I clearly remember riding in the car with my mother on the interstate. I was in my late teens and suddenly a shiny red convertible came blasting by our car like we were sitting still. The woman driving the car had a scarf on her head and sunglasses on her face like she just stepped out of a 1950’s movie.
I popped out a snarky quip, “Must be nice to drive around like a movie star all day.”
My mother, who usually isn’t immediately in the moment with comebacks, quickly said “And she probably has the bills to go with it. Be careful of the things that make you envious.”
Years later, I can say GO MOM! What a powerful lesson that clearly stuck in my head. It was a 10 second exchange and I remember it all.
I was reminded of this story as I read through Ruth Soukup’s new book Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life. This book is truly an A to Z guide to make your life fully contented.
If you’re familiar with Ruth, you’ll learn about her childhood, something I’ve never read before (and I have been a fan for A LONG TIME!). You’ll read about her struggles in uncomfortable situations, and how even the strongest of us are sometimes reduced to tears.
If you’re not familiar with Ruth, well, you’re about to meet a pretty dang awesome lady. This is a woman who wants to help you. Ruth is a mom who has a full-time job running a blog where she gives away her advice, experience, worksheets, and printables to help you!
If you’re ready to help yourself, then this book is for you:
Get rid of the “stuff” in your life and focus on what’s really important
Intersect your abilities and passions
Learn how to set goals
Good time management
Learn how to budget and save money on necessities
Create a peaceful and welcoming home environment for relaxation
Learning to enjoy moments in life as they happen
Create a step by step morning routine to focus on your goals
Sound interesting to you? Good, because those are just the some highlights!!!
One of my goals for 2015 is to be a better homemaker. In a true bit of irony, there is a very detailed section on homemaking in the book. A particular quote that jumped out at me is:
I know a little mess doesn’t bother some people, but I have a really hard time creating anything- or enjoying those creative moments- when I am surrounded by dirt and clutter.
and my absolute favorite quote in the book, the quote I have been trying to express forever:
No one wants to live in chaos, and no one wants to come home after a hard day at work or school to a home that is a disaster zone.
Does anything more need to be said about homemaking than that?! This chapter landed in my hands right when I needed it!
If there is a single part of your life that is not as it should be or if there is a voice in the back of your head nagging you about a change or a fear, this is the book to help you figure out your heart and make it happen. It’s a book to free yourself, to live the way YOU WANT to live and not the way someone else tells you to live. This book is a pathway to remind us that even the best of us trip and fall, but catching yourself and standing back up is what matters.
I am not receiving any affiliate commission for this post. I’m sharing this with you because I believe in Ruth and the strategies she offers!