The Year of No Nonsense

How to Get Over Yourself and On with Your Life
Narrated by: Meredith Atwood
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
4 out of 5 stars (130 ratings)

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In the vein of Girl, Wash Your Face and How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t, a practical guide to acknowledging and getting rid of the nonsense and BS in your life

Exhausted and overworked lawyer, triathlete, wife, and mom Meredith Atwood decided one morning that she'd had it. She didn't take her kids to school. She didn't go to work. She didn't go to the gym. When she pulled herself out of bed hours later than she should have, she found a note from her husband next to two empty bottles of wine and a stack of unpaid bills: You need to get your sh*t together

And that's what Meredith began to do, starting with identifying the nonsense in her life that was holding her back: saying "yes" too much, keeping frenemies around, and more. In The Year of No Nonsense, Atwood shares what she learned, tackling struggles with work, family, and body image, and also willpower and time management. Ultimately, she's the tough-as-nails coach /slash/ best friend who shares a practical plan for identifying and getting rid of your own nonsense in order to move forward and live an authentic, healthy life. From recognizing lies you believe about yourself and your abilities, to making a "nonsense" list and developing a "no nonsense blueprint," this audiobook walks you through reclaiming yourself with grit and determination, step by step.  

With targeted, practical chapters to help you stop feeling stuck and get on with your life, The Year of No Nonsense is equal parts girlfriend and been-there-done-that. The best part? Like any friend, she helps you get to the other side.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Meredith Atwood (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Meredith Atwood is a woman after my own heart. Her new book cuts to the chase and shows us how to cut out the bullshit in life - starting with ourselves." (Lauren Zander, celebrity life coach, co-founder and chairwoman of Handel Group, creator of Inner.U, and author of Maybe It's You)

"In The Year of No Nonsense, Meredith Atwood not only brings the reader along her raw and personal journey of healing, but also lights the way for the reader to come along and change his or her life as well." (Dr. Shefali Tsabary, author of The Conscious Parent and The Awakened Family)

"A raw and refreshing straight shot of truth that will guide you to find where you are settling as a passenger and propel you into the pilot seat of your life." (Randy Spelling, author of Unlimiting You)

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Monotone

Loved the book and the message - only issue I had was how monotone this book was read.

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Lots of nonsense in no-nonsense (hashtags in a book...?)

When she asks question like “Do you consider yourself healthy?” she soon after asks “Do you binge eat? Do you (something else very specific to her own experience)?” This switch between general meditative questions to such extremely personal anecdotes to “You must do this:______” is exhausting and leaves you having to unravel her own psychosis before being able to look at your own and apply the advice to your own life. It would be much more helpful and enjoyable reading about how she found her way out of her own complex autobiographically, and then reflect on it personally. Instead she says things like:

You’ve been lied to, you’ve participated in the lie, and so was I, and my breakdown was the way out.

Lots and lots of hyperboles and unnecessary punctual curse words, spoken in a very flat voice despite how emotional some of it is, and hashtags at the end of each chapter...even though...it’s a book...? I’m a millennial who likes social media, but I don’t appreciate this free marketing grab.

”Stop thinking, just do”
“Practice self acceptance”
“Find Balance”
and several other popular mantras are both damned and glorified at different points in the book without much acknowledgment of how important accepting paradox is (in fact she damns paradox at one point too). Simple rational gets heady and complex without the proper language and thoughtfulness to detangle it. If you’re going to deep dive into fresh problems in the middle of a self help book, please also spend the energy finding the surface instead of dragging the reader to some abyss and then leaving them there.

Her answer for dealing with people who make you jealous is to ghost them. Instead of having what could be an honest, complex and perhaps meaningful conversation with someone you’ve spent lots of time with in favor of just quitting them and then glorifying that sounds like nonsense to me. There’s a lot in this book about how important it is to confront yourself, but in this aspect our heroine runs from herself, and doesn’t even see it. If you are a people pleaser who needs to find yourself and break free from the ties of other people’s expectations at any cost, this path presented in this book could possibly be for you. If not, read “Blink” by Gladwell and anything from Brene Brown (both cited several times during her path to picking out nonsense) and perhaps you will find your way out of whatever your mess is.

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You will learn a lot about the author!

With little intonation or variance in pitch, tone, or speed, Atwood provides a gruelling look into her year of no nonsense. She gives an unabashed view of her pain and shortcomings. At times her self-disclosure veers into a confessional that is only necessary if you're a celebrity whose bio is on A & E. We get it, things were bad, terrible even. I just didn't think I needed to wade deeply into her stuff to process mine. But every author has their style.
There are some pearls of wisdom here, though. You just have to hold your breath, like a deep sea diver, to reach them. Between the repeated admissions of how her world caved in, Atwood poses some powerful questions throughout; questions so profound, I had to finish the book. To benefit her readers, Atwood could share more deep insights and powerful questions and less of a tell-all.

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Excellent!

The author narrates this so well! If you have no idea what your nonsense is or just can't figure out how to move forward and get out of your own way in the nonsense you totally know about, this is the healthy tool you want in your life toolbox! This book is written with care, empathy, truth, vulnerability, compassion, humor, kindness. This book comes from a person who simply wants to help others lean into their greatness, heal their souls, and shine their light instead of dull it. I highly recommend this book!

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not a fan of the weighting or the performance. onl

I did not enjoy the content or the performance of this audiobook.
I only got 2 chapters in before stopping it as I got frustrated with it.

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Nonsense

Despite the other reviews, this book did NOT pull me in... at all. All I kept thinking was ‘how many times is she going to say the word Nonsense?’

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Seriously, life changing. I rated performance only because she spoke a bit on the slow side

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  • 02-26-20

Not my favorite

Story/Content: Nothing original. The popular self-help advice that you're not alone, and you need to make a focused effort to improve.

Narration was monotonous, with no emotion or energy. Might be a better read.

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Awesome!!

Meaningful and enlightening. I will definitely share, learn and peal. I am looking forward to years of No Nonsense.

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Powerful

I had been through coaching and read one self help book. From that I was able to identify that I had problems and that I needed to get past them. But it is pretty difficult to get past something you can’t see. This book, in the very unique way it is written, helped me identify several things, work on them, and move on to the next without shitting on myself along the way. Or at least catching myself and stopping. This book is amazing. The way Meredith narrated is a huge part. She speaks like a real person. Relatable.

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  • Valentina.V
  • 01-29-20

An instagram manifesto

I purchased this book by mistake, hoping for the latest Margaret Atwood novel altough this is not the source of my disappointment.
As an avid reader I was still intentioned in enjoying the book but I unfortunately realized that it is, in fact, unreadable (or unlistenable).
Repetitive and extremely superficial delivery of absolute Nothing. Assembling quotes dosen't equal writing a novel.

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  • Gary Watts
  • 12-23-19

Insightful and thought provoking listen

Insightful and thought provoking listen. Will definitely recommend to some friends as as way to dissect problems

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  • Kirsty Mole
  • 12-22-19

Awful - couldn’t listen to it

So disappointed after seeing it related to Girl, Wash Your Face I was really excited to listen to this one but it just annoyed me so much. I get that the word ‘nonsense’ is in the title but it’s also said a million times in the first 20 minutes and I just couldn’t see any value in listening any further.

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  • jude_s
  • 02-21-20

A load of nonsense

The author’s deadpan drawl is quite compelling to listen to but sorry this book is a load of nonsense and bit of a waste of time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-16-20

A Must Read - highly recommend

If you want a ‘self help’ book with practical recommendations and a down to earth vibe then this is the read for you. It’s helped me leave a toxic work environment and find my passion for life.