The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust
Welcome to October at Tranquil Space. This month we celebrate 14 glorious years of sprinkling tranquillity in the DC area. Read about our sweet beginnings in my living room circa 1999. It’s such a joy to have YOU and our beloved team on this journey with us. We’ve come a long way, baby.
While Tranquil Space turns a year older, Tim and I are spreading tranquility across North America on the two-month 11,000-mile Tranquility Tour. After our big announcement in April followed by heaps of planning, coordination, and dreaming, it’s hard to believe we’re nearly 25% through the journey. After our September 10 kickoff, we packed up sweet Lillie (our vintage camper) in West Virginia and then headed to New York for the Wisdom 2.0 conference before launching our first Tranquility Pop-Ups in Philly, Brooklyn, Montreal and a tour/tea at Farm Sanctuary.
A bit of back story: In 1997 I took three months to travel from DC to Alaska and down the west coast in a SUV. Camping, sleeping in the car, and savoring an occasional soak in a hotel tub. For the past 15 years I’ve been committed to long-term projects such as creating and growing our beautiful studio plus completing grad school programs and various trainings. All the while my wanderlust has been tucked in my back pocket awaiting attention.
Despite being tucked away, I would often tell Tim that my summer birthday wish would be to travel cross-country in an RV for two weeks. Funny how I couldn’t see past a two week adventure. Gas and rental costs were always prohibitive so this dream, too, remained tucked away.
After spending time in France last year teaching art and yoga followed by two weeks in an RV exploring Provence, I realized that time away didn’t have to be in two week spurts and that my wanderlust wishes were still strong despite being ignored. “Be responsible.” “Focus on growing and improving.” “What will happen if you’re away for so long?” These are just some of the voices ensuring I didn’t escape beyond two weeks. It’s the American way, after all.
The funny thing is that I now see how quickly the two months will pass. Our schedule is quite tight considering our extensive route. However, I’m hopeful there will be many more adventures to come in sweet Lillie. And hopefully many more adventures in general. I don’t want my legacy to be “she worked hard and did the conventional thing.” Day in. Day out. I want it to be something larger involving innovation, charting a new course, and making some sort of meaningful difference.
Thus, as you can see, this tour means so much more to me than simply getting out of town for two months. It’s a message. A message to my soul that it hasn’t been forgotten. A message to blog readers and podcast listeners that I can’t wait to meet you. A message to all that the world keeps turning even if you step off the hamster wheel for a period of time. A message to you that it’s good to shake things up from time to time and do something different, unexpected, or “irresponsible.”
What sort of conventions do you hold while your soul longs for something different? Listen closely. Your soul desires to be heard.
Fall is a perfect time of the year for deep reflection and connection to longings tucked away. As Tranquil Space moves into its 15th year, I am filled with gratitude for its continual planting of tranquility seeds through classes, workshops, teacher trainings, and experiences such as this tour. May we leave this world a better place through our thoughts, words, and actions.