Most of my summer is spent living vicariously through my adventure-having friends and family. As I sit in my office, my social media feeds are filled with exotic places, delicious foods and memorable adventures.
Currently Marie is drinking tea and taking selfies in London while Krystal shares breathtaking views from her hiking adventures.
I could be jealous (full disclosure: I am, a little!) or I can follow their lead as best I can.
Sure, I cant see the same sites, but I can curl up with their top travel book recommendations.
Currently, on a beach in St. Petersburg, Fla., my friend Paul is curled up in a hammock with Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat Pray Love,” the perfect summer read. She’s soaking up the sun with delicious food (pictured, for good measure) and a decadent book.
The movie adaptation left a bad taste in many people’s mouths but I promise the book is a perfect summer read.
Technically it is a book about “one woman’s search for everything” or so says the book cover. But mostly, it’s about self-discovery, finding out what you’re made of, and enjoying what life has to offer. It’s about the power of change.
Summer, being a time for romance, food and solitary reflection, is the perfect time for “Eat Pray Love.”
There are plenty of weighty books on the best selling lists right now, books that will probably make you more aware of the world around you. Books that make you feel older and wiser—you know the ones I mean.
This isn’t that book. It’s light, it’s easy. It may not hold literary weight, but it will be your next guilty pleasure.
Gilbert’s journey to Italy, India and Bali to achieve balance and enlightenment isn’t necessarily accessible to us normal people. Her message, though, is.
For Gilbert, it’s about looking at a life you created and not seeing yourself in it. It’s about selecting the parts of yourself, your life, that you want to hold on to. It’s about remembering things you once loved and sparking new passions.
And it’s a little bit about eating pizza in Naples.
As I re-read this one I am transported to the beaches of Bali (via St. Petersburg) and am reminded of Elizabeth Gilbert's simple lessons:
“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control hings in your life so bad, work on the mind. That’s the only thing you should be trying to control.”