How to Really Keep Life Simple


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For the past two years I’ve heard a tiny whisper telling me I needed to slow. it. down.

It was easy to ignore and as much as I agreed with it, clearly I didn’t see how important it was.

Because I had junk to do. Little junk. Big junk. Fancy junk, junk I regretted saying yes to, junk I thought would impress people, junk that was fun, hard and expected of me. All sorts of junk good and bad. So much junk that I really just needed to stop.

You know when you are tired to the very bone? Soul tired. Kind of like when you are so exhausted that you just have to sit down. But what about when you need to sit down on the inside?

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But you feel like you can’t because #hustle is mainstream with a vengeance and there’s that new social media thing that you still don’t understand and how in the world is everyone doing so many things and did our grandmothers feel perpetually behind?

Sometimes, because we hear it everywhere, it’s easy to believe we always have to dream bigger! shoot for the stars! build it now! because it’s now or never! make it happen! strive harder! be fiercer! do the next thing! go faster! hurry! It’s exhausting just to type that many exclamation marks, much less follow through.

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If you’ve ever felt that you weren’t created to live like that, then this book is for you:: Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World.

Last year when I heard about the concept of this book I knew it was going to be my favorite thing Emily has ever written. And it is.

If Emily writes another book, I will LOVE it, but this book will always have my heart. This is the book our generation NEEDS. This quiet, gentle book will speak truth into your life, truth that you’ve always secretly hoped and deeply knew was true. I wish I could personally give this book to everyone who reads this blog, everyone who reads any blog, everyone who has an online presence of any kind, because the online world has changed how we compare ourselves to others and the message of this book brings us back.

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Believe it or not, I have read Simply Tuesday THREE times already. I’ve highlighted it like crazy-town. I feel sorry for my own sister because since she wrote this book, she doesn’t get to read it like the rest of us do.

It’s so fantastic to be reminded that sometimes our smallness is a wonderful gift.

That ordinary is normal and good…

#itssimplytuesday #ItsSimplyTuesday hashtag on instagram–where thousands of people share their ordinary moments every Tuesday.


…that small is the new free.

And freedom is just about the most appealing thing right now.

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I promise, Simply Tuesday will encourage you right where you are, no gumption required.

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And for a limited time, if you purchase Simply Tuesday you can get the Small Group Conversation Guide for free.

Here’s the thing, if small groups make you hyper-ventilate (INTJs and such, I’m with you), you can do this with a SUPER small group, like one friend. This is the kind of book that makes you want to call that friend after you read every chapter. Now that I think of it, you should probably go ahead and buy two copies and give one to her (it will be the best $18 you’ve ever spent).

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So, if you are on the fence, wondering if Simply Tuesday is right for you, go here, listen to Emily read the introduction & first chapter. (one of my favorite stories of the entire book starts around 14:30).

If you want to find out more about the book, check it out here–to read more about it, be sure to scroll down, or click play on the screen to listen to the first short video.

If you’ve already heard enough and know this book is for you, order it right here (just $9!)

If you have a friend who would love it too, this is the perfect $9 gift, even if you save it for her birthday or Christmas, plus, the cover is so cute with its gold foil, it looks great with everything!

I cannot tell you how happy I am that this day has finally come. And I’ve never been more proud of my baby sister and her words.

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  1. People are loving Simply Tuesday–I’ve heard all about it. And I think that’s awesome–I really, truly do. For me, right now, though…I keep wondering. I already feel so overwhelmed, so inadequate…I feel like reading one more thing about how to embrace simplicity, smallness, whatever else you want to call it will be exactly that–one more thing that I’m not good enough at (hello, Type A!) By all means, if you feel like this could be refreshing, a calming bit of recreation for you–READ IT. But as for me, in the interest of finding the small in admitting that I cannot possibly do it all, I will be passing on this one for now, with much gratitude to Emily and the Nester and much appreciation for all the work that they put into creating a few lovely spots on the Internet for the rest of us.

    • One of the things that Emily says in the book that I think speaks to that is “learning to live well in ordinary time isn’t a call to elevate moments; it’s a call to draw closer to Christ.”

      For me this book unlocked the freedom to Not.
      It was guilt free, allowing me to embrace my own personality in the very way I was created which was wonderful.

