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Listen with Intent – Week 46

Another way of listening kindly, for me, is obliging. Being willing to do what the other person wants. My kids often want to come talk to me and many times, i am in the middle of something and my instinct is to tell them to come back later. But this week is all about obliging them. Putting them first. Listening to them when they would like me to.

Here’s the pin where I got the lettering..


Listen with Intent is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Today I Know – Week 45

This week’s inspiration comes from this pin. I used watercolors only. It’s nowhere as magnificent as the original but i still like it. Paperfashion is one of my heros, her work is always always magnificent and dreamy.

prompt says: today i know that kindness from others feels.


Today I Know is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

A Book a Week – The Giver

I read, The Giver because I knew the movie was coming out and David had just recently read it so I wanted to make sure I read it, too.

It was a very, very quick read and I really found it fascinating. I thought it was well written and I loved the story even though it was disturbing, of course. I did wish the ending was better and it bugged me until I found out it is a quartet. So maybe if I invest in the other three, too, I might feel better.

The movie was quite good, too, in my opinion, though wildly different from the book in places.

Stitching Circles – Week 25

I found two little incomplete circles in my desk this week. Here’s one of them.


Stitching Circles is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Savor Project – 2014 – Spread Thirty-Nine

This is one of the Week in the Life pages I made that will be going into my Savor album for 2014:

this first one is about the Whole Life Challenge.


Savor Project is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

December Daily 2014 - Pre Pages

When October rolled around this year, I kept thinking and thinking about December Daily. I kept thinking I wanted to do something more mixed media instead of the straight scrapbooking this year. I kept thinking and thinking but no ideas actually came to me.

For weeks.

And then as I was doing my morning sketch, I got an idea. What if I took another moleskine watercolor journal just like the one I was using for my daily sketches and turned it into a december daily album and sketched one holiday related sketch for every day.

Once I got the idea, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. So I spent the whole weekend coming up with ideas, sketching, painting, and then using stickles for shimmer, and then scrapbooking/collaging all around my pages.

I finished the whole book in one weekend and I love the way it turned out. I have no idea what’s going to happen once I have the photos + stories but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. Especially since I happen to be out of the country, alone, for the first 5 days of this December.

The cover, for now, is solid gold. I just put lots and lots of gold tape. I haven’t decided what else will go there yet and I think I will do it much later. That’s why you won’t see one today.

So with all that, here are my pre pages. Lots of photos to follow.

page one:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page two:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page three:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page four:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page five:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page six:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page seven:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page eight:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page nine:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page ten:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page eleven:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page twelve:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page thirteen:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page fourteen:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page fifteen:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page sixteen:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page seventeen:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page eighteen:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page nineteen:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page twenty:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page twenty-one:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page twenty-two:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page twenty-three:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page twenty-four:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

page twenty-five:

and here’s the sketch with the glitter:

So there we are. Trying something new this year. Let’s see if it works.

Saying Goodbye Saying Hello

I don’t usually talk about work on my blog, but I wanted to share that after more than six years, I’ve decided to move away from the Chrome team. A large amount of my time at Google has been with the Chrome team and it’s one of the products I love and feel proud to have worked on. I’ve loved the team even more than the product. They are wonderful, kind, generous and brilliant people. I am so lucky to have worked with them. Choosing to leave was a very tough decision but I knew that it was time to learn something new.

My new adventures take me to the Google Maps team. Another product I love and use regularly. I will be working with the Transit folks and I am looking forward to learning about public transportation all over the world and traveling to the Zurich office and working with and for some of the first teammates I had at Google. Some awesome people.

For the last few months, I’ve been working on moving boldly into unknown futures. This is not second-nature to me and it comes with a lot of fear. Fear of the unknown. Fear that I might be messing up something that works and finding myself neck deep in regret. Fear that I might fail. Fear that I might “ruin it all.” Fear that I am not going to be able to measure up to the expectations of others. And, most of all, fear that I will disappoint people I care about.

But I am doing it anyway.

I’ve updated my banner so you can get a sneak peek at my word for 2015. I think this move, and several others I’ve done in the last few months line up with my word. My goals for myself. My efforts to challenge myself and not let inertia take over. To grow. To expand. To learn.

So here’s a big, bold step in that direction.

Here’s to new beginnings.

Listen with Intent – Week 45

For this week’s intention I decided to go with support. I believe a big part of being kind is being supportive, allowing others to be who they are and supporting them instead of listening with any agenda of my own. To me, this means asking questions, being positive, and genuinely listening.

Here’s the pin where I got the lettering..


Listen with Intent is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Weekly Diary - November 9 2014

It’s been over 4 months since I last posted photos of us. I have no excuse. It’s mostly due to laziness. I will probably eventually backfill but who knows when. I figured in the meantime I can at least start again.

Here are my boys in halloween gear.

David was Boba Fett.

my wonderful boy.

and Nathaniel was a storm trooper.

Nathaniel just got a new bed. It’s one of those beds that has a sliding ben under it so Halloween night David spent the night in his room. Here they are playing games with Daddy.

that Sunday morning, we ended up in the ER. Nathaniel had an ear infection.

Here he’s playing something really quietly.

Monday night my good friend Rebi whom I haven’t seen in years and years calls to tell me she’s in town so she came down to spend the day with me on Tuesday and it was awesome. We also didn’t forget to vote.

On Thursday I was invited to an all day event with several other moms from my kids’ school so I took the day off and it was quite lovely. And then Friday was my last day on the Chrome team. Coincidentally, we had an offsite at Great America. This is me with two of my coworkers.

On Saturday, David got his breaststroke ribbon which means he only has one more stroke to learn: butterfly.

Daddy and Nathaniel playing with magnets.

as David practices his guitar.

little boy coloring with watercolors.

and my three awesome men. The light has been awful so there’s a lot of noise.

but i don’t care.

because i cherish these photos no matter what.

we still have tickle time.

but we’ve recently begun making funny faces, too.

the kids really get into it.

and here we go. so grateful for my life. i hope your week was lovely, too.


Weekly Diary is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

Nathaniel Reads to Mommy – Week 21


Nathaniel Reads to Mommy is a project for 2014 that I am doing with my 4.5-year-old son. You can read more about it here.

Today I Know – Week 44

This week’s inspiration comes from this pin. I used watercolors only. It’s nowhere as magnificent as the original but i still like it.

prompt says: today i know that i can change my mind if I want to.


Today I Know is a project for 2014. You can read more about it here.

A Book a Week – Night Film

I read, Night Film because I’d read that it was good and I was looking for something good to read. I had never read Marisha Pessl before and I don’t know if this is a typical book for her.

I can’t decide if I liked it or not. It was different from most things I’ve read and I liked reading it even though it was quite absurd and quite dark at times. It was interesting nonetheless and if this genre is your cup of tea, it’s recommended.