Wednesday, October 18, 2006

confession deux

thanks for all your well wishes. wow, i should get sick more often. i'm honored to have received such sweet notes! i got in some good yoga and meditation today despite still feeling quite weak. gotta get to bed soon as i'm dashing off to new york tomorrow for an all-day ladies who launch event and to get in some good new york yoga. ahhhhh.

ok, so while i'm on the confession kick, i must also share that my "use" of the beautiful french language is not pretty. my "accent" is a lovely blend of spanglish. i left class monday night so disappointed (you know that feeling from grade school of getting really frustrated over a math problem) that instead of taking a friend up on the offer of veggie sushi, i hit the nearby book store and got a BIG rice crispy treat. ate it on the walk home as i had a pitty party for my inability to speak fluently after the second class. so maybe fluently is a bit agressive, but i'm still trying to figure out the darn alphabet, accents, and pronunciation of the verb conjucation! i've been told there are some great french podcasts so i think i'll check them out.

i hope you are all taking good care of yourselves. this weather and time of the year can be tricky on the immune system and psyche. seems like we should be gathering our nuts and preparing for a nice long slumber, doesn't it? well, instead of gathering nuts (your neighbors may get nervous), pull out your journal, do some seasonal reflection, hit the yoga mat, and curl up with a good book. i'm with you in spirit! xo xo xo

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

confession: worst sick person ever

i began feeling sick en route back from leading the retreat this weekend but kept plugging away. "no time for getting sick" was my motto. well, the little lump in my throat has grown, the fever has intensified and so has the achey body. ah ha, guess it is time to take a breather. somehow the body just has a way of insisting.

i had hoped to pull through to teach tonight, but after feeling worse post-nap, i decided to get a sub. even though i feel a bit beaten, i haven't been able to disconnect from my friendly laptop. a colleague recommended i watch tv and relax. gasp! i turned it on for a few minutes and felt guilty. tv mid-day felt like such a guilty pleasure, so back to the laptop. hmmm, is there actually a lesser of two evils?

next i lit a fire, made more decaf chai tea, drapped onto my chaise lounge with a goosedown and pug nearby, and made some calls that i'd needed to make (oh, and sent more e-mails that i needed to send). i guess it is good to embrace being sick and relish in the down time that the body insists upon. however, today proved to me that i'm not very good at resting when i would rather be out and about handling the typical daily drama that life so beautifully brings.

hip tranquil chick podcast #53: journaling 201

HTC: October 17, 2006 Shownotes




Bon Jour!

Welcome to the 53rd edition of the Hip Tranquil Chick podcast: a guide to life on and off the yoga mat. Produced from the raspberry and leopard-print embellished flat in Washington, DC.

Today’s podcast is on questions to ponder through journal writing and a guided writing meditation, topped of with a pose of the podcast, and groovy podsafe music! View our shownotes at hiptranquilchick.com/blog. Watch for upcoming episodes on numerous things hip and tranquil such as ecotrends, getting organized, meditation, and more!

To ponder:
  • How am I feeling?
  • What am I scared of?
  • What makes me happy?
  • What do I really want?
  • My biggest dream is to . . .
  • My ideal relationship would be . . .
  • My ideal lifestyle would be . . .
  • I am not being honest with myself about . . .
  • Where do I see opportunities for growth on and off the yoga mat?
Pose of the Podcast:
Place sparkly pink pen in hand and get to writing!

Au Revoir:
With a desire to continue growing our community, I’ve set up our very first HTC retreat in upstate NY for June 2007. Please join us for a weekend of all things hip and tranquil!

Share your hip tranquil chickness with me, request show ideas, or pass along feedback by e-mailing me at Kimberly@hiptranquilchick.com or leaving a love note in the comments section of hiptranquilchick.com/blog. A reminder that we’re on MySpace and Frappr, so please connect with the community virtually there, too!

Have a burning question that you’d like hip and tranquil feedback on? E-mail me to have it featured and answered in our dear hip tranquil chick segment!

