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Everyday Tranquility {+ Giveaway}

Today I’m delighted to be part of Bella Grace‘s Blog Hop along with 15 other beautiful writers. See below for a chance to win a copy of Bella Grace‘s latest work, Field Guide to Everyday Magic, and read along for a muse on everyday tranquility.

There is no perfection, only beautiful versions of brokenness.—Shannon L. Alder

Over the past few weeks I’ve said goodbye to many things—a business I nurtured for 18 years, a therapy job and dear clients at a downtown center, a beloved neighborhood cat whose meow has been replaced with a shrine, and an office I’ve used since launching private practice. And these are just the ones at the top of my mind as I pen this post.

When I consider these changes, I’m reminded that change is the one constant in our lives and the ability to weather these shifts is what truly leads to everyday tranquility.

Sure, being surrounded by tranquility tools such as journals, cups of tea, flowers, books, and loved ones is divine, but those not-so-tranquil moments in between is when we’re tested and, ultimately, can grow.

For nearly two decades I’ve written about tranquility and shared numerous ways to find it in every day here on the blog, in the podcast, through books, and on retreats. Yet I’m learning that my ability to maintain a sense of tranquility is best when it’s not dependent on outside circumstances since they are constantly in flux.

I believe that what matters most is having a sense of tranquility deep within. A self-compassionate spirit that speaks kindly to oneself when under pressure and whispers a gentle, “bless your heart.”

I believe everyday tranquility is found through tiny pauses in between. For example, before diving into projects and seeing clients, I started today with a soak in the tub. Between clients and a meeting, I stopped into a local salad shop for a spinach, arugula, watermelon, and peach salad. As I type this, I’m sipping a green juice and facing the window to savor natural light. After seeing clients tonight, I’ll meet up with a girlfriend to see the Thich Nhat Hahn film, Walk With Me.

Sure, these are small every day sort of things, but they contribute to feeling grounded while the world whirls around me.

Life is not perfect. Change is hard. Loss stings. Flat surfaces in my home (such as those shown in these photos) are often covered with a thin layer of black pet hair and I eat too much sugar. As the above quote notes, “There is no perfection, only beautiful versions of brokenness.”

I  believe everyday tranquility is found in our imperfection. Embrace what makes you uniquely you. Find your own voice. Live out loud and don’t apologize.

Wishing you deep, intimate moments of messy, everyday tranquility. Bisous. x

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Scenes from Tranquil Space’s Team Thank You Soirée

On Wednesday, September 6, past and present Tranquil Space team members gathered to celebrate the co-creation of our special community. The evening was magical and these photos are an assortment of sweet moments. More images can be found here.

Tears flowed, along with hugs and belly laughs throughout the evening as we shared how much the studio has meant over the past 18 years.

This Maya Angelou quote embodies the studio’s ethos: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” To our community far and wide, thank YOU for making me and thousands of others feel SO loved!

As J.M. Barrie said, “Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.” This transition is so not goodbye. It’s a new chapter for the studio and community to blossom. Playing a part in planting and nourishing this seedling has been my greatest honor. Bisous. x

New Beginnings for Tranquil Space

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.—Maya Angelou

This quote has been my mantra for Tranquil Space over the past 18 years. With the help of an amazing team, we’ve sought to create a haven to nurture Washingtonians.

Yesterday YogaWorks became the new owner of my baby, Tranquil Space. Our beautiful community (note to them below) was notified of the transition shortly thereafter.

Although it’s bittersweet to pass my baby on to a new caretaker, I’m SO excited about the future of the studios under the structure and support of YogaWorks.

Here’s the press release that went out this morning. It’s so not goodbye, it’s hello to what’s to come. Bisous. x

What we call the beginning is often the end and to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.—T. S. Eliot

Dearest Tranquil Space Community,

I’m writing to share some big news. As of August 29th, both Tranquil Space studios will become part of the growing YogaWorks family of 52 studios across the country. I realize this might be surprising and want to share why I made this decision and what happens next.

I’ve often described my original vision of Tranquil Space as “the TV show Cheers sans drink.” I wanted to create a space where Washingtonians could connect with like-hearted people in a nurturing setting (hello lavender, tea and cookies) and believe that we’ve been able to build this together.

Growing this community with you over the past 18 years has been my proudest accomplishment. To witness the growth of your practices on and off the mat has been an honor. Recently, however, after experiencing various personal losses, I’ve found myself unable to give our studios all the attention they need to thrive. After much reflection, I realized the best way to take Tranquil Space to the next level and provide our team with opportunities for growth, would be to partner with a like-minded company. YogaWorks is the perfect fit. They bring 30 years of yoga experience and share our commitment to creating a holistic yoga experience and fostering community. YogaWorks will give Tranquil Space an opportunity to blossom into its next phase of growth while staying true to our shared core values: compassion, passion, initiative, creativity, community.

YogaWorks has a successful history of partnering with established studios by honoring the students’ practice and maintaining continuity of teachers and staff. This was one of the reasons I chose YogaWorks as the only company I would trust with my life’s passion and with the people I have come to view as extended family. In this recent Mindful Studio magazine article, the YogaWorks CEO, Rosanna, and I were both interviewed and emphasized our aligned vision for a successful studio.

This is a big step and fresh start for Tranquil Space. While our website and the studio name will transition in a few months to YogaWorks, our schedules, classes, workshops, and team will stay the same. Your existing memberships, class passes, online account, and password will also not change.

I want you to know I have truly loved creating our community together with you and our amazing team. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your ongoing support. On a personal note, I’ll be practicing yoga off the mat as a psychotherapist and will focus on growing Tranquil Space Foundation’s Pigs & Pugs Project. Of course, yoga, mindfulness, and YOU remain priorities in my life and you’ll still see me taking and teaching classes and workshops at the studios.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m forever grateful to our community and look forward to being part of your continued evolution on and off the mat. Thank you for joining me on this journey and I’m excited for what lies ahead! Namaste.