Monday, July 07, 2014

seasonal podcast TODAY at 4pm ET

savoring blooming tea at le th√© des √©crivains 
{recommended last year by blog reader deb, merci!}

bonjour. 

fresh back from my time in beautiful paree and still reeling from the adventure.

after sleeping 11 hours {i may or may not have called it a day at 6:30pm last night}, i'm ready to face my first full day back stateside. AND to offer this season's *complimentary* tranquilosophy podcast based on my parisian experience.

gather your journal, markers, cuppa tea, and tune in TODAY at 4pm ET. 

to join us, simply call 712-432-3066 and when prompted, enter conference code 229226.

if you can’t make it live, a recording will be available for $10 on our on demand page as an instant download within 24 hours of the call.

wishing you a beautiful start to your week. bisous. x

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

wednesday well-being: projects


when i woke up today i knew there were many pending projects awaiting attention. after savoring two sensory-filled days up north, it's time to settle back into the writing practice with vengeance. my hope is to have many checked boxes before the sun fades today. good news, it happens around 10pm in paris.

tackling a few projects at once can feel daunting, so i tend to break them out into workable pieces. and ensure ample tranquility tools are nearby such as tea, favorite pens, lavender oil, a candle, and water.

i begin by penning them into my daybook to help stay focused in case i find myself going down a tangential rabbit hole. hello facebook. and then i'll determine which one to tackle first based on deadlines and excitement.

although productivity experts often encourage we conquer the biggest, most complicated task first, i find myself gravitating toward smaller, quicker ones so that i can open up brain space for the others. i also try to bundle similar tasks together such as writing, email responding, or social media.

next, i'll gather all the information necessary to work on the project and hunker down with the plan of hitting a milestone such as completion, five written pages, or a thoughtful email response.

one key part of the process includes regular stretch breaks and a possible dangling carrot. for example, mine today is to take an afternoon stroll to the montparnasse monoprix {a parisian version of target} i loved so much last year to pick up gifts and postcards, clear my head, move my body, and grab a treat for tonight.

although our to-do lists can look daunting, it's helpful to break projects down into action steps and to reward ourselves along the way with a walk around the block, a favorite iced tea, or a juicy read. do you have a project routine that you love? if so, please share it in the comments.

here's to moving forward in a mindful way. bisous. x

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

mon anniversaire: merci

 leaving paris apartment with bottle of bubbly veuve cliquot

 took train from gare du nord to abbeville

bread with flowers baked on top

veggie quiche with edible flowers
ice cream, macarons + edible flowers

moi + my beautiful host, maite at jardins de valloires in baie de somme

jardins de valloires in baie de somme

mers le bains

my hosts maite + jacques at amiens cathedral

the above pics showcase the adventure of my last two days near the normandy coast of france with two lovely souls. back to paris this evening to continue final few days of writing before returning to dc. merci beaucoup for your sweet messages honoring my 41st, it means so much. bisous. x


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