I disappear again And then second intention is to seriously catch up at work so I feel like I am making tangible progress towards the work due next week and first week of June.

This month’s intention is:  Quietly Strong: How can you bring more calm into this month? May is chaotic with lots of endings and transitions. Celebrate but also stay calm. Stay grounded. What will help here? I’ll say I was reasonably calm in Sydney. I hope this week goes so as well.

One way I will stretch this week:  I will go a slight extra bit on work so I can feel good about where we are. 

One boundary I will set this week: I will protect my time with the family and the work. 

This week, I will focus on pleasing: my boys and me.

One new thing I will learn this week: Japanese. I am studying it again just to help jog some of my memory.

One area where I will go deeper this week: the summit. i will go as deep as I need to so I can make sure I feel like I have it under control.

What do I need to sit with this week? still how i am feeling i guess but honestly i don’t think it’s going to happen this week.

I am looking forward to: snuggling.

This week’s challenges: getting all the work into a solid shape.

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  get pm summit in a good place, send homework for tokyo summit, and geist groups
  • Personal: do HIIT, journal, eat well, rest, pack
  • Family: help nathaniel, snuggle with nathaniel, spend time with david and jake

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: lots of love to the boys this week before I disappear again
  • Learn: japanese
  • Peace: peace with the craziness of this week
  • Service: to the boys and school.
  • Gratitude: to having a full life. 

This week, I want to remember: that it’s going to be okay, work will get done, everything will come together


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

Stronger Than Before – 18

Weekly Intention: I am on a plane to Sydney as you reads this. I will have four days there and will spend 3 days traveling. I will be working really long days there as all my days will begin around 6am every day so I can have decent overlap with California. I then come back home on Saturday to a reasonably busy week. So my plan in Sydney is to sleep as much as I can and to bond with people during the week and also to do job #2 as much as I can so I don’t fall behind.

This month’s intention is:  Quietly Strong: How can you bring more calm into this month? May is chaotic with lots of endings and transitions. Celebrate but also stay calm. Stay grounded. What will help here? Oh this is so perfect. I don’t know how they each end up being so perfect but I love this, it’s exactly what I need this month.

One way I will stretch this week:  Uhm the super crazy hours will do it. 

One boundary I will set this week: I am going not feel guilty not socializing too much this week. I will be busy running around and not getting enough sleep as is, so the rest of the time I will rest.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: my old team, likely for the last time.

One new thing I will learn this week: hopefully some new plans for the upcoming summit.

One area where I will go deeper this week: no specific ideas this week.

What do I need to sit with this week? how i’m feeling, i’ve been feeling a bit off and i’d like to sit with it.

I am looking forward to: a little quiet time on the airplane.

This week’s challenges: jet lag+work+socializing+crazy hours.

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  find speaker for pm summit, get the rest of the events organized into the schedule, go through submissions
  • Personal: find may exercise, journal, eat well, rest
  • Family: help nathaniel remotely, talk to kids daily

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: i am going to give some love to my jaw this week, and get extra rest each time i can
  • Learn: learn how i can get a speaker
  • Peace: peace with being remote this week
  • Service: one last service to my old group.
  • Gratitude: my wonderful husband who supports me so much. 

This week, I want to remember: that this is one week in the grand scheme and all will be ok.


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

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 donโ€™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 donโ€™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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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.