WITL 2018 : Monday Photos + Stories

2018 Week In the Life Intention

To capture what is real, right now

Monday Photos & Stories:


Monday Present Participle List:

Loving the spring weather and how Toronto feels like it’s coming alive with colour. Yes to more 13 degree weather and sunshine! 

Celebrating no tears at drop off or pick up for Rowan. It’s been a while since my girl has been happy at before and after school care and I am proud that we made changes to my work schedule to accommodate her overall well-being. Parenting continues to be the hardest / best / rewarding / challenging thing I have ever done.

Eating breakfast standing up. Am I living my “best life” in this moment? No but the it’s reflective of what it’s like to be a working mom – doing soooo many things on the run.

Embracing the challenge of working with a client who has difficulty with eye contact and identifying emotions. I roll with resistance and walk around the hospital chatting with my client. It’s a gorgeous day and I am happy to try something different.

Listening (always) to podcasts on my commute to work. This morning I listen to “The Daily” which chronicles Rudy Gulianni’s career as NYC prosecutor, mayor and now Trump lawyer. This afternoon I listen to Dax Shepard interview Joel McHale on Armchair Expert. I am totally an auditory learner.

Reading over Rowan’s page of homework that was sent home today and making a plan on when we will complete it over the course of the week.

Thinking about all the changes coming in the days and months at work and trying to enjoy the moment that I am in.

Feeling content as I start this WITL project. This is my eighth year starting this project and I think I’ve finally internalized that I can’t document everything.

Gratitude / Note To Self ( I want to remember):

I want to remember the gratitude I felt when Aaron brought me coffee this after his workout. It’s a small gesture, but I totally appreciate his thoughtfulness. Coffee is still an important part of my morning routine especially in this stage of life of raising young kiddos and working. After 16 years together, he understands my need.

Overheard on Monday:

Rowan: “Daddy can you leave my door open?”

Sam: “That’s a very big tree! I can’t climb it, that’s for squirrels!”


Morning I feel a sense of relief as we return to weekday life. Having been away all weekend camping with Rowan’s Sparks troupe, which was awesome but so so tiring, I am ready to get back to my regular routine. Monday mornings are my jam (I know, I am annoying! Ha!) – I am energized to start the week and catch up with my coworkers.  It’s a race out of the house, to daycare drop off and into the office.

Midday After eating lunch during rounds, I have a moment to breathe, I check my texts, social media and email. I spend the next 2-3 hours writing assessments and treatment plans. I am watching the clock to make sure that I leave the office, “on time” to pick up Ro. I have made changes to my work schedule which means more 5 short days in the office vs. 4 longer days. After getting use to working through the week, I feel like I am coming close to “work / life” balance – or whatever that looks like! Ha!

Evening Tonight we have nothing on and I am little bit excited to chill. After dinner and playtime, Aaron and the kids go to bed just at 8 pm. I catch up on late night talk shows from last week. My current favourites include Late night with Stephen Colbert and Late Night with Seth Meyers. I clean the kitchen, tidy the toys and edit photos. As I write this, I am happy that there is still light out at 8:30 pm.

How did your day go? Thanks for reading!


  1. You look super rad in your sunglasses selfie.

  2. Love these photographs Jess!!! They are so crisp and clear and full of life. I too love your sunglass selphie pic!!

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