2017 Stories – 52 – Star Wars

I will admit that even though I’ve watched the Star Wars movies a whole bunch of times, I’ve never really understood them all that well (and didn’t watch them with as much focus as they require.) so when the new movie was out, I had no desire to see it. I was going to let Jake and the kids see it but David really wanted me to go with them. He said it’s better when we do it as a family.

So I went.

Before I went, he gave me a run down of all the previous movies and we even watched a YouTube movie recap of them all. Which was wonderful because I did understand so much more and I am glad I was there to experience it with the kids and Jake. The movie was good and it was also funny. I am glad to have one more wonderful memory with my boys.

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

Unraveling the Year Ahead – 2018

I want to start by saying that this, too, is going to be a VERY long post. These reflective posts are how I make sure to live my life intentionally. They matter to me and I love being able to look back on them in future years. I know that this might not be interesting to many (if not any) of you, so please feel free to skip it. If some of you find it interesting, all the better.

This particular exercise is following Susannah Conway’s Unraveling 2016 sheet. You can download it right here. I split the reflective questions looking back on 2017 in and the questions to help clarify goals/dreams for 2018 into two posts. This is part II, the 2017 reflections are here. All questions are Susannah’s and are copyrighted to her.

  • First, choose a word to guide you through the next 12 months. Pick a word that makes you feel expanded. Encouraged. Inspired. There’s no right or wrong answer so go with your gut. What’s your Word for 2018? My word for 2018 is strong.
  • If you lived and breathed your Word every day in 2018, what would be different for you? I would feel so much stronger both emotionally and mentally and I would look, feel and be stronger physically. I would feel proud of myself. I would stand in my power.
  • List some ways you are already experiencing or embodying this Word: I am showing up to exercise daily. I am doing strength training 3 times a week. I am strong when it comes to showing up for my people, my work. I am strong in my convictions. I am strong in my morals.
  • What could you do this year to bring more of your Word into your world? I bought a bracelet and a ring. I will buy something red to remind myself. I will also change my passwords.
  • Choose four extra words to support your Word this year. They could be anything from inspiring words to names of people to things you want to invest in...My extra words are my core desired feelings. They are: fresh, lighter, wonder, true
  • What are you looking forward to in 2018? Getting physically stronger. Changing my relationship with food. Also working on my emotional strength.
  • What are you feeling apprehensive about? Not being able to change things enough. Not giving up my bad habits around food. Not spending enough time with self-care.
  • What life lessons are you taking with you into 2018? That my life is magical and full of wonder. That I am incredibly lucky and surrounded by incredibly supportive people who want the best for me.
  • What area of your life do you most want to develop in 2018? Physical self. I want to be comfortable in my body and I love the idea of doing it through getting fitter. I want to be strong. I also want to fundamentally change how and what I eat. I made a lot of progress in 2017, I want to lock that in and make it permanent.
  • What part of yourself do you yearn to nurture in 2018? My idea of myself. I want to see myself differently. I want to own who I am and become the best version of myself. Stronger version of myself physically, emotionally, mentally, and psychologically.
  • Fast-forward to December 2018. You’re sitting in a cafe?, musing over the last 12 months. Where do you want to be…
  • in your head? (work, dreams, goals) I want to be scaling up the quality of my work and create processes that can scale. I want to develop relationships with leadership and add value to all of my teams. I want to think of myself in a way that allows me to show up without hesitation. I also want to listen better and talk less.
  • in your heart? (relationships, family, friends) I want to make sure to prioritize people who matter the most to me. I want to develop deeper friendships with the Tamara, Kelly and Leslie. I want to make good friends in Nathaniel’s class. I want to continue to foster my friendships with Evelyn and work friends. I want to put my family first. Support my nephews. Talk to my sister more. Go on regular date nights with Jake. Continue teaching the kids. Continue taking photos.
  • in your soul? (beliefs, practices, self-love) I want to get stronger in my sense of self. In my ability to be okay with who I already am, in drawing boundaries. In choosing to spend my time in ways that are most meaningful to me.
  • in your physical world? (home, health, hobbies) I want to continue to buy flowers. Continue to exercise daily, and start doing it at home, too. Add massage at work. Do more consistent self-care. Eat way way better and drink a ton of water. I want to do more art but only when it gives me joy. Continue the new way of scrapping that I am loving.
  • Okay, let’s take it up a notch. Use this page to describe what 2018 looks like in your ideal world. Be specific! What are your dreams for love this year? Work? Play? Where are you hungry for change? How do you want 2018 to FEEL? Use your answers from the previous pages to craft your ideal vision for the next 12 months. What would saying YES to your life look and feel like? Write out everything your heart desires for this new year. Be bold. I am exercising every single morning. I am drinking a lot of water and taking care of my skin, my hair, my teeth. I am feeling strong and healthy and alive. I am trying new things that feel fresh to me, I am appreciating the wonder in my life. I am choosing what to spend time on and loving the time I spend on it. I am feeling positively about my choices. I am spending a lot of time with Jake. And with my kids. I am talking to my nephews regularly. I am working hard. I am teaching my kids. I am reading. I am resting. I am showing up for life.



