Conscious by Chloé

Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

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My 2016 Reading List

2016 Reading List by Conscious by Chloé

Having decided to cut down my screen time, I now have more time to read. I finally got my library card, figured out how to download e-books on my iPad (which I put in airplane mode if I read in bed) and now don't even need to go to the library to borrow books! Next step: audiobooks (I already listen to many podcasts but I'd love to try it once). I cannot believe that I can do all this for free!

Also, I'm about to join a book club. Yeah I can hear you laugh over there. But I don't care, groups are the bomb! Women groups, craft groups, entrepreneur groups, you name it, I love them all!

I've kept a reading list for a long time now, but it looks like all I was doing was adding items instead of reading them. So I thought that putting it out there might encourage me to finally tap into it. I'm pretty happy with my current pace of 2 books per month (I read somewhere that 12 a year was a good start). Anyways, here's my 2016 reading list (I'm currently about to finish Didion's Blue Nights).

JANUARY
* #girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
* Just Kids by Patti Smith

FEBRUARY
* Plastic-free:How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too by Beth Terry
* Not that kind of girl by Lena Dunham

MARCH
* It Chooses You by Miranda July
* Blue Nights by Joan Didion

APRIL
* Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigori
* The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

MAY
* La vocation by Sophie Fontanel (French edition)
(You might wan to read her The Art of Sleeping Alone: Why One French Woman Suddenly Gave Up Sex)
* Bonjour tristesse by Françoise Sagan (I'll read the French edition)

JUNE
* Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
* Eating Wildly by Ava Chin

JULY
* Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
* The First Bad Man: A Novel by Miranda July

AUGUST
* I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
* The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir (I'll read the French edition)

SEPTEMBER
* Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
* Men Explaining Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit

OCTOBER
* Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
* We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi

NOVEMBER
* Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More by Erin Boyle
* The collaborative habit by Twyla Tharp

DECEMBER
* The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
* Talk By Linda Rosenkrantz


You'll notice that this is a 100% feminine list. It was a coincidence in the beginning and I then decided to make a theme of it. Of course, the order might change along the year, according to the availability of these books at my local library (which explains the 2 Miranda July and 2 Joan Didion books on my list), my travels (it looks like I'll be spending the month of May in France/Switzerland), my mood and... YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS!

Seriously, I sometimes feel like my reading list revolves around the same subjects, so a little change is also welcome. But I still love girl bosses, feminist icons. Do you have a favorite author? Also, I'd love to start reading again in Spanish.

You are never not supported

One week after arriving in Portland - still living in motels/working from cafés during the week and camping on week-ends - I attended the June Creative Mornings session.

Funny coincidence, exactly one year before, I had attended another Creative Mornings conference in LA while I was living at a friend's place, having just moved from Switzerland to California.

This time, I had no idea who the speaker was, but I usually trust the judgement of the CM community and went to the Portland Arts Museum full of hope and confidence, ready to hear words of wisdom and meet new friends.

After being introduced by Creative Morning Portland's host Tsilli Pines, Jennifer Armbrust entered the stage and started her talk with some meditation, which reminded me of how my philosophy teacher back in high school used to dedicate a few minutes to listening to a song or telling a story, reading a book or watching a video in order to make a transition from the outside world to the world of philosophy.

During this exercise, she said something that has stuck with me:

You are never not supported Jennifer Armbrust meditation by Conscious by Chloé

I don't know why, of all the many, many interesting subjects she developed, this one affected me the most. Maybe it's because I was in an unstable position, starting a new life (again), looking for a place to live, not knowing anybody here. I was pretty happy & exciting about this new adventure, yet I might just needed someone to remind me this: No matter what, you will never not be supported (by the Earth).

It's funny to see how a couple words can make you feel secure again. Octave's friend Rémy has another way to cope with stressful situations by visualizing how huge the universe is and how small we are.

The whole conference was very inspiring to me, and I keep referring to it and sending links to the talk to my friends. For those who want to know more, I'll just say that Jenn is an artist and a consultant; she approaches business as art. Amongst other rad projects including an art gallery, she developed 3 projects that piqued my interest: her Feminist Business School, her Proposal for the Feminine Economy and Sister.

Here is the video of Jennifer's conference, if you'd like to watch it.


What about you, what makes you stay strong when everything else is falling apart? What's your mantra?