Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More

Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More

Courtney Carver shows us the power of simplicity to improve our health, build more meaningful relationships, and relieve stress in our professional and personal lives.We are often on a quest for more--we give in to pressure every day to work more, own more, and do more. For Carver, this constant striving had to come to a stop when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis...

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Title:Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More
Author:Courtney Carver
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  • Megan Ericson

    The author sent me an advanced copy of this book before I interviewed her on my podcast. I can honestly say I loved it! The book is full of love, peace, and forgiveness. I've read many decluttering books and books about simplifying your life, but this one stands out not for the “how” of simplifying our lives, but for the “why.”

    There are decluttering tips in the book, but it’s much more about the how to deal with the emotional side of letting go, which can often be the hardest part. Clearing out

    The author sent me an advanced copy of this book before I interviewed her on my podcast. I can honestly say I loved it! The book is full of love, peace, and forgiveness. I've read many decluttering books and books about simplifying your life, but this one stands out not for the “how” of simplifying our lives, but for the “why.”

    There are decluttering tips in the book, but it’s much more about the how to deal with the emotional side of letting go, which can often be the hardest part. Clearing out our clutter and slowing down our schedules is much more about re-training your heart to know what it really needs rather than just saying no or filling a trash can.

    My favorites parts of the book:

    - Courtney’s MS diagnosis and everyone’s wake up call

    - The need for momma’s to practice self-care

    - Courtney’s “heart practice”

    - Capsule wardrobes, Project 333 and the benefits of paring down your clothing

    - Having a “Simplicity Summit” with your spouse

    - Boycotting busy

    - Unrounded kids (not overscheduling your little ones)

    - What it means to Sabbath

    Favorite quotes from the book:

    - "Clutter attracts clutter and calm attracts calm."

    - "I'm not opposed to owning things, but looking back, I see that everything I owned, owned me back."

    - "When guilt is attached to holding on, the only remedy is to let go."

    - "I refuse to live in fear of not having enough."

    - "Busyness has become more pervasive than clutter in complicating our lives."

  • Amy

    embraces the power in simplicity and it is done effectively through Carver’s own journey towards a simpler life.

    If you aren’t familiar with Courtney, she is the creator of the Project 333,

    a few years ago. Her journey towards this simpler life began with her MS diagnosis and the need to scale down her life, home, and belongings

    embraces the power in simplicity and it is done effectively through Carver’s own journey towards a simpler life.

    If you aren’t familiar with Courtney, she is the creator of the Project 333,

    a few years ago. Her journey towards this simpler life began with her MS diagnosis and the need to scale down her life, home, and belongings in order to make her health a priority.  Through this journey she discovered how wonderful the practice of minimalism is and how powerful it can be for everyone, even if you haven’t been faced with health issues.

    Carver tackles the art of saying no, the rejection of busy, the whittling of clutter, the beauty in a smaller wardrobe, and so much more.  Her lifestyle and message speaks loudly during this time of resolutions and serves as a great reminder, to those that are already pursuing a minimalist life, that there is always an opportunity to do better with what we have.

  • Ginger Hudock

    “Simplicity and most big changes are a matter of the heart.”

    Soulful Simplicity is about listening to your own heart to learn what you need. I loved learning more about Courtney and her story in this book. I also resonated with her theme of “listening to your heart”. As many of my readers know, I have been dealing with a congenital heart condition over the past six months. As my atrial septal defect was repaired this month, I have had to listen to what my physical heart needs to fully heal. I am

    “Simplicity and most big changes are a matter of the heart.”

    Soulful Simplicity is about listening to your own heart to learn what you need. I loved learning more about Courtney and her story in this book. I also resonated with her theme of “listening to your heart”. As many of my readers know, I have been dealing with a congenital heart condition over the past six months. As my atrial septal defect was repaired this month, I have had to listen to what my physical heart needs to fully heal. I am also using this time and this book to listen to what my spiritual heart wants and to be even more intentional in my life.

    If you are feeling as if there is too much stuff in your life, yet not enough time or money, then Soulful Simplicity is a perfect book for you. If you enjoy memoirs, then Soulful Simplicity is a great book for you. If, like Courtney in 2006, you are feeling the overwhelm in your life for any reason, then Soulful Simplicity is a must-read for you.

    I was provided a complimentary copy of the book, but the opinions expressed in this article are my own.

  • Hilary S

    This book eases you into the idea that doing less and having less can ease the stresses of life - just taking 5 minutes away from the HUGE to do lists can help you relax enough to see what needs doing, what should be done and what quite frankly can be left!

