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kitchen makeover (read all 15 entries…)
have the design and quote

Spent 90 minutes with the kitchen design guy. He made some suggestions about the kitchen layout which were very sensible. Picked out the cabinet/door style and finish. Going with stone countertops. Getting a microwave/hood for the stove! The overall cost is about 50% more than I expected. Some things (stone countertops) were more expensive than I thought and other things (new stove) were less expensive. Still looking for the molded tin tiles I want for a backsplash.

focus on the essential; allow everything else to drop away
from "Less is More" by Leo Babauta

Yesterday took a large bag of things to Goodwill. It was very easy to identify “stuff” to let go of: a wedding gift (13 years old now!) never used. I mentally gave thanks to the gift-giver for the present, thanked them for attending our wedding and for their friendship and wished them blessings in their life. Then it felt completely OK to let go of the “thing”. Interesting to note the complicated feelings that led to me keeping that thing around for so long. Also gave away: baby curtains from Max’s room, turquoise glass vase never used, teapot never used, nice winter coat that’s just not my style etc. This is my new goal for de-cluttering, letting things go, simplifying, identifying what’s important.

give to a project on every month (read all 44 entries…)

The company where I work is matching all employee donations to up to $100,000 for December! I thought this project was cool and this one
and this one

practice positive self-talk (read all 7 entries…)
more than positive self-talk

I want to focus on being fully awake in the moment. Seeing, hearing, touching, smelling and feeling what’s going on. Notice when I’m avoiding discomfort, look again at what’s going on and where I want to go and making my own choice instead of re-acting. Need a new goal for this. I am getting one of these “mindful” life organizer’s when they’re available. Maybe there will be a quote or phrase in there that captures this for me.

if a goal isn't serving me I'm free to change it (read all 4 entries…)
want to add two goals

one for hot yoga and one for getting rid of “stuff”. I want to go to hot yoga 2x or 3x a week. And do 5 days in-a-row once every few months. I want to accelerate the de-cluttering. Get rid of stuff. Let go of possessions that no longer serve a purpose, let go of things I have weird, unproductive attachments to and re-claim the energy that goes towards maintaining the “stuff”. Looking for ways to phrase these goals so I’ll be energized when I see them in my goals list :)

intuition 2013 (read all 6 entries…)
finished for this year

Not sure yet whether or what type of coaching I’ll pursue for 2014. For the next couple of months (rest of December, January) I’m using what I’ve learned on the goals I’m currently working on. Then assess where I am in relation to where I want to be next.

kitchen makeover (read all 15 entries…)
appointment made!

Friday December 27th, 11:30 am. Bring room measurements. Measure floor-to-ceiling in several places. Bring ideas/pictures of what I like. On windows + door measurements include trim if there is any. Appliances: gas or electric. Cook top or conventional stove. Single or double sink. Microwave? Hood? Refridgerator: side-by-side or freezer top/bottom?

Send more hand written letters and cards (read all 22 entries…)
Christmas cards!

Sent three so far, each one had a drawing on the envelope and nice hand-lettered addresses.

go to a live event every month (read all 10 entries…)
Greenlake luminaria walk

We walked around Greenlake last night for the Luminaria 2013 event! It did not rain (as predicted) and it was not as cold as 2012’s event (so we heard) and was very well attended. Many walkers wore holiday themed attire: we saw santa hats, antlers (on both humans and dogs), Christmas pajamas, red + white striped stockings, and LOTS of folks bedecked with strands of Christmas lights (battery powered I’m assuming)! At three points along the 3 mile path (Bathhouse Theater, old hydroplane stadium, community center + pool) there were refreshment stands and music/performances. It was a lovely walk! Afterwards we went to Molly Moon’s for ice-cream (my best friend’s suggestion)! (photo by Carl Bergquist here

kitchen makeover (read all 15 entries…)
plans, measurements, ideas

have measured the kitchen, noted windows and doors. Measured floor to ceiling. Went to Ikea and looked at various kitchen configurations. Have saved internet photos of kitchens I love. Next steps: contact the guy who built our fence and ask if he does other types of woodworking or could recommend someone. Make an appointment at Lowe’s with the kitchen design guy. (more photos of this kitchen

private goal 1 (read all 2 entries…)
complete a ritual of sorts

it’s been on my mind for almost a year. I know the place to do this. Need to choose a meaningful date: January 6th could be good.

learn more American Sign Language (read all 29 entries…)
new words

quiche (egg + pie), Christmas tree, fire, grocery store, carousel, remote.

