Our Shared Shelf March/April: Women Who Run With the Wolves

Consider me late to the party but I have known for a while that avid-reader Emma Watson had a book club brewing in the works (she discusses her love of books in an excellent Vanity Fair piece). And then I forgot? But I’ve since caught up with the news and noticed she hosts her  bi-monthly online book club on Goodreads named Our Shared Shelf
As Emma Watson’s work with United Nations Women continues to progress, to spotlight & the needs and plight of the world’s women, she devotes the book club to covering women’s issues, equality, and creative expression. Each book has a purpose and she encourage dialogue between readers.

March and April’s book is Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. It’s a book I read a few years ago, recommended by friends. Estes cover a vast array of myth, folklore, and stories to guide women and help them reclaim their intuition and reclaim the wilderness of the psyche.

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I was really pleased Emma selected this book. It came in my life about 6 years ago through word of mouth by friends and through the grapevine. As an artist who is constantly inspired by myth and tales and the worlds they create I am excited to pick up this book and see if I gain a deeper insight. Will I notice parallels between Estes’s words and today? It’s easy to fall in a spell of doubt or limiting our potential. Estes book aims to change this mindset and help others find their voice.
I haven’t been a part of a book club though I’d always wanted to. Book clubs could be an incredible source of encouragement, growth, and different perspectives. It’s really wonderful to see the interactions within the discussions on Our Shared Shelf’s page. I don’t need to remind anyone of the importance of reading and the joy it brings. If Emma’s effort are to bring awareness to issues that permeate our world today then I commend her for it. Criticism comes and goes but everyone should be entitled to their own opinions and perspective – by discussing it can we find new ground and strength in owning our values and ideas.
“How does one reconnect with our deepest, most true selves when today’s world demands us to conform to ridiculous expectations? Estes retells ancient myths and fairy tales from around the world and in doing so shines a light on a path which leads us back to our natural state — and help us restore the power we carry within us.}
Have you read Women Who Run With the Wolves? Will you join Our Shared Self, or yet what is on your own reading list?

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“A book is a dream that you hold in your hands.”

A small round up of the beginning of the year so far. At least what I have captured: baking, reading (5/60 so far…), meeting new people & eating delicious vegan food. But its what I don’t capture that has also brought a lot of light in my life: weekly lunches with my mum, reading by myself in cafes and finding moments of silence, & allowing myself to share my thoughts and opinions in class (I used to be quite shy and avoided this although I really wanted to share.)

With classes back in session i have definitely felt the shift in activity and prioritizing. I am trying not to let it stress me and planning things out has been an incredible help. So here are some things I want more of:
  • farmers markets
  • cafe sessions with my headphones on & a book in hand
  • film days with my mum 
  • the wind to stop so I can take my pups to the park 
  • scrap-booking!
  • perhaps a museum visit before springtime
  • have a proper film noir (or pre 1960s) movie night complete with pizza & popcorn
  • invest in a good sketchbook
I. Practicing with recipes and doughnuts. It kind of helps my mum loves when I bake them and its fun to come up with the proper ratios and combinations of flavors and farmers market finds (see: pistachios) Especially since its been cool-weather, I’m taking advantage of the oven
II.These are books 2 & 3 for my reading challenge. Angry Candy was a surprise read because I didn’t expect to like it but I really enjoyed the way the stories (17 short stories) Ragnarok is a retelling of the Norse myths through a perspective of a girl during World War II – I have a few books on Norse myth and this is not a straight academic retelling, its still worth the read for the language and how it explores the characters from Norse Mythology – feel free to check out my Goodreads for my reading challenge updates and book reviews!
III. New painting up in my shop – I have been painting lately but not as much but I am working hard to catch up on everything in order to be able to paint and lose myself. I am also becoming less headset on only using natural sunlight and finding proper lights to use at night
IV. Delicious vegan food from My Vegan Gold. I love coming here to eat when I am in Los Angeles and the variety of food is amazing (Thai, American, Italian) – no complaints. Definitely worth a visit.


2016 Reading Challenge 1/60 + Coloring Books

Each year I try to make the effort to read more because sometimes life gets very busy but I could never forget the magic and happiness that comes from reading a book. This year my goal is 60, which isn’t exactly my drive, what matters most is making the time to do something I love. Be it on winter bus rides with rain fall against the window, 20 minutes or 20 pages right before I drift to slumber. The way I feel about books is the same way Rory did in the Gilmore Girls episode “Road Trip to Harvard”  after she witnesses all the libraries and feels dismayed because “she hasn’t read enough”

You can join me on Goodreads, read my reviews or start you own reading challenge

The first book I finished in 2016 is Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I am a fan of his writing and you can read my review here I found this book a rather quick read but really caught me off guard (its always awkward when your certain characters catch you for a twist…) I really recommend it if you appreciate underground, Jim Henson/Alice in Wonderland realms and sort-of self discovery.

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//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js Another thing I am trying this year is the ever popular adult coloring books. I remember having many coloring books as a kid and its very admirable to see them in use for art therapy – however the main reason for me is another “take time for yourself” although I love drawing and painting my own concepts, its fun to runaway in these to unwind or step back. This one is Color Me Calm My lovely friend Hannah gave me these wooden color pencils for Christmas (you can’t sharpen them but you can file them down using a sharp knife) and she also painted this beautiful white-fox on wood. Feel fee to check out her art & purchase some

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