A More Perfect Union
Hope Mirlis

Celebration Thursday 8.17.17 – No procrastination!

August 17, 2017 8:12 pm,

It’s been a fairly busy week and my to-do list is LONG! Most of it is administrative work related to A More Perfect Union and there’s not a ton of urgency so the procrastination quotient WAY up. I think what I’ll need to do is create blocks of time and schedule tasks. Perhaps tomorrow… In […]


Put a Ring on It – an event for newly engaged couples 9/12/17

August 17, 2017 6:56 pm,

Gratituesday 8.1.17 – Starting Again

August 1, 2017 1:01 pm,

Ten years ago today I moved across the country from Atlanta, GA to Davis, CA. I had lived in the Dirty South for 16 years and it was time for something new. So I packed up my belongings, sold my condo and headed West for new adventures. In fact, I blogged about the whole experience. […]


Gratituesday 7.25.17 – Start the Day with Desire

July 25, 2017 9:46 am,

I am doing another round of Deepak Chopra and Oprah’s meditation challenge. This one is ‘Desire & Destiny.’ We’re on Day 9 and for first time I’ve meditated every day and haven’t missed a day. Last night as I did Day 8 before bed, I pictured a wide open field and knew that it was […]


Gratituesday 7.18.17 – The Need for Zen

July 18, 2017 9:53 pm,

Over the weekend, I taught my 4th Zen Bride workshop. While I created it over 4 years ago, it’s been a challenge to find regular participation. However, as I listened to this round of brides share and validate their feelings, it was apparent how much these women needed this forum and to hear that they […]


Gratituesday 7.11.17 – Light and Fast!

July 11, 2017 1:21 pm,

For being a light month for me, these weeks are going by FAST. I have been busy catching up on emails, finishing up 2 ceremony drafts and reading about essential oils. Not a bad July, really. I am working rather collaboratively with these 2 wedding couples on their ceremonies. And the result is something very […]


The Ceremony Reading, Alain de Botton [video]

July 6, 2017 3:45 pm,

One of my current wedding couples is a pair of writers who are very picky about how certain ideas are expressed in their ceremony. I mean who can blame them? They’re writers! Thankfully I don’t take it personally, and since they were so clear with what they wanted, I was able to capture it in […]


Rites of Passage – Gennep to Brenner

July 6, 2017 3:43 pm,

I am currently reading ‘Women’s Rites of Passage’ by Abigail Brenner. As I prepare for my upcoming Zen Bride workshop, I want to consider these transitions from the women’s perspective. What’s a Rite of Passage, you may ask? They are ceremonies that mark important periods of change in a person’s life. They include birth, puberty, […]


Gratituesday 7.4.17 – Freedom & Independence

July 4, 2017 5:58 pm,

In preparation for the loud and spirited night in my neighborhood, I’ve been laying low all day. I love that I have the freedom to do that and a light enough schedule to make it happen. I promise that as soon as I post this, I will actually put on pants and take a walk! […]


Gratituesday 6.27.17 – Summer Specificity!

June 27, 2017 8:51 pm,

While June has been the busiest wedding month EVER, this week was rather quiet. When I’m busy I tend to be more productive. If I have much to get done in a limited time, I manage my schedule really well. I always fear that the productivity I built, will be countered with procrastination when things […]