8 Tips for Fall Tranquility


Thursday night we gathered online to set intentions, learn eight tranquility tips, and create community. These quarterly gatherings are a delight to host and I so appreciate your involvement. We were blessed with visitors from Japan, France, England, Canada, and all over the US.

I introduced my beloved pugs Belle Starr and Mookie (who were deeply immersed in a nap most of the time) and shared a few books I’m reading. Extra treats included a favorite poem, a 20% off TranquiliT code, a colorful PDF Playbook, and shared resources in the chat box (hello hygge).

My eight tranquility tips are:

  1. Reflect (with provided journal prompts)
  2. Indulge in 25 suggested fall pleasures
  3. Try transitional style (ways to make summer items work in fall)
  4. Create your Q4 wish list
  5. Practice RAIN
  6. Incorporate eight daily tranquility tools
  7. Soak in the tub
  8. Practice loving-kindness

To learn more about these fall tips, download the one-hour video and audio recording to watch and/or listen to at your leisure. This includes the TranquiliT discount code and Playbook PDF. May fall bring a welcomed respite from overdoing.

Our next TDJ Live is Thursday, January 12, 2017 and you can sign up for it here. Bisous. x

Week in Review





Week in Review

I’m sitting at my desk overlooking a patio garden with a purring cat on my lap and pot of tea next to the computer. Sounds tranquil, yet piles of books, confetti, and paperwork are closing in on me—taxes to prepare, packets to create, study materials, books to read, mail to open, papers to file.

It’s that time of the year. There’s a social work licensing exam to take, gold and pink patterned Daybook packets to be stuffed, tax documents to pull together for my accountant, and projects to complete. So much stuff oozing into my sacred work space and creating a sense of urgency.

Earlier this week, instead of working on these to-dos, I pulled everything out of my closet and did a big overhaul. My seamstress is usually the beneficiary of these deep cleans—a chandelier, room-sized leopard-print rug, never used exercise balls, dozens of vintage slips, a large silver bag made of recycled wrappers, no-longer-wearing pieces of clothing. Although my feet and back usually ache after these escapades, I feel lighter creating space and sending items off to a new good home. Now to conquer this desk.

This week I collaborated with clients, hosted Tranquility du Jour Live (replay available for $10), held two mentoring sessions, organized, heard Scotlund speak at Politics & Prose, savored brunch with a friend, sat outside with the family to read, practiced yoga, taught mindfulness, did doga with Mookie, got a mani and pedi, collaborated on new studio tee designs, released a podcast, sent a Love Note, and wrote in my Moleskine.

During last night’s Tranquility du Jour Live gathering, many participants shared intentions around simplifying and slowing down. This idea aligns with what we observe in nature. A shedding, a softening, a retreating within. This season urges me to hit the pause button with so many tempting alternatives. Bake vegan pumpkin scones. Build a fire. Hike through a forest of red and yellow leaves. Go to a pumpkin patch. Sit around a campfire.

Wishing you a chance to step into a state of human being this fall. Even as the paperwork and projects piles up. May our moments matter beyond checking to-dos off our lists. Bisous. x

Pics in Review

  1. Photos found on social media from last night’s TDJ Live {@sonjawithaj, @shizukat, @ludidryu, Lacey}
  2. Read Flow outside with Mookie
  3. Tried out a possible way to do long walks with Belle
  4. Loved hearing Scotlund Haisley of Animal Rescue Corps speak about his new book, Compassion in Action

Savvy Sources

5 Rules for Hosting a Crappy Dinner Party {+ Seeing Friends More Often}
8 Ways You Can Survive–And Thrive–In Midlife
How to Be a Good Citizen
21 Ways to Simplify Your Life
Hygge: 8 Ways to Embrace the Danish Lifestyle Concept
10 Tips on How to Be a Writer by Rebecca Solnit
20 Things to Do This Fall
Mini Vegan Pumpkin Pie TartsHomemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Weekend Wish List

Learn lots at Writing a Spiritual Autobiography workshop
Learn lots at Trauma-Informed Facilitation workshop
Do yoga
Savor VegFest with the family
Reconnect over dinner date with a friend
Start stuffing treats into Daybook pre-sale packages
Write essays
Finish Compassion in Action
Study, study, study



You’re Invited: TDJ Live TONIGHT


What is TDJ Live?

An online video gathering. Reflect. Set intentions. Be inspired. Learn eight fall tranquility tips. Meet Mookie and Belle Starr, my rescue pugs. Play with your creative tools (journal, markers, washi tape, ephemera, pens). Chat with fellow tranquility-seekers around the globe. Take an hour just for you.

To join

Sign up here. Take a few deep breaths, settle in with a cuppa tea (or bubbly), and gather your creative tools. Click the link provided in your sign up email a few minutes before 8pm ET. Download your colorful PDF Playbook also in the link provided. Follow along, share photos and insights with #TDJLive.

Cherries on top

Receive a private discount code to shop locally-sewn, eco-friendly TranquiliT. Follow along in your full-color Playbook. Get a sneak peek into the latest Daybook. Push the pause button on your busy life.


As always, if you can’t make the live show, it will be available for $10 as an instant video download within 24 hours.

Get ready for our seasonal online gathering! I can’t wait to connect. You are beautiful. Bisous. x