Three Books That Changed My Life

Like most people who read voraciously, there are always those special, soul-changing books that creep into your life. Usually they aren’t ones you seek out. Often they sit on your bookshelf for years before you get around to reading them. Sometimes they just pop up at the right moment and pique your interest. That happened with all of these books, and they changed my life in profound ways.

Raw Family

This tiny little memoir (with some recipes, too) chronicles the life of a normal family who moved from Russia to the USA, and who all had debilitating, horrible health problems. Arthritis, obesity, type 1 diabetes, asthma, arrhythmia, and more.

This book is a powerful testament to how much a natural diet of plant foods in their raw state can heal you of seemingly impossible problems. It is one of many books I have read on the topic of diet and raw foods, yet I credit it with being the catalyst for my changes. It also includes a section on how the whole family hiked the Pacific Crest trail on raw foods, while collecting wild edibles.

Loving What Is

I was working in a book warehouse when I came across this author’s other book on relationships. At the time, I was going through massive confusion in an intense, long-distance romance, and the title caught me. I felt like I needed to read it. However, I didn’t pick up the book. I didn’t get around to reading it for another year, when I was going through yet another confusing time with someone. But I remembered the book very clearly and knew it was time to read it.

That book, and this one, changed my entire perception of everything. All things. This book especially because it is applicable to anything in life.

It focuses on a series of 4 simple questions that you can ask about any thought, any situation, any painful beliefs you have. It is powerful, life-changing stuff, and has changed my thought-processes. It has spread like wildfire through my friends because I recommend it so often, and it has changed the lives of many people I know.

You question everything, you put it through the wringer, and you turn everything upside down to see what is true, and what could also be true. It forces you to see yourself, and you take back your power. You start to see reality instead of delusion.

The War of Art

I had this book on my shelf for a long time before I read it. I had it on a wish list for years. I saw it where I worked, for years. Finally, a few months ago, I picked it up, and read it within a couple of days.

BAM. Right in the face, everything hits me. I underlined almost every sentence of the book, because it is so DENSE with inspiration and REALITY. Like it says on the cover, it is a KICK IN THE ASS.

Ever since I’ve read this book, I have been more productive than I’ve ever been in my life. Again, it has spread through to other people I know, because I am so wild about it. I recommend it in many of my posts because it really is that good.

It’s short, concise, and can be one of those books you just flip to any page, read a few sentences, and feel like taking on everything you’ve ever wanted to do.

Even better is he has two more books on the same subject that are just as awesome.

They focus on getting shit DONE. Whether it be creative work, getting healthy, or anything in between, you will be motivated to get your ass in gear and DO THE WORK to get there.

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What books have changed your life? PLEASE share in the comments or on FB! I am always looking for the most amazing, motivating, inspiring books out there.

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Top 20 Books About Adventurous Lives

Anyone who knows me KNOWS that I am a book fiend, and my favourite type of books, fiction or non, are ADVENTURE stories. Books about epic journeys, weird upbringings, living in nature, or simply unconventional lifestyles.

Books are my biggest love, and adventure stories are an amazing way to get inspired and see yourself in others. Not everyone who lives a crazy life starts out as an athlete, a confident person, or naturally adventurous. The most inspiring people to me are the ones who do something amazing or scary, even if they have trepidations or doubts – they push forward because they feel called to do something with their lives. You can, as well. Read on and get inspired!

Vali Myers: A Memoir– Gianni Menichetti

This woman is my biggest inspiration. An artist I have written about before, she lived a wild and crazy life. Originally from Australia, she saved her money and moved to Paris, lived on the streets, became an opium addict and moved to Italy to get off drugs, living as a recluse for 40 years with a menagerie of animals and her young lover, while traveling to NYC to sell her art, eventually settling back in Australia before her death. Her home, lover, and animals are still in Italy, and he is the author of this awesome biography. Highly recommended.

Four Corners– Kira Salak

This woman is a total badass. She became the first woman to traverse Papua New Guinea solo, by boat and foot, a wild land that is one of the last untouched places on earth. She also has an awesome article she wrote for National Geographic about her ayahuasca experience and it’s effect on her depression. Everything I read by her screams of bravery and passion for existence.

