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Friends, do I have some thoughts for you today.
Several months ago, Emily Ley and her team announced that there would be a launch team for her new book When Less Becomes More. I immediately signed up because 1) I love Emily and her company + 2) I knew my heart needed this book.
I started reading it a few weeks ago and read it in a couple of days. I mentioned in my October book wrap up that it’s probably my favorite book of the year. I still feel that way.
I felt like these words that Emily wrote were made for me.
Throughout the book, Emily talks to each of us as women about the chaos and rush of life. And then asks the question ‘what would happen if we started to do less? If we fill our lives with less stuff, less busyness, less everything. What would happen then?’
The chapter that really got me was the one all about soul rest. I thought about how all the times when I try to ‘rest’ by scrolling on Instagram instead of pulling out a book or just sitting quietly for a moment. As I read that chapter, things really started to click for me. I could clearly see the things in my life that I need to let go of in order to make my life good instead of great.
I love this quote so much.
I know I’m shooting for great most of the time and it is so overwhelming and exhausting. But what if I took a step back and started creating the good life for me and family? What would that look like for me? For my family? in When Less Becomes More I got some great ideas to get started so that I can slow my pace, let go of the excess overwhelm, and really create a life that is good and full of the things that matter most.
About When Less Becomes More
Statistics don’t lie. People today are more fatigued, burned out, and overwhelmed than ever. Smartphones constantly ping and alert and demand our attention. And social media can eat up hours of our days with mindless scrolling and tapping while leaving many feeling empty and lonely. Add to that family commitments, work that is accessible around the clock, and overscheduling, and you have a life that can feel unmanageable and frantic . . . even running on empty.
Emily Ley, author of bestselling Grace, Not Perfection and A Simplified Life, is here to tell you that there’s more—so much more. In this book, Emily Ley takes readers on a journey out of that empty place and shows them how to fill their wells with the nourishment that only true connection can provide. She also presents some radical concepts that push against the tethers of modern life, with the promise that more of the good stuff comes when we say yes to less of what keeps us empty:
Less Rush, More Rhythm
Less Liking, More Loving
Less Noise, More Calm
Less Distraction, More Connection
Less Frenzy, More Soul Rest
Less Fake, More Real
Less Fear, More Community
Less Great, More Good
Less Chasing, More Cherishing
Less Stuff, More Treasures
Getting to more might require some outside-the-box changes, some unraveling of the patterns readers have adopted, some reworking of the day-to-day so that they can build a life based on their core values instead of slipping into a life dictated by society or what’s “normal.” Because we weren’t made for normal. We were made for more—for a life of fullness, dreaming, and lasting joy.
I really hope you pick up this book. It really is needed in this world that is so busy and so loud. I loved it so much. I can’t wait to read it again once I have my physical copy.