2017 Stories – 16 – Meeting Kathy and Melody

I spent last week at Life Restoration Camp. This is a multi-part story. I need to write about this one for a few weeks but I first need to digest everything so I can write about it. But one of the highlights of the week was meeting Melody and Kathy in person. I’ve worked with these two amazing women for quite some time and it’s been a dream of mine to get to meet them, hug them, and hug them some more. I got to do all that and more this week. 

To say that I am grateful would be the understatement of the year. 

There are thousands of words I will write about Life Restoration Camp. But this week’s story is dedicated to honoring the two women (and many others who work with them) who have changed my life permanently. 


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

April 2017 – Fabric Sentiments – 12

You can read about the start of this project here.

This one says: i want to feel my life while i am in it.

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Fabric Sentiments is a Monthly Project for March 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Living Intentionally 2017 – 16

Weekly Intention: This is a week of easing back into things. I am taking Monday off so it will be a bit shorter than usual and while I have some commitments, I might just do the bare minimum this week and spend my time resting and recovering. I think I’d like to spend this week thinking about all that I learned last week at Life Restoration Camp. I’d like to take a few more courses, retake some of the ones I did, do some journaling and a bunch of thinking. I’d like to do the work to listen to myself. See where I am, see what’s possible from here. I’d also like to rest a lot. The camp was amazing but it was long days and I didn’t sleep well at night. My knees are hurting a lot and I am feeling exhausted.

Things I want to get Done: 

  • I’d like to make sure I am done buying Nathaniel’s birthday presents.
  • Also all the little gift bags for his party.
  • I’d like to write a lot more of my shine cards (maybe a perfect match for the journaling)
  • Figure out a plan for our Sydney vacation
  • Book the kids’ summer camps
  • Deliver the books to the kids’ schools
  • Send newsletters
  • Check school payments

This month’s intention is:  Shine Quietly: It’s crucial to take time to reflect. Take this month to reflect on how things are going. Is there anything you need to adjust/change/drop or pick up. It’s ok to shift things. It’s also important to acknowledge what’s working. Take the time to shine some light inward and see what’s going on. Here’s to journaling to honor this intention.

Ways to Shine this week:

  • One: Bold: Accepting what is, is bold. Here’s to going where the peace is.
  • Two: Open: Open to thinking in new ways, changing perspective.
  • Three: Heal/Nourish: I plan to spend some quality soul nourishing time this week. 

I am looking forward to: having tomorrow off.

This week’s challenges: Tuesday will be a challenge. I hope it is not. But it likely will be.

Top Goals:

  • Work: catching up, stepping back, moving forward.
  • Personal: journal, take a new perspective.
  • Family: hug, smile, love, repeat.

I will focus on my core desires (bold, mindful, nourish, love) by: being here. listening. working at it.

This week, I will say yes to: slowing down. taking the time I need.

This week, I will say no to: focusing on the wrong things.

I am worried that:  bad news will continue. i won’t get anything done and i won’t journal and my knees will continue to hurt. i will forget the books again. it will be a week of blah.

This week, I want to remember:  that it’s all up to me.

April 2017 – Fabric Sentiments – 11

You can read about the start of this project here.

This one says: happiness is settling the soul into its appropriate spot.

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Fabric Sentiments is a Monthly Project for March 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Weekly Reflection 2017 – 15

Three ways I shone this week: Well this week was all about shining. I did what’s hardest for me: I showed up, I kept showing up, and I stayed present. I am grateful for the gifts of this week. 

Things I wanted to get Done: there was nothing on my todo list this week. I just wanted to be present. And I was. I spent very little time worrying about anything and spent almost all of my time being here,  now. I am very grateful for that.

I celebrate: time off. fulfilling a life dream. the joy my boys had this week.

I am grateful for: time to listen and be true and celebrate others.

I nourished myself by: so much incredible soul food and also incredible food food this week.

Reflecting on my worries: I didn’t let my family down. The camp was amazing, of course. Bad news might still continue, I won’t know for a while. Nothing went wrong. Spring break was amazing for the kids. They had the time of their lives. 

I let go of: getting it right.

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

  • bold: showing up was bold. showing up again was even bolder.
  • mindful: i’ve been mindful of the pain and sorrow we each carry
  • nourish: this was a week of nourishing.
  • love: i love that my wonderful husband made the space to do this for me.

What made me laugh this week: all the wonderful ladies at the camp.
What I tolerated this week: not much honestly. except for not sleeping well.

My mood this week was: tired but grateful.
I forgive myself for: being me. making it harder than it has to be.
What I love right now: being home. 

Here’s to a wonderful week sixteen!

April 2017 – Fabric Sentiments – 10

You can read about the start of this project here.

This one says: our journey is about being more deeply involved in life and yet less attached to it.

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Fabric Sentiments is a Monthly Project for March 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 15

I am not even sure why I picked up The Arrangement. I was sure I wouldn’t like it and I really didn’t need another fluffy book that was too clever for its own good. As it worked out, it was a much different story than I had thought and I read it all in one sitting. I felt it was a bit didactic in the end but I still enjoyed it. 

I’ve been waiting for Laini Taylor’s new book for so so long. I’m a huge fan of her previous series and I knew I’d love Strange the Dreamer  because I love her writing so much. And it was no disappointment. I enjoyed every moment of this book. It wasn’t as magical as the previous only because that was the first book I’ve read in such a magical world. I can’t wait to read number two of this wonderful series.

I then listened to Solve for Happy which came at a very opportune time and was so very honest and interesting and full of exactly what I needed to hear when I needed to hear it. May I never have to experience such terrible loss.

Eggshells was a quirky, quick story. I enjoyed it quite a bit but it didn’t leave a huge impression, it was mostly an intermission story.

I then picked up  Setting Free the Kites which was wonderful. A coming of age story that was sad but touching and I am really glad I read it. Still thinking about it now.

I hadn’t read a Lisa See story in years. I think possibly ten years but for some reason I decided I wanted to read The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane and she was as wonderful as I remembered. This great story is about belonging amongst many other themes and I really loved it.

It was time for another Harriet Lerner so I read The Dance of Intimacy which was one of the few my library had. Shockingly, getting good at intimacy requires focusing on yourself and doing work on you. I know, you’re just as surprised as I am, aren’t you? Just kidding. Of course, the hard work is always with you.

And finally I just finished What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky. This was another library recommendation. Short story collection. Some were wonderful and some were okay and I lost my focus while listening to others. 

I still have 18 books sitting on my library bookshelf. Can’t wait to read some more! One of my favorite parts of traveling! 


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

April 2017 – Fabric Sentiments – 9

You can read about the start of this project here.

This one says: people generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for.

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Fabric Sentiments is a Monthly Project for March 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Nourish Me – 15

 

Taking a break this week as I spend the whole week Nourishing my soul. Back next week with a different perspective and possibly a different plan.


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

April 2017 – Fabric Sentiments – 8

You can read about the start of this project here.

This one says: a mistake repeated more than once is a decision.

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Fabric Sentiments is a Monthly Project for March 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

2017 Stories – 15 – The yard

I don’t have a story this week but I have this lovely photo as the weather finally got a bit warmer for a little while (it’s cold again now.) and we decided to take out the hammock and enjoy the warmish days. I love sitting in the yard and so do the kids. i love watching them sit together, laugh together and be together. may they have each other forever.


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

April 2017 – Fabric Sentiments – 7

You can read about the start of this project here.

This one says: you have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings.

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Fabric Sentiments is a Monthly Project for March 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.