Tracks – Robyn Davidson

One of my VERY favourite books, and also now a beautiful movie! In the 70s this young lady decided she wanted to cross the Australian desert with her dog and camels, which she trains herself over a period of 2 years. Beautifully told and inspiring, HIGHLY recommended!

On Foot Through Africa– Ffyona Campbell

Ffyona was the first woman to walk around the world. Though her journey had controversy due to skipping one part during a pregnancy, she went back to complete it later on. Of her 3 books, this one was my favourite. She spent 2 years walking from the south to north of Africa.

Rowing the Atlantic – Roz Savage

Roz is a powerhouse, and like Robyn Davidson, knew that a seemingly “ordinary” person can do extraordinary things. Roz became an ocean rower simply because she wrote out her perceived obituary and compared it to one she would have preferred. This led to her being the first and only woman to row across all 3 oceans. Totally epic.

Beyond the Horizon – Colin Angus

Colin, who lives in the same city as me, departed on a 2 year trip to circumnavigate the globe by human power alone. By bike, foot, and rowboat, he began in Canada, rowed to Russia, biked across Siberia and Europe, separating from his travel partner and then completing the journey with his fiance, rowing across the Atlantic through two hurricanes and a squall, then biking from Costa Rica back to Canada. AMAZING!

Kite Strings of the Southern Cross – Laurie Gough (Also known as Island of the Human Heart).

An incredibly beautiful travelogue of a woman in Fiji, plus chapters of her other travels. One of the best travel books I’ve ever read, along with her other, which I loved just as much, Kiss the Sunset Pig, in which she is searching for a cave she once lived in on the coast of California, recounting many other travels along the way.

Touch the Dragon: A Thai Journal– Karen Connelly (Also known as Dream of a Thousand L ives).

I read this book after going to Thailand, and found myself yearning to go back immediately. Karen’s teenage year living with a family in rural Thailand is exquisitely written, and I implore you to read it and everything else by her. She is a stunning writer.

Flaming Iguanas – Erika Lopez

An illustrated road novel about a girl named Tomato on her motorcycle. Can it get any better? I dunno. In fact, just thinking about it makes me want to read it again.

In Search of Captain Zero – Allan C. Weisbecker

Sell your house, grab your dog, load up your surfboards in your camper and take off in search of your lost friend. This memoir of a man in his late 40s is epic and true, and a testament that leaving it all behind to go after a pure and exciting adventure is what life is all about. Also recommended is the film Surfwise.

Atlas of the Human Heart – Ariel Gore

One of my favourite writers! This accounts her teenage travels to Asia and Europe, after dropping out of high school. Poetic, beautiful, and will make you wonder if you’ve really been living.

Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life – Ulli Lust

Probably one of the best books I’ve read this year, AND a graphic novel to boot. A massive tome detailing more teenage adventures of two crazy punk girls in the 80s, traveling and hitching through Italy, and all the horrific and wonderful things that happen. As soon as I read the description of this book I felt like it was meant for me. One of my very favourite comic memoirs.

Wild – Cheryl Strayed

This extremely popular memoir of a hike on the Pacific Crest Trail is gorgeous and tempting. Even though long hiking journeys I read about seem grueling, they are always so full of beauty that they tempt me out of the indoors and into the forest, where we really do belong. So many of the books I love begin with horrible circumstances, broken hearts, turmoil and sorrow, only to be satiated by wilderness. Strayed is a gorgeous writer.

A Walk in the Woods – Bill Bryson

This book made me laugh my ass off. Two men on the Appalachian trail – Bryson really knows how to craft a travel tale, and make it funny as well. Another book that got me interested in hiking.

That Oceanic Feeling – Fiona Capp

One of the books that inspired me deeply, this is a memoir of a lady who sets out to surf a tough surf break in her later 30s. She lived quite a drive away, and hadn’t surfed in many, many years, but was committed to her goal. A great reminder that it is not too late to start pursuing your passions.

Child of the Jungle – Sabine Kuegler (also known as Jungle Child).

OH, this book is just soul food for me. Reading about a childhood growing up in the jungles of New Guinea, how beautiful! Makes me swoon just thinking about it. It was also made into a movie which I also love and suggest you check out.

Into the Wild– Jon Krakauer

Probably one of the best known books on living in the wilderness, and with an unfortunate end, it is still a very inspiring and fascinating story. I love the movie even more.

