June 2016 – Evening Looks – 06

Here’s girl six.

she has a tiny bit of shimmer. Here’s a closer look at the shimmer.


Evening Looks is a Monthly Project for June 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

June 2016 - Evening Looks - 05

Here’s girl five. I had fun with her.

she has a bit of shimmer. Here’s a closer look at the shimmer.


Evening Looks is a Monthly Project for June 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

June 2016 – Evening Looks – 04

Here’s girl four.

no shimmers on this gal either.


Evening Looks is a Monthly Project for June 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

Living Intentionally – 22

  • Weekly Intention:  After I took March off, I then decided to take April and May off too apparently. It seems almost pointless to do this, this week, since I am leaving in 2 days to go home and will not be able to update for at least 2 weeks possibly. But I am still pulled by a desire to do it so here we are. It feels like the last 3 months have been a blur. And I don’t want the next 6 months to feel like that. So my intention this week is twofold. One is to spend the next 56 hours filling some paperwork I need to, tidying up the house, and packing (when I am not working, of course) so that I feel a bit more ready for our trip. I’ve had a low level of stress about the trip the whole time, mostly because I am not sure what and how much to pack. So I want to settle things a bit here and feel more ready to go. I also would like to journal some and spend some time reflecting on my goals for the next six months of the year. I feel like things got off course a bit and I want to think about what getting back on course would look like for me.
  • Choices I want to make:
    • One: I will choose to figure out what will help me prepare for the trip and help with the low level anxiety.
    • Two:  I will choose to journal for at least one hour so i can see what i’m feeling.
    • Three: I will choose to spend some time with jake before i leave.
  • I am looking forward to: Seeing my parents, sister, nephews, and the rest of my family at home.
  • This week’s challenges:  A lot going on this week. Work, a test for one of the kids, packing, cleaning, tidying, a very long plane trip and likely some jetlag. But also so much excitement!
  • Top Goals:
    • Work: I want to get a few things decided and a few things underway so nothing lags cause I am gone.
    • Personal: I want to journal. Reconnect with my wishes and desires and see what they are.
    • Family: I want to spend so much time with Jake now and my wonderful family at home.
  • I will focus on my core desires (kind, strong, true, generous, brave) by: 
    • I will be kind to myself. I will forgive myself and find a way forward.
    • I will be strong by doing what it takes to get ready to go on vacation.
    • I will be generous with the possibilities on this trip.
    • I will be true to myself but also open and kind. Both can live. And I will give myself grace.
    • I will be brave by having faith that things will be ok.
  • This week, I want to remember: that all will be ok. We will make it home safely. Things will get done. Packing will be ok. All will be ok. And to breathe. Breathe.

Here’s to a wonderful week!

June 2016 – Evening Looks – 03

Here’s girl three. I like this one.

no shimmer :)


Evening Looks is a Monthly Project for June 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

June 2016 – Evening Looks – 02

Here’s girl two. This one was super tough but I just wanted to try. I don’t like how it turned out but I am glad I tried anyway.

she has a lot of shimmer. Here’s a closer look at the shimmer.


Evening Looks is a Monthly Project for June 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

June 2016 – Evening Looks – 01

After a month of lots of writing in May, I figured it was time to do some drawing in June. I wanted to do something light so as to make sure I could pull it off so I decided to do round two of the fashion girls. At the time I printed those photos, I’d also printed a set with ball gowns, evening wear, etc. So I picked those up and got to work.

Here’s girl one.

she has a bit of shimmer. Here’s a closer look at the shimmer.


Evening Looks is a Monthly Project for June 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

May 2016 – Choosing Means – All

And here we go. Another month gone. Another monthly project done. This was a slightly different one but I enjoyed it just as much as the others. It felt good to see the patterns in my head. It felt good to remember why I chose this word. It felt good to know that while I totally dropped the ball on the health, I am still working on some of my other goals.

Here are all the cards together.

Here’s to June!

May 2016 – Choosing Means – 20

Today’s card says: Choose to stop and pay attention when they ask a question. Whatever else you are doing can wait. Everything else can wait. It seems urgent but it is NOT.

Well this one is mostly about my kids. I want to choose to stop doing the other things and really focus on them when they talk to me. Not always. Sometimes it’s ok to do other things. But enough times that they remember how much I love them, how much I valued them, how I made them feel.

I want to pay attention to the moments. With Jake, with my parents, with my sister, my nephews. My friends. My boys. Even myself. I want to pay attention and listen to the people around me the way I listen to my coaching clients. With curiosity, openness and rapt attention. I want to know more, dig deeper, connect.

I can’t think of any better way to show love than to gift people with my most precious item: my time.

I feel especially in this day and age, time and attention are the most valuable assets we have. And it’s something I want to choose to give to the people I care about the most. (Not to the loudest, most annoying or the most urgent.) Work will never end, worries will not stop, my thoughts, my brain, CNN and all the other noise in my head is endless. So there will never be the perfect time to give my attention to those I love.

