Thursday, October 30, 2014

tranquilosophy: TDJ 10 years, part 4

Happy 10 years to YOU and Tranquility du Jour. Thank you, dear reader, for being a part of this journey. This is the final post of this 4-part series on the past decade of blogging.

Here's a link to the piece about blogging from the upcoming Tranquility du Jour Anthology, an old favorite on uneasy feelings, and my biggest inspirations for blogging. Today I'm sharing my very first blog post and a story on its evolution.

On Monday, October 25, 2004, I penned my first piece:

as an avid journal writer and a firm believer in creating community, i thought putting together a blog for the tranquil space community would be a great way to share ideas about yoga, the practice on AND off the mat. watch for ideas on creating a home practice, ways to create a signature style, figuring out headstand, how to breathe deeper, tips for creating an oasis at home, and all sorts of other lifestyle related tips for living your practice. i will post to the blog as the muse hits. please check back regularly and feel free to share your thoughts or questions with me at please visit our monthly newsletter for all the updates at tranquil space yoga in dupont circle where yoga is not just poses, but a lifestyle. 

Since this post, my blog, and life, has evolved greatly. What started as a blog around yoga aligned with Tranquil Space, transitioned into a space for me to muse, brainstorm, grieve, open up, and teach.

I began work on my first book, Hip Tranquil Chick and transitioned more into writing about the yoga lifestyle. Over the next few years there was the podcast, a passion for Paris that became pronounced (okay, maybe obsessed over), and the interjection of photography.

Once I began perusing other blogs, I was blown away by their beauty and have since been on an ongoing mission to enhance my readers' experience. There's even a new look and platform coming your way (that we've been working on since April). Yep, Rome definitely wasn't built in a day.

Tranquility du Jour Anthology was uploaded to the printer today after 1.5 years of pondering and six months of working on it daily. How apropos that it is nearly 10 years from the exact date of the very first post. {Note: The special pre-sale offer ends tomorrow, October 31}

Below are a few more sneak peek pages highlighting three topics that have transformed me over the past decade: yoga, creativity, and travel.

Think back to who you were and where you were in October 2004. What were you wearing? Where were you living? Who were you with? How did you feel? Reflect on how far you've come. Lessons you've learned. Losses and gains.

I was a 31-year-old dreaming of writing a book, living and breathing my 5-year-old yoga studio, in a 10-month relationship, a new home owner (hello, Pink Palace), wearing lots of pink and black, listening to Eminem, and starting to design my own pieces for TranquiliT. Deeply wishing for a tribe.

And I've found it. Reader essays sprinkled throughout the Anthology came in from Australia, the US, Canada, Spain, France, and England. I'm oh-so-grateful to have connected through this medium.

What are you grateful for? Take a moment to pen a few items.

Merci beaucoup for resonating with Tranquility du Jour. May we continue blooming, shedding, and evolving this next decade. I'm grateful we found each other and I hope to offer you much more tranquility in the years ahead. I bow to you with gratitude and delight. Bisous.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

wednesday well-being: writing

We write to taste life twice, in the moment, and in retrospection.
-->Anaïs Nin

My mind is swirling from the past few days of trying to get in touch with my 20-year-old self for a future memoir and loads storytelling technique. Exhausting. Especially while tying the final pretty pink organza bow around the Tranquility du Jour Anthology going to print any moment.  

Above is a photo of my process here with Jeffrey Davis (interviewed here in 2007) and an amazing group of writers. I've been toying with a memoir outline, pondering the concept for well over a year, and am finding the journey into a new genre, well, oh-so-challenging. 

I've described it to a few colleagues as that teary feeling I had in 7th grade special honors math class when I really should have been in remedial math class. Yep, an 11-year-old all over again not grasping basic algebra. 

Or whatever we did with numbers at that age. I still cringe when thinking about the teacher coming over the my desk to help me understand the basics as my eyes welled up with tears and my peers quickly turned in their easily-understood assignments.

Before I dash off to slumber, I wanted to share a few writing quotes to show that the process is cathartic and empowering as well as incredibly vulnerable. Yes, it's hard. Yes, you may feel like you're back in subject where you struggled. Dumb math. And, yes, it's good to challenge yourself.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.Maya Angelou

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.Ernest Hemingway

If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.Stephen King

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt
.Sylvia Plath 

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.Henry David Thoreau

The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.Anaïs Nin

Share your story. And avoid math class. Bisous. x

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

things i love

image courtesy of deliciously ella
1. beautiful setting

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2. j'adore jungle-like sunrooms

 image + how-to courtesy of ruche
 3. love succulents

 image courtesy of alyson latham
4. yay thrifted ball gown skirt from goodwill {my 15-year fete ensemble}

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5. clawfoot tub envy

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