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Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,945 ratings  ·  246 reviews
Calling the super busy, the stressed out, the overtired.

You know you're made for a more fulfilling life. With this book, you’ll know where to start.

You wake up tired. Your to-do list is too long. The commitments—and the laundry—are piling up, but your energy keeps dwindling. You feel like you're simply making it through the days, not living or enjoying any part of them.

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by Thomas Nelson
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Terri Lynn
May 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
I have enjoyed author Crystal Paine's blog Money Saving Moms so naturally I was eager to read her new book but, sadly, was very disappointed in it. The advice she gives is just so pedestrian, previously chewed up and spit out by hundreds of different writers.

Ms. Paine apparently needed some guidance herself before when she was barely making ends meet, married a man who had to go through college and then law school and barely scrape by while she stayed knocked up and had 3 kids in 5 years. Why w
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-christina
So here's my deal: I am a homeschool mom, whose husband has a high pressure job working many late nights and travels almost every week. So I'm solely responsible for everything in our home from food, cleaning and laundry to bill paying, and I have no hired help. Oh, and I also work part time six months of the year. I wouldn't say I exist solely in survival mode, but I'm definitely "on duty" for pretty much 16 hours a day. I'm high energy and type A, so I'm good with all of this most of the time. ...more
Jan 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
I used to love her blog. Lately, it has been preachy and passive aggressive judgmental at times so I hoped her book would get back to the roots of her blog. I also dont understand why she is so popular. Her life of eating at same restaurants, wearing same clothes and even eating same stuff for breakfast is ungodly boring.
I was disappointed.
I get annoyed with the religous stuff in her books and wanted to use some forms in the appendix, but they included a check box for bible reading everyday. If
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I was looking for "survival" help. This woman has no concept of being broke. When you have enough in your budget to take a family of 5 out for a night of entertainment and to eat out twice a are not in survival mode that those of us who wonder where the money to buy milk is going to come from.
Jul 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
I can't even begin to describe how disappointed I was in this book. You mean I should establish priorities? Create schedules? Manage my time better? Not exactly precious pearls of wisdom. Maybe if I'd read this book 10 years ago there would have been something meaningful here.
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed Crystal Paine's first book, The Money Saving Mom's Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year. That book was chock full of sound, practical advice that really laid out a strategy and a plan. So I picked up her second book hoping for a similar charting to "stress less, sleep more, and restore [my] passion for life."

For a quick overview of what this book covers here are the titles of its ten chapters:

Stop Trying to Do It All
Jan 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
I have never read Crystal Paine's blog or heard of her before a recommendation from a blog I DO read. The book contains some practical tips which you could pick up from almost anywhere else and is an easy, and straightforward read. What I didn't expect was the HUGE dose of religion with it. If this particular brand of American ego-centric Christianity appeals to you, go for it; otherwise steer clear
Jan 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
Science of Mind for whiny SAHMs (before you jump on me -- I am a SAHM) who harshly judge themselves and others. Throw a little religious preachiness in there and you have this book. I "read" it via audiobook at 2x speed while skipping large chunks. There are far better guides for living an intentional life. Spare yourself.
Debbie Smith
Mar 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015-reads
I skimmed this book in under an hour and found nothing life-altering in its pages. There were no good tips that anyone with common sense hasn't already considered. Save your hour for something more beneficial.
Jan 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
Mom bloggers everywhere have been raving about this book, but I'm struggling to understand why. I did enjoy Crystal's book on budgeting and I do enjoy her blog, but this book fell short of my expectations. There is absolutely nothing in here, that you cannot find on 9/10 Mom Blogs out there. I have already implemented everything listed in the book and have even written blog posts about these same topics. She talks a lot about menu planning, giving yourself grace, setting SMART goals, etc. Again, ...more
Sep 26, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Only a few good ideas and too religious and preachy to my liking.
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit, I fell guilty that although I've been blogging for some time and have connections with a lot of great blogger, I'd never heard of Crystal Paine or her website. But, I'm so glad I found her and her book Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life at this junction in my life.
Crystal is honest and bare-bones, which I needed. I'm always trying to be Super Woman and never can so no. I tend to be a people pleaser and
Sometimes a book comes into your life exactly when you need it. I recognize the same minimalist spirit from the two organizational books I've already delved into this year. I admire anyone who is able to see the big picture and break things apart into manageable pieces (my husband is like this!). My goal this year is to learn to take things in chunks and manage them accordingly. I felt this book was a good reminder how to set those goals and make a reasonable plan to achieve them. I know I won't ...more
Dec 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
This was the worst garbage. I picked this up as an audiobook to listen to. Her voice is exceptionally annoying. The advice is ridiculously simple. I could not evn finish it. I cannot believe that this was ever made into a book. It starts off with her whining about how overwhelmed in life she felt. The title of this book is insulting to those who are or who have ever actually been in survival mode as in not having the basic necessities of life. To openly admit that you eat out 2-3 times in a week ...more
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Super practical. In the same vein as The Best Yes and Present Over Perfect, but much more practical for everyday how to.
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I saw this book come up for 99 cents on Amazon in a Facebook post and thought I would take a chance on it. Say Goodby Survival Mode is written by Crystal Paine is a self help book in a very big market of over stretched moms. This book appealed to me because of it's title and the content as well. The first few chapters was more of a validation of what I was already doing. I did pick up some new ideas in the later chapters. I did take to heart some of what was in this book. Truth be told, this boo ...more
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it

The same advice you have heard everywhere else. It's fine, valid advice, just nothing revolutionary or even particularly helpful.

