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Month in Review

Sometimes, you have to look back in order to understand the things that lie ahead.—Yvonne Woon

Month in Review

Although I’m taking some space from regular blogging, I wanted to share May’s highlights coupled with Savvy Sources.

May was a sweet month filled with assorted joys—spending a winery day with my parents, attending the Taos writing workshop, sipping tea at Laduree, hearing Thievery Corporation accompanied by an orchestra at The Kennedy Center, watching the live stream as Anita Krajnc was found not guilty, attending and hosting celebrations for a friend who wrote the Hemingway spy book, enjoying a dinner in honor of four teachers’ 15-year anniversary at Tranquil Space, doing a session with my writing teacher, getting studios “springified,” collaborating with clients, spending time in my art journal, hosting the Art + Yoga retreat in West Virginia, eating outside, playing with peonies, and the tiny moments in between.

What are some of your May highlights?

New Month Wish List

Host inspiring Yoga + the Animals
Celebrate 44th birthday in the country
Savor time with Mom and Dad
Finish two books
Consume less sugar
Prepare for launch of Vet Social Work + Memoir Writing courses in July
Announce Tranquil Space Foundation’s new program: Pigs & Pugs Project
Host inspiring Writing Lab
Release two podcasts
Get 8-week Tranquil Teens program edits to graphic designer
Enjoy show at The Kennedy Center

What’s on your June wish list?

Savvy Sources

10 Trips You Should Take in Your Lifetime
Dani Shapiro on Finding the Quiet Within
The Simple Action You Can Take Right Now to Change Your Life. All You Need is a Pen.
How to Cook Healthy with More Ease
The Case for Eliminating Sugar. All of It.
126 Dog Meat Restaurants in China are Closed Thanks to Activists
How Showing Compassion For Animals Can Improve Your Health
The Writer’s Process
The Pig Trial Is Not Over
Activist Who Gave Water to Pigs is Found Not Guilty of a Crime
How to Add Summer Fruits and Veggies to Your Dog’s Diet
Simplicity, Productivity, and the Personal Uniform
13 Things You Can Do to Reduce Stress

Wishing you a beautiful weekend filled with a deep exhale. Bisous. x

Everyday Mindful Moments

In today’s rush, we all think too much — seek too much — want too much — and forget about the joy of just being.—Eckhart Tolle

Recently I hosted a weekend retreat in the woods of West Virginia. We practiced yoga and mindfulness, dabbled in paint and collage, and roasted vegan s’mores over a campfire. For many, they confessed that it had been far too long since they’d taken time to  focus on their inner selves.

Taking the time to stop and notice what’s going on in the body and mind is challenging. It requires shifting from autopilot, carving out space to push the pause button, noticing the mind’s activity, feeling any emotions that arise, and observing the body’s physical sensations.

The good news is that we don’t have to wait for a weekend retreat to hit reset. You can do it right now. Stop reading and take three deep breaths . . . voilà, you did it!

In the above photo collage, I captured a few sweet moments from May—trying to do yoga despite my pups antics, walking a labyrinth, setting out succulents to greet the retreaters, savoring tea at the new Laduree in Georgetown. It’s these spontaneous mindful moments that make my day brighter and offer a mini-retreat in the middle of everyday life.

Here’s how I like to take a mindful moment:

Sip a cuppa tea
Write a love note
Practice yoga
Sit in meditation
Read in a café 
Eat a plant-based meal
Journal
Sit in a park
Connect with a friend
Get my hands dirty in the garden
Drink a green juice
Take a walk
Ride my bike
Soak in the tub
Savor dark chocolate
Connect to my breath
Spend time with animals
Embroider
Plan my day in color
Walk the pups
Sit fireside or around a campfire
Take photos

These are my simple every day activities that offer an opportunity to slow down, tune in, and savor the moment. What are yours? List them. Then choose three to make a priority today.

As Annie Dillard reminds us, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” I believe that our days, and lives, are made up of these tiny moments. Namaste.

Tranquility du Jour #397: Nourish 360

Nourish 360 with Stephanie Horning. We discuss the importance of nourishment, self-care, and connection. Learn how to incorporate more wellness into your life, which nutrient-dense staples to have on hand, and why being bored is important.

Tranquility du Jour #397: Nourish 360

 

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Writing in the Woods in West Virginia: October 6-8

Yoga, Mindfulness + Creativity in Costa Rica: February 17-24

Yoga + Art in West Virginia: May, 2018 TBA

Featured guest:

Stephanie Horning is a certified holistic nutritionist, wellness coach,  and food developer. She recently launched her wellness site and brand Nourish 360 based on the three pillars of health and healing: nourishing the body, elevating self-care, and deepening connection. She also recently released her first e-book, “A Guided Journal For Your Day” to help and encourage men and women take time to strengthen their intuition and listen to the wisdom they hold.  She is passionate about well-being and helping others attain a happier, healthier, and more inspired state. She is proud to say she is a passionate mom, step-mom, and wife. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from NYU, is a certified yoga teacher, and graduated from the Bauman School of Holistic Nutrition.

 

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