Blog » writing

Category: writing

Softening into Fall Virtual Retreat October 20

There is a connection between self-nurturing and self-respect.—Julia Cameron

Imagine three hours devoted to self-care and personal growth without having to leave the comfort of your own home.

Join me for a half-day online retreat on Saturday, October 20 (12-3 ET) carefully crafted to help you reflect, set intentions, and soften into the fall season among the company of like-hearted women. Bask in inspiration, education, and the practice of tranquillity tools such as yoga, mindfulness, and creativity.

Here’s what Kirsten had to say about her spring virtual retreat experience:

The chair yoga was greatly appreciated and made me realize how much more I need to do of it to ease those constantly-sitting-in-front-of-computer muscles. And would agree that your version of art journaling is so fun and eye-opening. I am always surprised by what comes out on the pages after creating them. When I closed the page yesterday at the end, I felt so refreshed and relaxed after the retreat and full of energy.

This retreat provides a chance to hit the pause button, reflect, learn new skills, and focus on what’s most meaningful to you. If you can’t join us live, you will receive the replay to retreat at your own time. Hope you can join us!

More information and registration HERE.

October 20, 12-3pm ET, $49

Writing Salon

I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.—Joan Didion

One upcoming Saturday afternoon I’m opening up my office to host a writing salon—a safe space to write, learn, and connect and you’re invited.

My vision is to share tools to enliven our writing, tips to create time and space for writing, prompts to practice in the moment,  and ways to share our voice with the world.

Wouldn’t it be delicious to work on our writing habit in a cozy, creative setting while savoring vegan treats, organic tea, and community? 

October 27, 2-4:30, $49

Creating To-Dos to Match Dreams

Time is the most valuable coin in your life. You and you alone will determine how that coin will be spent. Be careful that you do not let other people spend it for you.—Carl Sandburg

This is me right now. Although Gizmo is sans bow tie and snoring versus looking up. And Belle is also curled up on my lap since Tim is out of town (that’s the only way I get her attention). Oh, and my hair is super frizzy from all the rain versus curled and, of course, I’m in that same outfit—aka, my uniform.

While hosting this month’s minimalism module for Year of Tranquility (YOT), I’m also engaging along with the group and this week’s practices focus on time and energy usage. Some ideas to protect our output include taking a Sabbath, creating MITs (most important tasks), trying the Pomodoro technique, and tracking time. The last one sheds light on whether our actions are currently in alignment with our values.

Tim left on Monday for a bike tour on the Katy Trail and I carefully crafted the week to rotate around daycare for Mookie, seeing clients, and juggling other appointments. I also penned a list of things I wanted to do while he was gone onto pink paper and stapled it into my planner. The list includes:

  • Make cauliflower wings {done!}
  • Practice hand lettering
  • Finish The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
  • Start The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy
  • Work on my memoir proposal
  • Host a FB Live {that one has a question mark after it as it’s still TBD—you’ll be the first to know if I do schedule it}
  • Attend Poplar Spring’s Run for the Animals
  • Take 5 ballet classes
  • Work on editorial calendar
  • Have a declutter day {scheduled for Saturday}
  • Make a matcha latte
  • Update 24 Tools o’ Tranquility
  • Review budgets
  • Dabble in bullet journaling
  • Work on my Year of Tranquility journal
  • Brunch with a girlfriend
  • Peony picking with a girlfriend

Daily I find myself obsessively reviewing my to-dos and trying to knock things off. It’s a superpower (ahem, curse) of mine. The list above wasn’t part of my typical to-dos, but rather bigger things I wanted to try or practice. It’s a list that goes beyond scheduling appointments or everyday tasks and brings what’s percolating in the back of my mind to the forefront.

For example, Tim does the cooking and I’m obsessed with his cauliflower wings so I wanted to give it a go. Last night I got home at 9 after seeing clients and picking up Mookie from daycare and read through his how-to text message. 75 minutest later I was popping crispy florets of cauliflower smothered in buffalo wing sauce into my belly. During the process I wrote a confessional text to him that I think it was my first time ever chopping cauliflower. Now I feel empowered and will be making more tonight.

A few of the items above are creativity related—hand lettering, YOT journal, bullet journaling, ballet, and memoir writing. Often times these are the projects that will fall by the wayside if I focus on checking off the typical to-dos. Although I already had the ballet classes in my schedule, I liked noting that I’d take five. It sounds dedicated, no?!

I share all this as a reminder of what we already know, and Annie Dillard tells us, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” If we value creativity, reading, writing, healthy eating, and relationships and yet those items aren’t showing up in our daily lives, this serves as a wake up call to make some shifts.

If you created a pink list to staple into your planner, what would go onto it? What isn’t a typical to-do, but rather something bigger picture that taps into a deeper longing? Guard your time and energy as your most precious resources. Because, well, they are. Bisous. x