November 2016 – Today Journaling – 18

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Journaling asks: What am i yearning for today?


Today Journaling is a Monthly Project for November 2016. All of the words belong to Melody Ross. These are a part of the Soul Comfort class in Brave Girls University, I cannot recommend it enough. Last time I took this course, I ended up doing a year-long project on this type of journaling.  You can sign up here. (I teach there, too.) You can read more about my projects for 2016 here and the pictures are all from Pinterest here.

A Book a Week – Bliss

I read Bliss  out loud to Nathaniel because a friend of ours had recommended it to David a few years ago and I had never read it. It was a sweet story which had some scary scenes and some funny scenes. I think Nathaniel liked it and I asked David if he did, too. He said it was ok but he didn’t really want to keep going and read the sequel.

My friend who has a daughter said her kid read all of them :)

November 2016 – Today Journaling – 17

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Journaling asks: What do i wish i could do over today?


Today Journaling is a Monthly Project for November 2016. All of the words belong to Melody Ross. These are a part of the Soul Comfort class in Brave Girls University, I cannot recommend it enough. Last time I took this course, I ended up doing a year-long project on this type of journaling.  You can sign up here. (I teach there, too.) You can read more about my projects for 2016 here and the pictures are all from Pinterest here.

November 2016 – Today Journaling – 16

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Journaling asks: What do i wish i would have heard today?


Today Journaling is a Monthly Project for November 2016. All of the words belong to Melody Ross. These are a part of the Soul Comfort class in Brave Girls University, I cannot recommend it enough. Last time I took this course, I ended up doing a year-long project on this type of journaling.  You can sign up here. (I teach there, too.) You can read more about my projects for 2016 here and the pictures are all from Pinterest here.

Living Intentionally – 47

  • Weekly Intention: I am off work this week! Weee! Nathaniel is home all week and David has grandparents day at his school on Wednesday and Jake has a surgery on Wednesday afternoon, so I decided it was a good week to stay home and focus on my boys and take some serious downtime. My intention this week is to slow down. So so much that I feel the scarcity dissipate and the abundance creep in. I notice when I really slow down, things feel less urgent and I feel more peaceful so here’s to hoping for some of that this week.
  • Choices I want to make:
    • One: I will choose to read quietly and enjoy my time at home.
    • Two:  I will choose to see if I can make some more plans for 2017, get a bit closer to understanding my goals/wishes/hopes.
    • Three: I will choose to be present and enjoy my time with all three of my boys.
  • I am looking forward to: downtime. relaxing. reading.
  • This week’s challenges:  even though he’s done it before, i am always nervous when jake goes in for this surgery. I’ll breathe better when he’s out of it safe and sound.
  • Top Goals:
    • Work: do not check email. do. not.
    • Personal: make more progress on the 2017 plan. Do the desired feelings exercise. (i didn’t do either of these last week so carrying it forward.)
    • Family: make a holiday plan for the kids. (i didn’t do this last week, either!) and buy more presents for xmas, and put up our tree. love love love this time of year.
  • I will focus on my core desires (kind, strong, true, generous, brave) by: 
    • I will be kind to nathaniel this week during our alone time early in the week. kind to jake after his surgery. kind to everyone as much as i can.
    • I will be strong and sit with all the discomfort around the health and body issues i seem to be having lately.
    • I will be generous with my family this week. Give more time, be more patient, feel abundance.
    • I will be true to what i love the most. resting and reading and reflecting.
    • I will be brave with disconnecting and knowing that work will still be there when i am back.
  • This week, I want to remember: that these three people are the ones that matter the most to me in the world. that there’s nothing more I want than to make them feel loved and make them remember that they will always always always belong with me. I cherish every day I get with them. Every day.

Here’s to a wonderful week and for those of you who live in the United States, Happy Thanksgiving!

November 2016 – Today Journaling – 15

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Journaling asks: What do i wish i could stop doing today?


Today Journaling is a Monthly Project for November 2016. All of the words belong to Melody Ross. These are a part of the Soul Comfort class in Brave Girls University, I cannot recommend it enough. Last time I took this course, I ended up doing a year-long project on this type of journaling.  You can sign up here. (I teach there, too.) You can read more about my projects for 2016 here and the pictures are all from Pinterest here.

