Category: tranquilosophy

What I’m Reading

Earlier today I spontaneously popped over to Tranquility du Jour Facebook Live to share a peek into what I’ve recently read and currently reading. You can watch it here or over on Facebook.

Remember TDJ TV days circa 2009-2011 when I shared a video every other week? Here’s a sampling to jog your memory: Tranquil Travel Tips, Latest Book Loves, 12 Minutes of Yoga, Bookshelf Browsing, My Short-Lived Boxing Career. Oh my, the hair, the video quality, the pure passion!

For one year I’ve had “make more videos” and “host tea with Kimberly video series” and “share more of what I’m reading” and “more Facebook Lives” on my ideas list. Somehow, after curling my hair for a video interview with Selina Rose (will share shortly), I thought “no time like the present” and hit record before dashing off to see clients.

My intention is to bring you more short videos like today’s. If you have specific topics you’d like covered, let me know in the comments below or via email. Thanks for watching! Now tell me, what are YOU reading?! Bisous. x

Sending Love to Paris

While on a call yesterday, my phone blew up with buzz, buzz, buzz. As we were saying goodbye, I looked down at my text messages and my heart sank. Notre Dame was on fire!?

I pulled up CNN and, along with much of the world, watched in horror as the flames overtook the roof and the spire tumbled.

Today, the four-year anniversary of losing Louis, has been filled with heaviness and melancholy. The damage to this architectural wonder also hurts. We all know how we become attached to our companion animals (hint: because they’re amazing). Yet, how do we become so attached to a place? This New York Times article sheds some light.

Loss and change remind us to savor. Those pug snores, the touristy shot, warm air on the skin, and the laugh of a loved one. Everything is impermanent. Sending love to Paris and you today. Bisous. x

Happy Spring!

It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart. —Rilke

Happy first day of spring! Although it’s still fairly chilly in DC, warmer temperatures and peak cherry blossoms are on the horizon.

s we leave the heaviness of winter’s hibernation, I like to review its lessons, highlights, and challenges. Next, I pen a spring wish list into Year of Tranquility and have 35 ideas listed below.

  1. Picnic in the park
  2. Plan a hike and meditate outdoors
  3. Dine al fresco
  4. Wear open-toed shoes
  5. Place yellow daffodils on your bedside table
  6. Spring clean your closets, pantry, and beauty products
  7. Take in the many blooming trees, especially DC’s cherry blossoms
  8. Repot any overgrown plants
  9. Visit an animal sanctuary (Join us on June 8)
  10. Plant impatiens and sweet potato vine in your garden
  11. Pick up succulent fruit at the farmers’ market
  12. Go berry picking
  13. Join us for the TDJ Soirée: A Tranquility Masterclass experience
  14. Visit a winery and sip into the afternoon
  15. Snap photos of blooming trees and flowers
  16. Savor the sunshine on your skin (hello, vitamin D)
  17. Add pops of colorful tulips to your desk
  18. Go camping
  19. Cultivate a garden (windowsills count)
  20. Go on an evening walk tonight and notice the full moon
  21. Line dry your clothes
  22. Hit the beach before the crowds arrive
  23. Plan a spring break trip
  24. Ride a bike
  25. Visit a botanical garden
  26. Create a capsule wardrobe
  27. Set out a bird feeder
  28. Grow fresh mint for your tea
  29. Pack up your heavy winter gear
  30. Practice yoga outside
  31. Host a mini cocktail party
  32. Fill out the Seasonal Life Review in your copy of Year of Tranquility
  33. Take a digital detox for a day or even a weekend
  34. Sign up for a class that pushes your comfort zone—dance, art, yoga, writing
  35. Tune in on Sunday for TDJ Live

What are your favorite spring activities? May your transition into spring be nourishing. Bisous. x