My 10 Favorite Books of 2020
by Jana Gamble
Welcome to 2021! Most of us couldn’t wait to see the back of 2020, looking forward to better times with hope and anticipation. If you are at all astrologically inclined like I am, you know that on December 21st, our world experienced a rare celestial conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter, which promised to usher in an entirely New Era of Humanity. Here is a quick explanation:
For the last 200 years, every Saturn/Jupiter meeting has taken place in Earth signs. During this era, we invented Capitalism and with it an emphasis on economics over people and planet. Capitalism is in large measure driven by consumerism and our thirst for more, bigger, better, has created a degree of entitlement that ignores the negative impact of our actions.
Consumerism has almost become our religion and in our constant quest for more we’re destroying the harmony of Mother Earth. In short, our actions are compromising nature’s balance and we’re seeing this impact in our lifetime and leaving a sad legacy for our children and grandchildren.
The conjunction on December 21st switched and took place in the Air Element, where it will remain for the next 200 years. This means a transition into an era that will focus on global social evolution, ideas, information, technology, communication, relationships and collaboration.
In the new era, let us be concerned about what is best for all, including the planet, instead of the “Me-First” entitled way of living. Let’s make connection to each other and to Mother Earth a priority. After all, our very survival will likely depend on it.
Like many, I have been concerned about our trajectory for a long time. The urgency of the issue became vividly apparent to me in 2019 while consulting as a Marketing Director at the Amazon Aid Foundation. The Amazon was being devastated by unprecedented fires caused by the most rapid rates of deforestation in history. The Amazon Rainforest is at a dangerous crossroads and the ramifications of its imminent demise are beyond monumental. In no uncertain terms, we are reaching a point of no return.
On a personal level, I have experienced chronic severe pain for many years, which led me on a journey of self-healing after our healthcare system failed me. This shed light on the state of human health and uncovered another dire truth, which is now being amplified by a global pandemic. Our healthcare system is a sick care system.
These experiences have underlined my desire to become a better human being, a better mother and a better steward of this planet.
The books below have been an important part of my quest to better myself and I hope by sharing them that I can in turn help others. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Travel with us:
Lessons From the Road | How Big Is Too Big?Does Our Built Environment Affect Our Relationships? The “Big Mac” symbolizes the belief that more is better. If one beef patty is good, wouldn’t two beef patties be better? Similarly, the colloquialism of the “McMansion”...
Lessons From the Road | Less is More: Adventure Over StuffWe have been on the road for about four months, and while that’s a relatively short time, I think that some of the big lessons happen in the initial “adjustment period” of an experience like this. One thing is...
Why We Sold Our Home to Live on a Bus and Travel Full-TimeAt any other point in time, the decision to sell our home and move into an RV to travel the U.S. full-time with two teenagers and three dogs might be quite ridiculous. But in these unfathomably complex and...
Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 4: Fiji to Brisbane Passage A Long-Awaited Departure After having waited in French Polynesia for two and a half months, we excitedly sailed out of Bora Bora around 7:30 am on Saturday, September 4th. Like the rest of French...
After having waited in French Polynesia for two and a half months, we excitedly sailed out of Bora Bora around 7:30 am on Saturday, September 4th. Like the rest of French Polynesia, Bora Bora was in COVID lockdown, and we had spent the last week waiting for our departure paperwork to go through all the requisite bureaucratic channels. This required multiple trips to the local gendarmerie (police station), where Grant quickly befriended the two kind and helpful officers, Alex and Bruno.
It took us about 24 hours to get from Mo’orea to Bora Bora on August 28 2021. Like the rest of French Polynesia, Bora Bora was in COVID lockdown, and we spent a week there waiting for our departure paperwork to go through all the requisite bureaucratic channels. This required multiple trips to the local gendarmerie (police station), where Grant quickly befriended the two kind and helpful officers, Alex and Bruno.
We made trips to get water, fuel and provisions, but apart from that we had to stay on the boat. We passed the time snorkeling (saw a giant moray eel!) and inventing new water sports.
Once we received our exit paperwork, we were finally free to leave for Fiji.