I just saw the first Halloween decorations in my neighborhood this morning. It’s not even OCTOBER! I’m a bit of a scrooge about Halloween, I won’t lie. I’ve never liked it. Maybe it’s because I associate costumes with stage not the real world, and so I feel massively uncomfortable when someone asks me to wear a pair of cat ears on my head on a random Tuesday night that also just happens to be October 31st. Of course, dressing up as a boy was just part of the job, and I loved it!

With the lovely  Catriona Clark  as Susanna.

Here’s another thing that always makes me a little apprehensive about Halloween: I know that from that moment on, everything starts to feel like it’s part of a panic-filled sprint towards the end of the year. We get a few weeks in November that feel more or less normal (especially when Thanksgiving falls so late, like it does this year) but, still, there’s this sort of understated anxiety and dread as everyone starts to realize that the first of the year is just around the corner, that deadlines and sales quotas have to be made, that gifts have to be purchased and resolutions drafted. During that time, I find that I get really stressed out. I go down that “did you do everything you said you wanted to do this year” rabbit hole (even if you didn’t make resolutions, which I don’t). I look forward to the new year but fear that I haven’t done nearly enough this year. I don’t take care of myself, and I certainly don’t make time for myself. You too, huh?

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So this year, I decided to do something about it. Because my entire business centers around this idea of sensory wellness where our goal is to create moments of “tranquility” (as one guest so eloquently put it at a recent event), I decided to offer an option to our music tasting community during the two months leading up to the end of the year.

I’ll prepare a customized two-hour playlist (you can choose the theme!) as well as personalized menu suggestions for wine, cheese, and chocolate pairings. I encourage you to put everyone and everything aside for a little while, take a moment for yourself during this time and find that tranquility you need to be your best self as you close out 2019. You deserve it.

Interested? Just send us an note with the subject line “HOLIDAY TASTING,” and we’ll call you to finalize details and get you the time you deserve to keep yourself centered during these last couple months of the year.

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