  • List 3 unhelpful beliefs about yourself you’re ready to release


      1. I am not strong physically. I hate exercise.
      2. I can’t quit XX where XX is any particular food. I can quit and add anything I want!
      3. I am not enough.


  • List 3 duties or commitments you feel ready to let go of in 2018


      1. No more lit club after this school year is over.
      2. No more Math Circle.
      3. Maybe no TV?
  • List 3 skills you’d like to learn or improve in 2018
    1. Math, I want to do even more math with my kids.
    2. Drawing, sketching, art in general.
    3. Science. Both my kids are into science and I know practically nothing.
  • List 3 books you intend to read this year: Lol. I read 280+ this year so I am not going to worry about reading at least three this year.
  • How could you bring more calm into your life (and head) this year? More journaling. Quiet moments in the morning and evening. Taking much more time out. Muting when on VC.
  • List 3 things about yourself you positively love
    1. My willingness to show up.
    2. My desire to learn more and more and more.
    3. How much I love the people I love.
  • List 3 ways you could be kinder to your body this year
    1. Take care of my skin + teeth.
    2. Massage my body and release my muscles + stretch more.
    3. Take Yoga and Pilates to increase flexibility.
  • List 3 ways you could connect with loved ones in 2018
    1. Regular date nights with Jake.
    2. Biweekly check-ins with my nephews.
    3. Weekly meeting with a friend.
  • List 3 people you could extend compassion to
    1. Myself.
    2. My kids. Much more compassion and kindness.
    3. People who annoy me. I want to be much more compassionate towards people I usually am short with. I want to assume the best of everyone.
  • How could you bring more love into your life this year? By choosing joy. Assuming the best. Realizing that things always work out because I try harder and harder until they do. Realizing the magic that is my life. Being grateful. Paying attention to the support I have. Being thankful.
  • List 3 interests/hobbies you would like to explore more in 2018
    1. Rock climbing
    2. Does journaling count? I want to do it much more regularly.
    3. Taking online classes. Or maybe even in person ones!
  • List 3 ways you could feed your imagination this year
    1. Try new things. Fresh things.
    2. Go on adventures. Travel. Especially to places I’ve never been to.
    3. Read different books (things I wouldn’t typically pick up.)
  • List 3 ways you could bring more passion into your world this year
    1. Show up and be fully present
    2. Care deeply about one thing. Do something about it
    3. Speak up more. Bring awareness.
  • List 3 dreams you would like to manifest this year (personal or professional)
    1. I’d like to be really much stronger. Be able to do pushups with ease.
    2. I’d love to have handful of really close friendships
    3. I’d love to deepen my relationship with Jake even further.
  • How could you bring more creative energy into your life this year? I would like to journal more. I’d love to bring back my sketching habit, not sure if I can but I would love to. I still love looking at those sketches. I’d love to do another 100-day project.
  • List 3 ways you could bring more mindfulness to your mornings
    1. Take 15 minutes to journal each morning.
    2. Take 5 minutes to meditate.
    3. Exercise first thing in the morning. (continue to wake up at 6am!)



  • List 3 ways you could cherish your home this year
    1. Buy flowers!
    2. Fill my house with twinkly lights.
    3. Buy sheets that we love for each of us. Decorate our rooms to feel more our own. Put our family photos into frames.
  • List 3 ways you could connect more deeply with nature in 2018
    1. Take weekly walks and monthly trips to water.
    2. I still would love to take hikes.
    3. I think I’d like to swim more this year, too. Need to think about this one more.
  • List 3 places in your city, town or neighbourhood you want to explore
    1. The city. We definitely don’t go there enough.
    2. Marin. Especially the headlands.
    3. Go to the woods more. Learn new hikes.
  • How could you bring a sense of groundedness into your life this year?  The easiest way to ground, for me, is through journaling. Sitting in the back yard with some tea. Watching the water.  Taking a moment to be grateful.
  • Using your favourite tarot or oracle deck, draw one card for the overall theme of the upcoming year and then a card for each month of 2018. Tip: I like to shufle 3 or 4 packs together to give the reading even greater scope. If you don’t have any decks go to www.susannahconway.com/ cards to see my favourite decks and app recommendations.

