In Search of the Good Life Have you ever felt that your life--and budget--is spiraling out of control? Do you sometimes wish you could pull yourself together but wonder exactly how to manage all the scattered pieces of a chaotic life? Is it possible to find balance??? In a word, yes.?? Ruth Soukup knows firsthand how stressful an unorganized life and budget can be. Through personal stories, biblical truth, and practical action plans, she will inspire you to make real and lasting changes to your personal goals, home, and finances. With honesty and the wisdom of someone who has been there, Ruth will help you: * Discover your "sweet spot"--that place where your talents and abilities intersect. * Take back your time and schedule by making simple shifts in your daily habits. * Reduce stress in your home and family by clearing out the clutter. * Stop busting your budget and learn to cut your grocery bill in half. Who Needs This Book? Living Well, Spending Less was written to bring hope and encouragement to every woman who currently feels overwhelmed or stressed with a life--and budget--that feels out of control. It speaks to the mom trying to juggle all the demands of a busy life with the pressure to keep up with those around her. It is a practical guide for those of us who often long to pull ourselves together but don't always know how. It is real, honest, packed with practical tips, and speaks to the heart of the matter--how can we live the life we've always wanted? Want to know if this book is for you? * Do you ever find yourself comparing your life to those around you? * Have you ever wished for the courage to follow your dreams? * Do you ever struggle to stay organized or get things done? * Have you ever felt loaded down with stuff you don't really need....or even really want? * Do you ever struggle to keep your finances on track? * Do you sometimes long for deeper, more authentic relationships in your life? If the answer to any of these questions is YES, this book provides real and practical solutions from someone who has been there. Ruth doesn't just offer advice, she walks it with you, and shares with brutal honesty her own mistakes, failures, and shortcomings. It is encouraging, motivating, and life-changing. What Others Are Saying: "An incredible book that will teach you how to spend smart without compromising a great life. Ruth's stories and practical advice will make you want to be a better mother, wife, sister, and friend." --RACHEL CRUZE, coauthor with Dave Ramsey of Smart Money Smart Kids "Ruth knows firsthand how mamas like us live crazy busy lives, and she steps in as a friend to help us manage and love every minute of it. She offers her best tips for gaining control over the chaos with wisdom-based insights on all things thrifty and family. I'll be reading it again and again!" --RENEE SWOPE, bestselling author of A Confident Heart
Eight Weeks to Redefining the Good Life and Living It
Author: Ruth Soukup
Have you ever felt that your life—and budget—is spiraling out of control? Clutter spilling onto counters and coffee tables, creating havoc everywhere you look? Do you sometimes wish you could pull yourself together but wonder exactly how to manage all the scattered pieces of a (normal) chaotic life? Regardless of the never quite-enough message society wants to give us, always wanting more and ending up having too much is not the Good Life God intended. More than setting and sticking to a budget; more than quitting the constant filling of our spaces with deals on more stuff—we must fill our hearts with the truth of God's Word and allow it to change what our hearts desire. The Good Life is one defined not by what we have but by who we are. If you feel stressed out or overwhelmed, this study will help you discover the way to a life rich in faith, family, friends—and a budget that balances with space to breathe. Take back your life from the stuff that is weighing you down! Ruth Soukup, New York Times bestselling author and popular blogger, knows all too well how overwhelming it can feel to have a life filled with too many things. Through personal stories, biblical principles, and practical action plans, she will inspire you to make real and lasting changes to your personal goals, home, and finances while decluttering your mind and soul. This 8-week study will help you: Find balance by letting go of unhealthy habits that compete for our hearts and spirits. Discover your "sweet spot"—that place where your talents and abilities intersect. Take back your time and schedule by making simple shifts in your daily routines. Reduce stress in your home and family by clearing out the clutter. Stop busting your budget and learn to cut your grocery bill in half. Discover how to set strict limits for the stuff we bring into our space. Overcome frustration and implement practical solutions for keeping the chaos at bay. Recognize the pitfalls of an overstuffed schedule and learn to combat the culture of busy. This study guide is designed for use with the Living Well, Spending Less / Unstuffed Video Study (sold separately).
