Everyday Magic – 12

Weekly Intention: This is a relatively quiet week at work and not many evening commitments so my intention this week is to do a few of the longer, deeper work items I have on my list. And then to finish off some personal items too like taxes, summer plans etc.

This month’s intention is: Personal Magic:  Time to slow down again and be intentional. This month think about yourself, what you have to offer to the world, what makes you, you. What’s unique and personal. Show up as your best self. This month is not about improving but owning. From February, on my plate still is: spring break, Nathaniel’s birthday trip, summer vacation, and the taxes. I still haven’t done enough work here.

One way I will show up this week:  i will go slow this week.

One magic I will make this week: i am going to try to see my friend evelyn and a colleague at work whom i haven’t seen in a long time.

This week, I will pay attention to: my presence. my triggers. my already always listening conversations.

This week, I will be kinder to: everyone i can.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: myself still. i need it. but also my family.

One new thing I will learn this week: how i am listening.

I am looking forward to: finishing perf still since i haven’t.

This week’s challenges:we will hear some news this week and i am hoping it will be positive.

Top Goals: 

  • Work: perf + write two of the docs.
  • Personal: daily drawing, journal, yoga, and do a hike?
  • Family:  math with N, cook dinner, work with D. Lots of time with love of my life.

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: love for the parts of me that are struggling.
  • Learn: how do draw a bit better.
  • Peace: peace with my work this week. i think i am getting closer actually.
  • Service: my boys.
  • Gratitude: gratitude for my family, my parents. my nephews who call me often. my sister whom i miss so much.

This week, I want to remember: that life goes by too quickly and i need to do a better job remembering that.


Everyday Magic is a year-long project for 2019. You can read more about my projects for 2019 here.

Everyday Magic – 11

Weekly Intention: I had a really tough experience at work last week and I am still reeling from it. My intention this week is to quiet down and go within and decide what I want to do about it. This week is hopefully mostly quiet so I will have time to center myself, calm down, and see how i’d like to proceed. In general my intention this week is to be quiet and go within.

This month’s intention is: Personal Magic:  Time to slow down again and be intentional. This month think about yourself, what you have to offer to the world, what makes you, you. What’s unique and personal. Show up as your best self. This month is not about improving but owning. From February, on my plate still is: spring break, Nathaniel’s birthday trip, summer vacation, and the taxes. Last week, more than any other, highlighted to me that this is something I really want to focus on. I don’t just want to do this, i need to.

One way I will show up this week:  i think i will reserve this week for myself. i might not be as open as usual but more looking in to understand how i’m affected by what’s going on around me.

One magic I will make this week: i might try to go to book club which i think would be magical.

This week, I will pay attention to: my feelings, my thoughts, my perspectives.

This week, I will be kinder to: myself, i really need it.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: my inner child. might sound woo woo but i don’t care.

One new thing I will learn this week: what’s triggering me?

I am looking forward to: finishing perf.

This week’s challenges: i think showing up to work and being present will be challenging after last week. making sure i am not triggered, reacting etc.

Top Goals: 

  • Work: perf + empty out email
  • Personal: daily drawing, journal, yoga, and do a hike?
  • Family:  math with N, cook dinner, work with D. Lots of time with love of my life.

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: love for who i already am this week.
  • Learn: understanding what triggers me is going to be big learning.
  • Peace: peace with me, i am still struggling so much with being ok to be me.
  • Service: to me this week.
  • Gratitude: gratitude for all the people who love and support me.

This week, I want to remember: that it’s ok to stand up for who i am and what i believe. it’s possible to listen and create dialogue without apologizing constantly.


Everyday Magic is a year-long project for 2019. You can read more about my projects for 2019 here.

Everyday Magic – 10

Weekly Intention: When I said last week was hectic, I was lying. This week is insane. We already had a busy weekend with a camping trip, science fair, several tech challenge meetings, but now I have a 2-day work offsite that I am running, hair appointment and a dinner guest monday night, a work dinner tuesday night, and possibly a school event on Wednesday night. Oh and possibly another event Thursday night. Just writing that makes me want to weep. Not to mention a bunch more perf this week. So my intention this week is going to have to be to surrender. To be in the moment. To be grateful for all the layers of my life. There are small moments like this when they all come to the surface at the same time but it’s rare and I enjoy the layers so much.