The Sex Lives of Cannibals –  J. Maarten Troost

This book was unbelievably funny. The writer and his wife went for two years to the tiny island country of Kiribati (heard of it? Likely not, but you won’t forget it after reading this). Seemingly paradise, the bad side soon reveals itself in glorious hilarity. Troost is a fantastic comedic writer, but he also makes you want to visit this beautiful place, despite it’s weird quirks. My favourite funny adventure travel book.

Chasing Waves – Amy  Waeschle

A beautiful account of a female surfer’s first experience and how it leads to obsessive travel and pursuit of wave-riding. Very helpful in alleviating my major wanderlust and surf-lust, though it also made me yearn to get moving and get wet.

In addition to all of these books, I highly recommend reading the travel blogs of Katwise, which I devoured! Completely amazing stuff.

Please tell me all of your recommendations, especially if they are not very well known! I am always looking for more adventures to read!!

Become a Chasm

When you’re ready for it, you get it.

Every time I have been ready for a change in my life, the perfect thing presents itself.

This happened with raw food, it happened with my relationship, and it has happened countless other times.

The right book always shows up – and it’s usually already in my house.

It has also happened with break-ups – every time I’ve been heartbroken, I’ve discovered my next favourite band. This happens without fail.

I know information that can change peoples’ lives. But I know they won’t implement it unless they are truly open. If I make a suggestion, they will fight everything I say. They are not ready to change. This happens so often it baffles me. I think, “Man, if they only knew, or just tried this….

I found a raw food book, and signed it out, around 10 years ago. I didn’t read it then. I don’t think I would have been ready – it had to be at a pinnacle moment. And when that moment arrived, the information flooded in. I did finally read that book and wished I had a decade before. Life knew what I needed (and so did I, subconsciously!), but I didn’t clue in.

During another heartbreak I discovered Byron Katie – though did not read her until the following year. I needed other lessons within that time, and when I read her book, all the previous agony made sense – much more than it would have originally.

And now, a Seth Godin book, one paragraph – mind blown.

So if you are really looking for an answer to your issues, be OPEN. Be so open that you are a chasm, so that whatever is trying to find you can fall right in and light you up.

Dystopia vs. Utopia

I love positivity. I love inspirational speaking, books, etc. I also love dystopian worlds, zombie films, stories of abandonment and isolation – why?

Because I love survival stories.

It is absolutely amazing to me the sort of situations people can adapt to and survive in, escape from, and in turn become strong, independent, and inspirational human beings.

I also love stories of people who undertake seemingly impossible journeys just to prove that it can be done. These people inspire me WAY more than some actor or celebrity that the majority of the world seem to fixate on .

Imagine that our world is a dystopia – oh, wait, it is. Don’t deny it, it’s true – at least the way society is run.

The PLANET is beautiful – it’s utopia. You’re looking to get into heaven or something when you die? How do you imagine it? You can’t possible imagine anything other than what you know – even fantasy worlds are made up of things we meld together (unicorn = horse with a horn. Pegasus = horse with wings/bird. Godzilla = huge lizard. Hell = underground with fire. You get the picture?) So, in thinking along these lines, our idea of heaven would just be a restructuring of the images and ideas we have already been exposed to, meshing them into what we would perceive to be the most beautiful, calming place. All of the things making up your picture of heaven would be THINGS THAT ALREADY EXIST IN THE UNIVERSE, just linked together, hybridized.

So…with this idea in mind, look at the planet around you. It’s already heaven. Make a list (mentally or written) of all the AMAZING things on the planet – things no one could ever invent, things that are just aching to be looked at, admired, and fill you with awe.

Shit, the thing that gave me the biggest thrill of my life? Swimming beside whale sharks. For real. It was unbelievable, surreal, and nothing in some imaginary afterlife could come close to an experience on the planet. (even if it could – you don’t know for sure – so enjoy what is here!)

If you believe you are a soul, then why on earth would you want to LEAVE the heavenly realms to take on a physical body, especially knowing that life here “sucks”? Because it doesn’t! You have eyes and a brain and senses – a soul does not. It can’t taste or touch or smell. It can’t eat a mango. It can’t swim under a waterfall. It can’t be ravaged by a sexy lover under a willow tree.

The structure of society is what makes our world a dystopia – and that’s why I like those stories. I like to see how people get out of those situations – they  could be possible guidelines for survival. They’re freedom-lines. They show us what we are capable of.

