I wish I had time to read more but the reality is that unless I am getting a pedicure, I just don’t have the time. I know I should make the time but between an endless Henley to-do list, teaching a college class for event management students, fitting in a daily workout, occasionally finding a moment to clean my toilet (Cinderella must have found the shoe that fits because she isn’t available anymore to clean my toilet), and putting my tap shoes back on after a 25 year absence from the stage, there is just not the time or energy left in me to read words. I love the book tables at Costco because it is where I fantasize about reading all the books and occasionally convince myself that this book will be different and worthy of reading. I was struck recently when I stumbled on “The Gospel According to Coco Chanel.” Author Karen Karbo has provided us with life lessons from the world’s most elegant woman. I’m only a few chapters in but already I love our dear Coco. Not because she is clearly brilliant with fashion design but because she was truly a “ball-busting, take-no-prisoner, I’ll design my own life, thank you very much and I don’t care if you like what I have to say or not, kind of woman.” Already Coco has told me “that a girl should be two things: classy and fabulous” and on the chapter of self-invention she reminds me “how many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.” I’m listening Coco, and because your wisdom is so brilliant, I’m actually reading at the same time!

http://www.amazon.com/Gospel-According-Coco-Chanel-Lessons/dp/1599215233