tranquility du jour #138: a life of one’s own

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Bonjour! Welcome to the 138th edition of Tranquility Du Jour: a guide to bringing tranquility to your every day, formerly known as Hip Tranquil Chick. See blog for the reasoning behind the rename – same show and passion for ALL things hip and tranquil!

Today’s show menu features happenings and musing with author Ilana Simons on a life of one’s own.

orkshops + Retreats: Join me for events in DC (including a workshop at the TranquiliT showroom on growing your craft to business, Denver in January, Montreal in March. Also, Fall Foliage retreat in the hills of Virginia next weekend. Plus we’ve got a day focused on creating 2009 at our 2nd annual new year’s gala, weekend of tranquility and creativity at our 3rd Annual Hip Tranquil Chick retreat in a lovely farmhouse not far from NYC March 27-29, 2009, and another week at Kripalu next August 9-14, 2009. All the scoop is at’s workshops page.

Featured eco-luxe TranquiliT
: all-in-one wrap dress. This pieces is perfect for weddings, the beach, cocktail parties, and looking great on-the-go.

Featured guest: Ilana Simons
Ilana Simons is the author of A Life of One’s Own: A Guide to Better Living through the Work and Wisdom of Virginia Woolf (Penguin, 2007). She received her PhD in literature from New York University in 2003 and is currently finishing her PhD in clinical psychology at The New School. She has taught literature and writing at New York University and The New School for the past ten years. Recipient of the Willy Gorrissen Award for Teaching Excellence and the Molberger Fellowship for modernist scholarship, she also writes the weekly “Literature & Life” blog for Barnes & Noble, here.

Ilana has lectured in venues from Miami to San Francisco. She paints portraits, too, which you can see on her website, here, and her works-in-progress site, here.

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Savvy sources: See above bio.

Au Revoir: To close out the show, we’re playing This Truth by Lovespirals courtesy of Podsafe Music Network. You can learn more about their music at

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