The B-girl Guide: Rethinking the Way We Live is a guide to how to live in eco and animal-friendly ways, combining down-to-earth guidelines on how to live consciously with a grassroots sensibility & a rock ‘n’ roll spirit. It’s told through my own trajectory learning about issues related to animals, the environment, and how we live day-to-day told via my experiences as a rock ‘n roll publicist, entrepreneur, activist and blogger in New York City.
As a publicist in the music industry for over 10 years, I worked with rock stars Sarah McLachlan, Patti Smith, Aretha Franklin, David Bowie, Annie Lennox, AC/DC and more. I was jetting about in taxis and limos with free dinners, concert tickets (and even hair cuts at one point!) … and then I switched paths. I created an aromatherapy line before it was fashionable and was written up in ELLE and IN Style, sold in Fred Segal, Nordstrom, and online. I quit my six figure job to go on tour with B-girl the original Lilith Fair music tour. When I returned, no longer in my ‘glamour’ job and figuring out what this new life looked like, they began spraying New York City with pesticides by helicopter! Almost overnight, I became a grassroots activist. I found myself immersed in advocacy and using my PR skills in efforts defending the environment, animals, wildlife and public space.
The B-girl Guide is based on my experiences. It’s filled with practical suggestions for women – and men! – on navigating the twists and turns of trying to stay sane and meaningful in an increasingly commercialized world. It features guidelines for interacting with animals, the planet, and each other amidst the pressures and crises of daily life.
It is also about being involved in some way in our world. There is a breakdown of the people and institutions designed to (in theory) protect us and so we have to gather the information for ourselves. That actually becomes a tremendous opportunity!
Being authentic to what’s going on around us … developing and maintaining a relationship to our environment and other species. Recognizing every other species’ right to exist, even those that aren’t that, well, convenient. We need to create an “in the moment – stop” awareness. That’s what my book is about.
The book will be self-published and printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper – preferably tree-free! – with non-GMO soy ink.
This blog is just a snapshot of me, the book, life, and will evolve over time. Thanks for joining me.
More about Cathryn here.
In 2010, I did a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign to help fund time spent writing the book. It’s all written and ready for the final editing, illustration, design and printing of the book which will be self-published. You can still be involved and support the project here.