I am not into Tarot Decks and I did this last year and found it not to be that inspiring or interesting. However, back in 2013, our January OLW assignment involved setting intentions and I really enjoyed that, so I thought maybe I can do that instead.

  • January: Strong Silent Type: Your challenge this month is to speak less, listen more. How can you influence with fewer words. At work, at home, even in your own head. Pause one more beat before replying. Mute the VC. Wait six seconds. Do what it takes to give this a try.
  • February: Physically Strong: This is your month. Get out there and get strong. Increase the weights. Add more cardio. Make a plan. You can do this. You have it in you.
  • March: Party Strong: This month is for celebrating. You’ve worked hard, they’ve worked hard. Everyone’s working hard. Make sure to pause and celebrate. Have a party. Take a moment daily and pat yourself in the back. Pat your loved ones in the back, too.
  • April: Emotionally Strong: This is the time to work on being a better version of you. And loving you. Loving what is.  Respond and don’t react. Journal more.
  • May: Quietly Strong: How can you bring more calm into this month? May is chaotic with lots of endings and transitions. Celebrate but also stay calm. Stay grounded. What will help here?
  • June: A Stronger You: This month involves travel. Kids at home. Lots of chaos and also wonderful. It will challenge you and you will use the time to get stronger. You will also focus on yourself as needed. Take walks. Self care.
  • July: Mentally Strong: Time to learn some new things. How can you grow intellectually? What classes do you want to take? What do you want to teach the kids?
  • August: Shine Strong: This month is for showing up. Show up at work. Show up with the kids. Show up as we close out the summer and start a new school year. Let your light shine on everyone you meet this month.
  • September: Love Strong: This month is hard. There are transitions, new schedules and more. Use this month to think about what it would look like to love more. Love yourself more: more self-care and kindness. What boundaries can help you? Love Jake more: what’s something you can do for the two of you? Love your kids more: How can you help them with the transition?
  • October: Stronger than Before: Here’s your chance to give it one last push before the year’s over. Where are you still wanting to be stronger? How can you help yourself get stronger than before? How can you take things one notch higher? One notch deeper?
  • November: Stronger Together: Time to enjoy the company of others. Go out and socialize. Appreciate the community you have. Spend time with your family. Bask in the joy of friendships+community+family. What’s one thing you can do to appreciate your people?
  • December:  Rest Stronger: And finally here we are. You’ve worked hard all year and gave it your all. Time to rest. You pushed yourself to get stronger and now you need to rest so you can be ready for 2019.
  • 2018 will be the year I finally get strong in my body.
  • I will nourish myself with a lot of water and vegetables.
  • I will make more time for eating healthy and exercise.
  • I will recharge my batteries by resting, massage, and exercise.
  • This year I will open my heart to peace with my body.
  • I will pay more attention to my boundaries.
  • I will learn more about:
    1. Science: as much as I can.
    2. My body: how to make it stronger, how to take care of it.
    3. Who I am. I will pay attention to what I do and what I say and what my values are and own who I am.
  • I will release my attachment to chocolate. The past. Coffee. Things + people who don’t nourish me.
  • I wish for 2018 to feel strong, baby! Ligther, full of wonder, fresh and new, and true. And brave, always brace.
  • This year I will say NO to things that don’t nourish my body, soul, mind, heart.
  • This year I will say YES to living life fully.

I wholeheartedly believe that everything is possible in 2018!


Like last year, as I finish these words I went back to some of my previous blog posts and I am not surprised that I mention many of these same thoughts here, here, and here. I am pretty sure these themes have been in my life in some way or another for many years. I know that they will likely still be around in 2018 and 2019 and onward. What I’d like to do this year is to make a dent. To move things forward a little bit. Every forward step I take moves me in the right direction and that’s all I can ask for.

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine stepping into the shoes of you from December 2018, one year from now. You are one year older and one year wiser and you’ve lived every day of 2018 fully and completely. You have a message of encouragement about 2018. There’s stuff you want to share… stuff you’re eager to tell yourself. When you’re ready, open your eyes, pick up your pen, and write a letter from your future self, starting with Dear Karen: Congratulations. Here’s to one more year in your magical life. I am so proud of how hard you try, how much you show up. Keep going, you got this!

Living Intentionally 2017 – 52


Weekly Intention: This week’s intention is to be jolly and spend time with family. i want to read more. do puzzles. hug my kids. snuggle up with my husband. 

Things I want to get Done: no list this week. it’s all bonus.

