I do hate the expression “come to Jesus moment”… perhaps it’s the association with the great Harpo.   You know how much I love her.

But I suppose I’ve had a few recently.   Arresting moments, that is.  While it’s been the most amazing ten months of my life (aside from that first year as a mother), it’s also been extreemly mentally stressful.   Self-inflicted mostly.

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I love to keep a full plate.   I’m an extroverted/inrovert, Type A, Creative, Acheiver.


BOOM!  In your face!

I’m a self professed energizer bunny.   I go, go, go and can’t help it.  It’s good for me.

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But dang.   I’ve made some decisions this past year that put me in a position to carry burdens I didn’t need to, and those burdens were killing my creativity and sucking the life out of my joie de vivre.   I had to sit down and reconcile with the fact that I was the only one who could make the decisions I needed to make to fix this problem.   And so, I sat down and looked at my life, my business and my obligations and busted out the meat cleaver.

I hacked away at them until I could breathe.

I hacked away at them until I could think.

I hacked away at them until I could create.

I made busienss decisions.

I put a few extra animals on Craigslist.

I stopped putting myself outside my “zone of genius”.   ‘Cause when I’m outside that space I’m a stressed out, uncreative wreck.

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In response to these little but dramatic changes, my shoulders began to loosen up, and the creativity needed to persue everything that “Parisienne Farmgirl” is all about began to flow like a river.    We celebrated this change in Momma by instituting a family Thirty Day Beach Challenge… which you can hear all about in the video below…

Always looking for the next project, I began to put my efforts into photography for a 2019 calendar that I could offer my readers.   My big garden book project is already in the works but that will come to full fruition next year and for now, I wanted something to have fun with.    I thought a calendar was a project I could really sink my teeth into.   I was explainging my idea of a beautiful calendar titled “2019, A Year of Joie de Vivre” to a friend and mishearing me, she said, “Oh, so you’re going to write a day planner?”   And I thought, DUGH.

Forget a calendar.  I’m going to write a day planner.

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The French expression joie de vivre means, joy of life and for me it’s a way of life.  A non-negotiable.   And so, I sat down this summer and fall and began to put my thoughts down as to intentional steps I’ve taken in my own life to turn down the noise and turn up the creativity; steps I’ve taken over the years to keep holidays simple and be present with the people I love when I’m with them.   Simply put, ideas on keeping your mind and heart in a space where the mental clutter can be kept at bay and joy in the everyday moments can be experienced.

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These are not radical ideas.   Some, in fact are very simple.   More flowers, less screen time, cozier environments, more books, nurturing collections and hobbies….

And now it’s here.   My new day planner, “2019, A Year of Joie de Vivre”.    Presenting you with 12 ideas for cultivating a sense of joie de vivre next year.   Lovely photographs, month at a glance, large weekly spreads to record your obligations and more.   This is the perfect Christmas present so you will want to grab a few for sure.  (How many times have you scrambled for a gift in that $24.95 price range, right?)

I’m happy to share with you that pre-sale is now open thru November 6th.  Click here to order.  Shipping is included.   When you order your book during this presale time (before it’s on Amazon) you will receive an extra little treat with your book… a thank you from my family and I for following us on this journey.   I personally want to thank my readers for their support.  Your own joy as a I fleshed this idea out this past summer has been motivating and encouraging.

Have bon weekend!    I can’t wait to send you this book.  To here the full story behind “2019, A Year of Joie de Vivre” watch this latest episdoe of Everyday Château.

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