I know that we are smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, but I want to plant a bug in your ear for next year…by that, I mean, a few weeks from now! Over the years, I have enjoyed so many wonderful books and I have enjoyed so many of you that have come back again to comment on my posts. I would like a way to connect more with you, so I have decided to create an online book club so that we can spend at least part of 2015 getting to know each other better through taking a deep dive into our personal spaces.
The book I have chosen is not specifically Taoist in nature, but it does have a lot to do with creating a life that resonates with who you are. This book challenges you to look carefully at your world (through your home) and decide what fits and what doesn’t. I believe that the work of studying the Tao is about doing just that with our spirit, so to me this book is very fitting for my own personal growth. If it sounds like it might fit yours, please join us!
The book that I have chosen for this online book club is called SoulSpace:Transform Your Home, Transform Your Life — Creating a Home That Is Free of Clutter, Full of Beauty, and Inspired by You.
For this online book club, we will be posting weekly challenges primarily through our SoulSpace Online Book Club Facebook group, but I will also sharing my own journey through this book here on my blog. Below are the details. If you are interested, please join our Facebook group. It is a private group, so anything you share will be only shared with the group. You are welcome to post blog entries in the group as well if you are sharing your progress through your blog.
SoulSpace Online Book Club Details
Dates: Postings will be on Saturdays from January 10,2015, through March 7, 2015 in our Facebook group. Each Saturday, I will offer a suggested reading, question, challenge or exercise for you to consider for that week that relates to a phase in the book. You can post on any phase at any time, but you will get the most out of it if you follow along with the phase for that week. If you get behind, no worries. Just tell us how you are doing in the group. Tell us what made you get behind. Challenges will always come up. Share!! That is half the fun.
There are 8 weeks to the group and 8 phases to cover in the book, so we will cover one phase from the book per week.
Preparation for the Group: It would be best if you are able to read the book before we start. Or at least skim it so that you have some idea of the book’s content. There is a lot to cover in 8 short weeks and I want you to have the most time each week to focus more on the exercises than in reading the book during the book club. This will be an ACTIVE book club rather than a PASSIVE one. If you are thinking that we are just going to read and discuss the book, you may not want to do this. For this book club, we are doing stuff in our homes, clearing junk, taking photos, creating art, sharing, confessing our potentially hoarding ways and hopefully having a lot of fun!
Community: Throughout the book club, I will offer a few opportunities for us to get online at the same time so that we can “chat” on the page while we are doing the group. So watch for these. Put these times on your calendar and make time to be there and hang out with us! A big part of doing this for me is so that I can get to know some of you better. I think that this is going to be a great adventure.
What to Expect: As you review the book, you will see that there are eight phases. Each phase gives you an opportunity to look at your space – it might be your entire home, maybe a room, maybe your office or even a corner – and work on it. The eight phases are: Assessing, Releasing, Cleansing, Dreaming, Discovering, Creating, Elevating and Celebrating. We will go into much more detail with each phase, but the purpose of doing this book club is to take the ideas in this book and make them real for you. If you are a little scared, that is good! I am too! I will be doing it right along with you and believe me, no one needs this more than I do! If you want to get a closer look at the book first, go on Amazon and click on the book to “Look Inside” or drop by a bookstore and check it out if you can find it. I couldn’t find it at our bookstore, but it is easy to get on Amazon and have it shipped to you, wherever you are.
How to Sign Up: If you are on Facebook, just do a search for our group. It is called SoulSpace Online Book Club. Go to that page and click on the big green button that says “Join Group”. From there, you will get all of the instructions each week. The postings from the group will show up on your Facebook feed, but will only be visible to those who are actually members in the group and will not be visible to your friends or family. If you post something in the group, only the members of the group will see them.
Pinterest: I have also created a Pinterest board for this book club! As you find things that fit your ideal space, pin them to the board. If you want me to invite you to this board, just add your info in the comments here and I will add you.
If you have any questions, please reach out to me. You can either message me on Facebook or you can add a comment to this post. Hope to see you in the group!