Wise Women Wednesday: Kimberly Wilson

Kimberly Wilson writing in the pink palace

It's Wise Women Wednesday, each week I interview a woman that I believe is inspiring, living abundantly and following her passions.  These are all women who live a life of abundance and bring creativity into the world.

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Q. Who are you? What is your background? 
A. My name is Kimberly Wilson and I’m originally from Oklahoma. I moved to Washington, DC 22 years ago and founded Tranquil Space—named among the top 25 yoga studios in the world by Travel + Leisure and sold it to YogaWorks in 2017. I’m obsessed with pigs, pugs, tea, Paris, peonies, and rose gold. 

Q. What is your work? 
A. I’m a psychotherapist in private practice, the author of five books, the designer of eco-fashion TranquiliT (hello, capsule wardrobe), and host of the podcast and blog Tranquility du Jour. 

I serve as the President of the Pigs & Pugs Project, have master's degrees in women's studies and social work, and love hosting retreats globally. 

I dream of Paris and living on a farmette that serves as a micro sanctuary for pigs and pugs. 

Kimberly Wilson reading with cat and pug

Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now? 
A. Year of Tranquility. It’s a yearlong program focused on tools and practices for living a full life with more tranquility. Each month I host an online module and weekly I send out practices to try that relate to the module’s theme such as minimalism, style, creativity, love. Seasonally we also have gatherings to set intentions and reflect. It’s a delightful project that keeps me creating new content and serving my community. 

Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did? 
A. Selling Tranquil Space—my 18-year-old yoga studio. Here’s a blog post and podcast about it. 

Kimberly Wilson paris flowers.png

Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it? If not, why not?  What's stopping you? 
A. The work I most want to be doing IS what I’m doing and I’m very grateful for it. However, there are two projects I want to include that are waiting in the wings—writing a memoir and buying a farmette. For the memoir, I’ve been working on it a few years and am in a holding pattern creatively right now. For the farmette, I’ve been looking for the unicorn of a property for six months and know the right thing will appear when it’s time. 

Q. What would you tell your high school or college self? 
A. Calm down, NONE of this will matter a few years from now! 

Kimberly Wilson Walking Pug in Paris

Q. What's one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers? 
A. Anais Nin’s quote, “And the day came that the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloom.” This serves as the perfect reminder to push my comfort zone and live out loud in a compassionate way. 

Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it? 
A. Creating feels like a necessity to nourish my soul, so I make it a priority. From weekly Artist Dates, to writing, to reading, to trying new things (like a macramé plant hangar class), to spending time in nature, to seeing live performances, to taking ballet classes. 

Kimberly paris with Umbrella

Q. What's your favorite yoga pose? 
A. Baddha konasana

Q. How do you live a life of abundance? 
A. Infusing my days with simple pleasures—candles, tea, rescue pugs, whole foods, twinkle lights, soft throws, plants, flowers, cozy clothing, baths, movement.

You can find Kimberly here... 
Twitter: @kimberlywilson
Instagram: @tranquilitydujour
Facebook: @tranquilitydujour
YouTube: @tranquilitydujour
Pinterest: @kimberlywilson

Kimberly Wilson Paris cafe with Pug