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July in Review

When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings.—Dean Jackson

July in Review

Last month was filled with travel, family, and friends. From savoring four tea dates, to spending a weekend with a girlfriend of 30 years, to seeing Garth for the 13th time—July offered an abundance of experiences.

Monday night I penned this muse for the Tranquil Space newsletter using the above Dean Jackson quote. The notion of spreading our wings has motivated me since my early 20s. In the muse I tried to convey the discomfort in change (former caterpillars may not approve) and importance of finding your own way. Taking flight connotes freedom.

July delights: wandering through the Cloisters and Hillwood gardens, riding two carousels, picking lavender, attending a DC Council meeting to support an animal welfare bill (it passed unanimously and has one more round to go), biking around the city, celebrating Mookie and Belle’s gotchaversary with my parents and their former foster parents, hiking the hills in Oklahoma, seeing Cabaret at the Kennedy Center, spending an afternoon decluttering, going through a minor surgery and receiving good results, releasing the Pigs & Pugs tee, and holding the fall TranquiliT shoot.

Keats wrote, “I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days—three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.” A gorgeous reminder to infuse our days with experiences and simple pleasures, to treasure the moments in between as if they were our last.

Now, let’s spread our wings and fly. Bisous. x

July Blog/Podcast Wrap Up

Turn Toward the Light
Summer Reading List
Podcast #401: Finding Your Inner Artist
400th Follow Up + Giveaway
Podcast #400: Celebrating 400 Episodes

August Wish List

Learn lots at this weekend’s Animal Rights Conference
Smooth travels to and from Farm Sanctuary Hoe Down in New York
Host inspiring Writing Lab
Complete 5,000 words of memoir
Date night to see The King and I
Release two podcasts
Announce plans regarding Daybook 6.0
Collaborate with clients
Read three books from Summer Reading List
Spend full day in declutter mode

Savvy Sources

The feminist consultants for “A Dolls House, Part 2”
A neuroscientist reveals the most important choice you can make
The importance of being unproductive
Yes, you can buy happiness if you spend money to save time
An essay primer: 6 essay types you should know
Can animals suffer from PTSD?
How to eat vegan for a week for under $50
I quit sugar for a week and here’s what happened
Do you often wake up between 3 and 5 am? A higher power is trying to tell you something . . .
4 ways to make space in your brain to create
Tons of people ditching meat after watching Okja
Becoming Jane: How Austen transformed into a chick-lit icon
How to live a life of reading with no regrets
How pursuing a quest can bring purpose to your life
5 tips we can learn from the French way of grocery shopping
Thoreau on defining your own success

Month in Review

Our task must be to free ourselves from our prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.—Albert Einstein

June in Review

Greetings from a light-filled cabin in rural Virginia. I’m sitting at a pine table filled with books, peonies, a cuppa iced hibiscus tea, and an unfinished salad while Belle snores away on my lap. We arrived Friday afternoon and have been nestled in ever since to read, watch movies (you must see Okja), write, and be. The views are stunning—rolling green hills covered with trees, James River, the Lotus Shrine—and the wraparound porch offers varied vistas. Friday was my 44th birthday and this escape to the countryside was my gift (along with a pink electric toothbrush).

As I searched for a quote to sum up my June experience, I connected with the one above by Einstein. The launch of Tranquil Space Foundation’s Pigs & Pugs Project, the Yoga and the Animals event, roasting s’mores and waving sparklers with my parents at dusk, dining al fresco, and arriving to this lush setting all align with “widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”

June offered the opportunity to cultivate my patio garden, read five books (devoured Apprenticed to Venus and savored Transitions like fine wine), bike to The Kennedy Center for two shows, host Writing Lab, teach Mindfulness classes, enjoy a productive Tranquil Space directors’ meeting, collaborate with clients, send a Q2 Love Note to the Tranquil Space team, and eat much less sugar. I found myself doing less and feeling more.

Wishing you a joyful launch into this brand new month! Bisous. x

June Blog/Podcast Wrap Up

You Can Be Brave
Podcast #398: Make Peace with Your Mind
Happy Summer Solstice
Podcast #399: Creating Big Sky Yoga Retreats
What Makes You Come Alive

July Wish List

Safe travels to and from Oklahoma for pups’ gotchaversary
Sing along at Garth’s Oklahoma City show
Savor trip with childhood friend to New York City
Enjoy birthday weekend away in the Virginia countryside
Experience afternoon tea at Hillwood Estate with a girlfriend
Collaborate with clients
Enjoy show at The Kennedy Center
Read four books (finished two already this weekend!)
Write 4,000 words for my memoir
Release two podcasts (400th is next!)
Keep up with memoir writing course curriculum

Savvy Sources

How to stop cruel factory farming: start with one animal
Two kinds of stories we tell about ourselves
A campaign to eliminate straws
Vegans, vegetarians, and now . . . reduceitarians
What if all I want is a mediocre life?
Keep a gratitude journal
Seeing Okja in every animal: a film review
11 bookish things every bibliophile should do at least once
Why I taught myself to procrastinate
Trader Joe’s vegan shopping list
The things we can really learn from books
Nature makes us happier and kinder
10 books about books and reading
5 rituals of highly creative people
12 animal books to read this summer

Month in Review

Sometimes, you have to look back in order to understand the things that lie ahead.—Yvonne Woon

Month in Review

Although I’m taking some space from regular blogging, I wanted to share May’s highlights coupled with Savvy Sources.

May was a sweet month filled with assorted joys—spending a winery day with my parents, attending the Taos writing workshop, sipping tea at Laduree, hearing Thievery Corporation accompanied by an orchestra at The Kennedy Center, watching the live stream as Anita Krajnc was found not guilty, attending and hosting celebrations for a friend who wrote the Hemingway spy book, enjoying a dinner in honor of four teachers’ 15-year anniversary at Tranquil Space, doing a session with my writing teacher, getting studios “springified,” collaborating with clients, spending time in my art journal, hosting the Art + Yoga retreat in West Virginia, eating outside, playing with peonies, and the tiny moments in between.

What are some of your May highlights?

New Month Wish List

Host inspiring Yoga + the Animals
Celebrate 44th birthday in the country
Savor time with Mom and Dad
Finish two books
Consume less sugar
Prepare for launch of Vet Social Work + Memoir Writing courses in July
Announce Tranquil Space Foundation’s new program: Pigs & Pugs Project
Host inspiring Writing Lab
Release two podcasts
Get 8-week Tranquil Teens program edits to graphic designer
Enjoy show at The Kennedy Center

What’s on your June wish list?

Savvy Sources

10 Trips You Should Take in Your Lifetime
Dani Shapiro on Finding the Quiet Within
The Simple Action You Can Take Right Now to Change Your Life. All You Need is a Pen.
How to Cook Healthy with More Ease
The Case for Eliminating Sugar. All of It.
126 Dog Meat Restaurants in China are Closed Thanks to Activists
How Showing Compassion For Animals Can Improve Your Health
The Writer’s Process
The Pig Trial Is Not Over
Activist Who Gave Water to Pigs is Found Not Guilty of a Crime
How to Add Summer Fruits and Veggies to Your Dog’s Diet
Simplicity, Productivity, and the Personal Uniform
13 Things You Can Do to Reduce Stress

Wishing you a beautiful weekend filled with a deep exhale. Bisous. x