The More of Less-Book Review

If you've been following me on Goodreads, you know that I signed up for the 2017 Reading Challenge to read 50 books this year-I know. It sounds like a lot but if you love to read as much as me, it's not too hairy. I'm currently on number 20-Thomas Friedman's Thank You for Being Late which is a bit different than what I've been into this year but in a good way. So far it's really good. Dense. Informative. It's got me thinking differently about technology and business so check back in for the review on that but in the meantime, onto the review of this little blue nugget.
As you know, I've been really into the concept of minimalism for the past year or so. I will fully admit that I'm not a minimalist and don't at all believe in deprivation but I do 100% support intentional and conscious living. I'm a mediumist which is not something I've heard of from anybody else but I feel like it's a fitting label...if you're into labels. The author, Joshua Becker, is a minister and opens the book with the epiphany that he was wasting his life with trivial tasks like cleaning out his garage because it was a mess and he had too much stuff. Duh. We all recognize that cleaning is a life suck and would rather be doing something else. This book is a very light intro into minimalism. It's not as psychotic or harsh as Marie Kondo (I wonder what she'd look like camping with her oh so bare essential kit...I know, I'm evil for still wanting to see her rough it in a war zone). There are some slight religious undertones but none that would bother you so much that you're like 'ok preacher man, I get it!' I think if I were just starting out looking into minimalist living, this would have been a solid intro but based on where I'm at now, it all seemed pretty obvious. Take a look and judge for yourself.

Anyway, I'm not going to suggest you become a minimalist or rip the art work off your walls or even paint everything in your house including your floors white...some people would. I won't. My house looks like Anthropologie so what kind of hypocritical bish would I be if I suggested that but kept all of my books and hat collection? Answer: a pretty terrible one. However, I'll throw some hints out for you as to where to get started and if you read nothing else, read this: REDUCE WHAT YOU ACCUMULATE.

I buy items that are good quality, consciously made, and fair trade as much as possible. Buying secondhand is great because you're not buying anything that had to be manufactured just for you and also has already gotten some use from someone else. You're preventing it from going to the landfill and providing the person or entity who sold it to you with a source of income or livelihood. If you haven't opted out of paper mail as much as possible, do it! If you do get mail, recycle the paper if you can or use the back of bills for taking notes or for letting your kids/neighbors draw on it if they pop by. I try not to buy anything that creates waste or comes in excessive packaging. Strawberries are the bain of my existence because they come in plastic boxes and are doused in pesticides and chemicals (heavy rain for 10 minutes can break the skins and cause mold to settle in when they're growing). When it comes to food, I try to buy as locally as possible and if not local, like East Atlanta, I'll shoot for the state, then region, and if all else fails, at least stick to what is grown here in the U.S. We don't eat a ton of meat in general but mostly stick to turkey or fish when it comes to it. I buy almost all of my groceries from the Dekalb Farmers Market (not a farmers market at all but more of a large warehouse) and it's all organic. Everything there is labeled as to where it was grown and if it's organic. It makes it really easy to make decisions. Need oranges? You want them from California or Florida? Duh, Florida is closer which means less miles traveled which means less of a carbon footprint. These are the things you should think about when trying to live more consciously but bottomline, try to do with less. 

If you made it to this section you basically can skip reading the book so go ahead and ad my blog to your Goodreads and look at that! You're closer to your Reading Challenge! Ha. But seriously, you should go read an actual book.

What are you reading right now? I'm always looking for recommendations!

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