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Opt out of expectations and live a more intentional life with this refreshing guide from the national bestselling author of The Year of Less. We all follow our own path in life. At least, that's what we're told. In reality, many of us either do what is expected of us, or follow the invisible but well-worn paths that lead to what is culturally acceptable. For some, those pat Opt out of expectations and live a more intentional life with this refreshing guide from the national bestselling author of The Year of Less. We all follow our own path in life. At least, that's what we're told. In reality, many of us either do what is expected of us, or follow the invisible but well-worn paths that lead to what is culturally acceptable. For some, those paths are fine -- even great. But they leave some of us feeling disconnected from ourselves and what we really want to do. When that discomfort finally outweighs the fear of trying something new, we're ready to opt out. After going through this process many times, Cait Flanders found there is an incredible parallel between taking a different path in life and the psychological work it takes to summit a mountain -- especially when you decide to go solo. In Adventures in Opting Out, she offers a trail map to help you with both. As you'll see, reaching the first viewpoint can be easy -- and it offers a glimpse of what you're walking toward. Climbing to the summit for the full view is worth it. But in the space between those two peaks you will enter a world completely unknown to you, and that is the most difficult part of the path to navigate. With Flanders's guidance and advice, drawn from her own journey and stories of others, you'll have all the encouragement and insight you'll need to take the path less traveled and create the life you want. Just step up to the trailhead and expect it to be an adventure.


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Opt out of expectations and live a more intentional life with this refreshing guide from the national bestselling author of The Year of Less. We all follow our own path in life. At least, that's what we're told. In reality, many of us either do what is expected of us, or follow the invisible but well-worn paths that lead to what is culturally acceptable. For some, those pat Opt out of expectations and live a more intentional life with this refreshing guide from the national bestselling author of The Year of Less. We all follow our own path in life. At least, that's what we're told. In reality, many of us either do what is expected of us, or follow the invisible but well-worn paths that lead to what is culturally acceptable. For some, those paths are fine -- even great. But they leave some of us feeling disconnected from ourselves and what we really want to do. When that discomfort finally outweighs the fear of trying something new, we're ready to opt out. After going through this process many times, Cait Flanders found there is an incredible parallel between taking a different path in life and the psychological work it takes to summit a mountain -- especially when you decide to go solo. In Adventures in Opting Out, she offers a trail map to help you with both. As you'll see, reaching the first viewpoint can be easy -- and it offers a glimpse of what you're walking toward. Climbing to the summit for the full view is worth it. But in the space between those two peaks you will enter a world completely unknown to you, and that is the most difficult part of the path to navigate. With Flanders's guidance and advice, drawn from her own journey and stories of others, you'll have all the encouragement and insight you'll need to take the path less traveled and create the life you want. Just step up to the trailhead and expect it to be an adventure.

30 review for Adventures in Opting Out: A Field Guide to Leading an Intentional Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    Just published my October Book Vlog and whew! It was a lot of reading but so worth it! The Written Review No two paths are the same, just as no two people are the same. Cait Flanders has taken a path less traveled by - she had a traditional job and direction in life...but she just felt increasingly out of place. So, she began to wonder...what happens if she opts out? If she doesn't work a 9 to 5, if she doesn't invest in a home and if she doesn't live her life according to society Just published my October Book Vlog and whew! It was a lot of reading but so worth it! The Written Review No two paths are the same, just as no two people are the same. Cait Flanders has taken a path less traveled by - she had a traditional job and direction in life...but she just felt increasingly out of place. So, she began to wonder...what happens if she opts out? If she doesn't work a 9 to 5, if she doesn't invest in a home and if she doesn't live her life according to society's expectations. There is a cost to staying on one path, especially if it doesn’t feel like the one you should be on. But there is also a cost to walking away and venturing into the unknown. Opting out is much like climbing a mountain - there's new challenges behind every corner. People might look at you like you are crazy. But the view from the top - breath-taking. This was a fun, quick book. I liked hearing about her life and how she took on the challenges from her chosen path. I loved that she shared her triumphs and also her failings - it was interesting to learn about what didn't work! My favorite part was the constant shout-outs to Squamish, BC. (Which just-so-happens to be the place my dog is named after!) All in all, this was a lovely book. I do want pick up her first one - The Year of Less! It sounds like such a good one! With thanks to Little, Brown Spark and Cait Flanders for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review! YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Adventures in Opting Out is such a refreshing and timely guide for finding one’s own path in life. I don’t know about you all, but I am spending more time than ever on screens and somehow less time feeling purposeful. Cait Flanders has a plan for that. Adventures in Opting Out is all about the path less traveled and finding the life you want. The book is divided into guidance along that path and also includes hiking analogies because the author is a prolific hiker. This book inspired me to make Adventures in Opting Out is such a refreshing and timely guide for finding one’s own path in life. I don’t know about you all, but I am spending more time than ever on screens and somehow less time feeling purposeful. Cait Flanders has a plan for that. Adventures in Opting Out is all about the path less traveled and finding the life you want. The book is divided into guidance along that path and also includes hiking analogies because the author is a prolific hiker. This book inspired me to make some changes and simplify, something I’m always trying to improve. I really want to listen or read Cait Flander The Year of Less. I definitely could use some help with minimalism and think it’s a good fit with what I learned from this book. I received a gifted copy. All opinions are my own. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kimber

