Who Needs This Book?
Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life is written for every woman who currently feels overwhelmed or stressed out with a life—and budget—that seems out-of-control. It speaks to the mom who is struggling to balance all the demands of her day-to-day life with the pressure to keep up with the all her friends. It is a practical guide for those of us who long to pull ourselves together but sometimes feel unsure of how to manage all the pieces of a chaotic life. It is the step-by-step guide to creating a life of meaning and joy we’ve all been waiting for.
What is this book about?
Ruth Soukup knows all too well how scary it can feel to have a life—and budget—that seems to be spiraling out of control. Through personal stories and practical action plans, she inspires and empowers women to make real and lasting changes to their personal goals, homes, and finances. Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life is real, honest, and speaks to the heart of the matter—how can you live the life you’ve always wanted?
With brutal honesty and the wisdom of someone who has been there, in this book Ruth looks at how to:
- Overcome the destructive cycle of “more is never enough” by instead learning to choose contentment right where we are.
- Step off the treadmill of always trying to keep up, and instead take back your time by making simple shifts in our daily habits.
- Stop busting our budgets & learn how to cut our grocery bills in half by making five simple tweaks to the way we shop.
- Create a practical, workable cleaning schedule that works for our own home and family situation.
- Develop a concrete plan for sharing the Good Life with others in order to bring lasting joy and peace.
What is Secret 13?
Living Well Spending Less shares 12 secrets for seeking—and finding—the Good Life in our day to day lives. From time management and goal-setting to managing our homes and finances, these practical and concrete strategies can help each of us discover a life rich with purpose. Even so, a life well lived is not so much about what we have as who we are, and ultimately each one of us holds the key to our own secrets. Secret #13 is the truth that YOU have uncovered as you discover your own Good Life.
The #Secret13 Blog Tour & Essay Contest
What is YOUR secret of the Good Life?
Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life shares 12 concrete strategies for seeking—and finding—the Good Life in our day to day lives. Even so, a life well lived is not so much about what we have as who we are, and ultimately each one of us holds the key to our own secrets.
Secret 13 is the truth that YOU have uncovered as you discover your own Good Life, and we want to hear all about it!
Here’s how the #Secret13 Blog Tour & Essay Contest works:
In 750-1200 words, please share your own Living Well Spending Less® story. It could be a challenge you faced in your own life and the lesson you learned as you overcame it, or a personal story about how something within one of the chapters of Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life personally affected or changed you.
For the #Secret13 blog tour, we would like to encourage you to share YOUR own secret of the Good Life on your blog, along with information about Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life. Then be sure to link up your post on the blog tour page HERE, as well as share it on social media using hashtag #Secret13 and #LWSLbook so that we can be sure to share it on our own social media channels as well.
Next, if you’d like to be entered into the #Secret13 Essay Contest, simply send a copy of your essay to email@example.com. Be sure to also include your name and blog name!
Each week for 12 weeks we will select one finalist to feature on LivingWellSpendingLess.com. At the end of the 12 weeks, Living Well Spending Less readers will vote on their favorite #Secret13 story.
Our grand prize winner will receive a weeklong Carnival Cruise for up to four people on the Carnival Sunshine, and all finalists will receive a special prize package as well!
Not quite sure what to write about? Here are a few ideas from the book to get you started:
- From Chapter 1: The Good Life is Not What We Think it Is
“It is not the wealth—or the stuff—that kills us; it is the wanting, the longing, the absolutely insatiable desire for it that eventually takes over our hearts and minds, leaving room for little else. Whether or not we can afford it is totally irrelevant. What matters is the desire of our heart. Regardless of the never-quite-enough message society wants to give us, a life consumed by always wanting more is not the Good Life.”
How do you think society’s emphasis on wealth, success, and possessions affects you? How have you learned to overcome these temptations?
- From Chapter 2: Contentment is a Choice
“It takes real effort to actively long for the intangible and to truly want something we can’t see or touch or feel. But when we really begin to look at our lives in terms of eternity—even if for just a few minutes—instead of what we want right now, having a designer wardrobe or a bigger house or a prettier kitchen suddenly doesn’t seem quite so important.”
Think about the people you most often compare yourself to. What is it about their life that makes you feel envious or inadequate? Would your life really be that much different if you had what they had? Now take it one step further: If you were to die tomorrow, what would you want to be remembered for?
- From Chapter 3: We All Have a Sweet Spot
“Our sweet spot is that place where our greatest passions and our talents or our abilities intersect. It is that special place where we are able to do whatever it is we feel most called to do, that thing we love, that thing we are great at, that thing that makes life worth living. Living in the sweet spot means having the courage to follow our dreams, take risks, and work harder than we ever thought possible to accomplish our goals.”
What is your own sweet spot? Have you found it yet? What are you doing in your life right now to make sure that you are living in your sweet spot—that place where your talents and your passions intersect?
