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You may be wondering, “What in the world is a tranquilista?” So glad you asked! A tranquilista is a woman who embraces her many sides: spiritual (she’s a tranquility-seeker), creative (loves style), and entrepreneurial (calls her own shots). She hearts fashion and philanthropy. Parties and prayer. Entertainment and enlightenment. The golden rule and layers of vintage gold bangles. She is you and she is moi. She is full of aspiratioins and always seeking inspiration. Oh, and she sparkles. Literally. – Kimberly Wilson, Introduction of Tranqilista
I recently received a beautiful little book to review called Tranquilista: Mastering the Art of Enlightened Work and Mindful Play. When I opened the package, I was immediately smitten by the cover.
I’m so completely there!
Kimberly Wilson wrote this very, very charming book. She’s also the author of Hip Tranquil Chick: A Guide to Life On and Off the Yoga Mat – My secretary (a purple notebook) has been instructed to remind me to order this book off of Amazon today.
A few of the things I’ve taken away from Tranquilista are:
- No matter how chaotic life gets, we should take time to enjoy the moments within the hour. We shouldn’t be so worried about squeezing everything from them that we can. We should try to allow the moment to just be and ourselves to just be in the moment.
- We should give back to life, not just take from it. We will be better people when we begin caring for others and going out of our way for our neighbors, our community, and our earth.
- We need to breathe deeper and more often. Inhale the good, exhale the bad. And repeat.
- Our homes, offices, and/or home offices should be filled with things that make us smile – things that make us feel happy to be alive. Whether or not anyone else gets it or not. Near my home office desk, I have two stuffed possums. They make me smile every time I look at them. My husband bought one for me and my oldest daughter bought me the other. I think of them each time I see them as well. They’re both named Margaret, just in case you were wondering.
- It’s important to enjoy good food and exercise. Fortunately, the author seems to have almost as big a sweet tooth as I do, so she never told me that chocolate was a no-no. That would’ve been a deal breaker. Because she’s a yoga enthusiast, she has excellent advice about yoga and nutrition.
- We should never, ever, ever stop being girls! What’s more we should never apologize for our girliness – just flaunt it.
Kimberly Wilson is an engaging and entertaining author that I know you’ll fall in love with. One of the smartest things you could do this week would be to head over to Amazon and order not just one, but BOTH of her books.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite passages from the book. Personally, I’m a HUGE believer of the bath. Oh, the healing, soothing properties of a long, warm bubble bath with a hot beverage (coffee, hot tea, hot cocoa….) and your cat nearby.
This passage is pretty much an ode to this experience. It’s from the chapter called Sustainable Style:
After the glorious art of sleeping, my favorite pastime is partaking in a long, luxurious soak in the (preferably claw-foot) tub. During the colder months, you’ll find me marinating nightly in some yummy concoction of bath salts, bubble bath, or bath bombs. This is more about indulgence than cleaning le corps. You’ve probably seen the commercial “Calgon, take me away.” It may seem silly that the simple act of immersing yourself in water can be touted as producing miraculous results. I’m here to evangelize that water has healing effects; indulging in them is called hydrotherapy. For centuries in European spas, water has been used to release toxins, treat disease, and stimulate blood circulation. Jump right in! – Page 95, Tranquilista: Mastering the Art of Enlightened Work and Mindful Play by Kimberly Wilson.
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