- File Size: 185 KB
- Print Length: 46 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 2, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006431ADS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,311 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have often said that the best memories of my life were when my kids were small and I was poor. We would drive to the beach, with our basket of peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, koolaid & cut fruits, spend the day on a remote spot where there were no tourist attractions, just us and the beach. I made a lean to from an old tarp to create shade where my youngest would nap for hours. At the end of the day, we visited I a public bath house, showered off the sand & I dressed them in PJ' s for the hour drive home.
In the years since, I have bought all of the things, or been gifted everything I used to think I wanted, needed or thought I was supposed to have. But the strangest transformation began almost immediately after acquiring all the "stuff" I began to stay constantly stressed over where to put things, surprised that I really didn't love most of it and guilty to have been blessed yet ungrateful. I couldn't understand why, what was wrong with me? Well, your book, along with a few others, smacked me in the head with the understanding: I was perfectly NORMAL! THE CONSUMER IN ME WAS THE CRAZY ONE! Some books go to the extreme, but your book helped me define my own level of minimalism. I have completely decorated my sister's home with my rejects, I have made gifts of beautiful jewelry I never wear to friends and family and I no longer have ANY clothes I don't love or drawers overstuffed with stuff. I plan to finish after the overindulgence of the holidays have passed, and bring exercise, meditation and real joy back into my life. Thanks for the nudge I the right direction!...
If you are new to the idea of simplifying your life this is a great place to start. If like me you have been working on it for a while it will revitalize your efforts. Be sure to check out the Author's blog it is awesome - it lead me to his books.
" Simplify" is a book that is like a clear map for those starting the journey towards a more minimalistic lifestyle without being too intimidating and staunch, just for the sake of rebelling against consumerism.
It is a book worth reading over and over again until the principles and guidelines discussed sink in.
This book is well written, well structured and concise.
Joshua takes the fear out of tackling the first steps towards minimalism in this book and I found the book inspiring and motivating.
Would recommend this book.