July 2017 – Playing with Paint – 9

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Playing with Paint is a Monthly Project for July 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Nourish Me – 28

Mind:

  • I read: I’ve been reading a ton of books this year. As of right now I am reading my 160th book of the year. However, I think this reading is coming at a cost and I am starting to think that maybe there is such a thing as too much reading. I feel like reading is comfort food for my mind. It’s my easy go-to activity and I think that it’s stopping me from doing some of the things I wanted to do for myself. Like take online classes or even hang out with friends. I always find myself comparing the activity to reading and reading always wins hands down. I need to be willing to let go of this mentality and do some of these other items. Previously, I’d mentioned I’d block out a time to do some of these other items but I haven’t blocked that time. In fact, I don’t block out my personal time at all. This also matters for exercise. I think it’s something I will experiment with during the summer since the summer schedule is a tiny bit easier. 
  • I learned: A lot about nutrition this week by reading Body Love. More on this below in the food section. 
  • I watched:  I watched two stupid movies on the way to Australia and then while we were there, in one of the houses we stayed, there were a lot of DVDs so we re-watched two of my favorite movies: Jerry Maguire and Good Will Hunting. Love them both so much. I’ve also started watching The Shack.

Body:

  • Exercise: I exercised once in Sydney and then my knees hurt for about three days. My knees have been hurting for over six months now. I’ve had Xrays done and have gone to both the doctor and the sports medicine. It appears I will have to so Physical Therapy but in the meantime, I’m trying to be careful. It was really sad to see how much the 7-minute exercise hurt. Having said all of this, I am thinking of trying to go to both Barre3 and Yoga this week. I want to see if going out will help me exercise a bit more. I am not sure if the former will hurt my knees but I think I won’t know unless I try so I am going to try. Let’s see if I can pull it off.
  • Food: So I read the Body Love book. A lot of what she talks about was also in a book I read earlier this year called Why We Get Fat. Similar ideas around maintaining a lot insulin variance. Eating a lot of fiber, protein and greens and some fat. Very little to no fruits. (this is the hardest part for me). I woke up thinking, OK I will give this a try if it will help with my joints and my vitality like she claims. The first step was to do one of her drinks so I went to TJs and got vanilla protein. I came home and made a shake and the smell was incredibly overpowering. The taste was so bad, I had to throw out half of it. It looks like I have some sensitivity to the protein. I made David smell it and he didn’t react as strongly. Whereas I feel like throwing up just smelling it. So that really broke my heart and made me feel completely lost. I ordered a bunch more stuff but these things are 30$ each and it doesn’t seem like there’s a way to sample it. Which makes me really really upset. That derailed me for a few hours but I decided I could still easily do the lunch and dinner options of having those food combos and no snacks in between which I was able to do without a problem. I didn’t really even miss the fruit to be honest. Of course, this doesn’t mean anything about its sustainability just that I am giving it a shot for now. I know she says it’s not a diet but that’s not true. Saying that you can only eat a tiny amount of fruit and that you should avoid dairy but x times a month, etc,etc, is a diet. To me, diet doesn’t mean it’s calorie counting or specific menus. It means there are foods you can eat and foods you can’t eat. This is exactly that. But alas, I think it’s worth experimenting with and I’ve been wanting to increase my protein and vegetable intake so if this can encourage me to give it an honest shot maybe that alone makes it worth it. And if I can’t find a protein powder I can drink, I’ll have to find a way to do this without the shakes. 
  • All the others: I want to do better here. I think I still need to take better care of my teeth, my skin and I need to sleep better. I would love recommendations if you have a particular skin routine that you swear by.

Soul:

  • I rested: I haven’t rested in months now. I am sleeping weird this week due to jetlag but even before then I sleep intermittently and wake up each night. I am considering taking Melatonin but I don’t like the idea of taking something regularly so I think I will try and see if the food changes impact my sleep, first.
  • I connected: Well the last two weeks were all about family. I did connect with my friend Gabi in Sydney and it was wonderful. I also have plans to go to book club this week and two trips to work.
  • I journaled: quite a bit of journaling in my travel notebook and have plans to start a new journaling from a book this week.
  • I made art: I worked on my travel journal the whole time i was in Sydney. I loved it.

