Thursday, October 23, 2014

tranquilosophy: TDJ 10 years, part 3

Two weeks ago was the launch of this 4-part series on my 10 years of blogging. Here's a link to the piece about blogging over the past decade and an old favorite on uneasy feelings. Today I'm sharing my biggest inspirations for blogging:

1. Snapping photos: using them to support blog post development
2. Mindfulness and yoga practice: mainly juicy quotes or takeaways
3. Travel: especially France and most especially, Paris
4. Reading: favorites and more on Goodreads
5. Thrifting and window shopping
6. Challenges, lessons learned, struggles
7. Writing classes
8. Fellow bloggers: Susannah Conway, A Beautiful Mess, Be More With Less, Gala Darling
9. Continuing education: conferences, workshops, online courses
10. Daily life: pets, Le Beau, studio, meals, tea time

As you can see, so many things serve as inspiration for these blog posts.

When we sit down to write, often the biggest challenge is the blank page or screen. Getting past that discomfort is the first step. That's why starting with an image, list, quote, or lesson offers a muse for a piece to flow from.

Inspiration can be found anywhere. It's up to us to mine it and find the meaning inside. Bisous. x

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

wednesday well-being: tranquility zone

En route to see Garth Brooks {omg!} in Jacksonville, Florida last weekend {whole other blog post coming on that!}, I passed this sign outside the hotel elevators. Tranquility Zone.

I leapt in front of this pretty purple declaration for the above photo, basking in an unexpected moment of synchronicity.

The idea of a Tranquility Zone reminds me of the "in silence" button one wears while on retreat to let fellow participants know they're not talking. Thus, talking to them is fruitless. {Insert sigh of relief}.

As an introvert who craves, and needs, lots of quiet, the "in silence" button offers a pass at small talk and an opportunity to go deeper into the experience at hand.

My professional life has been built around the term "tranquility." As you may have heard, we teach what we most need to learn, so stumbling upon a Tranquility Zone was just what I needed to receive this gentle reminder.

Despite life's ongoing encouragement to go faster and do more, we have the choice to step off the treadmill from time to time {ideally daily} and into the Tranquility Zone.

What is your Tranquility Zone? For moi, it's soaks in the tub, sitting fireside, doing yoga, and reading in bed, to name a few.

Declare a special nook, time of day, cafe table, or activity your Tranquility Zone and hold onto it like you would a lover. It's sacred and being with it is a non-negotiable. Bisous. x

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

things i love

1. it's all about the presentation

2. how i long to spend downtime

3. clever oatmeal treats to-go

4. fringe party decor

created by le beau
5. tranquil space's 15-year infographic

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