It’s quite baffling that so many people out there think they are not capable of simple things. You really think you can’t lose weight? Just stuff yourself full of fruits and vegetables – AS MUCH AS YOU WANT. Endlessly. You will lose weight. You think you can’t leave your job/partner/family/insert-thing-here? PFFT. If you say to yourself you can’t, you are right. Yet people have escaped other COUNTRIES, regimes, imprisonment, sex slavery,  poverty – they’ve overcome loss of limbs, the use of their entire bodies, and yet  they accomplish amazing shit – BECAUSE THEY BELIEVED THEY COULD.

I also love utopian books – the Anastasia books are some of my favourites. I had to really push through some of the parts that made me uncomfortable (anything to do with God or Christ – they are not really Christian books but they do talk about it sometimes) – it shows what a world COULD be like, and they have so many beautiful ideas and it is a world I wish could exist – and could, if we all thought that way.

It really upsets me when I see someone undermining themselves – I see every possibility in someone – I know they can succeed and that self-sabotage is the #1 killer of people – and I don’t mean physically, I mean MENTALLY.

The suicide of the soul is the main thing that leads to early death. If you don’t think you can do anything with your life, you will be drawn to all the abominations in the world, and they are countless. People feed their bodies instead of their souls – they need excitement but can’t find it naturally, so turn to drugs, or crime, or risky sex, or mountains of fatty fake foods, or whatever vice they have – SHOPPING – all so they can have a quick thrill. Then they feel like garbage and have to do it over and over again until they die from disease, overdose, someone else killing them over something, and on and on.

Sure there are accidents, but if you are living a huge fulfilling life, then you can be taking your last breath and think “I really fucking lived it up, man.” and have no regrets. You can be captured and feel so angry and self-sustaining that you WILL find a way to escape and prevail. You won’t give up.

You want to live.

The people who inspire me are the ones who survive, who prevail in less than ideal circumstances.

The people in these types of books (fiction or non-fiction) feel alive. They want to live. Most people have never had a situation where they draw on that survival mechanism – they do not know their own strength, or their own passion for life.

This is why so many people do not change, do not see beauty, and waste so much time – they have to have a near-death experience to have it happen. And still a lot of people actually give up! Many people will actually just lay down and die – and even more sad is when doctors tell them to prepare for death. This is just malpractice as far as I’m concerned – there are many other options and the people who do survive so-called incurable diseases always find it on their own and prove the doctors wrong.

I considered being a doctor. I wanted to be one and heal people the RIGHT way. However, there are always people who do not see value in themselves, or putting effort towards a truly healthy life. They will still want the pills despite having the knowledge. I know people who KNOW how to be healthy, but they do nothing. When they get to the end of their lives, they are going to wonder if they could have lived longer, and that they squandered the life they had.

It’s like finding a jewel and doing nothing with it (I read that somewhere and liked the analogy).

I don’t ever want to feel that way. I am making changes in my life still, and many of those decisions are not easy. Certain things need to happen because it is MY life and I am responsible for my OWN happiness. I want to create my own utopia – no one is going to do it  for me, especially society! Society wants to keep  us down, and we are headed that way because we are brainwashed!

Wake up everyone! I want the best for all of you. For all of us! We can never have enough beauty and inspiration surrounding us. Become a beacon! There are never enough – I can read for HOURS and days and weeks and months and years about people who have changed their lives, done inspiring things, and accomplished greatness – sometimes things that seemed impossible! You and I can also be these people!

Everyone is the same. We have the same physiology, biology, and brain functions (the majority do, anyway – if we are exposed to the right things, and have proper nutrition and lifestyle – the possibility is there except in extreme circumstances). We can do anything – there are even maps out there – other people have done it, so go find someone getting results you want and mimic their movements. Still be yourself, but damn, just get some momentum. Pave your own damn way. List every possible avenue, then make up some more.

Another cool thing about reading dystopian books (or watching shows) is since you are not in that situation, you can look objectively and see what you’d do differently to survive. It’s easy to be judgmental when you aren’t in someone’s situation – and I’m not telling you how to live. I’m just telling you to think.

