Category: do-gooding

Happy National Pig Day

In honor of National Pig Day, I’m writing to spread the pig love and invite you to Pigs & Pugs Project’s TWO spring events: Pigs, Pugs & Pinot and Yoga + the Animals.

Fun Facts About Pigs

1. Pigs are the fourth most intelligent animal (after chimps, dolphins, and elephants). Yes, even smarter than our dogs!

2. Pigs can run a seven-minute mile.

3. Pigs paint. You know Pigcasso, right?!

4. Pigs are actually quite clean. They use mud to cool off since they don’t have sweat glands (happy as a pig in mud!) and use the bathroom away from their living and eating space.

5. Esther the Wonder Pig lives in a home in Canada, wears adorable outfits, and was thought to be a “mini pig” who now weighs 650 pounds. She’s a social media sensation who has helped make pigs beloved globally.

6. Mini pigs grow to 300 pounds and teacup/micro pigs are a myth. Many are ending up in shelters or abandoned in cities (even DC).

7. You can meet (and adopt) pigs at a variety of sanctuaries around the world.

8. Pigs love belly rubs, are active communicators (grunts and squeals), and form close social bonds.

Please join us in honoring these beautiful beings today and every day! Pigs & Pugs Project’s mission is to make the lives of pigs and pugs happier.

We raises awareness through special events and supports the work of pig sanctuaries and pug rescue organizations throughout the United States through micro grants.

Here’s a peek at our work so far. We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events and thank you for your support!

March + Manifesto

My idea of feminism is self-determination, and it’s very open-ended: every woman has the right to become herself, and do whatever she needs to do.—Ani DiFranco

After recording a 42-minute bonus podcast (for TDJ app users and Year of Tranquility purchasers) sharing the story of bringing the book to life, I headed downtown to support the Women’s March. Although I didn’t have a pink hat, I hoped the coat would suffice. And, yes, I realize my hair was a mess. Messy hair, don’t care. Or so they say.

While close to the stage, we were moved hearing from members of the Women’s March board and activists from Standing Rock. Seeing a sea of pink hats and empowering signs while listening to chants and speeches left me fired up and eager for action.

During undergrad I was exposed to women’s studies and my world has never been the same. It opened my eyes to the many ways women face injustice daily—at home, at work, in the community, and beyond. When I started my yoga studio, Tranquil Space, in 1999, my goal was to create a safe space for women to grow and connect.

In 2004 I finished a master’s in women’s studies program where I was exposed to Gertrude Stein, Simone de Beauvoir, Charlotte Perkins Gilman (you simply must read “The Yellow Wallpaper”), bell hooks, Mary Wollstonecraft, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Betty Friedan, to name a few. There’s so much to learn and I’m forever grateful for those who have helped paved the path for us so far.

Next Saturday Tim and I are heading to NYC for the day to see Gloria: A Life, a play about the life of feminist icon Gloria Steinem. She’s quoted as saying, “A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.” I think we can ALL get behind that!

When creating Year of Tranquility, I updated the manifesto and have included it below. Note the inclusion of equality, responsibility, freedom, and compassion. That, my dear readers, is why I march. Bisous. x

5 Tranquility-Infused Gift Ideas

It’s the time of the year where we search for that something special and useful to gift our loved ones. Below is an assortment of inspiring tranquility-infused gift ideas ranging from $1.99 to $50.

Over the years I’ve created a few tools or treats I was seeking and my hope is that these creations of love help spread tranquilosophy in a meaningful way. And the best part, your purchase helps support small businesses and a portion of all proceeds benefits Pigs & Pugs Project.

  1. Tranquility Tea. This beautiful and fragrant blend of green tea, rosebuds, chamomile, lavender, and vanilla essence complements mindful moments. $12. Only 10 left and it’s our last run of this blend for now. Shop tea.

2.Tranquillité parfumis bursting with notes of gardenia, jasmine, sweet musk, rose, and sandalwood and was handcrafted in a Parisian apartment. Comes in parfum oil and eau de toilette. $38-$58. Shop parfum.

3. Tranquility du Jour app. Get instant access to all Tranquility du Jour podcast interviews—learn ways to give back, create art, love animals, eat well, practice yoga and mindfulness, live with style, make meaning, and more. Available on your iOS or Android mobile device. $1.99. Shop app.

4. Pigs & Pugs Project. Contribute a tax deductible donation of $50 or more to help pig sanctuaries and pug rescues in need and we’ll send you (or your gift recipient) a darling Pigs & Pugs reusable tote. $50+. Donate.

5. Books. A collection of writings from the past 12 years available in an assortment of PDFs, Kindle, and hold-in-your-hand physical form. Tranquilista is also available in Chinese, Russian, Bulgarian, and Dutch! $19-$28. Shop books.