- From Chapter 4: Written Goals Can Change Your Life
“It’s not enough to have some hazy daydream of what you’d like to accomplish someday. You have to actually take the time—whether it be five minutes or five hours—to write it down. Taking the time to write down your vision of the future not only forces you to self-evaluate and decide what is most important, but it also motivates you to act on those dreams. Writing them down makes them real. And once they are real you can’t ignore them.”
What are your goals, dreams, and aspirations? Take the time to write them down and make them real.
- From Chapter 6: Less Stuff Equals More Joy
“Stuff isn’t bad or dangerous in and of itself, but in a world where we are constantly told that what we have isn’t quite good enough, the love of things can so easily consume us. The pursuit of it all—more toys, cuter clothes, a prettier house, a nicer car, a newer computer, a fancier phone—makes us forget all the things that actually matter. Not until I observed firsthand the real and immediate changes in my kids after getting rid of their toys did I truly begin to understand. My lesson to them was really their lesson to me: less stuff equals more joy.”
Do an honest assessment of the state of your home. Are you drowning in stuff? Do you fill overrun by clutter? How would your life be different if you weren’t constantly wrangling with all the excess?
- From Chapter 8: Saving is a State of Mind
“Financial peace is not a number on our bank statement or a perfectly balanced budget; it is instead a state of mind. There will never be enough money or pretty things to satisfy our broken discontented hearts, but praying for peace with where we are and what we have right now will mean instant wealth far greater than anything the world has to offer. Financial freedom and financial peace go hand in hand, but while one comes from hard work and discipline, the other can only come from above. We need both to succeed.”
Do you currently have a family budget? How does budgeting, saving, and taking control of your family’s finances help bring peace and contentment to your life?
- From Chapter 12: We Get More When We Give
“While the giving of our time and talents is essential, I often think the hardest thing for us to give—especially to those closest to us—is our own hearts…..We forget that when Jesus told us to love our neighbors as ourselves, he wasn’t necessarily talking about the stranger on the side of the road or the child in need half a world away. Our neighbors are the people right in front of us.”
What are some ways you are planning to serve the people right in front of you this year?
Please keep in mind that these are only ideas. You are also welcome to write a review of the book or write whatever comes to mind after reading Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life. We definitely want this to work for you and the natural style of your blog!
1. Add an Intro—let your readers know you are part of the Secret 13 Blog Tour. You can use the following blurb, or edit it to fit your own style:
This post is written as part of Ruth Soukup’s Secret 13 Blog Tour, which I am excited to be a part of along with many other inspiring bloggers. To learn more about the blog tour and join us, click HERE. To find out more about the Secret 13 Essay Contest and your chance to win a weeklong Carnival Cruise for 4, click HERE.
2. Add an Outro—be sure to talk about and link to the book! Feel free to use the following blurb or edit it to fit your own style:
Discover your own secret of the Good Life in Ruth Soukup’s new book, Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life. Through personal stories and practical action plans, she will inspire you to make real and lasting changes to your personal goals, homes, and finance. It is real, honest, and speaks to the heart of the matter—how can you live the life you’ve always wanted? (And be sure to preorder now to take advantage of Ruth’s AWESOME preorder bonuses!!)
3. Add Images—choose from any of the images below. You can also download them all here.
4. Share on Social Media—be sure to use the hashtags #LWSLbook and #secret13 so that we can share it on our social media channels as well!
5. Link Up to the Blog Tour—add your blog post URL to the blog tour linky found HERE.
6. Enter the #Secret13 Essay Contest—email us your #Secret13 essay at firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win an all-expenses paid Carnival Cruise for 4 onboard the Carnival Sunshine. Please note that your essay may be the same as your blog post, but it must be between 750 and 1200 words. Each week we will select one finalist essay to be featured at LivingWellSpendingLess.com. If your post is selected, we will include your bio and a link to your blog with your essay.
Here are some grab-and-go tweets to get you started!
- Want to discover the #GoodLife this year? @RuthSoukup’s new book is a must-read! http://bit.ly/LWSLbook #LWSLbook #Secret13 TWEET NOW
- Love this quote from @RuthSoukup “Sometimes grace is shaped like a coupon.” http://bit.ly/LWSLbook #LWSLbook #Secret13 TWEET NOW
- Tired of feeling overwhelmed? Get @RuthSoukup’s new book—it will catapult you into action! http://bit.ly/LWSLbook #LWSLbook #Secret13 TWEET NOW
- Love this quote from @RuthSoukup “Don’t let the possibility of falling short deter you from trying” http://bit.ly/LWSLbook #LWSLbook #Secret13 TWEET NOW
- 12 Secrets that will change your life in @RuthSoukup’s new book. I couldn’t put it down! http://bit.ly/LWSLbook #LWSLbook #Secret13 TWEET NOW
- Love this quote from @RuthSoukup “We all get the same 24 hours” http://bit.ly/LWSLbook #LWSLbook #Secret13 TWEET NOW
Feel free to use any of these images in your blog posts or on social media. You do not need special permission to use any of these images. You can also directly download all the images HERE.