Friday, January 31, 2014

Book Review: Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode
By Crystal Paine
Thomas Nelson, 2014
English, 256 pgs

Calling the super busy, the stressed out, the overtired.
You know you're made for a more fulfilling life. With this book, you’ll know where to start.
You wake up tired. Your to-do list is too long. The commitments—and the laundry—are piling up, but your energy keeps dwindling. You feel like you're simply making it through the days, not living or enjoying any part of them.

In Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, you'll find both practical ideas and big-picture perspective that will inspire you to live life on purpose. As a wife, mother of three, and founder of the wildly successful blog, Crystal Paine has walked the road from barely surviving to living with intention. With the warmth and candor of a dear friend, she shares what she's learned along the way, helping you:
  • feel healthier and more energetic by setting priorities and boundaries
  • eliminate stress with savvy management of your time, money, and home
  • get more done by setting realistic goals and embracing discipline
  • rediscover your passions—and the confidence to pursue them
Packed with straightforward solutions you'll use today and inspirational stories you'll remember for years, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode is a must for any woman who's ever longed for the freedom to enjoy life, not just survive it.

Review: was one of the first blogs I found when I started our process of frugal living. I have enjoyed the site for a few years now and was really excited to get to read and review Crystal's new book. 

 I just finished the book literally 10 minutes ago and I'm already working on my plan for a budgeting meeting tomorrow. I have my top 3 goals written and posted on the fridge and I have been slowly working on a routine for housekeeping and upkeep. It's amazing how clearly I'm thinking now that these things are just automatic.

My personal issues are financial discipline (got away from the stockpiling and couponing in the past year...we're about to start again though, my friends!) and just a general lack of direction in my personal life. My youngest is starting school in a scant 8 months and I have NO IDEA what I'm going to do with myself at that time!

I think implementing strategies now will help to get me into a place where I have direction and goals at that time.

Best advice:
1. Get sleep (really...I went to bed merely one hour earlier last night and I'm feeling more alert today)
2. Make a personal priorities list
3. Wisely choose what you let yourself get involved in
4. Map out a routine for your day, week and month
5. Master your minutes (Candy Crush is not as important as Candy Land with the 4 year old)
6. Make SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-Bound)
7. Do something for at least 21 days before you give up on it
8. Don't compare yourself to anyone else
9. Make time for yourself

The book is available at Amazon and I highly recommend you check it out. There is a lot of good information in it and you will see a difference if you follow the advice in it.

I received a copy of the book from BookSneeze in exchange for a review. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review. Opinions expressed are my own.

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