This month’s intention is:  Shine Slowly: And here it is. The end of one more year. You made it through. Tough times, joyful times. Celebrations and trials. Changes and all. You did it. Time to slow down. Time to make space for the next year. Growth comes after downtime for you. Take this time to store some energy so you can hit the ground running in 2018.

Ways to Shine this week: Just by being with my people. Loving them a lot.

I am looking forward to: Christmas day of course!! Happy merry everything if you celebrate any part of this season.

This week’s challenges: balancing alone time and together time and remembering to not have to focus on getting things done.

Top Goals: honestly, i just want to rest and quiet the voices in my head.

I will focus on my core desires (bold, mindful, nourish, love) by: really focusing on my family wholly.

This week, I will say yes to: being ok with doing nothing.

This week, I will say no to:  making myself feel guilty or bad.

I am worried that:  i will torture myself with not getting enough done.

This week, I want to remember:  that it’s ok to fully, completely rest. and that if i have no art for january, that’s totally okay, too.

Unraveling – Goodbye to 2017

I want to start by saying that this is going to be a long post. These reflective posts are how I make sure to live my life intentionally. They matter to me and I love being able to look back on them in future years. I know that this might not be interesting to many (if not any) of you, so please feel free to skip it. If some of you find it interesting, all the better.

This particular exercise is following Susannah Conway’s Unraveling 2016 sheet. You can download it right here. I split the reflective questions looking back on 2016 in and the questions to help clarify goals/dreams for 2017 into two posts. This is part I, the 2017 post will show up here later this week. All questions are Susannah’s and are copyrighted to her.

Before we start unravelling 2018, let’s take a moment to look back over the last twelve months. Maybe there were lots of changes for you in 2017. Maybe it’s been a year of growing or nesting or exploring or letting go. Whatever’s happened this year it’s got you to this point, right now. Exactly where you’re meant to be. Pick up your pen and let’s do some digging.

  • First of all, did you have a word for 2017? Yes, it was shine.
  • If you did, how did your word help to guide you through the last 12 months? Can you think of any specific examples? Thanks to my weekly reflection posts, I thought of ways I shined each week. It helped guide me in the kind of person I wanted to be for my kids, for my friends, for my husband, and for myself. It helped me do things I wouldn’t have had the courage to do.
  • What did you embrace in 2017? exercise!
  • What did you let go of in 2017? One thing I let go of was not doing difficult trips. We decided to take a trip to Australia, and I was really worried about taking trips, especially ones that were this involved but the trip went swimmingly. We had a wonderful time and now I really want to take more big trips together.
  • What changed for you in 2017? My job changed a bit. Nathaniel started a new school so our routines changed. But most significantly, I started exercising every single week day.
  • What did you discover about yourself in 2017? That I can quit most of the foods I eat. That eating veggies+protein work fine for me, actually. I just have to do the work.
  • What were you most grateful for in 2017? This was a big year for gratitude for me. I am most grateful for Jake. He supported me and had my back all year. I’m also grateful for the incredible support of my parents. My manager. My friends. And of course my kids.
  • When did fear hold you back in 2017? I almost didn’t go for the promotion, twice. I still can’t ride a bike. I am still too scared to do many things.
  • Where did you practice bravery in 2017? I went for the promotion, twice. I showed up for my kids again and again.
  • What surprised you in 2017? My sister coming here for two-weeks. It was such a gift.
  • What made you smile in 2017? Family photos. I adore them.
  • What conclusions did you reach in 2017? That I am deeply, deeply grateful for my life. I am incredibly lucky. And feel full of wonder.
  • Let’s think about your ACCOMPLISHMENTS in 2017. List three things that went really well this year — personally or professionally, what are you most proud of? For each accomplishment, consider the following: What skills helped you make it happen? How has your life changed? What have you learned about yourself? How did you celebrate or acknowledge your accomplishment? (If you didn’t, how could you next time?)


    1. I got promoted.
    2. I helped Nathaniel get into a new school.
    3. I prioritized health for all of us: better lunches for the kids, exercise daily for me, generally more nutritious eating for me, too.

I learned that I am stronger than I think. I learned that persistence matters most. I learned that if you show up and do the work, things happen. I learned that I have a lot of people in my life who support me and want what’s best for me. I learned that I am lucky.

Life’s not very different for work but routines are very different because of the other two. I didn’t celebrate any of these enough. I have to do better with celebrations.


  • Now let’s look at your CHALLENGES. List three situations that have tested your limits and patience this year. The big or the small — whatever challenged you the most in 2017 (there may be more than three so go with whatever comes to mind first) For each challenge, consider the following: How did you deal with the challenge? Did you discover any new tools or allies that could help you again in the future? How has your life changed? What have you learned about yourself? (If you’re still working through a particular challenge, what outcome would feel good to you?)


