October in Review

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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