Tranquility du JourAuthor: Kimberly Wilson
18 Aug 2017

Tranquility du Jour

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Your guide to living a full and meaningful life: creativity, entrepreneurship, mindfulness, travel, style, yoga, making a difference and all things tranquility. Hosted by author, therapist and creative entrepreneur Kimberly Wilson, who lives in DC and dreams of Paris.

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    Tranquility du Jour #402: A Paris Year

    A Paris Year with Janice MacLeod. In this week's edition of Tranquility du Jour, Janice shares the inspiration behind her new beautiful book, how life has changed since writing Paris Letters, her favorite spots in Paris, and kindly assists me in pronunciation {lots!}. Giveaway: leave a takeaway from this podcast in the comment section below by Friday, August 11 to enter to win a copy of Janice's new book!

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    Writing in the Woods in West Virginia: October 27-29

    Yoga, Mindfulness + Creativity in Costa Rica: February 17-24

    Yoga + Art in West Virginia: May, 2018 TBA

    Featured Guest: Janice MacLeod-Lik

    I am the artist behind Paris Letters, a painted letter series sent out via snail mail to those who crave getting fun snail mail from the land of fromage, rosé  and lippy waiters.

    After a childhood in Canada that was just dysfunctional enough to make me funny, I became an advertising copywriter and eventually an associate creative director. Most of my time was spent in top agencies throughout the USA and Canada, because I’m kinda into fame. And modesty. I’m humble, too. And perfect.

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    After 110 years of writing junk mail in advertising, I devised an exit strategy to finance my own sabbatical. My Shawshank Redemption, if you will. When I met my financial goal, I skipped town and traveled with nothing more than my suitcase and a small set of watercolors. Along the way, I painted letters about my travels and mailed them to friends. Enamored with this unique medium, I opened an online shop. Each month I create one painted letter, copy it, personalize it and mail it to hundreds of subscribers who are hungry for fun mail.

    While in Paris, I met the lovely Christophe, who built me a closet so I would finally unpack my suitcase. I’ve been an embarrassment to the French language ever since. We got hitched and hit the road. Now we’re hanging our hats in the Rocky Mountains.

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    I wrote the New York Times best selling book Paris Letters (Sourcebooks, 2014), which is really a long-form version of this About page. But with more pictures.

    If Paris Letters is about BECOMING an artist in Paris, A Paris Year is about BEING an artist in Paris.

    Part memoir and part visual journey through the streets of modern-day Paris, France, A Paris Yearchronicles, day by day, my daily discoveries in the world’s most beautiful city. This is more than a diary or travel journal: it’s a detailed and colorful love letter to one of the most romantic and historically rich cities on earth.

    Before all this crazy Paris-themed goodness, I co-wrote two books: The Breakup Repair Kit (Conari Press, 2003) and The Dating Repair Kit (Conari Press, 2006).

    I have had airtime on TV shows such as Tyra Banks Show and Movie & A Makeover. I’ve also been featured in magazines such as Elle, National Geographic, Canadian Living, Canadian Family, Cosmopolitan, Chatelaine, Glamour, Flare, Psychologies, Huffington Post, The New York Times… whew… long list, Psychologies, Renegade Collective, Business Insider, and and and… the list continues.

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  • Posted on 08 Aug 2017

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    Tranquility du Jour #401: Finding Your Inner Artist

    Finding Your Inner Artist with Susan Prolman. In this week's edition of Tranquility du Jour, learn how to transition from a person who doesn't make art to one who does, ways to improve your artistic skills, and a few books to assist your artistic journey.

     

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    Writing in the Woods in West Virginia: October 27-29

    Yoga, Mindfulness + Creativity in Costa Rica: February 17-24

    Yoga + Art in West Virginia: May, 2018 TBA

    Featured Guest: Susan Prolman

    Susan Prolman is an advocate by nature. Susan has lobbied against factory farming and for environmental protection in Washington, DC for years. She served as Executive Director of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and as Director of International Campaigns for The Humane Society of the United States. While a student at Georgetown University Law Center, Susan helped to create the school's first animal law course. Earlier, she served as New Hampshire State Director for presidential candidate Paul Tsongas, who won this first-in-the-nation primary election. Susan currently leads Activism For Animals.

