Monday Motivational

I am reading Fight Club for the first time. Based on the movie, I never guessed I would empathize so well with the main character in the book. Maybe there’s a Tyler Durden in all of us, of my generation, and maybe fear is what determines just how close to touching him you get. I didn’t set fire to my Ikea pieces but I did pack them all into a storage unit half the world away.

This week, I am Joe’s Infinite Sense of Wonder.

What motivates you this Monday?

Monday Motivational

Happy Monday everyone!

What’s your week ahead looking like? I can tell you there’s just one word on my mind this week:


Two of my cousins and an aunt are coming to visit for the Songkran Festival and I can not wait. I’m counting down the days (and hours and minutes) until they arrive.

And I intend to enjoy the hell out of every minute they are here.

What are your intentions for this week?

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Hi everyone and Happy Monday!

How are you all doing? I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Are you ready for the new week? Are you ready for the new month? (Can you believe it’s April already?)

So what’s this week looking like for you? Did you meet your intentions from last week?

This week, I’m thinking about:

Creating Comfort

As much as I love my visits to Chiang Rai and working at SOLD, the Mondays after I get back find me a bit drained. Pleasantly tired, but tired nonetheless. As I look to the week ahead, there is much I want to do, but it will involve hunkering down and reveling in the joys and comforts of creation. Baking muffins, making order out of disarray, writing, soaking myself in a world of my own creation. It’s productive, and work, but comforting too.

What do you see in the week ahead?

Monday Motivational

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a restful and relaxing weekend! I had quite a bit of fun going on this weekend, which you’ll see more of in Virtual Coffee and You Capture later this week.

But for now, I set my intentions for the week, and this week I intend to:

Mind the Fundamentals

This week, to move ahead, I think I’ll need to take a few steps back. Go back to basics. Find the foundations. Trundle around in the depths to push the way clear.

Sometimes you gotta look back before you turn that next corner. So this is what I shall do. I might bake some cookies along the way because chocolate makes all kinds of medicine go down easier.

What about you? What do you intend for this week?

Hope it’s a lovely one, and I’ll catch you tomorrow for coffee!

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Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream.

~ Paulo Coelho


inspiration: n, the drawing in of breath; the preparation before the exhale

This is what it takes to leap.


What inspires you this week?

Monday Motivational

I think my word of intention for this week is going to have to be:


Last week was really productive and I love that feeling, but I still have loads to do, so my intention for this week is to maintain and sustain. Gotta’ keep that momentum going!

How about you? Did you meet your intention last week? What is your word or quote or phrase for this week?

Happy Monday!

Monday Motivational

My word of intent this week:


My dots are scattered. This week, my intent is to get my dots in a pretty little line.

What intention do you set for the week?

Monday Motivational

I’m starting a new series that combines a couple of things I’ve been thinking of doing more of this year: self-portraits and setting intentions. I’ve been feeling a need to give my photography a kick in the butt. I need to practice more with different settings and different processing techniques. It’s the only way I’ll improve (plus the light in Thailand is totally different, so I need to figure out new ways to accommodate that.) I figure self-portraits are one way to do that: I am a subject I can always use, but I’ll quickly grow bored of my own face {yawn} so it’ll push me to find new and interesting compositions.

Then, I saw at the beginning of the new year a lot of people were posting about a word they wanted to define the new year. I never did that because I couldn’t figure out how one word could possibly encapsulate a whole year, at least not the one I saw stretching out before me. But a week? I can do a week.

So. Every Monday, I will post a self-portrait in words and pictures. One photo and one word or phrase or quote that I want to define the week ahead. Will you join me? We so often see the blog, but rarely see the author behind the blog. Portraits need not include faces. They can be any bit of you…in fact, you can interpret it quite widely: anything that you feel captures you. If you wish to join me, let me know in the comments!  If people are interested, we can start a linky next week (to give you a week to think about it) and I’ll create a button.

In the meantime, I give you my mug: raw, unedited, sans makeup…heck, I hadn’t even showered yet. {But I did later! After the dog got a bath.}

And my word for the week:


Things are in place. I have planned and percolated and plotted and prepared, and now, this week, I shall watch them unfurl. Like petals unfolding and rolls of ribbon flying, I hope these plans will go. And with them, I hope I shall unfurl more too.

Happy Monday!

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