August 19, 2019

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:

Happy Monday, friends!

This weekend was a fun one! I celebrated my 40th birthday!!!! 


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THIS IS 40! 🦁✨ My mom said her 40s were her favorite decade and I say BRING IT!! 🤗

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THIS IS 40! We are back from our trip to Italy. You can see more on Week 33 and Week 32.  It was a trip of a lifetime, that’s for sure. The only problem is that husband came back with a nasty cold so it’s delayed getting really getting back into the swing of things. We still have some unpacking to do and prep for the new school year which starts THIS WEEK for us. Can you believe Cooper is going to be in FIFTH GRADE??!! I cannot. This is week 34 of 2019. Let’s figure out our Intentions for the week, shall we?!

Intentions for the Week:

  • laundry
  • get my steps in my with my Fitbit (I’m on a roll!)
  • take Cooper out to lunch
  • drink a lot of water
  • try not to get husband’s cold
  • package up orders/ post office drop-off
  • clean up house
  • tackle paper piles
  • try to go to the Farmer’s Market 
  • empty carry-on backpack
  • order more food journals for the shop
  • back to school shopping
  • have a date with my calendar
  • figure out next workshop to teach
  • edit photos
  • work on my vision board
  • take photos for client
  • write post about where we ate in Italy
  • wash school uniforms/prep
  • figure out airbnb with HJH
  • trip to Target
  • therapist appt.
  • conference call
  • create an invoice
  • follow up on website stuff
  • catch up on social media
  • work in the yard
  • paint nails

Last Week’s Intentions:

  • take pictures
  • work in my sketchbook
  • see the statue of David
  • go to a few museums
  • check out Boboli Garden
  • eat gelato every night (almost!)
  • have pizza
  • be present and observe!
  • keep cool (it’s SO HOT HERE!)
  • relax
  • daydream
  • laundry
  • pack suitcase
  • unpack suitcase
  • post new recipe
  • catch up on social media
  • grocery shopping
  • take it easy/recover from jet-lag
  • edit photos/post photos from Italy
  • work on the post of where we ate in Italy
  • research photo albums for trip
  • write thank-you notes
  • prep for photoshoot 
  • take  Etsy shop off vacation mode
  • continue adding to my food journal
  • track my steps with Fitbit
  • continue reading Save Me the Plums   + Signs: The Secret Language of the Universe
  • celebrate my birthday
  • back to school shopping

Pump Jam for the Week:


Recipes to Try:

Mango Turmeric Smoothie is a great/healthy way to start the day. Coconut milk is the base, making it completely vegan! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Mango Turmeric Smoothie

Creamy Zucchini Carbonara made with fresh zucchini and crispy bacon! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Zucchini Carbonara

Zucchini Herb Fritters

Spicy Zucchini Fritatta

Shake up your grilled chicken game and make this Tangy Grilled Brown Sugar Mustard Chicken recipe! Find the instructions on Shutterbean.com!

Grilled Brown Sugar Mustard Chicken

Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk

Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups

Mantra for the Week:

I LOVE LISTS // a collection of links from the 'net on Shutterbean.com

Feeling stuck? Make a list! Write down your intentions for the week to help hold you accountable to action.

I’m rooting for you!

Sending sparkles, 


  • Anne

    Happy Birthday!:) Glad you had a good one! I turned 40 in April; it’s not as bad as I though it might be. Yes, I’m more tired than I was in my 30s, my idea of a fun evening is cooking and drinking wine, and my joints don’t tolerate running like they used to, but what I’m loving is that I’m stronger than I ever was (both physically and mentally), I’ve learned that I don’t have to put up with bullshit, and I’ve learned to appreciate the small stuff (like actually getting a good night’s sleep)! Hope you have a fantastic year!:)

  • Pepper

    Happy 40th! Thanks for sharing your Italy photos…they were so fun to see! Can’t wait to read more about your favorite food while you were there.

  • Katie

    Happy birthday, Tracy! Your trip looked like the perfect way to ring in a new decade with a bang 🙂

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