You can now order Hip Tranquil Chick, the Get Your Yoga On companion CD, a leopard print scarf, or a crystal tee.

Save the date for our book launch fete on Thursday, November 16 at the new swanky boutique Hotel Palomar in DC. RSVP here.

We’re almost done with the step-by-step scoop on hosting a Hip Tranquil Chick Signature ChariTea Soiree! Watch for this downloadable PDF coming soon with discussion tips, a toolkit, yoga sequences, recipes, and more! If you live near DC, I’d be happy to swing by your soiree!

The Shanghai Restoration ProjectTo close out the show, we’re playing podsafe music---by new and independent artists from the IODA PromoNet. Today’s selection is Jade Buddha Temple by The Shanghai Restoration Project. You can learn more this week's featured artist, including how to get more of their music, at shanghairestorationproject.com and their Promonet page.

Thanks for celebrating the 53rd edition of the Hip Tranquil Chick podcast with me! Namaste.

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  • Sunday, October 15, 2006

    fall foliage retreat reflection


    fresh back from a fabulous fall foliage retreat weekend with an amazing group of yogis. although i lead the retreat and am "on" the whole time, i always return refreshed after spending time outside, doing some yoga and meditation, sipping more tea than my body is used to, and sleeping to the sounds of nature. some take-aways that the group came up with were: carve out more unstructured play time, organize chaos, make a quilt and sit still, take baby steps and celebrate them/breathe when life is difficult, doing things without judgment and living with questions, focus on self-care, laugh and smile more/not take life so seriously/release control. i share these with you as a gentle reminder of our ongoing need to slow down, laugh a bit more, and celebrate play!

    a poem by rilke that was read by a retreater and spoke to many of us was:
    I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.
    p.s. podcast coming tomorrow. i hope you had a delightful weekend and got to enjoy some of the fabulous fall foliage and weather.

    Thursday, October 12, 2006

    poem by dawna markova

    i came across this poem today as i was putting a plethora of torn out magazine articles into their proper places. this is a favorite poem that i wanted to share and request we reflect upon:

    i will not die an unlived life. i will not live in fear of falling or catching fire.
    i choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise.
    i choose to risk my significance, to live so that which came to me as seed goes to the next as blossom, and that which came to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.

    Wednesday, October 11, 2006

    bold & audacious

    today i was blessed to attend the washington area women foundation luncheon and got to hear the CEO of the bill and melinda gates foundation speak. there were 1200 women at the event and the generous spirit of giving back was contagious. the growth of the wawf was encouraging considering we're (the tranquil space foundation) still meeting in my living room and are funded fully by tranquil space studio. it's all an evolutionary process, right?

    the speaker from the gates foundation encouraged women to become audacious and to take bold steps because that is where greatness comes from. she and the other speaker, ann fudge, noted the importance of girls and women finding someone who believes in them. i, too, agree that this can make all the difference in the world. how can we let someone struggling know that we believe in them? offering support, a gentle nudge, and the tools to move forward can have profound effects.

    the speakers also emphasized the importance of having high expectations. we must have high expectations for ourselves and others. the hip tranquil chick never accepts status quo. one of my favorite writers, anais nin, said that life shrinks or expands in response to one's courage. i agree. be courageous, be bold, and take audacious steps to living the life you deserve. be sure to lift others up along the way. otherwise the success is pointless.

    Monday, October 09, 2006

    hip tranquil chick podcast #52: fall fashion fun

    HTC: October 9, 2006 Shownotes



    Welcome to the 52nd edition of the Hip Tranquil Chick podcast: a guide to life on and off the yoga mat. Produced from the raspberry and leopard-print embellished flat in Washington, DC.

