Nourish Me – 10

And here we are, still not back on the path. I am doing better. I am taking it one day at a time. Forgiving myself and doing what needs to be done to reset each time. This journey is not easy for me and I am trying to be kind to myself about it.

Mind:

  • I read: I read quite a lot this week and read 3 books I loved all in one week which is quite rare for me and I am really grateful. I also read this. It resonated so so strongly with me. I do this a lot. All the time. I want to start showing up to my life.
  • I learned: not a lot of new things here either. i usually spend a bit of time online but i was really busy and decided to not touch the computer outside of work.
  • I watched: I watched just a few episodes of Suits. Not even the Oscars last week. This is quite unusual for me.

Body:

  • Exercise: I exercised just once. My knees are not feeling well but that’s mostly an excuse.
  • Food: I’ve had cappuccinos and mille feuilles this week. But I also had eggs, salads, and fruit 
  • Skin: i did moisturize.
  • Floss: i didn’t floss 🙁
  • And More: nothing more. i am still doing the bare minimum.

I am hoping to report something different here next week. 

Soul:

  • I rested: I still wake up at 3am and can’t fall back asleep. I sneeze, and my brain gets stuck and the rest of the night is a wash.
  • I connected: with a friend, completely randomly this week and then with another one as well.
  • I journaled: it turns out i journaled 13 days in February. Not great but also not abysmal. I have plans for journaling this week.
  • I made art: i am trying to think about April art already. Open to ideas!
As I work on assessing things this week, one of the areas I want to tackle is nourishment. What fills me up,what gives me energy, what depletes me, etc.

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

March 2017 – Everyday Magic – 6

You can read about the start of this project here.

This one says: respond to every call that excites your spirit.

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

2017 Stories – 10 – Two Days in Los Angeles

Up until last week, my kids had never been to Disneyland. Or Disney-anything. When I was in sixth grade, my family went on this wonderful trip from Paris to New York to Orlando to Miami. It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip and I still remember it vividly. It was my first time in the United States. My first time in Disney World. And I loved every moment of it.

My parents did a similar trip with my sister’s kids a few years ago but Nathaniel had just been born so I couldn’t join. Almost eight years later, I still hadn’t taken either kid to a Disney Park and I really wanted to change that. I really wanted to go myself. I still find it all magical.

So I decided we would spend part of our Winter Break there. We drove down to Los Angeles and spent one day in Disneyland and one day at Universal Studios. It was an insane amount of walking and standing and just a lot of chaos in 48 hours but we did it!

David liked parts of Disneyland but on the whole preferred Universal. Nathaniel liked Harry Potterland and some of the rides at Universal but on the whole liked Disneyland better because it had a lot more rides. So I feel it was worth going to both (for our family.)

I wish I’d gone when the kids were a bit younger and might have found it a bit more magical. I will say that the highlight for both of the kids was the Electric Light Parade at the end of the Disneyland day. So there’s some magic left in both of them after all.

Here are some other photos from our adventure:








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

Living Intentionally 2017 – 10

Weekly Intention: This is actually a pretty ordinary week here. I haven’t had one of those in a while. I have a lot of meetings and long days but only one trip to work, one trip to D’s school and just one evening event. As close to “routine” as it gets around here lately. There are some must-do things I have this week, like perf but otherwise, I don’t have a huge number of obligations. I’d like to do two things this week. One is to get back into routine a bit with eating healthier food and exercising regularly and going outside to take walks, and also sleeping more. And the next is to take stock. As I was mentioning in the reflection yesterday, I feel like it’s time to do a bit of stepping back, assessing where things are, and figuring out what I would like to do next. Both at work and at home. What are some of the things I’d like to do more of at work, or differently, etc, to make sure I have more impact and I am doing what’s most important to do. I don’t want to do things for the sake of doing. At home, I’d like to think more about how I’m using my time. With the kids, with my husband, and alone. Am I doing what matters most to me? Given 1,000 free hours, what would I like to spend it on? Over the course of this year, I will have had more than 1,000 free hours and I want to make sure I did spend them honoring my values.

This month’s intention is:  Rain or Shine: March is a tough month. You often feel like giving up in March. It feels too long. But it’s not. Keep going, You’re doing great. Remember that the trick is to just show up. Keep showing up. I am showing up to a college event this week. I am traveling to Seattle for work at the end of the week. I am showing up.

Ways to Shine this week:

  • One: Bold: Assessing my life would be both mindful and bold. I’d really like to do that this week.
  • Two: Open: I want to be open to whatever comes this week. Just be mindful and present.
  • Three: Heal/Nourish: No caffeine past 2pm this week. Light dinners. Let’s see if it ends up meaning I don’t get 3am wakeups. 

I am looking forward to: being done with perf. 

This week’s challenges: writing perf. tuesday night possibly. but mostly making sure i take the time to take stock.

Top Goals:

  • Work: perf. step back.
  • Personal: get back to nourishment, exercise, journaling.
  • Family: assess and talk to each kid about what they would like to do with me.

I will focus on my core desires (bold, mindful, nourish, love) by: stepping back and assessing my year so far. my day to day. how can i introduce more boldness, mindfulness, nourishment and love into my minutes?

