Well, friends . . . today’s post is a special one. There aren’t many times in your life that you’re able to announce your book is available for pre-order. In fact, there is only one time that you’re able to announce your first book is available for pre-order. Today is that day for me, and I am thrilled to share the good news: The Year of Less is coming out in just six weeks (January 16, 2018), and is now available for pre-order in FOUR regions!
I can’t begin to describe how it feels to be typing these words. In some ways, it still feels like a dream. A few years ago, I couldn’t have imagined that I would ever get the opportunity to turn part of my story into a book. And even when I started working with my literary agent, I couldn’t have imagined the book would become what it is today. Here’s the description you’ll read on all the sales pages:
In her late twenties, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy-only keeping her from meeting her goals-she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year.
The Year of Less documents Cait’s life for twelve months during which she bought only consumables: groceries, toiletries, gas for her car. Along the way, she challenged herself to consume less of many other things besides shopping. She decluttered her apartment and got rid of 70 percent of her belongings; learned how to fix things rather than throw them away; researched the zero waste movement; and completed a television ban. At every stage, she learned that the less she consumed, the more fulfilled she felt.
The challenge became a lifeline when, in the course of the year, Cait found herself in situations that turned her life upside down. In the face of hardship, she realized why she had always turned to shopping, alcohol, and food—and what it had cost her. Unable to reach for any of her usual vices, she changed habits she’d spent years perfecting and discovered what truly mattered to her.
The first two paragraphs might make you—my longtime readers—think the book is just a story about the shopping ban. But the shopping ban is only the timeline. The real story is all the stuff I wasn’t comfortable sharing with you that year. It was too hard; too real; too emotional. I needed time and space from it all, before I could finally put pen to paper. Now, with the help of my agent and editor, I’m finally sharing it in The Year of Less.
I shed a lot of tears while writing this book. There are stories here that I haven’t shared with some of my closest friends, and I still feel a little anxious about putting them out into the world. But YOU have taught me, time and time again, that those are the stories we need to share with one another. It gives us something to relate to, helps us feel less alone, and maybe even gives us ideas for how to change our own lives for the better. I mean it when I say I’ve gotten some of my strength from you.
When I look back at the posts I have been most nervous to publish, over the years, all I remember is how supportive you were. The Year of Less feels like my most vulnerable post x 100. So yes, I’m a little anxious and slightly terrified, and am pretty sure I won’t sleep much the week of January 16, 2018. But I’m also really proud of the work I’ve put into this book. I shed a lot of tears, but I wouldn’t change a thing.
And now . . . it’s available for pre-order! And in six weeks, we’ll all be holding it in our hands.
I shared this news with my email list back in July, so you might have already pre-ordered your copy. But my list has grown by about 40% since then, and there are also so many updates to share: like that you can now order the Kindle version! And the audio CD! (It will be available on Audible on the release date.) And it’s available in Canada, the USA, the UK and Australia! I got so many requests from readers in Australia in the summer, so that last part makes me extra happy.
Thank You for Your Support, Friends!
I wouldn’t be here without you. And thank you to the amazing group of friends who read and endorsed The Year of Less. If you’re curious what they thought of it, here are the kind words you’ll find inside the book. I think you’ll recognize more than a few of these names. :)
“If you’ve ever felt there must be more to life than consumerism and its vicious cycle, you’ll find inspiration to break free in The Year of Less. Cait’s highly readable and personal story is encouraging, challenging, and unbelievably helpful.”
– Joshua Becker, author of The More of Less
“Cait Flanders is a brave woman. As I read, I cried. But my heart also brimmed with joy. For anyone who doesn’t think they can, Cait’s story shows that it doesn’t matter where you start, only where you go from there.”
– Gail Vaz-Oxlade, host of Til Debt Do Us Part and author of Debt-Free Forever
“Cait’s audacious goal—a yearlong shopping ban—has sparked a deeply personal book full of lessons for all of us on finding more fulfillment and meaning in our lives (without all the stuff!). A game-changing read for anyone searching for simplicity in our consumer-focused world.”
– Rachel Jonat, author of The Joy of Doing Nothing
“The Year of Less is beautiful, vulnerable, and real. Cait’s words inspired me to be braver in my writing and life, and I’m sure it will inspire you too.”
– Tammy Strobel, author of Everyday Adventures Journal and You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap)
“Cait comforted herself with alcohol, binge eating, and compulsive shopping, then finally said, ‘Enough is enough.’ This isn’t another book about how to live with less, but instead a heartbreaking and then a heartwarming story that shows us if we are willing to let go of the things we think we need, we can have a life we really want.”
– Courtney Carver, author of Soulful Simplicity
“Creating meaningful change in your life takes significant time and effort, and in this book Cait shares a deeply intimate view into just how substantial that change can be. If you’re looking for inspiration and practical examples of how to take steps toward a better future for yourself and the people you love, The Year of Less will give you that and so much more.”
– Anthony Ongaro, founder of breakthetwitch.com
“This book is such a gift. A gift for anyone who’s ever wanted to change but has been afraid-afraid to fail, afraid of what we might discover about ourselves as we strip back the layers, and afraid of what will happen if we don’t. Cait writes beautifully and honestly about the work of creating a life with less, and gives you permission to step off the ever-revolving carousel of compulsive and mindless consumption and into the goodness that lies on the other side.”
– Brooke McAlary, host of The Slow Home Podcast and author of Destination Simple
“An inspiring story of how one woman overcame the obstacles of addiction—to shopping, alcohol, and food—to create a purpose-driven life. You will walk away ready to change your life and with an understanding of why embracing less will set you free.”
– Elizabeth Willard Thames, author of Meet the Frugalwoods