Thursday, November 14, 2013

tranquilosophy: 2 months on the road


friday night we'll pull miss lillie into le beau's west virginia cabin and return to dc saturday to mark the end of our two month tranquility tour. what an adventure we've had and my heart is full. very full.

as i sat down to pen highlights, i'm in a slight state of shock that we've traveled 11,000 miles, met so many amazing people, seen such gorgeous landscapes, and that it comes to an end after friday's final tranquility pop-up in richmond. a shocking return to reality. 

we'll be stationary. living in a home sans wheels. with a tub and fireplace! i'll return to teaching my monday and thursday yoga + meditation classes plus specialty workshops and charity classes at tranquil space. le beau will return to his role at tranquil space in person {he's been overseeing from the road}. and we'll return to making the pink palace our haven. just in time for the hollydaze.

mid-october i shared some highlights from our first month on the road and here are some from this past month:

tranquility pop-ups and meetups in: 
time with the redwoods
biking with louis in a basket among the redwoods
petting pigs at farm sanctuary
hiking in muir woods
gazing at stars
tea at savamor tea lounge with friend
visiting the johnny cash museum + singing along at a nashville honky tonk
dining at google
traveling along the pacific coast highway 
savoring an insanely delicious cinnamon roll + black rose tea at a big sur cafe
 getting very close to the mexican border in arizona
making 150 lavender cactus jelly gifts in oklahoma
biking along the grand canyon rim
sending over 60 love notes via snail mail
camping in joshua tree national park
campfires at marina dunes, redwoods, and joshua tree
sunny turned chilly and windy beach time in the outer banks
savoring an historic inn at taos
family time in seattle, portland + oklahoma
watching movies with mom, pops, le pug + le beau
soaking in the claw foot tub in oklahoma
adopting a mountain lion for pops and tranquil space
days of watching the world pass by from the passenger seat
tasting indian fry bread again

as i begin to tie a bow around this two-month journey, i will continue penning takeaways in my journal and share them shortly. i believe there will be lots to process. and there will be some need to acclimate to "civilian life" sans wheels and traveling many miles a day.

in true kimberly style i've booked myself solid upon return. saturday afternoon hair appointment to "enhance" my roots. check. {pops stood over me in oklahoma and proclaimed, "my, you've got lots of gray." i know, pops. that's why i'm "blond."} returning to my sunday morning meditation practice with a visiting friend. check. kennedy center sent me {and thousands of other ballet fans} a special rate for the final showing of sleeping beauty on sunday afternoon. check. a friend comes over for dinner and a conference call sunday evening. check.

although i'm sad this adventure is coming to an end, it's been a true journey of a lifetime. i feel incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to travel far and wide with my two favorite boys in tow. while i let the experience marinate a bit and return to daily life in the pink palace, tranquil space, and beyond, i look forward to carrying this newfound appreciation for living with less. much less. like my 1ft x 1ft drawer of clothing.

stay tuned for what will unfold from the tranquility tour journey. we'll be hosting a google hangout plus a small show and tell at tranquil space complete with photos and stories. i hope you'll join in one or both. it's been a true honor to spread the word about tranquil space foundation and farm sanctuary. to meet you. and to share tools for tranquility while living among nature in a tiny vintage camper. i foresee myself returning refreshed and ready. for what? to be determined. always to be determined. bisous. x


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52 comments:

Jen said...

I have loved following your 2 months on the road and living vicariously through your adventure. I hope re-entry is gentle.

Norgebarn said...

thats how quick time flies bz... just a day ago you started this journey and now its already over.... hope you habpve a good start into the new old life again...

Judy H said...

I have been following your travels. I was living in North Carolina until this past March and had plans on coming to Washington to 'visit' you one day, so I am sorry to say that I missed you when you were so close to Montana. I can't wait to see what 2014 brings for you and for me.

Charissa Struble said...

Kimberly, you have just lived my dream. As a writer, my goal in life is to see the world and experience everything that it has to offer me. I am saving my money to purchase a vintage camper that I can live and work from full-time. I already take several long road trips a year and loved tracing your journey from state-to-state. Thank you for sharing your wonderful adventures with us! It's been a magical experience.

