Monday, February 6, 2017

Weekly Intention and Meal Plan ~ February 6

Happy Monday! Setting weekly intentions is a simple, effective way to find your focus and keep you in that driven, motivated mindset. I find, that writing intentions down makes it all the more easier to get things done and to really live an intentional life. Whatever is on your to do list, I believe it’s the little choices you make each day that will get you that step closer to developing the true YOU!
My Weekly Intention:  This week I want to work on breaking negative cycles. I've been feeling so negative lately with everything that is happening in the world. It's so easy to become entrapped in a cycle of negativity, especially when you are surrounded with so much of it.  It's every where- in the news, on social media, in the workplace... Negative thoughts and energy are contagious and propagate themselves.  But, any cycle of negativity can be transformed into a positive one by making the choice to do so and then intently focusing on it. I think the key to breaking any cycle of negativity is to shift your state of mind and then return to what is simple that I know can alter my perspective...spending time in nature, talking with friends and loved ones, finding things to laugh about and smiling at everyone I see.

This week I will Nurture:
My body.  This week I have scheduled exercise into my day. I need to be physical. My body is craving a good workout and I am setting time aside each day to exercise and I will not feel guilty about it. 
My family.  Take time every day to hug the girls and John. Text my family during the day to let them know that I'm thinking about them. Mail a package to Andrew at school. Attend family yoga on Sunday.
My home. Paint the kitchen this week. I've finally chosen a color~ Elmira White by Benjamin Moore.
My Soul.  Continue with my gratitude journal. Continue reading The Daybook of Comfort and Joy every morning.  
My Creativity.  This month I'm going to continue with soldering practice but will be focusing on the projects in  a class by Stephanie Lee's called, Hand Forged: Metal and Torch Soldering Jewelry Class. 
My Mind.  I will stop multi-taskng. I will do one thing at a time so that I can devote my entire awareness to that one task. When I am finished with one task, I will move onto the next. I hope this will help build concentration and focus. 
My Work. I will prepare to teach a new professional development class about teaching vocabulary. I will also complete multi-sensory projects and post them in my TPT shop.

This Week I want to remember:
"Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future." Deepak Chopra

Here's what we are eating this week:

Taco soup

Swedish meatballs with egg noodles and green beans

Pot roast with mashed potatoes and broccoli 

Finger Food Buffet ~Movie Night

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Salad 

Chicken, roasted vegetables and quinoa

I hope you join me in setting your weekly intentions and also in meal planning. I am linking up at in order to stay motivated! 
Here's to a productive week!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Movie Night~ The Secret Life of Pets

So most Friday nights we have family movie night. I usually make a dinner and a treat that is related to the theme of the movie. Friday's movie night was The Secret Life of Pets. I thought it was pretty funny and my husband, who usually falls asleep as soon as he sits down, managed to stay awake for most of it. In fact, when he woke up he was disappointed that he had fallen asleep because he had been enjoying it...

The Meal: 

 We had Ribs in the oven {because ya know- gnawing on bones, get it?}
Oven roasted potatoes- that kind of looked like Kibble to me


For a snack, the girls and I made Pupcakes. 

 I love that my kids are 20, 17 and 13 and they still look forward to movie nights. So much fun!
I've learned to keep it simple and just enjoy it!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Nurture Creativity~Soldering Practice

One of my goals for the new year was to nurture my creativity by implementing daily creative practice. While the plan was to do something creative every day, I found that once again daily life got in the way. I did, however, watch all of the videos in Terri Brush's Basic Soldering class and learned some great new techniques. I managed to make some cute glass pendants, chains, and connectors. While I didn't actually physically practice soldering every day, I found that my mind was racing with ideas and I sketched out many of those in my notebook. So, in actuality, I was creating every day, which felt amazing!

Here's what I learned through creative practice this month:

1. Creative practice of any sort takes courage. Courage to use new materials. Courage to fail. Courage to keep trying. Courage to share your work with others. Courage to find yourself important enough to carve out time for practice and believe you are worth it.

2. Soldering requires you to be very intentional and present. You can't let your mind wander when you are holding a torch or liquid metal in your hands.

3. Carving out time for creativity daily is hard to do but so rewarding. Most nights I stumbled downstairs to the basement to my little art corner,  when what I really wanted to veg out in front of the tv with my husband... but when I sat down I felt so awake and inspired and that is a wonderful way to end the day.

Do you have a daily creative practice { yoga? writing? photography?}? How has daily practice impacted your life?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A Book A Week ~ This is Your Life, Harriet Chance


"While the days unfold, one after the other, and the numbers all move in one direction, our lives are not linear, Harriet. We are the sum of moments and reflections, actions and decisions, triumphs, failures, and yearnings, all of it held together, inexplicably, miraculously, really, by memory and association.
There is something charming about this book. Once I got into it, I had a hard time putting it down. The book twists and turns, secrets are revealed and unexpected events leave you pondering how we all just muddle along, trying to do our best, and in the end we just screw everything up! It was a charming story that makes you consider what your own, "This is Your Life," show might look like.
I am so happy I picked this one up at the library.