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Overview

The revolutionary Your Money or Your Life, with more than half a million copies in print, is considered the bible of the mushrooming "voluntary simplicity" movement. Its inspiring, down-to-earth nine-step program has empowered hundreds of thousands to transform their relationship with money, reorder material priorities, achieve financial freedom, and live well for less. Now, in Getting a Life, authors Jacqueline Blix and David Heitmiller, a married couple, explain how they gradually transformed their lives over the past six years by using the program. Jacque and David tell how they left their hectic, fast-track lives - two corporate jobs, expensive cars, exotic trips, thoughtless overspending - for an existence that reflects their true values and life purpose. These self-styled "reformed yuppies" are joined by more than two dozen individuals and families of diverse backgrounds who share their own stories of frugality and fulfillment. Here, with an inspiring introduction by the authors of Your Money or Your Life, are dispatches from the front on such issues as paying for health care, raising children in a materialistic world, and breaking the link between what you do for a living and who you are. Here too are proven, practical ideas on how to use each step of the program: the toughest challenges, the most common pitfalls. And here are frank insights into some of the deepest philosophical issues that arise when one adopts this wholeness of livelihood and lifestyle called Getting a Life.

This companion to the bestselling YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE explains how real, ordinary people are living the Your Money or Your Life Program. Here are the practical ideas on how to make the link between what you do for a living and who you are.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1991, the authors, a high-earning couple in their 40s, decided to change their lives by following the principles set down by Robin and Dominguez now deceased in their book Your Money or Your Life. In this companion volume Blix and Heitmiller, self-described yuppies, detail how they and a number of other upper-middle-class couples and individuals gave up the so-called good life in favor of financial independence, less driven occupations and more quality time. Adhering to Dominguez and Robin's nine-step program, which includes guidelines for living in the present and coming to terms with attitudes toward money, the two renounced conspicuous consumption, travel and an expensive car and house. They now earn enough income from their investments to finance a simpler lifestyle with time for family, personal growth and volunteering. Although the stories of changed lives described here are interesting, those who have not yet enjoyed the comforts possible with a large income may not find "voluntary simplicity" as appealing. Author tour. Oct.
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Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin preached simpler, more frugal living in Your Money or Your Lifeand, with 500,000 copies in print, must be making a fortune. Here's a follow-up written by a couple whose lives were indeed transformed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670870493
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Vicki Robin—is a renowned innovator, writer, and speaker. In addition to coauthoring the bestselling Your Money or Your Life, Robin has been at the forefront of the sustainable living movement. She has received awards from Co-Op America and Sustainable Northwest and was profiled in Utne Magazine's book Visionaries: People and Ideas to Change Your Life. She lives on Whidbey Island in Washington.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2005

    Book For Everyone

    You don't have to be a yuppie, upper middle class or have experienced the good life to benefit from this book and the Your Money or Your Life (YMOYL) program. As for the authors of YMOYL making a fortune from the book, neither did, they were already Financially Independent decades before publishing, and have never received any profits, salaries or funding from the book or the non-profit organizations they support.

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