Soulful Simplicity by Courtney Carver

Soulful Simplicity

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 (MS). Stress was like gasoline on the fire of symptoms, and it became clear...


Details Soulful Simplicity

TitleSoulful Simplicity
ISBN9780143130680
Author
Release DateDec 26th, 2017
PublisherTarcherperigee
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Personal Development, Autobiography, Memoir
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Reviews Soulful Simplicity

  • Megan Ericson
    1970-01-01
    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 le...
  • Jen
    1970-01-01
    ~SIMPLIFY~I have shared with you before that like many people in this day and age, I'm on a journey to simplify. Simplify my house, simplify my life, simplify my schedule, simplify my mind. There's too much STUFF taking up too much SPACE that sucks away from LIFE. Anyone else feel this way? Soulful Simplicity is another book I've recently read on this journey. Like other books in this category, Soulful Simplicity draws from other sources as well ...
  • Donna
    1970-01-01
    This is one of those books that I'm not quite sure what to focus on. It felt like it belonged in two separate categories. If this was just an autobiography, I could rate this 3.5 and I'd be okay rounding up to 4 stars. I liked her personal story and I could appreciate her navigation of MS, single parenting and a new marriage.But then it was also a self-help kind of book about gaining simplicity in life. That part didn't really grab me. She was a ...
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    I received a copy of this book from the publishing house. All thoughts & opinions are my own. Soulful Simplicity 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, the capsule wardrobe project that I began embracing a few years ago. Her journey towards this simpler life began with her MS diagnosis and the ...
  • Kathy Peterman
    1970-01-01
    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 wha...
  • Jess
    1970-01-01
    Good, though others who have read a lot of simplicity and mindfulness books might find this basic.
  • Laura Leaney
    1970-01-01
    I read this as part inspiration, part preparation, for my intended summer clean-a-thon. I didn't want to read Kondo's book about debating the joyfulness of every object, so I chose Carver's instead. I have to say, as these kinds of books go, it worked. Although I'm not quite prepared, I'm inspired.I need to feel lighter. Sadly, I know part of the problem. Books. I love them, but keeping them is making me claustrophobic. I think I might have to sa...
  • Ginger Hudock
    1970-01-01
    “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 l...
  • Kaethe
    1970-01-01
    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 follo...
  • Wendy Phraner
    1970-01-01
    Good stuff! Reading this cheers me on with my efforts to get rid of needless stuff (tangible or not) and focus on more important things.
  • Colona Public Library
    1970-01-01
    This was a great read for someone who is looking to simplify their lives. Courtney Carver explains why she had to simply her life and how she did it. This book was published before the whole "Spark Joy" phenomenon, and pretty much follows the same premise. When you need to buy things to store your stuff, you have too much stuff. This books hits a lot of topics: Courtney personal story of how she went into debt, was diagnosed with MS, and decided ...
  • Cait Flanders
    1970-01-01
    I had the privilege of getting to read this book early and endorsing it, but that was over a year ago and I've been feeling the need to do some check-ins with myself. It was nice to reread SS with fresh eyes. Even better, now I'm excited to pass it along to my best friend who I know will get a lot from it.
  • Naomi
    1970-01-01
    I enjoyed this book and practical tips. I was in the mood to read a simplify your life style book so this fit well.
  • John Crippen
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Stefanie
    1970-01-01
    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? Heartfel...
  • Shannon Minninger
    1970-01-01
    There were so many things I enjoyed about this book - great lists throughout on how to live a more thoughtful life in terms of valuing relationships and experiences more than material possessions, jet setting lifestyles, and collections of objects. I found the lists to be very practical and easy to implement. And while obviously very strong in her opinions, the author didn’t seem judgmental or insistent that her way was the ONLY way. I really a...
  • Danielle Katz
    1970-01-01
    This is a wonderful book for getting started on the path you want to walk down. I love her very moderate, you choose what works for you, style. So often Minimalists have an extremist view of how to handle stuff. But C. Carver is much more realistic. I took lots of notes:Pg 38"How are things going in my life?How do I feel physically? Emotionally?What do I love about my life?Whom do I envy?What do I lie about?What changes do I want to make?What cha...
  • Donna
    1970-01-01
    I enjoyed this book. I love that the author first talked about her life and what lead her on a path to simplicity. I think that is a big part of simplifying your life. Understand it. Understand the things that are taking too much of your time and energy, and then work on them. I really identified with the part of the book that spoke to listening to your heart---that it knows before you do. I believe this to be true. There were many times in my li...
  • jay walker
    1970-01-01
    You know when you pick up the perfect book at the perfect time? That was this. Clearly articulated many of my goals and the issues with why they’re so hard to achieve. But now I’m inspired and have some practical guidelines to help better prioritize my time. Right off the bat: “no phone zones”, walk outside instead of shopping if you’re bored, and a home is a living space not a storage space. Also, things are not memories. I have not pu...
  • Regina
    1970-01-01
    This is a great Whitman’s Sampler of organizational/minimalist strategies. It took a few chapters to get into the good stuff, but I would recommend it to anyone looking to start a journey to life simplification. While it doesn’t state it in the description, Carver is the originator of the Project 333 fashion challenge, where you only wear 33 items of clothing for 3 months. Seems like every author in the recent decluttering movement is also me...
  • Pam
    1970-01-01
    I read Courtney Carver’s blog, Be More with Less, so when I learned she was releasing a book called Soulful Simplicity, it sounded like something I wanted to listen to. (This review is for the audio book.) Soulful Simplicity goes into detail about Courtney being diagnosed with MS. How facing that sort of diagnosis with al of the stress that she had going on in her life, forced her to rethink what is important to her. What she discovered was tha...
  • Erica
    1970-01-01
    3.5 StarsThe beginning was more about the why of simplifying,in later chapters she had tips and ideas on how to simplify. Some parts were too spiritualistic, and she talked a lot about listening to your heart and your intuition.
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    I lingered over this book-ha, I bet the author would like that! It was a good read and I took to heart a lot of what she said. Great way to jump start your journey of simplicity. Will be a book I refer to again and again.
  • Jeana Berryman
    1970-01-01
    Quick and easy read, but nothing super compelling. The only idea that stuck out to me as truly original was “Project 333,” and that’s just not something I’m interested in trying.
  • Christa
    1970-01-01
    This is such a lovely book full of inspiration that meets you exactly where you are. I will forever keep it on hand to turn to when I need some encouragement, guidance and kind words.
  • Cathy
    1970-01-01
    I liked this book because it focused on the "why" of a minimal/simple living lifestyle. There are plenty of (good) books that focus on the mechanics, but in this book Courtney concentrates on the benefits to your heart and soul from living a more simple life in terms of fewer possessions and time commitments.
  • Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
    1970-01-01
    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!
  • Kate DeAngelis
    1970-01-01
    A good read for when you stare hopelessly around your house and wonder what you're doing with your life. Carver takes a modern minimalist and loving approach to the age old do more with less mantra.
  • Travis
    1970-01-01
    Ironically, for a book about slowing down and being more present in the moment, I binge read Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More over a weekend.I stumbled upon Courtney Carver via The Minimalists (Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus). I was intrigued by Courtney's Project 333 and subscribed to her blog's newsletter. So it was serendipity that she published a book soon after I discovered her work. It was also ap...