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.

Stronger Than Before – 05

Weekly Intention:  This week, I leave for Sydney on Wednesday evening. I am sad to leave my family as I am each time and I am excited to see my peers there, as I am each time. This time I get to have a weekend there alone so I am trying to make sure I have some plans to make the weekend worthwhile since I really dislike spending weekends away from my family. So I plan to read a lot, rest a lot, go to the beach and smell the beautiful sea. I plan to walk, I plan to have coffee, I plan to fill my soul all the way up. My intention this week as it always is when in Sydney is to work like mad, connect with the people there, make the trip really, really worthwhile so I get back on the plane completely empty and feel like it was completely worth it.

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. Have been practicing this. February is also this week and its 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 be starting the month away but when I get back my intention is to increase the weights in Body Pump and at home. While in Sydney, I plan to start Yoga and also maybe I can increase the cardio to 15 mins, we’ll see.

One way I will stretch this week:  I’m going to be learning as much as I can this week.

One boundary I will set this week: I am planning to send an email quitting one of my obligations this week if things work out.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: i suck. nathaniel still didn’t really get a turn.

One new thing I will learn this week: i totally didn’t do either of the things I said i would in the last two weeks. i will only commit to learning more about my work this week. 

One area where I will go deeper this week: depth this week will be some solid journaling in Sydney.

What do I need to sit with this week? i need to sit with some of the changes i agreed to. sit with the discomfort of the unknown. sit with the fear and anxiety and have faith it will turn out okay.

I am looking forward to: the flight. while it’s crazy long, i always seem to enjoy it. 

This week’s challenges: jetlag. staying mum.

Top Goals: 

  • Work: figure out details, connect with coworkers.
  • Personal: finish whole 30. pace myself. journal. read. relax. quit the commitment.
  • Family: get lunches ready. make a sheet for Jake.

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: repeat again since i didn’t do this: i will make a list of my friends and see if i can sprinkle them into my life more.
  • Learn: i will be learning so so much soon.
  • Peace: peace with my trip and leaving my family behind.
  • Service: this week’s service is going to focus on nathaniel. i suck.
  • Gratitude: for getting to travel. for being able to be at home. for all of my life. for all the people in it.

This week, I want to remember:  that it’s ok to walk into the unknown. i have what it takes.


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

Stronger Than Before – 04

Weekly Intention:  This is a short week for the kids but a normal week for us. As it always is, the first part of the week will be tough and the second part a bit lighter. I have some pampering and some health scheduled. I am going for mani/pedi and to the dentist. We also have parent conferences. So it’s a full week. It’s also my last full week before I leave for Sydney the following mid-week. So I want to make sure to kiss/hug/be with my wonderful family extra hard this week. The intention this week is to love them harder.

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 will have some interesting discussions at work on Monday which will require me to broaden my thinking and perspective.

One boundary I will set this week: This week I’ll be guarding family time, especially since I will be away.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: alas Nathaniel didn’t get his turn last week so we’ll give it one more shot.

One new thing I will learn this week: Hmm i didn’t do the hand roller learning either 🙁 but i think what i want to learn this week about is chocolate actually. as i ease off the whole 30 in two weeks i want to see what chocolate i can eat that will be best for insulin moderation.

One area where I will go deeper this week: i did some of the process work last week but i am so not done. Depth this week might come from a work meeting I have on monday. And if not, I think it might be a bit about planning life after January. Art, nutrition, exercise, points, plans, schedule in February. 

What do I need to sit with this week? i need to sit with the truth that whole30 doesn’t seem to have been super impactful on me. still tired. better on cravings but really not feeling the energy boost. so what do i do now? 

I am looking forward to: my mani/pedi, just because it will be a nice, quiet time.

This week’s challenges: getting through all my email and todo list.

Top Goals: 

  • Work: do the spreadsheets. get the presos into cycle.
  • Personal: keep going with the routine. make plans for Feb.
  • Family: find a class for Nathaniel. spend a lot of time with boys+Jake.

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: repeat since i didn’t do this: i will make a list of my friends and see if i can sprinkle them into my life more.
  • Learn: i need to step back a bit and learn what schedule is best for me now. this will take some time.
  • Peace: peace with just one more full week of whole30.
  • Service: this week’s service is going to focus on nathaniel. he’s been neglected for a while.
  • Gratitude: for being home, for being together. for loving my people like mad. 

This week, I want to remember:  that i don’t have to decide quickly. it’s ok to think and take time to consider.


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

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.