  • Kathy Peterman

    I love that Courtney Carver takes a deep dive into her life before and after she discovered simplicity. She brings us along with her, allowing us to honor our own unique journey as we see ourselves in her story and the lessons along the way. It's a book about the why and how simplicity is not just decluttering our physical things. It's about decluttering our health, our schedules and commitments, relationships and old beliefs to make room for what's important to us. It's about the richness of li

    I love that Courtney Carver takes a deep dive into her life before and after she discovered simplicity. She brings us along with her, allowing us to honor our own unique journey as we see ourselves in her story and the lessons along the way. It's a book about the why and how simplicity is not just decluttering our physical things. It's about decluttering our health, our schedules and commitments, relationships and old beliefs to make room for what's important to us. It's about the richness of living this life fully as compared to working so hard we go numb, rest on the weekends, and repeat.

    A funny side effect from reading this book is that I realized how much I hang onto the past in photos, cassette tapes, CDs, and DVDs. Carver helped me realize that sometimes we hang onto to the good times for fear there won't be more. I now feel ready to honor my past by doing a victory road trip, listening to the songs and memories, releasing them and then go about creating more wonderful memories now! It's really a book about living your life fully now with tips on how to start that process.

  • Kaethe

    This may be one of the few "how to simplify your life" books that is not all about cluttering and tidying up. In sharing her own journey to a simple lifestyle, Courtney Carver encourages the reader to consider the "why's" behind a desire for simplicity more than the "how's," and suggests that this journey will be and should different for everyone. She does gives tips and guidelines for pairing down, but not as checklists that, if rigorously followed, will lead to a perfectly organized home and s

    This may be one of the few "how to simplify your life" books that is not all about cluttering and tidying up. In sharing her own journey to a simple lifestyle, Courtney Carver encourages the reader to consider the "why's" behind a desire for simplicity more than the "how's," and suggests that this journey will be and should different for everyone. She does gives tips and guidelines for pairing down, but not as checklists that, if rigorously followed, will lead to a perfectly organized home and schedule. Rather the suggestions are presented as a series of options to try on and discard or adopt as appropriate. You decide what you want/need less of and discover along the way how that specific less can become more for you and yours. While most books on simplifying do mention effects it might have on the people one lives with (usually in the form of "clutter your stuff and your spouuse/partner/kids/roommates will jump on the simplicity bandwagon), Carver focuses on the relationships themselves and how a journey toward a simpler way of life can positively affect them. I can think of no better reason to get started.

  • Stefanie

    This is a book that is about more than just getting rid of clutter. It's actually about simplifying your life in order to live the life you really want to live and be the person you want to be. It's about simplifying to in order to make space to live meaningfully (whatever that looks like for you) and with love. More than a how-to, it's about the why. Why declutter? Why stop filling up your calendar? Why think about doing more with less? Heartfelt, genuine and inspiring with lots of food for tho

    This is a book that is about more than just getting rid of clutter. It's actually about simplifying your life in order to live the life you really want to live and be the person you want to be. It's about simplifying to in order to make space to live meaningfully (whatever that looks like for you) and with love. More than a how-to, it's about the why. Why declutter? Why stop filling up your calendar? Why think about doing more with less? Heartfelt, genuine and inspiring with lots of food for thought.

  • Travis

    Ironically, for a book about slowing down and being more present in the moment, I binge read

    over a weekend.

    I stumbled upon

    via The Minimalists (

    and

    ). I was intrigued by Courtney's

    and subscribed to

    's newsletter. So it was serendipity that she published a book soon after I discovered her work. It was also appropriate that I was already reading

    '

    Ironically, for a book about slowing down and being more present in the moment, I binge read

    over a weekend.

    I stumbled upon

    via The Minimalists (

    and

    ). I was intrigued by Courtney's

    and subscribed to

    's newsletter. So it was serendipity that she published a book soon after I discovered her work. It was also appropriate that I was already reading

    '

    when I started Soulful Simplicity.

    I don't recall Courtney using the word "mindfulness" in Soulful Simplicity, but it certainly applies to her philosophy. She simplified her life after a diagnosis of MS left her devastated. And just like The Minimalists, she realized her consumer lifestyle was ruining her life. The four sections of her book guide the reader through a journey of self-discovery: Making Me, Making Space, Making Time, Making Love.

    Soulful Simplicity does a great job of blending autobiography, philosophy, and applications. It's very easy for a book like this to be overly self-serving or contain a lot of thoughts but no actionable items. Courtney includes several activities for the reader to help on the individual journey. And the "Put Your Hands on Your Heart" chapter that concludes each section contains a nice summary of the preceding chapters as well as insightful questions to ask yourself.

    While Courtney insists she's not overly "woo woo", there are several moments that might cause some cynical readers to roll their eyes.

    But I found it all beautifully written and easy to read. Maybe my devotion to

    has made me more receptive to all thoughts on simple living.

  • John Crippen

    My friend Jimmi and I heard Courtney Carver speak earlier this week. Her talk and her book were pleasing, and reminded me of the happiness found in living with less.

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