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Writing is my very favorite thing to do, and I’ve been honored to write three books (with more in the works!).

A few years ago, my husband, Kyle, looked at me and said, “Let’s do this—let’s finally buy the tickets and hit the road.”

It was time to embark on a dream we’d had for years: to travel around the world with our three kids and discover places new and old. And so, we did. We each strapped on a backpack and headed westbound.

This is that story.

What would it look like to live slowly in an efficiency-obsessed culture? In this book, I explore the rhythms of life I learned from living in Turkey—a relationship-oriented culture—and ask whether they can be replicated stateside.

Within food, work, education, travel, and entertainment, there is a way to live slowly—but you have to roll up your sleeves.

Do you really need all that stuff, that square footage, that crammed schedule?

Editors asked me to write this first book while I was living cross-culturally, so I shared my thoughts on the western obsession with our Stuff, followed by concocted a ten-day plan to simplify home in the midst of real life.