I met Ashley Goodfellow on the set of a film being shot in Winnipeg.
We were both extras and, as many extras can attest to, there was plenty of downtime. While waiting for her next scene, Ashley was reading Echkart Tolles’ A New Earth. For my first THIN AIR streeter I decided to come back to Ashley to ask her a few questions about her current book selection.
"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey,” she said. “I love insightful books; books that make you think.”
Why did you choose that particular book?
“[It] was recommended to me by my previous employer. I actually didn't have any interest in reading it - sounded kinda lame to me and I almost didn't get it. But now that I've gotten into it I feel bad having judged it because it's honestly one of the best books I've ever read. It’s my second favourite book next to Tolles' A New Earth. It's a life-changing book for sure! It's helped me as much personally as it has professionally and has taught me some amazing insights that I can apply to all areas of my life. It's amazing! So glad I decided to read it!”
Why do you enjoy reading?
“I hated reading as a kid and then one day, I just woke up in my teen years and had to read everything in sight!
The first novel I ever read was Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It was assigned reading by my high school teacher. I loved that book!
Then I read The Thief of Always by Clive Barker and I was off to the races! I love how reading stories can transport you to other times and other places. I started reading self-help type of books, insightful books, and loved how they challenged my beliefs/opinions and really made me think and question why I believe what I believe.
I suppose I love to read now because I love to learn! I believe words have great power and we need to respect them and use them wisely. For example, with words alone you can tear someone down or build them up. Words are powerful, and so is the knowledge they convey. I also believe knowledge is power, and I crave knowledge/learning.
I also read books about controversial topics such as "How Porn has hijacked our Sexuality" and "Saving Jesus from the Church."
Do you have any final thoughts?
“I feel sad for people that don't like to read. I feel like they're missing out on some of the richness of life. Reading is enriching and empowering. If there's something you want to learn, then there's a book that will teach you. It blows my mind that we have access to bookstores, libraries and online media where we can essentially learn anything we want. Books really are open doors to anywhere we want to go…”
A new THIN AIR streeter takes place right on the streets of Winnipeg every week. Next time, we could be walking up to YOU and asking questions about your book selections. Be ready!
- Joel Nickel