October 2017 – Twenty Mantras – 1

karenika.comBack in July, I finally started on a wellness journey thanks to Ali Edwards sharing much of hers and inspiring me. I’m not sure if I’ll still be on it by October, but as part of the July OLW assignment, I made myself twenty mantra cards to keep myself going during this new phase. So I will be sharing one every day.

This card says: Nourished over full. You can fill yourself with garbage and you’d be full but you would not be nourished. This applies to your body, your soul, your mind. You must choose nourishment. That’s how you feel a deep sense of contentment. It’s how you flourish. Choose to be nourished.

I need to remind myself of this very often. Every piece of food and drink I put into my body, everything I put on my skin (or don’t put), everything I watch, I read, I say, I hear, it’s all feeding a part of me. It’s determining how I feel, who I am, what I choose. 

I want to feel nourished. not just full.


Twenty Mantras is a Monthly Project for October 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here. You can read about the start of this project here.

Living Intentionally 2017 – 40

 

Weekly Intention: Happy October! This promises to be a quieter week. I have some tough days but also some much quieter days. My hope and intention this week is to give myself grace. Read a lot, rest a lot, sleep a lot. Work on feeling centered. 

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

  • Work: stay on top of email. 
  • Work: finish October get together.
  • Work: dashboard iteration 2.
  • Work: do the deck + come up with plan + email.
  • Work: do posters
  • Work: evaluate form results 
  • Personal: two client calls
  • Personal: exercise 6/7 times. 
  • Personal: get back to eating clean. 
  • Personal: Journal three times.
  • Personal: Do mapmaker #9 and 10
  • Personal: start Brene’s class
  • Personal: Continue with the new scrapping/storytelling system.
  • Family: do math with N
  • Family: do math with D
  • Family: Support David with his exam.
  • Family: go to 3rd grade social for Nathaniel
  • Family: Check in regularly with my nephews and my sister.
  • Family: take photos!

This month’s intention is:  Shine On: You’re doing great. You made it through September. The year is starting its countdown and you can do this. Remember to keep going. Shine on. Don’t stop now. Just one day at a time. Each time these are the best reminders.

Ways to Shine this week:

  • One: Bold: Bold with getting things done this week.
  • Two: Open: Open to prioritizing better this week.
  • Three: Heal/Nourish: I will do self care especially with sleeping this week.

I am looking forward to: end of this week being quieter.

This week’s challenges: Tuesday comes with two trips to school and Saturday is the big day.

Top Goals:

  • Work: new deck structure + oct plans.
  • Personal: exercise+food+journaling.
  • Family: supporting david.

I will focus on my core desires (bold, mindful, nourish, love) by: getting things done so i can stop feeling such a pressure.

This week, I will say yes to: checking items off my list and getting a lot of sleep.

This week, I will say no to: procrastinating.

I am worried that:  i won’t exercise. i’ll continue not eating well. i won’t ever stop the chocolate cravings. i wont ever catch up to my own life. i’ll disappoint someone. david will have a bad week. 

This week, I want to remember:  that this is just an instance in our life. not our whole life and things will always be changing. so it’s best to take it one step at a time.

Weekly Reflection 2017 – 39

How I shone this week:  This was a crazy week for connection, on Monday I was with my sister still, then Tuesday I saw my friend Haven at night, Wednesday I was at the kids’ school teaching Lit Club, Thursday I had breakfast with my friend Leslie and then briefly met a work friend, Petra, and then had lunch with another friend, Baris, from work and then on Friday I spent a lot of my day with my friend Kelly. For this introvert, this is a lot of socializing in one week. But I survived it, I thrived. I showed up and was my best self most of the time. I am proud of myself.

Things I wanted to get Done:

  • Work: kept email pretty clean this week, working on the october trip, did the deck but not the dashboard at all and no posters yet.
  • Personal: had a great client call, exercised 5 times, ate so-so, journaled twice, haven’t done mapmakers or brene yet, did do the scrapping system.
  • Family: met with all friends and more! did math with both kids, David went and came back from camping successfully, checked in with everyone but not enough, took photos!

I celebrate: all the connecting time this week

I am grateful for: the wide variety of friends i have.

I nourished myself by: having deep and meaningful conversations this week.

Reflecting on my worries: i did exercise. i ate so so. i did have a hard time driving to san jose but i made it. chocolate is still a pain point. i disappointed myself. i am still playing catch up. i am ok with my reading.

I let go of: being able to catch up in one week. it will take some time.

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

  • bold: driving to san jose and back.
  • mindful: mindful that i am feeling overwhelmed
  • nourish: connection was nourishing 
  • love: love love love a quiet weekend

What made me laugh this week: i with my friend Kelly.

What I tolerated this week: not getting enough sleep or alone time.

My mood this week was: tired.
I forgive myself for:  my ticket.
What I love right now: i love my quiet weekend.

Here’s to a great week 40. 

September 2017 – Travel Journal – All

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And here we are. Another month is over. I loved being able to do this even though the photos were all subpar, of course. I still loved documenting my trip while I was experiencing it. I hope to try it again.

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Onward to October!


Travel Journal is a Monthly Project for September 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 39

This was a very low reading week. My sister has been here so I’ve been spending my time with her instead of reading. I will catch up when she leaves.

 A Life of Adventure and Delight was a quick read but it was also a lot of sad stories.

I then moved to It’s Not Yet Dark which was even sadder.

George and Lizzie was lovely at parts, but I wasn’t a huge fan of Lizzie the whole way through. I kept at it however so I think that must mean it was okay 🙂 

I have two that I am about halfway through at this point and I have 36 books checked out from the library. Here’s to hoping I get some more done this week.


