September 2014:  Living Now Book Award:  Gold Medal for the category of Journal/Planner books.  The award honors “Books for Better Living” that help readers attain healthier and more fulfilling lives.

May 2013: Eric Hoffer award: Honorable Mention for Best Spiritual Book.
April 2013: Selected to the “short list” of finalists for the Eric Hoffer grand prize.


September 2015:  Mindfulness Talk – University of Nebraska at Omaha

September 2015:  Book Signing – The Bookworm – Omaha, NE

September 2015:  Yoga class/Book Signing – Karma Yoga, Omaha, NE

July 2013:  Journaling Class for Veterans Writing Group – Oceanside, CA

June – August 2013: Twelve Mindful Months book on display in Alumni Fine Art & Design Exhibit – Endicott College – Beverly, MA

April 2013: Book Signing – Pauma Valley Country Club Healthy Woman Series – Pauma Valley, CA

March 2013:  Book Signing – Warwick’s Weekend with Locals Event – La Jolla, CA

February 2013:  Book Signing – Golden Door – Escondido, CA

November 2012:  Book Signing – Golden Door – Escondido, CA

News: Articles/Reviews/Press

October 2013

Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards:

“This useful hard-cover book, written primarily for women, details a month at a time guideline to enhance one’s well-being of body, mind, and spirit.  Each chapter covers a nature or seasonal theme with tips for fitness activities, nutrition, and mindfulness.  The author proposes that studies have shown that new habits are more likely to become life-long habits when changes are limited to one at a time.  The pointers are all sensible and stimulating, and even more positive, they are easily followed and applied.  Journal pages come at the end of each chapter to write about feelings and experiences, affording an opportunity to be creative while establishing a record that can be called upon in the future.  The writing is gently persuasive and encouraging with many suggestions that can work to instill better health-related habits that can carry over well beyond the twelve months discussed in this volume.  Self-awareness and self-reflection, and how they can be woven into body and mind strengthening practices, are key themes addressed among the many helpful ideas.  Thought-provoking quotes lead off each chapter.  Lovely photos grace many pages.  The cover design is evocative and the title and subtitle are effective in combination.  One way to possibly enhance the messages in each chapter is to have a check list at the end.  This wouldn’t conflict with the journal pages and might even stimulate more entries.”

May 2013
US Review of Books: “The author walks us through a beautifully laid out journal for transformational change. For those who are looking for a thoughtful way to integrate mind, body, and soul into a daily routine using fitness, creativity and mindfulness, this book is broken down into simple step by step tips and journal pages that allow for artful exploration of our biological cycles and how they relate to the cycles of nature. As we let our minds become still, write our innermost thoughts throughout the year, and edify our bodies with proper food and non-stressful exercise, we are able to become more accepting of the seasons of our existence, gaining respect for everything around us, as we blossom through self-limiting behaviors to healthy individuals with optimism for life.”

December 13, 2012
North Coast newspaper: “Local author says nature is the key ingredient in any fitness, weight-loss plan.”


“A Reminder to be Mindful” – (Interview by Judy Reeves):

“Surrendering to Dormancy” – (Blog about Twelve Mindful Months January chapter) by author Carolyn Scott Kortge:

Where To Buy The Book

The Golden Notebook
29 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY 12498

Kaia Yoga
1200 Post Road East
Westport, CT 06880

7812 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

765 S. Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

The Grove
3010 Juniper Street
San Diego, CA 92104

Winter Sun & Summer Moon
14 E. Market Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Tea Roses Tea Room
322 Main Street
Cromwell, CT 06416

Back to Basics
500 Main Street
E. Greenwich, RI 02818

Golden Door Boutique
Escondido, CA

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Hard cover: 160 pages
Dimensions: 8.25" x 8.25" x .625"
ISBN: 978-0-615-68758-2
Published: October 2012
Full color: Includes nature photography by the author with a satin ribbon bookmark.


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