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  1. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful photos and good strategies
    January 12, 2018
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I have read a number of books on organizing my life. This one is certainly the most beautiful I've seen. The stunning photographs add a sense of warmth to what can be a very difficult process.

    Ley helps us simplify ten areas of life. In each area, she has us take an inventory, set up accountability and gives resources, and helps us create successful routines. The goal is for all of these to work together to create the life we truly desire. Part of the process is discovering our gifts and creating routines that resonate with them and our personality style.

    I really like that she insists we spend no money on this process. Part of her strategy is that we become content with what we have. I like her philosophy behind the suggested actions. She starts with decluttering, for example, but with a view to making the home restful and a place of connection. Next comes cleaning out the closet, but with a view to dressing the way we like and that makes us comfortable. She goes on to encourage us to create meaningful meal times, work on schedules and finances. I like that in her section on technology, she suggests turning off notifications. Yes, they are so very distracting.

    Perhaps my favorite strategy is the "brain dump." Ley suggests writing thoughts in a journal. Dumping all those thoughts onto paper makes space in the mind for rest, providing the gift of brain space. I really like that idea.

    I recommend this book to women who are looking for a gentle and thoughtful book on simplifying life. You'll find lots of questions and writing space to work out your own plan around the many suggestions and strategies Ley provides..

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
  2. RecipesDealsEtc
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Simplified Life is possible!
    December 28, 2017
    RecipesDealsEtc
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When A Simplified Life by Emily Ley arrived, I was pretty excited until I opened the box and saw how perfect it looked. That may seem odd, but in the midst of packing for holiday travels and feeling behind in work and Powersheets Prep the last thing I felt would be possible was to simplify, especially after seeing how thick of a book I'd received. How could simplifying take so many pages?

    And then, before I'd even finished the introduction I found myself exhaling a huge sigh of relief. With one sentence tucked into a three-part process, Emily enlightened me on how I've been setting myself up for failure over and over.

    "Create flexible routines so each part of your life works together rather than competes for time and attention."

    Through ten chapters Emily Ley brings the reader through simplifying their home, finances, meals, schedule, self, and faith amongst other topics. There is no deadline to meet, and the brilliance of this hardback book is that it is sturdy enough survive the whole journey.

    A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living is not a one-size-fits-all process. It's not a do these ten things, and life will work out. Best of all, it's not about changing passions to fit into the idea of what this life might look life.

    It is a guide to help you think through the why behind decisions in addition to a book filled with tips, ideas, and strategies to choose from which will help life actually to be simplified. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars, it's great and will speak to the majority of women who crave a simpler life, but if you aren't married with littles, there will definitely be chapters you won't find applicable. That's ok, but it's why this book really isn't for everyone even if that's what the introduction promises.
  3. reli
    WI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Full of useful and practical tips and just beautiful to sit and look at.
    December 20, 2017
    reli
    WI
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Tactical tools for intentional living

    Is anyone needing a last minute Christmas gift for that lady who is always rushing here and rushing there, mostly overwhelmed, and always wadded up with 50,000 things to do? Stop right now and go buy her this book. If she can ever force herself to sit down and read it and then get up and follow it, she will thank you for for ever.

    First off, let me start by exclaiming over how beautiful this book is. It's just like the title, simple. But it's also just pretty like that. A nice thick hardcover, with thicker than normal pages that are bursting with lots of beautiful photographs or sometimes just a full page dedicated to a profound sentence or two. It would make a great gift or even a coffee table display.

    Now about the meat of the book. Emily looks at ten areas that can be simplified: space, style, meals, schedule, finances, hospitality, technology, self, motherhood, and faith. With each of these she offers helpful tips on ways to make your life simpler. And if even that feels too much, each chapter ends with five things you can do right now. And they are very simple.

    Get rid of anything you don't use, don't just love or isn't a family treasure. Purge, purge, purge. Not to the point of minimalism, but just to simplicity, so you have space in your home. Pick out your favorite clothes that fit well and get rid of the rest. Plan a simple menu and rotate through it. Say no to things that aren't on your top list. Put all your finances together in one place, have one person take care of the day-to-day and another the long-term, or they could be the same person, but make sure to include the other person if you are married. "Hospitality is really just the way we wrap our people in love and care in the most basic, non-elaborate, meaningful ways."Wrap up your cords, turn off notifications. Take time for yourself to recharge. Teach your kids to work from a young age. And take time for God.

    Those were a few nut shell things. There's a couple things I want to expand on a bit. I don't agree so much with her simple meals ideas that come from a list of tried and true simply because I love to try new foods. I do agree with the menu planning and also with having some fun traditions with food like Friday night pizza, etc.

    Also on the simplified self, too often we hear the thing of you must take care of yourself, almost to an obsession. You need your time away, etc. etc. I think Emily cut a very nice balance here. To me, her self-care had to do with simple things that make you feel confident and ready to face life. She views it as tending to your health, your appearance, your mind and your heart. Eat healthy, dress nicely, exercise, find a relaxing release and do a brain dump to get rid of all those random thoughts swirling around. She would also say that by simplifying the rest of your life, you will help to eliminate those things that trigger overwhelming feelings and therefore you will have brain space to continue to fill others.

    And last but not least, her little thought on teaching her children to work is so spot on and resonates with what I want. When she was little, someone asked her mother why she helps Emily clean her room instead of just telling Emily to clean it herself. Emily's mother replied, "Because she has to be taught how to clean up." And that's all I'll say about that now, but it is something I could go on and on about, because of how important I think that can be for the rest of the child's life in many areas of life.

    Anyway, as you can tell, the book was great, easy to read and very insightful with lots of good tips.

    I received this book from Book Look Bloggers and was not required to write a positive review.
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