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Decluttering your mind and space around you can be exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. It can bring emotions up very easily as well. What if, though, we can be happier with less?
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Cait Flanders – The year of less
“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.”
n her late 20s, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy – only keeping her from meeting her goals – she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year.
The Year of Less documents Cait’s life for 12 months during which she bought only consumables: groceries, toiletries, gas for her car. Along the way, she challenged herself to consume less of many other things besides shopping. She decluttered her apartment and got rid of 70 per cent of her belongings; learned how to fix things rather than throw them away; researched the zero-waste movement; and completed a television ban.
At every stage, she learned that the less she consumed, the more fulfilled she felt. Blending Cait’s compelling story with inspiring insight and practical guidance, The Year of Less will leave you questioning what you’re holding on to in your own life – and, quite possibly, lead you to find your own path of less.
Anna Featherstone – Honey Farm Dreaming
Immerse yourself in this delightful memoir about a decade of life on a small Australian farm. This is an audiobook for anyone who enjoys being transported to another life and lifestyle, or who is interested in bees, homesteading, small farming, animals, organic gardening, farmers markets, human nature, and the hilarity and hardship that goes with all that.
Funny, moving, and engrossing, you’ll be transported to a world where one family tries to keep it all together as they juggle a farmyard full of animals, thousands of tourists in the garden, a hundred backpackers in the house, millions of bees in the air, and their commitment to the environment and each other.
Buzzing with good humour, moving moments, and interesting stories, discover more about the ‘simple life’ and enjoy a good laugh from this well-reviewed memoir in which author Anna Featherstone lays bare what it’s like to follow your dreams and to find success, failure, and finally understanding along the way.
An added bonus for the audiobook: farmhouse recipes and tips for creating your own organic lip and skin balms.
Tara Button – A life less throwaway
Now more than ever, we live in a society where we covet new and shiny things. Not only has consumption risen dramatically over the last 60 years, but we are damaging the environment at the same time.
Tara advocates a life that celebrates what lasts, what is classic and what really suits a person.
Tara Button has become a champion of a lifestyle called ‘mindful curation’ – a way of living in which we carefully choose each object in our lives, making sure we have the best, most classic, most pleasing and longest-lasting – kettles, desks, pots and pans, scissors, coats, and dresses, instead of surrounding ourselves with throwaway stuff and appliances with built-in obsolescence.
There are 10 steps to master mindful curation, and each is explained in this book, from understanding and using techniques to freeing yourself from external manipulations. Finding your purpose and priorities and identifying your core tastes and style. Learning how to let go of the superfluous and how to make wise choices going forward.
Mindful curation is a lifestyle choice that will make you happier, healthier and more fulfilled spiritually as well as helping save the planet.
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