Me, Kimberly Wilson, and social media strategist Katy Tafoya
On Friday evening I had the pleasure and privilege of meeting Kimberly Wilson and hearing her talk on infusing a little tranquility into every day and her latest book, Tranquilista. Kimberly supplied Sprinkles cupcakes and wine, mais oui!
Kimberly is an entrepreneurial spirit of many talents. As I have mentioned in a previous post, I discovered her podcasts in 2007 (originally named Hip Tranquil Chick, now Tranquility du Jour) and have been a huge fan of her work ever since. Kimberly founded Tranquil Space yoga studio in Washington DC (and now also Arlington, Virginia), which was named among the top 25 yoga studios in the world by Travel + Leisure, has her own line of organic bamboo clothing named TranquilitT, and founded a nonprofit, Tranquil Space Foundation. In addition to the free podcasts, Kimberly blogs and has written two books, Tranquilista as mentioned above, and her first book, Hip Tranquil Chick. Phew! Not bad for a woman who has no formal business training! My favorite thing about Kimberly is that she describes herself as an introvert at heart, which I do too, so that gives me encouragement that big things are still possible even without being a natural social butterfly.
After the talk and Q&A portion, Kimberly spent time talking to individuals, and gave me a ton of encouragement and even a new idea for my pendants. It was such a delight to meet her and I'm so glad I had the opportunity before I leave L.A. I highly recommend all her products (I wish I could have made it to DC to visit Tranquil Space, but alas, I don't think that's going to happen), including the lovely bamboo clothing, as modeled by yours truly below. Best thing about bamboo -- gentle machine wash and no ironing!
The book signing was held at a wonderful store in L.A. called Happy. I hadn't visited Happy before but it's a wonderful store full of unique gifts. The owner gave 10% off anything in store after the event was over, and I was delighted to find this:
Photo from the Happy website
My wallet has been broken for a while so I could justify the purchase. I am absolutely in love with it, it's so perfect I feel like someone designed it just for me.
The whole evening was absolutely inspiring and fuelled the rest of my weekend. I spent a lot of time this weekend working on my creative biz and am looking forward to stretching all of this energy into the coming week. If you're in need of a little inspiration of your own, I suggest you hop over to Kimberly's website, download some Tranquility du Jour podcasts on iTunes, and check out her books!