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A very nice complement to Your Money or Your Life
on June 28, 1999
Although I own and have read both Your Money or Your Life and Getting a Life, I prefer this book of the two. Blix and Heitmiller had what to most people is the American Dream: high-paying jobs, a nice house, a boat, a sleek car, and other yuppie 'toys'. But they gradually began to realize that they were trapped in a gilded cage -- although they had nice things, they were too overworked and stressed out to really enjoy them, or to pursue non-work interests in what little free time off they had from running the rat race. When they discovered Your Money or Your Life, their lives changed drastically, and definitely for the better. Their story (and others contained in the book) really resonated with me. It took a lot of courage for them to be as open as they were about all aspects of their lives, from their relationship with money to explicit itemizations of what they earn and spend every month (a taboo subject for most people, and one that I absorbed with avid fascination). Whereas Your Money or Your Life is a clear and explicit blueprint for achieving financial independence, Getting a Life is akin to a collection of survivor stories. This book also reiterates the steps contained in YMOYL (although in not as much detail), so it is a nice introduction into the realm of voluntary simplicity.