A Woman's Guide to a Simpler Life

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Harmony Books, 1996 - Psychology - 241 pages
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Considering job, housework, and child care, women work roughly fifteen hours more each week than men. A Woman's Guide to a Simpler Life is a thoughtful and eloquently written primer that shows women how to set limits and clear their minds and closets to create space for what is truly valuable: work, home, family, friendships, and traditions.
Dr. Van Steenhouse identifies three key obstacles to simplification: the fear of appearing selfish, the tug of internal resistance, and the trap of perfectionism. Pointing out the perils of modern living, she shows us that we don't have to be slaves to technology; we can pull the plug sometimes to give ourselves space.
With sensible, soulful advice and real-life anecdotes, A Woman's Guide to a Simpler Life helps women minimize intrusions upon their spirits that take up time and energy without providing a sense of renewal and enrichment. It encourages women to listen to their hearts, absolve themselves of guilt and unrealistic expectations, have the courage to say no, and pare away nonessentials to live a saner, more fulfilling life. Dr. Van Steenhouse's invaluable lesson: A simpler life is one in which the knowledge of what matters dictates all that surrounds us, giving us the courage to let go of what our hearts know does not belong.

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User Review  - cati - Goodreads

Wish I knew where this came from, found it on my bookshelf one night when I had nothing lined up to read and there it was! Published in 1996, I loved every bit of advice in it! I will keep it for future reference. The author's tone of "voice" was very soothing to me at this time. Read full review

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User Review  - Kmkoppy - Goodreads

Nothing new in this book - a reaffirmation of taking care of yourself in order to take care of others, setting priorities, letting go of things that clutter your life. Read full review



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Andrea Van Steenhouse, Ph.D., was Denver's leading radio psychologist for twelve years. She continues to make frequent appearances as a highly visible expert on matters of the heart, soul, and life. Doris A. Fuller is a former award-winning journalist for the Los Angeles Times.

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