One week from today we gather to celebrate Hip Tranquil Chick‘s 10-year birthday. I’ve been planning this event and writing the new chapter for months, so I’m feeling giddy about next Sunday.
And, of course, Belle Starr has a new outfit for the occasion.
I sent the draft HTC10 chapter out to a handful of early reviewers and, in addition to lots of grammatical feedback (so many commas!), here’s what they had to say:
I really did cry several times reading the chapter — sometimes in sympathy with the sad moments, and sometimes with gratitude because I saw insights that could really help me during a time of uncertainty and scariness.
I felt you really put your heart on your sleeve and bravely showed vulnerability, and that made each story particularly poignant. The tone of your books is usually positive, hopeful and caring, but it seems to me that rarely before did you reveal the pain and sadness that makes you seek out tranquility every day. That underscored how important your message is — that living with tranquility is not about hiding or avoiding the bad stuff in life, it’s about learning to bring more good stuff in.
It is a comprehensive body of work that can stand alone, but has additional impact when viewed with the original book. There is clear learning and personal growth from Hip Tranquil Chick.
The sentence “I performed as if I had a mindset of ease, not fear, and it’s taken a heavy toll over the years” moved me to tears. Thinking of my own circumstances of juggling full-time work, PhD, having young children, and always trying to overachieve. . . . I relate fully to this section (despite the different circumstances).
After reading through the chapter, I was left with a deep appreciation for your vulnerability in sharing your story in this way. Anyone who has following you for even a short amount of time is probably familiar with how Tranquil Space expanded, how your Gramma passed away, how much you love the pigs and yet, this chapter mixes the light with the shadow side. It’s not all pink glitter and leopard print anymore – it’s an offering of renewed perspective and depth.
Below you’ll find all the details. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. I can’t wait to celebrate during this festive time of year (think twinkle lights and holiday jazz). Thank you for helping me honor my firstborn book’s birthday. Your presence is the cherry on top!
Sunday, December 4 from 5-7pm ET (all registrants will receive a video recording).
An Internet connection and computer or smartphone. We’ll send a link shortly before the gathering to click and, voilà, you’re with us. A journal and pen is helpful, too.
For the cost of a few soy chai lattes, you get 3 treats that last a lifetime.
1. LIVE EVENT: The live event will stream from my tiny Pink Palace with a live in-home audience. Festivities include mini workshops, seated yoga, mindfulness practices, a reading from HTC10 (the new chapter), your stories on how the book inspired you (share yours), and more!
2. NEW CHAPTER*: HTC10 is a 10,000-word, 10-year retrospective PDF. It’s filled with photos, inspiration, lessons learned, stories, and savvy sources, plus a peek into my dreams of what’s next. Read the draft introduction to the new chapter or listen to me read it at the end of Friday’s Facebook Live event.
3. PLAYBOOK*: The Playbook complements our live event with suggestions on how best to prepare for and participate in the online gathering with helpful checklists, recipes, playlists, how-tos for the practices, and more.
*Both PDFs will be sent your way at the end of this week.
HTC10 + Live event + Playbook + Signed copy of Hip Tranquil Chick $42