Hopefully by now you’ve used Part 1 of this Winter Survival Kit to start prepping your foundation for the rest of winter. If you picked out a theme for yourself, or are using mine, let me know in the comments! Is your home (or at least one room) hibernation ready? Are you stocked up on vitamins, supplements, and seasonal produce? Once our basic needs of health, nourishment, and safety/security are taken care of, we can start focusing on the fun stuff!
One of the things I’ve been looking forward to this winter is curling up with a good book, and I’ve made my way through a few so far. Here’s what’s on my winter reading list:
MY READING LIST:
Bohemian Manifesto: A Field Guide to Living on the Edge. Do you identify as a bohemian/gypsy/hippie/beat/zen? Want to find out? This book is surprisingly insightful and informative, as well as highly entertaining. Step back into the lives of Kerouac, Oscar Wilde, Kiki de Montparnasse, and countless other bohemians who paved the way for today’s creative and alternative lifestyles.
The Goddess Within Despite being published in the late 80s, this book still holds up for today’s modern woman (or female identifiers). A fascinating combination of Greek Mythology and Jungian psychology. I learned so much about myself from it! I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to connect more deeply with themselves and slough off the guilt and stereotypes that have been placed on us by the patriarchy.
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman. The prequel to Practical Magic. Nuff said.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Pulitzer Prize wining book that tells the tale of a boy who loses his mother in a museum bombing and then follows his journey. The story takes place in New York City, has many ties to art, and the storytelling is superb.
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Where do I begin? I love the writing of Truman Capote, I love true crime stories, and this is the second-biggest-selling true crime book in publishing history, so there you have it. If you have never read this classic, it’s a perfect companion on a cold winter night. I first read this book over the course of a snowy day on Nov. 1st, 2010.
The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)
This 1967 French musical film, written and directed by Jacques Demy, is a definite feel good movie for the winter blues. The ensemble cast is headlined by actual sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac, along with Gene Kelly Delphine and Solange are two sisters living in Rochefort. Delphine is a dancing teacher and Solange composes and teaches the piano. Maxence is a poet and a painter. He is doing his military service. Simon owns a music shop, he left Paris once month ago to come back where he fell in love 10 years ago. They are looking for love, looking for each other, without being aware that their ideal partner is very close... A film whose scenario is much less important than its feeling of euphory, according to the director Jacques Demy.
Blue Lagoon 1980
In the Victorian period, two children are shipwrecked on a tropical island in the South Pacific. With no adults to guide them, the two make a simple life together, unaware that sexual maturity will eventually intervene.
A comedy centered around four couples who settle into a tropical-island resort for a vacation. While one of the couples is there to work on the marriage, the others fail to realize that participation in the resort's therapy sessions is not optional.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Island? Check. Great cast? Check. Lots of humor and a happy ending? Check. Devastated Peter takes a Hawaiian vacation in order to deal with the recent break-up with his TV star girlfriend, Sarah. Little does he know, Sarah's traveling to the same resort as her ex - and she's bringing along her new boyfriend.
It has been well researched that music is a valid form of therapy for depression, anxiety, and to promote an overall improvement in mood, so I’ve put together a playlist of songs to help keep you feeling warm and energized this winter. I hope some of them make you get up and dance!