This month’s intention is: Personal Magic:  Time to slow down again and be intentional. This month think about yourself, what you have to offer to the world, what makes you, you. What’s unique and personal. Show up as your best self. This month is not about improving but owning. From February, on my plate still is: spring break, Nathaniel’s birthday trip, summer vacation, and the taxes. I really love March’s challenge. I think it will align well with what I want to do at work.

One way I will show up this week:  excited, open, energetic.

One magic I will make this week: i will show up energetically for my hubby.

This week, I will pay attention to: how my energy is so I can decide whether to attend all the events.

This week, I will be kinder to: myself and the kids.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: hmmm… myself after i’ve already done all of what i outlined above.

One new thing I will learn this week: how can i make time to sketch even a bit daily?

I am looking forward to: finishing taxes and perf!

This week’s challenges: having all my evenings busy is challenging for me. and i won’t be able to exercise Tuesday and Wednesday since i won’t be at work.

Top Goals: 

  • Work: offsite + perf+ empty out email
  • Personal: daily drawing, journal, yoga, and do a hike?, stay sane? 🙂
  • Family:  science fair, math with N, cook dinner, work with D. Lots of time with love of my life.

I will focus on my values:

  • Love: love for myself this week. how can i be kinder?
  • Learn: how to squeeze in the art.
  • Peace: peace with perf + evening commitments.
  • Service: to work and to Jake and David this week.
  • Gratitude: gratitude for my life. 

This week, I want to remember: that my kids are growing up and will soon be gone and so will all these wonderful opportunities that sometimes overwhelm me. it’s ok to be overwhelmed but it’s also ok to enjoy it.


Everyday Magic is a year-long project for 2019. You can read more about my projects for 2019 here.

Everyday Magic – 09

Weekly Intention:  This is going to be a hectic week. I have catch up work from last week, all the email I haven’t read, two presentations for my manager, three documents to write and perf. So a ton of work. Thankfully it’s pretty quiet outside of work during the week. The weekend will be dominated by STEM Fair. My intention this week is to be really productive. I’d like to be able to focus on work, make some solid strides and feel good about it. And then focus on David for his Fair. 

This month’s intention is: Works like Magic:  This is your month to get things done. Step it up a notch at work. Step it up at home. Take the steps you’ve been meaning to take. Book those vacations, classes, etc, make plans. Ok so we did David’s birthdays and ski week trip. On my plate still is: spring break, Nathaniel’s birthday trip, summer vacation, and the taxes. Maybe i can tackle taxes this week. I know this means we end February without the other 3 but I will keep them on my list till they are done.

One way I will show up this week:  focused, kind, open, grateful.

One magic I will make this week: i will do one fun thing once perf is over.

This week, I will pay attention to: how i can get more done in less time

This week, I will be kinder to: my wonderful husband

This week, I will focus on pleasing:  some of the work requirements. 

One new thing I will learn this week: how i can be even kinder. how i can back down and rile up.

I am looking forward to:  being done with perf. getting some work done. starting our taxes.

This week’s challenges: a bunch of work.

Top Goals: 

  • Work: iterate on march monthly, send the email, write the three docs i want to work on, do perf.
  • Personal: keep up with journaling + art + yoga, restart pushups, and do a hike.
  • Family:  do math with N. Do ML or physics with D. Spend time with J. Hike together. Cook dinner. 

I will focus on my values:

  • Love:  love for my husband.
  • Learn: how to get work done fast and efficiently.
  • Peace: peace with perf.
  • Service:  to work and to David this week.
  • Gratitude: gratitude for my life. 

This week, I want to remember:  that I am so lucky for my life. that things are going well. that i want to celebrate and i want to move into deep deep gratitude.


Everyday Magic is a year-long project for 2019. You can read more about my projects for 2019 here.

Everyday Magic – 08

Weekly Intention:  Yay for vacation week. We will be in and out of town this week. All of us hanging out together and enjoying each others’ company. I have some work I want to get done but I expect to be off most of the week. My intention is to go on adventures, to rest a lot, to do art, and to journal some, in that order. I want to see if I can use this week to ground myself a bit. Be super super super kind to my family, too.

This month’s intention is: Works like Magic:  This is your month to get things done. Step it up a notch at work. Step it up at home. Take the steps you’ve been meaning to take. Book those vacations, classes, etc, make plans. Ok so we did David’s birthdays! We also booked ski week trip. We have some plans/ideas for summer. On my plate still is: spring break, Nathaniel’s birthday trip, summer vacation, and the taxes. 

One way I will show up this week:  rest and relax. i will try super hard to be easygoing.