    • Yep. I totally get what you’re saying. I’m with you on feeling overwhelmed and inadequate and can’t fit one more thing on my plate, let alone read one more thing, but honestly, when you get to the point where you can come up for air, this might just be the little breath to put in your soul. I haven’t finished it yet, but there are wonderful nuggets. But again, I hear you and sometimes, just having another book on the night stand feels like a lot. haha xoxoxox

  2. Em –

    Oh my, so much wisdom in this book. Long before we had blogs, I’ve advocated, “The Little things are the big things.” And at times, I’ve been so intentional with making those moments count, but then the hustle sweeps in and so much more so with the internet. I cant think of anyone who could have captured this call to pause better than you.

  3. I love so many things about this message and this book! Definitely grabbing a copy and hoping to read with some friends!

  4. This is now added to my ever-growing list of books to read. But I think it scooted its way right to the top. Sounds wonderful and very needed right now.
    – Kaitlyn |

  5. I am trying to learn this new language of the soul. It is in my face everywhere I turn. I am both excited and fearful to learn about how He created me to be. Thanks for some direction in ways to connect.

  6. I’ve been a Nesting Place reader for a long time, but I only recently started listening to Hopeologie on a long car trip. I love listening to your family’s sweet, unintimidating everyday inspiration, and have since become a reader of your sister’s as well. I’m in the middle of A Million Little Ways and can’t wait to start Simply Tuesday. Both of you have such a gift for stripping down the things we over-complicated and helping to give a peaceful perspective.

  7. I’ve been living and loving a small life for about five years now. I’m so happy that people are finally getting it. I have so much peace and contentment. The quieter my life got, the happier I became.

  8. Heather Bivins says

    Just got my Amazon notification that Simply Tuesday will arrive TODAY!!! Can’t wait to read it!

  9. I have been anxiously awaiting this book since I heard Emily mention it at Allume! This book is soul rest! Also, I miss you both! xoxo

  10. i’m so excited. mine is coming today. i read nesting place way into the night — i just couldn’t put it down. it’s going to take a huge amount of self control to not lock myself into my room with simply tuesday.

  11. You are the bestest big Sis in the world….hey maybe if I be like you my baby sis will be like Emily???? Lol… Can’t wait to read it….Def on the list for a cozy fall weekend.

  12. And the very reason I want to read this over other simplifying books is because it focuses on our relationship with God being the core of our intentions and actions rather than just telling us we need to cut stuff out. Being a sahm/homeschooling 6, I don’t have much I can say no to! But, I do have a choice of where I find my center, and who I will be led by in the minute by minute attitudes and actions. So, Simply Tuesday is a must for me, I need this reminder all.the.time.

  13. I had to listening stop at 14:17 and cry a little. How good is God to send His love through you and Emily to me. Just what I needed, in a way I could hear Him, as I swirl around in limbo and lostness. Thank you girls. Love, from an NC sistah!

  14. Totally and 100% unrelated to this book, I have to say something to you. I appreciate so much how you show your love to your sister in many ways. But especially in that you are proud enough of her to share her book with all of your followers and talk it up as if it were the best book since the Bible. I have a sister. We love each other. But I know that she is not as proud of me and my accomplishments as you are of your sister and hers. That is a Christlike, unconditional love that I wish I had with my own sister. I’m sure that you are a blessing to her and I know that God is very pleased with you. Keep loving her as you do!

  15. You are the best sister in the world. Keep it up. Thanks for the post.

  16. Just wanted to let you know I am praying for you, Emily, and your family this weekend as you host her Book Party for Simply Tuesday. I was blessed to be part of the Launch Team and savored every chapter of her book. Thinking of you as you celebrate together this weekend ~ you are both an inspirational to be BRAVE and step out into the path God has prepared beforehand for you. Blessings!

  17. I think I’ll be adding this to my wishlist book list!

  18. Thanks for the review. I’m going to check the book out. Everyone sure needs to keep things simple sometimes.

  19. Hannah Beth Reid says

    I know I’m over a year late to this review/post, but this quote for your intro resonated with me!

    “Because I had junk to do. Little junk. Big junk. Fancy junk, junk I regretted saying yes to, junk I thought would impress people, junk that was fun, hard and expected of me. All sorts of junk good and bad.”

    Thank you for that today!

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