Book Club: Succulent Wild Woman

Last night, I invited my book club over to my house to discuss our book of the month, Succulent Wild Woman by SARK. The book was my pick this month, and I wanted to read something inspirational over the holidays. I don’t know why I am always surprised when I find people who are not familiar with her work, but I wanted to share a little light with my friends, and also do something different and creative with our discussion time.

So, my husband helped me clean the garage and turn it into a magical, creative space for the night.

I also spent the evening making finger sandwiches — Nutella & banana, chicken salad, cucumber & cream cheese, and peanut butter & jam, all on thick, fresh wheat bread. I decorated them with small toothpicks, put together a fruit tray with melted chocolate, served some smoked gouda, and opened a bottle of Pinot Grigio and Sparkling Non-alcoholic cider to share.

We ate, drank, laughed, told stories, and talked about the book — what we liked about it, what we didn’t like about it, what we learned, what things we might do differently now in order to live a more succulent life. And, we did art — we listened to SARK’s advice about How To Paint and let our egos and critics fall away as we just had fun putting color on canvas.

When I revealed the book at the last book club meeting, I had everyone draw out a picture of what they felt Living Life to the Fullest was, and I had them bring back the pictures to our discussion group. We all had different things in our pictures, but there were common themes of being surrounded by the people we loved. I asked everyone if their idea of Living Life to the Fullest had changed after reading the book, and if so, how? Stacy gave an answer that really resonated with me — that, before, she had seen it more as a destination, and, now, she realized it was about the journey. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Our book club is such a nourishing group for me. We’re just all such awesome, vibrant, amazing women, and we get to meet this one night a month and talk about a book we shared. More often than not, of course, we start talking about all the other things that matter — our daily adventures, things that annoy us, things that we love. It was great to be able to create a temporary space to sort of celebrate that energy. It felt like I was inviting my friends over to play — and that was exactly what I did!

I think we need to schedule more playdates like this.

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