2016 Stories – 46 – Freestyle Ribbon

Nathaniel’s been taking swimming lessons for a while, now and even though he’s a lot more comfortable in water than David was, he’s been unable to get his swimming ribbon for freestyle in a long time. During the summer, we had decided to give the classes a rest for both of them because David was done and we were leaving for Boston for three weeks. It then took me until October to finally set classes for Nathaniel and in his very first class, he finally got his ribbon!!

If I were a better mom, I’d have a photo of him holding up his ribbon but on that day, we had to rush out of there for a playdate and then I put the ribbon somewhere that I can’t find. So there we go :(


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

November 2016 – Today Journaling – 10

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Journaling asks: What am i packing around that i need to let go of today?


Today Journaling is a Monthly Project for November 2016. All of the words belong to Melody Ross. These are a part of the Soul Comfort class in Brave Girls University, I cannot recommend it enough. Last time I took this course, I ended up doing a year-long project on this type of journaling.  You can sign up here. (I teach there, too.) You can read more about my projects for 2016 here and the pictures are all from Pinterest here.

Living Intentionally – 46

  • Weekly Intention: This is the last week before Thanksgiving and I am hoping/planning to take Thanksgiving week off so my intention this week is to get a lot of work done so I can leave work in a good state. My hope is to not do any work at all for the 9 days (including both weekends) and instead use the time to wind down, be with my boys, and take care of Jake who will have surgery in the middle of that week. To be able to do that, I’d like to make sure I do a solid amount of work this week and feel good about where I leave things. On a personal note, I have three book club meetings this week (they all fell in the same week this month) and I have to go to David’s school twice and Nathaniel’s school twice, so it promises to be a full week. I’d like to start practicing patience, discipline, and kindness all week.
  • Choices I want to make:
    • One: I will choose to connect with each of the teams I work with so I can have a solid list for how I can help them.
    • Two:  I will choose to dive deeper into some of the new teams I took on during the summer.
    • Three: I will choose to see if I can make some changes in what I eat to see if it helps with the energy.
  • I am looking forward to: learning about some of the work i’ve been putting off learning about.
  • This week’s challenges:  three book clubs, two visits to each school, ortho appointment, a client meeting, a trip to work, and I still need to get a lot of work done. here’s to pulling it all off with grace.
  • Top Goals:
    • Work: Todo list and ASAP lists down to zero. Make a plan for what I will do for each team.
    • Personal: make more progress on the 2017 plan. Do the desired feelings exercise.
    • Family: make a holiday plan for the kids. ( i didn’t do this last week!) and start making lists for presents to buy.
  • I will focus on my core desires (kind, strong, true, generous, brave) by: 
    • I will be kind to some of my more neglected teams this week. I am going to try to do an extra good job.
    • I will be strong and try a new morning exercise routine every day this week.
    • I will be generous with work again. I will also be generous with my social events. Even if it means a little less generous with sleep this week.
    • I will be true to my need to be honest. Share my worries and concerns with my teams.
    • I will be brave with my honesty and vulnerability.
  • This week, I want to remember: that this is exactly why I love working from home. Because my life is layered and rich and I have no work/life balance, my work and life weave in and out of each other and I love my work, my family time, my book clubs, volunteering, reading, and my coaching. I love every bit of my life. I love all of what I do. I am lucky to get to do each of these things and I will savor it all.

Here’s to a wonderful week!

