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August in Review

Life is a process of becoming. A combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.—Anais Nin

August in Review

Last month was filled with adrenaline surges and emotional fluctuations. While I’m still a bit numb from it all, I feel myself slowly emerging. Into what, I’m not sure, but I do see a new normal on the horizon.

August included two trips to see pigs at Farm Sanctuary and Whispering Rise Animal Sanctuary, date night at The Kennedy Center, giving notice to The Women’s Center after three years to focus on private practice, selling Tranquil Space to YogaWorks, giving microgrants, hosting Writing Lab, releasing TranquiliT’s fall collection, decluttering, memoir writing, attending the Animal Rights Conference, and binge watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

As the dust begins to settle and my heart rate slows, I hope to turn my attention toward deeper self-care, rest, and rejuvenation. And to nurturing our online community. Stay tuned for a reemergence this fall that will include Daybook 6.0, an online gathering, and more. I’ve missed you and look forward to reconnecting once the inner well is refilled.

Wishing you a beautiful start to this brand new month! Bisous. x

August Blog/Podcast Wrap Up

Announcing Daybook 6.0
New beginnings for Tranquil Space
Podcast #403: Creative Living
Podcast #402: A Paris Year
July in Review
Turn Toward the Light

September Wish List

Release two podcasts
Adjust to my new normal
Celebrate Tim’s birthday
Learn lots at memoir intensive
Host celebratory Tranquil Space team event
Make 50 lavender-infused face/body oil gifts
Transition to three days in private practice
Share more about Daybook 6.0
Collaborate with clients
Read, write, and practice yoga daily
Write 5,000 words of memoir
Set tea dates with friends
Dive into Veterinary Social Work curriculum
Spend a full day in declutter mode

Savvy Sources

Is meditation self-help?
An Anais Nin podcast
A brief yoga practice that quiets the mind
I kicked my smartphone addiction
How you can help animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey
Let’s hear it for the 4-hour working day
Writing letters to break vicious cycles
How to practice Vipassana meditation
The surprising way to grow your productivity
46 amazing new books to read this fall
7 reasons being a slow reader is good for you
Neuroscientist picks 12 books everyone should read
Manage your attention, not your time
11 ways to practice self-care (15 min or less)
4 ways to make space in your brain to create

Week in Review

Week in Review

The week after hosting a retreat typically consists of refilling my well through sleeping, time at home, and processing. This one was no exception. Most days I enjoyed a soak in the tub, read from the 20ish books I’m currently in a relationship with, and found myself ready for bed by 9pm.

This week I collaborated with clients, worked on the spring TranquiliT launch (coming next week), picked up a few supplies for my new practice, enjoyed lunch with a friend, taught a four-hour teacher training workshop, attended a Walmart protest, practiced yoga, noshed on many ginger scones from Teaism, met with my writing teacher, taught mindfulness, attended a studio directors’ meeting, recorded a podcast interview, reviewed my February dreams, and penned my March dreams.

Pics in Review

  1. Belle in her new hoodie
  2. Doga with Mookie
  3. Monday’s protest with The Humane League against Walmart’s double standards
  4. Sunday morning
  5. Imitating Mookie
  6. Art journal play

Savvy Sources

5 Tips For A Healthy Morning Routine
Honor Your Rhythm
Take Your Mind For a Walk
George Saunders: What Writers Really Do When They Write
Strengthen Your Empathy Muscle
How To Realistically Participate in The “Day Without A Woman”
Three Ways to Hack Your Environment To Help You Create
What Do Men Get That Women Don’t?
9 Ted Talks on Self-Care
How To Stop Overcomplicating Things
8 Tips To Transition Your Wardrobe From Winter to Spring

Weekend Wish List

Virtual Retreat prep
Family time
Soak in the tub
Update LinkedIn profile

Tranquilosophy: Slowing Down

The great benefit of slowing down is reclaiming the time and tranquility to make meaningful connections—with people, with culture, with work, with nature, with our own bodies and minds.—Carl Honore

Sitting fireside Sunday night, I finished In Praise of Slowness. While finishing a book may not seem like a big feat to most, I read many books a few pages at a time, so completing one is a call for celebration.

I purchased this used book in prep for the upcoming Virtual Retreat themed around slowing down. Curious what research showed, how the Slow movement began and grew, and takeaway tips, I dove in.

The book begins with a quote by Gandhi, “There is more to life than increasing its speed,” and then explores our addiction to do everything faster. To what end?

Since starting this book, I’ve been observing my own fast-paced way of living. Impatience over the indecisive person in front of me at the cafe counter, frustration over carts left in the center of the grocery aisle, and eagerness to pass people who walk two abreast on narrow sidewalks.

While these may seem like every day city-living challenges, they don’t have to be stressors. If I simply slow down.

In observance of what’s coined “time-sickness”—obsessive belief that time is getting away, I’m aware of its constant tick. To alleviate some of the ingrained hurry mentality, I strive to leave 15 minutes earlier for work, observe my frustration over delays with a sense of humor, and insert blank space into my schedule.

When I wrote HTC10 last year, I confessed how for years I’d operated under a “crazy busy” mindset. You know, when people ask how you’re doing and the response is, “Crazy busy!” I cringe at that now. It’s not how I want to live my life.

Instead, I want to slow down and remain slow even in the midst of life’s many twists and turns.

The best part? I don’t need a 10-step program, special equipment, or weekend away. These practices are free and most are available daily—meditate, walk, sit down to eat at a table, write, read, spend time with family and friends. Think quality over quantity.

This boils down to essentialism—a beloved theme from January’s Tranquility du Jour Live—doing only the essential with more attention.

Here’s to slowing down despite a world that’s speeding up! Bisous. x