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Declutter Day at the Pink Palace


I share my tiny 600-square-foot home with four rescue pets and one boy (why are they so messy?!).

Each year I set aside a few days to do an overhaul during the holidays. Since I went home to Oklahoma in December, I didn’t have the usual time and space. So early in the year I designated today as decluttering day at the pink palace.

Tim’s away and won’t be home until midnight, so I can pile everything on my bed without too much disturbance. Take a peek, I documented before videos on Instagram stories and Facebook. Hopefully the after videos will show bags of items ready for a new home and a more organized space.

God bless the Marie Kondo craze and reminder to only hold on to those things that spark joy. Bisous. x

Things I’m Loving

rose latte from Ladurée

chunky knit blanket and gizmo the pug

what I’m currently reading

this beautiful jade

Gentle Baby aromatherapy oil (thanks, Kat), custom notecards to tuck inside orders, and a gold pen

getting ready for TranquiliT‘s spring launch

healthy, tasty nibbles

adorable pugs in Pigs & Pugs Project bandanas

obsessed with this scent from Lush

this tee says it all

planning in Year of Tranquility

Our 15 Years Podcast

Tuesday was our 15-year anniversary. In 2004 we met online and after witty banter (his, not mine) back and forth, we realized we lived across the street from each other. A week later, we met in person on Thursday, January 22 at 10pm after I finished at the studio.

We arrived at the same time and made our way to the bar of a hip spot around the corner, Local 16. I sipped champagne, he sipped beer. At the end of the date, he said, “I’ll call you.” My response, “When?!” And the rest, as they say, is history.

Here’s a few previous posts about our journey: 2009, 2013, 2014.

We’re going to record a podcast discussing our journey that’s included deep loss (we’re still mourning Louis), working together for over a decade, co-parenting of numerous creatures (furry and finned . . . he accidentally killed my beloved goldfish, Fishey, and you see I’ve let it go), being childless by choice, not getting hitched, lessons we’ve learned along the way, and more.

If you have a question you’d like us to answer or muse on, please send it my way.

What did we do for our 15-year anniversary? He co-hosted an event at REI and I worked with clients, then discussed pet loss and grief on a two-hour veterinary social work supervision call. Then we got us a big slice of pizza and we were asleep by 10.

I hope you’ll enjoy this upcoming extra segment of Tranquility du Jour. You’ll also find your bi-weekly episode releasing on Monday featuring an interview with Christine Mason Miller on her new book, The Meandering River of Unfathomable Joy. Pssst, and a giveaway of one copy! Bisous. x