 


Nourish Me Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

July 2017 – Playing with Paint – 8

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Playing with Paint is a Monthly Project for July 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 28 – Vacation in Australia

Since our kids were born, all the vacations we took have either been to Jake’s family’s home or my family’s home. We’re lucky enough to have beautiful homes in beautiful locations like Bodrum, Istanbul, Martha’s Vineyard and Boston so we’re not deprived in any way. And we’ve taken a lot of smaller vacations up and down the California coast and to Idaho or New York, etc. But we’ve not traveled internationally with the kids, except to go to Turkey. 

So when I realized mid-year that I could combine a work-trip to Sydney with a family trip, I suggested we visit Australia this summer. Jake didn’t turn the idea down πŸ™‚ So despite it being winter there and despite being a bit (ok a lot) anxious about it, I hemmed and hawed and then finally booked us all tickets. Thanks to Quantas’ reduced fares for kids, our tickets were cheaper than going to Europe. 

We wanted to make sure we went to one more place while we were there but we were told New Zealand would have too little sunlight so we decided to go to Cairns instead where the Great Barrier Reef is. We were also advised to do AirBnB instead of Hotels since it was four of us and not two. Here are the instagram shots I took while there.

Above is my first week when I was there for work. I worked pretty long days but got a lot done.

This set is the kids and Jake coming over and all of us in Cairns. 

This set (and the very top set) are both from Sydney. 

Except for the first two which are in Sydney, the others are all at Blue Mountains which were stunning.

Most of these are from the Taronga Zoo!

And finally Manly Beach and us on our way back. The first AirBnb was a hit, the second was a miss. The car rentals all worked out. The flights were smooth and on time. We lost no luggage and no jackets. We got to snorkel in the great barrier reef, we got to feed kangaroos and hold koalas. We got to touch and watch crocodiles and feed birds. We saw magnificent butterflies, a Tazmanian devil, a ton of other marsupials. We went to countless beaches and had more scenic views than one can enjoy in such a short amount of time. We took buses, trains, cars, trams, ferries and planes. We walked for hours and hours. We ate a lot of toast and didn’t try vegemite. All in all, it was a fantastic vacation and I am looking forward to more adventures with this amazing family!


Stories from 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

July 2017 – Playing with Paint – 7

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You can bloom again and again.


Playing with Paint is a Monthly Project for July 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Living Intentionally 2017 – 28

Weekly Intention: Here we go, we went on vacation and we’re back and now I can settle into the summer. We have seven weeks left before school starts and five-six weeks before thinking about school and buying things will have to start. that’s not really enough time to get any routine going but it’s enough time for me to take advantage of the flexible schedule to see if I can introduce a few new things into my life that I can bake into a routine next school year. For this week, my intentions are a bit audacious possibly. But I also know that I am not one of those start with small steps and increase kind of gal. I like to go all in. So this week’s intention is to just jump in. All in on work, all in on exercise, all in on food, all in on journaling and reserving time for myself each day, all in with helping the kids with their work. Neither of the kids have camp this week (they start next week) so my goal is to make sure there’s no flopping on the couch. 

Things I want to get Done: Here’s the list for his week.

  • Work: catch up to email.
  • Work: document (unplanned, wrong).
  • Work: setup all the new meetings. 
  • Work: setup all q3/h2 sheets.
  • Work: send off q2 closing emails.
  • Work: do phase two of data collection
  • Work: do posters.
  • Personal: do OLW july.
  • Personal: 4 trips to exercise this week. I can do this.
  • Personal: continue eating clean.
  • Personal: schedule Physical Therapy
  • Personal: check in for taxes
  • Family: work with david and take him to exam Saturday.

This month’s intention is:  July: Shine Boldly: This builds on June a bit but it’s time to take things up a notch. Be bold. Be brave. Be loud. Shine with all your might. Hmm. I can come up with some ideas on this but none are coming to me at the moment.

