September 2016 - Index Card Photos - 08

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Happy Birthday to me :)


Index Card Photos is a Monthly Project for June 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

Weekly Reflection – 36

  • Three Choices I made this week:
    • One: I chose to really support David this week. I made several trips to his school. They were all worth it.
    • Two: I chose to finally do some art!
    • Three: I chose to finally book my next trip to Sydney.
  • I read/learned: A lot of reading this week. I finished Present over Perfect and enjoyed every bit of it. I’ve also read Unfurl, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, An Object of Beauty, The Great American Whatever and Love Warrior this week.  I’m in the middle of The Bean Trees and Learning to Swear in America. I’ve been taking Soul Restoration again, too. And I am signed up for Glennon and Brene’s class which starts tomorrow.
  • I celebrate:  I celebrate my birthday tomorrow!
  • I am grateful for:  another full week behind me. We’re getting closer and closer to a routine.
  • I focused on my health by: 
    • Did my 7-minute exercise everyday.
    • Walked 10K+ daily
    • Ran 1 mile every day.
    • The food could still use some help but working on it.
  • I made art:  I did my October project this weekend. Yey!
  • I let go of: I let go of judging myself for the food this week. It’s a process.
  • Core Desire Check-in:
    • Kind: I’ve been kind to David. Several times this week, he had tough moments and I was there.
    • Strong: I’m getting stronger. I survived David’s 4-hour back-to-school night.
    • True: I was true to myself and turned down an invitation that would have been unlike me.
    • Generous: I’ve been generous with Nathaniel’s school. Helping every class.
    • Brave: I was brave with more social gatherings at Nueva. And there are more coming.

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.

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Here’s today’s card:

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Index Card Photos is a Monthly Project for June 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

September 2016 - Index Card Photos - 06

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A closeup:
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Index Card Photos is a Monthly Project for June 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

A Book a Week – 14

I read 14 because I read that it was good. But then I got worried because it was also supposed to be horror which i don’t read. In the end it was more scifi than horror in my opinion.

And I liked it.

It was different, fast-paced, interesting, and worth my time.

Not my super favorite, wont’ read more of him for now, but not sad I read it.

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Here’s today’s card:

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Index Card Photos is a Monthly Project for June 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

2016 Stories – 37 – Happy Birthday Jake!

Yesterday was Jake’s 42nd birthday. It’s amazing how we’re getting older and yet we still feel like kids inside, both of us. This is the 22nd birthday Jake and I get to spend together. That’s more than he and I spent apart. I look at him and all I can feel is pouring of love. I love everything about this man. This person who’s become an inseparable part of my life.

I don’t always like everything he wants to do. I don’t always agree with all of his decisions. I am not crazy about some of the things he is, does, or says. Sometimes he drives me mad. Sometimes he makes me sad. Sometimes he makes me frustrated. But no matter what else is going on, I look at him and what I feel most of all is love.

Deep. Strong. Love.

Jake and I have spent so much of our lives together. We’ve been through so many tough moments. So many celebrations. So many amazing memories. I am so grateful for every single moment we’ve had together.

He’s always the one who knows exactly what to do or what to say to make me feel deeply loved, to make me laugh, to make me feel better in just the right way. He’s always there and always trying his very best. He makes me feel smart, beautiful, successful, loved. I am not sure how I got lucky enough to find him but I am so grateful I get to keep him.

Happy birthday my love, I can’t imagine sharing my life with anyone else. I love you with all of my heart.


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

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Here are a few closeups:
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Index Card Photos is a Monthly Project for June 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

Living Intentionally – 36

  • Weekly Intention: My intention this week is to be present. I have another full but unusual week. My week starts with a few days off thanks to Labor day and Jake’s birthday. But then Wednesday is full to the brim and Thursday also promises to be a very long day. I want to be present for all of it. For the celebrations and for the work. I want to play hard, work hard. I want to soak in the moments of my days.
  • Choices I want to make:
    • One: I will choose to celebrate big on Jake’s birthday and do my best to make sure he can see how much he means to me.
    • Two:  I will choose to make wiser eating choices.
    • Three: I will choose to rest whenever I can during this relatively hectic week.
  • I am looking forward to: David’s back to school night. It will be long but I am still looking forward to it. Oh and Glennon’s book is coming out tomorrow!
  • This week’s challenges:  A very long Wednesday and Thursday this week. I want to make sure I rest well. I am worried about driving in the dark on the freeway as well.
  • Top Goals:
    • Work: My intention this week is to close off all the loose ends and finish a few tasks i’ve been dragging my feet on.
    • Personal: I’m coming to my one-month of exercise, I’d like to make a plan for month two.
    • Family: I want to make sure to spend time with the kids between when i pick them up and when i have to go out at night.
  • I will focus on my core desires (kind, strong, true, generous, brave) by: 
    • I will be kind to Jake. I love him so very very much and I want to make sure to both say it and show it.
    • I will be strong and start making some changes in my diet.
    • I will be generous with my time. I have more of it than I think.
    • I will be true to my priorities. I will also try to do a bit of art this week. I miss it.
    • I will be brave by attending back to school night. Here’s to showing up!
  • This week, I want to remember: that it’s all working out. Day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute, we’re making it all work. I’m so grateful.

Here’s to a wonderful week!

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Here’s today’s card:

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Here are a few closeups:
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Index Card Photos is a Monthly Project for June 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.

Weekly Reflection – 35

  • Three Choices I made this week:
    • One: I chose to go to work a lot today to get things back into routine. Three trips in one week.
    • Two: I chose to make healthy salads+lunches for my kids all week! woohoo!
    • Three: I chose to drive my kids to school, to be there for them on their first days, back to school nights, homework and more.
  • I read/learned: I still reading Present over Perfect slowly and savoring it. I finished the whole Winner’s Curse series this week and listened to the September One Little Word presentation. Learned a bunch of math thanks to David’s homework this week!
  • I celebrate:  I celebrate our first full week of school. We survived it!
  • I am grateful for:  getting closer and closer to some routine. and surviving it!
  • I focused on my health by: 
    • I’ve been doing a 1mile run, my 10K steps and my 7minute exercise daily still.
    • Kids and I are still eating a mostly veggie and fruit diet lately.
    • I need to do better with my diet. Adding more protein.
  • I made art:  didn’t do much art this week. I seem to be lost for ideas on what to do for October art. I’d love to hear if you have any ideas. I’m looking for some for November, too. December will be December Daily, of course. :)
  • I let go of: I let go of  worrying this week. I am just taking one moment at a time at this point!
  • Core Desire Check-in:
    • Kind: I’ve been kind to all the other parents at Nathaniel’s school this week. I did the volunteer sheets for the whole school and have been helping guide the room parents.
    • Strong: I’ve been showing up, everywhere. Even when it’s hard. Even when I’d really rather be at home.
    • True: I’ve been putting my priorities first. Being there for my kids, my husband, my family and getting a lot of sleep.
    • Generous: I’ve been generous with my time. Not stressing too much about not having enough of it.
    • Brave: I’ve been brave with all the new beginnings, changes at work, signing up for volunteer work at David’s new school.

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.

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Here’s today’s card:

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Index Card Photos is a Monthly Project for June 2016. You can read more about my projects for 2016 here.