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Monday = TDJ Live

What is TDJ Live?

A *free* one-hour live video gathering to reflect, set intentions, and be inspired to make 2018 an amazing year. Learn eight tranquility tips for the new season.

Slow down to play with your creative tools (journal, markers, washi tape, ephemera, pens) and make yourself a priority. Push the pause button on your busy life to connect with other tranquility-seekers around the globe.

When:

Next date January 8th, 2018 8pm ET (use this handy time zone converter). If you can’t join live, no worries, the recording will be available for a $10 instant download shortly after the event.

How:

A few minutes before start time, gather your creative tools, settle in with a cuppa tea (or bubbly), take 10 deep breaths, and click the link sent via email upon registration. Put your hair up and get cozy, the camera is only on me. Lipstick optional.

Connect:

Follow along, share photos, and insights using #TDJLive.

Cherries on top:

Receive a special discount code to shop locally-sewn, eco-friendly TranquiliT. Meet my rescue pugs Mookie, Belle Starr, and Gizmo. Create in your full-color Playbook (sent via email before the event).

Spread Your Wings

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

Annually I love sharing this piece on transitioning into a new year. I hope you enjoy . . .

The end of the year. Another completed chapter. Let’s tie a ceremonial bow around it and honor our evolution—highlights, lessons learned, struggles, dreams, experiences. Each of these played a role in the year’s unfurling.

To awaken memories, set aside time to flip through places you kept notes and dates, such as your planner, online calendar, and journal. Scroll through your photos for visual cues. Pull out cards, ticket stubs, conference swag, and/or exhibit brochures (I keep these items in a shoe box wrapped in pretty paper labeled “memories”). Collect any mementos you may have tucked away from this year and pile it on your kitchen table.

According to Sarah Susanka, author of The Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters (interviewed on Tranquility du Jour), “The end-of-year review process is very similar to sowing seeds. When you plant a garden, you don’t sit and stare at the seeds until they sprout. You know that some will germinate and some will not, but it is not up to you to make them grow. All you can do is set the conditions for their growth with good soil, adequate water, and the right amount of sun. And that’s what this exercise does—and while you are sowing seeds during this period, you can be enjoying the fruits of the previous year’s harvest at the same time.”

Grab writing tools and paper. Sip tea and list what you recall from the year in no particular order and answer the above questions. Capture big moments (e.g. started graduate school) along with tiny ones (e.g. sipped a cherry limeade at the drive-in with mom). Let the list flow.

Here are a few questions to help you get started:

  1. How did you spend your time? There are 168 hours/week and 8,760 hours/year. Where did yours go? Break it down into categories such as family, creativity, work, spirituality, etc. Compare where it went to where you’d like to see it go next year.
  2. What journeys did you take?
  3. What were your accomplishments and disappointments?
  4. What lessons did you learn?
  5. How have you grown from this time last year?
  6. How do you hope to show up this time next year?

Design a visual representation of the year by printing an assortment of photos and creating a collage. Or if you’re more techie, use an app like Collage Creator to assemble an electronic history that can be a desktop or image to share with loved ones.

Sometimes I paste a beautiful image pulled from a magazine into my art journal and list memories on it with a Sharpie. This reminds me of the year’s ups and down, allows me to express gratitude for what transpired, and honor the evolution.

After this process (which can take days, by the way), review your answers, images, hopes, and dreams. Light a candle to honor losses. Acknowledge how every experience has made your year unique. Set an intention for what you hope to see unfold next year. Allow this process to nurture who you are and who you are becoming. Sans judgment, simply observation filled with loving-kindness.

Spread your wings and fly, dear one. You are beautiful. Namaste.

Introducing the Year of Tranquility

Year of Tranquility

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful that the risk it took to bloom.—Anais Nin

I’m over the moon to announce The Year of Tranquility: a yearlong program focused on helping you live your best life through intention, action, and reflection.

Daily we’ll connect via our community forum (not Facebook) to share ideas, ask questions, and explore the practice of our monthly theme. Weekly you’ll receive inspiration straight to your inbox to keep you connected to the month’s theme. Monthly we’ll dive deep into a tranquility-themed topic via an online video call and accompanying PDF to learn new tools for living with ease, achieving your dreams, and finding meaning along the way. Seasonally we’ll connect via TDJ Lives (save the date: 1/8) and private after parties (starting in spring) plus half-day retreats in the spring and fall.

Modules will include topics such as wellness, mindfulness, yoga, love, style, creativity, dreams, writing, entrepreneurship (even if you’re not a business owner), self-care, meaning, and reading (hello, savvy sources and book club).

This program is a piece of my heart and filled with my two decades’ experience in business, yoga, and mindfulness plus my work as a psychotherapist, writer, and designer.

I hope you’ll join me on this exciting adventure launching Sunday, January 14. If you have any questions, please peruse the FAQs or reach out.

BONUS: Sign up by 12/31 before the ball drops in Times Square (midnight ET) to pick any e-course of your choice.