Everyone has dreams and ambitions – yet they are usually too comfortable and think they are not important enough – they think they are too small, not powerful enough, whatever. Everyone out there with power and influence is one of two things: born into it, or worked damn hard to get there. BUT, in both situations…they believed they could do it. No one could be a king or a president unless they felt they could be, and had support and were led to believe they were that powerful. Everyone is born complete devoid of any biases, beliefs, or special qualities other than pure innocence. Take two babies and switch them – one is born from royalty, one is born in the slums. Switch them – the royal baby will grow up with the same beliefs as the people in the slums, adapt to poverty, and most likely stay that way. The baby born in the slums will be raised to be a king. Swap them back, the same thing would happen depending on their upbringing.

This isn’t really news, but the beliefs we grow up with make us who we are – and we can CHANGE these beliefs – it is so easy to be a victim. “Oh this happened to me – I was abused – I grew up in a broken home – I have bipolar disorder, I’m an alcoholic” – whatever. You want to feel important like everyone else – you don’t think you are, and so you CLING to that label in order for people to PITY you – then you get attention and feel important. You use that label forever. Even people who have given up alcohol or drugs for 20 years still refer to themselves as addicts. Why? I know the reasons people will say, but – why cling to that label when instead you could refer to yourself as a vibrantly healthy dynamo who had a glitch you overcame? Then you have an empowering self-image!

You might not like me saying it, but that’s okay. If you don’t like it you probably feel insulted and deep down you know it’s the truth. It sure was for me, so I can say it with conviction. I was the “depressed girl” and it was my way of getting attention. YES, I was depressed. I am not negating that these things are REAL and debilitating, BUT – don’t let them DEFINE you. Don’t GIVE UP on yourself.

Your beliefs are cemented within the first 7 years of your life. Think of this – say you are Christian (and I’m not picking on religious people) – you are a FIRM BELIEVER – this belief was most likely formed in the first years of your life. If you grew up in Papua New Guinea, Afghanistan,  Israel, or as an Australian Aboriginie – you would believe something else, guaranteed. You limit yourself when you cling to a label or religion. Everyone’s belief is the “right” way – or so they think. It’s not – it just places limitations, and then you CHOOSE to believe that you must follow those. All because you were indoctrinated that way. If you think you are accomplishing things because of a higher power – it’s actually YOU doing those things. It isn’t through the power of a perceived being who controls you – why are people so afraid to admit they are powerful? That belief in a god is just a belief in themselves – BECAUSE they think something else is providing the ability. It’s a placebo! You really ARE that amazing!

Most people try a few things to overcome their issues. “Oh I’ve tried everything.” No, you haven’t. And I know this because I still see people out there who give up because it’s “too hard” – as soon as you think it’s too hard, you stop looking, you stop being open, and the right avenue will be completely invisible to you. I only found my path when I broke open my brain and started to really see what was possible.

Thomas Edison had something like 700-10000 “failed” attempts at making a light bulb (depending on your source) – this is a very widely used example. What about other people? My favourite is Bethany Hamilton, deciding to surf after losing her arm to a shark. She tried  surfing again and failed, almost gave up, until her father fashioned a little strap on her board to help her dive under the waves. She now surfs at a competitive level with one arm! Can you imagine even attempting something like that? Could you even believe it was possible? Probably not – but she and her family kept looking, and now she is a huge inspiration, moreso than any other surfer I can think of.

Laird Hamilton is another surfer I think of, who made huge innovations in surfing waves that were seemingly impossible to surf – but he found ways, with other surfers, to increase their speed using jetskis to pull them in – therefore allowing them to do something “impossible.” I like to use surfing examples simply because I love surfing. But I can think of tons of other people, too. And a lot of these people just decide to go do something, just because they believe it can be done. They might not even have experience. Ffyona Campbell started to walk around the world when she was in her late teens. She accomplished this feat over the next 11 years. She even admitted to cheating for 1000 miles (due to pregnancy) and went back to redo those miles, EVEN THOUGH she still had accumulated enough to quality for a Guiness world record. The point is – she just went. Colin Angus circumnavigated the earth by human power – rowboat, bicycle, walking. An amazing journey and riveting – I suggest reading his book Beyond the Horizon.
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What about all the Jewish people who hid in the woods to escape the Nazis – who lived for years that way?

What about Aron Ralston? Would you cut off your own arm to live? Are you worth enough to  yourself to endure that type of pain and sacrifice a limb to LIVE? You don’t even have to! Your choices are much simpler and less painful than that!

