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Simple Ways to Be More with Less [Kindle Edition]

Courtney Carver
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Book Description

If you have imagined a life with less, reading this book is a great way to get started. Most of us have lived our adult lives working more, to make more, to spend more, to have more. We haven’t done it maliciously, but out of habit.

Our parents wanted better for us and we want better for our children, but somewhere along the way we forgot what better was.

These 27 ideas will help you be more with less. They are simple for the most part, but sometimes the smallest change makes the biggest difference. As you go through this process, you will subtract things from your life, and add other things (which aren’t really “things”) back in.

Living with less sometimes means adding more in the way of healthy habits to your lifestyle. You don’t have to do everything in the order that they appear. You don’t have to do all of them or any of them. Pick and choose the suggestions that work for you. Implement these ideas to create your life on purpose.

Simple Ways Reviews:

"If you are looking for a way to jump-start change in your life and begin simplifying right now, Simple Ways to be More with Less is the perfect stepping stone. From simple food recipes and ways to reduce debt, to step-by-step action plans for reducing clutter, every page is full of helpful and inspiring material that will make you think, learn, and move into action." - Raam Dev

Simple Ways to be More with Less rocked my world. The book is loaded with practical tips, tools, and advice. Courtney is open, honest and shares a wealth of information. Pick it up today. You won't be sorry. - Tammy Strobel

"Whether you are seeking to embrace a minimalist lifestyle or want to find a more peaceful way of life, Project 333 founder Courtney Carver’s e-book Simple Ways to Be More with Less is an excellent resource. She outlines meaningful changes that are simple to make in the same warm, friendly, eternal-student tone that makes her blog such a delight to read. Interspersed with her thoughtful guidance are excellent essays from her mentors in simplicity, including Leo Babauta, Tammy Strobel, and Joshua Becker among others. I’ve already begun integrating several of Carver’s ideas, and I look forward to trying out more." - Beverly Army Williams


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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Less is More September 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Minimalism seems to be a pretty hot topic these days. Films like Affluenza and The Story of Stuff have people thinking about all the stuff society encourages us to covet, leaving us feeling unfulfilled until we can afford that next gadget. As a result of this thinking, many people I know can't stop talking about tiny houses, barefoot running, or blogs like Zen Habits. Even the Harvard Business Review recently ran an article about minimalism applied to one's career!

About a year before I moved to Vancouver, BC, I started ruthlessly downsizing my possessions. In the process I started becoming more familiar with the community of minimalist bloggers and their work.

Today I'm in a far different place than I was three years ago, but I've still been continuing to read the literature. Unclutterer is my favorite practical guide to keeping my stuff under control (check out Unitasker Wednesdays for a laugh!), and Becoming Minimalist exemplifies how an average family of four can live simply without going to extremes.

Another blog I often enjoy is Courtney Carver's Be More With Less, focuses on cultivating intentionality in readers. One of my favorite posts is "Immediate Gratification is for Sissies," which encourages readers to keep their eye on the prize and not compare their progress to anyone but themselves.

This week I had the opportunity to read a copy of Carver's ebook Simple Ways to Be More With Less.

At the beginning of the book I started getting trepidatious. Most of the thoughts seemed extremely simple, and seemed to be addressing an audience that had just discovered minimalism last week. As I read though, I got engrossed. The chapters about dreams and dream-killing gave me much food for thought, and I remained engrossed through the end.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living with less- how and why October 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The reasons to clear your mind and life plus how to do it. Clear, consise ways to to gain time and gain relationships in your life. Not only does the author share her ideas she has a who's who of guest writers sharing life's simple directions. If you are thinking about simplifying your life, read this book, better yet study this book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and Elegant October 26, 2011
By Katie
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Courtney Carver writes an amazing blog and has now written a beautiful book. Both are about her passion in life - living with purpose by living with less. She believes that less is as much about letting go as it is about adding more healthy habits to your life. Courtney has a unique way of looking at daily habits and routines - a way that lightens and lifts those habits so they become something much more. Great inspiration for anyone looking for simple, practical advice on living life.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Purposeful Living January 20, 2012
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This book is about reacting less to our culture, media, and technology. It's about basing our lifestyle choices and daily habits on purposeful choices. While I'm not a pure minimalist, I am on a search to be less directed by technology and the fast-paced culture. Living with less helps me have more time to myself and my loved ones.

