Camille Pagan, I'M FINE AND NEITHER ARE YOU

Camille Pagan, I'M FINE AND NEITHER ARE YOU

Camille: It’s going to happen. You're going to get older. You're going to look different. You might feel a little different. Staying connected to your purpose, for me at least, that's been really meaningful, to understand why I'm here and what I'm trying to do. That keeps you away from the mirror and the obsession that's so easy. You start seeing wrinkles. Everything's not holding up the same way. It’s a rabbit hole if you're not careful.

Falguni Kothari, THE OBJECT OF YOUR AFFECTIONS

Falguni Kothari, THE OBJECT OF YOUR AFFECTIONS

Falguni: . I didn't want the typical love trope, two women fighting over a man. That's so done. That's a trope that I don't really like. One of the things that happened was that I know a couple of women who have chosen to have a child through surrogacy. I was speaking to them. I was fascinated by how they came to that point where they needed to have a child through a surrogate. Plus, I have a lot of family in India. It’s actually very common over there for sisters-in-law to have a child for someone who cannot.

Gretchen Rubin, OUTER ORDER INNER CALM

Gretchen Rubin, OUTER ORDER INNER CALM

Gretchen: what research shows, and I think it’s obvious from everyday life, is that when people feel happier, more energized, more focused, then they're actually more willing to engage in the world and in the problems of other people. It’s not like being happy and calm makes you want to drink margaritas on the beach. It makes you want to go register people to vote. People who are less happy and more stressed tend to get isolated and defensive. They're just dealing with their own problems. The idea that it’s a waste of your time to clean out your coat closet, I get it. It sounds trivial. I totally get that. Yet there is a connection where if somebody feels like their household is really what they want it to be and very calm, that would actually allow them to turn outward into the world more effectively.

Carolyn Murnick, THE HOT ONE: A MEMOIR OF FRIENDSHIP, SEX AND MURDER

Carolyn Murnick, THE HOT ONE: A MEMOIR OF FRIENDSHIP, SEX AND MURDER

Carolyn: Ashley and I as kids used to take all these pictures of each other all the time. We had these cheap cameras. My parents would develop the film every week. One night we decided to pretend to be Playboy models. We had pictures of each other topless and swinging on bars. It was proto-erotic. We were nine years old. There wasn’t exactly sexual energy. It was just exploration. We didn't know what was happening. It was girlhood.

Sharon Rowe, Eco-Pioneer, THE MAGIC OF TINY BUSINESS: YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO BIG TO MAKE A GREAT LIVING

Sharon Rowe, Eco-Pioneer, THE MAGIC OF TINY BUSINESS: YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO BIG TO MAKE A GREAT LIVING

Sharon: Part of our life is our work. Our work is business. It’s also family. Family is work. It depends how you want to look at it. It’s all basically a practice. It’s how you want to set it up. Because you're in charge, you can change your rules, which is nice. That's a huge freedom.