Go Small, Live Big

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Go Small, Live Big

A guide to living simply

Recently, I started a journey to find happiness by living a minimalist lifestyle. I realized life should be about moments and not about possessions. During this journey, I have been picking up books for guidance and easy tips. Here are some I would love to share with others!

The big tiny: a built-it-myself memoir by Dee Williams
As someone who would love to see inside a tiny house, I found this memoir to be amazing! I am interested in building my own tiny house (for obvious monetary reasons), so it was nice to read someone else’s firsthand account of scaling back and enjoying life.

A Beginner's Guide to Paradise: 9 steps to giving up everything so you too can move to a South Pacific island, wear a loincloth, read a hundred books, diaper a baby monkey, build a bungalow, and maybe, just maybe, fall in love!  by Alex Sheshunoff 
A Beginner’s Guide to Paradise was just a fun read! I mean, who doesn’t want to spend the rest of their lives living on an island? Told with humor, Sheshunoff shares his story of escaping the burnout almost all of us experience by buying a one way ticket to the island of Yap in the Pacific. Sheshunoff discusses adapting to the culture, building a home, and befriending/offending the locals. This book will make you laugh while reevaluating your current living situation.

The Joy of Less: a minimalist guide to declutter, organize, and simplify by Francine Jay 
The Joy of Less is a great read for helping to learn how to let go of things you don’t need and focus your energy elsewhere. I highly recommend this for anyone who has an issue with just letting things go.

Simple Matters: living with less and ending up with more by Erin Boyle 
In Simple Matters, Boyle focuses on how living with less will have a positive impact on your life and on the environment. She focuses a lot on how to live a life free of clutter in small spaces, which is essential for those wanting to live in a tiny house (or living in a tiny DC apartment!)

I Am That Girl: how to speak your truth, discover your purpose, and #bethatgirl  by Alexis Jones 
I Am That Girl is my bonus book for this list. If you are a fan of You Are A Badass or #GirlBoss then you will love I Am That Girl. This is such a great self-discovery book, especially when paired with You Are A Badass. It’s filled with humor and straight talk, and definitely does not follow the typical "self-help book" route. I highly recommend this read for anyone in need of a life redirect or motivation.