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

September 2017 – Travel Journal – 20

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And then it was time to go home! I did all the journaling on the plane and it was really really fun. 

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At the back of the book, I had some pages left so I added some brochures and mementos like this bag from my hotel room.

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and here’s the finished journal.

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i loved working on this and am so grateful i did it!!


Travel Journal is a Monthly Project for September 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

September 2017 – Travel Journal – 19

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On our last day, we went to Google for breakfast and walked around the office a bit and then took the ferry to Manly. The kids walked all over the rocks.

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Travel Journal is a Monthly Project for September 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Nourish Me – 39

Mind:

  • I read: Nothing but books this week, barely even books still :(.
  • I learned: I’ve still been doing Stephanie’s Map Maker class still but haven’t begun the Courageworks class even though I think about it constantly.
  • I watched:  My sister and I watched season I of Gilmore Girls! I also watched a bit of Prison Break.

Body:

  • Exercise: I did 5 classes this week:
    • Monday: Body Pump. 
    • Tuesday: Yoga
    • Wednesday: Pilates
    • Thursday: gBarre 
    • Friday: Pilates.
    • My body pump teacher is gone this and next week so I wanted to see how five would feel. It felt a bit easier paced.
  • Food: 
    • I have been making a few poorer choices due to having visitors and going out on date nights, etc. But nothing crazy.
    • This week I stuck to peppermint tea or decaf only, too, so no caffeine besides the one coke zero I had a few of the days.
    • All the others: I’ve been still a bit less diligent than usual this week but still have been flossing, putting cream on, and taking my vitamins some of the time.

Soul:

  • I rested: Still having no trouble falling asleep but still sleeping less than usual and I am exhausted and miss sleeping. I plan to make up for it.
  • I connected: Connected with my sister most of the time and a few visitors for work. 
  • I journaled: I did journal for MapMaker but not doing a lot of other journaling still. 
  • I made art: I did my last mapmaker homework.

So grateful for my progress, I have more shots on instagram though not that many recently.


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

2017 Stories – 38 – My Sister’s Visit

My sister and I have been living in different countries since I was 17. My senior year in high school, she moved to Canada and London. By the time she moved back to Turkey, I’d left for college and I have been living here ever since. I’ve gone back and she’s come here, of course. But we haven’t spent more than a week or 10 days together since 1991. 

Until this year. She came to visit me last week and by the time she leaves next week, she will have been here a little over two weeks. In these last two weeks, we’ve spent many hours together, talking, walking, watching TV, eating salads and more. Even shopping. (which, if you know me, you’d know is a huge deal!)

It’s been the most wonderful time just getting to hang out and talk and be together as adults. She’s been helping me so much, making lunches and dinners for the kids, playing with them for hours. She’s been patient and kind and fun and just overall wonderful.

She’s going to leave next week and I am going to be so sad. I am hoping that now that her kids go to college here, she will decide to come more often and make it a habit to spend some time with me more regularly. 

I love you with all my heart Yonuka! Please come back again!

 

 


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

September 2017 – Travel Journal – 18

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It was finally warm the next day so we decided to hit the zoo so we could see the Tazmanian Devil!

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Travel Journal is a Monthly Project for September 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Living Intentionally 2017 – 39

 

Weekly Intention: How did we already make it to the end of September?!  This week my sister leaves Monday and then I am going to Together on Tuesday night and then to the kids’ school on Wednesday and then I have two friend coffees Thursday and Friday. But even with all that, I expect it will be less hectic this week and I plan to rest quite a bit next weekend, too. My intention for this week is to go slow, do the best I can and not stress myself. 

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

  • Work: clean email again. 
  • Work: keep planning October get together.
  • Work: dashboard iteration 2.
  • Work: do the deck.
  • Work: do posters
  • Work: move meetings around to work better
  • Personal: one client call
  • Personal: exercise 6/7 times. 
  • Personal: continue eating clean. 
  • Personal: Journal regularly.
  • Personal: Do mapmaker #9 and 10
  • Personal: start Brene’s class
  • Personal: Continue with the new scrapping/storytelling system.
  • Friends: Together with Haven, then Leslie, and Kelly
  • Family: do math with N
  • Family: do math with D
  • Family: get David ready for camping
  • Family: Check in regularly with my nephews and my sister.
  • Family: take photos!

This month’s intention is: September: Shine Patiently:  September is a month of change. New year. Maybe new school. New routines. New season. This month always comes with changes, adjustments, and revisiting of schedules. Be patient with yourself. Be patient with others. Remember to shine. Even if it’s in small doses. Great reminder to me this month.

Ways to Shine this week:

  • One: Bold: Bold with friends this week. 
  • Two: Open: Open to getting back on schedule.
  • Three: Heal/Nourish: I will rest and get back into routine with self-care.

I am looking forward to: together on tuesday night.

This week’s challenges: The beginning of the week is always challenging. Tuesday will be tough for driving. 

Top Goals:

  • Work: catch up, new format, october plans.
  • Personal: exercise+food+journaling.
  • Family: david camping prep.

I will focus on my core desires (bold, mindful, nourish, love) by: easing back into my schedule after my sister leaves.

This week, I will say yes to: quality time with friends and a lot of alone time.

This week, I will say no to: making bad choices. 

I am worried that:  i won’t exercise. i’ll stop eating well. i will have a hard time driving from san jose. i won’t ever stop the chocolate cravings. i wont ever catch up to my own life. i’ll disappoint someone. i will continue to be behind at school, personally with my reading and more.

This week, I want to remember:  i am so lucky period.

September 2017 – Travel Journal – 17

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The views at the Blue Mountains were amazing, too. Though it was quite cold there!

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Travel Journal is a Monthly Project for September 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.