Weekly Reflection – 45

  • Three Choices I made this week:
    • One: I chose to cross off every single work todo list item I had. I stayed up late on Thursday morning and just got my whole list done. It was driving me crazy so now I am ready to build a new todo list.
    • Two: I chose to run several mornings this week but I’ve also come to the conclusion that I hate running and I just need to come up with a different exercise I can do first thing in the morning. Something I can do at home, and something short but rigorous.
    • Three: I chose to exercise my right to vote. I consider it a major privilege.
  • I read/learned: I finished Tuesday Nights in 1980, The Mothers, The Wonder, How to be a Person in the World, and I am almost done with The Versions of Us.  I am also reading The Sun is Also a Star which is wonderful so far.  I’ve have a new lecture available in the Stanford Election 2016 class that I plan to watch today, it’s a class from before the election so it will be interesting to watch it with that perspective.
  • I celebrate:  getting so much done this week.
  • I am grateful for:  the election being over. I feel a plethora of emotions and haven’t processed all of them yet but I am still grateful to be off the rollercoaster. Even if I so wish the ride hadn’t ended where it did.
  • I focused on my health by: 
    • I did run this week and walked a bit but not consistently. I need help in this area.
  • I made art:  I did not but I’ve started making plans for 2017 and I am hoping that counts. Oh and I changed the banner on my site in prep for 2017.
  • I let go of: my hopes around the results of the election. this is what it means to live in a democracy.
  • Core Desire Check-in:
    • Kind: I’ve been kind to everyone this week. It was a rough week.
    • Strong: Thankfully I don’t feel broken anymore but I do still feel too tired all the time, I know it’s food related and need to work on it.
    • True: I’ve been working on my 2017 plan and it’s been interesting thinking about what my true self wants to feel more of.
    • Generous: I was generous with work this week. I gave a lot extra to get work done.
    • Brave: I was brave to show up at David’s school this week, I didn’t want to be there, I was worried but it all worked out, of course!

Here’s to another good week! :)


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

November 2016 – Today Journaling – 09

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Journaling asks: What leaves me in awe today?


Today Journaling is a Monthly Project for November 2016. All of the words belong to Melody Ross. These are a part of the Soul Comfort class in Brave Girls University, I cannot recommend it enough. Last time I took this course, I ended up doing a year-long project on this type of journaling.  You can sign up here. (I teach there, too.) You can read more about my projects for 2016 here and the pictures are all from Pinterest here.

November 2016 – Today Journaling – 08

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Journaling asks: What is heavy on my heart today?


Today Journaling is a Monthly Project for November 2016. All of the words belong to Melody Ross. These are a part of the Soul Comfort class in Brave Girls University, I cannot recommend it enough. Last time I took this course, I ended up doing a year-long project on this type of journaling.  You can sign up here. (I teach there, too.) You can read more about my projects for 2016 here and the pictures are all from Pinterest here.

A Book a Week – The Age of Miracles

I read The Age of Miracles because it came up in my library queue. It was one of those books I’d added to my list but never got around to reading. So when it was available at the library, I grabbed it.

I enjoyed this unique story. How it’s dystopian but not like the other ones (Hunger Games or Maze Runner, etc.) A very different story from a very different perspective.

I recommend it if YA and quiet dystopia are your cup of tea.

November 2016 – Today Journaling – 07

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Journaling asks: What made me laugh today?


Today Journaling is a Monthly Project for November 2016. All of the words belong to Melody Ross. These are a part of the Soul Comfort class in Brave Girls University, I cannot recommend it enough. Last time I took this course, I ended up doing a year-long project on this type of journaling.  You can sign up here. (I teach there, too.) You can read more about my projects for 2016 here and the pictures are all from Pinterest here.

November 2016 – Today Journaling – 06

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Journaling asks: Where could I go today?


Today Journaling is a Monthly Project for November 2016. All of the words belong to Melody Ross. These are a part of the Soul Comfort class in Brave Girls University, I cannot recommend it enough. Last time I took this course, I ended up doing a year-long project on this type of journaling.  You can sign up here. (I teach there, too.) You can read more about my projects for 2016 here and the pictures are all from Pinterest here.

2016 Stories – 45 – Psycho Donuts

A few weeks ago, I was at work for a class and one of the attendees had brought these super weird donuts. Gigantic and covered with weird things like rice crispies, marshmallows etc. When I asked her what these were, she said they were from Psycho donuts. A place in Cambell that was famous for making these unusual donuts.

