Can you imagine giving away most of your possessions and then moving into a custom-made 128 square foot house on wheels?
Does this sound crazy?
Does it sound enticing?
Either way, you should read You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too by Tammy Strobel.
I read this book in two days. I couldn’t put it down.
I found Strobel’s journey to simplify, reduce her consumption, and create a life that she loves absolutely fascinating.
Her writing is friendly, straightforward, and honest – she shares her triumphs and accomplishments along with her mistakes, misfortunes, and faulty ways of thinking. I really appreciate that.
- Buying Things Will Not Make You Happy
- The Stuff You Own Owns You
- Changing Your Relationship with Stuff
- The Power of Debt
- Sell What You Can, Give the Rest Away
- The Joy of the Small House
- Reclaiming Work
- Time is the Only Real Wealth
- Money vs. Experiences
- Relationships Matter, Not Things
- The Art of Community Building
- The Power of Tiny Pleasures
Strobel doesn’t just share her story, she also peppers the book with stories from other happy, interesting, and independent people who have also simplified their lives. Also, she’s done her research. Throughout the book are enlightening and often shocking factoids on happiness, consumption, debt, personal finances and more.
This not only an inspiring book, but one with tons of resources for anyone who wants to live a more frugal and intentional life. Whether you would ever live in tiny house is beside the point. This book is worth reading just for all the simplifying, life-altering, happiness-inducing ideas and strategies.
Check it out when you get a chance and let me know what you think of it!
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I just found your blog and I’m loving it so much Peg! I couldn’t agree with you more on everything. Simplifying life really adds to it. I didn’t even realize Tammy Strobel’s book had come out. I’m so excited to read it. I remember reading her blog when she first started downsizing her life and was so inspired by it that I began to really analyze my own. It kind of rocked my world! It’s amazing how many useless things even the simplest people can accumulate over the years. I’m so excited to read more of your blog. 🙂
Thanks so much for writing, Jo Ann! Tammy Strobel is pretty amazing. I couldn’t agree more. I was very inspired by how she refocused her life, career, and possessions on what she really values and makes her happy. I think you’re going to really enjoy her book. I’m so glad you found my blog and I hope you will visit often.