When Less Becomes More: Making Space for Slow, Simple, and Good

When Less Becomes More: Making Space for Slow, Simple, and Good

by Emily Ley


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In her newest book, bestselling author and founder of Simplified® Emily Ley brings a revolutionary exploration of how to live a life of more in a world that often overwhelms to the point of burnout. Emily empathizes with readers in the throes of exhaustion and provides tools for nourishing their spirits and achieving a life where less becomes more.

Statistics don’t lie. People today are more fatigued, burned out, and overwhelmed than ever. Smartphones constantly ping and alert and demand our attention. And social media can eat up hours of our days with mindless scrolling and tapping while leaving many feeling empty and lonely. Add to that family commitments, work that is accessible around the clock, and overscheduling, and you have a life that can feel unmanageable and frantic . . . even running on empty.

Emily Ley, author of bestselling Grace, Not Perfection and A Simplified Life, is here to tell you that there’s more—so much more. In this book, Emily Ley takes readers on a journey out of that empty place and shows them how to fill their wells with the nourishment that only true connection can provide. She also presents some radical concepts that push against the tethers of modern life, with the promise that more of the good stuff comes when we say yes to less of what keeps us empty:

  • Less Rush, More Rhythm
  • Less Liking, More Loving
  • Less Noise, More Calm
  • Less Distraction, More Connection
  • Less Frenzy, More Soul Rest
  • Less Fake, More Real
  • Less Fear, More Community
  • Less Great, More Good
  • Less Chasing, More Cherishing
  • Less Stuff, More Treasures

Getting to more might require some outside-the-box changes, some unraveling of the patterns readers have adopted, some reworking of the day-to-day so that they can build a life based on their core values instead of slipping into a life dictated by society or what’s “normal.” Because we weren't made for normal. We were made for more—for a life of fullness, dreaming, and lasting joy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400211289
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 11/12/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 5,576
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Emily Ley is the founder of Simplified®, a brand of planners and organizational tools for busy women. Emily has been featured in Forbes, Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, Glamour, and Good Housekeeping. She has been recognized with numerous awards, including Best New Product at the National Stationery Show as well as Top 10 Designers to Watch by Stationery Trends Magazine. Emily and her team recently collaborated with AT-A-GLANCE® to create gift and planning collections carried in Office Depot, Staples, and Target. Emily is the author of national bestselling books Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy and A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living. Emily lives in Pensacola, Florida, with her husband, Bryan, and their son Brady (8) and twins Tyler and Caroline (4).

