I have two books – one is You Before Me, by Jojo Moyes – this one is for pure pleasure. It’s my “take me somewhere else that is light and sweet” book. Then I’m also reading The Art of Stillness by Pico Iyer. This is my, “remember the truth” book that reminds me of the power of listening and silence. I almost always have two books that seem like dichotomies, and that is pretty descriptive of who I am in the world.
My whole family is slightly obsessed with survival shows like Naked and Afraid and Running Wild with Bear Grylls. We have a Bear Grylls survival knife that has a fire starter, sharp knife and rope holder all included, so hands down, that’s what I would bring. That and lip balm if I could!
We recently built a little “she-shed” as my office. It’s a separate little building that is all mine and it’s a whopping ten steps from the house. I’m amazed at how much I love all 120 sq. feet and how it doesn’t feel too small at all. I walk in and immediately feel I’m in my sanctuary. It’s where I do my best writing and meditating.
I most often hear how “comforting” or accessible my books feel. I have a lot of readers tell me they almost felt me sitting talking with them and that they felt more peaceful after reading my books. If books are energy, then I think they are receiving a bit of the accessible, zen energy I put out into the world.
My favorite authors are all over the place and include Adyashanti, Eckhart Tolle, Elizabeth Gilbert, Gay Hendricks and Phillipa Gregory.