Allie is a born and raised desert dweller who wishes she was somewhere on the coast. She is often found sipping a craft beer or copious amounts of espresso around town at some of her favorite local haunts. Mental health and spirituality are some of her favorite topics to engage with and read up on, but you’ll also find a plethora of dystopian Sci-fi and YA novels in stacks around her room. If you ever want to geek out about superheroes, sustainability, or need a local food rec, come find her!
After the year of isolation and stagnancy we all just experienced, Wintering by Katherine May should be required reading. As we start to ask the question of what can be learned from hard seasons, May answers with deep truths and beautiful insights. I wouldn’t have ever guessed that her personal journey with chronic sickness and the hibernation patterns of dormice would work together to make me cry, but cry I did. Every few pages I needed to stop reading and take a moment to myself as May created space to process emotions I didn’t have a name for. It is simply a beautiful work on finding joy and peace through life’s toughest moments.
Here's to the adventurers, the whimsy chasers, and the memory makers. The Night Walk by Marie Dorleans spoke to core memories I made as a kid. My parents would wake me up for a "too well to attend" school day and off we would go on an adventure. Read this while planning your next spontaneous too well to attend day.