May 26, 2020
In this week’s edition of Tranquility du Jour, I chat
with Marianne Talbot about her planner, Balance by Design, and with
returning guest and Tranquility du Jour Daybook
connoisseur Barbara Bitondo about her
passion and personalization of her Daybook.
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Guests: Marianne Talbot and Barbara
Marianne is a professional coach, author, attorney, business
development strategist, stress and well-being expert, - and a mom -
who truly understands the burdens, pressures, commitments, and
stress women experience every day. Marianne was a trial
attorney for 14 years, was a law professor, had her own companies
coaching and training high-performance professionals in New York
City, and now does business development training and coaching for
attorneys. Marianne loves to teach people how to develop
entrepreneurial mindsets which can open up new professional and
personal opportunities for anyone who is looking to create new
amazing possibilities in their lives.
Mariannne's first book, Balance By Design™: A Career Guide
& Planner for Women Lawyers With a Life, was published in
2019, and her forthcoming book, Balance by Design (TM): A
Career Guide & Planner for Working Women Who Slay All Day
will be published in June 2020. Part weekly planner and part
playbook, her books contain over 200+ pages of personal and career
development strategies and resources, wheels of life, loads of
inspirational quotes, personal and professional toolkits, and most
importantly, beautifully designed weekly planning pages that will
help you keep track of the many roles and jobs you juggle every
designs knowledge solutions in Washington, DC and is a
longtime tranquilista who has been creatively customizing her
Tranquility du Jour Daybooks
Now, when I say customizing, I do not mean sprinkling some
extra tranquility here with washi tape, but an actual amped up
approach to the self-printing process. Barbara elevates the art of
planning calm into a full, rich and meaningful life with her
Daybook, to producing a dynamic LIFE BOOK bursting with
journal prompts, space for more reflection, art journaling, flower
petals, check lists and really, so much more!
She curates the TDJ content she likes best, then prints six,
two-month, bound journals around Daybook pages rearranged
and augmented with specially sequenced excerpts from my other books
and emerging material such as the quarterly TDJ Live PDFs, retreat
playbooks, and Salon guides.
Mentioned in the Podcast
First interview with Barbara: Herbalism
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Barbara's step-by-step approach:
Open all the PDFs on my computer and print the chapters and
essays I want for the month. I usually print everything single
sided landscape on 8.5*11 paper then stick the pages back into the
printer and print lined pages with the coffee stain (2018 planner,
lined pages from 2019 planner and dot pages from Year of
tranquility on the back side and set aside.
Then I print and assemble the monthly planner pages and print
those single sided landscape on 8.5*11 paper *Monthly spread,
Dreams page from 2014, dreams list page, moon page, also life
review page, petal pages, budget pages and flower pages, then I
stick these back into the printer and print the lined and dot pages
on the back and set aside
Then I print the weekly spreads. Even though I live by the
lunar calendar and begin each month on the dark moon, and end on
the eve of the new moon, I live and work in a culture that goes by
theGregorian calendar (solar calendar with 12 months of
28–31 days each) so I print and use both simultaneously. So I print
10 sets of weekly spread that include four lined pages between each
week for my weekly meeting notes. This is a bit tricky since I set
up the series of pages to print starting with a lined page, the
planner spread, then an odd number of lined pages and repeat that
print run ten times.
I always print ten or twelve flower pages double sided on card
stock to use on the front and back and throughout the book to mark
time and sections.
When all my components are double sided in piles on my work
table I assemble the book methodically flipping the pages as if
they were bound to make sure every spread opens correctly.
Because I am a designer and work with print assembling
material like this comes easily. When my book is in order I measure
8.5*8.5 inches. mark the crop marks, stick the stack into large
mailing envelope and take it to the print shop where they cut and
spiral bind it for me.
It takes about 2 hours to print and assemble my books, then
another hour to get it to and from the printers. I think I pay
about $36 dollars for each book.
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