Stronger Than Before – 03

Weekly Intention:  This is a short week. Only four days of work and two of those are lighter. I have a really long and tough Wednesday but otherwise it’s not terrible. My intention this week is to try to soften into the week. Be just a little bit kinder, be just a little bit calmer, not to jump in or interrupt. Also calmer and more patient with my folk at home and with myself, too.

This month’s intention is: Strong Silent Type: Your challenge this month is to speak less, listen more. How can you influence with fewer words. At work, at home, even in your own head. Pause one more beat before replying. Mute the VC. Wait six seconds. Do what it takes to give this a try. I think this is a perfect way to start the year. There is a lot I have to get done this month and I like the challenge of learning how to do it more quietly. Can I influence with fewer words?

One way I will stretch this week:  My new client ended up being this week. Let’s see how I can stretch.

One boundary I will set this week: Since it’s a short week, it’s going to be easy for my bedtime to get sacrificed this week, so I will guard it heavily. Same with journaling.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: Maybe it’s Nathaniel’s turn this week, I’d like to spend a bit of extra time with him.

One new thing I will learn this week: I want to learn a bit about how to use the hand-roller this week. I tried to use it this past weekend and didn’t know how to do it right.

One area where I will go deeper this week: I did try working on the hint waters and the pineapple one is amazing! I’ve also had watermelon which is okay. This week’s depth will be getting all the process started for 2018. I’ve been putting it off (at work) and it’s time.

What do I need to sit with this week? I need to sit with all the not-enough feelings I have when it comes to my body and exercise and getting stronger. I have so many beliefs around all this. that I am not strong enough. that i am uncoordinated. that i can’t learn certain things. that i will never be able to do certain things. I need to sit with all of this and remember that they will be the exact reason why I don’t succeed

I am looking forward to: seeing my friend jess this week, it’s been way way too long since we saw each other.

This week’s challenges: The biggest challenge will be the very long Wednesday. Also getting all the organizational work started. It’s always a lot of work up front.

Top Goals: 

  • Work: do the spreadsheets. get okrs done.
  • Personal: keep going with the routine. 
  • Family: find a class for Nathaniel.

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: Love for my friends this week. i will make a list of my friends and see if i can sprinkle them into my life more.
  • Learn: this week is all about learning how to serve my new teams best.
  • Peace: Peace during long work days and peace during exercise this week.
  • Service: this week’s service is going to focus on nathaniel. he’s been neglected for a while.
  • Gratitude: i think making sure i take photos of our special times together will be my gratitude this week. 

This week, I want to remember:  that I have a way of blowing things off proportion. always over-worrying. and thankfully, things, almost always, work out ok. 


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

Stronger Than Before – 02

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Weekly Intention:  This is the first real week of the year. I have a full load of meetings, David has an orthodontist appointment, the work gym is finally open again and I have one to possibly two client meetings. A lot going on. And within all that I still plan to maintain my personal exercise routine, whole30 eating, and minimum 8 hours of sleep.  I think the intention I want to set more than anything else this week is to go slowly and quietly. It lines up well with my monthly intention, too. I want to be as slow as it’s possible for me to be. Still, quiet, and considerate. I think it’s possible to be these things and passionate at the same time. Let’s see if I am right.

This month’s intention is: Strong Silent Type: Your challenge this month is to speak less, listen more. How can you influence with fewer words. At work, at home, even in your own head. Pause one more beat before replying. Mute the VC. Wait six seconds. Do what it takes to give this a try. I think this is a perfect way to start the year. There is a lot I have to get done this month and I like the challenge of learning how to do it more quietly. Can I influence with fewer words?

One way I will stretch this week:  I might possibly have a new client this week. This always creates opportunities to stretch.

One boundary I will set this week: As the meetings start flooding in, I plan to keep my personal priorities at the top of the list. I will not sacrifice my personal goals on behalf of work.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: I have some serious deliverables at work next week, I’d like to make sure to focus hard on prioritizing work early in the week to ensure I can get ready.

One new thing I will learn this week: I didn’t spend enough time coming up with self-care ideas last week so I plan to focus on this a bit this week.

One area where I will go deeper this week: Since I quit caffeine and I already don’t drink soda, liquids have been a bit tough lately. My plan this week is to experiment with different hint waters and teas so create a collection of drinkable options.

