Around Here

I keep meaning to write here but then the days have been so long that, by evening time, I find myself too tired to put together any cohesive thoughts. So I keep postponing it again and again. I figured having some post might still be better than a super-cohesive one, so here we go. A little list of what’s going on here, in no particular order:

  • I was delighted to be on PRT today and it will really fun. You can listen here.
  • I have already finished my December Daily album initial pages. I used the Gossamer Blue kit as part of this class. I love December!
  • I’m still thinking quite a bit about 2014. I think I’ve got all my projects down. I’ve already begun to experiment with each to adjust as needed and nail them down.
  • I’ve sort of stopped sketching partly because life’s been so hectic. But, instead, I’ve been drawing a face a day. I’ll share soon.
  • Work’s been really, really busy lately and it’s leaving me quite drained and tired. Even more so if I happen to have to drive into work. It’s made me appreciate working from home that much more.
  • I am very excited that the Red Sox made it to the World Series. When I was pregnant with David, in 2005, I watched every game and cheered them on. Let’s see if I can do it again.
  • I have a long list of to do list items and emails that are just piling up and seeing them makes me depressed.
  • I’ve been contemplating a de-cluttering project in several parts of my house but just thinking about the size of that project overwhelms me.
  • I’ve picked my word for 2014. Even though new ones keep coming to me, I am content to stick with it.
  • I am playing more Candy Crush than any one human should ever play. It’s just not right.
  • I have been meaning to write about my birthday, Jake’s birthday and finally getting my coaching certification. All of these big events happened back in September and yet I never wrote about them.
  • I’ve been taking a lot fewer photos than usual and this makes me sad but I am also learning to forgive myself regularly and let myself off the hook regularly because I know that things are just stressful at this moment and I need rest.
  • My friend Josh has this wonderful TEDx talk and I loved watching it. Great for remembering what matters most.
  • And even though I haven’t finished it yet, I know this TEDx talk will be exceptional too. I loved Kristin Neff’s book.
  • One more TED talk for you from my willpower teacher Kelly Mcgonigal. She’s awesome, isn’t she?
  • I am taking Soul Comfort with Brave Girls and loving it. Two of my year-long projects for 2014 came from that class.
  • I’m also taking Brene’s Oprah course and loving it, of course. I love Brené.
  • I was so excitedly waiting for Allegient to come out and I can’t believe that I haven’t finished it yet!
  • I am so looking forward to the Ender’s Game movie. I hope it’s as great as the book.
  • I haven’t been journaling as much as I’d like and I’ve realized that, for me, journaling serves a very distinct soul-emptying purpose and I need it so I have to make it a higher priority.
  • And sleep. I need more sleep. I know it’s counter-intuitive but I’ve noticed that when I am too tired, I actually waste more time and get less sleep.

 I could probably write more but I have a coaching client in 12 minutes and I need to have some dinner before then. I hope maybe you can share some of what you’ve been up to as well. 

6 comments to Around Here

  • Sheri

    I have a lot on the go…work, kids, exercise, hobbies. I love the fall, I just wish it would last longer.

    I enjoy your posts.

  • dawn

    Hello Dear Karen,
    So good to read your lists of what’s going on, love the way you write them. Sounds busy and crazy but full of fun and love and learning, YAY!!

    I wanted to take that Brene class too, looks soooo amazing and fun!! Hope you can share a little bit of it here. ENJOY IT!!

    Not too much going on here, soccer just ended, enjoying fall weather and as of today a little bit of snow, painting, PL, all good stuff. Thinking of OLW for next year, might pass doing DD this year since last year is still half done. Hoping to start and keep up a gratitude art journal like yours for November, it’s always my favorite month and doing thankful things is a big part of it.

    Thanks for sharing and inspiring us, love and hugs and SLEEP!!!

  • Congratulations on achieving your coaching certification . . . and I enjoyed the most recent Paperclipping episode. 🙂

    I am:
    * Busy at work while short-staffed
    * Reading up a storm
    * Looking forward to making Christmas cards
    * Giving up diet soda (and therefore most caffeine . . .and fighting the urge to have some)
    * Letting myself off the hook for not making/sending either back-to-school or Halloween cards to my nieces and nephew. It just didn’t happen this year.

    • karenika

      reading anything good?

      i love the last one. i am all for practicing more and more letting off the hook 🙂

      • Laura

        I really liked Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore: it juxtaposed old technology and new. You have to suspend disbelief a bit — it’s all a bit far-fetched — but fun.

        Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelson was a very interesting audio book; it’s nonfiction, a memoir, of a famous chef from very humble beginnings.

        I’m currently reading the newest Sue Grafton mystery — it’s good, but not great. I’ve read the whole series, so will keep on with it.

        • karenika

          I liked that too! 🙂

          I haven’t heard of Yes, Chef, I’ll look it up thank you 🙂

          In this very moment I am reading Ender’s Shadow cause I heard the movie is based on both Ender’s Game and Ender’s shadow and I must read both before I see it 🙂

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