December Founder’s Muse

december muse

Welcome to December at Tranquil Space. It’s hard to believe that I was penning last month’s muse late night at a Denny’s en route to the Grand Canyon. We’ve been back from Tranquility Tour nearly 2.5 weeks and the adventure feels like a distant, delightful dream. Join us THIS Wednesday in Dupont as we host a show-and-tell with photos and stories of our 22-event, 11,500-mile, 2-month journey. Here’s a snapshot of the adventure in stats.

We’ve got the front desks decorated with scented candles, twinkle lights, and evergreens. Our weekly schedule is packed with over 100 classes for all levels and moods at both studios, there are events galore {even on New Year’s Eve and Day}, and we’ve just announced another international retreat: Costa Rica with me and Mary CatherineIt’s officially holiday time!

Despite all the sparkle, the hollydaze have a way of bringing us to our knees. There’s the decorating, the hosting, the gift giving, the parties, the travel delays, and the crowds. Overwhelm can seep in for even the most tranquil among us.

Good news, there is another way. The hollydaze can also become a time of celebration, sparkle, giving back, gifting experiences, and savoring time with loved ones. The choice is yours.

Here are a few of my favorite ways to make the hollydaze a sacred and special time of the year:

1. Indulge mindfully. One chocolate chip cookie won’t kill you, but 20 may cause issues.

2. Keep moving. Exercise this time of the year is key. Keep up your routines and maybe even add a few specialty yoga classes, such as yin and restorative, into the mix.

3. Schedule downtime. I know it’s on the radar from last Mindful Monday’s post {hopefully}, so make sure you’ve got breathing space woven into your parties or your soul may rebel.

4. Gift experiences and small touches. I’m making many of my gifts {including for the entire Tranquil Space team of 100+ lovelies} with a mission to nurture my creative side, avoid contributing to clutter, and gift mainly consumables with Handmade Hollydaze. Think of what you can whip up with love. It will keep you in your cozy home and away from the crowds. Plus, the treat means so much more.

5. Think simple + chic. Although I’m the queen of one thing too many, I’m on an ongoing mission to simplify. One less strand of twinkle lights. A rosemary tree versus a 6 foot tree to decorate. Bows around stemware. A consistent color theme throughout your decor.

6. Nurture the senses. Warm by a fire. Burn peppermint candles. Eat savory dishes. Sip mulled cider. Soak in a bubble bath.

7. Give back. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Sponsor a pig, cow, or goatAdopt an orangutan. Rescue a black kitten {then bring it my way, then I can claim it was a gift so we have to have 20!}. Donate clothing stuffed in the back of your closet.

8. Honor your limits. Some days the body {and mind} simply needs a rest. Take a mental health day. Pick up macarons versus baking from scratch {trust me on this one}. Listen to your body’s request for a night in and forgo the holiday event.

I hope these eight simple tips provide some fodder for bringing joy into this magical time of the year. May the hollydaze enliven your spirit and senses with joy, wonder, and tranquility. Thank you for being part of our cOMmunity. Wishing you and yours a sacred conclusion to 2013. May it be merry and bright. Namaste.

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