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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.