I have felt as though I've been in 'survival mode' for a while now. I'm sure most women feel like this at some point in their lives. Life can just be overwhelming. All of the laundry, the cooking, the homeschooling, the errand-running, the outside commitments ...and it's all so ....daily. It doesn't stop.
So I was very excited to be able to grab a copy of Crystal Paine's new book Say Goodbye to Survival Mode. Crystal is one of my favorite bloggers! I've been following her blog, Money Saving Mom, for a very long time now. It's chock-full of great advice on living frugally, living with purpose, and being intentional. I knew this book would be full of the same great advice. And it did not disappoint!
When you do snag a copy of this book, I highly recommend bringing along a highlighter and a pencil. You'll definitely want to mark all of the great stuff in here and you'll need a pencil for the "homework" assigned at the end of each chapter. I haven't used a highlighter this extensively in a book for a long, long time.
The "Get Practical" section at the end of each chapter gives the reader a challenge to do. Each challenge builds on the previous one and by the time you reach the end of the book (and you have been following the challenges) you should have a pretty good game plan to implement for your life goals.
The book begins by challenging you to set your own personal priorities list, then as the book goes on Crystal teaches you how to use your time and resources wisely by tracking your time, evaluating your activities, setting goals, breaking said goals down into achievable bites, creating a budget, and much, much more. Like I said before, this book did not disappoint in the least. I am sure that this is one I will be re-reading again and again.
Crystal has even provided an appendix with goal-setting pages to help you get started. On her website, you can find more free printables to help you get out of survival mode. I have used several of these and they are a big help!
You can find Crystal's book on your favorite book-shopping sites. It's a lovely hardback book that will serve you well.