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Happy Halloweeeeeennnnnn

Today is All Saints’ Eve. A time to honor the season, the departed, the mystical, the saints, and, well, one’s sweet tooth.

Ideas for Celebration:

Light a candle. Carve pumpkins. Dress up as an idol {I was Anais Nin one year}. Sip hot cider. Make a wish. Walk through fallen leaves and listen to them crunch below. Watch a scary movie. Go to a haunted house. Roast pumpkin seeds. Make a specialty cocktail. Roast vegan s’mores over a campfire. Dress up your pets {because they clearly love it!}. Listen to a ghost story podcast. Eat lots of candy {popular vegan options}. Cook a favorite fall dish {recipes}. Tour a haunted place. Paint pumpkins. Go on a hayride. Make a Halloween playlist {hello “Monster Mash“}. Place a flower or candle at the grave of a loved one. Bob for apples. Binge watch “Stranger Things” or “Mindhunter.”

Wishing you a yours a moment of magic today (and every day}. Bisous. x

5 Tips: Planner Power

How you spend your days is how you spend your life.—Annie Dillard

It’s no secret I’m planner-obsessed. Truly, I can’t imagine life without a physical manifestation of my to-dos, projects, and dreams. It’s how I try to stay organized and on top of deadlines and ideas.

I’ve pulled together 5 tips to utilize the full power of your planner:

1. Make it your own. Personalize, personalize, personalize. For years I used a standard black-and-white planner, so I collaged the front with inspiring images, added tabs using washi tape, and penned everything with colored markers.

2. Tote it everywhere. When scheduling appointments, many clients pull out their phones and I reach for my paper planner. It contains my projects, to-dos, dreams, and weekly schedule. If it’s not with me, I feel naked. Don’t leave your baby at home.

3. Make it work for you. Add helpful headings such as meal planning, gift giving ideas, DIY projects, gardening planning, exercise, sleep patterns, and business projects. Think of what you’d like to track and plan as you fill your planner.

4. Dream. Set aside space for dreaming. What would you like the day, week, month, and year to look and feel like? Write it down to make it happen. Gather your colored markers, ephemera, and bring your dreams out to play.

5. Review. Create space for reviewing. How did your day, week, month, and year unfold? Honor what worked, learn from what didn’t, and release the rest. This can be great for gratitude, budgets, goals, food, spending, and more.

Thanks to your support, we’ve sold through most of the Daybook and Playbook inventory. We’re down to about 40 copies. If you’d like this year’s version (complete with a new detox plan, a start & stop list, and more), here’s where you can grab your copy.

Here’s to dreaming with pen and paper! Bisous. x

Tranquility du Jour #407: The Writing Process

The Writing Process with Kim Manganelli. In this week’s edition of Tranquility du Jour, we chat about her journey to becoming a lit professor, work with the Amherst Writers & Artists method, creation of Wisteria (formerly Wildflower) writing workshops, plus writing struggles and advice.

Tranquility du Jour #407: The Writing Process with Kim Manganelli


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Featured Guest: Kim Manganelli

Kim Manganelli is an Associate Professor of nineteenth-century literature at Clemson University and a novelist in progress. She is a Certified Leader of the Amherst Writers and Artists method whose Wisteria Writing Workshops give writers of all levels of education and experience a safe and playful space to get their words out of their heads and onto the page. She currently lives in Greenville, SC but is always dreaming of Paris. Visit her online at


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