Saturday, April 23, 2016

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Less: 101 Stories about Having More by Simplifying Our Lives 3 winner GIVEAWAY

In the Age of Disposables—fashion, phones, glasses, and even friends!—some people are finding joy by rediscovering the simple life. They’re cleaning house, both literally and figuratively, and finding themselves better for it. By getting rid of excess “stuff” and trimming down their over-filled schedules, they feel happier and more fulfilled than ever before. It’s really true that little can go a long way.

With Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Less, spring cleaning takes on a whole new meaning. You’ll read stories about people who found happiness in an unlikely way: by saying no. No to buying more stuff, no to taking on additional time-filling commitments, and no to trying to please everyone all of the time.

In this book you’ll also meet people who have found contentment in simplicity by spending time with their family during “staycations.” You’ll also read about people who cut out some of the everyday stressors in life by simply “unplugging” by turning off their smartphones and staying away from the Internet for a day. It’s amazing what a little break can do.

You’ll even meet people who lost almost everything, but found happiness rediscovering who they really are and turning catastrophe into opportunity. When forced to simplify because the going gets tough, the tough get creative and find ways to flourish.

Whether it’s cleaning out your closets and holding a yard sale or taking a stand for your wellbeing by keeping time to yourself, there are a hundred different ways to find joy in less.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-   Learning to appreciate what you have instead of looking over and seeing things you do not, is a very important trait.

 Also just cluttering your whole life with unneeded thoughts, material items, etc can be so overwhelming.    This book is just brimming over with stories shared by people who have managed to downgrade and still appreciate life.

It will really help to clear your mind of some of the junk and maybe even your lifestyle as well as help you to say no to building it all back up again.

Mennonite on the Edge By Cynthia Yoder Book and $5 Amazon GC Giveaway @cynthiastweets


She's a newlywed...twenty-four...and desperate to know why she's so unhappy.

Though a country-girl at heart, MaryJo wants to ditch her identity as a Mennonite in marrying Adam and living a life of adventure in Manhattan. But news from home kicks up memories she’d tried to forget. While she begins to question her choices, Adam lands a high-profile job, making a move seem impossible. MaryJo must make peace with her past and her current situation so that she can live the life of her dreams with Adam. But can she reconcile her craving for serenity in the City that Never Sleeps?

About the Author:

Cynthia Yoder authored one of the first Mennonite memoirs, Crazy Quilt: Pieces of a Mennonite Life, in 2003. The book is a love story and a journey back to her roots. Her work has appeared in New Jersey Monthly, Mothering and the short story collection, Just Moms. While mentoring individuals in pursuing their business and writing dreams, she authored the self-help book, Divine Purpose: Find the Passion Within. Cynthia earned a Master of Fine Arts from Sarah Lawrence College and also studied literature at Columbia University and earned her B.A. from Goshen College. She and her husband have a college-age son and live in NJ with their Maltese-Poodle.

Mennonite on the Edge is available for purchase from Amazon.

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One winner will win a copy of the book along with a $5 Amazon Gift Card!