Usually the titles I choose from Hay House PR list are all about inspiration, positive guidance and lessons to follow for a better life. For all intents and purposes, this book is totally inspirational and with great tips for a better life, but it is also totally REAL! The most real and relatable book i have ever read from all Hay House ‘titles (and i read amazing books)
In The Year of Less, Cait describes her personal challenges to save money and what it means to her, but without failing to use personal stories and anecdotes taking the reader to her past experiences with her, deep into her personal journeys with personal insecurities, families, friendships, romantic relationships and career! A lot of her experiences explain her behaviour, you start to feel like you are getting to know her through her stories, or that you can recognise yourself through them (at least that was for me on several pages)
I felt like I could visualize every single situation she was describing being in, as well as relating to her feelings. I have a lot in common with Cait when it comes to past self-destructive behaviour or the need for control and perfection, and although we had different experiences and circumstances surrounding these feelings and behaviours, I felt very close to her through the book.
In truth I am fairly certain we can all relate to what Cait experienced, because we all live in this reality. Aside from her personal stories, the topic of consumerism and our need as humans to feel like we need or deserve more to feel that we are “enough”, is applicable to everyone.
Living in a major city like London, I never fail to find people on the high street walking with bags from all sorts of retailers, at any given time. I observed this being true in smaller towns too, through my travel. I always questioned the “need vs. want” ratio when seeing people shopping and, since reading this book, I keep on thinking that a year of less, is something everyone should be ready to do.
Cait is not unique in her discovery that what she used to think was necessary, was, in fact not, but she is the minority with her decision to consume less and more mindfully, in a society where the masses are taught to accumulate debt and purchase around the clock (if not in person, online, just one click away).
It is extremely easy to get a credit cards and spend money; it is not that easy to get out of debt and some people never do, destroying their entire lives because of this. It is something people truly need to learn about and sadly it is not art of any educational curriculum out there; but this book and Cait’s website are great resources.
When I checked out Cait’s website, i found a number of smart and very helpful blog posts, that, with personal experiences, shared insightful truths about how to think about the way we live and spend money.
The struggle is real people, she had to spend a few months challenging her conditioning beliefs to find the truth but eventually, though her year of less, the penny dropped (i guess, pun intended then) , making it clear that the things that matter don’t come from a shop and that we can in fact do with less, being free of burdens like debt.
I can whole heartedly endorse and recommend this book and I would urge everyone to read it, not only as inspiration to make positive changes, but as a wonderful, well written and easy to follow read, you can enjoy whilst lying on your couch, on a cold and rainy Sunday afternoon.