2016 Stories – 36 – 10 Years

In August of 2006, I walked through the doors of Google as an employee for the first time. I had interviewed just a few months before, thinking there was no way I could get the job. I had had a long day of many, many interviews and while a few went well, the others I wasn’t so sure of.

But the miracle happened and I got the job.

And then it was my first day. The first time I found out my team, met my team mates, learned all the protocols of what it means to work at Google. I spent the next few months learning and relearning. I had some really tough days of not understanding, of not being useful. It drove me crazy, it made me frustrated, it made me sad.

But I stuck with it.

I worked hard and long hours. I loved some moments and hated others.

But I stuck with it.

I worked on several products and loved being a product manager. Then I had another lovely little boy. Then everything changed again. I moved jobs, I got a different setup but I still stuck around. I loved my product. I was learning to be a program manager. I struggled but I learned and I learned.

I stuck with it.

Just a few years ago, I changed everything around again. I got a chance, I took it. I got new hours. I got a new team. I learned a lot of new things. I worked hard but I loved it. I was finding my way. And just a few weeks ago, everything changed yet again. My hours are changing. New people. New locations. New teams. New work. It’s challenging but also very rewarding.

Ten years. That’s how long I’ve been at this amazing company. Not every moment has been perfect but I’ve loved all of it anyway. I’ve learned something everyday in the last ten years. I’ve loved working with the smartest people I know.  I’ve loved how challenging and rewarding it all is. Ten years and I’m still learning and still working hard.

I’m sticking with it.


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

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Index Card Photos is a Monthly Project for June 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

Living Intentionally – 38

  • Weekly Intention: My intention this week is to journal. I think I have some thoughts to process. Journaling always helps me “see” what I am thinking and I often make conclusions, come up with plans/solutions so I think it’s really helpful to take the time to do it. So I would like to dedicate some time to journaling this week.
  • Choices I want to make:
    • One: I will choose to book my tickets for Seattle. Or decide not to go. One or the other.
    • Two:  I will choose not to worry about the possible water leak. Let’s see what it is.
    • Three: I will choose to take it one day at a time this week. I have a LOT of meetings for work.
  • I am looking forward to: another book club this week, hearing about David’s camping trip, seeing some friends.
  • This week’s challenges:  David will be going away overnight, I am anxious about it of course. A lot of meetings at work both day and night this week.
  • Top Goals:
    • Work: My intention this week is to finish off a bunch of dragging todos because I didn’t last week :) .
    • Personal: I’d like to setup Nathaniel’s swimming class so he can go back to doing it.
    • Family: I want to make sure to spend time with both kids doing both learning and snuggling. Make sure to make time for them in this busy week.
  • I will focus on my core desires (kind, strong, true, generous, brave) by: 
    • I will be kind to everyone I see this week. Let’s see if I can pull that off.
    • I will be strong and face some of my truths.
    • I will be generous with sleep. I will not miss sleep this week.
    • I will be true to myself at work and share my opinions while being openminded.
    • I will be brave and show up at another social event at David’s school. They never end!
  • This week, I want to remember: that I am trying my best everyday. I am showing up. I am doing what needs to be done. I am proud of myself.

Here’s to a wonderful week!

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Index Card Photos is a Monthly Project for June 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

Weekly Reflection – 37

  • Three Choices I made this week:
    • One: I chose to take the day off on my birthday and really ask for what I wanted which was a combination of alone time and company.
    • Two: I chose to have some solid time with two different friends (one old, one new) and both were really lovely.
    • Three: I chose to skip a family event to spend a bit more time alone and resting. I needed the rest.
  • I read/learned: More solid reading this week. I finished Bean Trees, Three Prescriptions for Happiness, Between Breaths, Commonwealth, and Amy Krouse’s awesome Textbook. I am reading Paradise in Plain Sight, Learning to Swear in America, and The Sympathizer. I took Glennon and Brene’s The Wisdom of Story and am taking Coursera’s Learning how to Learn.
  • I celebrate:  I celebrate taking some me-time this week.
  • I am grateful for:  my family this week. My mom and my sister and my nephews. I am so lucky.
  • I focused on my health by: 
    • Did my 7-minute exercise every week day.
    • Walked 10K+ daily
    • Ran 1 mile every day.
    • The food was not great :)
  • I made art:  hmm no new art this week.
  • I let go of: I let go of my necklace this week. I lost it and was really sad. But maybe someone else found it and is really happy now.
  • Core Desire Check-in:
    • Kind: I’ve been kind to myself this week.
    • Strong: I’m getting stronger, I can now run a mile without feeling like I might die.
    • True: I was true to myself and asked for what I needed/wanted.
    • Generous: I’ve been generous with my time with the kids and Jake.
    • Brave: I was brave with taking what I needed.

