Category: creativity

The Sound of Music

I’m delighted to announce that pianist and composer Heather McAuliffe will be sharing her talent at our TDJ Soirée on Sunday, June 9. We’ve worked together on over the years and you’ll hear her beautiful music on my first yoga CDs.

As we continue build on this detailed description of the event and add more sensory surprises, you’ll now be greeted with the sound of jazzy piano tunes by this gifted musician.

Last weekend I headed to Pittsburgh to hear my boy Garth play in his stadium tour (and fell in love with the opening act, Midland). Whew, I’m still on a high from the experience!

I love how it taps into emotional parts that can only be touched through lyrics, rhythm, melody, harmony, and overall texture. I’m sure you, too, have found the sound of music to be transformative.

Of course, I had to explore further and, yes, there’s a whole music therapy program. Clearly we’re not alone in our connection to its effect on our overall well-being. Now, please excuse me while I put Midland’s album on repeat. Again. Bisous. x

And the Daybook cover winner is . . .

This sweet cover won by a landslide. Thank you SO much for taking the time out of your busy schedules to vote! I’m blown away with the responses and so many kind words. It means a lot!

The winner of the giveaway is Angelica Benitez. BIG congrats, Angelica!

For a reminder of all the exciting Daybook features, check out this post and you can read more about its history here.

Stay tuned here for more information and thanks again for choosing the cover! 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