One magic I will make this week: go on adventures together.

This week, I will pay attention to: hugging my family more and being the kindest i can be.

This week, I will be kinder to: everyone!!

This week, I will focus on pleasing:hmm everyone and no one. just will take it easy.

One new thing I will learn this week: how i can be more easygoing 🙂

I am looking forward to:  vacation!

This week’s challenges: just a lot of driving and rain. but i am hoping we will be ok still.

Top Goals: 

  • Work: iterate on march and monthly and email 3 and then the three docs i want to work on.
  • Personal: keep up with journaling + art + yoga, pushups, and a hike.
  • Family:  have fun!! work with the kids, work on taxes but mostly have fun!

I will focus on my values:

  • Love:  love for my family and vacations.
  • Learn: what i’m craving
  • Peace: peace with perf.
  • Service:  to our vacation and to time off.
  • Gratitude: gratitude for some time off. 

This week, I want to remember:  that time passes so so fast. i told my mom last week that she was 42 when i moved to the united states and now i am 44. time flies. i want to make memories and stories and MAGIC.


Everyday Magic is a year-long project for 2019. You can read more about my projects for 2019 here.

Everyday Magic – 07

Weekly Intention:  This is a full week of work. My first in a while. And the kids’ too. They are off the following week and I will also try to take the time off so this week my intention is to close the loop on some of the things I have been dragging my feet on so we can be ready to go first thing when I get back. My intention this week is also to really take time to check in with myself, figure out my feelings (especially around work) and communicate with my manager (and myself.)

This month’s intention is: Works like Magic:  This is your month to get things done. Step it up a notch at work. Step it up at home. Take the steps you’ve been meaning to take. Book those vacations, classes, etc, make plans. I’ve made no progress on next week, spring break, Nathaniel’s birthday trip, summer vacation, or the taxes. But I’ve paid for 2019-2020 tuition and we’ve had David’s birthday so we’re doing things even if last minute. Maybe I can use a bit of my time off to move some of these forward.

One way I will show up this week:  i will be more centered and play more of a facilitator role, hold on to my opinions less firmly.

One magic I will make this week: planning our winter vacation might be magic.

This week, I will pay attention to: what i am feeling about work and how to communicate my needs better.

This week, I will be kinder to: myself. i need it.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: my manager by getting some things ready to go.

One new thing I will learn this week: let’s just focus on getting clear around my feelings this week.

I am looking forward to:  friday i guess since i will then have some time off.

This week’s challenges: tuesday is challenging with having to go to the kids’ school at night and then again wednesday morning.

Top Goals: 

  • Work: plans for march, prep for monthly, email 2.
  • Personal: keep up with journaling + art + yoga, pushups, gym.
  • Family:  david ML,  math with nathaniel. cook for Jake. family photos and celebrations. go on at least one adventure.

I will focus on my values:

  • Love:  love for my job maybe. find my path to it.
  • Learn: about what’s really getting to me.
  • Peace: peace with where i am now.
  • Service:  to my work for our todo list and then to my family for booking a hotel.
  • Gratitude: gratitude being able to pay one more year of tuition. 

This week, I want to remember:  that feeling my feelings is important. time with family is important. there will be time to read books in the future.


Everyday Magic is a year-long project for 2019. You can read more about my projects for 2019 here.

Everyday Magic – 06

Weekly Intention:  This week I don’t get to work from home two days but I will be taking Friday off due to David’s birthday (14!) and I have a hair appointment on Monday which I am excited about. So the rest of the time I will plan to be present. I will also plan to carve 1 hour daily to catch up so that I don’t have to do all my work over the weekend which I’ve been doing a lot of lately. Not sure how to make that happen but I will be conscious about it and see if I can pull it off.

This month’s intention is: Works like Magic:  This is your month to get things done. Step it up a notch at work. Step it up at home. Take the steps you’ve been meaning to take. Book those vacations, classes, etc, make plans. Oh, man, i love how these are always perfect timing. I do indeed have to book those vacations. I need to figure out spring break, Nathaniel’s birthday trip, summer vacation, etc, etc. but I have no patience. Let’s see if I can pull it off.

One way I will show up this week:  i will be more open this week. especially where i find myself closing down.

One magic I will make this week: let’s see what magic i can pull off for David’s birthday

This week, I will pay attention to: how to make my work schedule a bit smoother.

This week, I will be kinder to: my husband. i love him so.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: hmmm how about our schedule by actually booking some trips?

