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The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store Hardcover – 16 Jan 2018
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If you've ever felt there must be more to life than consumerism and its vicious cycle, you'll find inspiration to break free in The Year of Less. Cait's highly readable and personal story is encouraging, challenging, and unbelievably helpful. (Joshua Becker, author of 'The More of Less')
Cait Flanders is a brave woman. As I read, I cried. But my heart also brimmed with joy. For anyone who doesn't think
they can, Cait's story shows that it doesn't matter where you start, only where you go from there.
Cait's audacious goal-a yearlong shopping ban-has sparked a deeply personal book full of lessons for all of us on
finding more fulfillment and meaning in our lives (without all the stuff!). A game-changing read for anyone searching for simplicity in our consumer-focused world.
The Year of Less is beautiful, vulnerable, and real. Cait's words inspired me to be braver in my writing and life, and I'm
sure it will inspire you too.
Minimizing belongings in my life cleared space for so much goodness to fill the space stuff once did. Cait's The
Year of Less is inspiring . . . a powerful example of how transformative downsizing possessions can be, and how
you can take it to the next level.
Cait comforted herself with alcohol, binge eating, and compulsive shopping, then finally said, 'Enough is enough.'
This isn't another book about how to live with less, but instead a heartbreaking and then a heartwarming story that
shows us if we are willing to let go of the things we think we need, we can have a life we really want.
Creating meaningful change in your life takes significant time and effort, and in this book Cait shares a deeply intimate view into just how substantial that change can be. If you're looking for inspiration and practical examples of how to take steps toward a better future for yourself and the people you love, The Year of Less will give you that and so much more. (Anthony Ongaro, founder of breakthetwitch.com)
This book is such a gift. A gift for anyone who's ever wanted to change but has been afraid-afraid to fail, afraid of what we might discover about ourselves as we strip back the layers, and afraid of what will happen if we don't. Cait writes beautifully and honestly about the work of creating a life with less, and gives you permission to step off the ever-revolving carousel of compulsive and mindless consumption and into the goodness that lies on the other side. (Brooke McAlary, host of 'The Slow Home Podcast' and author of 'Destination Simple')
An inspiring story of how one woman overcame the obstacles of addiction-to shopping, alcohol, and food-
to create a purpose-driven life. You will walk away ready to change your life and with an understanding of why
embracing less will set you free.
About the Author
Cait Flanders is a former binge consumer turned mindful consumer of everything. Through personal stories, she writes about what happens when money, minimalism and mindfulness cross paths. Cait's story has been shared on Oprah.com, Forbes, Yahoo!, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, CBC News and more. Cait lives in Squamish, BC, Canada, with her three loves: the mountains, the forest and the ocean. caitflanders.com
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The author is not someone who just wrote about her decluttering activities. She is actually a writer by trade and this book is very well written. The story flows at a decent pace and it is easy to empathise with Cait Flanders and her character traits.
Flanders describes how she moved from being a binge drinker, binge eater and shopaholic with 30,000 Dollar's worth of debt, to someone who is free of debt, with money in the bank and a vastly simplified, but much happier life. If you have read Marie Kondo's The Art Of D*sc*rding you will recognise the decluttering process, although Flanders says she began decluttering before Kondo's book came out. I would recommend reading Kondo first then reading Flander as an example of that process in action.
The second part of the simplification process for Flanders was to implement a ban on shopping for only absolute and pre-defined necessities. In this way she gets rid of the clutter from her life and manages to develop a lifestyle where no more useless clutter is introduced. The key to this book is how she comes to understand what is truly useful in any life and if you are surrounded by junk that is just getting in the way of your ability to live lightly, then download this book and follow Flanders journey.
There is quite a lot about her parents divorce and the pain it caused her, but it’s her prerogative to include that and it serves to show how far she’d come by the time of her road trip. If you get really bored reading it, you can skip it, Cait sums everything up beautifully at the end. Personally, I read it all, out of sympathy and respect for author, who has shared so much of herself with us. Thank you Cait!
I am in my year of less! Probably I picked the book in a moment I was needing a deep change and has work wonders in my life! I am in ban of shopping but also of eating unhealthy food because I thought it comes from the same emotion for me...and the beginning was that book!! Thanks a lot, Cait!!!