Category: daybook

Helllooooo November

Welcome to a brand new month! I always love a fresh start, don’t you?

Over the weekend, I encourage you to pull out your journal, sketchbook, planner, Year of Tranquility, or Daybook to reflect and dream.

Consider . . . 1. What did you experience, accomplish, start, or ponder in October? 2. What would you like to experience, accomplish, start, or ponder in November?

Using ephemera (bits of paper), washi tape, a Sharpie, and your preferred book, put those November dreams on paper.

We have two months left in 2019 which is 1/6 of the year! There’s still plenty of time to review your year’s dreams and keep (or start) making progress toward what matters most. It’s one foot in front of the other, one tiny step at a time.

While reviewing my October dreams, I was only able to check three of my nine boxes. Some of the unchecked boxes involve other people (ex. new website), one goal I didn’t meet (ex. sell 50 tickets to Pugs & Pints), one I simply didn’t do (ex. donate five bags of stuff and two Tea with Kimberly videos—although I DO have a 20-minute Tea with K coming next week), and one is happening on Monday (open Provence retreat registration).

Rather than beating myself up (it IS a specialty), I’ll take the unchecked items into November, mark through what didn’t happen and was specific to October, and consider ways to get back on track (ex. set the Tea with K video ideas and schedule the recording).

Voilà, this process allows me to start the new month with reflection and intention setting PLUS a little celebration of what DID happen. Whew! You’ve got this and welcome to November, ladies! Bisous. x

My 168 Hours

Ever wonder where your time goes or how to get more of it? Feel like you spin your wheels and have little to show for it? Raise those hands, me, too!

Well, the good news is that we can get more clear by tracking it.

Here’s some interesting data: there are 168 hours in a week. If we subtract 50 work hours and 56 sleep hours, there are 62 hours leftover.

I always find those numbers surprising. Where ARE those 62 hours going?!

In Tranquility Salon, I chunked out my ideal schedule by family time, flex time, movement, creative space, AM/PM rituals (see above image). I noted that my ideal is quite similar to my current EXCEPT admin often takes place of my creativity and flex time. You know, those doctor’s appointments, vet appointments, never ending emails, grocery runs, transport maintenance for cars and bikes, and on and on.

For example, right now I’m sitting at the Jeep dealership to have a check engine light diagnosed. There are so many other things I’d rather be doing, but, alas, here I am with my laptop.

Although life often intervenes, I find it helpful to have a skeleton structure. That way I strive to intentionally incorporate activities that are important to me beyond work (hello family time, movement, and creative space).

Curious how your 168 hours look? You’ll find blank layouts in Year of Tranquility and the Tranquility du Jour Daybook.In case you need another copy, here’s a PDF for you to print.

Happy consciously creating your days. After all, as writer Annie Dillard reminds us, how we spend our days is how we spend our lives. You know, no biggie! Bisous. x

P. S. Check out these Tranquility du Jour podcasts with Laura Vanderkam for more inspiration:#199 on 168 hours, #263 on weekends, #306 at work, and #343 in life.

Hellooooo October

Welcome to a brand new month (and for some a brand new year)!

Tuesday I set aside time to review September’s dreams, checked things off (why is that SO satisfying?!), and noted the ones that need to be carried over. Next, I pulled a beautiful fall image from Lucia, washi taped it into my planner, and added October dreams. It’s a favorite monthly ritual that ensures I stay in touch with what’s most important.

In Tranquility Salon, one homework practice is to use images and words to represent where we’d like to be in a year. After curating what resonates from magazines, use a glue stick and washi tape to arrange a collage into a journal, notebook, or onto a file folder. Write those one-year-from-now dreams over the collage with a Sharpie. I chose a faint gold one for mine. (You’ll find mine over on Instagram).

This relaxing, creative process decreases stress responses and increases seratonin and helps us stay intentional.

With less than 90 days left in 2019, this ritual offers an artistic and playful way to stay on track and course correct, as needed. What would a Q4 collage look like to you? How have those bigger picture 2019 dreams unfolded? What dreams can you manifest by New Year’s Eve?

Spend a few moments in reflection to contemplate what you need most right now. Sending love and collage encouragement from DC. Bisous. x