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Woods Getaway

Going to the woods is going home.—John Muir

With little light left, we pulled up to a tiny house Saturday evening and I snapped the top photo. I’d seen images online, but nothing could have prepared me for our morning view (captured in the second photo). Simply stunning.

Trees remain peppered with yellows, reds, and oranges despite it being late in the season. Surrounded by the colors and musty smell of the forest, this two-day escape felt like rich soul balm.

Sunday’s chill ensured we stayed by the campfire after our morning hike. No complaints here. The pups huddled under faux fur blankets. Tim listened to podcasts and I read with a cup of tea in hand. This lasted for hours until the sky began to darken and the temperature dropped.

When Getaway reached out this fall and offered me an opportunity to try out their new DC location, I immediately reached for my Daybook to find an open weekend and told Tim to save the date. For two months we looked forward to spending time in the woods curled up in a tiny house.

Obsessed with details, the simple touches were a highlight. For example, a Getaway Guide and s’mores kit sat on the table to welcome us. Filled with tips on: building a campfire, forest bathing, identifying birds and trees, questions to ask your partner (ex. name three things you and your partner appear to have in common), how to meditate, yoga poses, poetry (ex. “Stopping by Woods on a Snowing Evening” by Robert Frost, “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein), the Guide provided ideas to help turn inward.

Before leaving Monday morning, I reached for an envelope labeled not to be opened until departure.  Inside was a notecard offering tips to survive in the real world such as: always be chipping away at a great novel, put plants on your desk, try not to sit for more than 20 minutes at a time, snack like a squirrel (eat berries, nuts and seeds between meals), and turn off your phone and meditate for 10 minutes a day.

This weekend experience offered the perfect nature-filled recharge complete with cozy linens, a perfect library (ex. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and How to Stay Alive in the Woods), a campfire set up complete with wood, a hot plate for heating soup, making pasta or boiling water for tea, a full bathroom, and jaw dropping views.

As we head into the holiday season, let’s make time to connect with nature. Enjoy a long afternoon walk. Stargaze. Build a snowman. Ice skate. Collect pine cones to make scented pine cones. Sip hot cocoa by a campfire. It’s truly a dose of much-deserved therapy. Bisous. x

Penning in Paris

I’m delighted to announce that registration for Penning in Paris is now open!

Creating and running this retreat the past few years has been a dream. Sharing my favorite experiences in the world’s most inspiring city (yes, I’m biased) while offering the space to nurture creative sparks is an honor.

Here’s what one participant had to say:

I highly recommend Penning in Paris. It was a lovely experience in a beautiful city. Kimberly is the perfect host. She helped me find the inspiration, direction, and motivation to become a better writer. I appreciated her guidance on finding my voice. It was great to write and share with a group of supportive, like-minded women. I now have the courage to start my own blog. I would do this retreat again!

Below is all the scoop on our July retreat, along with a discount through November 30. Hope to see you in Paris! You won’t regret it. Bisous. x


Paris is always a good idea.—Audrey Hepburn

Spend five days exploring the City of Light through led writing workshops July 23-27, 2018. This year’s jaunt coincides with The Hemingway Society’s annual conference. The city will be filled with literary love!

Each day will include a leisurely breakfast followed by morning workshops and free time to explore the City of Light. Afternoons or evenings will include outings such as a picnic at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, yoga in Luxembourg Gardens, savory lunch and tea at Ladurée (bonjour rose macarons), jaunts to favorite English bookstores, a champagne cruise on the Seine, meditation in the oldest church in Paris, and additional sensory surprises.

Picture yourself writing in cafés where Hemingway and de Beauvoir wrote, sharing your literary dreams, and deepening your commitment to a writing project. In our workshops you’ll learn writing tools, tips to find your voice, ways to structure your prose, how to share your writing through social media, and more. We’ll also explore writing prompts and the science behind using writing to heal and deepen self-awareness.

There will be daily unscheduled space for exploring the city on your own by tiptoeing through the Tuileries, window shopping along the Champs Élysées, visiting Mona Lisa at the Louvre (or a favorite Monet at Musée d’Orsay), and sipping a cup of café au lait at a sidewalk café.

Our boutique hotel is perfectly located near Luxembourg gardens and, upon arrival, you’ll find a customized goody bag filled with writing and nourishing accoutrements for our journey.

This adventure is for newbies to journalers to published writers—anyone longing to connect with their creative spark and explore an inspiring city with a like-hearted, intimate group of women.

Early registration encouraged due to limited openings. Only 10 spots available.

Investment: $2395, {$2245 through 11/30}

NYC Girls’ Weekend

Jivamukti graduation April 2007

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.—Anais Nin

While in NYC together over New Year’s Day, my friend Jenn and I realized that 2017 marked 10 years since we met at a monthlong Jivamukti teacher training. At that moment we decided a celebratory girls’ weekend was in order!

For months we texted and emailed ideas—Miami, NYC, Farm Sanctuary, an island. Ultimately we settled on a city between the two of us (she lives in Montreal) where we often meet up at the start of the new year, NYC.

Before we knew it, tickets were booked. An AirBnB was secured. Bags were packed.

Last weekend we walked 49k steps all over the city. We practiced yoga, hit boutiques (hello, Moo shoes), sipped matcha lattes at Laduree, savored vegan brunch and dinner spots (Double Zero, Peacefood, The Butcher’s Daughter), went to the movies, tried lavender face masks, walked and rowed in Central Park, browsed bookstores, and sipped peony rose tea.

Considering I tend to keep to myself in groups, Jenn’s persistent and gracious nature ensured we connected back in 2007. While I poured over my laptop during the few breaks we had at the training, she’d plop herself down next to me and start talking. Here we are in 2009 bonding over her harmonium.

Over the past decade we’ve stayed in touch and offered support as we faced a range of experiences—loss, challenge, growth, joy. For example, when Louis grew quite sick, Tim and I Skyped via video with Jenn and her son, Levi. Levi had fallen in love with Louis during a recent visit (and especially liked that he would eat clementines). After he passed away, Levi asked if an airplane could get Louis out of the sky to bring him back. I always loved that question and wish it possible every day.

The photos above offer a peek into our 50 hours together. I’m grateful for our excursion and especially thankful for this friendship. May we all take time to look up from our laptops and experience real, live connection from time to time. Bisous. x