Soulful Simplicity: Listening to Your Heart
“We don’t remove the clutter, reduce the stress, and boycott busyness to have a simple life. We do it to have a life.”
Courtney Carver from Soulful Simplicity
Courtney Carver is a blogger at the website Be More with Less. She writes about simplicity, minimalism, intentional living and dressing with less. I had read Courtney’s blog and a number of her previous self-published books, so when I had the opportunity to be a member of the launch team for Soulful Simplicity, I jumped at the chance.
This book is a more than a how-to book on simplicity and minimalism. It does have a number of excellent practical suggestions for simplifying your life, from your home to your wardrobe to money. Courtney has written extensively about these on her blog as well. These sections in the book will be a good resource for some places to start simplifying for many readers.
Courtney came to minimalism as a result of a personal health crisis. She was a typical working mother and wife. Their family had too much debt and stuff and too little time. When she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2006, Courtney realized that stress exacerbated her illness. She realized she had to reduce that stress. “I needed more time and space to put my health first, more time and space to listen to my heart and connect with my soul. I needed more room for rest, more room for research, and just more room for room.”
It was very easy for me to relate to this because of my own personal health crisis in 2007-08. Like Courtney I researched and found ways to improve my health through changing my diet, supplements, exercise and lifestyle measures. Much like Courtney I became interested in simplicity as a means for de-stressing. I have reduced my wardrobe by half, decluttered and eliminated a lot of my “stuff” from our house, and took early retirement from my stressful managerial position.
“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 listen to what my physical heart needs to fully heal. I am also using this time and this book to listen to what my spiritual heart wants and to be even more intentional in my life.
If you are feeling as if there is too much stuff in your life, yet not enough time or money, then Soulful Simplicity is a perfect book for you. If you enjoy memoirs, then Soulful Simplicity is a great book for you. If, like Courtney in 2006, you are feeling the overwhelm in your life for any reason, then Soulful Simplicity is a must-read for you.
I was provided a complimentary copy of the book, but the opinions expressed in this article are my own. All quotes are taken from the book Soulful Simplicity by Courtney Carver.