    Cait is a hiker and a blogger who has "opted out" of society's expectations and carved out her own life, on her own terms. This book is her "field guide to leading an intentional life." But for something claiming to be intentional, this book doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. Instead of inspiring it's all so.....banal....and bland. Cait is a hiker and a blogger who has "opted out" of society's expectations and carved out her own life, on her own terms. This book is her "field guide to leading an intentional life." But for something claiming to be intentional, this book doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. Instead of inspiring it's all so.....banal....and bland.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I was SO looking forward to reading this book because I loved Flanders' previous book, Year of Less. This one was disappointing. The premise sounded great - "opt out" of the expected paths and find your own way/adventures. She writes the book with "opting out" being an analogy to hiking. But, like many reviews said (and I didn't want to believe) it was VERY repetitive and used the same few examples over and over and over. And most of the examples were pretty vague, so it didn't have much impact. I was SO looking forward to reading this book because I loved Flanders' previous book, Year of Less. This one was disappointing. The premise sounded great - "opt out" of the expected paths and find your own way/adventures. She writes the book with "opting out" being an analogy to hiking. But, like many reviews said (and I didn't want to believe) it was VERY repetitive and used the same few examples over and over and over. And most of the examples were pretty vague, so it didn't have much impact. One thing I really admired about her previous book was how open and honest she was with her struggles and changing her life. This book seems half formed - a good idea with not much material to back it up. I was so looking forward to this book and it was very disappointing. I would be open to another book by her, but I would not recommend this one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My honest to god gut reaction while reading this was: Cait...girl...please tell me something I don't know. I appreciate the message that Adventures in Opting Out is trying to deliver. I fully ascribe to the belief that we should live our own lives fearlessly the way we want, not how other people want us to live them. Make messes, go on big or little adventures, find your niche com Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My honest to god gut reaction while reading this was: Cait...girl...please tell me something I don't know. I appreciate the message that Adventures in Opting Out is trying to deliver. I fully ascribe to the belief that we should live our own lives fearlessly the way we want, not how other people want us to live them. Make messes, go on big or little adventures, find your niche community whether it is bookworms in quirky cafés or fisherman in little river boats or hikers struggling to reach the next peak. Live this life fully. Yes. Preach. That being said, Flanders' writing style, although friendly and warm in tone, left much to be desired. The same annecdotes or lists of her personal life accomplishments were repeated over and over. She continuously crammed the chapters with references from her previous book, her friend's stories, and references of the works of other inspirational/motivational mental health speakers and authors (such as Oprah Winfrey, Brené Brown and Cheryl Strayed). It left little room for her own thoughts and comparisons to the struggle of living authentically with climbing a mountain peak. This almost felt like a rip-off of Strayed's Wild, it was so unoriginal. Plus all of these choppy inserts left my reading experience feeling stilted and disjointed. The book probably could have been condensed to 25-50% of what it was without these additions and the message would have stayed the same. I won't be adding this one to the shelf, nor recommending it either, unfortunately. Sorry Cait - but congratulations on publishing the book you have always wanted to write! Someone else will appreciate this cathartic read, but it won't be me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    I was so looking forward to Cait’s second book but it feels bland, repetitive, and overly simplistic. It’s actually painful to write this because I so enjoyed her first book and also her Instagram posts.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Amick

