Stronger Than Before – 38

 

Weekly Intention: Ok now we’re down to the last two weeks before a big event at work. These two weeks will be stressful but also really rewarding. My intention is to be really grounded. To do my exercise, eat well, and sleep. I haven’t slept enough in two weeks, I plan to fix that. I really appreciate routine even more during these weeks. I’d like to journal/meditate and practice extra gratitude this week. Let’s bring it on.

This month’s intention is: Love Strong: This month is hard. There are transitions, new schedules and more. Use this month to think about what it would look like to love more. Love yourself more: more self-care and kindness. What boundaries can help you? Love Jake more: what’s something you can do for the two of you? Love your kids more: How can you help them with the transition? ok i would like to do more here. i am going to journal a bit this week on this.

One way I will stretch this week:  I am going to try to add the running back in, let’s see if i can do it.

One boundary I will set this week: i will cook at night.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: work. i want to get this right.

One new thing I will learn this week: how to put this offsite together.

One area where I will go deeper this week: 8th grade curriculum for my son. and i have some fun classes too.

What do I need to sit with this week? how to go through the next 3 weeks with grace and joy. 

I am looking forward to: the 8th grade tea, i love being at my kids’ school.

This week’s challenges: balancing life depending on how stressful work is.

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  october, planning, december. those are my goals.
  • Personal: run for 30 mins 3 times this week, four body pumps, refocus on good nutrition, meditate, journal, art+scrap, stretch, evening routine as much as possible
  • Family: cook for jake,  help kids with school+routine, figure out plans for the rest of 2018 and some of 2019.

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: love and care and grace for my family.
  • Learn:  how to truly incorporate the running.
  • Peace: peace with the churn at work.
  • Service: to martha.
  • Gratitude: for how good all this is.

This week, I want to remember: this is a marathon and i need to pace myself.


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

Stronger Than Before – 37

 

Weekly Intention: This is my birthday week and I will be honest, I need some rest after last week. My only goal this week is to go back to taking care of myself. Exercising, eating well, sleeping a lot. I really need the reset.

This month’s intention is: Love Strong: This month is hard. There are transitions, new schedules and more. Use this month to think about what it would look like to love more. Love yourself more: more self-care and kindness. What boundaries can help you? Love Jake more: what’s something you can do for the two of you? Love your kids more: How can you help them with the transition? Oh this is lovely. I am working on it!!

One way I will stretch this week:  The major project for October is stretching me plenty. 

One boundary I will set this week: i will guard my exercise and sleep like a hawk.

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

One new thing I will learn this week: perspective.

One area where I will go deeper this week: the curriculum for 4th grade.

What do I need to sit with this week? how to get back to feeling better. 

I am looking forward to: back to school night. my birthday. having a day off.

This week’s challenges: just getting back on track.

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  do one more turn of the crank for october. take day off.
  • Personal: run for 30 mins 3 times this week, three body pumps, one hiit, refocus on good nutrition, meditate, journal, art+scrap, stretch, evening routine as much as possible
  • Family: cook for jake+celebrate Jake,  help kids with school+routine

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: love and care and grace for me.
  • Learn:  how to get back on track.
  • Peace: peace with having to reset.
  • Service: to myself.
  • Gratitude: for everyone who’s being patient with me.

This week, I want to remember: that it’s all going to 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 – 36

 

Weekly Intention: This is a crazy week. I feel like I say that often. So today there’s no work or school(yay!) But then tomorrow midday I have a work social event which doesn’t get me home till 6:30pm or so. Wednesday’s even longer with getting home around 8 and it’s Jake’s birthday!! Poor Jake has to pickup the kids from a cross country meet on his birthday. And then Thursday is still my offsite which ends around 3 and I have to run back home to run to the kids’ school for back to school night. Friday I get to go to work for a little bit and then my inlaws come so that Jake and I can go away for the weekend (not really far away but we will not be at home so we can spend time just the two of us during the weekend between his and my birthday.) So a lot going on. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be really long, Friday will involve chaos and driving, and while the weekend will be awesome, I usually do a lot of work over the weekend and I will not be able to which will make next week a bit challenging (especially since I plan to take a few days off next week, too.) We’ll see how it all unfolds. On the upside every one of the individual things makes me happy so I will enjoy everything while I experience it and not worry about the next thing before it’s here. LEt’s see how well I can do being present in this moment.

