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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

November in Review

Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.—Lauren DeStefano

Month in Review

November was a beautiful month filled with an array of experiences—celebrating a 10-year “friendaversary” in NYC, honoring Tranquil Space’s 18th year, spending a weekend in a tiny house, teaching a charity class and then enjoying a veg Thanksgiving in the woods, collaborating with clients, hosting a Facebook Live, decluttering my closet (see ya six donated bags and boxes), sipping wine midafternoon at dog-friendly wineries, and doing lots of homework for my memoir course, vet social work program, and positive psychology training.

It’s hard to believe we’re now into our 2017 finale. Earlier today I got excited to pen my 2018 dreams and I had to remind myself to focus on wrapping up 2017 first. Tim likes to call me “ready, fire, aim.”

And in his latest mention of it, he may have been referencing Mr. Gizmo (last photo above). Gizmo’s a one-eyed, 10-year-old pug with Homeward Bound Rescue in Oklahoma—the same rescue who graced us with Mookie and Belle Starr. I fell in love with him on Instagram (don’t judge) and just happen to be going home to Oklahoma in two weeks so I’ll get to meet him. Fingers crossed it’s a fit. Mookie’s the wild card in the whole equation and I think I’ve kinda got Tim’s buy in. Kinda.

I’ve been moving in and out of eating pretty this past month and hope to get back on the bandwagon. I even signed up for a Vegan Master Course with Victoria Moran in August. Breakfast was a green smoothie, but I’m super duper craving vegan nachos now. Hmmm. Guess it’s all about balance.

Also, I have three books to read to complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge. Since I’m reading about 30 books and happen to be on approximately page 40 with each of them, if I focus on actually completing three, surely I can get my gold star on Goodreads. Yes, that’s what motivates me!

Thank you, November, for the memories. I’m excited to see what December has in store and to tie a pretty pink bow around 2017! It’s been a year of uncertainty, transition, and expansive possibility. Bisous. x

December Wish List

Finish 6-month memoir course
Safe travels
Savor Christmas in Paris
Collaborate with clients
Complete more of my veterinary social work program
Host inspiring Yoga + Creativity session {done!}
Host inspiring Yoga + Mindfulness Mini Retreat
Sit with Sharon Salzberg & Sylvia Boorstein {done!}
Meet + maybe adopt Gizmo {the one-eyed wonder in the last photo above}
Enjoy time with parents in Oklahoma
Visit Longwood Gardens
Productive Pigs & Pugs Project Board meeting
Learn lots at positive psychology weekend workshop
Host fun Daybook Playshop for those who pre-ordered
Release info on new Tranquility du Jour offering for 2018 {SO excited!}
Release two podcasts

Savvy Sources

Plant-Based Eating Made Easy
If You’re Tired All the Time {she shares after sleeping 12 hours}
5 Things That Happen When You Put Your Phone Down
I Was a Guest on A Healthy Curiosity Podcast
5 Tricks to Cut Your Morning Routine in Half
The Clarity and Truth in Winter’s Scarcity
4 Mantras to Deal with Awkward Holiday Moments
30 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Over the Holidays
6 Sanctuaries Every Animal Lover Needs to Visit
14 Simple DIY Holiday Gift Ideas
Why Writing About Your Anxiety is Helpful
I Was a Guest on Tribe Grow {Interview about Yoga, Therapy, Animals}

October in Review

October had tremendous possibility. The summer’s oppressive heat was a distant memory, and the golden leaves promised a world full of beautiful adventures. They made me believe in miracles.—Sarah Guillory

Month in Review

We’re seven days into November and I still have that sweet spot for October. The month serves as a full launch into fall season—my favorite time of the year!

Last month proved challenging and rewarding all rolled into one. Tim was on a west coast bike tour for 2.5 weeks which means I was solely responsible for the four daily walks of our little ones. I’d dash home between clients to ensure their care remained consistent and felt extreme guilt when gone for more than four or five hours. His return late October was a party for the pups (and me)! I continue to adjust to life without my baby, Tranquil Space, and am still contemplating my next chapter. It’s like I’m looking through a camera lens and I can see it, but it’s a bit fuzzy. My work right now is to keep adjusting the lens to bring it into clear and vibrant focus.

During October, I experienced two days of mindful self-compassion training, two days of Positive Psychology training, three days hosting a retreat in West Virginia, afternoons looking at farmettes in the countryside, a dinner with a former Tranquil Space studio director who was visiting DC, a day trip to Richmond to speak at an event, a lunch at Laduree (see vegan salad above) with a former Tranquil Space studio director, teaching yoga and mindfulness classes, a jaunt to the zoo to see the baby orangutan (in love!), Nathan Runkle of Mercy for Animals during his DC book tour event (top photo), a Renoir and Friends exhibit date with a girlfriend, a vet visit to get Belle ready for Christmas in Paris, a dinner date with a girlfriend, an opera in the park date with a girlfriend (and Miss Belle Starr), multiple edits and reviews of the Daybook and Playbook (thanks for your support) and then sent it off to the printer (ships late-November).

Wishing you a joyful month ahead. May November bring moments of gratitude and deep rest. Bisous. x

October Blog/Podcast Wrap Up

Love Notes
My Week of Eating Pretty
#407: The Writing Process
5 Tips: Planner Power
Mindfulness + Tranquility Tools mp3
Writing in the Woods Reflection
Happy Halloween
#408: Big Love

November Wish List

Host sweet Writing Lab
Host inspiring Thanksgiving Day charity class
Restore over Thanksgiving weekend in the woods
Complete Positive Psychology module 2
Pen memoir homework
Fun 10-year friendaversary weekend in NYC (done!)
Bake two dozen vegan pumpkin scones for Tranquil Space birthday party on 11/11
Ship Daybooks and Playbooks
Organize piles of paperwork
Host TranquiliT trunk show at Tranquil Space on 11/11
Open registration for Penning in Paris
Enjoy tiny home in the woods this weekend
Release two podcasts
Collaborate with clients

Savvy Sources

I was a guest on J. Brown Yoga Talks podcast
How loving-lindness meditation makes you a better human
28 best books on writing
The power of letting go
Use personal essays to jumpstart your career
A 4-step plan for moving through grief
How to build resilience in midlife
5 tips to reduce stress and stop anxiety
7 feel-good books that uplift and inspire
Ways to style over-the-knee boots
10 journaling tips to help you heal, grow, and thrive
An insider’s guide to Paris