July 2016 – Watercolor Food – 04

Here’s piece four:

not a fan of this one, but alas. I did it on the plane with peerless watercolors so the blending is also not great.


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

July 2016 – Watercolor Food – 03

Here’s piece three:

mmm….


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

July 2016 - Watercolor Food - 02

Here’s piece two:

strawberries and ice cream :)


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

Weekly Reflection – 26

  • Three Choices I made this week:
    • One: I chose to donate a lot of things. I am trying hard to clear up some of the accumulation in our house and I feel incredibly lucky when I can donate things so they will continue to be used.
    • Two: I chose to do the 7-minute exercise every single day.
    • Three: I chose to take the plunge for some work travel. It will make July and August a bit challenging but so be it. I can do hard things.
  • I read/learned: I finished The Girl in the Red Coat and The One in a Million Boy. I am listening to The Life we Bury and Happier at Home. I am reading The Speechwriter and Vinegar Girl and Salt to the Sea. A little bit of everything lately.
  • I celebrate:  I celebrate a four day weekend. The long summer days. Beautiful California.
  • I am grateful for:  my family. i have the best husband, kids, parents, sister, nephews, in laws of all kind. How does that happen to one person?
  • I focused on my health by: 
    • Did my 7-minute exercise everyday.
    • I’ve been trying to not eat when I am full and not continue to eat anything I don’t like.
  • I made art:  I made a lot of art this week. Finished my July project and August project all in one sitting.
  • I let go of: I let go of worrying about work travel. It was going to hang over my head for weeks so I just bit the bullet and decided to go right now.
  • Core Desire Check-in:
    • Kind: I can’t think of a particular kindness situation this week. But I’ve been ok, I think.
    • Strong: I’ve been working out daily. Not too much but still it’s an effort to build strength.
    • True: I’ve been trying to balance between who i am and who i want to be. it’s a delicate path.
    • Generous: I’ve been generous with work. Open and accepting and easygoing.
    • Brave: I was brave with all the trips I booked. Brave with going to new places. Brave with meeting new people.

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.

July 2016 - Watercolor Food - 01

It took me a while to come up with the July plans. All year I’d been wanting to do some sketching but felt either uninspired or like I didn’t have enough stability to commit to actually sketching 20 pieces. But then one night, I randomly was surfing Pinterest and got really inspired by all the food art and decided that would be my focus for July.

I am not that good at drawing food so I figure I can use all the practice I can get.

Here’s piece one:


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

A Book a Week – To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman


I reread To Kill a Mockingbird because I wanted to read Go Set a Watchman and I felt it was important to read them in order. I hadn’t read To Kill a Mockingbird since I was in middle school but when people ask me what my favorite book is, I still say it’s this one. So I was a bit worried that a reread wouldn’t live up to what I had in my heart.

But it so did.

I fell in love with the book all over again. I loved loved loved the characters, the description, the setting, the plot. Just all of it.

Then I listened to Go Set A Watchman and it was just not the same. It was a lovely book on its own right. It had flaws but it wasn’t terrible. It just was no To Kill a Mockingbird.

June 2016 – Evening Looks – All

And here we go. End of June. Months are just flying by.

This month’s project was fun. Here are all the girls from June.

Onward to July.


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

June 2016 – Evening Looks – 20

Here’s girl twenty. The last few girls were the toughest for me.


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

June 2016 – Evening Looks – 19

Here’s girl nineteen. Another one that was super hard.

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.

Living Intentionally – 26

This week is the 26th week of the year. That means half of the year has passed us by and many of the intentions I’d set for the year ended up going nowhere. Well maybe not nowhere, but also not somewhere :) Anyhow, as I looked up the week of the year to title the post, my first reaction was oh no, half of 2016 has already passed, i’ve missed my chance to get it right. But then, almost immediately after, I thought, we’re only at the halfway point, I have another whole half before the year’s over. I can get so much done in six months.

The way things usually work for me is that I start the year strong, do my projects and goals until around June where a few things start falling apart due to the summer schedule and then the lost momentum causes me to drop off the rest of the stuff. Around October/November, I start building up momentum again and start planning the following year out. I make plans, I get excited, I have ideas and document, plan, organize, etc. so I can start out the year strong.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. A year is a long time, even a season or a month is long. If I don’t give myself permission to reset throughout the year, season, month, that means that I am giving up on those days. Life’s too precious to do that. There are still too many days in this year to give up on all of them.

As it worked out, there are a crazy amount of things going on in my life right now. Major changes at work, chaotic schedules with summer camps, upcoming trips to possibly Seattle and definitely Boston. What I am realizing is that the chaos of life will never end (and may it not) so I will have to find my own normalcy and routine within there. I will have to choose to honor my priorities whether they be my health, my family, or my alone-time.

Six months is a tremendous amount of time. I can accomplish mountains in that time. I am not ready to give up on 2016 yet. Here’s to being more intentional.

  • Weekly Intention: This week is our last week before camps start so i want to use this week to get a few of my new routines started. I am guessing i will spend a good amount of the next three weeks driving. My intention this week is to be patient with work. To remember that there is an ebb and flow and change comes with a lot of uncertainty. Things will settle and all will be ok. Have faith. In the meantime, I’d like to spend time on myself. Exercising and eating well. Enjoying the backyard during these longer days and warm evenings. I also intend to spend time doing math with the kids. One on one time with each boy.
  • Choices I want to make:
    • One: I will choose to exercise daily and try out a new way of eating.
    • Two:  I will choose to temper my anxiety and worrying instinct at work. I will choose generosity and spaciousness.
    • Three: I will choose to make some plans for July. Let’s see if I can take it one week at a time.
  • I am looking forward to: One more quiet week this week.
  • This week’s challenges:  I would like to use this week to plan out the next three weeks a bit, this will be challenging but I think also rewarding.
  • Top Goals:
    • Work: I want to mostly just be present at work. Do what needs to be done but not panic and not read into things.
    • Personal: I want to exercise, eat more protein, and drink more water and see if it helps with my energy level. I’ve been very lethargic and I am hoping these will help.
    • Family: I want to go back to doing daily things with each boy. I love our time together.
  • I will focus on my core desires (kind, strong, true, generous, brave) by: 
    • I will be kind to my work mates on all sides. This is rough and I will do my best to make it easy on everyone.
    • I will be strong by rebooting my goals and kicking off a new momentum.
    • I will be generous with everyone. I want to feel generous all day, every day this week.
    • I will be true to my goals for myself. I will aim to be the best version of what I can be.
    • I will be brave by putting my anxiety aside as things settle down. I will not react but I will wait and respond as/if needed.
  • This week, I want to remember: that all will be ok. That I am really lucky. That things always have a way of working out. That I am incredibly thankful for the amazing, amazing, amazing life I have.

Here’s to a wonderful week!

June 2016 – Evening Looks – 18

Here’s girl eighteen. This was a hard one.


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

June 2016 – Evening Looks – 17

Here’s girl seventeen.

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.