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Destination: Simple - Rituals and Rhythms for a Simpler Daily Life Kindle Edition

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Length: 89 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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  • File Size: 332 KB
  • Print Length: 89 pages
  • Publication Date: January 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AW4HTOY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Linda on February 18, 2013
Brooke McAlary wisely points out that simplifying your life is about more than decluttering. This books presents useful ideas to simpify life by using everyday rituals and routines to bring a sense of order into daily living. I like the emphasis on flexibility within the rhythm, particularly the concept of tilting. Tilting was a new term to me, although its something I try to do - favoring the things that come up as important each day, rather than trying to do everything well every day. Brooke demonstrates how having a method for approaching your day, such as a morning and evening rhytmn planned out while remaining open to change helps life flow more smoothly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on May 9, 2013
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I purchased this book after running across the author's blog, which addresses the topic of simple living. This is a lifestyle concept that has many component parts to it. It largely encompasses logistical simplification of your life -- scaling down, cooking efficiently, reducing your footprint on the planet, and eliminating all but the absolutely necessary (things). I was looking for a way to slow down, but not necessarily move (back) into a 325 sq ft abode. Enter Brooke McAlary.

This book is a short, simple (!), and very practical guide to simplifying what happens in your mind on a daily basis. The author argues (correctly) that you must simplify your internal world as well as your external world in order to reap the benefits of simple living. I would go so far as to say that simplifying the internal world is far more important in creating the slow, simple life that the movement is representing. This is the first and only source I have found for addressing this internal component.

I read this book in one sitting, and incorporating a small set of changes to my daily rhythms has made a huge difference for me. I am a very busy person, and also tend to have way too much clouding my mind pretty much at all times. Some of her suggestions have not "stuck" but some I've established as habits. Others I can bring out of my toolbox as needed (single-tasking). She cautions against the use of modern technology (we definitely get sucked into it) but I've been able to combine some of her strategies with apps and leverage my tablet and smartphone to help in this effort. I just have to remember to leave them on the desk when "unplugging".

Overall I would highly recommend this book to those who feel as though too much is going on in their heads and lives, and for those who want to experience life at a slower pace. I was skeptical going into it, but I get it, and am significantly happier for it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andora Henson on February 19, 2013
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This book is full of common sense and quiet wisdom. I appreciated the simplicity of the text and the brevity with which it was shared. The best thing about good advice is that it is brief and valuable. This little book was just that; a brief reminder of the common sense ways to live more fully. Well done.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 25, 2013
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I have read many books recently about simplifying my life and getting more organized, but this book gave me the HOW to feel about what needs to get done. I've learned that using rituals and rhythms will help my day to flow and decrease my stress level. This step by step guide is nuts and bolts NOT fluff or vague concepts. Brilliant! Get your copy ASAP.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Natasha Smith on March 10, 2013
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The daily rituals outlined in Part 1 of this book - single-tasking, unplugging, brain-dumping, listing three tasks, and a gratitude list - are meant to help you slow down and build focus. Part 2 is about establishing morning and evening "rhythms," though the author listed so many possibilities and actual items from her own routines that this section seemed overly complex; these are not as simplified as the daily rituals. Then Part 3 has a chapter about "tilting," or leaning toward the rituals and rhythms most helpful to you as you go through certain phases.

The daily ritual ideas were not new, but the way they're presented definitely inspired me; I plan to start incorporating these into my life. I didn't glean much about morning and evening routines, other than the fact that calling them "rhythms" implies less rigidity. But I really did enjoy the notion of "tilting," which helps you give yourself permission to focus on what's biggest at the moment rather than trying to balance everything perfectly.

The writing style is fairly simple and consistent, though an editor would have made it cleaner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter on March 20, 2013
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If simplifying and de-cluttering our lives was easy more people would have mastered it. In this well written and practical book Brooke examines the complexity behind our messy habits and introduces the reader to some simple but well founded strategies essential to living simply in an increasingly complex world.
This book provides the motivation and the step by step practical help to not only address our attitudes to "stuff" but importantly reminds us that the time we spend with the people we love and the experiences we create will endure long after the things that complicate our lives have lost their shine.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mecha and Joe Andris on January 11, 2013
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Very down to earth writing style and a way of thinking about the day that transcends from my current "get up, gym, work, clean house, go to bed" routine. I have added things from the book but more importantly it has helped me to (finally) get rid of alot of the drudgery!
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