What do I need to sit with this week? My head has been constantly challenging me about this path i am taking. Do I really need to exercise? Whole30? Am I crazy? Why can’t I just eat everything in moderation? Why would i quit caffeine? It doesn’t even affect me that much. All this is so hard, just give it up already, blah blah blah. It’s constant. I need to sit with it and let it come and go. Listen to it, thank it and release it.

I am looking forward to: work because i really want to get organized. and getting my hair done this week, too.

This week’s challenges: The biggest challenge will be getting a solid chunk of work done early in the week. f I can pull that off, I will feel much better. Also, going back to the gym, I assume, will also be challenging.

Top Goals: 

  • Work: get ready for next week’s meeting, milestones +OKRs done, date picked for offsite
  • Personal: add the gym back into this new routine + keep going
  • Family: finish off and send D’s round one

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: My kids are also transitioning from rest to school so I want to give them some extra love this week.
  • Learn: I need to learn how to cook a few more dishes so I can have some variety.
  • Peace: Peace during meetings, peace with chores, peace with kids this week.
  • Service: I’d like to help my nephew this week for his scholarship application.
  • Gratitude: As i journal daily, I think it would be good to add a small gratitude to my words.

This week, I want to remember:  that I am going to be okay. That everything is going to be okay.  And also that even though the days are long, the years are so so short and I want to make sure to pay attention and love my precious people madly.


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

Stronger Than Before – 01

 

Weekly Intention: Hello the first week of 2018. I love that 2018 starts on a Monday, first day of the week, first day of the month and first day of the year. My intention this week is to start my year on the right foot. I have two days off and then three days on this week. I want to enjoy my days off but also get ready for hitting the ground running. My intention this week is to be motivated and to hold tight to my gratitude. I love my job, my life, and I love that the days are getting longer. Here’s to an amazing 2018.

This month’s intention is: Strong Silent Type: Your challenge this month is to speak less, listen more. How can you influence with fewer words. At work, at home, even in your own head. Pause one more beat before replying. Mute the VC. Wait six seconds. Do what it takes to give this a try. I think this is a perfect way to start the year. There is a lot I have to get done this month and I like the challenge of learning how to do it more quietly. Can I influence with fewer words?

One way I will stretch this week:  Well adding cardio to all my days will be a stretch for me, even if only for 10 minutes. That’s my goal this week, 10 minutes of cardio every singe day. Let’s see if I can pull it off.

One boundary I will set this week: This is a good week to get things back on track so one boundary I will set is to take my bedtime back. I will set a hard deadline for 10pm. I ideally prefer to be in bed by 9:30 so I can slowly wind down to 10pm.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: Hmmm. I think this week will be mine. I want to focus hard on getting things started on the right foot so I think I will optimize on pleasing myself and making sure I spend energy and focus on the areas I would like to reset.

One new thing I will learn this week: This week is going to be dedicated to finding some 10-minute stretching exercises so I can learn how to stretch properly.

One area where I will go deeper this week: I will do some research into different ways to exercise self-care. I will make myself a list so I have ideas to pull from each day.

What do I need to sit with this week? I need to sit with all the new work I am doing this week and think about what’s working and what’s not working, I need to reflect on how I need to structure my life to align it better. I also need to sit with my calendar and understand how to structure it better so I can make sure to have breathing room.

I am looking forward to: Getting back into routine. I like downtime but I really, really like routine, even if it’s a bit too hectic.

This week’s challenges: I think just getting back into the swing of things will be challenging. Also going back to daily exercise after taking two weeks off.

Top Goals: 

  • Work: Clean calendar, make+sort todo list, finish matching
  • Personal: start new nourish plan
  • Family: get david’s essays sent for reading

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: I want to give some love to my husband this week by helping him. 
  • Learn: I will learn and collect several videos for 10mins of cardio, stretching, and strength.
  • Peace: I will note what gets in the way of my peace this week.
  • Service: I will work with David to move his process forward.
  • Gratitude: I will journal daily, even if briefly.

This week, I want to remember:  that while first of the year is a great time for starting over, every single day, every single moment is an opportunity to start over so it’s ok to give myself grace and keep giving myself a million new chances. i got this. 


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