july’s muse: sprinkles on top

” to live fully, outwardly and inwardly, not to ignore external reality for the sake of the inner life, or the reverse — that’s quite a task.”
- etty hillesum

welcome to july and a brief relief from summer’s sultry weather. i hope you have lots of tranquility planned over the holiday weekend.

yesterday was my 37th birthday. my how time flies. i can recall the excitement i had as a young girl awaiting the homemade strawberry cake to come out of the oven. my favorite part: adding the sprinkles on top. this is a great metaphor for life.

a few years ago a colleague encouraged me to use my birthday for svadyaya (reflection) by listing highlights that transpired over the past year and what i hoped to see for myself by my birthday the following year. i’ve followed it religiously since and wanted to share a snippet of my recent journal writing at a cafe:

highlights since june 30, 2009
tranquilista hit shelves
started MSW program
shoulder surgery (le sigh)
indulged in yoga + buddhism retreat (divine!)
cut hair to bob and donated 8 inches to locks of love
tranquil space turned 10 years old
began column for care2.com
got a hammock for mid-afternoon naps
returned to gardening
two west coast book tours
signed lease on new tranquil space arlington hOMe (opens august)
adopted a barnyard through farm sanctuary

dreams for june 30, 2011
explore india
texas tranquilista book tour
tranquil space arlington grand opening soiree
half way through MSW program
silent meditation retreat
compost
create value-based annual check-ins for tranquil space team
co-lead 4 inspiring tranquil teens programs
handstand
conference keynote speaker
publish tranquilology: a collection of my blog posts sprinkled with illustrations

my birthday started with a 1.5 hour manager meeting complete with scones and cupcakes (thanks, siobhan!) and included my very first yoga class in 90 days (but, who’s counting?). it felt divine to be back on the mat. truly like coming hOMe. to top off the day i headed to the strathmore to bask in music, belly laughs, and friends.

as i bring this month’s muse to a close, i wanted to encourage you to explore a way to find sprinkles on top. we’re halfway through the year and 2010 continues to be full of possibility. why not indulge it with dashes of tranquility? a few ideas: savor summer fruits, visit an animal sanctuary, dabble in restorative yoga, browse your local farmer’s market, volunteer, muse in your journal, start an etsy store, plant an herb garden and add fresh mint to your h2o, take a nap.

thank you joining me on this journey. may july bring you moments of inner and outer tranquility topped with sprinkles. live fully. namaste.

tranquilly yours,
kimberly wilson

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