    Please no more self help books based on a hiking analogy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie Wittman

    Flanders uses an extended metaphor to compare making different life choices to the elements of a hike. I really liked her first book, which felt personal, compelling and left me ruminating for quite a while. Sorry to say that this one feels distant, bland and highly repetitive. She works very hard to break down the hiking metaphor into infinitesimal pieces to keep the theme going. I know she was trying to come up with a “guide” that would ostensibly help anyone on any life journey that goes agai Flanders uses an extended metaphor to compare making different life choices to the elements of a hike. I really liked her first book, which felt personal, compelling and left me ruminating for quite a while. Sorry to say that this one feels distant, bland and highly repetitive. She works very hard to break down the hiking metaphor into infinitesimal pieces to keep the theme going. I know she was trying to come up with a “guide” that would ostensibly help anyone on any life journey that goes against the grain. But I just don’t feel inspired or buoyed during or after reading it. 2.5 stars.

  9. 5 out of 5

    A

    I was a longtime reader of Cait’s blog, and loved her work. It was a grounded voice that resonated with me, and was a refreshing change from the rest of the Canadian personal finance blogosphere. I read her first book and didn’t enjoy it - perhaps it was better for readers who were new to her as an author, but it was more or less a reprint of her blog. When this book came out, I gave it a try. She’s written how this book feels a lot different than her last one. This book fell flat for me pretty muc I was a longtime reader of Cait’s blog, and loved her work. It was a grounded voice that resonated with me, and was a refreshing change from the rest of the Canadian personal finance blogosphere. I read her first book and didn’t enjoy it - perhaps it was better for readers who were new to her as an author, but it was more or less a reprint of her blog. When this book came out, I gave it a try. She’s written how this book feels a lot different than her last one. This book fell flat for me pretty much immediately. Cait has beautiful writing on her blog, but none of the depth and nuance shows up in her books. Maybe she shines in shorter mediums. I find myself skimming this book, which is never a great sign. Now I know why she came home partway through her year away - because she didn’t plan ahead and accommodation got expensive. Oops. I dunno. Maybe I just don’t like autobiographical works. She’s writing this in 2019/2020 based on her experience in 2019. It doesn’t give enough time and space to properly reflect on what we know and learn. It’s too rushed and misses the mark. Sorry Cait. I am a genuine fan but... this isn’t it girl. You are better than what’s getting published here.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I read and enjoyed the author's first book. This one didn't hit home with me quite as much. There are some good bits about opting out from "regular" life and following the life path that suits you best. Flanders tried to parallel opting out with hiking terminology and it sometimes works, but at other times just feel a little gimmicky. From reading the book, I know the author was trying to make the information here more generalized rather than sharing more of her own story but I think this book w I read and enjoyed the author's first book. This one didn't hit home with me quite as much. There are some good bits about opting out from "regular" life and following the life path that suits you best. Flanders tried to parallel opting out with hiking terminology and it sometimes works, but at other times just feel a little gimmicky. From reading the book, I know the author was trying to make the information here more generalized rather than sharing more of her own story but I think this book would have benefited from more of her own experiences. We can get self-help from anyone. What makes a book stand out is the author's own story and we get some of that but not a lot. Thank you to Little, Brown and Company and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erin Nigh

    I really like the message of this book, listening to your gut, managing the pushback you might get from opting out, keeping important people in your life even if they might not understand… I think the tone and writing style just didn’t work for me. All of the analogies were cute but didn’t always make sense, and it veered more into self-help and giving directions rather than telling the story of how she spent a year traveling from place to place. I think these days I prefer my “self-help” more i I really like the message of this book, listening to your gut, managing the pushback you might get from opting out, keeping important people in your life even if they might not understand… I think the tone and writing style just didn’t work for me. All of the analogies were cute but didn’t always make sense, and it veered more into self-help and giving directions rather than telling the story of how she spent a year traveling from place to place. I think these days I prefer my “self-help” more in the form of reading what works for other people and taking what might work for me over an instruction manual, and that’s a little what this felt like. The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Dang. I really did like The Year of Less and I like Cait's voice, but I just did not feel a connection with Adventures in Opting out. Small sections of the book landed solidly, but overall I didn't feel like it had much value for me. Too bad. Dang. I really did like The Year of Less and I like Cait's voice, but I just did not feel a connection with Adventures in Opting out. Small sections of the book landed solidly, but overall I didn't feel like it had much value for me. Too bad.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Beccy