This week, I will say yes to: letting go.

This week, I will say no to: filling up time. i will cancel all unnecessary meetings. 

I am worried that: i won’t do the assessment. or i will and i will really be disappointed in myself/the results. i won’t exercise or eat well even though it’s more of a routine week. i will disappoint my family. i will continue not to reply to emails. i will not finish perf. i will not get enough rest.

This week, I want to remember:  that i get to show up and do my best each day and that’s all i can do. and that i get a new day each morning and i can start again. and that it will all be ok.

March 2017 – Everyday Magic – 5

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This one says: start somewhere.

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

Weekly Reflection 2017 – 09

Three ways I shone this week:

  • One: Jake and I had a 1-1 breakfast during the week this week.
  • Two: I ran into a friend and sat down to help her unexpectedly.
  • Three: I worked really hard this week and took a bold personal step. 

I celebrate: my bold step above
I am grateful for: not having to do jury duty.
I nourished myself by: having some delicious lettuce, getting my hair done, reading a lot.
Reflecting on my worries: i worried about jury duty which didn’t manifest. i made my perf deadline1. i took D to the doctor, tuesday was tough but went totally ok. i caught up at work but i am struggling with sleep. it turned out to be ok. things i didn’t worry about happened. 

I let go of: iterating more and more. now it’s not in my hands.

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

  1. I was bold at work. 
  2. I’m mindful that i am feeling a strong need to step back and revisit work and home a bit but I don’t seem to want to make the time to do it. I have been very much in the “postponing” frame of mind lately. Don’t want to do anything but the bare minimum. and then i just want to read. i know this avoidance is not a good thing and I need to think of ways I can encourage myself to sit and assess things and make plans.
  3. Nourishment was better this week. Still not where I’d like to be.
  4. I’ve given love this week but I’ve also noticed that, this too, is something I need to reevaluate. What love means to me and how I show it. And what it means to the ones I love and how can I show it in their own love language.

What made me laugh this week: lots of lovely moments at work.
What I tolerated this week: really long days at the beginning of the week and Jake was out of town so even harder.
My mood this week was: tired.
I forgive myself for: being tired. worn out. how can i help reboot things?
What I love right now: moving forward. doing it anyway.

Here’s to a wonderful week ten! We are already on the tenth week of the fifty-two week year!!

March 2017 – Everyday Magic – 4

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This one says: a candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

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

Books I Read This Week 2017 – 09

After all the books last week, I started My Not So Perfect Life because I wanted something light and it was on my overdrive queue. As is typical of Kinsella, it was fun and sweet and quirky. 

On the way to LA, I listened to Six Wakes which was on my list since I’d read about it. I really liked it. If Science Fiction is your cup of tea, this is a mind-bending one. I love finding sci fi like this.

And finally, on the way back, I listened to The Futures which had been on my audible list for a while, now. I didn’t really know what this story was about and as it turns out, it’s about Wall St. and NYC and a lot of other things that rang familiar to me. It was a quick read but I am not sure it was amazing. I’m not sorry I read it but I also don’t know that I’d recommend it.

That’s it for this week. I’m in the process of reading three other books at the moment but none are finished yet.


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

March 2017 – Everyday Magic – 3

You can read about the start of this project here.

This one says: you have been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved.

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

Nourish Me – 09

And here we are, still wildly off the path.

Mind:

  • I read: read a bit this week. more than usual considering I was out of town for most of it.
  • I learned: nothing this week. i have had to work super hard to be able to leave town so I’ve been mostly focused on that.
  • I watched: I watched Big Little Liars and the Billions this week. Oh and Moana.

Body:

  • Exercise: I exercised none this week. But I did walk a lot. a lot. so much that I am hurting all over.
  • Food: I’ve had a lot more cappuccinos and just ate all around badly.
  • Skin: i did moisturize.
  • Floss: i didn’t floss 🙁
  • And More: nothing more. i am still doing the bare minimum.

Soul:

  • I rested: I have been sleeping badly. i am going to bed early but then i wake up in the middle of the night. i can’t go back to sleep easily and i just feel terribly unrested.
  • I connected: with my family this week. and my YA book club, too!
  • I journaled: i have done an abysmal job of journaling. it’s almost as if choosing it for my Feb OLW jinxed it.
  • I made art: i finished my march art and loved it.
It’s really hard to get back on track still. I am trying to figure out how to think about all this differently so I don’t judge myself and so that I can get back on track seamlessly and with compassion.

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

March 2017 – Everyday Magic – 2

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This one says: what if you simply devoted this year to loving yourself more?

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

March 2017 – Everyday Magic – 1

For One Little Word in February, our assignment was to pick one thing to do each day. I decided to pick two of course. One was to journal (which I did abysmally at) and two was to take a photo everyday.  I did better with that one. These photos were nothing amazing. Just pieces of my ordinary life, which is, of course, magical all on its own so I decided they would make lovely pieces of art for March. I printed them in thick cardstock (not photo paper) and added a phrase to each.

This one says: there is no darkness so dense, so menacing, or so difficult that it cannot be overcome by light.

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