Adventures in Opting Out

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

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Here are some of the things Cait Flanders has opted out of in the past 10 years:

* Drinking, when she decided to get completely sober, at the age of 27.
* Living with debt, when she finished paying off $30,000 of it and vowed: never again.
* Working in an office, when she quit to work for herself.
* Having a lot of stuff, when she decluttered and got rid of 80-85% of it.
* Having a home, when she decided to fully embrace her nomadic lifestyle.

In ADVENTURES IN OPTING OUT, Flanders offers a trail map to following her example and building a slow, mindful, minimalist life that emphasizes the beauty of the natural world, the importance of real human connection, the joys of travel, and the happiness that comes from living an intentional life in harmony with your own values.

Choosing to opt out is a brave decision, and ultimately an infinitely rewarding one. But that doesn't mean it's easy. There will be hardships along the way -- relationships questioned, demons faced, addictions confronted -- but with Flanders's guidance and advice, drawn from her own journey and examples of others who have picked the road less traveled, you'll have all the encouragement and insight you'll need to build a life of purpose, fulfillment, and adventure.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 27.94mm | 385.55g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 5 10 b/w illustrations
  • 0316536946
  • 9780316536943
  • 171,431

Review quote

"Opting out isn't about taking huge risks or being perfect in how you navigate new trails in your life. Cait Flanders's book isn't a simple how-to full of hacks and tips, it's more like having a helpful fellow traveler on your journey, one who gently shows you how to critically examine which new paths may be worth exploring. Do yourself a favor and don't opt out of reading this book."

--Paul Jarvis, author of Company of One: Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business
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About Cait Flanders

Cait Flanders is the author of Wall Street Journal bestseller, The Year of Less. Described by Vogue as "a fascinating look into a living experiment that we can all learn from," it has been translated into eight languages, and went on to become one of the most sold nonfiction books on Amazon in July 2018, and one of Powell's Staff Top Fives that same year. Her story has been shared in the New York Times, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail,, Forbes, and more. Cait always has an adventure in the calendar, and believes in leaving every place better than she found it. She is from Victoria, BC, Canada.

IG: @caitflanders
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793 ratings
3.44 out of 5 stars
5 18% (142)
4 29% (229)
3 36% (288)
2 13% (105)
1 4% (29)
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