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Welcome to My Office

The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.—Maya Angelou

After three years of seeing therapy clients at The Women’s Center downtown, I began private practice early last year. Craving character and charm, my practice launched in a historic building off Dupont Circle, The Anchorage Building. I started, as many therapists do, by subletting other therapists’ space.

For nearly a year and a half I’ve shared a few offices with other therapists while craving the opportunity to create my own space. As the Maya Angelou quote above mentions, I wanted to set up a safe space for myself and clients. Something more me.

Every few months I followed up with building management to inquire about any space opening in this sweet, five-story structure. Finally, a room with a fireplace and window opened. And it turned out to be the very first space I had sublet, so I knew it intimately.

Within days I signed the lease, sent in my deposit, and chose the furnishings for an August 1 move in date. My tiny apartment was soon filled with large boxes awaiting their new home.

When designing the space, I started with the bigger pieces: a champagne tufted velvet chair, a beige tufted velvet settee, a champagne gold mirror desk, a baroque acrylic chair, a smoky crystal chandelier, and a mirror coffee table. I craved cozy, comfy, and chic.

Then I filled in the rest. Obsessed with details, I carefully chose: a letter board with pink, white, and gold letters, a handwoven jute rug, faux fur pink pillows and a white faux fur sheepskin rug, a champagne-colored aromatherapy machine, a pink urn-styled bowl for mints, a gold urn-styled bowl for a tea assortment, an acrylic trash can, tray, and tissue box, pothos, philodendron, and peace lily plants in various shades of green (all known to purify the air), a gold baroque mirror tray, a gold baroque mirror for the fireplace mantle, two retro silver clocks, a medallion for the chandelier, gold pig bookends (still to come and will be spray painted gold), and birch wood for the fireplace.

I wanted to create a soft, feminine, inviting space filled with comforting touches. The jute rug and plants bring in natural elements, while the chandelier and faux fur provide luxurious elements.

It appears the style leans a little boho glam. There are a few how-to articles that I found after choosing my decor and wondering what to call it. Here’s one from Surround Yourself, Houzz, and Decorista.

And the best part, I stayed under a $2,000 budget thanks to Target (coffee table), Overstock (velvet chair), Ebay (chandelier/medallion), and Amazon (everything else, yep, even the plants).

The only item I purchased in person is the large peace lily and pot in the window. The remaining items were brought from home or used in my previous offices—books, rattan and damask file boxes, K mug, water bottle, pens, washi tape, and candle.

It’s my first full week of seeing clients in this office and it feels soft, light, and airy. A home away from home. A safe space to explore, process, and be. I feel honored to help facilitate the experience in this setting. Bisous. x

{photos by Marie Maroun}

Tranquility du Jour #425: The Magic Ten with Sharon Gannon

The Magic Ten with Sharon Gannon. In this week’s edition of Tranquility du Jour, we discuss the components of the Magic Ten, the importance of daily practice, how an ancient Egyptian cartouche inspired her, and more.

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Sharon Gannon is a 21st century Renaissance woman who excels in many artistic, spiritual and social mediums. Sharon is best known for creating, along with David Life, the Jivamukti Yoga Method—a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings. Blessed by her teachers Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, Shri Swami Nirmalananda, Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and Shyamdas, she is a pioneer in teaching yoga as spiritual activism and is changing the way that people view, spirituality, life, themselves, each other, animals and the environment.

The Jivamukti Yoga method emphasizes asana, Sanskrit, scriptural study, devotion, prayer, music, chanting and meditation as well as animal rights, veganism, environmentalism and political activism. Jivamukti’s passionate focus on the original meaning of the Sanskrit word “asana” as seat, connection—relationship to the Earth is as practical as it is radical at this time of global crisis and consciousness shift.

The Jivamukti Yoga method is taught worldwide at Jivamukti Yoga Schools, and affiliated centers, in Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, Turkey, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. Sharon travels extensively teaching and lecturing throughout the world.

YOGA JOURNAL Magazine has called her an innovator and VANITY FAIR gives her credit for making yoga cool and hip. JANE Magazine nominated her as Gutsiest Woman of the Year and THE FARM SANCTUARY awarded her the compassionate living award. She is a long-time vanguard member of PETA and has helped with many of their campaigns.

She has produced numerous yoga-related DVDs and music CDs including the 2010 release of Sharanam, her solo debut album, which Sting describes as, “inspired, daring and essential.” She is a prolific writer and has authored several books: Jivamukti Yoga, (also translated into German, Russian & Italian) The Art of Yoga, The Jivamukti Chant Book, Yoga Assists, Simple Recipes for Joy (also translated in Italian) and Cats and Dogs are People too! (also translated into Italian) and Yoga and Vegetarianism (also translated into Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Turkish), which has been acclaimed as the seminal work on the subject of how a vegan diet relates to yoga.

Along with David Life she is the founder of the Jivamukti Yoga School, New York City and the Wild Woodstock Forest Sanctuary, a 125-acre wild forest sanctuary in upstate NY, USA.

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Welcome to Summer

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.—John Lubbock

Greetings from Kanab, Utah. We arrived here last Saturday for a weeklong workshop at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and I’ve been documenting moments from the experience over on Instagram.

I’ll share more about this week once I process it. The workshop consists of seven eight-hour days and we have two more to go. My mind if full, so it can take a few weeks to parse out all the nuggets and takeaways. Stay tuned!

To celebrate the longest day of the year, we headed to Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park where our 10-year-old physically challenged Gizmo turned into a puppy. Grin-inducing videos forthcoming. You can see him below kicking up sand as he ran beside me.

As we officially welcome summer, I hope to savor the natural world this season (and this has been a great start to it).

Feel sunshine on my skin. Walk barefoot in the sand. Notice the fireflies. Listen to the birds, frogs, and other critters. Stargaze. Savor watermelon outside and let the juice run down my arms. Go on an early morning or late evening stroll when the sun is less intense. Notice the blue skies. Lose myself in a good book while lying in the grass. Sit around a campfire. Take a road trip to the coast., mountains, or another city. Dine al fresco. Take a dip in cool water.

Summer promises adventure and a sense of freedom. May we allow ourselves the chance to hop off that habitual fast train to relish all that summer offers (like petting potbelly pigs—although that’s really a year-round adventure). Bisous. x