The Night Book Club Changed My Perspective

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Naturopathic Doctor & PhD turned scientific creative, travel adventurer, joy seeker, book lover, mom of two amazing humans, wife to her best friend. 

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What she said just hit me, so hard, that I couldn’t stop thinking about it for weeks.

There’s something magical about the combination of books, good food, and a circle of women gathered to share their insights. But have you ever had a single conversation around a book radically shift your perspective on life?

Ever Wonder What a Book Club Could Do For Your Life? 📚✨

That night, wrapped in the warmth of a long-awaited reunion with my book club, I stumbled upon a revelation so profound it felt like the plot twist in a bestseller. We weren’t just discussing “The Measure of My Powers” by Jackie Kai Ellis; we were unknowingly dissecting the very essence of our joys, struggles, and purposes.

A Moment That Changed Everything

Picture this: a table buzzing with laughter and the clinking of glasses, when suddenly, a casual comment slices through the noise, landing straight at my heart. It wasn’t dramatic. No thunderous revelation or angelic choirs. Just a simple truth, seen from a different angle, that had the power to realign my entire universe.

What was said? Ah, I’d love to spill every word, but some stories are best served directly into your ears. Let’s just say it involves an unexpected hero, a journey of self-discovery, and the kind of insight that makes you pause your entire life to reconsider what you thought you knew about happiness and fulfillment.

The Path Less Travelled

I’ve never been one for cookie-cutter advice. Wake up at 5 AM, meditate for an hour, journal your way to success – it all seems a bit…prescriptive, don’t you think? But here’s the thing: understanding what truly matters to you, and finding your way to navigate this chaotic, beautiful mess we call life? That’s where the magic happens.

In this episode, I’m peeling back the layers on my own search for meaning, and the surprising ways it has manifested in my day-to-day life. It’s not always pretty, but it’s real. And it’s mine.

Downloadable Wisdom

And because no revelation should come without a roadmap, I’m sharing a resource that’s been a beacon for me: “5 Important Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making a Decision”. It’s more than just a guide; it’s a compass for anyone feeling a bit lost in the sea of choices.

A Conversation, Not a Monologue

This isn’t just my story. It’s an invitation – to dive deep into your own narrative, to find those pivotal moments and embrace them, to reconsider what you know about joy, purpose, and inspiration.

So, what do you say? Are you ready to join me on this journey? Because this conversation is just getting started, and something tells me you’ve got your own twist to add.

Tune in, Dive Deep, and Transform

The XO Conversations Podcast isn’t just a listen; it’s a leap into understanding more about ourselves, our dreams, and the myriad ways we can chase them. Don’t miss this episode. It might just be the night your book club – or your perspective – changes too.

Episode Notes

This episode takes you on an unexpected journey that began at a seemingly ordinary book club dinner and led to an extraordinary insight into life’s purpose.

What You’ll Discover:

  • A Reunion That Reignites: After months of virtual connections, a simple dinner with friends unfolds into a night of profound revelations. Why this night was unlike any other, and how it changed our host’s perspective on life, will inspire you to look at your reunions in a new light.

  • The Book That Opened Eyes: “The Measure of My Powers” by Jackie Kai Ellis isn’t just a story about finding oneself through the art of cooking; it’s a catalyst for self-discovery that challenged our host in unexpected ways. Learn why sometimes the books we resist are the ones we need the most.

  • Finding Purpose in the Everyday: Discover how a casual conversation about a book can lead to a deep reflection on personal purpose and joy. This episode invites you to consider what truly drives you, beyond the grandiose dreams and into the heart of daily living.

  • Inspiration Through Vulnerability: Hear how sharing struggles and challenges can not only help us heal but also inspire those around us. Our host’s journey is a testament to the power of vulnerability and the surprising ways it can connect and uplift others.

  • Reflections That Propel Forward: This episode isn’t just about looking back; it’s about moving forward with intention and joy. Find out how simple questions and reflections can transform your approach to life and your impact on others.

Exclusive Resources:

  • Unlock deeper self-knowledge and decision-making clarity with the Free Guide: “5 Important Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making a Decision.” Available now at


  • “What if one evening could alter the way you see yourself and your place in the world?”
  • “Why your purpose might be simpler and more powerful than you’ve ever imagined.”

Don’t Miss This Episode!

  • Tune in to “The Night a Book Club Changed My Life” for an intimate exploration of friendship, the unexpected lessons we learn, and the quiet power of self-reflection. It’s an episode that promises to leave you with more questions than answers, in the best possible way.

Thank you for joining us!

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Travel adventurer, joy seeker, book lover

Hi, I'm Rishma.
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I ran a thriving healthcare practice as a Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist for over 20 years. I also earned my PhD and spent time in academic research and teaching positions. Now, I read scientific studies because I'm passionate about personal growth. I use the insights to help me, and our community, live our own XO life.

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