A Field Guide to Now & A Giveaway

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 11

The Universe really does do its thing. Serendipitously, while I was at Squam a few months ago, I found myself sharing a dining table with Christina Rosalie. She and I had not yet met, and we were seated with a few people in between us. I overheard her say something about Kinfolk, so my ears perked up. After a few moments, we were deep in conversation about our shared love for the writing and photography that makes up that stunning magazine. I knew she was a kindred spirit from that moment on.

While we weren’t in the same workshops, Christina and I got a few more conversations in with one another over the course of the weekend in New Hampshire. We discovered that we both attended the World Domination Summit this past July, and that we’re both headed back this coming summer. We also shared our love of food, travel, writing, and adventure. Told you, kindred. What Christina humbly did NOT bring up was her new book, A Field Guide to Now.

As soon as I returned home from Squam, I contacted Christina to purchase her book. Ever since, I’ve been slowing reading each section, savoring it like a rich chocolate or a fine wine. Christina beautifully writes about living a full and meaningful life. She shares personal stories about the importance and practice of being present, and how very hard that can be. As someone who has been actively focusing on what matters, I find myself marking up numerous passages in Christina’s book to serve as reminders as I navigate the terrain of my own life. I’m loving that Christina also intersperses her artwork throughout A Field Guide to Now. She has worked her mixed-media magic on a vintage postcard collection of her father’s to accompany the book’s essays. These postcards are stunning and bring an artful element to her rich writing.

I’m so happy to share with you that Christina is gifting 12 of these beautiful postcards to one lucky Life Refocused reader! These postcards will be delivered straight to you with a handwritten note from Christina. All you have to do is leave a comment here on this post. I’d love for you to share something you are doing in your life to focus on what matters.

I’ve enjoyed every moment I’ve spent with A Field Guide to Now. Thank you, Christina, for a guide to being present and engaged in life. And thank you, Universe, for bringing us together. xoxo

Enter by Friday, November 16th at midnight Central.

11 Responses

  1. Amazing! I think I’ll ask for the book for Christmas!

    I’ve been dealing with a lot of people recently who, whether intentionally or not, are bringing me down and hurting me. I decided today to focus on what really matters. Not the naysayers or the meanies or the people who claim to be friends but don’t consider my feelings, but the people who truly care about me and have my best interests at heart. The people who make me feel good about life and about being me. I’m stepping out of the shark tank, drying myself off, and making an effort to schedule time with my good friends.

    **Meghan, it has just occurred to me that every time I post a comment on your blog, I feel the urge to open up about something that’s going on with me. I think that even in your creative pursuits, your gift as a psychologist is shining through! 🙂

    • Meghan says:

      Katie–I’m so sorry to hear that people in your life have been bringing you down. I’m glad to hear that you are working to shift things and not spend time with those who hurt you–much easier said than done. Sending you a virtual hug across the miles. xoxo

  2. Lindsey says:

    I love Christina’s book and even more I LOVE the image of you two sitting and chatting by Squam!! Love, love love. xoxox

  3. Well, this week, focusing on what matters is trying to prepare as much as I can to support & care for my husband while he undergoes the removal of his left kidney, for cancer. We just celebrated our 22nd anniversary and he is the love of my life. I’m scared, but I’m being his rock as much as I can because he’s always been mine. We have this whole “in sickness” thing down pat at this point, I think and we’re *SO* over it.

  4. Funnily enough, I JUST started following Christina on Twitter yesterday. I first heard of the book when Sophia bought it from the little bookstore in Manzanita. Remember that?! Total synchronicity! I’d love to win a copy of this beautiful book.

  5. Jan bailey says:

    This was one of the best books ever! I bought it for my Kindle & then ordered the hardback as well! Life-changing! Love it!

  6. Sandy says:

    This is an amazing book that is sure to change the way you see things. I devoured it so fast because I simply couldn’t put it down. Now I have to go back and really soak it in. Focusing on what matters: trying to get on the floor and play with the little ones every day.

  7. Laura says:

    Hey Megs! Thanks for sharing another great author and book idea– you know I send a postcard every day to my 92 year old grandma and also to my mother in law. They both live in assisted living facilities and (each in their own way) look forward to getting that ‘real mail’ connection. Cheers and hugs all around, XO Laura

  8. Patricia Saldana says:

    Enjoyed your post very much. Christina’s book sounds like a must read. I too am doing my best to focus on what really matters in my life. What I’ve learned is that it is not as easy as it sounds and you have to make time for what matters. The rewards are worth it.

  9. Emily says:

    This year’s WDS blew my mind, and I didn’t even have a chance to meet you or Christina. So glad I’ll have an opportunity to rectify the situation next summer!

    The postcard example is stunning. I’m such a sucker for paper products – happily so! Thank you for spotlighting Christina’s book too. Off to investigate more about it now…

  10. I adore this book- I’ve read it twice now and often think of reading it again. I don’t have children, but I love the way Christina weaves words and creates magic in her artwork. I would be honored to win the postcards. xoxo

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