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Moms are pulled in a million different directions. There’s always something that needs to be done, and nothing is ever complete.

I’m tired. I’m also tired of being tired!

Say Goodbye to Survival ModeI recently read Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine, author of the Money Saving Mom blog.

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode is written for busy, stressed-out moms who want to break free from the monotony. (I felt like she was writing the book specifically for me.)

Maybe you love the idea of setting goals and living life with a purpose, but more often than not, life seems to get in the way. The kids get sick, the garage door breaks, or something comes up, wreaking havoc on your best-laid plans.

This year, do something different! Learn to live with intention, meet your goals, and do it all with a smile on your face.

That may be easier said than done, but Say Goodbye to Survival Mode actually gives you hope that it’s possible.

Life’s not always easy, and sometimes it’s downright exhausting. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed!

Burning the candle at both ends doesn’t give you superpowers, it just makes you exhausted. – Crystal Paine

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode breaks life’s dilemmas down into nine straightforward strategies to simplify your life. Although they seem easy, they really help you make sure that your life, from your goals to your finances, is in line with your priorities.

One of my favorite parts of the book was the review of your life’s priorities in the first chapter. Crystal Paine also goes through this in her Make Over Your Mornings course (I’m going through this course for the second time and learning even more this time around). While the Make Over Your Mornings course discusses tactics to start your day off on the right foot, the Say Goodbye to Survival Mode book discusses other areas of your life that may also need improvement.

The book further discusses how to say no to things that don’t align with your priorities. I’ve always struggled with this. I want to do everything and often try to cram too much into my already full day. It’s on those days that I end up answering the door for my Mommy Mornings in my underwear (hey, at least I took a shower, right?!?), dust cloth in hand, while my toddler yells “more berries” from her high chair (in case you’re wondering, this is how I answered the door this morning. Clearly, I’m still working on applying the principles that I learned in the book).

Like the book points out, to say “yes” to say something means saying “no” to something else. Before agreeing to do something (or in my case, inviting people over on a day when I need to take my son to the allergist and get our hair cut), the book teaches you how to make sure that your daily tasks align with your life’s priorities. It’s important to make sure that there is enough margin, or extra time, built into every day. Even when you have a schedule filled with things that align with your priorities, you’ll be able to identify and complete the most important tasks.

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode also addresses how to streamline your “home management” and get your finances in order so that you can live your life with intention. By setting goals and removing the “clutter” in your life, you can live the life you want to live (without answering the door in your underwear).

I love how straightforward and easy-to-follow Say Goodbye to Survival Mode is. It breaks down the areas of your life that need improvement. I highly recommend this book to everyone who struggles to get their act together.

Life doesn’t have to be a struggle! Say Goodbye to Survival Mode shows you simple ways to streamline your life so you can live the life you want.

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