    1. When I didn’t get the promotion the first time, it was pretty rough.
    2. Food continues to be challenging.
    3. Being patient and kind to the people I love the most also continues to be challenging.

I don’t deal with it well. I usually deal with it by beating myself up. I did discover a wonderful new friend who encouraged me to never give up. She was the biggest reason I tried again. Having some control over both 2 and 3 will feel good to me. I plan to read books for both so I can come up with some strategies.


  • Describe your favourite day, moment or occasion of 2017 in words and pictures. What did it taste like? Smell like? Sound like? Who was (or wasn’t) there? Where were you? What were you doing? What was awesome about it? And most importantly, how did you feel? Hmm this year, too, was full of wonderful days. But the one that’s coming to me in this moment is my birthday. Even though I was quite rude and cranky with Jake on that day, when I look back on it now, it was such a wonderful day. I got to be with my sister and I got to eat at this wonderful restaurant and be in the city. I got to be with two of my favorite people on the earth and have a lovely meal. I also loved Jake’s birthday which was also in the city and involved a lovely meal but that day also involved a shopping spree at Allbirds and Athleta which proved to be a bit lifechanging for me.



  • Gentleness alert! Did anything happen in 2017 that needs to be forgiven? Maybe it was something someone did or said to you. Maybe it was something you did or said to someone else — or to yourself? Maybe you feel you let yourself down in some way. Here’s the thing — we are all beautifully fallible human beings doing the best that we can with the tools that we have, so where can you give the gift of forgiveness to yourself or to another? Well the food was in such good control for a while so I was proud of myself but right now I’d say it’s easily the most frustrating thing on my mind. I also do still wish I were more on top of my schedule and life. I feel like I am doing too much but I am not willing to give up any one thing so I need to drill down deeper to each thing I do and understand the commitment, what I get out of it, what’s hard about it, etc. So I can be wiser in my choices.I did a tiny amount of this, this year and it helped identify things I decided to quit doing.
  • So we’ve dug into our accomplishments and challenges, remembered our favourite moments and considered who we need to forgive. Now I invite you to close your eyes for a moment and think about 2017 as a whole. As you cast your mind back over the last 365 days, consider the gifts that 2017 offered you on your life’s journey…What stands out the most? What really mattered? What stands out the most is overwhelming gratitude. This year has been a miracle. So many good things: promotion, new school, wonderful vacations, time with sister, deeper friendships, falling in love with my husband daily, incredibly supportive parents, the perfect manager. I am just so so grateful. Here are some things I did:




  1. I helped Nathaniel get into and transition to a new school.
  2. I helped prepare David for the SATs
  3. I continued to support many teams across Seattle and Sydney, I took three trips to Seattle and three trips to Sydney.
  4. I got promoted.
  5. As a family: we went to Tahoe, Los Angeles, Idaho, Cairns and Sydney
  6. David and his team won Outstanding Journal in the Tech Challenge.
  7. I mentored several women in my organization.
  8. I volunteered in the kids’ school with the Math Circle, Lit Club, and STEM Fair.
  9. I am taking a Calculus class with David and a Python class with Nathaniel.


    I exercised every week day starting in July.

  11. I changed the way I eat completely, quit soda, and started more self care.
  12. I go to bed 10pm and wake up 6am every week day.
  13. I read multiple college essays for multiple friends’ kids.


  14. I make hundreds of healthy lunches for my kids.

  15. I took many online classes including: OLW, glow, advent of light, 4 brene classes, wholehearted artist, mapmaker
  16. I read over 280 books.
  17. Spent two weeks with my sister visiting, ten days with my parents and three days with my nephew.
  18. I made over 240 pieces of art this year. (20 a month.)

It’s been a full year. I am deeply grateful.

  • Describe 2017 in 3 words: grateful, exercise, supported


  • If the events of 2017 were made into a film or a book, what would it be called? A Full Life.
  • Before we finish with 2017, take a few minutes to write out anything else you need to say to the old year in the box below. You might like to say some nal goodbyes and thank yous…Like last year, this was another year where I had a rich and layered life. I made some wonderful friends this year that I hope to keep for life. I deepend other friendships. I fell in love with my husband all over again. I worked and played with each of my kids. I supported my nephews in their college journeys. I worked really hard. I spent time exercising daily. I journaled. I took care of myself. I took care of others. I showed up. Again and again and again I showed up. I am so incredibly grateful for my life. Thank you 2017 for all your gifts. You’ve been an extraordinary year and I am deeply grateful for all your gifts.