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.

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A closeup:
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Index Card Photos is a Monthly Project for June 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

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Here’s today’s card:

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Index Card Photos is a Monthly Project for June 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

A Book a Week – In a Dark, Dark Wood

I read In a Dark, Dark Wood because it was one of those “will be awesome!” books.

But this genre is not my thing apparently.

I read it. I read it fast. But I’ve had enough of books with only dislikable characters. I find that to be such a copout in writing. Most people have something we can like about them. Make your characters richer. Give me a reason to root for them. Or to at least make me want to read more.

Meh.

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Index Card Photos is a Monthly Project for June 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

2016 Stories – 37 – Forty-Two

Forty-two.

I turned 42 yesterday. Forty-two trips around the sun. Part of me can’t believe how many years I’ve already lived and part of me feels like I have lived enough lifetimes to be much older. I know that some people have a tough time with getting older. While I can definitely understand that, I’m not one of those people. At least not now. I am grateful to get to have another year under my belt. Another year spent with the people I love. Another year spent doing art. Reading books. Snuggling. Learning. Crying, laughing, hoping, wishing, dreaming.

Grateful for all the years of my life.

I tend to pick my words in January and make my lists and plans at the beginning of the calendar year, so I don’t use the school year or my birthday (both of which magically happen to be in September) as a time to make lists, plans or goals. In fact, my birthday is one of the few days I try to live without a todo list of some kind. I take the day off work and just try to be. Be still. Be peaceful. Be quiet.

It’s my moment to appreciate the journey so far.

I’ve worked hard for much of my life but I’ve also been incredibly lucky in more ways that I can describe. While I’ve tried not to take that luck for granted, I know it’s impossible to do that. I know that there’s so much I just assume. So much that I don’t appreciate as deeply as I really should. And on this day, I just want to sit in the miracle that is my life.

I am not sure what I did to deserve all this. I am not sure what tomorrow will bring. I am not sure of anything. But I know that I am here today and I know that I am blessed.

And so very thankful.

Here’s to another year around the sun.


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

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Index Card Photos is a Monthly Project for June 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

Living Intentionally – 37

  • Weekly Intention: My intention this week is to rest. I am very tired. I’ve been doing a lot of exercise. I’ve been going to both of the kids’ schools and to work. Driving a lot. I’ve been socializing with new people I don’t know. I’ve been putting myself out there in many ways again and again. And there’s more of it this week, too, but I also want to make sure I make time to rest this week. So my intention is to take my downtime and make it downtime. Make time to be still.
  • Choices I want to make:
    • One: I will choose to celebrate my birthday. So grateful for another one.
    • Two:  I will choose to be brave again as I go to another event at David’s school.
    • Three: I will choose to finish some of the work I’ve been putting off.
  • I am looking forward to: Brene and Glennon’s class. My birthday and having a day off. Book club!
  • This week’s challenges:  I have a late Wednesday which means I will be extra tired on Thursday. I also have trips to both schools again this week and one to work. It will all be ok.
  • Top Goals:
    • Work: My intention this week is to finish off a bunch of dragging todos.
    • Personal: I’d like to see if I can make some type of schedule for myself now that the routine appears to be settling.
    • Family: I want to make sure to go back to doing math with at least Nathaniel. I miss it. Also I’d like to read to him, too.
  • I will focus on my core desires (kind, strong, true, generous, brave) by: 
    • I will be kind to myself this week. Enjoy my special day.
    • I will be strong and start making some changes in my diet. I can feel my body craving it.
    • I will be generous with rest. I will let myself rest.
    • I will be true to what matters most. Everything else will be ok.
    • I will be brave and show up. Again and again.
  • This week, I want to remember: that these hard moments are also the special, magical moments of my life. This is what life is made up of.

Here’s to a wonderful week!