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December Reflections day 5.

These are my most favorite books I’ve read this year- I am in love with each of them, seriously. But especially both of Mark Nepo’s books. And Martha Beck’s. And Poemcrazy- I love it! And last month, I’d planned to write a blog post all about discovering the book The Renaissance Soul, but I never got around to figuring out exactly what I wanted to say.

Here’s the story, in a nutshell. I have piles of books in my living room so high they’ve toppled over more than once this year. I feel a mix of the excitement of possibility and oppressive guilt every time I add another book to the pile. Because I’m pretty sure I won’t ever get around to reading all of them. (It doesn’t help that my office is literally next door to a fabulous public library.)

So a few weeks ago, there I was at the library, collecting a stack of books on bookbinding and other unrelated topics when The Renaissance Soul practically jumped off the shelf and into my arms. (Is it just me or is that the most romantic title a self-help book could have?) The subtitle “life design for people with too many passions to pick just one” was a revelation to me. I’ve spent this year bouncing almost frantically from one interest to the next, wondering if there was something really wrong with me that I couldn’t settle down to just one thing. But- spoiler alert- it turns out there’s nothing wrong with me at all and I’m just a renaissance soul. What a relief. The author has some suggestions for finding a balance of exploration and focus that allows one to accomplish their goals. But, confession: I haven’t gotten to that part of the book yet, because I’m currently reading five other books. #hopeless

much love,



My name is Angela Amias and I am passionate about cultivating a life of joy, appreciation, playfulness, and connection with others. In addition to my interests in blogging, photography, journaling, and travel, I also have a strong interest in mindfulness, meditation, and the use of the creative arts in healing- all practices I put to use in my work as an artist and holistic psychotherapist.

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