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In this pithy, would-be full-service self help, Wilson seeks to motivate women to be their best selves, without losing sight of what makes us human. Helpful and humorous, Wilson's friendly style is welcoming, if occasionally cringe-inducing (cutesy internet vernacular, like substituting "heart" for "like," is sure to wear on certain readers). Attempting to cover a broad range of women's lifestyle topics-eating better, exercising, going green, finding inner peace, entrepreneurship-Wilson's guide is occasionally scanty on details, and heavily lopsided toward the aspiring businesswoman: eating suggestions span little more than a page, while nearly half the text is devoted to small business growth. As an accomplished entrepreneur (founder of a women's advocacy group and her own "eco-fashion" line), Wilson's business advice is valuable and well-considered, but would served better in a more narrow, career-focused volume, rather than as part of a holistic guide to life. END

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Tranquilista is a strong, sparkly, and succulent guide for living and working with mindfulness and enlightened joy!”
SARK, artist and author of Succulent Wild Woman

“Kimberly Wilson lovingly guides us through ideas on how to be a soulful and compassionate entrepreneur while embracing our bliss and our beauty.…She is my new favorite guru!”
Amy Butler, designer and author of Amy Butler’s Midwest Modern

“[Kimberly Wilson] does it all with incredible grace, elegance, compassion, wisdom, cleverness, and dazzling style — and never forgets the essential lip gloss! In her fabulous new book, she generously shares all her success secrets.…I place her in the ‘great muse’ category along with Audrey and Coco.”
Sharon Gannon, coauthor of Jivamukti Yoga

“The go-to guide for any woman who wants style, success, and soul in her life.”
Christine Arylo, author of Choosing ME before WE
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157731672X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577316725
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kimberly Wilson is a teacher, writer, do-gooder, entrepreneur, and eco-fashion designer. She is the creative director and founder of Tranquil Space - named among the top 25 yoga studios in the world by Travel + Leisure, author of Hip Tranquil Chick and Tranquilista, and holds a Master's in Women's Studies.

When not bookstore browsing, you'll find her sipping heaps of tea, crafting new designs for TranquiliT, or leading retreats. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart Living Radio, in Daily Candy, Fit Yoga, US News and various books. With a passion for do-gooding, Kimberly launched Tranquil Space Foundation to bring yoga, creativity, and leadership to women and girls and is currently pursuing a Master's in Social Work.

She lives in a cozy raspberry-colored flat in Washington, D.C. with two fancy felines named after French impressionists, a supportive beau, and a sassy black pug. Indulge in musings on tranquilology through her blog and podcast, Tranquility du Jour. Learn more at kimberlywilson.com.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Palmer on January 12, 2010
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As a longtime reader of Kimberly Wilson's blog, I was excited to read her second book. It turned out to be just what I was looking for -- inspiration to live a more organized and authentic life that meshes with my ambitions and dreams. Through an easy-to-read writing style, Kimberly shares her own path to becoming the successful business owner and entrepreneur she is today along with tips for others hoping to follow in her footsteps. I found myself taking many notes on steps I wanted to take and implement as I was reading the book. I recommend it to anyone looking for a little self-introspection and gentle encouragement.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By YogaGirl on February 14, 2010
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Kimberly had done it again! Her first book inspired me to finish my graduate degree and sign up for a yoga teacher training program. Now with my M.S. degree and actively teaching yoga classes each week, 'what is next?' I wondered? Perfect timing for her new book to come out. Kimberly is just like you and me with the exception that she has an inner quality of just knowing what is needed in her community and the larger community that she has created with her blog, clothing line, retreats and books.
If you love yoga, want to be a slightly better person, do something good for your community and maybe just find some inner contenment, this is the book to buy! If you haven't already picked up her first book, Hip Tranquil Chick, I highly recommend that one too!
I was stumped many years ago in wondering how I could call myself a yogi and still like to shop for clothes, wear makeup, love the internet and my ipod, and just be a part of the modern world. Kimberly had the answer and it is a great one! I love, love, love her for opening herself and her world to all of us so that we can become our own Tranquilistas!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Drugay on October 24, 2010
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Kimberly Wilson is one of my heroes. Just one year older than me, this amazing woman is a yoga teacher and creative director and founder of the (three!) Tranquil Space yoga studios in the D.C. area. She designs and runs an eco-conscious fashion line that uses only sustainably harvested bamboo fabric; oversees the non-profit foundation she started; blogs and podcasts weekly interviews with inspiring women + tranquil yoga poses; and does everything with her very own, very cultivated personal *style*, always making time to indulge in precious solo time, like baths, "artist dates," and jewelry-making for fun.

Oh, she's also written two books. Her first, Hip Tranquil Chick, is one of my old-school favorites on lifestyle and yoga.

Needless to say, Tranquilista is my new favorite guide to life. In it, she covers everything from adding more creativity to your day, taking time for yourself, finding space in your life to create, defining your personal style, living green - even launching a non-profit! All topics are covered in step-by-step and totally readable ways - again, this woman does NOT compromise her personal style ever! She is truly a model for the creative, independent woman. And though it seems that if one DID all of the stuff in the book, there'd be no time left over to build and cultivate a romantic relationship - yet Wilson herself has been with her beau and her pets for several years, none worse for the wear!

I put the book down utterly inspired ~ definitely my new favorite & I know for sure I will be referring back to it many times in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on May 10, 2010
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Kimberly Wilson takes burgeoning Tranquilistas on a journey to find how to balance work and play, while bringing more tranquility in our everyday lives. The modern woman often gets caught up in the daily hassles in life and overlooks tranquility. Wilson provides oodles of tips and tricks as to how to incorporate more tranquility into life, through sipping tea, do-gooding, yoga, etc. The second half of the book is an encouraging guide to becoming your own entrepreneur, while gently reminding us that having the most eco-fabulous booming business will not happen over night. Tranquilista is a great guide for women who are wanting to start their own business or enhance their current career and life path, or women who want to simply have control in their lives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Gomez on June 17, 2011
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I read Tranquilista after beginning my own journey of yoga, mediation and creative exploration. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone needing a healthy dose of inspiration in their life. I found this book to be a guide for how to live fruitfully in the midst of a busy city, with jobs, commuting and other stresses in life that tend to bring us down. Ms. Wilson's emphasis on a consistent yoga practice and what she calls "mindful" play has brought a greater appreciation in my life for the little things. She also has important tips in regards to goal setting and ways to be more productive both personally and professionally. I highly recommend this book and think it's a fabulous gift for a girlfriend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Gorostiza CTACC on May 5, 2010
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Kimberly's book "Tranquilista" is a must read, I personally could not get enough (I've read it 3 x's)! I not only read and bought the actual book but also purchased it for my Kindle where I could listen to it as well. Kimberly walks you through the steps of how to become a successful Entrepreneur! Not only is this a book for someone who is looking to build a business but it's a lifestyle book that teaches you many other important concepts! This book is one of those books you just can't put down, you will be inspired from beginning to end and will be anxious for a sequel just as I am!!!!!! I highly recommend it!

Elizabeth Gorostiza Certified Life Coach
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