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Own Less & Live More: a sailing adventure that takes you from the cubicle to Key West [Kindle Edition]

Conrad Cooper
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Conrad, like most Americans, felt imprisoned to a soulless corporation. Dreams of escaping the 9-5 and permanently walking away from cubicle row dominated his thoughts.

But that was just daydreaming. Mortgage payments, car notes and credit card debt were just a few of the shackles that kept him bound to an existence that he didn't want.

He and his wife started working on a revolutionary concept. They started actively designing a life they would like to live instead of living a life that was arbitrarily unfolding before them.

They finalized their escape plan and with fear and trepidation of an unknown future, they began a new life.

If you have every thought about quitting your job, selling all of your stuff and sailing away, this book is for you. Conrad does an excellent job of telling their story in a "laugh out loud" manner that will take you from his last days as an employee at a refinery to their garage sale where they eliminated most of their possessions to loading up their boat and sailing away.

This book is certainly not for everyone. If you can't fathom the humor in a story about unpleasant medical visits then you should look elsewhere. If you are a sailing purist and want to hear stories about giant waves and near death experiences, there is nothing like that in this book.

If you would like to read a funny book that will have you laughing out loud about a family's pursuit of escaping the 9 to 5 and living a life of travel and adventure, then you will certainly enjoy this story.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3415 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Conrad Cooper - Own Less & Live More Publishing; 1 edition (January 31, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D44YV0O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,565 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some life perspectives, with a bit of humour thrown in! November 5, 2013
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Really enjoyed the thought provoking process of getting from idea of the lifestyle change, through to reading about the sailing trip. Some of the budgeting parts were very interesting, and the thought of cutting back on possessions is something we could all benefit from! It was a good hybrid story of how to do something, and a real life story about putting it in practice with some of the good and bad that unexpectedly happened. Could have had a bit more personal details about income and how the family felt about things along the way, but not everyone wants to have all their personal details in their book, and I do understand that. It was an easy to read story and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable December 14, 2013
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A wonderful fast read that is both informative and humorous. A perfect summer book to
read in an afternoon at the beach and dream of following ones own dreams.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Motivating! October 12, 2013
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A quick read with lots of info. I agree totally on how the author feels about the workplace and I give him a high five to having enough guts and motivation to enjoy his life while he's still young enough to enjoy it. I know where that place is that asks you to name a song when you order, that's one of the best places in the Keys! Sometimes they ask for a movie or a city! I'd recommend this to anyone who needs some motivation to put a plan into place to break away from aging in a cubicle, and enjoy living!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Journey to another world by letting go of what you think is important to live your dream life in a congenial climate. The author tells you step by step how to do just that and shows you how rewarding it can be to live in another country. Author of a book about Baja....My Gold Coast---Baja
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Most enjoyable November 1, 2013
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The book is an interesting anecdote of living outdoor life and a journal of truly gritty couple who faced life's challenges to fulfill their desire to be "different" from lay people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book December 14, 2013
By Curtis
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Simple descriptions interjected with short profound insights. Very enjoyable and enviable of what all we readers wish we could do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading April 9, 2014
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Entertaining and creative. I love reading true adventure stories. Agree with living your own life on your own terms. Enjoy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars light fun read August 3, 2014
By tdboyd
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Only negative comment is some misspellings. I laughed aloud a dozen times. Enjoyed it immensely and finished in two hours
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to Basics
Humorous adventure story about a family that sells everything to sail the Florida coast for a year. What I took from this book is that it's ok to follow your instincts to... Read more
Published 1 day ago by AH
4.0 out of 5 stars Take the sails of your life
Really great little tale of someone who took control of his life to live the way he wants to. I am inspired to do the same thing, only in an RV and not on a boat. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Felicia A. Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick, funny and informative
I have never enjoyed an "account" of personal downsizing as much as I did this. Down to earth, well, downright earthy in his explanations of problems faced and solved,... Read more
Published 16 days ago by K. Tax
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay...
I love the idea of this book, but there's so much that's not there. I love reading about people who leave their mortgage dependent, month-to-month existence to go do something... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great adventure
I can't help but be thoroughly enthusiastic about anyone who shrugs off the corporate collar and follows their bliss. I really enjoyed this story. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Gene
5.0 out of 5 stars I need to live more!
With less than 9 years until I have put in 30 years I am finding it hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Conrad Cooper made me realize I have other options.
Published 26 days ago by dmv
3.0 out of 5 stars Run away and join the circus!
Light hearted book that makes us all want to run away and join the circus. Conrad has many good tips for living your life on your own terms - chief of which is getting rid of all... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Adcock1325
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Just shows how much "stuff" we all have, but don't need.
Published 1 month ago by grace
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was an easy quick read and written in a fun and entertaining way.
Published 1 month ago by Suzanne
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a pretty quick read and I found it interesting and generally...
This is a pretty quick read and I found it interesting and generally well written. It's not an epic sailing adventure but the author does a good job of describing his experiences... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Scott
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Being tired of the 9 - 5 work life, my wife and I quit our jobs, sold all of our stuff and sailed away. After two years of cruising on our sailboat on the warm clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico (and Atlantic Ocean) we decided to continue our lives of experiences instead of accumulation.

Now we search out things to do and learn like, ballroom dancing, speaking a second language, learning to play the guitar, creating an internet business, painting, sketching and of course writing books.

What's next for us? Currently we are living on and refurbishing a 49 foot DeFever motor yacht and once that is done we plan to cruise America's coastline and visit as many cities as possible. We are also planning a six month trip to Italy and we have always wanted to live on the west coast, for a year anyway.

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