One new thing I will learn this week: still not doing the online class. meh. maybe i just give up on that and pick something else.

I am looking forward to:  david’s birthday.

This week’s challenges: figuring out some space for taking time to catch up daily.

Top Goals: 

  • Work: figure out release and reviews, prep for monthly, and japan.
  • Personal: keep up with journaling + art + yoga, pushups, gym.
  • Family:  david birthday,  math with nathaniel. cook for Jake. family photos and celebrations. go on at least one adventure.

I will focus on my values:

  • Love:  love for my son who is turning 14!!
  • Learn: about the work schedule and what’s holding me back from putting a stake on the ground for the summer.
  • Peace: peace with going at the pace i need to.
  • Service:  hmm service to david this week for his friends and birthday get together.
  • Gratitude: gratitude for having all the support around me that i have. 

This week, I want to remember:  that things will work out, meetings will get scheduled, vacations will get booked, life will be ok. It always gets done in the end.


Everyday Magic is a year-long project for 2019. You can read more about my projects for 2019 here.

Everyday Magic – 05

Weekly Intention:  This week is busy. I have a lot of meetings but I don’t have evening commitments and if all goes well I will work from home on Thursday and Friday. I do have to go to school on Friday for parent conferences but so far it feels like a manageable week so my intention this week is actually to go slow. To try to not worry about rushing to get things done and give myself time to pause. Let’s see if I can pull it off.

This month’s intention is: Seeing the Magic: Pay attention to your life. Make note of all the magic around you. See the people who love, cherish, and honor you. Thank people, show them that you see them. i didn’t do much new here i feel like since it’s my last week with this intention maybe i have to think about what this means.

One way I will show up this week:  i will be more curious this week.

One magic I will make this week: work at home 2 days if i can pull it off.

This week, I will pay attention to: what rhythm works best for me and how I can figure it out.

This week, I will be kinder to: myself, i will catch the conversations in my head.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: hmm let’s go with people i talk to, be curious and see how i can help.

One new thing I will learn this week: still not doing the online class. meh. maybe i can tackle that? 

I am looking forward to:  some more time at home. moving a few small things forward. 

This week’s challenges: a bunch of really long meetings. i really do want to get some things rolled out, can i do it?

Top Goals: 

  • Work: communicate release and reviews, prep for monthly, get alignment a bit better. and japan.
  • Personal: keep up with journaling + art + yoga, pushups, gym.
  • Family: do physics with david,  math with nathaniel. cook for Jake. family photos and celebrations. go on at least one adventure.

I will focus on my values:

  • Love:  love for my husband this week, understand how i can do it better.
  • Learn: about the rhythms of my day, take note.
  • Peace: peace with not getting as much as i’d like done.
  • Service:  hmm service to our schedule maybe this week.
  • Gratitude: gratitude for life for all of it. 

This week, I want to remember:  that i am going to make a lot more mistakes.  many. that this is how i grow. that i need to embrace the gray and not worry about being “good.” i’m going to have to learn this again and again.


Everyday Magic is a year-long project for 2019. You can read more about my projects for 2019 here.

Everyday Magic – 04

Weekly Intention:  This is a short week since it’s a 3-day weekend. One intention I have is not to let this weekend go to waste. That is to say I want to make sure we go on at least 1 if not 2 adventures this weekend. It’s easy for me to sit at home and read and draw and journal and work, all of which are fine but i also want to do things together, however small/big. Ok now, for the week, my intention this week is to get organized and add the meetings i’ve been intending to on the calendar and feel a bit of momentum and check in period. Listen and learn.

This month’s intention is: Seeing the Magic: Pay attention to your life. Make note of all the magic around you. See the people who love, cherish, and honor you. Thank people, show them that you see them. this week i want to pay attention to the really small things. and the really big things. let’s see what i come back with.

One way I will show up this week:  I will try to listen with intent to find seams of things this week. areas where i can help.

One magic I will make this week: art at work for 30 mins at least twice if i can pull it off. 

This week, I will pay attention to: sleeping more on time. slowing down in the evenings. figuring out what “magic of me” is about 

This week, I will be kinder to: my kids. i love them so so so much.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: me i think. i need a bit of self-care.

One new thing I will learn this week: still not doing the online class. meh. but i want to focus on the “magic of me” part first. 

I am looking forward to:  the short week. i wish all weekends were 3-day 

This week’s challenges: a lot of back to back 30 mins meetings this week, i will have to figure out how to pace myself.

