all things tranquility
Through Tranquility du Jour I offer a wide variety of tools to support your journey—download an e-course, tune in to a seasonal TDJ Live, try coaching or therapy, join me on a retreat, listen to podcasts, read the blog, or watch the YouTube videos.
Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the internet. Say hello, I love hearing from you.
What are some of your favorite books?
For creativity: The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
For business: The E-Myth: Why Most Small Business Don’t Work and What To Do About It
For lifestyle: The Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters
For yoga: Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body and Soul
For mindfulness: Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life
For style: Entre Nous: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl
For time management: 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think
For activism: Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life
For homemaking: The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking: Decorating, Dining, and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency–On a Budget
For animals: Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live and How We Can Make Their Lives Better
For writing: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
For diet: The Good Karma Diet: Eat Gently, Feel Amazing, Age in Slow Motion
What does tranquility mean to you?
Webster’s Dictionary defines tranquility as the quality or state of being tranquil. Tranquil is then defined as free from agitation of mind or spirit. I define tranquility as the quality of calm within a full and meaningful life.
The word tranquility is woven throughout my work. Tranquility is easy to find meditating on a mountaintop or while on vacation, but what about when the dog is barking, kid is crying, or deadline is looming? That’s where it gets juicy—calm among the chaos that makes up a full and meaningful life!
I want to write a book, how do I get started?
In 2006 I recorded a podcast that outlines my experience from concept to publication. Listen to it here and learn all my tips and tricks. In addition, on pp. 26-27 of Tranquilista I share a timeline of my writing journey. Good luck!
Congrats, business ideas are so exciting! For advice on launching a new business, please peruse Tranquilista or my e-course on Creative + Conscious Business. I share all my lessons learned plus tons of resources in these items. If you want feedback catered directly to your situation, please consider a mentoring session where I can focus fully on you. Due to time constraints, I am unable to meet for tea or chat via email regarding business or non-profit ventures beyond these offerings.
What is the Tranquility du Jour Daybook?
My vision for the Daybook was to serve as a catch-all for dreams, day’s events, and deepest thoughts. A chance to pause and find pockets of tranquility within the busyness of daily life. To evoke joy when you use it and satisfaction when you check the boxes. And inspiration to get creative with ephemera, colored markers, and washi tape.
How did you find tranquility wearing multiple hats?
I find the line to be blurry between work and play. During down time you’ll find me reading non-fiction books, practicing yoga, or thumbing through creativity magazines—all of which are applicable to my professional life and fuel my passion.
During work I’m sipping tea, posting on Instagram, and blogging about my latest adventure. My work and play commingle in a coherent, holistic way. Also, I’m a sucker for self-care: regular massage, lots of sleep, yoga, and journal writing.
Why is creativity so important to living a tranquil lifestyle?
Creativity ensures there is a spark inside. Yep, even if you live or work in what you may perceive to be a non-creative setting. The art of creativity is finding that spark, making that spark, and keeping that spark alive. I think creativity is akin to self-discovery and ongoing happiness. Living in a creative way allows us to color outside the lines, push our edges, wear pink tights, don red lipstick and sparkles, write with a silver pen, and explore new places. By making creativity a priority, stagnation is less likely to occur, growth is inevitable, and, ideally, tranquility will be part of the process.
What are your favorite tranquility tools?
My Daybook, a dab of parfum, scented candles, pet cuddles, all types of tea, green smoothies, love notes, green juices, yoga mat, fresh flowers, meditation cushion, twinkle lights, washi tape, piles of books, gold water bottle, colored Paper Mate flair pens, TranquiliT wraps, face oil, warm baths with almond oil, hot water with lemon, lavender oil, and rosewater . . . to name a few.