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Tranquil Treasures

We are treasure chests with more jewels inside than we can imagine.—Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

Did you know that there’s a private collection of tranquility tools over on my website?

Each tool—from mp3s, to yoga practices, to guided meditations, to downloadable manifestos and toolkits—is chosen to assist you on your journey.

You’ll find new inspiration stockpiled in this treasure trove from time to time. Soon you’ll see a “style” heading with tips on mixing and matching using my “uniform” (TranquiliT 2in1 fitted top and capri leggings) as an example, along with a yoga video, and self-care checklist.

If there’s something you’d like to see added, please let me know. Thanks for your reading and listening!

To access the treasures, sign up for my Love Notes sent every few weeks. Bisous. x

Post-Election Savvy Sources

 

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Tuesday night broke many hearts in this area— DC, Maryland, Virginia. Yesterday I sat with clients in various stages of grief, rage, despair, and shock.

If you, or someone you know, are struggling, here are a few resources:

If You’re Overwhelmed By The Election, Here’s What You Can Do Now

Elizabeth Gilbert asks “Who do I want to be in this situation?” 

After the Election How Do We Move Forward?

How to Talk to Your Kids About Trump’s Win

5 Ways to Reduce Post-Election Day Anxiety

5 Tips for Coping with Post-Election Shock and Panic

Living With Change, Post-Election Now is Not the Time To Gloat or Despise Others

Three Ways to Lower Post Election Anxiety

Pain, Anger, Sadness, Fear and Hope

18 Compassionate Poems To Help You Weather Uncertain Times

Coping with The Pain and Uncertainty Around Us

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s Letter to His Daughter

My 2004 Post-Election Blog Post

Practice self-care. Feel your feelings. Write an op ed, a letter, or in your journal—get these feelings onto paper. Support causes you believe in. Connect with others. Donate. Volunteer. Spread kindness. Eat dark chocolate. Celebrate successes.

Wishing you moments of ease as we move forward. You are loved and your voice matters. Bisous. x

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Week in Review {Pics + Links}

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Week in Review

Happy Saturday night! I’m sitting fireside surrounded by books, paperwork, my Daybook, journal, water bottle, cuppa tea, and two furry friends. Despite big plans to conquer pending projects on my to-do list, I’ve been moving in slow motion—researching social work licensing exam prep, looking at farmettes for sale in West Virginia, finding new creatives to follow on Twitter.

You know, doing anything but handling those patiently awaiting tasks.

This week was a sprint and my mantra was “mindful survival:” coordinating TranquiliT’s spring photo shoot, launching the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course, packing and shipping the Virtual Retreat Tranquility Toolkits, doing my first Periscope broadcasts, seeing numerous clients, baking two batches of kale chips, making steel cut oats (I doubled the recipe and now have enough for a month—oops!), finalizing the upcoming “Yoga and the Animals” event at Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary on 6/26, releasing a podcast and Love Note, attending a Hospice volunteer workshop, and playing single mom to Mookie (a full-time job) while Tim’s away.

Oh, and purchasing my 9th, yes 9th, Garth Brooks ticket! Two shows in Raleigh, NC = next stop.

As I scan my table covered in tools to help me complete various tasks, I want to crawl into bed. It’s been a good week, a productive one. And now it’s time for rest. The to-dos will be right here waiting for me when I wake up. I’ll give them the attention they deserve after I take care of myself first.

It’s transformative what sleep can do. And a hot bath. And a good cuppa tea. And a nutrient-packed green smoothie. And a Toffuti Cutie for breakfast. You know, because mindful indulgence is a good thing.

Sleep tight loved ones. May tonight bring you respite. Bisous. x

Week in Pics

  1. Mookie big pimpin’
  2. A peek at one of TranquiliT’s new spring colors: peach
  3. Pink cowboy boots in honor of my 9th Garth Brooks concert ticket
  4. Kale chips
  5. Week 8 of 52 Weeks of Tranquility: Artist’s Date
  6. A fireside moment

Savvy Sources

Amazing Vegan Clogs Made in the USA: Mohop
Steven Pressfield on The Truth is Out There
10 Ways Successful People Spend Their Time After Work
What I Wish Everyone Knew About Factory Farming
Meatless Monday with Tracey Stewart (+ Pig Belly Rubs)
The Stigma of Doing Things Alone
How to Embroider Vines and Leaves
How to Be a Great Listener
Reading Program Teaches Kids Empathy and Helps Shy Shelter Dogs
Focus on These 4 Things to Organize Your Business
Why I Turned Vegan and What It Means for My Travel Lifestyle

Weekend Wish List

Host inspiring workshops
Work on essay
Read more of The Art of Slow Writing
Take long walks with Mookie
Time with writing group
Rest