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

Brooke McAlary
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Book Description

You want to simplify your life, reduce stress, reduce complications - but you don't know where to begin. You don't know HOW to begin.

For many people, the journey towards simplicity starts with decluttering stuff. Clearing out wardrobes, sorting through books and photos and decades of sentimental items.

They will declare, as they look around their home in frustration, “That’s it! I’m buying fewer shoes/clothes/toys/books. I’m sick of clearing this clutter out!”

Fast-forward 12 months and a good percentage of them are back, grumbling about how they would prefer to be watching TV, relaxing, drinking a beer, playing with their kids. Instead, they are clearing out the garage – again.

This little book will show that instead of trying – and failing – to get the physical clutter sorted, you need to get your daily life sorted out first.

If you change the flow of your daily life – making it simpler, lighter and easier – the physical decluttering will follow.

So this is not a book to help you organise your home.

It’s not about creating the perfect filing system or establishing a routine of regular decluttering. It won’t help you organize your pantry or simplify your wardrobe. That is another book, for another time.

It’s about harnessing the power of rituals and rhythms. It’s about being intentional with your daily actions and using them to create the life you want – a simpler, happier life.

Among the pages of this book, you will learn:

- How the notion of routine can suck the life out of your days.
- Why you need rhythm to create a better life.
- How to find peaceful moments in even your busiest days.
- Where you can find time to unplug from the digital world.
- How you can empty your mind and sleep better.
- How to prioritise your daily tasks, to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
- Why you need to practice gratitude – and how to do it even when you feel like everything is going against you.

So, if you want to finally stop and smell those gorgeous roses…

---- If you want to create a simpler, happier, calmer life at home – no matter what your situation…
---- If you want to feel in control of your days…
---- If you want to find pockets of peace and mindfulness amidst the chaos…
---- If you want to simplify your life – from the inside out…

Then you need to buy ‘Destination: Simple’.

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  • File Size: 213 KB
  • Print Length: 89 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,083 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wise words on living more simply. February 18, 2013
By Linda
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick and simple 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple living inside your mind 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rituals, rhythms, and checking in 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh ideas you can really use 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 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down to Earth! 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simplicity on the other side of complexity. March 20, 2013
By Peter
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic little book on simplicity
I'm giving it 4 stars because I feel that there are other books about simplicity that will scratch the itch you have when it comes to living a simple life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Niki T
1.0 out of 5 stars destination simple
Boring, redundant. Would not recommend. Not worth the time or money invested. Much better articles and books available. No to negative usefullnes
Published 4 months ago by tttt
5.0 out of 5 stars easy read and super helpful
Loved this book! It was an easy read with practical tips to managing and enjoying every day life. Worth the time and money!
Published 6 months ago by Courtney Norman
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and enjoyable.
A good read and an author that I will most probably follow .It is very helpful with life structure, and an advantage to have.
Published 7 months ago by Anne Ragan
3.0 out of 5 stars Good reminder
Most people would already have some routine but this book should refresh and help organize someone's planning. Quick to read.
Published 7 months ago by Brandy Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars decent handbook
Its a book with some basic simple ideas. Liked most of these. Decent book. You can read it in one go within 15-20 mins.
Published 9 months ago by larakshya
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tool for a simpler life
This book is practical and well organized with ideas and examples. I highly recommend it for anyone who would like a simpler morning routine
Published 9 months ago by Monica
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick Read and Simple to Follow
I got through this little book in a couple days just reading on the bus. Brooke's advice is pretty much common sense, but it's a good way to get going if you're not sure where to... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Katherine
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical and useful
This sounds easy to do and here for me to read at exactly the right time. My days seem to pass me up and I miss a whole week! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Marsha
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Read the book in approx. 20 mins, so a bit on the short side. I liked the simplicity of the book, but it was quite repetitive, and so much of the meaningful content was from... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Yarmila Alfonzetti
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