The Minimalist Woman’s Guide to Having it All
A Little Soft Shoe in the Alley
My new ebook, The Minimalist Woman’s Guide to Having it All, is now released as a free PDF download. The title seems self-contradictory at first glance, but I wanted to get into what having it all really means when you get beyond the whole “he who has the most toys wins” mentality. I’ve seen a lot of people who have nearly everything money can buy and plenty of financial and professional success, but they are unsatisfied and deeply unhappy. Likewise, I’ve seen a lot of people who own almost nothing and they are the picture of contentment. This book begins with the premise that you live in a consumer culture and would like to take steps to feel like you have it all, regardless of how much stuff you have.
The Minimalist Woman’s Guide to Having it All is 47 pages long, and is comprised of all new material; there are no recycled blog posts, guest posts, or sections written by others. There are links to such if you wish further reading. To write this book, I sat down and considered my “path to a centered life,” and why I felt it worked so well.
The path revealed a surprising number of things about the world and my life, and led to many changes in my values. The decluttering and reduction in the number of personal possessions so beloved of most minimalists was only part of the process. Over time, it raised a lot of questions about things in the past and things to come; I learned steps to deal with that kind of mental clutter, too. Then I wrote it down, not as autobiography, but as observations about the world at large mixed with action that anyone can take, in manner familiar to readers of this blog.
The book is divided into three main parts, each one focusing on a concept and a project that work toward understanding our consumer-based culture and how to step back from it. This detachment creates enough freedom in your life and mind to experience real contentment. Contentment is the key–it is not complacency, but more akin to satisfaction and cherishing.
The ebook is free to download, and if you enjoy it and get some value from it, please make a donation toward supporting my work. The suggested amount is $3, but you can leave any amount you desire. I go into detail about the pricing and the donation model in a previous blog post, On Pricing eBooks. Please feel free to share my book with whomever you please, the more the merrier. Reviews are also welcome and appreciated.
And thanks, as always, for reading.