Today I Choose – 05

Here’s week five in my sketchbook. Another collection one. This one is all shoes. I wanted to have fun with it so I added stickles as well just to add some sparkle.

Here are closer shots of each side and the sparkles:


Today I Choose is a year-long project for 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

February 2016 - Choice Cards - 04

Here’s card four:

It says: Choose to Dream Big and Small


Choice Cards in a Monthly Project for February 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

A Book a Week – The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy

I read The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy for my Young Adult book club. It was incredibly tough to get through. Incredibly. I read the same page 11 times. I didn’t like the name, the cover, or the book itself. There were some interesting bits but overall it’s not a book I would recommend in this day and age where there are so very many great Young Adult books.

February 2016 - Choice Cards - 03

Here’s card three:

It says: Choose to Savor the Little Moments


Choice Cards in a Monthly Project for February 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

February 2016 - Choice Cards - 02

Here’s card two:

It says: Choose to Dance in the Rain


Choice Cards in a Monthly Project for February 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

2016 Stories - 05 - Minecraft Men

My boys have loved Minecraft forever. It’s one of the few videogames they play together (when they are not fighting about it) and I love that they share the joy of building and exploring in this virtual world together. Even though I am not crazy about computer time, and I don’t understand how this over-pixelated game is the most popular game, I still love that it’s about creating. It’s about doing it together. It’s a shared language they have that makes me smile.

A few weeks ago, we were at Walgreens looking for something (I can’t remember what it was but I bet it was chocolate) and we saw these tiny Minecraft figures. Nathaniel immediately started begging to see if he could have them. I bought a few for him that day and then a few more for Christmas. And then a few more the next time we were at the drugstore.

And next thing we know, we have a ton of these little figures.

It’s one thing when real-life things become digitized and yet another when digital things come into the real world. I love how the boys have been playing with these little figures every single day. They love them a lot. Especially right now, when Nathaniel is not allowed any computer time.

I see more Minecraft figures in our future. I love how much imaginative play Nathaniel has and I love seeing them all lined up on the floor.

Grateful for these little bits of life.


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

Living Intentionally - 05

  • Weekly Intention:  This week I am hoping to get back into routine. I have a few commitments but I am hoping that it will be more of a ‘typical’ week than what I’ve had so far in 2016 so I am hoping I can get back into routine a bit and also get some rest.
  • Choices I want to make:
    • One: I will choose to get back on the healthy eating plan and move often.
    • Two:  I will choose to socialize and connect with friends.
    • Three: I will choose to breathe, stay calm and speak kindly to everyone (including myself.)
  • I am looking forward to: seeing a few friends, a social at the kids’ school, a mostly calm week.
  • This week’s challenges:  jetlag and getting back into routine.
  • Top Goals:
    • Work: Get organized from all the work from last week. Keep the momentum.
    • Personal: Eat well. Be present. Listen more. See friends.
    • Family: Be kind. Speak quietly. Work with each kid daily.
  • I will focus on my core desires (kind, strong, true, generous, brave) by: 
    • Moving daily and eating well again.
    • Listening more and not cutting in.
    • Collecting the results of the hard work and being organized.
    • Spending time getting caught up on non-work life.
  • This week, I want to remember to: Make the most of my face to face time. Enjoy the solitude. Make sure I add value.

Happy February!! Here’s to a wonderful week!


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

February 2016 - Choice Cards - 01

My February project was going to be making truth cards but when I sat down to do it, I decided to make some Choice Cards instead. I wanted to play with my many, many stencils and with acrylic paint. It’s been a while since I did and I missed it. What I love about these cards is they are small (2.5×3.5) and easy to make. I just liked making them. Cute little reminders of all the choices I have every day.

Card one says: Choose to grow


Choice Cards in a Monthly Project for January 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

Weekly Reflection 04

  • Three Choices I made this week:
    • One: I chose to work really, really hard all week. I worked 20 hour days.
    • Two: I chose to help Jake with his letter even when it was 2:30 in the morning.
    • Three: I chose to spend time with my mom and really be present with it.
  • I read/learned: I finished both My Name is Lucy Barton and When It Happens to You. Really enjoyed both. I am now reading The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend and listening to The Past.
  • I celebrate:  I celebrate all the hard work I did this week.
  • I am grateful for:  the time my mom and I had together and for being back home safely.
  • I focused on my health by: 
    • Walked 10K steps every day, except one.
    • Ate as well as I could, especially considering I was away. I’m doing badly today but plan to get back on track this week.
  • I made art:  I made some art on the airplane which resulted in a lovely story. More on this soon.
  • I let go of: I let go of sleep and doing anything else this week. I just worked.
  • Core Desire Check-in:
    • Kind: I was kind to my team. Listening and looking for issues of concern.
    • Strong: I was really strong about how much work I did. I did my best to really show up.
    • True: I stayed true to myself even when I wasn’t at my best.
    • Generous: I was generous with work this week and family when I was back.
    • Brave: This whole week was a study in bravery. I am proud of the results so far.

Just a few photos from this week:

and some from the airplane:

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

January 2016 – Fashion Girls – All

And here we are. All the girls I did. Here’s another quick look at them all:

and the second set:

all but one of them are here. I loved doing this little exercise. I am grateful to Christy Tomlinson for the inspiration. Here’s to hoping February is another month of doing a little bit of art each day.

Today I Choose – 04

Here’s week four in my sketchbook. I finished while I was in Zurich which is why it’s a bit delayed. I decided to do a few spreads of collections of things. So this one is coffee mugs. It’s not my favorite but it’s okay.

Here are closer shots of each side:


Today I Choose is a year-long project for 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

January 2016 - Fashion Girls - 19

Here’s girl nineteen:


Fashion Girls in a Monthly Project for January 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.