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Getting Things Done by David Allen

I’m re-reading this classic by David Allen after listening to him speak at an online summit. David Alles is not what you would expect given his image as a productivity guru. He’s a very spiritual and grounded person who doesn’t actually believe in productivity solely its own sake.

The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker

I thought this was an event planning book but it’s much, much more. It’s about making the most of our time together whether it’s a work meeting, a birthday party, dinner with friends, a wedding, or a funeral. My big takeaways are: be intentional with everything, not just the catering, creating pop-up rules can help (so people with different norms and customs know what to do), and don’t confuse the event category (birthday party, work retreat, baby shower) with purpose.

Freedom Seeker by Beth Kempton

I believe that I have fallen in love with Beth Kempton. It all started two years ago when I listened to a few episodes of her Fearless Writer podcast (H/T to my friend Amy!). And then in November, I started listening to her amazing Calm Christmas podcast. This podcast was a literal feast for all the senses, and an invitation to rethink the holidays for yourself and your family. After that, I signed up for her Winter Writing Sanctuary, another lovely experience spent writing during what she calls the hush, the period between Christmas and New Year’s.

So I added to my Beth Kempton collection with her book Freedom Seeker. From the cover: “Do you feel stressed, exhausted, and weighed down by responsibility? Are you itching to do something different, but you don’t know what or how?”

More than a book to read, this is a book to practice a different way of being in the world and with yourself.

And check out Beth Kempton’s latest book Kokoro.

Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree

This book was a delight and a great escape from the day. Battle-worn orc Viv is hanging up her sword and opening the first-ever coffee shop in the city of Thune. Imagine introducing people to coffee for the first time! We also enjoyed the prequel, Bookshops and Bonedust.

Photo by Benjamin Raffetseder on Unsplash