june 24: sit back and unwind

solstice has passed and here we are. summer. summer. summer time.

the sun shines bright well past the evening hours. memories of being at the old house where it was customary for family to show up throughout the afternoon hours donning swimsuits and eating snack food that was prepped in the outside, “dirty kitchen.”

June 20: game recognize game

i think after tonight, there could be new meaning to game recognize game. i was in a house full of warriors fans and one cavs supporter, and happily watched in support of the bay area team and of the die hard daughter and dad. what a stressful game!

warriors shirts

i then proceeded to watch game of thrones for the first time ever. let’s just say it was not an episode to bring down the stress level! ramsey bolton fought a hard battle, yet jon snow prevailed.

June 18: nurture

What nurtures you? This was a question asked at one of my weekly work meetings. At work, we get our s*(% done and we also have time to be reflective, thoughtful and intentional about checking in with each other to help keep us centered and connected as a team.

Some spoke of silence, of keeping the basics consistent (eating, sleeping, exercising), and of shopping. I spoke of writing. When I was younger, I was gifted a pink Holly Hobby diary with a lock. I absolutely loved it and loved writing in it. I eventually graduated to writing in the black and white composition notebooks and filled many of these throughout my college year. These days, I have random pleather bound notebooks, notepads with scribbles scattered throughout the house, and recycled paper stapled together, and of course, the interweb.

Today, I finally posted this site. I’ve been writing for me since last fall. Of course folks only see a glimpse of who we really are. Nonetheless, this is one piece of me that all should know. Right now, I don’t write to be fancy or to gain a following. I don’t write to educate others or share political views. I write for me. I write because it’s meditative. I write for pleasure.

When I write, I am nurtured.

June 11: back to the regular

spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner. there’s been a lot of impetus to get “back to the regular” routine. as i may have shared in other posts, “i’ve regularly been posting “57 days for prince.” i’ve been getting back into the regular daily musings/writing, here…regular music playing/learning. however, it was my daughter who called me out about getting back to a regular working out session. “mom,” she said, “i know physically you can do it. mentally, is what you need to work on.”

she was absolutely correct.

she must have been hearing me as i express that i haven’t worked out regularly since december. she listens when i say i need to eat healthier. she sees how i haven’t been following up and sees the mental block. all words and no action. not a good example! it was enough to jump start some healthy practices. and to watch and reframe what i do.

i’m glad to say that since memorial day weekend, i’ve been eating much healthier. for at least the past three years, my brother and sister have been doing a “vegan summer.” along with them, i’ve done soda free summer and no sugar sweetened beverages. this summer i’m going pesceterian 6 out of 7 days of the week. and FINALLY, today, i got some focused physical activity in with a 2 mile walk with my husband and 20 minute park play time with my lil one. !

cheers to all.

June 8: to be continued

i’ve been setting goals so that i can feel accomplished and stay motivated. in november, i made a commitment to nourish myself (as in really eat because i tend to skip meals when work gets busy, and i can easily just keep working and working until i’m famished and exhausted at the end of the day), nourish my creativity (happy to say i’ve been writing consistently since then, and being colorful, and making music central to my life), and prioritizing my family. i’ve been able to leave work early 3 days a week (even though for a short period of time) to be a mom and partake in my kids life after school. and for a good stretch of time, until recently, i did not bring work home. this has all made such a big difference in my quality of life. even though life is busy all around, it does feel like it has gotten slower and easier to manage.i just want it to be continued as the summer approaches.

next up is to increase the music and  creativity and work on my own health now that i’m eating well. (did i say i’m trying a pescetarian diet from memorial day through labor day?) working on my health means working out. i’m soft around the middle and feel like jelly!

all that to say, TO BE CONTINUED!