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community profile: kimmy williams-pigliucci

We’re so pleased to introduce you to another member of our massively cool community of Bacana clients. Welcome to Kimmy Williams-Pigliucci!

Introduce yourself.
My name is Kimmy, and I am a San Francisco native. I am married to an Italian and work as an Esthetician and Health & Wellness Coach. I run a skincare clinic in my hometown called AES Acne Clinic, where I combine skincare and lifestyle coaching to help people struggling with acne get clear holistically. I also teach trauma-informed yoga in the community.

What’s something making you happy right now?
My 3 furry cat babies: Antonio, Lucilla, and Supplizio. They always make me happy!

When was the last time you surprised yourself?
I am always surprised when I cook something that is edible, but the other day I made a dish that actually tasted good!

What’s something that brings ease into your life?
I practice yoga and mindfulness which helps me tremendously. I also love a good bath with some music and lots of candles.

What’s something you’ve seen or read recently that you want to share?
I am currently reading two fantastic new books: Nurturing Resilience by Kathy Kain and Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness by David Treleaven. They both present cutting-edge information on psychology and mental health that is relevant for anyone interested in the mind-body connection.

Where can people find you?

hawaii in ice

I know the shapes aren’t quite right, but these patches of ice on the train window from Sweden to Denmark made me think about my former home in Hawaii. How’s that for worlds apart?

Where do you find reminders in potentially strange places?

what makes beauty?

This is Hamburg in early February 2018. To my eye, this view isn’t particularly beautiful. That said, during my brief time there, I encountered generosity of spirit, whimsy, and kindness from several people. So now, when I look at this photo, I see beauty.

Eye of the beholder and all that, no?

Where do you see beauty?

snow days

When I was a young girl, I loved hot weather and didn’t particularly care for the cold. I haven’t changed into a snowbird by any stretch, but I’m perfectly fine going on a dog walk when we’ve got plenty of the white stuff these days. And I do think twice before choosing to be somewhere super hot. (My human water faucet sweat glands may have something to do with that, too.)

My favorite is far and away somewhere in the middle. A nice, comfortable, temperate climate. But it’s fascinating to me how my range of temperature enjoyment has shifted a bit to the cooler end.

I wonder what my younger self would think. She’d probably let out a completely exacerbated sigh at the idea of needing to bundle up. Too much work before going outside! My grown-up self has that thought occasionally. But my grown-up self also likes my cozy winter coat a fair bit.

Considering change is a constant, I wonder if the next shift will take me more towards winter boots or bare feet. Or maybe just some comfy socks.

What’s been a change you’ve seen that would surprise your younger self?

the force of snowflakes

Here’s the thing about snow… Light and fluffy falling down, creating garlands on trees and shrubs, and big snowy drifts around your feet… But the more people walk (or sled!) over a route, or the more snow that falls on top of what’s already there, the more the bottom layers become packed and hard and eventually turn to solid ice. It’s one reason why people who live in snowy regions are constantly shoveling the driveway. You don’t want to deal with that heavy packed snow or the sheets of ice.

But there is some magic in that transformation, too. That snowflake that might have fallen on my nose or eyelashes, joined together with other snowflakes, and with a bit of added pressure, becomes part of a solid force to be reckoned with.

March on, snowflakes.

trip on a troat (no typo)

This is perhaps not the most beautiful photo, but it fills me with wonder. I took this photo sitting in my seat on the train. The white structure you see outside the window is the hold of the very large ferry the train is boarding. The train was going from Denmark to Germany, and there happens to be a body of water in the middle of the route. So the train goes on the ferry, and the ferry crosses the water in about 45 minutes, and then the train continues on its way.

Yes, I know that ferries carry cars and trucks and buses and all sorts of other large items, but the moment I realized the train was going on the ferry (which I didn’t know in advance), it was as if all of that conceptual knowledge melted away and just left me with wonder.

There’s the wonder of the buoyancy of water, able to lift up really heavy things and enable them to float.

There’s the wonder of the feats of human engineering that create vessels that work with the power of water’s buoyancy.

There’s the slight magic that, even if you understand the physics and the engineering of it all, it’s still a bit amazing that we’re really not going to sink.

And then there’s the idea that, even a large vehicle designed to transport people and goods over long distances sometimes needs an assist in that role.

And thus we have the troat. (Train in a boat. I’m rather happy with that word, thank you very much.)

Wonder doesn’t have to come in a large form. Where have you seen it today?

life and feedback and life and feedback and

“The things you do often create the things you believe.”
– David McRaney

I’ve written before about taking dreams and ideas and then breaking them into action steps to build to them. Having actions support the dreams.

This quote from David McRaney fascinates me, though. The idea of my actions today in this moment creating dreams, not just supporting existing dreams. It actually lines up brilliantly with one of my very first Notions posts with one of my all-time favorite quotes from Eckhart Tolle. In Tolle’s quote, one of the distilled ideas is that the quality of your achieved goal depends on the quality of the step you are taking in this moment.

Life is a fluid thing. It is very often rigidity that causes discomfort or pain. How fascinating to muse on dreams and a life’s path as also being fluid. Have the dreams. Take actions towards them. But also be present with the actions in this moment and allow space for inspiration that may well change the dreams.

A fluid, awesome feedback loop.

the river change

“You could not step twice into the same river.”
– Heraclitus

These photos were taken about 10 days apart in Sweden in Jan 2018. Mother Nature is constantly displaying her changeability. This is in very sharp relief in many areas of the world with the effects of climate change, but it has always been true in some form.

In the town where I used to live in Hawaii, there was a wet side and a dry side. And a saying — if you don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes or go 5 minutes down the road.

With the only true constant in this world being change, it is up to us to ride with the river and steer our boat as best we can, or to fight against it. The latter often only causes discomfort for ourselves. Change will happen. It is happening. It is a force greater than any person can control.

So how does your river look at the moment? And how do you feel about your steering?

disturbing diver of festivity

In Copenhagen, there is an amusement park that has been around since 1843. Inside that amusement park is a very small aquarium. Inside the main tank in that small aquarium is this gem of a decoration.

I received hits of festive cheer and something somewhat disturbing at the same time when I saw this.

Looking back on holiday seasons, this actually seems pretty apt. There is much to be celebrated, but also much to be viewed with care and empathy. It is not a simple time.

I think that taking those lessons of complexity and carrying them forward into the non-holiday season, the day-to-day, can only be beneficial. At any given moment, I or the people around me might be experiencing conflicting thoughts or emotions about a life event, a business decision, a conversation, etc.

Is it possible that I can listen for the nuance and hold off the urge to make assumptions? That is what I would like to work on. How about you?

Still not sure about the diver decoration, though. Just as long as the fish like it…

field & trails

I am standing in a quiet field in the remote Italian countryside. I look up and see the trails of many people going somewhere else. I wonder about their destinations, about the trails criss-crossing in moments of asynchronous connection. In not too much time, I will be aboard one of those trails in the sky. In this moment, I am here in this field.

There is always movement. There is always somewhere else. But what’s happening in the stillness of here?

Just as fascinating if you let it be.