Hip Tranquil Chick 10 Years Later {Survey + Giveaway}

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One chilly 2006 November night, we gathered to celebrate the release of my first book baby, Hip Tranquil Chick. It was birthed two years post-conception through nine months of intense writing and six years of dreaming.

The newly-opened Hotel Palomar down the block from Tranquil Space’s P Street location offered a swanky spot for an evening infused with pink and leopard-print. Even lavender-infused “TranquilTinis.”

Louis—who suffered from separation anxiety—began screeching when I started speaking at the podium and had to be removed for those few minutes. That’s why Tim and I are laughing as we’re reunited after the reading in the above photo.

I wore a custom TranquiliT dress and pink leopard-print heels. Louis wore a custom Hip Tranquil Pug sparkle tee—a surprise gift from my pug-loving seamstress at that time. Guests were gifted a leopard-print scarf in a leopard-print bag with pink tissue paper. The room was decorated with pink gerber daisies and stargazer lilies, along with images of Paris in sparkly frames and silent auction items to raise money for Tranquil Space Foundation. Jazz played in the background and veg hors d’oeuvres were passed around the room.

I felt like a princess. Similar to how little girls must feel at their princess parties. Does one ever outgrow this appreciation of girly delights? I sure haven’t.

Looking through the photo gallery from this event was an immersion into the past. So many faces of beloved souls who have moved away from DC, married, had babies, or moved on over the past decade. A reminder of life’s impermanence and deep gratitude for those I’ve met along this journey.

I also found Tranquility du Jour podcast #58: Hip Tranquil Chick Book Launch where I recount the event in detail. Ah, the beauty of social media.

It’s hard to believe an entire decade has passed. In preparation for a 10-year online celebration event in November, I’d LOVE to hear your Hip Tranquil Chick stories and what would be most beneficial for you as we honor the book’s birthday and our online community. I’ve created a quick 5-question survey to gather your stories and wishes.

As a token of gratitude for your time, I’ll be offering complimentary spots in the online event to five souls chosen at random. Please complete the survey by August 5 noon ET to qualify. Winners will be announced in the comments below on the evening of August 5. Thank you for your feedback and support. Bisous. x

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Bella Grace Giveaway


One of my writing goals for 2016 was to be published in my favorite magazine, Bella Grace. I was over the moon when I received word that my “20-Step Recipe for Self-Love: A Bed Day” was in their summer issue (pp. 72-73). This magazine is filled with inspiration and eye candy while oozing creativity.

As mentioned in today’s podcast, I’d love to offer one complimentary copy to YOU.

To enter the giveaway, please share your favorite self-love tip in the comments below. The lucky winner will be chosen at random on Thursday, July 28 noon ET and announced below.

I can’t wait to read your tips and invite you to indulge in a moment of self-love. Meditate. Read. Write. Breathe. Sip tea. Soak in the tub. Honor your efforts. Daydream. Bisous. x

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Tranquility du Jour #375: Celebrating Mookie + Belle Starr

Celebrating Mookie + Belle Starr with Tim Mooney. We talk Mookie’s first year, the adoption of another pug, veterinary social work, and life at the moment.

Tranquility du Jour #375: Celebrating Mookie + Belle Starr

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You are my ear buddy on runs. It makes it go by so fast. You were my first (and best) podcast. Loved how authentic you were on the Lisa Sonora Beam podcast sharing your own struggles. Just adore you! – Lara, Washington

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Fall TDJ Live: September 22

Writing in the Woods: October 28-30 {6 spots left}

Hip Tranquil Chick 10-Year Online Celebration: November TBA

New Year’s Eve Mini Retreat: December 31

Yoga, Creativity + Mindfulness in Costa Rica: February 18-25


Tranquility du Jour Guest

Moi and Tim:

kimberlywilson-timmooneyTim Mooney serves as General Counsel and Director of Operations for Tranquil SpaceHip Tranquil Ventures and TranquiliT. He also serves as a board member of Tranquil Space Foundation.

Tim maintains a solo law practice focusing on a small number of nonprofit clients. He is also the founder of Nineball Media, an independent podcast and social media production outfit based in Washington, DC.

Tim has taught the laws of lobbying and campaign finance throughout the country. Tim also went to the microphone to share helpful hints on the popular Nonprofit Law Podcast, which was a fixture in the top 20 of iTunes’ nonprofit podcast directory.

Most recently, Tim has discovered the joys of bike touring and has launched an online community devoted to bike touring lifestyle at Pedalshift. He was also one half of the 2013 book tour -slash- 11,000 mile North American RV adventure that was Tranquility Tour.

Tim received a B.S. from Syracuse University/SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry and a J.D. from Pace University School of Law. He splits time between the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC and his cabin retreat in Berkeley County, West Virginia with his multi-talented girlfriend Kimberly Wilson and their pugs, Mookie and Belle Starr.

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