Weekly Reflection – 46

  • Three Choices I made this week:
    • One: I chose to work pretty hard and finish all my todo list items. I also checked in with all my teams and feel like I am in a good place and can take a week off without too much guilt.
    • Two: I chose to go see the middle school musical with David even though I didn’t really want to and it turned out to be wonderful.
    • Three: I chose to take Sunday to read on the couch. Slowly and enjoyably. It was quite wonderful, too.
  • I read/learned: I finished The Versions of Us,  Underground Railroad, Hatchet, and The Sun is Also a Star this week. I love love loved The Sun is also a Star. One of my top five from this year. I am now reading The Year of the Runaways and have a bunch of great books queued up.  I’ve been waiting for the final  Stanford Election 2016 class lecture. Though I am still one behind. I also got to see a few movies this week that I loved. I watched Sing Street on Netflix. We had watched some of the Dark Mirror episodes the previous week and I found it to be too disturbing but I had read that there was one episode this season that was really uplifting and good so Jake and I watched San Junipero which did indeed turn out to be wonderful. And last night we went out to see The Edge of Seventeen which was sad and lovely at the same time.
  • I celebrate:  feeling really connected to my job and life this week.
  • I am grateful for:  my rich, layered and full life.
  • I focused on my health by: I’ve totally declined in this area. And thinking about how poorly I am doing is only making it worse, unsurprisingly.
  • I made art:  No art this week. December Daily is coming though so I know I will be doing a lot soon.
  • I let go of: sleep. this was a bad week for sleep and I let go of fighting it.
  • Core Desire Check-in:
    • Kind: I’ve been kind to my teams this week, took the time to connect with each and it made all the difference.
    • Strong: I need some help with this one. It’s been something that I need to work on redefining for myself.
    • True: I feel that I always have to balance between allowing me to be my true self and trying to stretch myself.
    • Generous: I was generous with work this week, too. But also with my kids. I spent a lot of time at both kids’ schools.
    • Brave: I was brave to try to tackle so much last week and it was very hectic with 3 book clubs, 4 school visits, and 20+ meetings, but it all worked out.

Here’s to another good week! :)


Weekly Reflection is a year-long project for 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

November 2016 – Today Journaling – 14

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Journaling asks: How does my heart feel today?


Today Journaling is a Monthly Project for November 2016. All of the words belong to Melody Ross. These are a part of the Soul Comfort class in Brave Girls University, I cannot recommend it enough. Last time I took this course, I ended up doing a year-long project on this type of journaling.  You can sign up here. (I teach there, too.) You can read more about my projects for 2016 here and the pictures are all from Pinterest here.

November 2016 – Today Journaling – 13

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Journaling asks: What is still on my list today?


Today Journaling is a Monthly Project for November 2016. All of the words belong to Melody Ross. These are a part of the Soul Comfort class in Brave Girls University, I cannot recommend it enough. Last time I took this course, I ended up doing a year-long project on this type of journaling.  You can sign up here. (I teach there, too.) You can read more about my projects for 2016 here and the pictures are all from Pinterest here.

A Book a Week – The Paying Guests

I read The Paying Guests for a book club. It wasn’t a book I would have ever picked up on my own but I am glad i read it. It was interesting and had several unexpected twists. I don’t read many books about that time period so that part was interesting to me, too.

I didn’t love it but I did enjoy it and this is one of the reasons I like having a book club. Especially one that doesn’t always choose books I would have naturally picked up on my own.

November 2016 – Today Journaling – 12

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Journaling asks: What is scaring me today?


Today Journaling is a Monthly Project for November 2016. All of the words belong to Melody Ross. These are a part of the Soul Comfort class in Brave Girls University, I cannot recommend it enough. Last time I took this course, I ended up doing a year-long project on this type of journaling.  You can sign up here. (I teach there, too.) You can read more about my projects for 2016 here and the pictures are all from Pinterest here.

November 2016 – Today Journaling – 11

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Journaling asks: What overwhelmed me today?


Today Journaling is a Monthly Project for November 2016. All of the words belong to Melody Ross. These are a part of the Soul Comfort class in Brave Girls University, I cannot recommend it enough. Last time I took this course, I ended up doing a year-long project on this type of journaling.  You can sign up here. (I teach there, too.) You can read more about my projects for 2016 here and the pictures are all from Pinterest here.