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In Conversation with Leigh Stein

Our August N&G Book Club pick was Self Care by Leigh Stein. She was prescient in writing this book, not only because we could all use a little—or a lot—of self care these days, but because we are all living online right now and being hit from every direction with what to buy, breaking news, and viral videos. I know that I’m overstimulated. This book couldn’t have come and spoken to a better time. The satirical lens in which Leigh wrote about self-care in the lifestyle space made me giddy. I got totally wrapped up in the Richual space (great name) and the stereotypes that Maren, Devin, Khadajiha, Evan and others provided.

I was initially really nervous to chat with Leigh because I have been living in this lifestyle self-care space and watched things unfold from an insider perspective. But Leigh was honest and kind and cool. She’s whip-smart and has a curiosity about the world around her and supporting women. It was such a great conversation. I felt like I was talking to an old friend, and it’s a friendship I hope to continue.

Watch our full conversation in the video below. And then pick up a copy of Self Care, if you haven’t read it yet.

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  • Jessica Lozano

    Hi Gen,
    I’ve been struggling with self care and it’s so ironic since I’m working from home. I basically have more time and am in the comfort of my home and have the freedom to do what I need to do for self care. I have cases of water staring at me yet I’m not drinking enough water. I have a fridge stocked with healthy options but I keep reaching for the processed food lol. It’s crazy. I want to go out for a run, drink lots of water and eat healthy; However, not doing the best I can. Why is it so hard mentally to reach these goals? I want it but don’t do it to the best of my ability. I guess I just want to hear from others and see if anyone else is going through this too. Such a crazy time and year. I’m afraid this is the new normal. Take care, Jess

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