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HTC10 Thank You

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screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-9-34-10-am  Photos from the festivities can be found with #HTC10event. Share yours!

Tim baked the vegan funfetti cupcakes. Pink and white twinkle lights were everywhere. Art journal supplies were set out for easy access. 70 white tulips were sprinkled about. A crackling fire was lit. Belle Starr donned her pink and leopard-print sweater. Guests arrived in sparkles. Bubbly chilled and was sipped through a gold paper straw. 

We reflected on the past decade, practiced tranquility tools (mindful eating/drinking, seated yoga, journaling, art journaling), and explored what’s next in a mini-retreat. Topped off with a David Whyte poem, Sweet Darkness.

I shared a few pages from the new 49-page HTC10 chapter highlighting the past decade (here’s what early readers are saying) and some highlights from Hip Tranquil Chick (pp. 62-65 is great for this time of the year).

Thank you SO much for joining online, in person, or in spirit. While this celebration was created to honor Hip Tranquil Chick‘s 10th birthday, last night’s HTC10 event was really a chance to pause, reflect, and dream while connecting with this amazing community.

Your stories, your support, your time, and your energy are everything. When I consider the many twists and turns of the past decade, I know that this community has offered a safe space to muse and mourn.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for offering your spirit to me, one another, and the world-at-large. You are beautiful souls and I’m blessed to know you. Bisous. x

P.S. The live event video recording will be available for download within 48 hours and sent to all who ordered it.

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Week in Review {Pics + Links}

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Week in Review

Sunday night I’m hosting over a dozen ladies in my home (and dozens more online) to celebrate my first book’s 10th birthday. I have treats for their goody bags, bubbly, vegan cupcakes (Tim’s baking), and macarons. Twinkle lights, silver garland, and evergreen are hung (more to be added). Candles and a fire will be lit. HTC10 will be an intimate, sensory-filled two-hour celebration.

One major piece of the event is reflecting on the past decade and dreaming up the next. Annie Dillard’s quote, “How we spend our days is how we spend our lives” comes to mind. While it’s helpful to look at the big chunks (like a decade), it’s also empowering to recognize how those everyday decisions make up our decades. Every little one can bring us closer (or take us further away) from our deepest desires.


This week I collaborated with clients, edited HTC10 and the complementary Playbook for days (releasing today!), bought a mini cupcake tin and gold wrappers for Sunday’s HTC10 party, released a Love Note, picked up bubbly, read the thoughtful Hip Tranquil Chick story submissions (thank you x100), snuggled with the pups, released a podcast featuring Christine Mason Miller, shipped online orders, penned my monthly Tranquil Space muse, practiced yoga, and taught a mindfulness class.

Pics in Review

  1. Yoga practice and tea
  2. Foliage spotted on morning walk
  3. Mookie and Tim’s holiday tree

Savvy Sources

6 Ways to Be More Charismatic
26 Experts Share Best Tips For Transitioning to A Plant-Based Diet
Meditation Keeps Emotions in Check
12 Things Healthy Girls Do Before 7am
My Piece On Unstuck.com About Feeling Stuck
The Power of Thought Stopping
I Cut 5 Unnecessary Spending Habits For 30 Days and Here’s What Happened
A 98-year-old Yoga Celebrity Tells All

Weekend Wish List

Host inspiring HTC10
Stuff goody bags
Send Playbook and HTC10 PDFs
Pick up flowers
Chill bubbly
Host inspiring Biz of Yoga workshop
Practice yogaPen thank yous
Set up home for friends joining HTC10 live

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Lavender-Infused TranquilTini

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Syrup recipe from Martha Stewart + Drink recipe from Food & Wine

In preparation for Sunday’s HTC10 gathering, I wanted to share a few treats from our 2006 book launch starting with the lavender-infused TranquilTini.

For a mocktail, replace the vodka with sparkling water and a dash of vanilla extract.

Lavender syrup Ingredients:

1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon dried lavender

Directions:

Bring to a boil water, sugar and lavender, stirring occasionally. Once at a boil, bring to a simmer for 2 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve and let cool. Will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator if well-sealed.

TranquilTini Ingredients:

Ice
1 1/2 ounces vanilla vodka
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/4 ounce Lavender Syrup
1 fresh lavender sprig

Directions:

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, lemon juice and Lavender Syrup and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the lavender sprig.