Ways to Shine this week:

  • One: Bold: Bold with exercise this week, I can do this.
  • Two: Open: Open to the possibility that I can change how I eat. 
  • Three: Heal/Nourish: Healing through journaling this week. 

I am looking forward to: jumping in. here’s to hoping it works.

This week’s challenges: two client meetings. two trips to work. getting back on track on everything. but the hardest part of this week will be coming through on my exercise and food goals. let’s see if i can make it happen.

Top Goals:

  • Work: meetings+sheets.
  • Personal: exercise+food+journaling.
  • Family: math with each kid.

I will focus on my core desires (bold, mindful, nourish, love) by: remembering that i am really strong. inside and out.

This week, I will say yes to: having faith in myself. showing up and trusting the universe. 

This week, I will say no to: getting stuck on things and letting hurdles trip me up.

I am worried that:  i won’t exercise. i’ll stop eating well. i will continue to be behind at work. i won’t be ready for the new cycle. all the work i did won’t matter. i won’t make time for me. i will be in so much pain  in my knees. 

This week, I want to remember:  that i have the power to be the best version of myself!

July 2017 – Playing with Paint – 6

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It’s okay to be sad. Feel your feelings.


Playing with Paint is a Monthly Project for July 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Weekly Reflection 2017 – 27

How I shone this week: I haven’t updated in three weeks. I was in Australia that whole time. One week of work and two weeks of vacation. I will post all about it on Tuesday. I shone at work by working really hard and getting most of what we intended done. And I shone the two weeks with family by doing my very best every day.

Things I wanted to get Done:  There were two big items: get work done, go on vacation. I did both. I even travel journaled. 

I celebrate: being home. I loved the vacation but I missed my home.

I am grateful for: the incredible memories we made on vacation.

I nourished myself by: well if vacation isn’t nourishment, not much is.

Reflecting on my worries: our vacation went wonderfully and there were no glitches at all.

I let go of: work. i didn’t work almost at all during the two weeks.

Core Desire Check-in (bold, mindful, nourish, love):

  • bold: i was pretty bold with my kiddos during the snorkeling in the reef.
  • mindful: mindful of my family and trying to support each of them well.
  • nourish: i didn’t really nourish all that well there. unless cappuccinos count.
  • love: i loved having this week with my family and creating all these amazing memories. i realized that i want to make sure to do this again next year.

What made me laugh this week: my family made me laugh all week!

What I tolerated this week: a lot of plane trips, a very cold AirBnb but noting else πŸ™‚

My mood this week was: tired but content. 
I forgive myself for: having so many issues around food and my body and exercise and i just wish i could be done with all of this but i am not. i just need to give myself grace and remind myself that i am constantly a work in progress.
What I love right now: i love being back in summer. even though it was really hot here yesterday, i love summer! 

Here’s to a lovely week 28. Ready to settle into a summer schedule!

July 2017 – Playing with Paint – 5

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Turn toward the sun.


Playing with Paint is a Monthly Project for July 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 27

I read good reviews about  Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore which was ok but not amazing. there was a bit of a twist and it wasn’t super annoying like many twists can be. So I liked it. 

I then read  You Don’t Look Your Age…and Other Fairy Tales. I knew nothing about Sheila Nevins but apparently she’s famous so this book is read by super-famous actresses. I really enjoyed the short, simple but poignant stories.

I then tried Dear Cyborgs which was a quick read but I can’t really tell you what it’s about. It was quite weird, even for me. Meh.

I read Allegra Goodman’s Cookbook Collector for bookclub in the past so I picked up The Chalk Artist which was okay. I enjoyed bits of it but overall it wasn’t really amazing.

And I ended the week with A House Among the Trees, my first Julia Glass novel. It was okay. Not amazing but not bad either.

A bunch of not amazing reads this week. Bleh.


Books I Read this Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

July 2017 – Playing with Paint – 4

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Add color your life.


Playing with Paint is a Monthly Project for July 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

July 2017 – Playing with Paint – 3

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Beauty is all around you.


Playing with Paint is a Monthly Project for July 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.