January in Review

You’ve got a chance to start out all over again. A new place, new people, new sights. A clean slate. See, you can be anything you want with a fresh start.—Annie Proulx

January in Review

Au revoir January, you were a tough one. While many wonderful things happened such as launching Year of Tranquility and adopting Gizmo, it felt like I wasn’t able to settle into the month. You know, like a snow globe all shaken up and instead of the flakes falling to the bottom, they continually swirl.

Between Gizmo’s cancer diagnosis and surgery, a 26-hour drive to and from St. Louis, a weekend jaunt to Seattle, assorted disappointments, and teaching multiple workshops and classes, my energy never quite recovered.

While musing in my journal last week, I realized I hadn’t exercised in way too long and had been eating poorly. Duh, of course I was feeling yucky! That evening I carved out space for a yoga class and returned to more salads and smoothies. I won’t say I’m 100%, but I am feeling better.

It seems that January had that affect on so many people (as I mentioned in yesterday’s post). At times like this, it can be good to return to the basics. Are we eating right? Are we exercising? Are we sleeping? Are we hydrated? Yes, the very basics!

January did offer multiple treats from celebrating 14 years with Tim, to meeting with friends in Seattle, to returning to ballet after a four-year sabbatical, to hosting TDJ Live, to having Mom out to watch the pups, to collaborating with clients after having been away the last week in December, to seeing brightly-colored tulips, to loving the group who joined Year of Tranquility, to scheduling The Last Pig film screening and Yoga + the Animals, to releasing two podcasts, to finishing two books, to picking up those great magazines shown above, to taking a plant hanger macrame class, to seeing the Sylvia Plath exhibit downtown, to tea dates with friends, to receiving the sweetest custom pink socks of Gizmo.

So, as you can see, I have a lot to be happy about and I’m not intending to complain. It’s more of an observation that the month felt energetically heavy despite the beautiful experiences. You with me?

I’m overall grateful for what January offered and, yet, I’m so looking forward to a brand new month filled with possibility (and Costa Rica sunshine mixed with papaya). Here’s to the chance to start again. And again.

By the way, did you  see last night’s moon?! Bisous. x

February Wish List

Host an inspiring retreat in Costa Rica
Savor Carla Bruni concert
Complete two weekends of Positive Psychology training
Host inspiring second month of Year of Tranquility
Sell lots of tickets for our first Pigs & Pugs event: The Last Pig film screening
Finalize TranquiliT spring collection
Release two podcasts
Collaborate with mentoring and therapy clients
Catch up on Positive Psychology training videos
Dive deeper into Veterinary Social Work program
Read Woman-Powered Farm
Keep looking for formats
Get Gizmo healthy
Work on the “6 Magic Hours” with Tim

Savvy Sources

New York Times‘ A Year of Living Better
What To Read Next Based on Your Netflix Binging
30 Days to Minimalism
9 Books to Love During the Month of February
18 Self-Care Practices to Start Today
10 Ways to Unwind After a Bad Day
4 Visualization Methods to Turn Dreams into Reality
What to Consider if You Want to Go Vegan
7 Ways to Make Your Year More Mindful

A few fun things . . .

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.—George Bernard Shaw

I chose this photo because, let’s be honest, is there anything more fun than a carousel? I think not! This one even had a pink pig on it. Yes, I have photos of her, too!

While prepping to send out a Love Note this week, I wanted to pop in on the blog to share two fun happenings and two recent interviews. See below for all the scoop.

I’d love to have you join us for The Last Pig screening in person or in spirit! You may recall my 2015 interviews of the farmer and filmmaker. Annnnnnnddd, a potbelly pig will also be in the house. Yes, I’m counting down the days!

Wishing each of you a smooth conclusion to January. FYI, most people I’ve talked to have shared how challenging this month has been—from the flu, to settling in post-holidays, to everyday little dramas, to the chilly temps, to the lack of sunlight.

Today’s motto: February is the new January! Bisous. x

On Thursday, March 1st, in celebration of National Pig Day, join Pigs & Pugs Project for the screening of the award-winning film, The Last Pig–the cinematic story of a pig farmer who grapples with death, searches for compassion, and finally finds the courage to change.

This event includes special guests Farm Sanctuary’s Gene Baur and Charlotte of Life With Pigs: Pumpkin, Charlotte and Millie. A Q & A with Gene and Pigs & Pugs Project’s Kimberly Wilson will follow the screening.

TicketsFacebook Event

Sometimes we just need someone to say to us, “You’ve got this!” Join these Trail Makers {including me!} for some love and encouragement. Love Letters start TOMORROW!

Late last year I sat down with the lovely Julie Reisler to chat about my journey. The episode released this week and you can listen here.

When Shelby reached out to ask if I’d chat about my grief journey, I was honored. Grief has been such a transformative part of my life since 2012 and we recently discussed the effects it’s had on me along the way. You can listen here.

Tranquility du Jour #413: Transitions with Elizabeth Duvivier

Transitions with Elizabeth Duvivier. In this week’s edition of Tranquility du Jour, Elizabeth and I discuss her handing over the reigns of Squam after 10 years, the challenges of letting go, and the importance of knowing when it’s time to move on.

Tranquility du Jour #413- Transitions with Elizabeth Duvivier


Direct download: Tranquility du Jour #413: Transitions with Elizabeth Duvivier

Upcoming Events

Yoga, Mindfulness + Creativity in Costa Rica: February 17-24, 2018 {2 spots left}

Pigs & Pugs Project Film Screening of The Last Pig: March 1

Yoga + Art in West Virginia: June 1-3, 2018

Penning in Paris: July 23-27, 2018 {3 spots left}

Featured Guest: Elizabeth Duvivier

 ELIZABETH DUVIVIER began teaching at the Lycee Lavoisier in Paris when she was 19. That was also the year she learned that she loved endives with beets, was allergic to ouzo and how to scale the wall of her apartment building in high heels. Over the years, she has taught French to high schoolers, Creative Writing to college students and how to live a mythic life to people from around the world.

Admittedly, the strongest call in her life has been to help others reconnect with their creativity but after building and running Squam Art Workshops for ten years, she is now keen to spend sacred time writing and messing about with mixed-media. Her stated intention is to achieve this with a complete absence of an agenda, itinerary, playbook, libretto or anything that might resemble a plan.

She finds nothing incongruous about her love for the writing of Mary Oliver and Tom Robbins; Eknath Easwaren and Asterix comics; Edith Wharton and Scarlett Thomas; John O’Donohue and anyone who can make her laugh.

And, she is confident that it is only a matter of time before Durga returns to set the world to right.

Savvy Sources

Find Elizabeth

Mentioned in the Podcast

Doesn’t the fact that one has managed to create something—
though it may seem to have had no other impact—mean something in itself?
Does not that alone say something and promise something?
Does it not thus expand the range of what can be done, and of how far one may go?

Every work of the spirit is a small reenactment of the miracle of Being,
a small recreation of the world—and is not this essential and unique transcendence
of its material existence enough to guarantee it a lasting place in the history of
spirit and lasting participation in the “spirit” of the order of the spirit— that
special attempt on the part of Being at its own great re-creation?

To sum up: I’m convinced that each spiritual act is an integral part
of the order of the spirit, that the order of the spirit is present in
each act just as the entire river is present in an eddy, and that every
such act irrevocably alters the order of the spirit, just as every eddy,
though it may last no more than a minute,
has irrevocably changed the river. 

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