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Title:
Slow : simple living for a frantic world / Brooke McAlary.
ISBN:
9781492665540
Publication Information:
Naperville : Sourcebooks, Inc., [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
xix, 262 pages : color illustrations, color portraits ; 21 cm
General Note:
"Originally published as Slow in 2017 in Australia by Allen & Unwin"--Title page verso.
Contents:
Start with why -- Declutter -- De-own -- Mindfulness -- Disconnect to reconnect -- A cabin in the woods -- Wobbly balance -- The art of the backslide -- Where to now? -- Further inspiration.
Abstract:
Are you constantly striving to keep up with life's busy expectations? It's easy to feel consumed with the desire to "succeed" and "acquire" and miss the simple opportunities waiting for you to slow down: a walk in the forest, sharing laughter with family, a personal moment of gratitude...Once upon a time, it became clear to Brooke McAlary that the key to happiness was discovering a simpler, more fulfilling existence. She put the brakes on her stressful path, and reorganized her life to live outside the status-quo, emphasizing depth, connection and meaningful experiences. Alongside Brooke's affirming personal stories of breaking down and rising up, Slow provides practical advice and fascinating insights into the benefits and challenges of the slow life, such as: decluttering to de-owning, messiness to mindfulness, asking why, to asking where to now? Slow is an inspirational guide on creating a life filled with the things that really matter, and is meant for anyone seeking peace, meaning, and joy in their otherwise rapid lives. Slowly--of course. Includes writing prompts for self-reflection with space to write on the pages.
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Summary

Summary

Free yourself from the frantic and embrace the joy of slow...

"After reading this book, you'll have an amazing list of ingredients that can help you create a meaningful life, too!" --The Minimalists Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus

"Finally, a slow living guide for the imperfect folks . . . Brooke McAlary's exuberant, honest words are a refreshing contribution to the slow living community. If you're seeking a simpler path, start here." --Erin Loechner, Blogger at DesignforMankind.com and author of Chasing Slow

Are you constantly striving to keep up with life's busy expectations? It's easy to feel consumed with the desire to "succeed" and "acquire", and miss the simple opportunities waiting for you to slow down: a walk in the forest, sharing laughter with family, a personal moment of gratitude...

Once upon a time, it became clear to Brooke McAlary that the key to happiness was discovering a simpler, more fulfilling existence. She put the brakes on her stressful path, and reorganized her life to live outside the status-quo, emphasizing depth, connection and meaningful experiences. Alongside Brooke's affirming personal stories of breaking down and rising up, Slow provides practical advice and fascinating insights into the benefits and challenges of the slow life, such as:

--Decluttering to de-owning
--Messiness to mindfulness
--Asking why, to asking where to now?

Slow is an inspirational guide on creating a life filled with the things that really matter, and is meant for anyone seeking peace, meaning, and joy in their otherwise rapid lives. Slowly--of course.


Author Notes

Brooke McAlary is a slow-travelling, gutsy shiraz-appreciating writer who, after being diagnosed with severe post-natal depression in 2011, embarked on a one-woman mission to cut out the excess in her life and reconnect with what was really important. She is now immersed in the Slow Living philosophy, and makes it her mission to help others define and achieve their slow living goals. She writes the blog Slow Your Home, and hosts and produces the podcast, The Slow Home Podcast. She is currently slow-travelling her way around North America with her family.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

McAlary (Destination Simple) gives a much-needed gift to the chronically overcommitted with this wise self-help primer. After McAlary suffered from a debilitating bout of postnatal depression following the birth of her second child, she took a hard look at her life and realized that she was miserable trying to "keep up with the Joneses" by accumulating more accomplishments and possessions, while working too much to ever fully enjoy them. Inspired by blogger Leo Babauta's "Zen Habits," the author began a campaign to simplify her life. She began by decluttering-both literally and figuratively-and makes a critical point when she reminds readers that any lasting change comes gradually. Wisely, McAlary doesn't insist readers immediately and drastically streamline their lives. Instead, she encourages asking clarifying questions, such as "Do I want this?" and "Do I need this?" She also dispenses a prescription for mindfulness, beginning with "the simple art of paying attention," and recommends putting down one's smartphone or tablet and interacting with others. Refreshingly, McAlary is the first to admit that getting from anxiety to zen was anything but a smooth process, and her candor will encourage others to follow her inspiring advice. Agent: Maggie Thompson, Allen & Unwin. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Several years ago, McAlary found herself consumed by busyness, sky-high expectations, and a lot of clutter. She set out to change all that and found that a slower life was a more contented one, offering this practical guide to living simply. -Photographs, guided exercises ("Check in with Your Why," "Taking Stock of Your Senses," "Spreading Kindness"), personal experience, and helpful lists assist in showing readers how to declutter, disconnect from technology, and employ mindfulness as a tool for savoring every moment of every day. VERDICT A highly readable and attractive resource for anyone looking to slow down and decompress. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Start with Whyp. 3
Declutterp. 31
De-Ownp. 77
Mindfulnessp. 109
Disconnect To Reconnectp. 149
A Cabin in the Woodsp. 185
Wobbly Balancep. 211
The Art of the Backslidep. 241
Where to Now?p. 251
Further Inspirationp. 259
Acknowledgmentsp. 261
About the Authorp. 265