Everyday Brave – Week 16

Here’s this week’s layout, not my super favorite but the trick is to keep going.

The left side here is a government building i liked and wanted to draw. It didn’t come out looking the way i’d hoped but that’s ok.

And the right side is supposed to be a bed. Somehow I find beds really hard to draw.

And there we are. Here’s another week of practicing courage.


Fifty-two stamps is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

David and Nathaniel’s Books of Happy Memories – Week 17

Here’s this week’s offering from David:

David made this for Nathaniel because Where’s the Green Sheep was one of his favorite books.

And one from Nathaniel:

Nathaniel colored one side of this wing and I the other on the first week of school. It’s quite shiny.


David and Nathaniel’s Books of Happy Memories is a two projects I’m doing with my kids for 2015. You can read more about it here.

You Choose – Week 16

This week’s pick is about serenity. There’s nothing like the outdoors and tall trees and soft, gentle wind to remind me of what matters most. To bring me back to the place of serenity and calm and connection with nature. It always grounds me and I wish I did it more often.

just a few shimmers on this one:


You Choose is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

A Book a Week – slated series

I read Slated Trilogy in one sitting. I can’t remember if Evelyn recommended it or I just randomly picked it up. I can’t even remember that much about it but I remember that I liked it.

it was like other stories i read and there wasn’t anything that stood out exceptionally. but it didn’t feel terrible or badly written. at least at the time.

so if you want a fun, quick young adult read. this isn’t bad.

Note to Self – Week 18

This week’s page takes its inspiration from Mati Rose McDonough’s lesson from Life Book 2015. Her little boat made me so happy that I needed to do one myself right away. I loved working on the background of this page. I just played with the colors I loved and didn’t overthink any of the process. That’s generally when magic happens.

The writing says: always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

This is a perfect quote for someone like me. someone who always worries. Someone who imagines bad things in her head a lot. Someone who isn’t always all that optimistic. I want to change all that. I want to believe in magic and that it’s not only possible but probable in my life. I’ve been so lucky, so incredibly fortunate in my life that I owe it to the universe to honor its wonderfulness.

here’s a front view it’s less shiny:

Note to self: be open to the possibility of wonderful. full of wonder.


Note to Self is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Everyday Brave – Week 15

I am still running behind and this is falling to the bottom of my catch up list. It will all work out and I will be magically caught up one day. Just not today :) .

The left side here is a house I liked. I wish I could be better at drawing and painting houses, I really like seeing them.

And the right side is a couch with a plant. Nothing like the huge brown couch I own but I like it.

And there we are. Here’s another week of practicing courage.


Fifty-two stamps is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

David and Nathaniel’s Books of Happy Memories – Week 16

Here’s this week’s offering from David:

David’s got the schedule for the Sharks games and a Chrome sticker and a stamp he really likes.

And one from Nathaniel:

he made this awesome centerpiece from cardboard and spaghetti for Christmas and this story went along with it.


David and Nathaniel’s Books of Happy Memories is a two projects I’m doing with my kids for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Stories of Twenty-Fifteen – Week 17

Here’s this week’s story:

Title: Early Morning at Cafe Borrone
Story:
Saturday morning I found myself awake at 5:46am. As I was lying in bed, trying to decide whether I should go back to sleep or get up, I heard Nathaniel go to the bathroom. Since Jake looked like he was going to stay asleep, I decided to sneak out of bed and go downstairs to meet Nathaniel and ask him if he’d like to go to Cafe Borrone together. He said, “Yes!”

We looked up the Cafe’s hours and found out that even though they don’t open until seven am, they serve coffee starting at six. So we grabbed our books, got dressed and drove to Borrone. There were no other customers, so we had our pick of tables. I got some coffee and Nathaniel got some ice water and we sat inside by the windows.

We spent the next hour working on different problems in Nathaniel’s second grade workbook. We did some science and then we learned about telling time. We even played math bingo. By this point, it was past seven, so we got up and ordered a strawberry tart for Nathaniel (his favorite) and a warm croissant for me (my favorite). I tried to get some photos of him working but Nathaniel, being his sweet, silly self, made funny faces, laughed, and then laughed some more, so all my photos are blurry and silly. But I love them.

I love them because they were the perfect ending to the perfect morning. They are such an excellent reminder of Nathaniel’s sweet, kind, and silly disposition. All in all, we were there for a little over an hour. It was the very best way to start my morning. We got a little work done, we ate some tasty food, we laughed, we hugged and we spent time just the two of us. And I will likely cherish this ordinary Cafe Borrone morning for weeks and weeks to come.

Yet another example that ordinary moments are what make life so extraordinary. That these are the moments I live for and strive for every day in my life. This is what I want more of in my life: little moments of connection. Small ways to carve time to spend with the people I love so very very much. I am so glad I chose to get out of bed.

Thank you, my sweet boy, for bringing so much light into my life.


Stories of Twenty Fifteen is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

You Choose – Week 15

This week’s pick is about being open. believing that wonderful things are happening all the time and can happen at any time. Being open to receive them. Noticing them when they do. Allowing all of the goodness to wash over you. And opening your arms wide to receive it all.

and it shimmers :)


You Choose is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

A Book a Week – the unwinding

I read Unwinding for book club. It’s nonfiction and a book I would have never ever picked up on my own. Ever.

But it was interesting. Too long, but interesting in parts. I feel that, like most nonfiction, it could have been 50% less writing, and I would have found it more interesting, more readable, and more worth my time.

If you’re a fan of nonfiction and history, this is one for you.

Note to Self - Week 17

This week’s page is another one of Tam’s beautiful Life Book lessons. She had these wonderful connected shapes but I was doing assignment on Valentine’s Day and thought it might be fun to just use hearts and see how it turned out. I also decided to use some colors I don’t usually use.

I will admit, I don’t like how it turned out. I don’t hate it, but it’s nowhere near the top of my favorites list. I did love her art and I will have to try this lesson again another time, without the hearts and with different color choices.

The writing says: we are all connected through love.

I’ve been doing this new practice this year where I just assume someone’s snappy comments are not about me. When they don’t say anything and my natural instinct is to go to my head. To make it all about me. To assume this other person is upset with me. But this year, I am doing the opposite. I am assuming it’s not about me. I am thinking of other possibilities. I am even thinking they want to help me. I am thinking they want the best for me. It allows me to expand and not contract. It allows me to be my best self. It allows me to remember that the world is full of abundance. That we’re all connected and can do more together. Always.

Note to self: assume the best of others. assume they want the best for you. they love you. and love them. unconditionally.


Note to Self is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.

Everyday Brave – Week 14

Apologies for not posting Everyday Braves for the last two weeks. I actually did these a while ago but haven’t had time to upload them as the last two weeks have been a rollercoaster ride of insane amount of work. Now that we are back to normal I am hoping to catch up on all things slowly.

The left side here is actually a Swiss tram. At least my version of it. I did this page before my first trip to Zurich.

And the right side is a teapot and a swing of flowers in the middle, just for fun.

And there we are. Here’s another week of practicing courage.


Fifty-two stamps is a project for 2015. You can read more about it here.