Intentions for the Week:

Looking to get your head in the game? Tracy from Shutterbean makes a weekly TO DO LIST called her Intentions for the Week. Here's what this week looks like:

Hello Friends! Thanks so much for all the love. I really appreciate it during this emotional time. This week is all over the place. This week is my mother’s funeral service. We have people coming in from all over the country and I am working hard to ground myself  before I have to dive right into extrovert/emotional time.  The fact that I haven’t written my TO DO list and feel lost only proves that this Intentions for the Week practice I started almost a year ago really works for me.  Here are my Intentions for the Week:

Intentions for the Week:

  • write a eulogy for my mom’s service
  • post pineapple rum recipe
  • make sure Cooper’s suit is ironed
  • figure out what to wear at the service for my Mom
  • carve out some time for myself/self- care
  • print out photos for my mom’s service
  • catch up on work
  • accept help when I can
  • work on Thank You notes/list
  • finish up November 2017 Currently post
  • figure out health insurance
  • pick up Mt. Laundry Pile in my bedroom
  • straighten up house for guests
  • trip to goodwill
  • trip to the dump
  • keep cleaning out parts of my parent’s house
  • go for a walk
  • keep cleaning out my mom’s closets to make room for family visiting
  • listen to Carole King- Tapestry album
  • enjoy time with Maj
  • drink more water (I’m really failing at it!)

Mantra for the week:

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Good luck this week!


  • Laura

    I know I’m a little late to this, but I wanted to tell you how very sorry I am for your loss. I’ve teared as I’ve read your last few posts and my husband asked what was happening. I only just caught myself as I said, “my friend’s momma passed away.”

    You have truly become a friend to me these past many years and I’m so very sorry not to know you in person in this season. I hope a loaf of virtual banana bread and a long distance hug the lasts longer than usual can soothe your soul for even a short moment.


  • Jessica

    Hi Tracy.
    My list of To Do’s in July looked a lot like yours. I experienced my biggest loss–my grandmother who raised me and was like a mom to me. I spent the fall cleaning out my childhood home and her home of 47 years. The closing sale on the house is this week, in fact. The To Do’s won’t end for a while for you….and the multitude of emotions have their very own timeline that makes no sense to us.

    This is such a monumental loss for you, and there is so much to do–and I understand you want to get it all right. I remember that feeling clearly. BUT. BUT. Take care of you first! Allow the universe and others around you to help as much as possible! In the end, no one will care if there wasn’t enough room in your mom’s closets for their stuff. They will just be happy to be there with you, to grieve beside you, to be in your presence and to help honor your mom’s memory. Do what you can. And then, let go.

    Peace to you,

  • LaMesha


    You don’t have to do all of these things by yourself. Maybe a few of your friends can help you with cleaning and laundry and ironing. They all love you and your family and just want to be there to support you. I know it’s so hard to ask for help, but people usually like to feel useful. I’ve been thinking of you and your family. I never met your mom but my favorite thing about her (based on what you have posted/shared) was her dancing. She was such a good dancer. Seeing her dance used to make my day. I’m so sorry she’s gone. I’m sending you strength and love this week.

  • Catherine

    Just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you and your family. Lots of love to you at this time in your life.

  • Marty

    Tracy . . . I have been reading your posts regarding your Mom’s death and I marvel at your strength. I am glad the your Maj will be there with you. Aren’t good friends the best!! Take care of yourself and I am so sorry.

  • Nicola

    Thinking of you & sending much love. So happy Maj will be with you. ❤️

  • Christa

    Thinking of you this week. Hope you are finding strength where you can, forgiving yourself when you can’t, and enjoying being with the people you love. Lots of warm thoughts from a loyal reader in LA xoxo

  • Sara

    🙁 🙁 The first “Intensions for the week” that has my lip quivering.

    Sending you hugs, love, and light.

  • Danielle

    Tracy, even though I do not know you, I am thinking of you and your family. Your strength is giving me strength… Sending prayers and much love your way! x

  • sarah

    I have loved your blog and beautiful photography for many years and just had to write and say how sorry I am for your loss.

  • Sandra

    It’s so crazy how social media and the internet can make us feel so connected to people we don’t really know “in real life”. But I wanted to let you know how sorry I am about your Mom. She was clearly such an inspiration in your life. And you have been such an inspiration in mine over the years. Keep your chin up, lady. I’m keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

  • elizabeth

    I’ve never posted before but have been a reader. Your intentions this week spoke right into my heart. I lost my mom on Christmas Day last year and I know the feeling all too well of heartbreak intentions mixed in with ‘daily life’ intentions. I too encourage you to let those that love you help you in this time. Those that are visiting and staying won’t notice or care about those laundry mountains. Do what you need to do for you this week. Take this time to celebrate your mom and the love that you two shared. Those laundry piles and to do lists will all still be there next week. Sending more love than you can imagine to you this week. Soak it all up and let it fill your soul.

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