Category: books

Daybook Update

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. —Annie Dillard

Beloved Tranquility du Jour Daybook aficionados, despite the best of intentions to have the new version ready for prime time by spring, it’s still baking, so to speak.

My goal was to have it in your hands by now (as noted here), but I can’t stop tweaking. It’s one of my more, ahem, challenging traits (just ask my poor graphic designer). Since there isn’t an impending deadline like a new year around the corner, I’ve been tinkering longer than I’d planned.

Never fear, version 7.0 is coming and I’ve got a 250-page draft in Dropbox awaiting my attention. Inside this new edition, you’ll find a journaling how-to with prompts, a mediation how-to, 60 weekly layouts, all your favorite staples from past Daybooks and Year of Tranquility, an updated welcome that offers tips on setting up your year, and more.

I think you’ll love it! To be safe, I’m pushing back the launch date until May so that it can rise with a consistency that feels yummy, nourishing, and just right. Stay tuned and thanks for your support and interest in this passion project. Bisous. x

Book Launch Fête [A Gift]

Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much. —Helen Keller

Last night we gathered for the Year of Tranquility Book Launch Fete to celebrate community, International Women’s Day, and the release of the book. Our group spanned from France, Japan, Canada, Mexico, and across the US. The above photos were snapped and shared during the event.

To begin, I read a favorite Marianne Williamson poem called “Our Deepest Fear,” led a few seated yoga poses, and encouraged a mindful check-in.

In honor of International Women’s Day, I shared a selection of my favorite feminist texts such as The Feminine Mystique, Backlash, and The Second Sex, and offered suggestions on living this holiday every day.

We read through an assortment of reflection questions and I highlighted parts from each of chapter such as how to art journal, tips on cleaning out the closet, ideas for Artist Dates, how to do a body scan, yogic principles for daily life, setting SMART goals, how to develop and express your personal brand, and more.

Next, I read pieces from Year of Tranquility such as the Manifesto, TDJ Tenets, Everyday Creativity, and Everyday Mindfulness along with a snippet from 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women and The Artist’s Way.

To close we shared takeaways from the time together and ideas on next steps such as writing one’s own manifesto, making Artist Dates, remembering “progress not perfection,” and incorporating sweet details into everyday activities.

If you’d like to partake in the 75-minute gathering, here’s the replay as a gift. In exchange, I ask that you pay it forward by supporting a female friend’s new handmade bath product business [or equivalent], watching RBG, reading something by Gloria Steinem, sending a love note to a girlfriend who’s struggling, or smiling at a stranger.

The world needs more kindness and, as Maya Angelou said, “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” Bisous. x

Happy International Women’s Day {+ Book Launch Fête}

[photos spotted on Instagram using #yearoftranquility]

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone cross waters to create many ripples. —Mother Teresa

Happy International Women’s Day! Below you’ll find an assortment of links and ideas on celebrating women today (and every day).

TONIGHT from 8-9pm ET, I’ll be hosting a free virtual Year of Tranquility launch fête and, naturally, your presence is desired. If you’ve ordered Year of Tranquility, you’ll find the link over on your private bonuses page. And, if you haven’t picked up your copy yet, there’s still time to join us!

Year of Tranquility is now available in paperback, Kindle, and PDF. Add your order info here and, voilà , you’re immediately swept off to the bonuses page. Bring your book, markers, a sparkly libation, and a celebratory spirit. See you at 8pm ET! RSVP.

Savvy Sources

10 Ways to Celebrate
Why International Women’s Day Isn’t Going Away
17 Ways to Celebrate at Work
25 TED Talks by Some of the World’s Most Creative Women
101 Songs to Celebrate International Women’s Day
48 Happy International Women’s Day Quotes

Celebratory ideas include

Start a feminist film club, see an exhibition by a female artist, send an encouraging note to a female friend or colleague, read about a feminist icon (hello, Gloria!), host an event, march and join protests, profile women, support women-owned businesses, encourage equality, treat others with kindness, and more.

Wishing you a thoughtful International Women’s Day. I’ll be celebrating with long pug walks, texting friends Happy International Women’s Day love, moving my body in ballet class, conducting a podcast interview, prepping for tonight, reading My Life On the Road while getting my hair done (those roots need love, too), hosting tonight’s event while sipping something sparkling, and then heading out to the woods for two days.

Between you and me, can’t every day be a celebration of women?! YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. Bisous. x