I have to choose to make the time.

None of us have time. We all make time for the things we care about. Choosing to listen to people is also about making time. About showing them that they matter. That they are worth your time.

That I am choosing them.


Choosing Means is a Monthly Project for May 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

May 2016 – Choosing Means – 19

Today’s card says: Choose to be the best version of yourself. Choose to be kind. To smile. To thank people. To appreciate others. To do favors where you can. To smile. To hug. To listen. To be there.

I love this card. This is something I so wish for myself. I want to be the best version of myself always. I know this is not possible. I know I can’t always be my best self. But I want to. I want to always choose kind. Even as I am choosing the opposite, in the middle of my behavior, a part of me is constantly yearning to be the best version of myself. I want to always bring out the best in others. To reflect their wonderful light back to them. To listen intently. To be generous and kind. To focus on them. On the people I love, the people I care for, even the people I barely know.

I’ve learned that one of the best ways to get out of my head (where I tend to be a lot) is to really focus on others. If I am spending a lot of time on someone else, I am not spending it on me. I am there, present with them. I want to say yes to others. Yes to favors. Yes to being there. Yes to showing up. Yes to trying new things and sharing them with others. Yes. yes. yes.

This isn’t about eating right or exercising more (though yes to those too) but it’s really about the person I am all the way deep inside. I want to embrace all the best versions of me and show them to people all the time. Let the love pour and the light shine. I want to smile all the time. So much that my jaw hurts. To hug the people I love.

I am so grateful for my little life and more than anything I want to choose to be the best version of me. The one that I really love. The one who isn’t scared, tired, worried, anxious. The one who doesn’t even need to think about worthiness because she’s busy living and focusing on others. She’s too busy shining and reflecting others’ light. This is who I want to be.

This is the choice I want to make. Most of all.


Choosing Means is a Monthly Project for May 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

May 2016 – Choosing Means – 18

Today’s card says: Choose to see the magic in the ordinary. These little moments are the ones you will miss the most when it’s all over. Sitting together, laughing together, holding hands. Be grateful.

Oh the loveliness of the everyday extraordinary.

Years ago, when I first started scrapbooking, it became quickly obvious to me that what I loved the most was preserving the tiny, ordinary moments of our lives. I liked holidays and birthdays just as much as the next person but I also didn’t forget those ever. I did forget the fleeting moments of ordinary life. The particular phrasing my kids used when they were little. The way David said destruction instead of construction or the funny crawl Nathaniel had before he walked were all moments that would have come and gone if I didn’t take the time to somehow capture them.

The taking of the photo and writing down the words allowed me to etch these moments deeper into my memory. I feel like life, especially my life, passes by so quickly, so fully, that it’s easy to miss these magical ordinary moments.

And, by definition, today’s ordinary moments are so different from tomorrow’s because life’s constantly changing and along with it, our definition of ordinary changes. This is the same reason I do a week in the life or other similar projects that capture the ordinary. It’s one of the reasons I chose this word this year. To remember to choose these little moments. To remember to choose to create opportunities for these moments. To spend more time together being in the ordinariness of everyday life so that these moments are more likely to happen.

I am so grateful for my ordinary life. I am deeply grateful to get to spend moments with my amazing husband, my wonderful kids, my growing array of friends and my one and only family. So here’s to choosing the everyday. Here’s to not taking those precious “ordinary moments” for granted. Ever.

Here’s to the extraordinariness of ordinary life!


Choosing Means is a Monthly Project for May 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

May 2016 – Choosing Means – 17

Today’s card says: Choose to create moments with people you love. Life’s moments are slipping away and the people you love are growing up or growing old. You will miss these moments so very dearly.

Oh near and dear to my heart. I think I definitely do this in small ways. I try to make sure I am there for my kids’ life events. I spend a lot of time with them. Less so with my husband and even less so with my parents, etc. But I try.

The part of this that resonates with me is that I am doing this even less so with big things. I am not good at taking vacation. I often worry too much about the expense or the timing for work. I worry about my body during the summer. I worry about planning and I worry about traveling logistics. So much unnecessary worrying gets in the way of creating more memories.

This is not to say that I need to travel far and widely to create memories, it’s just that I am less good at this particular type of memory creation. So it’s important to me to do better here. What are the choices I can make to make this less painful? What choices help me make sure I do these vacations more? What choices are getting in my way? What new choices can I make to get out of this mindset and/or work around it?

I want to choose to create both big and small memories. I want to look back on my life and have moments to smile about with my kids, my husband, my parents, my sister, my nephews, my friends. All of it.

While I love my job and find it intellectually stimulating and challenging, I am definitely one of those people who work to live. I don’t want to live for work. I want more in my life. I want to focus on my family, my loved ones, I want to spend time doing art, reading, etc. So to ensure that I make those moments in my life, I need to choose them. I need to make them easier for myself.

First step, see if I can make a plan for this coming weekend! :)


Choosing Means is a Monthly Project for May 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.