Wednesday, January 21, 2015

au revoir blogger, a fresh start

After over a decade of posting on this sweet Blogger platform, I'm making a move to Wordpress via my new website

From my first post in October 2004 to a compilation of our 10 years together in the Anthology, my adventure with you on Blogger has been unforgettable. Magical actually. And we've grown, explored, and shared in so many ways.

This will be my last post here, so s'il vous plaît join me in this migration by signing up for weekly love notes, participating in the complimentary 52 Weeks of Tranquility program, and following along at the new

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being part of my tranquility adventures. I look forward to all we have ahead of us and will create together. Vive la tranquilite. Bisous. x

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Monday, January 19, 2015

tranquility du jour #329: 2015 dreams

Welcome to the 329th edition of Tranquility du Jour. Today's show features moi on Tranquility du Jour 2015 Dreams. You'll learn about my plans for the blog, podcast, and more.

Direct download: tranquility du jour #329: 2015 dreams

Featured Guest:  

Kimberly Wilson is an author, artist, and activist. She lives in Washington, DC and dreams of Paris.

Tranquility du Jour Dreams:

1. 52 Weeks of Tranquility
2. VIP Days
3. New website
4. Book proposal
5. Build community
6. Launch microcourses
7. Release cute Tranquility du Jour items such as totes and tees {pig and lifestyle tee mentioned}
8. Offer inspiring retreats: West Virginia, Costa Rica, Paris, Italy, West Virginia
9. Bi-monthly podcasts
10. 2-3 weekly blog posts
11. Get Anthology and Daybook into more hands
12. Release Tranquilologie softcover
13. Implement an editorial calendar

Have an idea for something you'd like? Request for more or less of something? Share in the comments below or email kimberly {at} kimberlywilson {dot} com.

Personal Dreams:
{described further here}

1. Be present.
2. Single-task.
3. Digital time off.
4. Use Evernote.
5. Pen 52 Weeks of Tranquility.
6. Launch VIP Days.
7. Regular creativity.
8. Regular sits on the cushion.
9. Date nights.
10. Daily movement.
11. Clarify business goals.
12. Pare down to the essentials.
13. Surround myself with beauty.
14. Family time.
15. Advocate for the animals.

Savvy Sources:

A BIG thank you for your support of my latest creative babies: Anthology and Daybook. Pen an Anthology review on Amazon or Goodreads or snap a picture and share on social media, send moi the link and your snail mail addy, and I'll get a love note out to you. Snail mail is the new black.

Stay Au Courant:
Find moi on Goodreads.
Connect on Facebook.
Follow on Twitter. 
Eye candy {and lots of Le Pug} on Instagram @tranquilitydujour.
Browse my books.
Read about my passion for pigs.

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mindful monday: calm in chaos

image by the talented and fabulous lara blair

Peace of mind is not the absence of conflict from life, but the ability to cope with it. Unknown

Last night as we were settling in for slumber, Le Pug began shaking. Not out of the ordinary considering he often chases god knows what in his dreams. However, the shaking turned to convulsions, frothing at the mouth, and panic on my end.

He's never had a seizure and we're in the woods, nearly an hour from the nearest emergency vet. While Le Beau stroked him and comforted him, I clumsily danced around the living room in shock calling local vets, then emergency vets. 

The ordeal was over in about two minutes, but the anxiety and questions remain. What is happening? What caused it? Will he be okay?

Afterwards Le Beau repeatedly told me I did good. Meanwhile, I was a mess running around, looking for my phone, and placing calls in what felt like sloooowwww motion. Although I appreciated his kind reassurance, he's the one who handled it smoothly.

Upon further research from Dr. Google {my favorite go-to resource}, you are supposed to stay calm and comfort your pet during the seizure. Good to know!

Reflecting on my response and Le Beau's response, I see I've got ample room to grow. As the above quote reminds us, it's about our reactions to life's obstacles. Yes, even your beloved son's first very scary seizure.

Mindfulness does not happen in a vacuum. It is our continued ability to be fully in the moment, feel into the experience without judgment, and respond with awareness. Oh, the ongoing lessons to learn.

As you move about your Monday, pay attention to one patterned reaction you have and try something new. Do you walk briskly everywhere? Practice Thich Nhat Hahn's encouragement to "walk as if your feet are kissing the earth" as you saunter to your next appointment.

These little shifts make a difference and may even allow you to evoke calm in chaos. Sending love. And patience. Bisous. x

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