Let’s read books!
Here’s a quick look at the books I’ve been curling up on the couch with. Well, curling up with these, a big grey cat, and a hot mug of Earl Grey tea.
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I met Kathy the last day of the Bloggers at Midlife Conference. We hit it off immediately, and talked for a long time over cocktails. And as I was leaving, she offered me two of her books. And if you’re looking to simplify your life or heading into retirement, these are an absolute must.
Both books are deeply rooted in Kathy’s unique SMART philosophy of life: sustainability, meaningfulness, awareness, responsibility, and thankfulness. She explores these concepts on her SMART Living 365 blog and beyond.
RightSizing: A SMART Living 365 Guide to Reinventing Retirement. Life me, your first question is probably, “What is Rightsizing?”
…Rightsizing is a conscious choice for a better lifestyle that more closely fits you and your family in the best way possible…it’s about being honest with yourself enough to figure out what you are spending money on and whether that money is worth the time, effort, and spirit you invest earning it. Best of all, rightsizing is about finding what brings your life meaning, makes you smile, and allows you to sleep well and deeply every single night. If you don’t have that now, maybe it’s time to rightsize your life.
Each chapter brings you further into the rightsizing approach to retirement: getting started, curing your addiction to ‘more,’ rightsizing health and well-being, eliminating the unnecessary, and so on. There’s even a chapter that gives you seven signs of real abundance. So if you’re thinking about retirement, this is definitely a book well worth keeping near you as a guide.
The same can be said about Simple SMART and Happy: A SMART Living 365 Guide to a Sustainable and Meaningful Life. Though this isn’t about retirement, it is an intelligent meditation on and exploration of the concept of minimalism and simple living. And if you don’t know the difference? There’s a checklist for that.
I will definitely be referring to both of Kathy Gottberg’s books as I move forward designing the next phase of my life in a SMART way.
Thought I’ve never met Courntey Pierce, I found the first two books in “The Dushane Sisters” trilogy the epitome of all that I love about cozy mysteries.
The first in the series, The Executrix, introduces you to the three Dushane sisters: Olivia, Lauren, and Danielle. They are smart, sassy, and uproariously funny. Mix in a standard poodle named Pogo, an ex mob member, some handsome men, and you’ve got everything you want in great summer reading.
The fun thing is that, while at least two mysteries are solved in this book, another is just waiting to be unraveled!
Starting where The Executrix ended, Indigo Lake is the second in the series about the Dushane sisters. Here they’re traveling to an old family haunt to confront a vindictive relative, pacify a mobster or two, fall in love, and eat favorite childhood candy. It’s more of the same, and I really enjoyed the ride. Can’t wait for the final book in the series.
What have you been reading?