    Meh. I didn’t like the first book so don’t know why I thought this would be any different. It’s not that it was a bad book - I just didn’t get the content I was hoping for.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Juanita

    This book is hard to categorize its part self help, part memoir part travelogue. The author focuses on the idea of it being okay to "opt out", choose to live some aspect of your life in a way that's different than others expectations, if it doesn't hurt you or other people. She talks some about her own opt out of having a permanent residence and deciding to travel around Europe for a time but also interviews others who have had their own opt out. She uses a hiking analagy throughout. I overall l This book is hard to categorize its part self help, part memoir part travelogue. The author focuses on the idea of it being okay to "opt out", choose to live some aspect of your life in a way that's different than others expectations, if it doesn't hurt you or other people. She talks some about her own opt out of having a permanent residence and deciding to travel around Europe for a time but also interviews others who have had their own opt out. She uses a hiking analagy throughout. I overall liked it. But it felt repetitive at times and I found myself wishing she had sat on this for another 6 months so she'd have more material about her own travels. She just hadn't been traveling very long when she mentions that her deadline for finishing the book is approaching. Even though it ties together fine at times it felt like she repeated stuff to fill a word count. I listened to the audio and it went by fast.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emma Langemeier

    I had low expectations after reading the other reviews, but I was pleasantly surprised by this book! Cait’s wide network of friends/bloggers allows her to share experiences and anecdotes that have something for everyone. I found myself particularly drawn to her story about her friend Nicole. Her personal experiences, while still central, take a backseat to the overarching plot of the novel, which allows the reader to become the focus. While reading this book, I spent a good deal of time looking I had low expectations after reading the other reviews, but I was pleasantly surprised by this book! Cait’s wide network of friends/bloggers allows her to share experiences and anecdotes that have something for everyone. I found myself particularly drawn to her story about her friend Nicole. Her personal experiences, while still central, take a backseat to the overarching plot of the novel, which allows the reader to become the focus. While reading this book, I spent a good deal of time looking introspectively at my own life. This book also came out at the perfect time. COVID related quarantine has given me more time than ever to be alone with my thoughts and take stock of my life. Even before I opened this book, I was aware that I needed a change. I could relate to almost all of the “questions to ask yourself if you think you need a change.” However, I wasn’t sure how to start or even if I should do anything differently (could I really give up my stable/well paying job in the middle of a pandemic, just because I am not happy??). This book gave me permission to let myself think about what changes would truly let me get on the right path. I can see myself continuing to reread this book as I continue with my journey and I’m sure I’ll get something different out of it each time. Certain stories may resonate more while I am at a different stage. I’m excited to have something to refer back to when I find myself stagnating and need additional inspiration. I’ve been following Cait’s journey for a long time. When I was paying off my own debt, I turned to her blog as a source of inspiration and guidance. Looking back at those early posts, it is so clear to me how far she has grown as a person and as a writer. This book felt like the truest expression of who she has become.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This book had me with this.... "We all follow our own path in life. At least, that's what we're told. In reality, many of us either do what is expected of us, or take the invisible, but well-worn paths that lead to what is culturally acceptable. For some, those paths are fine-even great. But they leave several of us feeling disconnected from ourselves and what we really want to do. When that discomfort finally outweighs the fear of trying something new, we're ready to opt out." Loved this book. G This book had me with this.... "We all follow our own path in life. At least, that's what we're told. In reality, many of us either do what is expected of us, or take the invisible, but well-worn paths that lead to what is culturally acceptable. For some, those paths are fine-even great. But they leave several of us feeling disconnected from ourselves and what we really want to do. When that discomfort finally outweighs the fear of trying something new, we're ready to opt out." Loved this book. Grateful it exists.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Denise Weber

    If you need inspiration or support during a time in your life when you want to change your path, this might give you that helping hand. As someone who plans every trip, every adventure and wants to know what I’ll do along the way, this book helped me see the joy of giving a new path a try without having to know all the answers before I start. Cait says, “You can’t know what’s going to happen or how you’re going to feel about it until you start going down the new path. Instead, you have to work p If you need inspiration or support during a time in your life when you want to change your path, this might give you that helping hand. As someone who plans every trip, every adventure and wants to know what I’ll do along the way, this book helped me see the joy of giving a new path a try without having to know all the answers before I start. Cait says, “You can’t know what’s going to happen or how you’re going to feel about it until you start going down the new path. Instead, you have to work past the fear of doing it ‘wrong’ or ‘failing’ and simply TRY.” Thanks, Cait. New horizons await!

