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TDJ Survey {+ Giveaway}

Dearest reader:

I’m in contemplation mode for 2019 offerings (mainly online) and YOUR input is incredibly valuable to me.

Will you please take a moment to share your feedback by filling out this survey?

As a thank you, fill it out by FRIDAY, November 9 11:59pm ET to enter to win complimentary access to an e-course of your choice. Three of you will be randomly chosen and announced here this weekend.

Thank you for your time, ideas, and suggestions.

By the way, have I told you lately that I think you’re amazing?! Bisous. x

Pen to Paper: Lists

Sometimes our stop-doing list needs to be bigger than our to-do list.—Patti Digh

Ah, lists. Many of you are probably familiar with a to-do list, yet there are many other lists that we can write and create.

List-making helps to curb that anxious, overwhelmed feeling of too much swimming around in our heads. Studies have shown that imagery is useful for people with anxiety, so making your lists beautiful can alleviate some of those anxious feelings swirling around.

It’s also a space for creativity. When making our lists with color and design like hand lettering and flourishes, we bring a creative streak into our every day experience. Just google “bullet journal lists” and you’ll be filled with inspiration!

Below you’ll find an assortment of list ideas to get you going:

Worry, excited about, gratitude, want to do, bucket, dreams, today’s accomplishments, ideal day, morning ritual, evening ritual, holiday gift list, stop doing, holiday menus, birthdays and anniversaries, journaling prompts, food diary, current projects, meeting notes, exercise log, grocery, meal planning, recipes to try, movies to watch, books to read, restaurants to try, wish, seasonal bucket, places to visit, fitness goals, mood tracker, things I love, favorite quotes, memories, blog posts to write, videos to shoot, things to photograph, monthly budget, items to buy, reading log, playlists, date ideas, outdoor activity ideas, causes you care about, blogs to follow, favorite Instagram accounts, packing lists, day trip ideas, job application log, essential oil recipes, beauty routine, self-care, relationship wish, career wish, habit tracker, pet care, child care, personal care, Q4 list, garden care, to be, home care, sanctuaries to visit, rescues to support.

Create a list beyond your to-do list and to have fun with it. Rather than the typical ballpoint pen on lined paper or a digital list, make it colorful, add doodles or flourishes, or write on a beautiful image pulled from a magazine. Grab your journal, a magazine, markers, washi tape, and do a little brain dumping. Make it uniquely you.

Share your photos using #tranquilitydujour. I can’t wait to see what you create! Bisous. x

A Peek Into Saturday’s Virtual Retreat

Life begins again when it gets crisp in the fall.—Fitzgerald

On Saturday we streamed the Softening into Fall Virtual Retreat from the Pink Palace (my tiny DC condo) with a live audience—three hours writing, reflecting, moving, meditating, and creating.

To combat the fur from four black pets all over white furniture, floors, ceilings, you name it, I spent all of Friday turning my home into a workshop space.

Tim baked kale chips and other detox-friendly treats. I washed curtains and slipcovers, rearranged the furniture, and hid all of my non-essentials (paperwork, jars of markers, files). It’s A LOT of work to adjust a small space to accommodate a group, yet it always feels good to see the open space.

The afternoon’s programming  centered around the theme of softening into fall and included a seated yoga flow, creating in our art journals, practicing mindfulness, and spending time in reflection.

I also shared tips to infuse mindfulness, yoga, and creativity into daily life and focused on providing a three-hour experience to nurture virtual and in-person attendees’ inner artists.

One participant shared, “Having three full hours set aside where I shut off all notifications on my phone and put it away and then gave my full attention to a wonderful community of ladies all around the world to dive deeper into our inner lives and dreams was downright magical. It helped me to tune into what I most need right now in my life and decide what I want out of the next few months.”

That made me smile. A BIG smile. It’s so nice to hear that your work has made a difference . . . to even one person.

The retreat is now available for purchase and comes with a 30-page Playbook, TranquiliT discount code, and a three-hour video for you to retreat at your own pace.

As always, a portion of all proceeds benefit Pigs & Pugs Project—assisting pug rescues and pig sanctuaries across the US.

Thank you for your support in person, virtually, and in spirit. It means so much and I LOVED being with you! Bisous. x