This month’s intention is: Love Strong: This month is hard. There are transitions, new schedules and more. Use this month to think about what it would look like to love more. Love yourself more: more self-care and kindness. What boundaries can help you? Love Jake more: what’s something you can do for the two of you? Love your kids more: How can you help them with the transition? Oh this is lovely. This weekend is something I can do for the two of us and I will be thinking about the other questions, too. I love how serendipitous these feel!

One way I will stretch this week:  I am hoping the offsite will stretch me, and possibly the hiking will too because it usually hurts my back :/

One boundary I will set this week: when I am with Jake I will focus 100% on jake. 

This week, I will focus on pleasing: my husband. it’s his birthday week!! 

One new thing I will learn this week: how to make these offsites even better.

One area where I will go deeper this week: the curriculum for 8th grade.

What do I need to sit with this week? the chaos i know that will ensue when my colleague is back.

I am looking forward to: our weekend together. being by the water.

This week’s challenges: tuesday’s hike. honoring jake on his actual birthday, 3 really long days, transitioning to leaving the kids behind. not getting work done on the weekend.

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  do one more turn of the crank for october. be present.
  • Personal: run for 30 mins 3 times this week (maybe sun, mon, fri), one body pump, one hiit, refocus on good nutrition, meditate, journal, art+scrap, stretch, evening routine as much as possible
  • Family: cook for jake+celebrate Jake,  help kids with school+routine

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: love for my one and only husband! 
  • Learn:  i want to focus here to be on eating better this week. i did quite poorly last week.
  • Peace: peace with the long days
  • Service: to my team, to school, and mostly to JAKE! 🙂
  • Gratitude: my inlaws who flew here so we could have this time for ourselves.

This week, I want to remember: that i am super lucky and there are so many things to celebrate in all areas of my life!


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

Stronger Than Before – 35

 

Weekly Intention: This week is going to be full to the brim. School starts Monday morning and a new bus schedule starts too and I am also trying to see how I can balance all my morning exercise classes with all the drop offs and pickups so all this makes me unnecessarily anxious. Add to that the layers of uncertainty at work at the moment and it makes life more challenging than I’d like. But I have so so much support and my intention this week is to lean into that. And ground myself in that love and kindness. And have faith that all will be well. So I will work hard, I will still exercise, i will cook food, and I will focus on the kids, that’s it for next week. If my evening time is out the door, so be it. Until we have our new routine, things will have to shift. 

This month’s intention is: Shine Strong: This month is for showing up. Show up at work. Show up with the kids. Show up as we close out the summer and start a new school year. Let your light shine on everyone you meet this month. Shine shine shine!! 

One way I will stretch this week:  I think the schedule changes will do it for me. My bet is that I will feel much much better by Friday but just making it there. 

One boundary I will set this week: I am going to do my best to protect bedtime this week as I will need to rest and recover.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: my husband. my kids. my boss. 

One new thing I will learn this week: i would like to say art but really if i do a bit of scrapping i’ll be grateful. 

One area where I will go deeper this week: i’d like to take photos again. i miss it.

What do I need to sit with this week? understanding the work is going to wax and wane in the next few weeks and how to not spin with that.

I am looking forward to: school and getting into a new routine.

This week’s challenges: our adjusting to new routine and the kids are doing cross country this month so they will come home late 3 times a week which is hard on their schedule, too.

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  focus on september and october offsites, close out strat sessions.
  • Personal: couch 2 5K, body pump, hiit, good nutrition, meditate, journal, art+scrap, stretch, evening routine
  • Family: cook for jake,  adjusting to school with the kids.

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: love for my family a lot this week, too. as much as i can.
  • Learn:  scrap!
  • Peace: peace with the schedule changes
  • Service: top school
  • Gratitude: for my life and for all the flexibility i do have.

This week, I want to remember: that i am so glad our kids are still young enough to be home, i will miss these days so so much. 


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

Stronger Than Before – 34

 

Weekly Intention: This week looks like it’s going to be a long week. I had hoped I could take a vacation day this week since it’s the last week before school starts but it looks like it won’t be possible as I have a slew of meetings all week. But the boys will come visit me on Tuesday and I am excited for that and I will do the best I can to come home early and be engaged. I did make some plans for the transition to school but we’ll see how they work out. The plan for this week is to just savor our last week of summer. To have fun and go on adventures in the evenings, even if it means I don’t get my personal todos done.

This month’s intention is: Shine Strong: This month is for showing up. Show up at work. Show up with the kids. Show up as we close out the summer and start a new school year. Let your light shine on everyone you meet this month. I love this one. I am going to do this. Take it all up a notch and I will add one more: show up for myself, too. 

