Taking Time Out

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.—Albert Einstein

Saturday afternoon we packed up the pups and our vintage camper to head into the mountains for the weekend. It was the two-year anniversary of losing our beloved pug Louis and being in nature is therapeutic.

As you’ll see from the photo above, I packed all the “essentials:” washi tape, books, magazines, Moleskine, journal, water bottle, flowers, and lavender oil. In between an evening campfire, afternoon nap, and a morning walk, I did peruse most of that stack. These tools serve as a baby bottle of sorts—always nearby for comfort.

On the anniversary we headed off for a hike around the campground in search of a spot to honor Louis. We made our way to the Appalachian Trailhead as a warm afternoon rain began to fall. Tim wanted to head back to camp so the pups wouldn’t get wet, but I wanted to leave a bit of Louis at that trailhead.

During one of our last outings with Louis, we hiked a small part of the Appalachian Trail so returning felt apropos. We sprinkled a tiny bit of the ashes, expressed gratitude, and shared how much we missed him before heading back in silence.

Grief serves as a continual wake-up call to focus on what’s important.

While going deeper into the woods, we lost cell service and for nearly 24 hours we were disconnected. Disconnected not only from social media, the studio, or friends, but disconnected from the constant buzz of life. I look forward to returning to that spot.

Over the next two weeks I’m traveling—out West for a wedding and to the Southwest for a writing conference. My plan is to take time to disconnect, so my next Love Note will be mid-May and blog posts will be sparse. I’ll be posting images of my adventures on Instagram in case you’d like to follow along. Otherwise, look for a reemergence in a month.

Of course I’ll be packing up all my travel comforts with an intention of listening within. I look forward to the space and scenic settings to explore.

Wishing you a glorious month with time in nature (even lunch in the park counts) and moments of disconnection. Bisous. x

Tranquility du Jour #394: MeatLess

MeatLess  with Kristie Middleton. We discuss how eating less meat benefits you, the environment, and the animals, the psychology of change and why it’s so hard, and ways to align our plates with our values.

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Kristie Middleton is senior food policy director for The Humane Society of the United States and the author of MeatLess: Transform the Way You Eat and Live—One Meal at a Time. She’s a sought-after speaker and thought leader on the topic.

Middleton has partnered with the nation’s biggest school districts including Los Angeles, Detroit, and Boston to implement plant-based initiatives such as Meatless Monday. Her work has been covered by national media, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and CNN.

She holds certificate in plant-based nutrition from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.


About MeatLess:

Part exposé, part lifestyle book, with stories and over 60 recipes, MeatLess presents scientific and nutritional research along with real-life examples in a compelling and relatable style to help guide readers on their journey to reduce meat and eat more plant-based foods. It offers a concise, practical, and realistic approach to enjoying healthier, meat-free meals on each reader’s own terms.

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My #the100dayproject Plan

We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.
—Kurt Vonnegut

Last week I shared information on the 100-Day Project and received such wonderful responses. Thank you for your excitement!

Since it began, I’ve been mulling over the best way to engage while challenging myself and setting myself up for success (i.e., not overpromising).

So here’s my commitment: 100 days of writing, reading, and/or exercising (yoga, biking, long walks). Ideally all three daily, but at least one each day.

Above are three of the books I want to finish by July 12, my Moleskine filled with ideas, and my favorite gold pen (thank you, Lizi).

Curious how yours is unfolding? Happy creative and conscious commitment keeping to you! Bisous. x