I am not a fan of donuts but my boys are so I told Jake to take the kids there that weekend.

They came home with these and said they had run out of some of the most famous creations. I got the coffee ones and they got the gigantic graham cracker ones and the Boston creme and weird looking green one.

In the end, the consensus was that it wasn’t all that great. At least not worth the 1 hour round-trip drive there and back. But life is like that, you have to try new adventures before you know if they are a good fit or not.


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

November 2016 – Today Journaling – 05

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Journaling asks: When will I stop and rest today?


Today Journaling is a Monthly Project for November 2016. All of the words belong to Melody Ross. These are a part of the Soul Comfort class in Brave Girls University, I cannot recommend it enough. Last time I took this course, I ended up doing a year-long project on this type of journaling.  You can sign up here. (I teach there, too.) You can read more about my projects for 2016 here and the pictures are all from Pinterest here.

Living Intentionally – 45

  • Weekly Intention: We are now one day away from Election Day. I haven’t discussed politics here very much and I don’t think I will break that trend today. I have spent an unreasonable amount of hours watching CNN over the last year. I’ve read many articles and clicked on just about every political link on my facebook home (links pointing to both directions.) I don’t want to imply that I am apathetic about this election. I have very strong feelings about the election, the candidates, the possible outcomes, etc. But what I really want to mention more than anything is that if you’re in the United States, I beg you not to take your right to vote for granted. With all that’s going on in my homeland, and around the world, it’s even more clear to me that the right to vote is a huge privilege. No matter who your candidate is, no matter your views, I hope you go and vote. Make sure your voice is heard. I am proud to live and raise my kids in a country where that’s possible. I know it’s not the case everywhere in the world. Having said all that, I know most of my week (at least the first part of it) will be overtaken by the election. Everything else I will do will have to stand in the shadow of the election. I will breathe a sigh of relief (at least I hope so!) when this is all over and I can finally stop watching CNN. This election has made me really anxious, sad, frustrated and I am really ready to move on from all this negativity.
Besides the election watching, I hope to spend my time and energy on getting some solid work done this week. I would like to check off some of the items i’ve been carrying for a while. I would like to also do some serious planning for 2017. I have my olw and my other words for 2017 so far, I think. But I’d like to figure out my project, plans, thoughts around the year. I’d like to come up with a reasonable list that I know I can successfully accomplish and still get a lot of joy from.
  • Choices I want to make:
    • One: I will choose to vote. I will walk to my polling place with my kids. I will do my research on the initiatives. I will do my duty as a citizen. I am so grateful to get to vote.
    • Two:  I will choose to work hard. I want to cross off some serious todo list items.
    • Three: I will choose to go back to exercising again and see if i can make a food plan of some kind.
  • I am looking forward to: election day. scared. anxious. nervous. really worried. will watch every minute.
  • This week’s challenges:  tomorrow is a tough day. and i think tuesday will be, too. but i am hoping the rest of the week will be quiet.
  • Top Goals:
    • Work: Emails down to zero. Time to cross off some major todo items!
    • Personal: Get my 2017 plan, journal, rest, exercise, eat good food. (same as last week, sadly) oh and VOTE.
    • Family: make a holiday plan for the kids.
  • I will focus on my core desires (kind, strong, true, generous, brave) by: 
    • I will be kind to everyone this week. I will experiment with being my best version.
    • I will be strong and go back to regular exercise. I can do this.
    • I will be generous with work. I want to get stuff done!
    • I will be true to my needs but also figure out what’s good for me. I need some work in this area.
    • I will be brave and have faith that things will be ok.
  • This week, I want to remember: that everything will be ok. I have been feeling down and anxious and tired and overwhelmed lately. I want to remember that it’s the darker days that might be contributing to this. Or the anxiety over the election. Or even watching so much news. I would like to take time to make a plan for some fun and adventure and I also would like to remember that everything is transient. This, too, will pass.

Here’s to a wonderful week!