The section on goal setting gave me a good kick in the rear to out pen to paper, but everything else I'm already doing (well, not the money chapter, but I'll get to that) & I'm still overwhelmed.

The money chapter was all Dave Ramsey. Like, just tell me to read Dave Ramsey - don't regurgitate it.

I felt like it was a great big shrug emoji.
Jennifer Wilson
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was captivated with just the title of the book Say Goodbye to Survival Mode. After all, what woman feels she has enough time to do everything she wants to do? It doesn’t matter if you are single, married, young, or old, this book will apply to you. What Chrystal Paine does is outline nine steps to help you get rid of the haired, rushed feeling you often have and learn to live in a more peaceful environment. It won’t happen overnight, and it’s not a super-easy quick fix, (after all, chances are ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
1. Stop Trying to Do It All
Create a Personal Priorities List (Personal, Spiritual/Emotional, Family, Career, Friendships)
Clear the Schedule Clutter
Cut out Time and Energy Suckers
Count the Costs
2. Say Yes to the Best
Start with the Best Stuff First
Pick and Choose the Best Stuff
Have a strong and vibrant relationship with the Lord
Maintain a wonderful relationship with my husband
Spend quality time with my children
Nurture my body and soul
Write, speak, and manage my blog and business
Mix You
Denise Hershberger
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Are you busy all the time but don't feel like you ever accomplish anything? Are you always tired and stressed? Do you feel like you don't measure up? Then Crystal's new book is perfect for you! And it isn't just for moms or even just for women.

I started following MoneySavingMom so long ago that I don't even remember how many years it has been. It is my go-to website for financial advice, recipes, deals, and inspirational stories. Her ideas for cooking have led to some of my husband and I's favor
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing

This book shares Crystal Paine's journey from being a depressed, stressed out, over- scheduled mom who felt like she was drowning in life to now one of the most famous blogger in the world and who offers sound, practical advice for the everyday woman to become the best mom and person that she can be. Instead of barely surviving life, Paine offers compassionate advice and tips to help women to live empowered, fulfilled lives.

The book is structured to where e
May 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
I ended up shelving this book at the beginning. It had some nice ideas but it kept going on and on with repeating the same idea for a few pages. It just got too repetitive for me.
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it

This librarian mom with children in the public schools personally started following her blog a few years ago to get ideas for reducing household expenses. So, I was already familiar with her before reviewing this book. Paine does not claim to have it all together or doing it all. She is a work-at-home mother, but she has found out what her priorities are and what to drop or delegate. While the author is a married, home-schooling mom, she also has input in the book from a sing
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book has many interesting tips and suggestions for all the areas of your life: like home, family, work, finances, fitness, goal setting and self-care.

I really liked the way the book is structured. Each chapter deals with one area, Crystal writes about her own life and experiences, there are tips and ideas how to improve that area for yourself. There are also suggestions for further reading, lists, Q&A letters, and input from other people.
This makes the book easy and fun to read. It's no
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
After reading this book I have to say it was my favorite book that Crystal has written! She was honest and straightforward about what brought her to survival mode, and what she did to overcome it. I was encouraged to say no to anything extra in my life, and embrace a slower pace life.

I could relate to Crystal’s experience of burnout, and fatigue. Since I’ve struggled with adrenal and thyroid issues for years, I can easily push myself too much, and end up exhausted and frazzled. Since I follow Cr
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book surprised me and we'll see how it goes once I try to implement, but I really did find a lot of good ideas and solid advice in here. Sure, I am in a bit of a different situation and personality type than her, but ultimately the usefulness of the book is that she gives principles that can apply to anyone, not just Mom's working from home who are naturally pretty organized (like she is). She gives a caveat with all of her personal anecdotes that you should apply these strategies to YOUR s ...more
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Some motivational gems and great ideas in here for someone who wants to take life by the horns and go get 'em! Probably the most valuable part of this book from my perspective were the exercises where you break down your day and categorize how you spend all your time, and then do it again with how you would want to spend all your time. Good way of seeing where you want to change and how to improve productivity.

Also contains good tips and worksheets on daily routines, cleaning schedules, meal pl
Mary Beth
May 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I read about half of this book. It's a fine book, and, in an earlier season of my life, I would have found it very helpful. There were still some helpful suggestions and ideas, but I've pretty much come to terms with who I am, how I operate, and what works and what doesn't. Books like this tend to make me feel guilty or like I have to feel bad about who I am intrinsically, and, honestly, I just don't have the patience for that any longer. I'm not a bad person for being more relaxed or less "orga ...more
Oct 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
I'd recommend this for a person who is feeling overwhelmed and busy but has never done any other reading or researching on time managment. I found it too general and a bit cliche for me, personally, but I have been pondering and researching this general topic for some time now. I mostly skimmed the book, but from what I did read, her situation seems quite unique. A lot of "if you really want it, then do it." But she's a very driven and organized woman. Again, good for the beginner, but there's b ...more
Hunter Mallone
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love Crystal Paine's blog and courses. I love her courses the most though. I think I was expecting the book to be like one of her courses, however. I did really love this book and yes I recommend it, but please don't go into thinking that you will come away with more knowledge than just reading her blog.
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“Time doesn’t expand limitlessly. When I say yes to one thing, I must say no to something else.” 6 likes
“Americans are suffering from a busyness epidemic. We’re addicted to busy. So many of us try to find fulfillment and self-worth in piling our plates too high. The busier we are, the more important we feel. This is why our culture, by and large, is exhausted, overworked, and overwhelmed.” 4 likes
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