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April in Review + Resources

You can start anew at any given moment. Life is just the passage of time and it’s up to you to pass it as you please.—Charlotte Eriksson

Month in Review

April whirred by like a high speed train with sweet stops along the way.

Last month’s experiences included the spring virtual retreat, two jaunts to the beach, a jaunt to the woods, the purchase of a Kindle to tote a portion of my library with me, a Wise Woman Wednesday feature, a jaunt to the mountains on Easter, hours of planting flowers in my patio garden, nine ballet and a few yoga classes, two podcast releases, veg week, updates to Tranquil Treasures {hope you like them!}, the struggle to make myself a priority, a Pigs & Pugs Project board meeting, the ongoing practice of tea meditation, listening to Elle Luna speak about her new book, the appreciation of many pink spring blooms including my first peony bouquet, collaboration with mentoring and therapy clients, a podcast interview on The Creative Imposter, an afternoon tea with a girlfriend, playtime in my art journal, the ongoing search for a farmette, and the release of the creativity module for Year of Tranquility.

Since selling the studio I’ve enjoyed the energetic shifts that include open weekends without the weight of responsibility. April provided space to explore how my use of time and energy aligns {and doesn’t} with my deepest desires. I hope to do continued reflection on how to shorten the gap.

As I turn my attention to May, I see opportunities for spending time with more pink blooms, learning, and writing. My wish is that we can continue this connection to blooming along with the natural world while also weeding out that which no longer allows us to grow. Bisous. x

May Wish List

Learn lots at a small farming workshop
Host inspiring Year of Tranquility Minimalism module
Take 10-12 ballet classes
Finish Animal Assisted Interventions module
Tend garden {the peas are sprouting!}
Buy peonies, peonies, peonies
Pen weekly blog posts
Release two love notes
Collaborate with mentoring and therapy clients
Designate reading and writing time
Learn lots at Duke writing program this week
Finish TranquiliT spring launch
Survive single parenting for 10 days
Enjoy Giselle ballet performance date with friend
Return to memoir writing

Savvy Sources

13 Films to Watch to Inspire Your Next Paris Trip
How to Stop Eating Sugar
Pink Pomegranate Rose Latte
Getting the Right Things Done: Important vs Urgent
The Way to Wear Overalls
10 Books to Add to Your May Reading List
Vegan Spring Recipes
Guide to 10 Amazing Greens
How to Grow Microgreens
15 Tiny Outdoor Garden Ideas
Spring Cleaning: The Practice of Minimalism
Sketching On the Go
Create Your Own Afternoon Retreat

Month in Review {Pics + Links}

Don’t compare her to sunshine and roses when she’s clearly orchids and moonlight.—Melody Lee

March in Review

Last month included a snowstorm mixed with a few 70-degree days. Nature’s flux has been similar to my moods. Numerous ups and downs blended with many beautiful, mundane moments in between.

As you’ll see in the above image, there was lots of flora! From having a raised bed garden planted in the backyard, to seeing the Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens, to attending Rooting DC where we learned about seeds and soil, to picking up microgreens at the farmers’ market, to receiving a bouquet of mini pink roses from a thoughtful friend.

The month began with the film screening of The Last Pig on National Pig Day (see upper right image of me with Charlotte the pretty pink pig), the spring TranquiliT shoot the next day, and then the release  of Module 3 {Style + Beauty} for Year of Tranquility. There was a poetry writing class, a brush hand lettering class, a matinee viewing of Phantom Thread with a girlfriend, getting rear ended on a country road, finding the perfect farmette only to discover it was in a designated flood plain, the finding of a mammary tumor and biopsy for Belle Starr, spending two days at the Psychotherapy Networker conference, plus hosting a 7-day detox including a one-hour kickoff,  TranquiliT show + tell, a one-hour TDJ Live, and a three-hour Urban Retreat at Tranquil Space/YogaWorks.

There was weekly collaboration with therapy clients, another photo shoot to showcase TranquiliT in various settings (see lower left image of me with the pups in my “uniform” of 2in1 fitted, capri leggings + duster above), ballet classes, a one-hour presentation to a George Washington University leadership class on being a #bosslady, morning baths and Morning Pages, and the completion of my six-month Applied Positive Psychology Certificate Program (I’m giving my final presentation in the lower right image above—woo hoo!).

Watch for a podcast forthcoming about the Positive Psychology program experience and if you’re interested in joining the program for $150 off, use code kimberlyw22 and they’ll donate 5% to Pigs & Pugs Project!