December Daily – 23

Day 23 is about Wonder. Not as wonderful as the book, of course, but pretty darn close.


Weekly Reflection 2017 – 51


How I shone this week: This week I shone by getting a lot of personal work done. I shone by supporting my kids a lot and by supporting my friend and her kid as well. 

Things I wanted to get Done:

  • Work: i haven’t done the matching, but I will.
  • Personal: exercised once, did december daily and advent of light and made more 2018 plans. i have been doing my storytelling too. 
  • Family: we took photos. did a lot of math and some python and worked on essays a lot, too. No plan. bummer.

I celebrate: doing a lot of little things but not much of anything this week. I’ve been reading a lot and resting a lot.

I am grateful for: time off work.

I nourished myself by: hmm i’m going to say reading and doing a puzzle. 

Reflecting on my worries:  well we didn’t waste the week but we haven’t been doing anything special either. so i guess we ended up somewhere in the middle. 

I let go of: most everything this week. just cutting myself slack right and left.

Core Desire Check-in (bold, mindful, nourish, love): this week’s been about resting and being with my peeps.

What made me laugh this week: david and nathaniel and jake!

What I tolerated this week: all the voices in my head telling me i am wasting too much time. 

My mood this week was: slow.
I forgive myself for:  not getting enough done. and not having a super holiday spirited season.
What I love right now: having time off.

And here we are: the very last week of 2017. I am super grateful for this year.

December Daily – 22

Day 22 is about an average day in our life this week, we work hard, play lots and rest lots 🙂

Books I Read in 2017

In 2017, I read 305 books.
My favorite read of the year was: This is How it Always Is
My favorite YA read of the year was: Turtles All the Way Down
My favorite middle-grade read of the year was: Full Cicada Moon
My favorite non-fiction read of the year was:  Hunger
Here are my favorites, not in order, by genre: 
  • The Heart’s Invisible Furies
  • Bear Town
  • Lilian Boxfish Talks a Walk
  • The Impossible Fortress
  • The Weight of Ink
  • The Sun and Her Flowers
  • Stay with Me
  • The Ready-Made Thief
  • All Grown Up
  • Sycamore
  • Spoonbenders
  • Standard Deviation
  • Anything is Possible
  • The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
  • Setting Free the Kites
  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry
  • The Dry
  • Celine
  • Pachinko
  • Faithful
  • Six Wakes
  • The Lonely Hearts Hotel

Young Adult+Middle Grade

  • All the Crooked Saints
  • Full Cicada Moon
  • Letters from Rifka
  • The Golden Compass
  • We are Okay
  • A Million Junes
  • The Hate you Give
  • Strange the Dreamer
  • Scythe
  • Learning to Swear in America
  • Wolf by Wolf


  • The Power of Moments
  • A Mind At Home with Itself
  • The Four Tendencies
  • The Bright Hour
  • Radical Candor
  • Loving What Is
  • Mindshift
  • We Should All be Feminists
  • I’m Judging You
  • Shrill
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

And here’s the full list:

  1. wolf by wolf
  2. learning to swear in america
  3. small great things
  4. because of mr terupt
  5. salt sugar fat – partially
  6. organize today tomorrow
  7. flaws <not done>
  8. The Whole Town’s Talking
  9. The sleeper and the spindle
  10. Wolf in a White Van
  11. Messy (only 2 chapters)
  12. Still Life with Tornado
  13. browsing (partial)
  14. scythe
  15. the diviners
  16. the future of us
  17. the bear and the nightingale
  18. shrill
  19. in defense of food
  20. chasing secrets
  21. the subtle art of not giving a f*ck
  22. a gathering of shadows
  23. lilian boxfish takes a walk
  24. lab girl
  25. The achievement habit
  26. losing it
  27. the look of love
  28. man’s search for meaning
  29. carve the mark
  30. all our wrong todays
  31. the underneath
  32. a truck full of money
  33. this close to happy – halfway
  34. a separation
  35. the lonely hearts hotel
  36. lincoln in the bardo
  37. the three-body problem
  38. my not so perfect life
  39. six wakes
  40. the futures
  41. small admissions
  42. pachinko
  43. you will not have my hate
  44. the impossible fortress
  45. what light
  46. faithful
  47. gemina
  48. the menagerie
  49. version control
  50. exit west
  51. the roanoke girls
  52. i’m judging you
  53. edgar and lucy
  54. the stranger in the woods
  55. the rules do not apply
  56. ill will
  57. celine
  58. number the stars
  59. fuzzy mud
  60. stretch
  61. fear and other uninvited guests
  62. innocents and others
  63. the dry
  64. always
  65. we should all be feminists
  66. dear ijaewele, or a feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions
  67. milk and honey
  68. my grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry
  69. the reader
  70. five dysfunctions of a team
  71. universal harvester
  72. the arrangement
  73. strange the dreamer
  74. solve for happy
  75. eggshells
  76. setting free the kites
  77. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
  78. The Dance of Intimacy
  79. What it Means when a Man Falls from the Sky
  80. Hallelujah Anyway
  81. The Things You Can See Only When you Slow Down
  82. a little more human
  83. this is how it always is****
  84. why won’t you apologize
  85. waking gods
  86. the animators
  87. lucky boy
  88. idaho
  89. perfect little world
  90. the wanderers
  91. hourglass – dani shapiro
  92. the book of polly
  93. the stars are fire
  94. south and west
  95. mindshift
  96. american war
  97. option B
  98. for the love
  99. anything is possible
  100. chasing slow
  101. the hate u give
  102. the upside of unrequited
  103. the one memory of flora banks
  104. the book of joy
  105. beartown
  106. ginny moon
  107. the leavers
  108. men without women
  109. garden of small beginnings
  110. eleanor oliphant is completely fine
  111. dance of anger
  112. the boy on the bridge
  113. The lights we lost
  114. Windfall
  115. new boy
  116. one day we will all be dead and none of this will matter
  117. loving what is
  118. house of names
  119. woman no 17
  120. startup
  121. one of the boys
  122. giant steps
  123. dinner party
  124. the best of adam sharp
  125. golden state
  126. tenth of december
  127. the first bad man
  128. the heirs
  129. trajectory
  130. ramona blue
  131. barrowfields
  132. radical candor
  133. chemistry
  134. craft a life you love
  135. no time like the present
  136. bodhisattva mind
  137. a million junes
  138. standard deviation
  139. touch
  140. overcoming the five dysfunctions of a team
  141. white fur
  142. the bright hour
  143. do not become alarmed
  144. The new old me
  145. The answers
  146. Midnight at the bright ideas bookstore
  147. You don’t look your age and other fairy tales
  148. Dear cyborgs
  149. The chalk artist
  150. A house among the trees
  151. Ministry of utmost happiness
  152. The shack
  153. void star
  154. the fifth season
  155. hungry
  156. fireworks
  157. f*ck feelings
  158. windfall
  159. body love
  160. stories of your life and others
  161. the end of men
  162. spoonbenders
  163. Making friends with your mind
  164. sycamore
  165. what we lose
  166. we are okay
  167. all grown up
  168. don’t bite the hook
  169. hello sunshine
  170. The reason you’re alive
  171. words in deep blue
  172. when dimple met rishi
  173. watch me disappear
  174. A Beautiful, Terrible Thing
  175. Normal
  176. Who is Rich
  177. made for love
  178. make your bed
  179. the turquoise table
  180. less
  181. rabbit cake
  182. after on
  183. spirit junkie
  184. the little things
  185. Rising Strong as a Spiritual practice
  186. Mrs. Fletcher
  187. the dying game
  188. the epiphany machine
  189. hunch
  190. becoming wise
  191. the readymade thief
  192. impossible views of the world
  193. the breakdown
  194. our chemical hearts
  195. perfect just as you are
  196. joy diet
  197. the driver
  198. the marriage pact
  199. The misadventures of awkward black girl
  200. of mess and moxie
  201. amanda wakes up
  202. the locals
  203. class mom
  204. reincarnation blues
  205. almost missed you
  206. home fire
  207. stress proof
  208. would everybody please stop
  209. stay with me
  210. 13 things mentally strong people don’t do – half
  211. the child
  212. a life of adventure and delight
  213. it’s not yet dark
  214. george and lizzie
  215. dinner at the center of the earth
  216. the how of happiness
  217. braving the wilderness
  218. little fires everywhere
  219. flesh and bone and water
  220. i liked my life
  221. the ninth hour
  222. since we fell
  223. new people
  224. conversations with friends
  225. the four tendencies
  226. letters from rifka
  227. they both die in the end
  228. warcross
  229. jane, unlimited
  230. a mind at home with itself
  231. unfuck yourself
  232. forest dark
  233. turtles all the way down
  234. no asshole rule
  235. the sun and her flowers
  236. sourdough
  237. the power of moments
  238. strengths switch
  239. everyone’s a aliebn when ur a alienbn too
  240. towers falling
  241. autonomous
  242. manhattan beach
  243. sing unburied sing
  244. the pema chodron audio collection
  245. the wisdom of sundays
  246. the rules of magic
  247. reset
  248. a short history of the girl next door
  249. dunbar
  250. almost sisters
  251. grit
  252. we need to talk
  253. lagom
  254. dear martin
  255. Heather, the totality
  256. The snow child
  257. I am not your perfect mexican daughter
  258. full cicada moon
  259. Permission to screw up
  260. The golden compass
  261. Real love
  262. Celebrations
  263. Bonfire
  264. Fierce kingdom
  265. The power
  266. Insight
  267. The Weight of Ink
  268. Long Way Down
  269. All the Crooked Saints
  270. Five Carat Soul (some of the stories)
  271. Future Home of the Living God
  272. The gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue
  273. Your best year 2018
  274. The heart’s invisible furies
  275. The Deal of a Lifetime
  276. Dear Fahrenheit 451
  277. Inherit the wind
  278. Rain Reign
  279. Seven days of us
  280. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
  281. The Uterus is a Feature not a Bug
  282. The story of Arthur truluv
  283. Invincible Summer
  284. Young Jane young
  285. Far from the Tree
  286. Solitude of Prime Numbers
  287. A hundred thousand worlds
  288. Why We Came to the City
  289. Artemis
  290. Miller’s Valley
  291. Flood Girls
  292. The Wangs vs The World
  293. Fishbowl
  294. The Hike
  295. The Last Black Unicorn
  296. Nourishing Intimacy
  297. Coming Closer to Ourselves 
  298. Stick with It
  299. Unlimited Power
  300. It Ends with Us
  301. Inventing Joy
  302. Motherest
  303. Improvement
  304. Britt-Marie was Here
  305. Food Freedom Forever
For 2018 I plan to use a sheet to track my reading. Here’s to another year of reading!