    For fun, Susan is a world traveler, writer, vegan recipe developer, artist, and jewelry designer. She runs the Etsy shop Veg Shop. She’s is also a certified laughing meditation instructor. You can learn more about Susan at SusanProlman.com.

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  • Posted on 24 Jul 2017

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    Tranquility du Jour #400: Celebrating 400 Episodes and 12 Years

    Celebrating 400 Episodes and 12 Years. In this week's edition of Tranquility du Jour, hear the lessons I've learned since starting this podcast and what's bringing me inspiration these days.

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  • Posted on 12 Jul 2017

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    Tranquility du Jour #399: Creating Big Sky Yoga Retreats 

    Creating Big Sky Yoga Retreats with Margaret Burns Vap. We discuss her move from a corporate career in NYC to starting a yoga studio in DC to forming Big Sky Retreats in Montana. You'll learn the hardest and best parts of running the business and how her practice has evolved over the years.

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    Writing in the Woods in West Virginia: October 6-8

    Yoga, Mindfulness + Creativity in Costa Rica: February 17-24

    Yoga + Art in West Virginia: May, 2018 TBA

    Featured guest: Margaret Burns Vap

    Margaret is the founder of Big Sky Yoga Retreats and creator of Cowgirl Yoga™. Her relationship with yoga began more than a decade ago, when she began attending Jivamukti Yoga and took up the practice in an attempt to balance her hectic New York City lifestyle and corporate career with cosmetics giant L’Oréal.

    A few years and several hundred down dogs later, she traded in her designer duds for yoga pants – and moved to Washington DC to open her own studio. She combined her business background and passion for fitness to create Georgetown Yoga, which soon became one of DC’s most popular studios.

    She practiced at Jivamukti London, when her family relocated to the UK for six months, and studied Ashtanga Yoga under Richard Freeman, David Swenson, and Dave Oliver. Margaret also completed a 200-hour training program with renowned California/New York-based Yoga Works and traveled to Hawaii for Baron Baptiste’s Level 1 Teacher Training Bootcamp.

    Margaret’s students have included celebrities and DC luminaries to wheelchair-bound seniors, beginner yogis to other experienced yoga instructors – and everyone in between.

    Her belief that yoga can benefit anyone was part of what excited Margaret when her family relocated to Bozeman, Montana in early 2007. Alongside her husband David, daughter Morgane, and two Boston Terriers, she quickly embraced the laid-back-yet-vibrant town, its outdoor fitness focus, and breathtaking 360-degree mountain views.

    It wasn’t long before Margaret felt called to combine her love of yoga with her new-found love for Montana. Her fresh approach to teaching and natural gift for creating nurturing, safe spaces for people to practice yoga inspired the formation of Big Sky Yoga Retreats. With the help of her close-knit team, especially her first Head Wrangler Janice Cartwright from Montana Horse Sense, Margaret developed a one-of-a-kind retreat experience that welcomes women to enjoy calm, refreshing, and vigorous yoga with an unforgettable Montana backdrop.

    Big Sky Yoga Retreats has been featured in numerous publications and has received impressive press coverage since its inception. 

    Margaret earned her B.S. from Georgetown University and her MBA from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management. She speaks French, Spanish, and un po d’Italiano and has traveled extensively across the U.S. and abroad.

    She and David make the most of Montana’s endless outdoor activities and love watching their daughter Morgane grow up on the ski slope and on horseback. She’s also proud ‘mom’ to English Mastiff Lili and her equine herd – Dude Boy and Java.

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  • Posted on 26 Jun 2017

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    Tranquility du Jour #398: Make Peace with Your Mind

    Make Peace with Your Mind with Mark Coleman. Learn the two essential skills needed to navigate life's storms, how to free yourself from the inner critic, tools for dealing with the inner critic, and the therapeutic power of nature.

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    Yoga and the Animals: June 24

    Writing in the Woods in West Virginia: October 6-8

    Yoga, Mindfulness + Creativity in Costa Rica: February 17-24

    Yoga + Art in West Virginia: May, 2018 TBA

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    Mark Coleman is the author of Make Peace with Your Mind and Awake in the Wild.  He is the founder of the Mindfulness Institute and has an MA in Clinical Psychology. Mark has guided students on five continents as a corporate consultant, counselor, meditation teacher, and wilderness guide. He lives in Northern California.  Visit him online at MarkColeman.org.

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  • Posted on 12 Jun 2017

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