The Practical Dreamer's Handbook: Finding the Time, Money, and Energy to Live the Life You Want to Live

Paul Edwards, Author, Sarah Edwards, Joint Author
Paul Edwards, Author, Sarah Edwards, Joint Author Jeremy P. Tarcher $21.95 (291p) ISBN 978-1-58542-055-1
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HPsychotherapist, radio show host and coauthor with her husband, Paul, of several books on home-based businesses, Sarah Edwards tells, along with Paul, the story of their move from harried, successful lives in Los Angeles to happy, successful lives in bucolic Pine Mountain, Ga. The many setbacks and obstacles they overcame on this journey could provide enough encouragement to jump-start timid dreamers, but the Edwardses don't stop there. Recounting stories of Pine Mountain neighbors who also left the beaten path of overwork and unhappiness, the authors lead the way through desire and action to satisfaction. The Edwardses provide many surprisingly fresh and memorable ""Try This"" exercises and ""Remember This"" summaries to get readers moving in the right direction. Their' forte is fusing the practical and the imaginative, while recognizing the many roadblocks on the way. What makes this encouraging and helpful manual different from other ""follow your bliss"" guides is its fresh mix of clear, workable advice, realistic portrayals of just how long and challenging the road to fulfillment may actually be, and abundant examples of success. Rejecting both the traditional model of working hard for decades so that you can retire and then do what you want, as well as the prevailing model of goal setting and minute-by-minute day planning, the authors provide a truly original outline for ""creating a simpler, more balanced life"" that is not predicated on giving up money, comfort or anything one's heart desires. (Sept.)
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