Top Goals: 

  • Work: get meetings on calendar, revise plans, start communicating them. schedule some agenda items, start the email.
  • Personal: keep up with journaling + art + yoga, pushups, gym.
  • Family: do physics with david,  math with nathaniel. cook for Jake. family photos and celebrations. go on at least one adventure.

I will focus on my values:

  • Love:  love my life, pay attention to what’s good about it.
  • Learn: about the magic of me goals.
  • Peace: peace with the weather, the winter, the cold/dark.
  • Service: service to work this week again, getting things going.
  • Gratitude: gratitude for my husband who is endlessly patient. 

This week, I want to remember:  that it is ok to be in the season i am in. i also want to honor mary oliver and remember what i want to do with my one precious life.


Everyday Magic is a year-long project for 2019. You can read more about my projects for 2019 here.

Everyday Magic – 03

Weekly Intention:  This week will be a bit more hectic than last week was but hopefully not a lot. My intention this week is still to go slow. Be home as often as possible, journal, be grounded, listen and try to pay attention.

This month’s intention is: Seeing the Magic: Pay attention to your life. Make note of all the magic around you. See the people who love, cherish, and honor you. Thank people, show them that you see them. Still going strong on the letters. Maybe I can add one new thing this week.

One way I will show up this week:  I will try to be kinder this week. Listen with the intent to help everyone I meet with.

One magic I will make this week: I didn’t get to do art at night during the week last week so I am going to see if it can be this week’s magic. 

This week, I will pay attention to: how to handle myself better in the evenings when I am tired and worn out.

This week, I will be kinder to: people at work. let’s see if it makes a difference in how i feel.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: nathaniel. let’s see if i can focus on him.

One new thing I will learn this week: i didn’t pick an online class last week :/ this week i will figure out what math to teach Nathaniel. 

I am looking forward to:  getting my hair done. 

This week’s challenges: getting all the routines decided and set at work.

Top Goals: 

  • Work: review 2019 plans, get meetings on calendar.
  • Personal: keep up with journaling + art + yoga, pushups, gym.
  • Family: start physics with david. find math with nathaniel. cook for Jake. family photos and celebrations.

I will focus on my values:

  • Love:  stay grounded, show my love more. say kind words. celebrate others. show them why they are awesome.
  • Learn: go back to doing art again. just for you.
  • Peace: peace with moving slower than I would like to.
  • Service: service to work this week, getting things going.
  • Gratitude: gratitude for my mom’s checkup results being well. 

This week, I want to remember:  that how I spend my days is how I spend my life.


Everyday Magic is a year-long project for 2019. You can read more about my projects for 2019 here.

Everyday Magic – 02

Weekly Intention:  This promises to be a reasonably light week at work. My intention this week is to ease back into things. To be present, to be calm and grounded and to slowly get back into routine. 

This month’s intention is: Seeing the Magic: Pay attention to your life. Make note of all the magic around you. See the people who love, cherish, and honor you. Thank people, show them that you see them. I’ve started sending daily letters to my mom and exchanging weekly letters with my friend Kelly.  For January, I will continue to honor that.

One way I will show up this week:  I will listen more this week. Try not to commit to anything and stay in the place of collecting information.

One magic I will make this week: Let’s go with art. I will try to do art at least one night this week.

This week, I will pay attention to: my feelings. what sets me off, what triggers me.

This week, I will be kinder to: my husband. he is always so so kind to me, i want to make sure to pay it back.

This week, I will focus on pleasing: myself, i want to be able to extend myself grace through this transition. 

One new thing I will learn this week: i will pick an online class to take this week.

I am looking forward to:  transitioning back into routine.

This week’s challenges:  lol. transitioning back to routine 🙂

Top Goals: 

  • Work: align with my manager on our goals for 2019.
  • Personal: keep up with journaling + art + yoga and start going to gym.
  • Family: restart physics with david. do math with nathaniel. cook for Jake. family photos and celebrations.

I will focus on my values:

  • Love:  remember what i love about work, life, me.
  • Learn: pick something new and fun to learn. remember that learning is not about knowing or mastering.
  • Peace: peace with the fact that transitions are hard for me.
  • Service: service to my family.
  • Gratitude: gratitude for all i have. 

This week, I want to remember:  that getting another turn around the sun is such a blessing. i am soaking in my days.


Everyday Magic is a year-long project for 2019. You can read more about my projects for 2019 here.