Stone Soup for Five: Book Review: Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

Book Review: Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

I've read a lot of books on time management, parenting, finances, goal setting, etc.  And usually there's nothing really astoundingly new in them.  But, usually every time I take the time to read one of these BIG topic books, I'm encouraged, refreshed, and reminded why I'm trying to do the hard things, rather than the easy things.  Crystal Paine's new book
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life 
 is another of those refreshing reminder books.

Crystal is behind the Money Saving Mom blog that I've been following for a few years, so when her book came up as a choice on the blogger review program, I excitedly clicked that magical button that would send the book to my house! 
(Still in shock that they send me free books to choose and review! BLISS!)

So now that I've read it, would I have paid money for it, especially since I had already heard a lot of what she covered in this book?


Right now, in this season in life, I need all the 'stick with it' encouragement I can get.  We're in the trenches here people.  The trenches of monotony with homeschooling and housework, the depressing doldrums of still chipping away at our 2nd mortgage--which right now, quite honestly, seems like it will NEVER EVER be paid off--and the time famine of too much time on screens--computer, phone, ipod, tv.  

Crystal's book was EXACTLY the kind of refreshing I needed in ALL those areas plus some.

She walks you through why making margin in your life is important (something I really needed to be reminded of) and caused me to rethink my daily routines and block in some margin time, which has really helped relieve the panic of NOT ENOUGH TIME mentality.

She has a big section of goals and how to make S.M.A.R.T. goals, which I highly recommend if you are new to goal setting.  She also goes over self discipline and finances.

I loved the finances section where she talks about not just getting out of debt for debt's sake, but so you can live BIG and INTENTIONAL with your giving, which was a little shot in the arm to stay in this fight and keep persevering.

If you are struggling with feeling stuck, just spinning your wheels, and are rarely excited to get out of bed in the morning, I highly recommend this book.  If you are new to Crystal, goals, financial planning, and routines, this will be an eye opening book.  If you have most of that down, but just need encouragement to stay in the fight, I even more highly recommend this book.  It is written so that newbies to these things can fully understand and implement, and seasoned pros can tweak and improve.

Very, very encouraging and everything I was excited for and hoped it would be.  Highly recommend!

This book was provided to me free of charge by booksneeze, but I am free to review however I want to.  This post also contains affiliate links.

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