Summer Reading List

A longtime reader, Cindie, recently reached out asking about my summer reading list, so I’m writing to share.

After her request, I prioritized and compiled the above books as my end of summer reading list. There’s some goodies on there and I’m eager to dive in!

As of today, I’ve read 16 of my 24 books for the Goodreads Reading Challenge (quite a few in the past month)—check out the link, you may find one or two to add to your list!

Here’s how I’m making more time for reading:

  1. I carry a book with me at all times (think Metro rides, waiting for appointments, afternoon breaks) for impromptu reading time.
  2. The stacks of books by my bed serve as a constant reminder as I wake up and fall asleep. Keep them on-hand, rather than tucked away.
  3. Since I love marking a book as “read,” Goodreads Reading Challenge keeps me motivated.
  4. I make dates with myself to sit outside, sip iced green tea, and read between clients or meetings.

What’s on your summer reading list? How do you carve out reading time?

Books are beautiful. Digesting them offers an escape, raises awareness, and deepens understanding. Happy reading! x

Tranquility du Jour #401: Finding Your Inner Artist

Finding Your Inner Artist with Susan Prolman. In this week’s edition of Tranquility du Jour, learn how to transition from a person who doesn’t make art to one who does, ways to improve your artistic skills, and a few books to assist your artistic journey.

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Featured Guest: Susan Prolman

Susan Prolman is an advocate by nature. Susan has lobbied against factory farming and for environmental protection in Washington, DC for years. She served as Executive Director of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and as Director of International Campaigns for The Humane Society of the United States. While a student at Georgetown University Law Center, Susan helped to create the school’s first animal law course. Earlier, she served as New Hampshire State Director for presidential candidate Paul Tsongas, who won this first-in-the-nation primary election. Susan currently leads Activism For Animals.

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400th Follow Up + Giveaway

On Tuesday I released the 400th episode of Tranquility du Jour. My intention was to share stories and lessons learned while also offering ideas to inspire.

I’m considering a 400th podcast follow up episode and would love to hear: 1) what you found most helpful, 2) what you wanted to hear more about, 3) any questions or ideas that bubbled up while listening, and/or 4) your takeaways.

To enter the giveaway, answer the above questions in the comments below and/or email me by 11:59pm ET on Sunday, July 16. You’ll be entered to win an all-access pass to six e-courses and three virtual retreats.

The winner will be chosen at random and announced below Monday, July 17 (from Oklahoma, where I’m heading with the pups and Tim for the weekend).

Thank you for being an integral part of spreading and living tranquility. I look forward to hearing from you! Bisous. x