[Fuel & Drive] Tranquilista: Mastering the Art of Enlightened Work & Mindful Play

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Books, blogs, and beyond!  FUEL & DRIVE is a regular section on Pink My Ride that features books, blogs, quotes, and works of art that can help fuel you along the journey, just as they’ve inspired me.

Tranquilista - Kimberly Wilson

Just weeks ago, I finished reading Tranquilista: Mastering the Art of Enlightened Work and Mindful Play.  I highly recommend this book for anyone seeking inspiration, as it covers everything from adding creativity to your day, defining your personal style, setting goals, improving productivity, choosing a cause or advocacy to support, and even the basics of starting a business or a non-profit.

What in the world is a tranquilista?, you may ask.  Artist, activist and author Kimberly Wilson couldn’t have put it any better:

Tranquilista by Kimberly Wilson

I was both giddy and amused while reading the definition because the three sides she talks about are exactly what I’m trying to tap and embrace lately.  (Oh, sans the layers of bangles and sparkling.  That’s not me, unfortunately.)  The book is divided into sections where Ms. Wilson gives us a guide on how to awaken your spiritual, creative and entrepreneurial sides (all based on her experience) in order to add meaning and excitement to your life.

Here’s my take on each of the three sides, and how I’m planning to develop them through several challenges, especially this Holy Week:

Spiritual Side

Spirituality - Tranquilista - Kimberly Wiilson

Ms. Wilson’s Suggestions: “Commune with nature.  Live your values.  Be a self-proclaimed do-gooder.  Go green.  Set up an altar.  Name and go after your aspirations.  Meditate.  Connect with your spirit daily.  Explore your dreams.  Exude a spark that inspires others.”

Challenge to Self: Spend 15 minutes of silent prayer in the morning, then another 15 minutes in the evening.  This may be easy for many, but I admittedly need to develop this discipline.  I do pray everyday, but I don’t always pray for 15 minutes straight and in a silent environment.

Creative Side

Creativity - Tranquilista - Kimberly Wilson

Ms. Wilson’s Suggestions: “Think of your life as an artist’s masterpiece.  Find inspiration in the mundane.  Explore DIY projects.  Be unconventional.  Dress with panache.  Revel in self-indulgent care.  Color outside the lines daily.  Paint your nails with Lincoln Park after Dark.  Fill your body with greens and whole grains.  Do yoga.  Write a blog.  Do more yoga.  Be delectably and uniquely you in word, thought, and action.”

Challenge to Self: This is actually my favorite part because creative activities are always fun.  Even before reading this book, I was already challenging myself to attend yoga class at least thrice a week, and to work on a painting or crafting project every weekend.

Entrepreneurial Side

Entrepreneurship - Tranquilista - Kimberly Wilson

Ms. Wilson’s Suggestions: “Find an opportunity and make your mark, whether you launch your own business, stay at home with tots, or work for a Fortune 500 company.  Innovate.  Create an experience uniquely you.  Cultivate nurturing relationships. Teach.  Save for retirement.  Be your brand.  Engage in social media.  Become an expert.  Grow organically.  Diversify.  Manage your time and energy.  Leave your legacy.  Consciously choose what you want to convey to the world.”

Challenge to Self: I don’t have a business (yet) so right now, my professional work is my business, and I’m challenging myself to be better at it everyday.  My blog and my workshops are also my businesses.  I am challenging myself to frequently update this blog with meaningful content, and update my workshop modules for a new batch of participants this coming May.

How do you plan to tap into your spiritual, creative and entrepreneurial sides?  What does “enlightened work and mindful play” mean to you?  

These are all just part of the book’s introduction.  I highly recommend reading the entire book which is very rich in insights and information. Tranquilista is available in all Fully Booked branches and on Amazon.com.  You may also visit Kimberly Wilson’s website, Tranquility Du Jour for daily tranquilista tools.

19 Comments on [Fuel & Drive] Tranquilista: Mastering the Art of Enlightened Work & Mindful Play

  1. Beauty Blogette
    April 22, 2014 at 4:40 pm (5 years ago)

    Sounds like a really interesting book. :) I have never heard about it before, but I’ll definitely check it out. :)

    • Carmel
      April 26, 2014 at 3:05 am (5 years ago)

      Yes, it is! Thanks for dropping by. :)

  2. Sol Felice Alvarado
    April 24, 2014 at 9:20 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh, great timing! Having just finished a book, and as it is perfect for where I am now… i love how it’ll help awaken your spiritual, creative and entrepreneurial sides. I am definitely going to buy one. Thanks girl! :-)

    • Carmel
      April 26, 2014 at 3:05 am (5 years ago)

      You’re welcome! Good luck on awakening them! :)

  3. kumiko mae - beauty blog philippines
    April 25, 2014 at 10:47 am (5 years ago)

    Great tips! I think my favorite is the part.including nature! Anything that goes back to earth is very spiritual and humbling as a practice

    • Carmel
      April 26, 2014 at 3:10 am (5 years ago)

      Yup, I think going on nature trips is one way of tapping your spiritual side. :)

  4. lorna mai
    April 25, 2014 at 4:59 pm (5 years ago)

    I love the description of a tranquilista. I’m definitely a believer in being the best you can be and the person God created you to be.

    • Carmel
      April 26, 2014 at 3:09 am (5 years ago)

      Yes, in a nutshell I think that’s what tranquilista means — being the best version of yourself. :)

  5. Tina
    April 26, 2014 at 3:16 am (5 years ago)

    This is an interesting read! I’d like to have a business someday! This doesn’t only talk about business-business, but also on the spiritual side of entrepreneurship as well :)

  6. marilovesgr33n
    April 26, 2014 at 8:20 am (5 years ago)

    In my opinion this sort of books are so useful to be motivated and to focus on where you are going. Very interesting.

  7. shasha
    April 27, 2014 at 2:45 am (5 years ago)

    sounds like an interesting book, never came across the term tranquilista before! I’ll have a read asap! :) Thanks for sharing hun..

  8. Aby
    April 27, 2014 at 12:43 pm (5 years ago)

    i got curious about this book,. it is my kind of book.. inspirational and so me :) I hope get a copy soon :)
    Swirls and Scribbles

  9. cindy tong
    April 28, 2014 at 4:10 pm (5 years ago)

    wooo such an interesting book!!so inspirational too..thanks for sharing..

  10. Caroline Paris
    April 29, 2014 at 5:33 am (5 years ago)

    Very inspirational post! This book sounds great, must read!

  11. Natalie
    April 29, 2014 at 5:45 am (5 years ago)

    This seems interesting! Lately I’m super uninspired, don’t know what to do with my life… maybe I should read this! (; Thanks for showing!

  12. Natasha
    April 29, 2014 at 10:30 am (5 years ago)

    Sounds like a great book! I def need to work on my creative and entrepreneurial side. I’ll have to add this to my list of books to read. Thank you!

  13. Ari
    April 29, 2014 at 11:40 am (5 years ago)

    To me, “enlightened work and mindful play” means not taking your job and responsibilities too seriously but being fully aware that they’re important, while at the same time, realizing you have to have time for just yourself and enjoy the ‘play’ aspect of life :)


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