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Weekend Delights

With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?—Oscar Wilde

After three days of leisure, my heart feels full. Mom and Dad arrived Friday night and we’ve spent our days gazing out on winery vistas of rolling hills, browsing at Politics & Prose, and noshing at local restaurants. Belle enjoyed resting in her new vintage suitcase pet bed made by Mom and both seemed to bask in hindering my yoga practice by strategically placing themselves across my mat.

Tim and I also hosted a cocktail party for a friend who recently released a book on Hemingway as a spy—complete with macarons, homemade kale chips, and handmade flags of the book cover to top the display.

Last night we joined friends in Logan Circle for a gathering to say farewell to a beautiful pup who had succumbed to cancer. It was heartbreaking as she has been part of our lives for nearly a decade. Louis loved being with her (even though she proudly stole his toys and treats from my office). The event was a beautiful send off to honor her life and the tremendous amount of joy she brought others.

The above Oscar Wilde quote serves as a regular reminder to focus on the simple joys: dogs, succulent strawberries, laughter, freedom, books, pink peonies, tea, friends, family, long walks, the moon, macarons, pink shoes, green grass, yoga, spaciousness, succulents, vintage suitcases, wine, sweet goodbyes. These are a few of last weekend’s delights.

Wishing you a wonderful start to this short week and brand new month. Hello, June! Bisous. x

26 Ways to Celebrate Spring

I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.—Anne Lamott

Happy first day of spring! Although it’s still fairly chilly in DC, warmer temps and peak cherry blossoms are on the horizon.

As we leave winter’s hibernation, I like to take a moment to review its lessons, highlights, and challenges. Then I can make space for what’s to come in this brand new season by penning a spring wish list into my Daybook and many items are below.

May your transition into this spring be smooth, mindful, and full of ease. Bisous. x

  1. Pack a picnic
  2. Plan a hike
  3. Sit outside at your favorite restaurant
  4. Wear open-toed shoes
  5. Spring clean
  6. See the cherry blossoms
  7. Repot plants
  8. Visit an animal sanctuary
  9. Plant impatiens in your garden
  10. Pick up succulent fruit at the farmers’ market
  11. Go berry picking
  12. Visit a winery and sip into the afternoon
  13. Snap photos of blooming trees and flowers
  14. Savor the sunshine on your skin (hello, vitamin D)
  15. Add pops of color to your desk and home with tulips and daffodils
  16. Go camping
  17. Cultivate a garden (windowsills count)
  18. Line dry your clothes
  19. Hit the beach
  20. Ride a bike
  21. Create a bird feeder
  22. Grow fresh mint for your tea
  23. Pack up your heavy winter gear
  24. Practice yoga outside
  25. Host a mini cocktail party
  26. Fill out the Wheel of Life in your Daybook

Tranquil Holidays

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing,
is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.—Anna Quindlen

After hosting HTC10, I’ve been hunkered down in front of the fireplace studying with a cuppa tea and snoring pugs nearby.

Four years of grad school followed by 3,000 hours over two and a half years has led me to this final part on my psychotherapy journey: the social work licensing exam. You know, no pressure!

As I spend the next week immersed in study guides and rewriting concepts onto my pink legal pads, I’d appreciate any good vibes you can send. Standardized tests make me a little less than tranquil.

Considering this time of the year is filled with so many activities, obligations, and requests, I wanted to share a few tips to infuse your holiday hustle with ease.

During our recent (and very first) Facebook Live Event, I focused on Holiday Tranquility and below you’ll find a smattering of the suggestions:

  • List everything on your mind: groceries, gifts, cards, decorations
  • Review the list for your MITs (Most Important Tasks) and cross off what isn’t a must, see choices
  • Make self-care a priority: sleep, exercise, water, healthy food
  • Breathe deeply and place your hand over your heart to calm the nervous system
  • Stack like with like tasks
  • Reflect on your year
  • Watch for triggers: over-doing, perfectionism, loneliness, unrealistic expectations, feeling trapped, overeating/drinking, negative comments
  • Unplug
  • Embrace simple pleasures: read, sit fireside, sip hot cocoa
  • Help others: volunteer, donate, reach out
  • Travel lightly
  • Get outside
  • Practice mindful eating and drinking
  • Try monochrome decorations = easier and artsy
  • Gift DIY/consumables (in 2013 I ran a four-part series with DIY ideas): bath salts, lavender body oil, jam, sugar scrub, dried potpourri, simmering potpourri, homemade granola, soap, embroidered handkerchiefs, candles
  • Stick with a routine
  • Consider the meaning of the holidays
  • Abandon old customs that don’t resonate

May your holidays be filled with meaning, deep breaths, and ease. Thank you for being such a joyful part of mine! Bisous. x