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Thursday, April 25, 2013

tranquilosophy: evolution

 beautiful blossoms
 festive tights + garden blooms
 treats from my colleagues
 garden stroll at franciscan monastery
more monastery beauty

today is my final day of internship in amtrak's employee assistance program. i am tying a bow around this amazing learning experience by saying goodbye to many clients {sigh} and putting my stamp on oodles of macro projects. 

yesterday my two supervisors and fellow intern treated me to tasty korean bbq (tofu, of course) at union market, a vanilla bean cupcake, thoughtful gifts, and a stroll through the franciscan monastery where i snapped some of the above pics. my experience at this internship has been truly heavenly and yesterday was the most perfect au revoir possible.

while i have worked with mentoring clients for years, having the opportunity to serve diverse clients with assorted struggles has been a true gift. since junior high i'd planned on being a therapist. in my early days of teaching yoga i saw the classes as a modified form of group therapy. then in may 2009, i decided it was time to pursue the practice further. 

although there were many late night scholarly papers {including one due tomorrow}, last minute research done while leading retreats abroad, and over 1000 hours of internship at amtrak and n street village, i have grown in so many ways. for example, having a supervisor and not being in charge after many years of self-employment took some getting used to. working on a PC was an embarrassing struggle at times. creating my very first powerpoint presentation and hosting my first webinar left me a bit anxious. thank god for yoga. sitting down with my first client as their counselor was unnerving. learning organizational culture took some adjustment {you sure i can't wear peep toe wedges?} yep, only closed toe shoes in amtrak's safety sensitive environment.

one thing i've observed during this process is that ongoing evolution is therapeutic. incorporating tools and learning new skills feels good. the continual pushing of edges that we teach at tranquil space on the mat translates beautifully into everyday life.

the next six months will be filled with more evolution. learning additional skills while living and writing in france for six weeks {parlez-vous anglais?}, turning 40, traveling across north america in a vintage RV, taking online classes {just signed up for two through coursera}, playing host through air bnb, and more. although evolution is scary, it helps me feel alive. when done in baby steps, that is.

where do you feel a longing for evolution? are you interested in learning a new skill? exploring a new part of the city? doing a juice cleanse? learning a new language? try pushing your edges on a daily basis ever so slightly. nonjugdmentally observe what unfolds. sometimes we push too far, sometimes we explore too little. find the sweet spot in your evolution process. after all, you are perfect as you are. sometimes we simply need--and crave--a little creative enhancement. speaking of which, hope you like this blog's creative updo. all things are works in progress. bisous. x

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melissa said...

I cannot tell you how much I needed every word of this post! I have a huge changes I need to make (career) and I've been resisting expanding myself for too long. I always thought of myself as adventurous, but somewhere along the line change became scary. Thank you endlessly for this inspiration. :-)

goodmoodyogagirl said...

As always, a wonderfully poignant blog post. Thank you for sharing & helping us explore new ways of being who we are inside & outside. So looking forward to your next book & reading about your travels.
Namaste & blessings,

Shannon said...

Agree with Melissa. Thank you for sharing and inspiring. I'm also in the process of transitioning my career and while it's scary every time I push a little bit the universe answers with Yes. At the same time I'm also dealing with my mother's cancer and learning how to let go as she does the same. 2013 will be quite the year of change and growth for me.

Unknown said...

Thanks for being you, Kimberly :)

Unknown said...

Thank you as always for your honesty and inspiration. I am in the process of moving halfway across the world with my family and it is bringing up a lot of fear as I know a lot of changes are ahead. Your blog and my yoga mat are two things which remind me to keep breathing :) x

Kim said...

love the new look blog, so pretty and your posts are always inspiring.

kimberly wilson said...

merci, ladies. delighted to hear that this post resonated. yay for ongoing mindful evolution! x

Anonymous said...

Kimberly, this is beautiful! loved ths line...ongoing evolution is therapeutic. incorporating tools and learning new skills feels good. the continual pushing of edges that we teach at tranquil space on the mat translates beautifully into everyday life.

So needed to read this today! And I am in LOVE with your new blog design!!

Sarah said...

Love this post! I think it is so awesome that you continue to grow and push yourself, with baby steps. You are such an accomplished woman, and it's comforting to know that even someone with so much courage and business savvy still struggles a bit in new environments! Good for you.