Scribbling Change said...

every post, every picture, every video inspires me.

Sarah said...

Congrats on your cross country journey! It was great to meet up at Farm Sanctuary. I look forward to reading your reflection takeaways and your big dreams for next year.

Farah said...

Two months really does fly by! It was so fun to follow your months on the road, welcome home (almost!)

elyserenae said...

It sure was fun following the journey... I just pulled out Tranquilista yesterday to browse through (once again) -- - :D feeling inspired once more.
Thank you for always sharing and the best to you all during the Holidays!

Kim said...

What an amazing journey to follow for these last two months. It's always tough to return home after such a long journey, but at least you have much to look forward to.
Thank you for sharing your experiences with us-it was lots of fun.

cindy lee fearon said...

What a fabulous adventure you had! It was fun traveling with you through your posts and pics.

xoxo, cindy :)
www.YogaAndaLatte.blogspot.com

Yvonne said...

I enjoyed following you on your adventure.

Enjoy the last sweet moments!

Maggie said...

Thank you for sharing your journey. So inspiring! Savor those first few moments back home!

Nadia said...

Oh how I wished you'd passed my way on the awesome adventure!!! And the eye candy...beautiful as usual. Thanks for sharing.

Deborah said...

I have enjoyed watching you bring your dream to fruition! You have demonstrated that it is possible to live your dream if you work hard, plan diligently, and make it a priority for it to happen. I look forward to learning what the future holds for you and what new dreams will come to light!

goodmoodyogagirl said...

Thank you for sharing so much with us of your journey over the past 2 months. Loved seeing pics & reading posts. Excited to wind down the year with my new (can't wait) Tranquility planner, hardcover Tranquilosophie book & lots of tea!!
Diana P.
dpackech@yahoo.com

maro mastro said...

I enjoyed following your journey. I wish I could've attended one of the Tranquility Tour dates, but alas, I am in Detroit, Michigan!

What a change in gears it must be to switch from life on the road to a stationary life. I wonder if you'll miss living as a nomad. It's nice to be home for the holidays though, in any event.

Jessica Johnson said...

The first thing I would do is soak in the bath tub! Such a neat adventure you've been on!

Darlynn Nangano Tacinelli said...

I am reflecting so much in my last two weeks of being in my 30's! I know you just went through this! Although I embrace it, I want to make a difference and a mark to remember the occasion and that is what I have been working on this week! Welcome back home!
Darlynn@The Little Blog Dress

D said...

I only wish I could have attended one of the Canadian pop-ups! And I wish I could have petted those adorable farm animals at the sanctuaries, sat by the campfires, seen all those fabulous natural wonders, and looked as fabulous as you while doing it! Thanks for the (vicarious) holiday!

Darca

Cary said...

Sounds like it was a great adventure and a wonderful break. Very inspirational! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Amanda Moon said...

I love that you did what so many people say they are going to do when they retire: buy an RV and travel the country. And you did it in a way that blessed so many other people. It's been an awesome journey to follow.

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Tiffany Blair said...

What a wonderful adventure! Thank you for sharing it with all of us. I think your visit with Johnny Cash might have been my favorite part:)

Diedra Truman said...

It has been such a pleasure to follow along as you had your tranquil adventure! As an Army wife who has had to adapt to hotel room living for weeks while moving from place to place it's always been important to maintain bits of "home" and loveliness no matter where we go. I've traveled halfway across the country with cherished bonsai trees, candles, special tea cups and dishes, my bare bones altar set up complete with our favorite house goddess statue. It's always amazing what I can pare down to bare bones yet make whatever space we land in feel like a cozy sanctuary. You've been a big inspiration as we wonder when the next move will come along!

GailK said...

Have loved watching your travels :-)

Dee said...

it's been inspiring and loads of fun following yours, tim's and lily's adventures:) i have signed up for the level 1 teacher training at tranquil space this january! my husband and i are both looking forward to attending your thurs. evening yoga/meditation class during our stay in d.c.

chai said...

welcome back to DC!

