Kimberly helps modern women stylishly blend yoga and entrepreneurship into their everyday lives, and I consider her books, HipTranquil Chick and Tranquilista, to be my sparkly pink bibles. Kimberly’s podcast, Tranquility Du Jour, offers fantastic interviews of people at the forefront of the personal growth and creativity arenas, and her charming Tranquility Du Jour blog always puts a smile on my face.
“There is a difference between knowing something intellectually and knowing it emotionally; knowing it in a way that echoes on a deep core level. Sometimes the most obvious truths are some of the most difficult to assimilate…and until we learn them, they will keep popping up in our lives.” –Gala Darling
“Too often we fuel our lives with activities, tasks, or busyness to avoid feeling bored. Years of focusing our attention ‘out there’ makes it difficult to take the time and space to look inward and spend time reflecting on our lives. Often what lies beneath the feelings of boredom is fear of the unknown, of facing unmet dreams, or a desire to remain detached from the feelings we’ve suppressed for years. But with practice, you’ll discover that learning to sit with the feelings of boredom that quickly give way to a deeper reflection of your life eventually leads to a sense of peace and serenity that will fuel you in a whole new way.”
“What if the idea of Mr. Right is completely false? What if there is no Mr. Wrong? What if every relationship–no matter how brief–contains a priceless lesson allowing you to grow and evolve into your grandest self?”
–Marie Forleo (total BAMF…I’m kind of obsessed with this woman)
“Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards, so you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down and it has made all the difference in my life.”
I find the following personal manifesto written by the fabulous Gala Darling to be so inspiring that I’ve printed it out and hung it next to my desk (I’ve made bold the parts that particularly resonate with me):
Choose to see the best in people. Strike up conversations with strangers. Never be afraid to ask for what you really, really want. To love, purely and fiercely, without agenda, is the most terrifying and rewarding thing you will ever do. Travel is essential to the spirit. A pair of great shoes means nothing if you have an ugly heart.
Try your hardest not to judge anyone else; it never leads anywhere good. Always avoid tabloids and gossip, they destroy the soul. Be kind and loyal. Many things in this world are more important than money. Always trust your intuition, always. Rescue animals, it will strengthen your heart. Never delight in anyone else’s misery. Trust in others.
You are your own best investment. Believe in the magic of a new day and a fresh start. Follow your bliss. Do more of what you love. Always do the best you can. Create your own family and care for them ferociously.
When people offer you opportunities that scare you, say yes: It’s the very best way to grow. You are never as stuck as you think. Stay eager. Love yourself. Say yes to the adventure of life.”
Work is piling up, you feel a cold coming on, you just missed a deadline, your car has decided to fall to pieces and you can no longer see the bottom of your bedroom floor. Whether you blame Mercury retrograde or just plain bad luck, we’ve all had days where the thought of spending a month in bed eating cookie dough, drinking wine, and watching The Vampire Diaries sounds pretty damn good (Just me?). If this is the case, it’s time to take action. Here are some simple things that help me get back into a centered, focused and happy place when I feel like life is spinning out of control:
* Making a To-Do List and crossing things off
* Reading inspirational books and blogs (see my sidebar for recommendations)
* Spending time in nature
* Getting a good night’s sleep
* Taking bubble baths (more than one a day is perfectly acceptable and etra points for scented candles and trashy magazines!)
* Getting a massage
* Expressing gratitude
* Spending quality time with close friends
* Sipping tea
* Doing something crafty
Remember, above all, to be compassionate to yourself. We are all being challenged in different ways at different times of our lives. It’s part of being human. The best thing you can do when you are in that icky stressed out place is to love yourself as much as possible, and take baby steps towards getting your life back in order. And a little cookie dough, white wine, and good-bad TV never hurts! Wishing you all lots of lovely peace and happiness this week!
“. . . almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”