  18. 4 out of 5

    April

    I’m disappointed to write this review, as a great fan of Cait’s blogging, social media, and first book. I feel this book missed the mark. I was looking forward to reading about the experiences of other people and their opt-outs as advertised but I felt she barely scratched the surface either any of them. She indicated in the book that she didn’t think she could finish writing the book due to personal challenges, but hunkered down and did, and it’s shows. The only lesson I really took away was th I’m disappointed to write this review, as a great fan of Cait’s blogging, social media, and first book. I feel this book missed the mark. I was looking forward to reading about the experiences of other people and their opt-outs as advertised but I felt she barely scratched the surface either any of them. She indicated in the book that she didn’t think she could finish writing the book due to personal challenges, but hunkered down and did, and it’s shows. The only lesson I really took away was the hiking phrases which helped me on the hiking trip I took immediately after. Also, can we get a thesaurus for the term opt-out? Was used in repetitive fashion that it sounded amateurish.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Hollatz

    I was really excited to dig into this book after loving Cait's first book, The Year of Less. The tagline says it's a field guide and that's exactly how it feels when you're reading. While none of the advice is groundbreaking per se, it does give helpful reminders and encouragement from a friend who feels like a fellow trailblazer. I especially connected with the section titled The Viewpoint and the Seventh Sense chapter. It was nice to read other people's stories in opting out rather than just t I was really excited to dig into this book after loving Cait's first book, The Year of Less. The tagline says it's a field guide and that's exactly how it feels when you're reading. While none of the advice is groundbreaking per se, it does give helpful reminders and encouragement from a friend who feels like a fellow trailblazer. I especially connected with the section titled The Viewpoint and the Seventh Sense chapter. It was nice to read other people's stories in opting out rather than just the author's experiences. I feel the book could have gone more in-depth into the subject but overall it was a good read for a Saturday afternoon spent by the river. I'm sure I'll be letting my friends borrow this book for years!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    The underlying premise of the book has a lot of promise but the execution just wasn't there. I liked the analogy threaded through the book of hiking and making choices to 'opt out in life.' However Caits examples were not that inspiring or great. One that came up a few times was Cait living in another country but not being able to find accomodations that meet her budget in a few weeks. Would not recommend. The underlying premise of the book has a lot of promise but the execution just wasn't there. I liked the analogy threaded through the book of hiking and making choices to 'opt out in life.' However Caits examples were not that inspiring or great. One that came up a few times was Cait living in another country but not being able to find accomodations that meet her budget in a few weeks. Would not recommend.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Webber

    I’m a big fan of Cait Flanders, but this felt like it fell short. There is good content, but the story isn’t captivating. 2.5 stars.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Faysash

