good reads: adventures in opting out

I had this book on my list since I finished reading Cait's first book, The Year of Less, back in June 2020. So I was very excited when I got an email from my library saying it was finally my turn to check it out. And just in time for the new year!

Cait Flanders is a Canadian author, podcaster and traveler. I had heard about her before from The Minimalists, and had seen The Year of Less in many minimalist/declutter/slow living/financial independence blogs out there, so it had been on my radar for quite a while. But with so many books on the subject, it took me a couple of years to get to it. To say I devoured this book when I had the chance is an understatement! I had never felt so connected to an author and their story before, and I was happy to see that the connection was still there on her second book.

We all follow our own path in life. At least, that’s what we’re told. The reality is that 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. When that discomfort finally outweighs the fear of trying something new, we’re ready to opt out. - Cait Flanders

The thing I like most about Cait's writing is that I feel like I'm having a conversation with an old friend. She is so honest and shows vulnerability in a way that is relatable and truthful to who she is. In her second book, she guides you in the path of opting out of things in life as if you were on a hike, which made for an even better read. Along the way she shares stories from friends that have chosen a different path, and talks about her adventures in trying to travel full time for a year.

This book could not have come at a better time for me. Since leaving my job mid last year I haven't found a career path that makes sense for me, and have been feeling quite lost professionally. Adventures in Opting Out gave me permission to feel okay with not feeling okay and embracing the in between. I've always been a planer and it's difficult for me to not know what's next or where I'm going. But if 2020 taught me anything is that we need to learn how to enjoy the present and live life one day at a time.

If you ever felt a tug towards a life that isn't traditional or culturally acceptable, this is the book for you. If you ever wanted to do something different and don't have anyone to talk to about it, this is the book for you. If you ever wondered what it's like to live your truth and create a life you are proud of, this is the book for you. This is the book for all the people out there that are scared or uncertain in how they can carve their own path in this world and live their best lives without fear of judgement or rejection, because you deserve to live the way you want to live! No matter what that means to you.