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Life Changing Books

The War of Art

I finished The War of Art by Steven Pressfield today.  It’s already entered my pantheon of Life Changing Books.  I will probably sit down and re-read it again this week.  Then I will re-read it again.

And again.

That’s how much I resonated with it.

That’s how much it spoke to me, called me out, named me personally.  Steven Pressfield  spoke to me.  He said, “Kath, I’m talkin’ to YOU here.  You payin’ attention?  Sure?  ‘Cause this is your precise problem. (Resistance.) Good girl. Underline that last paragraph.  Dog ear this page. Memorize this sentence. And if you ever get a tattoo? Tat this on your forearm”

You ever read a book like that?  One that was written just for you?  One that named your biggest problem (for me, resistance) and then told you why, and more importantly how you must go to battle against that demon every single day?

Have you ever had a book tell you that you must now live differently from this day forward? And the way you must live from this day forward is completely different from how you’ve been living up until now?

Up until now I have been living and operating like an amateur.  Tomorrow, I turn Pro.

I will try to explain what that means tomorrow, or you can just order the book anad read for yourself.

Beware though.  You may have to turn Pro, too.


I teach yoga. I love to breathe. Kapalabhati pranayama rocks my world. I can’t sing (but love to chant) I love rituals I was born a Capricorn (on the cusp) I cannot live without coffee. I can sit perfectly still for over an hour. I am afraid of deep water. I can’t parallel park. I know how to scuba dive (but won’t). I can eat anything with chopsticks. I don’t use coupons. I was at Woodstock. I have a large vocabulary. I have slept in the Everglades surrounded by alligators. I used to want to be a bartender. I used to want to be a nun I am happiest when I am around purple things. I can read Tarot cards. I can’t eat eggplant. I have relatives in The Wizard of Oz. I have paddled a canoe with a nudist. I function best with 9 hours sleep. I can go for a week without speaking. I am addicted to blogs and social media. I love the poetry of Pablo Neruda, Mary Oliver, Rilke and Billy Collins I watch My Dinner with Andre every January as a ritual I don’t drink enough water. I love my computer I hate to vacuum. I do not like hydrangeas. I love the Sierra Mts. I dislike the name “Debbie.” I have read all of Proust. I love yoga I like to fly kites. I have never smoked a cigarette. I cry at movies. I only watch really crappy TV. I wear a size 8 shoe. I hate the smell of burnt toast. I love catalpa trees. I speak no foreign languages. I love to drive. I hate clowns. I love roller coasters. I hate country music. I do not like the sound of bagpipes. I hate shaving. I love Brie. I love to watch water move. I hate plastic cutlery I love my Kindle I do not love my phone I love sitting up to my neck in hot water.

4 thoughts on “Life Changing Books

  1. definitely. this book sounds amazing…. will definitely put it on my goodreads to-read.. i’ve found the alchemist to do that for me…i re-read it this weekend, and even though everything in there I read before, it was just necessary. also, i re-read the nelson mandela/marianne williamson poem in a writing workshop the other day… and the “your playing small doesn’t serve the world”, really tapped into something. thanks for sharing your good reads!


  2. I got the book. It arrived yesterday. I started devouring it last night. Can’t wait to get to more today. Hopefully at lunchtime when I get a break from work-a-work. Anyway, I LOVE IT!!!!!!! And I LOVE getting my a** kicked liked this!!!!!


    1. I KNOW!! Isn’t it amazing?? So happy you are resonating with it (I thought you would!). (happy dance!!). Love it when people I love, love the same books I do!


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