    Today’s podcast is on fall fashion fun, topped of with a pose of the podcast, and groovy podsafe music! View our shownotes at hiptranquilchick.com/blog. Watch for upcoming episodes on numerous things hip and tranquil such as ecotrends, getting organized, meditation, and more!
    • Leggings
    • Roomy knits
    • Cowl necks
    • Sweater dresses
    • Slim black pants
    • Skinny jeans
    • Pencil skirt
    • Peep toe flats
    • Wedge boots
    • Ballet flats
    • Platform shoes
    • Capes
    • Bubble everything
    • Hats
    • Obi and BIG belts around the waist
    • Skull/crossbones print
    • Mad for Plaid
    • Ankle boots
    • Leopard-print
    • Bold color – crimson, plum, royal blue
    • Velvet
    • Black is the new black: Sheer black
    • Eco-friendly fabrics
    A couple fun fall fashion articles:
    from The New York Times and from Focus On Style

    Fave great deal finds:
    H & M, Tar-jay, TranquiliT

    Pose of the Podcast:

    walking meditation to do while shopping

    Au Revoir:
    With a desire to continue growing our community, I’ve set up our very first HTC retreat in upstate NY for June 2007. Please join us for a weekend of all things hip and tranquil!

    Share your hip tranquil chickness with me, request show ideas, or pass along feedback by e-mailing me at Kimberly@hiptranquilchick.com or leaving a love note in the comments section of hiptranquilchick.com/blog. A reminder that we’re on MySpace and Frappr, so please connect with the community virtually there, too!

    Have a burning question that you’d like hip and tranquil feedback on? E-mail me to have it featured and answered in our dear hip tranquil chick segment!

    You can now pre-order Hip Tranquil Chick, the Get Your Yoga On companion CD, and/or a leopard print scarf. Save the date for our book launch fete on Thursday, November 16 at the new swanky boutique Hotel Palomar in DC. RSVP here.

    We’re almost done with the step-by-step scoop on hosting a Hip Tranquil Chick Signature ChariTea Soiree! Watch for this downloadable PDF coming soon with discussion tips, a toolkit, yoga sequences, recipes, and more! To host a Hip Tranquil Chick Signature ChariTea Soiree in your area, please send your stats (name, location, e-mail) to kimberly@hiptranquilchick.com and you'll receive your Toolkit via e-mail shortly. If you live near DC, I’d be happy to swing by your soiree!

    To close out the show, we’re playing podsafe music---by new and independent artists from the IODA PromoNet. Today’s selection is Borderline by Jody Watley. You can learn more this week's featured artist, including how to get more of her music at her PromoNet page and jodywatley.net.

    Thanks for celebrating the 52nd edition of the Hip Tranquil Chick podcast with me! Namaste.

  • You don't need an iPod to listen to the podcast! Click on the show you'd like to hear on the podcast player on the right side of the home page!
  • New to podcasting? Get more info at Yahoo Podcasts.
  • Do you have iTunes? Click here and subscribe to the podcast. You'll automatically get the latest edition as soon as it's available.
  • Do you use another podcatcher? Use this link for the podcast RSS feed.
  • Pre-order Hip Tranquil Chick here!
  • Sunday, October 08, 2006

    tranquil space foundation ideas flow

    this evening i met with my fabulous start-up team and board to discuss the curriculum plans for our signature program. we reviewed the yoga, creativity, and leadership plans while also discussing possible names for our program. after we began to get a little punchy, we called it a night and decided to continue the convos via e-mail. every meeting continues to get more and more honed in on the exciting work we will be doing. it brings about such a great sense of community to have the opportunity to work with an impressive group who is equally invested in making this organization a success.

    i'm enjoying learning about the non-profit world as this is my first exposure to the internal workings of them. on wednesday i'm spending a lot of the day at the washington area women's foundation's special event. i'm so looking forward to hearing the speakers and mingling with fellow women invested in making a difference. after all, isn't that what it's all about?

    i was chatting with a student yesterday about the evolution of tranquil space and how my journey happened organically out of a desire to grow personally, rather than a 5-year strategic plan. i emphasized with her the importance of leaving a legacy. although all of our legacies will be very different, it is the notion of leaving one that matters. have you thought about what yours will be? lord knows mine is always in flux, but let's do our best to leave a mindfully extravagant one.