December Daily – 21

Day 21 is a story about our wrapping papers and our tree with gifts under it.

love this project!

2017 in Art

One of my goals for 2017 was to make 20 pieces of art each month. I had some ideas of what I wanted to do but I also knew that they would likely change as the year progressed. I wasn’t sure I would be able to pull off making 20 pieces of art each month. But I did! This post will be image heavy as it will show all of them. (Almost all.)

For January I made loving hearts:





For February, I made some quick sketches:

For March, I captured everyday magic:





For April, I played with fabric:



For May, I wrote about what shining means to me:



For June, I painted rocks:



For July, I played with paint:



For August, I made 10-minute art:



September was my travel journal.



For October, I made mantras:



For November, I made art boards:




And December, of course, was December Daily.

The best part is: I enjoyed every one of these projects a lot!

Not too shabby for a super-busy year. Here’s to hoping for more art in 2018!

December Daily – 20

Day 20 starts with this awesome photo of Nathaniel that i adore!!

And another one of him on the back.

And then it’s David’s card.

and the back

and then I moved the pocket page forward and wrote about our family photos and how we don’t send a holiday card.

love these photos

and finally actual page 20 is about how we went to see Star Wars.

love these photos

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 51





This was a big week for reading. I had a little extra time and I finished several books that I had started a while ago. 

I started with Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life which sounded like a good idea and was cute but if anything it was too cute. Trying too hard to be cute. 

I read  Inherit the Wind  for our Lit Club with the middle graders. I had heard of it but never read it. I am glad I did. It’s funny!

Nathaniel was reading Rain Reign for his Lit Club so I read it alongside him to help with his understanding and homework discussions. It is a fantastic book if you have a 3-6th grader.

I had attempted Seven Days of Us unsuccessfully before but decided to tackle it this time and I liked it. It wasn’t pithy or amazing but it was still enjoyable. 

I had also attempted How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk  before but hadn’t managed to finish it. I finally did. Solid ideas but nothing super-new to me. If only I could actually implement these consistently.

I wasn’t sure if I would like A Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug but decided to give it a try and enjoyed it enough to keep going. Worthwhile for me.

The Story of Arthur Truluv  is Elizabeth Berg’s new novel and I love her. She did not disappoint. So sweet, this one.

I bought Invincible Summer on Audible months ago and hadn’t read it so I decided to finally read it. I was a sweet tale of 3 friends. It wasn’t the best book I read but it was okay.

Young Jane Young is by Gabrielle Zevin who wrote several books I’ve loved reading. So I’d bought this one on Audible too and finally read it. It was good but not great.

When I was at my YA Book Club earlier this week, my friend Angela recommended Far From the Tree which just won the National Book Award. She said she really liked it and I had just checked it out from the library so I decided to read it next. It was fabulous. 

Relatively good week of reading. Two more weeks left in this year. Here’s to more reading!

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