One way I will stretch this week:  It looks like work is about to kick up a few notches so I am going to try really hard not to mess things up and I am also going to be running quite a lot this week so that will stretch me.

One boundary I will set this week: i am going to do my best to try and stay grounded and assume all will be okay.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: a few projects at work.

One new thing I will learn this week: i did the sketching work last week so maybe this week i can focus on the next video in my painting class.

One area where I will go deeper this week: a few things at work, I think.

What do I need to sit with this week? my anxiety around the next few weeks, i want to enjoy my days.

I am looking forward to: enjoying our last week.

This week’s challenges: just making sure requirements and todos are clear for some of the things that need to come together at work

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  make a deck for metrics, plan december more, allyship send, flesh out sept offsite, start on oct offsite. think about other areas
  • Personal: couch 2 5K, body pump, hiit, good nutrition, meditate, journal, art+scrap, stretch, evening routine
  • Family: cook for jake, math, comp sci and physics with david and math, vocab and comp sci with Nathaniel, fun time!!

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: love for my family a lot this week. as much as i can.
  • Learn:  didn’t do OLW still and some catch up on my weekly book too
  • Peace: peace with the chaos at work.
  • Service: to the changes coming up.
  • Gratitude: for my family.

This week, I want to remember: that it’s all going to be okay. I will not let everyone down. 


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

Stronger Than Before – 33

 

Weekly Intention: This week looks like a reasonably average week. Lots of meetings but not a debilitating amount. I might get some home time which will be nice and I don’t think I will be home super late any night. I might experiment with a few schedule variations this week, too, so, we’ll see. My intention this week is two fold: stay really focused on what matters to me and start making some plans for the transition to school. Changes in routine are always hard on me and we have a big one coming with going back to school and managing drop off and pick up again as well as a slew of stuff that happens at the start of the school year. So I’d like to both mentally but also practically get prepared for that. Also I’d really like to double down on the journaling with strong focus on healing.

This month’s intention is: Shine Strong: This month is for showing up. Show up at work. Show up with the kids. Show up as we close out the summer and start a new school year. Let your light shine on everyone you meet this month. I love this one. I am going to do this. Take it all up a notch and I will add one more: show up for myself. 

One way I will stretch this week:  It looks like I will be doing two HIIT classes this week, it’s going to kick my butt.

One boundary I will set this week: I will keep laser focused on the things that matter to me, coming back to my values again and again.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: me but also i will be kindest to everyone along the way. 

One new thing I will learn this week: i signed up for another sketching class, so I will do the work for it this weekend.

One area where I will go deeper this week: figuring out a transition plan for september

What do I need to sit with this week? how i am feeling and what i am still holding on to, i want to work on that.

I am looking forward to: a little extra time with my amazing hubby.

This week’s challenges: nothing too specific this week so i will focus on really sticking to my routine

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  clean up the onboarding doc, flesh out thoughts on metrics and accessibility work and the offsite, make notes on what else. start planning december.
  • Personal: couch 2 5K, body pump, hiit, good nutrition, meditate, journal, art+scrap, stretch, evening routine
  • Family: cook for jake, math, comp sci and physics with david and math, vocab and comp sci with Nathaniel

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: time for some serious journaling here this week
  • Learn:  i didn’t do the OLW homework but did do the learning. this week i will do that and learn to sketch. 
  • Peace: peace with the changing of seasons and all that comes with that.
  • Service: to my boys, my hubby, work, friends and me this week, let’s make plans!
  • Gratitude: for people who support me.

This week, I want to remember: that I have so much kindness around me and I need to learn to absorb it better.


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

Stronger Than Before – 32

 

Weekly Intention: Monday and Tuesday this week I will work from home. Maybe because of that or maybe just in general, the rest of the week looks reasonably tough. So my intention this week is to make sure I can come up with a good plan to make it through this week with grace. I will make sure I have my morning time each day and if I can carve even a little time for journaling next week, I think that would be really nice. 

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 even though I’ve done nothing here), and stories (journaling and simple scrapbooking.) That’s my focus for July. I did poorly on the art last week, I’d love to spend a bit more time on it this week. Let’s see. 

One way I will stretch this week:  We signed up for a family kayak adventure during the meteor shower this weekend and none of us know how to kayak so that will be a stretch.

One boundary I will set this week: i will continue not to bring work home at nights. That break has been really good for me.

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

One new thing I will learn this week: i think i will buckle down and sign up for an art class, i don’t seem to be doing it otherwise.

One area where I will go deeper this week: journaling still is my goal :/. also maybe figuring out a night routine, there aren’t too many things: clean my face, floss, etc but i just can’t ever seem to get it into a rhythm. 

