I don’t think anyone can disagree that we’re living in an interesting time to be a woman. To be a person, really. This is an age of a ton of change, and during those times, we can look to stories and archetypes to embolden us and remind us of what humans can do; what we can be like; how strong we are. Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes compiles those stories.
I’ve been meaning to read this book for years and when I put it up as a choice in our monthly poll, to be honest, I wasn’t expecting that it would win. By the accounts I’d read, it’s an amazing book but a dense one, and it eschews the typical “This leads to that” narrative of most of our previous personal development picks. I was pleasantly surprised when the members of our book club selected it.
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In Women Who Run With the Wolves, Estes gathers myths, fairy tales, folklore and her own stories, all involving strong women who act with their instincts — the Wild Woman archetype. Through reading them, we can notice how we connect to these women, as well as how we’d like to connect a little more. Maybe we’ll gain an understanding of the wildness in ourselves or others we know, or maybe some wildness will be teased out of us.
The majority of the book club must feel like some allegories and metaphors to draw on are just what we need as we move toward the end of the year and start planting seeds of ideas of who we want to be in 2019. And we would love it if you would join us in the Boho Berry Book Club on Facebook so we can discuss the book and what it means to us, all together.
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Kristen Rogers Anderson co-hosts the podcast Guide to the Unknown (talkbomb.com/gttupod), 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.