Kara and I are super excited to welcome a new addition to the Boho Berry galaxy… the Boho Berry Book Club!
The Boho Berry Book Club is a personal development book club run via a private Facebook group. Our aim is to nurture the Boho Berry ideals of encouraging ourselves toward learning, personal development and inspiration becoming constants in our lives… something that comes at the “Live better and achieve your goals” part of our mission statement from a different direction than Bullet Journaling.
I’ve been a reader of self-help since I was a kid. My parents had packed shelves of shared books with awesome covers that I always loved browsing through, and as I got older and moodier, I started gravitating toward some of my mom’s books with titles that seemed like they could help. And sometimes they did! Often, even. I was pretty hooked.
But I felt weird about it — I don’t know if it was a product of being young that made me think that caring wasn’t “cool,” or that in the 90s, self-help generally wasn’t. I feel like the rebrand to “personal development” somewhere in the 2000s and the #wellness movement has given the genre a more socially acceptable makeover. And that’s a great thing!
The more we are exposed to concepts that can change our lives for the better, the more we look to our actions and reactions, the more of us considering the way we move through the world and interact with it — the better.
So let’s do it together!
Based on conversations I’ve seen floating around in the Boho Berry Tribe, it seems like we have a lot of readers in the house, and just as many people who would like to read more. Some structure and community around reading could help make that happen. We want to make it supportive and FUN.
Because that’s something I want to stress: Personal development topics can feel…well, personal, and we often can’t help but fall into the trap of taking ourselves seriously.
We want this group to place a bright filter on those topics to make it all feel a little lighter.
The Boho Berry Book Club is an opportunity to engage with self-help concepts and integrate them into our lives where it feels right, leave what doesn’t with zero guilt, and know that you have the backup and relief of a club of awesome, imperfect people figuring it out along with you.
View each book, each week, each day as a new experiment you’re conducting in living a happier life, and just see what happens.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:
A book is selected each month (more on this later) and, much like an in-person book club, a meeting is set toward the end of the month for us to talk about it. However, it will be held in our virtual living room — the Facebook group. During the month, you’re free to read the book at your own pace. We want the book club to feel like a fun, light and inspiring extra in your life, not like homework.
Monthly book club meetings will take place on the 25th of each month and consist of questions, quotes, and conversation-starters released in separate posts, where discussion about each prompt can take place in the comments section.
Starting on the 25th of each month you’re also encouraged to write your own posts sharing your thoughts and experiences of reading that month’s book. Throughout the month some chat about the book is a given, but to avoid “spoilers” and to support everyone’s individual reading pace, we ask that specific, in-depth talk waits until the end of the month, or go in our designated “Spoilers!” thread. Think of what you would or would not say to your real-life friends about a book that you were all reading at different speeds! When in doubt, wait to post until the 25th.
We’ll keep the conversation going before our main chats with weekly prompts to set an intention for your week, relating the book’s material to your mind, body, and spirit. We would love for you to share your experiences with that intention throughout the week!
On the 15th of each month, a poll will go up in the group with possible selections for the next month’s book. You’ll have 3 days to vote for the book that you’d like us to read next, and then the winner will be announced. This gives everyone plenty of time to get the book before the next month starts.
PLUS Kara is designing free printable reading trackers and other digital goodies, we’ll have Q&A’s with select authors, and give away prizes every month…not bad for some book nerds!
STARTING MAY 1st:
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The book we’re starting off with is Lunar Abundance by Ezzie Spencer, Ph.D., which is a gorgeous, illustrated guide to using the different phases of the moon as touchstones for reflection and action in different parts of our lives.
The moon naturally provides multiple cosmic invitations each month for us to set goals, make moves, to rest and to appreciate, and Lunar Abundance guides us through that process. If you believe the planets have an effect on our lives, you can work with the celestial slingshot-effect of each moon phase to enhance your life in each phase’s particular way.
If you’re not sure, you can use the phases of the moons as natural reminders to stop and check in with yourself, like a glowing smartphone alarm in the sky.
And if you’re open-minded, Lunar Abundance might give you all of the above.
Ezzie will even be joining our Facebook group for a Q&A session as well as a New Moon ritual on Tuesday, May 15th!
We hope you’ll join us! Even if you’re not a huge reader, I gotta tell ya…I feel like it’s gonna be a pretty good place to lurk.
Download the reading tracker and learn more at www.bohoberry.com/bookclub
Join the club on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/bohoberrybookclub
And follow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/bohoberrybookclub
JOIN THE BOHO BERRY TRIBE
- Access to the Tribe Resource Library, chock full of FREE printables. New printables added every two weeks!
- Admission into the Tribe Facebook Group, where we support and encourage each other daily.
- An invite to my monthly Live Q&A exclusive to Tribe Members!
- A 10% off coupon for Boho Berry Paperie for each month that you remain a Tribe Member.
You will also receive the Boho Berry Newsletter every Friday -- chock full of motivation, inspiration, updates and more!
Kristen Rogers Anderson (@chillinkristen) co-hosts the podcast Guide to the Unknown (gttupod.com), where she and her brother Will Rogers talk about mysteries, the paranormal, urban legends and folklore, but ya know, keep it light. She works as an assistant for Kara Benz and probably packed those Boho Berry stickers in your journal.
Kristen also teaches restorative yoga — basically an assisted nap — and has a major thing for Bravo programming. She loves being outside with her dog, Crumbs, eating good food in restaurants or crappy food in front of the TV with her chef husband, Ryan, and cracking up with her very, very loved friends and family.