Even the way we “survive” now is based on things people discovered within the last century or so. Our methods of refining and packaging foods so we could get through scarce, cold winters – these got to be thought of as “progressive” and if you thought otherwise, you were considered to be stupid! This in fact is what led to the onslaught of diseases in the last century – the “survival” foods – great in survival situations, but survival is not progressive. It is what I consider meat-eating to be – not natural, but purely for survival. It would explain a lot to do with our physiology and origins – being nomadic, fleeing situations, moving into different territories without proper food sources – to survive, humans found other things to eat. I can ramble on forever, but the initial point I was making was that we can use dystopian ideas, survival situations, as inspiration. How can we AVOID those situations, how can we get OUT of them? We live in dystopia NOW – how will you get out of it?

Really all you must do is remove yourself from how society works (I don’t mean get out of it completely, or isolate yourself) but start to think differently, find your own rhythm, and discover the beautiful heaven you are already in. It’s the reason you are here, inhabiting your body. Your soul wants a gorgeous, perfectly-functioning body to inhabit so it can experience the GOOD and BEAUTY on the planet, before it goes back to ether, before it has no way to smell, breathe, or love in a physical manner.

I am not even religious. I don’t even know if there is a soul. Even if there is, and if it can be reborn into a new body, you will still not have the experience you can have NOW with THIS brain and THIS body.

There are two ways of looking at life on earth – shit-hole, or Eden. Even if you think it’s a cesspool at this point, it can be transformed back to its original, gorgeous state. We have that ability, and choice – even if you think you as a single individual amongst billions have no effect – the numbers grow and grow, and after a time, we will be the majority, and the healthy, positive, conscious people will be the only ones left.

Mind-Bending Information-Downloading…via BOOKS.

I usually have no real agenda when it comes to reading. I just DO.

My flow is this: Find books via work, bibliographies, read Bookslut, add books to my amazon wishlists, find other books via lists on amazon, go to library, seek out that list while I am there, take out books, let them sit on the floor, renew them, pay overdue fees for books I didn’t even get around to reading…etc.

All this when I have about 200 books at home I haven’t read.  I used to have 3 times as many. The madness stops now!

My bookshelves:

I have several books that I own that I am adamant about reading this year. My goals for the year are very specific and these books are all geared to learning more about specific subjects. Going off on tangents of reading and garnering obsessions is a difficult thing for me to avoid doing, so I have made a goal of at LEAST one of these books a month, two at best. Then anything else I want to read is cool.

I started with The 80/10/10 Diet – this was my definitive first read because one of my top two goals was to get back on track with raw the RIGHT way – I’ve owned this book since last summer and I can happily say I’ve finished reading it. I overdid it with the raw food books for a while so I guess I needed a break from them.

I am now reading Nutrition and Athletic Performance by the same author – a slim book with great strategies on becoming the best you’ve ever been athletically. I always thought I was a non-athlete. Knowing what I know now, it’s easy to see why I had such problems with physical exertion in the past. It’ll be interesting to see how this diet affects me in that way. I’ve always wanted to be athletic and it has eluded me for so long.

For the rest of the year, this is my list of must-reads:

Tribes by Seth Godin

The Dip by Seth Godin

Nikon D50 Digital Field Guide and my camera manual.

The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

The Vortex by Esther and Jerry Hicks

The Law of Attraction by Esther and Jerry Hicks

The Astonishing Power of Emotions by Esther and Jerry Hicks

ProBlogger by Darren Rowse

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

73 Lessons Every Goddess Must Know by Goddess Leonie Dawson

Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Thompson Brande

Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts – this will be a re-read! It’s great.

The Rough Guide First-Time Around The World

The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One by Margaret Lobenstine

Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously by Osho

Fundamentals of Photography by Tom Ang

Photography and the Art of Seeing by Freeman Patterson

Art Marketing 101 by Constance Hale

Deep Play by Diane Ackerman

Free by Katharine Hibbert

This works out to two per month – easy! Generally I want to learn more about photography, working for myself, promoting art and writing, creating as much as possible, and generally living frugally, happily, and traveling a lot! Another goal is to really pare down my books – I want to own much less than I do.

I take this shit seriously! I even have a shirt!

I LOVE reading. I started early 🙂