What is your life’s purpose?
To live a beautiful life that positively impacts all beings.
How are you living your purpose?
In 1999 I founded a yoga studio to help bring the practice to Washingtonians. Since 2004 I’ve written a blog, Tranquility du Jour, with tips on finding tranquility in every day and produced a podcast since 2005 with the same name and theme.
I surround myself with simple pleasures—fresh-cut flowers, rescue pugs, tea cups, journals, planners, perfume, creative tools, candles, plants. I design a locally-sewn, eco-friendly clothing line, TranquiliT, with a focus on mix-and-match clothing to make daily dress up easy. I’m also a psychotherapist in private practice and serve as President of Pigs & Pugs Project.
How did you find your purpose?
Originally from Oklahoma, I moved to Washington, DC in the mid ‘90s, eager to start my career. After quickly growing disenchanted with “adulting,” I started a yoga studio in my living room and began reading books like The Artist’s Way. As my interests and creative expression grew, I added in a clothing line, non-profit, books, and retreats.
I’m a lifelong learner, am enrolled in far too many courses, and like to repot myself as I outgrow where I’m planted. My purpose continues to evolve, especially with the launch of Pigs & Pugs Project—awareness raising plus micro grants to pig sanctuaries and pug rescues. My vision is to have a farmette outside DC to care for rescue pigs and pugs, grow veggies and flowers, and host delightful vegan events.
What advice do you have for purpose seekers?
Consider what you’d do if resources such as money and time weren’t an issue. Dabble in that pursuit. Give your purpose time to show itself to you without putting pressure on it. Explore ways to align your values with your work. Get comfortable with moving on, as needed. Just as a snake sheds its outgrown skin, it’s important that we do the same.
What resources do you recommend?
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
The Good Karma Diet: Eat Gently, Feel Amazing, Age in Slow Motion by Victoria Moran
The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women: A Portable Mentor by Gail McMeekin
The Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters by Sarah Susanka
The E-Myth : Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael Gerber
The Fashion Designer Survival Guide, Revised and Expanded Edition: Start and Run Your Own Fashion Business by Mary Gehlhar
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zin
Connect with Kimberly Wilson: Therapist, Writer, Creative Entrepreneur
Tranquility du Jour blog
Tranquility du Jour podcast
TranquiliT clothing line
Pigs & Pugs Project
Books by Kimberly:
Tranquility du Jour Anthology: A Celebration of 10 Years
Tranquilologie: A DIY Guide To Everyday Tranquility
52 Weeks of Tranquility Journal
Tranquilista: Mastering the Art of Enlightened Work and Mindful Play
Hip Tranquil Chick: A Guide to Life On and Off the Yoga Mat
Kimberly Wilson is a psychotherapist in private practice, the author of five books, and the designer of eco-fashion TranquiliT. She founded Tranquil Space in 1999—named among the top 25 yoga studios in the world by Travel + Leisure (eventually selling the business to Yoga Works) and hosts the podcast and blog Tranquility du Jour. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, Fast Company, USNews & World Report, Bella Grace, and more. Kimberly lives in Washington, D.C. with rescue pets and a partner. She dreams of Paris and starting a micro sanctuary for pigs and pugs.