Grace, Not Perfection (with Bonus Content): Celebrating Simplicity, Embracing Joy
I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection.
As a busy wife, new mother, business owner, and designer, Emily Ley came to a point when she suddenly realized she couldn’t do it all. She needed to simplify her life, organize her days, and prioritize the priorities. She decided to hold herself to a standard of grace rather than perfection. This mantra led to...more
mom of very young children
financially comfortable or well-off
a big fan of blogs
I daresay that the fewer of these things describe a person, ...more
As a lover of the Simplified Planner, I decided that I had to pick this up. First, admittedly, it's incredibly aesthetically pleasing in both the outward appearance to the inner quality of the pages, the photographs, and overall content. If I was one to have "coffee table books", this would be a perfect one.
In this nonfiction, self-help-esque book, Emily Ley writes from her own personal journey as well ...more
Each time I thought the text was going somewhere, it tended to fall flat with Emily letting us know she has things under control, but here are some tips we might want to try. She offered tidbits like making lists for chores and taking out the trash each morning, but virtually nothing practical on how to release the strongholds of perfectionism and allow ourselves grace when these things don't get done. I also found the contradiction of ...more
In this book Emily Ley simply tell us what she learnt from being a wife, a mother and an owner of a small business. It was all nice but I couldn't connect with her, most of her advises are to new young mothers like herself, so I think the title was a bit misleading.
I liked how honest and ...more
I give it 4.5 stars. At times I felt like the author was trying to sell me one of her (admittedly beautiful!) planners. But maybe I'm being overly critical and that ...more
It is full of encouragement, practical advice and exercises (and ones that don’t require special equipment or taking a year out of your life to travel the world) to help you find what is important to you, where you want to be and places you can simplify (Hello word of 2017) your life and appreciate the joy in the everyday. It provides a ...more
Emily is a young mom with three children under the age of five. I had to laugh when she said that she had struggled ...more
Her ideas and solutions really sparked my own ideas for a better life. This book is well recommended by me. I know of at least three people I will be ...more
One quote I liked:
The joy is in the journey, even the hard ones.
"The peace of contentment is just as valuable as the confetti that comes with achievement." -Emily Ley 209
There were many useful and interesting things in this book. I enjoy hearing how someone 'made it' and Ley writes in a friendly, conversational way. I think she took liberty with 2 specific Bible verses she quotes. She took Gal 5:13-14 (...love your neighbor as yourself) as permission to love yourself more. She says in order to love others as ourselves we have to first love and take care of us. We can't be good mothers, ...more