I’ve spent the past 4 decades of my life on the fast track - starting, building and running businesses all while raising three daughters and managing a busy family/friends life.
Keeping all the balls in the air? My specialty. Running everything around me? Check, and check.
I love being in the center of everything - team lead, creative idea generator, list maker and checker-offer.
Once, during a quick overnight stay at a mountain resort while taking my girls to camp, I managed to squeeze in a massage. The therapist worked and worked on my back and shoulders, later saying, “I think you were the most tense person I’ve ever worked on.”
I felt pride. I was excelling - here was tangible evidence of how hard I worked, how much stress I carried, and how super-productive I clearly was.
Then it all crashed down around me. Immediately after the sale of our company, my husband announced he no longer wanted to be married and began moving out. I was, for the first time in my life, jobless and without a plan. I was literally left standing on the dock, my detailed plan for writing, learning to sail while we lived on our boat, and cruising the world, gone, just like that.
I had no lists to make, no boxes to check.
Fast forward (really fast) a few years, and I’m living in Spain with my sent-from-the-universe partner, who embodies the art of calm and acceptance. Our first few weeks in Spain were a flurry of trying to get things done. I met with a constant response from locals of “Tranquila!”
About the fourth “tranquila” and I was ready to punch someone.
“It’s about getting things done - not about ‘tranquila,’” I’d think.
I was wrong.
This year, one of my New Year’s resolution was to learn and practice daily meditation, with the goal of being the most relaxed person my massage therapist has ever worked on. We’re 118 days into the year, and I’m on Day 21 of my meditation lessons.
Meanwhile, I’m exploring the world and learning about myself with the goal of discovering how to live a life full of true tranquility, true joy, true peace.
Join me on this journey to “tranquila.me.”