Teri Hendrix said...

This has been an enlightening journey. Thanks for letting me tag along!

Kelly said...

Kimberly! As always an inspiration! I was just thinking yesterday how I will miss all your photos from the road - but I know there are many more adventures for you! But I am intrigued .... Lavender cactus jelly? Sounds so interesting and I'm curious how you made it! :)

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Unknown said...

Wasn't expecting this...I had almost as much fun reading the comments on your post as your post itself, Kimberly! So cool that on the level of the mind and heart, we are "all in this together". I think you would find (if you could see them!) many people came right along with you on your journey. Certainly, in spirit - which, in the end, is what it all comes to...the Spirit level. I, also, would like to know more about lavender cactus jelly and any other very original creations you've "cooked up" (literally or figuratively)recently. Anticipating more delicious details...Best, Charla W. x

Beth H said...

This trip looked amazing- thanks for letting us follow along!

Paulalulee said...

I so enjoy all of your wonderful goodness that you share. Your outlook on life is so refreshing and much loved by me. Thank you for sharing....

LiziLifeCoach said...

I feel like I've been traveling with you guys! Love the tour, so cool! Love the pics!!!!
thank you for sharing!
Love,
Lizi Life Coach

montreal LOVE said...

You are so chic and I love it!
peace

LuckyBaker said...

It's been fun reading/watching your travels....and was amazing meeting you along the way on the tour :)

shelly said...

Its been so inspirational following your travels.I loved meeting you at the farm in ny and hope to get to a retreat this coming year.Enjoy the holidays !!!

Ingle said...

It's been so great to read of your journey and I can't wait to read your takeaways. Your posts inspire me

o2bupnorth said...

I am inspired (like everyone else) by your journey & dream of doing it some day myself- but I have questions! Did you do your sun salutations in Miss Lillie (if so, how?!?!) or did you do them outdoors? And what did you pack in that 12x12 drawer? Did you eat only in restaurants? or did you do some cooking at the campgrounds? And if so, what did you eat? How many candles were burned by the end of the trip? What did you bring that turned out to be unnecessary? What did you not bring that you wish you had?

suzanne said...

a beautiful & inspirational journey, thank you for sharing here. and for all the goodness you put out into the world.

Perfect Peace Jai! said...

I always benefit from your takeaways, Kimberly. Thank you for sharing with those that can't "be where you are". I think it's so neat that your tips help us better "be where WE are", which is really the goal for us all, yes?

Looking forward to next week's Yoga & Writing workshop!

Jacie said...

I really enjoyed hearing about your journey and your experiences. Welcome home!

kylie said...

I have loved following along on your trip. I've had the ultimate armchair adventure through you!! <3

Fran said...

I have really enjoyed all your post and podcasts about your adventure tour, it was lovely you took your pet family along with you. I hope you all enjoy being back home. Thanks for sharing.

Amanda said...

I've enjoyed following your adventure around the country!

nicole J. said...

Loved following you on your journey, despite it not bringing you to Colorado. Next time (fingers crossed)!

Ms. P.A. Moore said...

It was fun to read about your adventures on the tranquility tour. I enjoy your tranquility brand, mindfulness concepts and writing style.

Brit said...

A very fun and inspiring tour for all of the people you connected with on the way- wether in person or virtually through your blog and social media.
Thank you

deb kaz said...

Merci for the beautiful inspiration! xoxo

Jennifer Rowe said...

You are such an inspiration for making dreams real! I've LOVED following your journey over the last few months (and over the years!) Thanks for helping me dream bigger and take steps to make my dreams into my actual LIFE! Sending kitty kisses from Jude Beans, Quinny, John John, Louis-Brooks and Kitty (the pitty)to Le Pug! :)

evolutionofivy said...

love the photo spread!

kimberly wilson said...

and the winner is . . . #15 diana p {goodmoodyogagirl}. a BIG thanks for all your thoughtful responses. i loved the questions, too, and we plan to put together a tranquility tour trivia post to answer them and more. congrats to diana and my love to all. x