Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life by Ruth Soukup, who runs a blog by the same name, is a bluntly honest account of her personal struggle with budgeting, organization, and contentment. I think most women, and especially moms, can relate to Ruth’s story of trying to provide a beautiful home, beautiful meals, and a beautiful image, while internally feeling like a chaotic mess.
“Have you ever felt like 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?”
This book is a compelling and encouraging guide to a better way of living, from someone who is living it herself. The thing that makes Living Well, Spending Less so powerful is Ruth’s inspiring ability to motivate you without “to-doing” you to death. I am not usually a fan of self help books, because they usually seem gimmicky or impossibly unrealistic. Living Well is not like that at all. Because she herself has experienced what she writes about, and because she admits that she still struggles, Ruth comes across as someone you can trust and be open to learning from. Plus, the personal examples she shares show you how to put a new plan into action in a realistic way.
My family has already benefited from the wisdom in Living Well, Spending Less, and as we continue to revisit it, we are changing some habits and hopefully learning to live the “good life” in a whole new way.
The publisher provided a review copy of Living Well Spending Less.