What do I need to sit with this week? how i’m feeling about work, life and myself. my contributions to the world in general.

I am looking forward to: working from home a bit. it will be a nice change of pace.

This week’s challenges: wednesday will be a bit challenging with some extra driving thrown in there for me.

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  the onboarding doc v2, thoughts on metrics, accessibility work, double down on the offsite
  • Personal: couch 2 5K, exercise, good nutrition, meditate, journal, find and start art class, scrap
  • Family: cook for jake, math, comp sci and physics with david and math, vocab and comp sci with Nathaniel

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: i will focus on meditation this week. 
  • Learn:  i am planning to do this OLW homework next week which will be learning focused. i’ll share more when i have it.
  • Peace: peace with the way things are at work, and the way people are 
  • Service: to myself figuring out next phase of my work still seems like the right one for now
  • Gratitude: for my amazing and kind husband

This week, I want to remember: that life ebbs and flows and specific events don’t mean as much as i worry they do. 


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

Stronger Than Before – 31

 

Weekly Intention: This week has a lot of meetings too but my intention this week is to leave space in my schedule so I can work or breathe, Ideally both. My goal this week is to move some of the work I am working on forward. Clarify other things. And then really be present at home. I did a good job last week of disconnecting when I get home and I want to do more of that. I’d like to also spend some time focusing on journaling and more meditation where possible. And maybe spend a bit of time on the things I usually would do as part of my evening routine and see if I can find new homes for them in my day.

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. I did poorly on the art last week, I’d love to spend a bit more time on it this week. Let’s see. 

One way I will stretch this week:  I’m going to be doing some new work, we’ll see how it works out.

One boundary I will set this week: i will make sure home-time is my time this week, too. at least in the evenings.

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

One new thing I will learn this week: still more meditation and getting back into scrapping.

One area where I will go deeper this week: journaling since i didn’t last week either :/.

What do I need to sit with this week? how to make my schedule friendly to getting work done

I am looking forward to: some time getting new work done and a little less insane week.

This week’s challenges: just juggling work and meetings. also i will still be sore :/

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  the onboarding doc v1, initial thoughts on metrics and accessibility, schedule the meetings on my todo
  • Personal: couch 2 5K, exercise, good nutrition, meditate, journal, do art, scrap
  • Family: cook for jake, math and physics with david and math, vocab and comp sci with Nathaniel

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: love for my mom every day
  • Learn:  how do draw + remember how to scrap
  • Peace: peace with the soreness, it’s a sign of progress
  • Service: to myself figuring out next phase of my work
  • Gratitude: for living in beautiful California.

This week, I want to remember: that i can do anything i set my mind to.


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

Stronger Than Before – 30

 

Weekly Intention: This week is going to be a tough week with a lot of back to back meetings. I have 53 meetings on my calendar for the week at the moment. Plus I run 3 times a week and exercise all 5 days. I am trying to cook dinner each night and spend time with one kid alternating each evening. That doesn’t leave for a lot of extra room in my life this week. So my intentions this week will be more about how I show up. I want to be listening a lot this week. Pay attention to what’s working and what’s not. Pay attention to where I can be of service. Let others speak and listen. That’s my intention this week.

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. I did poorly on the art last week, I’d love to spend a bit more time on it this week. Let’s see. 

One way I will stretch this week:  I’m going to attempt to have a conversation with my manager. let’s see.

One boundary I will set this week: i will make sure home-time is my time this week and try hard not to do work then. 

This week, I will focus on pleasing: i am going to see if i can get some of my questions/worries answered.

One new thing I will learn this week: i’m going to try to spend a bit more time meditating than i did last week.

One area where I will go deeper this week: journaling since i didn’t last week.

What do I need to sit with this week? how to think about my exercise and food routine longer term. 

I am looking forward to: my 1-1’s this week. learning more, listening more.

This week’s challenges: just a lot of meetings, my bet is also more soreness and tiredness.

Top Goals: 

  • Work:  have a talk. 
  • Personal: couch 2 5K, exercise, good nutrition, meditate, journal, do art
  • Family: cook for jake, math and physics with david and math, vocab and comp sci with Nathaniel

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: love for myself. how can i be kinder? give myself grace.
  • Learn:  how do draw
  • Peace: peace with the discipline the nutrition and exercise requires and faith that it will all help
  • Service: to my husband by feeding him well when i can. 
  • Gratitude: for the gym at work and for healthy food at work.

This week, I want to remember:that things are always worse in my head.


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

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 🙂

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.