Length: 224 pages
Audiobook Length: 3 hours and 27 minutes
First Published: 2019
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Statistics don’t lie. People today are more fatigued, burned out, and overwhelmed than ever. Smartphones constantly ping and alert and demand our attention. And social media can eat up hours of our days with mindless scrolling and tapping while leaving many feeling empty and lonely. Add to that family commitments, work that is accessible around the clock, and overscheduling, and you have a life that can feel unmanageable and frantic . . . even running on empty.
Emily Ley, author of bestselling Grace, Not Perfection and A Simplified Life, is here to tell you that there’s more—so much more. In this book, Emily Ley takes readers on a journey out of that empty place and shows them how to fill their wells with the nourishment that only true connection can provide. She also presents some radical concepts that push against the tethers of modern life, with the promise that more of the good stuff comes when we say yes to less of what keeps us empty:
Less Rush, More Rhythm
Less Liking, More Loving
Less Noise, More Calm
Less Distraction, More Connection
Less Frenzy, More Soul Rest
Less Fake, More Real
Less Fear, More Community
Less Great, More Good
Less Chasing, More Cherishing
Less Stuff, More Treasures
Getting to more might require some outside-the-box changes, some unraveling of the patterns readers have adopted, some reworking of the day-to-day so that they can build a life based on their core values instead of slipping into a life dictated by society or what’s “normal.” Because we weren’t made for normal. We were made for more—for a life of fullness, dreaming, and lasting joy.
Quotes from When Less Becomes More
We must first unpack our commitments, evaluate each one, and make a decision: keep the non negotiable and that which matters most, and then toss the excess.
Everyday empty: a state of being that happens when the enormity and momentum of everyday life begins to take over, taking up any space that could be left over for fun and joy. Many times, we allow our lives to continue at this pace because we are afraid to acknowledge the way we’re feeling. We feel guilty for feeling anything but happy and grateful.
About Emily Ley
Emily Ley is the founder of Simplified, a brand of planners and organizational tools for women. Ley is also an author whose works include Grace, Not Perfection; A Simplified Life; Growing Boldly; and When Less Becomes More. She currently lives in Pensacola, Florida with her family. Visit the author’s website →