Living Well, Spending Less: Enforcing a Successful Spending Ban - Confessions, Tips and Motivation from a Recovering Shopaholic I remember the time. Clearly. Vividly. I would get this feeling. In my gut. It would be almost like a tingling sensation in my hand. The sensation, the want to spend some money and to bring home something that I didn't really need. I also remember the times when I would see something. In a magazine, in a store display or in an advertisement and I would not be able to get it out of my head. It got so bad that it would even haunt my dreams. Does it sound like your life story to you? Well then you have come to the right place. Having struggled with a compulsive shopping problem for years, one day I decided enough was enough. I was running out of space, my finances were low and it was more trouble than it was worth. I took the decision and I pulled through. However the journey had not been easy. Realizing that, I decided to put together this book to help out my fellows who are struggling out there. Having suffered personally, this book is a very up close and personal account of how to enforce a spending ban so that you can achieve some peace of mind. I have included all the tips, tricks and shortcuts that I found helpful and I am sure that you will find them helpful as well. If you are sick, tired and frustrated of your impulse purchases and want to stop right now, then get this book and take your first step towards a life of healing, happiness and prosperity. Download This Book Today “
Practical Advice for Getting Ahead Ever feel like your budget has gone off track, or make it to the end of the month and wonder where your money actually went? A month of no-spending is the perfect way to reset your spending habits, but doing it alone can seem downright scary. What if there was a simple resource that offered a month of daily challenges for spending not just less, but absolutely ZERO. What if you could gain confidence from daily ideas for planning your meals, getting your home in order, and becoming more creative-all without spending a dime? 31 Days of Living Well & Spending Zero is that resource. As you work through the ideas found in month-long challenge, you will: Discover the surprising joy of zero spending, and make instant changes that will totally transform your attitude. - Learn how to use the food you already have on hand to create delicious, budget friendly meals for your family. - Be inspired to clean and declutter your living space in order to create the cozy space you've always dreamed of. - Gather innovative ideas for using those items you already have on hand to create new solutions for old problems. - Find encouragement and inspiration from others who have completed this same challenge-and lived to tell the tale. - Learn simple tricks and tips for selling your stuff, slashing your bills, and even saving on food.
Finding the Courage to Face Your Fears, Overcome Adversity, and Create a Life You Love
Author: Ruth Soukup
What would you do if fear no longer stood in your way? What would happen if you were no longer afraid to dive in, head first, and go after your dreams, instead of feeling like you were sitting on the sidelines of your own life? What then? We tell ourselves we are too busy to pursue our dreams. That there's no time, or that it's not practical. But what if the real reason we're putting off our goals is FEAR? The fear that we're not good enough, not smart or talented or capable enough. It's the fear that others might laugh at us, or that we'll get hurt or be rejected, or that pursuing our true potential will simply be too hard. And most of all, the fear that we'll fail. But courage doesn't mean we are never afraid. True courage means taking action, despite the fear. True courage means doing it scared. The question is - how? How do we face those fears and take that first step in the right direction? How do we overcome those obstacles that stand in our way and sometimes feel insurmountable? In Do It Scared, popular blogger and podcast host Ruth Soukup will help you to: Identify your own unique Fear Archetype™ - the specific type of fear that keeps you stuck - and learn how to conquer it. Dare to start thinking bigger about your life and your goals. Learn how to seek out honest feedback to accomplish big things. Embrace the core beliefs you need to overcome different types of fears. Discover why our magical idea of 'balance' is totally overrated and let go of the guilt, once and for all. Equal parts inspiration and tough love, Do It Scared combines easy-to-implement tips with the motivation to start making real changes that lead to big results. Get ready to get off the sidelines and jump into your own life as you dare to Do It Scared.
The Thrift Book is a guide to how to live well while spending less by bestselling writer India Knight. Feeling poor because of the credit crunch? Feeling guilty because of global warming? Feeling like you'd like to tighten your belt, but aren't ready to embrace DIY macramé handbags? No need to panic. Put down the economy mince and buy this book instead - it's a blueprint for living beautifully, while saving money and easing your conscience. India Knight will show you: - How to make wonderful dinners with every little money - How to dress on a budget and still look fabulous - How to make friends and start sharing with your neighbours - How to holiday imaginatively - with barely a carbon footprint Try it - you have nothing to lose but your overdraft. 'A blueprint for living well, however broke you are, with thrifty tips on looking fab, cooking, pampering and partying' Cosmopolitan 'The Thrift Book might be the only sure-fire investment out there' Harper's Bazaar 'A triumphant treat and a useful and sensible manual' Independent India Knight is the author of four novels: My Life on a Plate, Don't You Want Me, Comfort and Joy and Mutton. Her non-fiction books include The Shops, the bestselling diet book Neris and India's Idiot-Proof Diet, the accompanying bestselling cookbook Neris and India's Idiot-Proof Diet Cookbook and The Thrift Book. India is a columnist for the Sunday Times and lives in London with her three children.Follow India on Twitter @indiaknight or on her blog at http://indiaknight.tumblr.com.
New York Times bestselling author Ruth Soukup’s mission is to empower children everywhere to dream big and live a life they LOVE. How Big Is Your Brave? encourages readers to face their fears and overcome obstacles in order to follow their dreams and reach their goals. In this inspiring story, a young bunny named Zippy dreams of traveling to outer space. When the opportunity to attend space camp arrives, she worries she might not be capable enough to compete with the other kids. But Zippy’s desire to build her own rocket is bigger than her fear of failing, and through hard work and creativity she ends up making her big dreams come true. Ruth Soukup is the founder of Living Well Spending Less and Elite Blog Academy. Her practical advice has been featured in Women’s Day, Family Circle, Time, and on Fox News. How Big Is Your Brave? is a children’s picture book adaptation of her adult book and podcast series Do It Scared. Through whimsical illustrations and encouraging text, children will discover how standing up to fears (both big and small) will make them stronger and unstoppable.