Needless to say, it was a full and fluctuating month. As I turn my sights toward April, I’m excited about a fresh start. I’ve penned my April dreams onto an image of a woman on a bike with a basket full of veggies and secured it with gold chevron washi tape into my planner. I’m ready for what this month holds as I remember that fluctuations, change, challenge, and growth = the natural flow of this journey called life. Bisous. x

April Wish List

Grow my newly-planted garden
Return to writing
Work through my Animal-Assisted Interventions course
Take 10 ballet and yoga classes
Announce Italy 2019 retreat
Host inspiring Spring Virtual Retreat
Collaborate with clients
Get Belle healthy
Productive Pigs & Pugs Project board meeting
Savor Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea with a girlfriend
Daily self-care: baths, Morning Pages, movement, greens, MITs, creative play, connection
Read two books
Work on zero waste habits
Practice brush hand lettering
Savor weekly Artist Dates

Savvy Sources

Zero Waste Quick Start Guide
10 Writers’ Tips on Writing
Why I Keep a Diary
Make Next Month Your Most Productive
7 Beauty Secrets Parisian Women Know
Guide to Intermittent Fasting
How to Wear All Black
New York Woman Who Has Rescued Over 500 Pigs
How to Break Up with Your Phone
Beginner’s Guide to Eating Plant-Based

January in Review

You’ve got a chance to start out all over again. A new place, new people, new sights. A clean slate. See, you can be anything you want with a fresh start.—Annie Proulx

January in Review

Au revoir January, you were a tough one. While many wonderful things happened such as launching Year of Tranquility and adopting Gizmo, it felt like I wasn’t able to settle into the month. You know, like a snow globe all shaken up and instead of the flakes falling to the bottom, they continually swirl.

Between Gizmo’s cancer diagnosis and surgery, a 26-hour drive to and from St. Louis, a weekend jaunt to Seattle, assorted disappointments, and teaching multiple workshops and classes, my energy never quite recovered.

While musing in my journal last week, I realized I hadn’t exercised in way too long and had been eating poorly. Duh, of course I was feeling yucky! That evening I carved out space for a yoga class and returned to more salads and smoothies. I won’t say I’m 100%, but I am feeling better.

It seems that January had that affect on so many people (as I mentioned in yesterday’s post). At times like this, it can be good to return to the basics. Are we eating right? Are we exercising? Are we sleeping? Are we hydrated? Yes, the very basics!

January did offer multiple treats from celebrating 14 years with Tim, to meeting with friends in Seattle, to returning to ballet after a four-year sabbatical, to hosting TDJ Live, to having Mom out to watch the pups, to collaborating with clients after having been away the last week in December, to seeing brightly-colored tulips, to loving the group who joined Year of Tranquility, to scheduling The Last Pig film screening and Yoga + the Animals, to releasing two podcasts, to finishing two books, to picking up those great magazines shown above, to taking a plant hanger macrame class, to seeing the Sylvia Plath exhibit downtown, to tea dates with friends, to receiving the sweetest custom pink socks of Gizmo.

So, as you can see, I have a lot to be happy about and I’m not intending to complain. It’s more of an observation that the month felt energetically heavy despite the beautiful experiences. You with me?

I’m overall grateful for what January offered and, yet, I’m so looking forward to a brand new month filled with possibility (and Costa Rica sunshine mixed with papaya). Here’s to the chance to start again. And again.

By the way, did you  see last night’s moon?! Bisous. x

February Wish List

Host an inspiring retreat in Costa Rica
Savor Carla Bruni concert
Complete two weekends of Positive Psychology training
Host inspiring second month of Year of Tranquility
Sell lots of tickets for our first Pigs & Pugs event: The Last Pig film screening
Finalize TranquiliT spring collection
Release two podcasts
Collaborate with mentoring and therapy clients
Catch up on Positive Psychology training videos
Dive deeper into Veterinary Social Work program
Read Woman-Powered Farm
Keep looking for formats
Get Gizmo healthy
Work on the “6 Magic Hours” with Tim

Savvy Sources

New York Times‘ A Year of Living Better
What To Read Next Based on Your Netflix Binging
30 Days to Minimalism
9 Books to Love During the Month of February
18 Self-Care Practices to Start Today
10 Ways to Unwind After a Bad Day
4 Visualization Methods to Turn Dreams into Reality
What to Consider if You Want to Go Vegan
7 Ways to Make Your Year More Mindful