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Publisher's Summary

How can you have a rich and fulfilling life? The choices you make, not your income or financial assets, are the most powerful determining factor for your quality of life.

Women have never had so many options. Yet we often experience a kind of paralysis, an unconscious willingness to follow societal dictates rather than become the CEOs of our own lives. When we mindlessly follow the dots, we smother our innate gifts and miss opportunities to fulfill our true potential.

There is another way - choosing to live a simply luxurious life. This book will show you how to invest your time and what to eliminate from your life. It will enable you to:

  • Design a life of purpose that is aligned with your passions and talents
  • Become financially independent
  • Enjoy cultivating a healthy mind and body
  • Build and maintain strong, loving relationships
  • Create a chic, timeless signature style
  • Design a comfortable home that is a true sanctuary
  • Travel in comfort and style
  • Discover simple pleasures that make each day something to look forward to

You can curate the life of your dreams by being purposeful and selective, no matter where you live, your income, or your relationship status. Luxury and true fulfillment are ours for the having if we know where to look and how to make the right choices.

©2014 Shannon Ables (P)2016 Shannon Ables

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A nice reminder of how to enjoy everyday life!

I really enjoyed this book! It is a nice reminder to really savor and truly enjoy everyday life! Shannon gives practical tips on how to incorporate this mindset into your everyday life. The book could get a bit repetitive at times but the material was good. Overall it’s a good read!

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It's ok

felt more like a self congratulatory story than a useful how to. No whimsy or satire, very dry. performed well, but fairly dramatic for the content.

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struggled to finish

I finally finished it, the mundane tone she had made it hard to keep listening.

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Overall message great

Overall her book and message are great. Her pronunciation of some words is a a little interesting. And sometimes pauses, and lack thereof, is off.

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Better for Young, Single Girls

I love the concept of this book - choosing quality over quantity and embracing small luxuries. However, the ideas presented are really only applicable for women who do not have families. I think this would be a great guidebook for young, single, financially secure women who can devote most of their attention to themselves, but for a busy mom with a lot of responsibilities, many of her suggestions were laughably unrealistic. Maybe I’m just bitter that I can’t spend all my time, money, and energy on myself, but I don’t feel like the ideas in this book are doable for or relevant to most women.

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Waiting for a refund

The story teller was tiresome and the whole book is not acceptable for women with children. This book is more for young and restless girls

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  • Linda
  • 06-27-18

Worth listening to

I liked a lot in this book. Especially when she's talking about learning how to set your own rules in your own life and to create your life instead of trying to fulfill other people's expectations of what you should be doing. I for most part am already doing what she's talking about but it's always good to have a reminder every now and then. It occasionally feels as she's telling you to live a very curated life. For example I really enjoy when she's talking about buying less but more quality once you decide to spend, plan ahead ect. but I only like it when she's talking in broad terms, once she starts to give you examples of what the perfect capsule wardrobe needs she sort of loses my interest because that sounds opposite to what she's preaching. If I buy the things she thinks are necessary for a great wardrobe I'm essentially not being me because my style is relaxed scandinavian with an occasional boho twist lol. Not at all close to what she likes. I guess she's just listing things she thinks are essential but since it's not close to my style I stopped paying attention. Also, being a Scandinavian I'm just not familiar with a lot of the things she talks about, like thank you cards, hostess gifts, putting out special guest baskets for visitors. She basically has a whole chapter on how to be a houseguest or a host to a houseguest. Here it will suffice to give a big hug at the end of the stay, say thank you sincerely and then return the favor in some way later. Nothing wrong with either tradition it's just very different here. There's also a lot of high maintenance going on in this book, like the example of how insane it was for her to not being able to use her blow drier in France and she had to let her hair air dry! For crying out loud, what a catastrophy. And her idea of day makeup sounds like what I'd put on for a formal gala. But you know, each to their own. Also I didn't really love listening to her France traveling points, I'm not new to traveling plus I'm European so when in France I won't have a problem with using the underground or charge my electronics. And I didn't like listening to her read out loud recipes. I love food but that was just plain not fun.
But besides from what I've mentioned she does have valid points and the book is worth listening to for sure. The basics are good and if you take what fits your life from it then you'll definitely enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-15-18

Highly recommend

Loved the simple chapters. Very empowering. Good reminder on goal setting and how to live a fulfilling life. Love how Shannon invites us into how she leads her life. Always loved her blog and this encapsulates the essence of it.