    I'm very conflicted in this review as I love Cait Flanders and really enjoyed her debut The Year of Less. This follow up somewhat missed the mark for me. I kept waiting for her to dive into her life abroad but it was so piecemeal that I never felt I was getting into a flow. The book is organized into elements of a hike which is personally where I feel this book is flawed as there is. lot of style of substance. Nothing is bad in here--it just feels like a lot of very basic advice when I would hav I'm very conflicted in this review as I love Cait Flanders and really enjoyed her debut The Year of Less. This follow up somewhat missed the mark for me. I kept waiting for her to dive into her life abroad but it was so piecemeal that I never felt I was getting into a flow. The book is organized into elements of a hike which is personally where I feel this book is flawed as there is. lot of style of substance. Nothing is bad in here--it just feels like a lot of very basic advice when I would have preferred to have more of a personal narrative of her journey.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    A while back, I did a year-long project called "A Simple Year." Cait Flanders was one of the facilitators, and I have followed her work since then. Her recent book, "Adventures in Opting Out: A Field Guide to Leading an Intentional Life," draws on hiking metaphors to reveal truths she has learned from years of opting out of debt, consumerism, drugs, drinking, and some societal expectations. In 2019 she opted out from her "normal life" to spend a year trying to live traveling and working abroad a A while back, I did a year-long project called "A Simple Year." Cait Flanders was one of the facilitators, and I have followed her work since then. Her recent book, "Adventures in Opting Out: A Field Guide to Leading an Intentional Life," draws on hiking metaphors to reveal truths she has learned from years of opting out of debt, consumerism, drugs, drinking, and some societal expectations. In 2019 she opted out from her "normal life" to spend a year trying to live traveling and working abroad as a writer. While the hiking metaphors distracted me some from what she has trying to say, her time in the UK, especially over months in Cardiff, drew me in. Having played with the idea of possibly living for the UK for six months to a year at a time, it was helpful to hear how Flanders did this. One of the helpful things for her was trying to re-create her basic routine of coffee shop, grocery, trails to walk, and access "to something big in the wild to give [her] perspective, such as a mountain or body of water" (167-168). Day adventures rounded out her time, along with an extended two weeks away at one point. Lots to think about "opting out" in regard to my own life, past, present, and future. And as Flanders quotes (225) Cheryl Strayed ("The Ghost Ship that Didn't Carry Us"): "I’ll never know and neither will you of the life you don’t choose. We’ll only know that whatever that sister life was, it was important and beautiful and not ours." So be as intentional as possible and see what adventures await. I am glad Flanders opted out in 2019, because 2020 would have been so much more challenging. . . .

  24. 5 out of 5

    mindful.librarian ☀️

    I adored Year of Less and preordered the audio of this one because I was so excited. But. I get what she was trying to do with the hiking analogy format but it didn’t work at ALL for me. I so wanted this to be a memoir and not a how-to guide - she even admitted at the end that all of this big stuff had happened to her during the time period in which the book is set but didn’t discuss it in the book because it didn’t fit the format. I wish an editor had realized how much powerful it could have be I adored Year of Less and preordered the audio of this one because I was so excited. But. I get what she was trying to do with the hiking analogy format but it didn’t work at ALL for me. I so wanted this to be a memoir and not a how-to guide - she even admitted at the end that all of this big stuff had happened to her during the time period in which the book is set but didn’t discuss it in the book because it didn’t fit the format. I wish an editor had realized how much powerful it could have been in a different format. I hope to read more from Flanders in the future.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dayle

    I loved Cait’s first book and I love this one as well, though they are very different. This one is for all those who are drawn to the path less travelled. Follow along as Cait shares some of the paths and experiences she intentionally chose to leave behind, and what she was able to find as a result. A timely reminder that we only get one chance at life and the book provides a guide of sorts for how to navigate leaving the “norm” behind and finding your own way. Highly recommend!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Absolutely loved this book. It doesn't feel like a self help book, but it really makes you feel good about making choices that are right for you even if they aren't mainstream or they seem daunting. The writing feels like a friend chatting and it's relatable. Absolutely loved this book. It doesn't feel like a self help book, but it really makes you feel good about making choices that are right for you even if they aren't mainstream or they seem daunting. The writing feels like a friend chatting and it's relatable.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Adrineh

    I believe there's a right book at the right time for all of us. This was the right book at the right time for me. I believe there's a right book at the right time for all of us. This was the right book at the right time for me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I couldn't finish this one... I couldn't finish this one...

  29. 4 out of 5

    EF

    Nothing too profound here, but made me think that I can still opt out on a smaller scale ( given my age) and realized that my ex had opted out a long time ago & I did not realize it!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Sandlin

    I love this book. It's full of nuance and real stories, not platitudes or sweeping "advice" like so many other books in this category. This is one where, if you go through it too quickly, you could miss the real magic. Cait is a joy to read; it's like catching up with an old friend. And I loved reading her travel reflections and stories throughout! I love this book. It's full of nuance and real stories, not platitudes or sweeping "advice" like so many other books in this category. This is one where, if you go through it too quickly, you could miss the real magic. Cait is a joy to read; it's like catching up with an old friend. And I loved reading her travel reflections and stories throughout!

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