I related most to Courtney and Tammy's practical tips for simplicity. I enjoyed the simple yet elegant format with useful links sprinkled in as needed. I'm excited to try new recipes and ways of de-cluttering. I found there was something in this book for almost everyone. You can pick what resonates most with you or you can try it all.

I have picked a few things to focus on: more veggies, less email, less social media, less snooze. Instead of complaining that I don't have enough time to get to what is important, I'm finding ways to clear the distractions that prevent me from meaningful contact.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great blogger, now a great author! August 30, 2011
By Janet
Format:Kindle Edition
I've followed her blog for a long time now and was really excited to see that she had written a book! Her advice is sage and really is helpful in identifying the important things in life. I highly recommend this ebook!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Packed with Value August 31, 2012
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Courtney Carver has been inspiring me for the last two years with her weekly blog posts on downsizing life to enjoy it more fully and this book encompasses all of that wisdom in a short, easy Saturday read. Don't let its compact size fool you. The bits of wisdom shared from her as well as other minimalist and simple living bloggers are full of strength that when absorbed, will help to transform the way you experience life. Courtney covers everything from clutter, food, email and creative pursuits to how living in gratitude and prayer can upgrade your life. If you think it sounds too good to be true, I dare you to read it and give it a try. Many of us say we want something different from life and complain we don't have the time and put our dreams off into "someday" land. By embracing the tips in Courtney's book you'll move towards a new balance and harmony in life. You just may find yourself busting out of the unconscious patterns of consumerism while discovering who you are and what you desire...and have the time and space to experience joy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and Powerful December 13, 2011
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Courtney Carver has a gentle -- yet powerful -- message to share about living with less. Prepare to look at your life with new eyes after reading this. I came away from this book with several new ideas to implement into my life immediately, along with a fresh perspective and renewed sense of determination to live a simpler life.

Courtney's 27 tips for a simpler life are brilliant. They're simple, yet incredibly powerful once applied to your life -- even if you pick and choose which tips to integrate into your own life.

The tips from other writers included in this book are wonderful as well. I truly enjoyed reading how other writers from diverse backgrounds are practicing minimalism in their lives.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't normally give 5 stars
I am grateful for this book. It was just what I needed at just the right time. Only 27 tips...I feel like I could have read 270 more. Great advice throughout the book. Easy read. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very easy to understand. Motivates me to apply to my life. I know I can do it.
Published 1 month ago by dynab1
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick and brief reminders on how to be content with less
I've learned in the last few years that less is more and less is peaceful- this book reinforces those concepts and gives several other resources to go to in case you want more... Read more
Published 2 months ago by JMo24
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Perfect! Thank you!
Published 2 months ago by J. Hajzus
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Good Read.
Published 2 months ago by Kat
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Great product.
Published 2 months ago by John Buchanan
3.0 out of 5 stars simple summary
Fair, good summary of basic concepts which will provide the reader with a place to start... Especially if one is "stuck."
Published 2 months ago by Ursula
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Published 3 months ago by B. Woolford
5.0 out of 5 stars I adore Courtney's gentle and soothing way. She writes ...
I adore Courtney's gentle and soothing way. She writes from the heart. She truly walks the walk of being more with less. Read more
Published 4 months ago by S
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple Ways to Be More with Less
Good ideas!
Published 4 months ago by Hi2Lou
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More About the Author

I'm Courtney Carver and write books and courses to help you discover the joy in less. I am (so happily) married, and mom to a teenage daughter. I've been making big (and small) changes to live my life on purpose. I am a writer and photographer. I love yoga, reading, creating simple meals and hiking and skiing in the Mountainwest. I also love to travel, spend time on the beach and connect with awesome people like you.

Living with less creates time and space to discover what really matters. Through decluttering, and focusing on the best things, you can create a life with more savings and less no debt, more health and less stress, more space and less stuff, and more joy with less obligation.

If you are overwhelmed and under-inspired, I know how you feel. I've been there. I've worked too hard, spent too much and slept too little. I spent much of my adult life tired, full, stressed and sick. I always wanted more or thought I needed more to be happy, but I've changed my ways.

In 2006, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. While it doesn't define me or my work, it has had a huge impact on my life. Sometimes I share the lessons a life changing diagnosis delivers.

I created bemorewithless.com and minimalist fashion challenge project333.com in 2010. The past few years have been an incredible journey of love, health, and simplicity. I'm so grateful to be on this path.

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