5 day hot yoga challenge (read all 6 entries…)
did it!

went to the 9:30am class today and did well :) My busy mind tried a bunch of tangents before class: you ate too much breakfast, you didn’t eat enough breakfast, you’re too tired, you haven’t had enough water today, are you really strong enough to make it through a whole class? etc etc I showed up to class, remembered to breathe in and out and did fairly well at staying in the room mentally. The studio building is pretty large and it turns out there’s a kitchen that the studio owner rents to a guy who has his own catering business. This chef slightly overcooked a pan of chocolate croissants (!) so the chef left the croissants out on the desk for the students, how cool is that? I made it through 5 days in a row of hot yoga and got a treat :)

5 day hot yoga challenge (read all 6 entries…)
day 4 (the penultimate day!)

Went to 9:30am class today! Beautiful, wintry morning: pale sun, frost everywhere. Had a good practice, surprisingly strong on some poses, lost energy on 2nd bow pose oddly: different body every day :) Just one more day to go!

5 day hot yoga challenge (read all 6 entries…)
day three

Went to the 5:30 class tonight. I’ve never done three days in a row before and my chatterbox mind starting running down all possible avenues. “Just show up” I thought finally and stayed with that image today. During the class I did my best to listen to my body and breathe into any tension or discomfort I felt. Although I’ve been going to hot yoga steadily for several months now and every time at the beginning of class the teacher says “get acquainted with how your body is today” tonight was the first time I really heard him. “Wow, every day my body is different so yoga practice is never the same twice!” hah!

go to a live event every month (read all 10 entries…)

my best friend got tickets for herself, her husband and the three of us to all go to WildLights at Woodland Park Zoo last night! This year was greatly improved from last year: 4x or 5x as many lights; there were lights along the main pathway that loops around the entire zoo with concentrated areas of amazingness; several stands offering hot cocoa along the way! (picture from the WPZ website). At the Zoomazium entry there were “giving trees” where you could choose to “volunteer to clean up at X park” or “plant 4 trees” and other nature-y related charitable ideas. Very fun! Max had a great time and was constantly dashing ahead to see what decorations were coming up next :)

5 day hot yoga challenge (read all 6 entries…)
day two

Went to the 5:30 class last night and did very well. Today I’m rested and ready for the 9:30am class. Still a little sore from “awkward pose” yesterday where I sat down further than usual but a good kind of sore :) [later Tuesday] DID IT! Went to the 9:30am class and realized this was the first time I’ve been to a yoga class in the daytime?! Tomorrow’s Hot Yoga class options are either 6am or 5:30 pm. I’m meeting a friend for lunch so just need to be judicious about what I have for lunch and I’ll be fine at 5:30 for class :)

Get more clothes that suit my style (read all 10 entries…)
I love boots!

One reason I love fall is boots! Found these which go great both with both slacks and skirts.

5 day hot yoga challenge (read all 6 entries…)
day one

I am on vacation this week and thought it would be perfect for a 5-day challenge! Today I’d planned on going to the 9:30am class. Max woke up at 3am :) So it’s a double-challenge day! Can I keep to my intention?

learn more American Sign Language (read all 29 entries…)
I forget

that every time I learn a new word in ASL in order to teach it to Max: that I am learning a new word in ASL :) Yesterday we worked on: quiche, Christmas tree and fire. Max likes a fire in the fireplace, he decorated the Christmas tree yesterday and he really likes the mini-quiches from Costco. Worked also yesterday on Max getting the quiches out of the little plastic wrapping, putting them on tray, turning on the toaster oven and putting the tray of quiches in then setting the timer. Max has 92 words now he can sign and type from a picture. I’ve lost count of how many signs he understands receptively – over one hundred. The popular signs currently are “boat” (for taking a trip on the ferry) and “aquarium” (water + box) for taking a trip to the aquarium. Max’s words he uses daily are: socks, breakfast, sausage, water, pancake, potty, get dressed, brush teeth, “door” (for close the door, I’m going to use the bathroom), that way, outside, sit (by me), brush teeth, pajamas, bed, lights out.

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