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When Less Becomes More: Making Space for Slow, Simple, and Good 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous 7 days ago
Reading When Less Become More felt more like a conversation with Emily Ley rather than the reading of another self-help book. The layout of the text makes for an easy read and the photos are beautiful. It is so refreshing to know that I am not the only one who struggles with feeling overwhelmed. We are all made for more.
Anonymous 24 days ago
Oh my goodness, this book was a breath of fresh air. I have been a longtime Emily Ley admirer (I even gave a speech on her company and their unique digital marketing strategy in college!!!) But this book is unlike any other. The encouragement for ALL women in ALL seasons to take a breath, evaluate our lives, and live in deep intentionality is so needed. No matter your life, you WILL find meaning and takeaways in this book. Not only is it well written, but it truly has new and fresh content. In addition, it is absolutely stunning. I love this book and will be gifting it to all my sweet friends as we navigate this interesting just-out-of-college pre families of our stage of life!
Anonymous 9 days ago
Less Really is More This book along with anything Emily Ley writes is a constant reminder that less really is more. So much of our lives are filled with constantly being busy and always on the go. Even as someone without kids I found so many ways to find this book applicable in my life. I'm so encouraged to say "no," work to slow down my life, and really embrace the things that mean the most to me instead of all the things I "have to do." If you're busy and constantly feeling overwhelmed - give this book a read. I think it will bless your soul and give you permission to have less of all the things and more of only the things that truly matter.
Anonymous 9 days ago
I have two teenage daughters and as our lives get busier and busier and they become more independent, I find myself yearning for a slower, simpler pace- especially at home. Emily Ley knocked it out of the park with this book and got to the heart of what we all need to hear. "You can say yes to a slower, simpler, quieter pace" Beautifully written, Ley outlines her journey to "good" and gives tactical suggestions (through her own experiences) on how to slow down your pace and enjoy a quieter, more purposeful existence. All women need to be reminded that we can say "no" without apology, that we don't have to run around exhausted, burnt out, and feeling defeated. Our yellow balloons can be adequately full and leave space for joy. (you'll have to read the book to see what I'm referencing...) This book does just that. The photography and layout of When Less Becomes More are second to none. It is a treasure that I plan to gift to many of my friends- even those without children.
Anonymous 9 days ago
This book is fantastically written, and such a beautiful book! But it goes more than surface-deep! You will feel encouraged & heard as you read this book, and you will find that so many others are having similar struggles & stresses that you are! Emily is so raw & real, and I love how she isn't afraid to say it like it is, call it all out on the table, so that we can MAKE A CHANGE! We don't have to live like this!!! Thank you, Emily, for this book & for the heart behind your entire company!! You are making this world a better place one woman at a time!
GailReads 9 days ago
Single or married, mother or not, young or old, this book is for every woman. This book was really written for women in any stage of life. She talks about her life which may not match your own stage but the wisdom behind her words is there for everyone. Emily encourages you to look at your life and your circumstance and see where you can say no to the hustle in order to make room for what matters. This is a book I’ll read again and again. It’s a book I’ll give to some of the women in my life and it’s a book I’ll share with my daughters when they, too, need to step off the hamster wheel and make room for the good stuff.
Sam_Ohio 9 days ago
Emily nailed it again. I love how practical and beautiful her books are. She combines personal examples, practical tips, and beautiful photos in a book that while refreshing, the book challenges you to say no to striving for the perfect life and encourages creating a life that is good and beautiful. The message that life doesn’t have to be lived at a frantic pace and there is beauty in the slow and simple, is one I’m slowly building into my own. Emily reminds you that you can make the changes that will allow you to get your life back and just because you have the opportunity to do something, doesn’t mean you HAVE to do everything.
Sarah2019 10 days ago
Less Rush, Less Noise, More Calm, More Connection, More Real, More Cherishing. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? This book is full of the best stories and ways to truly stop, reset, and allow back in just what truly matters. Have too many things on your to-do list? Don’t we all. But this book is a breath of fresh air, reminding us all we can say no. We don’t have to rush all the time. Emily Ley has a way of writing that makes it seem like you are truly friends talking over coffee. Her stories and practical applications apply no matter what season you’re in. One of my favorite quotes: “We often feel as if we need more tools, more organization, or more time. But really what we often need is less: less noise, fewer distractions, and less comparison.” Releasing just in time for the holidays, this is a perfect gift for any woman in your life.
Anonymous 10 days ago
When Less Becomes More is not just for the Mammas, it is for women! As women we sometimes can be running it seems like just for the sake of running and this book is helping me to take time to slow down and be present! I want to live a simpler life and Emily has written these beautiful words to guide us and helps us to remember that we can have the things we want whether it is career, family, friends, children, etc in life but not have to be feeling like we are holding on the end of freight train never catching up and overwhelmed! This is a beautiful book from the cover, colors, photography, and most importantly the words of an empowered, strong, leader who owns her own business and has a family with children reminding us that we can fight for what we want and for who we are while not running and trying to hold on the fast moving freight train that can be life! I plan to read this book multiple times to make sure I hear the message, if you feel hurried and overwhelmed I believe this book can help you slow down and find balance! Thank you Emily for your words and the vulnerability that you shared with all of us!
bveinotte 10 days ago
Emily writes from her heart. Life has become a hurried affair where we rush from one thing to the next. Life was never meant to be like that. When Less Becomes More: Making Space for Slow, Simple, and Good by Emily Ley Is suitable for anyone who feels overwhelmed by life and wants to get off the fast track and start enjoying life again. This book is for anyone who wants to simplify their life and focus on what is truly important. This book is written for women who are tired of striving for perfection. The book has great "fill in the blank" exercises to help you to discern what is important, what can be let go of, what you can say, "NO" to give yourself and your family that white space that is so needed these days. I was excited to be chosen for the launch team for When Less Becomes More and to pre-read it before launch day. I have been a fan of Emily’s books and planners for a couple of years now. Emily has written two other books and has a wonderful line of planners. I highly recommend this book.
metzgersix 10 days ago
We all have times when we feel rushed. Overwhelmed. Like there is just too much going on. We feel like we don't have time to relax, time to remember who we even are anymore. The world tells us we need more. More stuff, more activities, more social media, more everything. But let me ask you, what if less actually became the more? In her brand new book When Less Becomes More, Emily Ley teaches us to make space for slow, simple, and good. Emily says, "We often feel as if we need more tools, more organization, or more time. But really what we often need is less: less noise, fewer distractions, less comparison." Friend, I don't know about you, but it feels like the more we have, the more we do, the more exhausted we get. Some days I long for the days of old, a time I never lived but dream of. The front porch sitting. A life without so much technology. A life less rushed. Emily also says, "We chase great. We chase perfect. We chase more. But do we ever get there? Or do we wear ourselves out on this hamster wheel, missing all the good along the way? I think it's time to point our lives toward that place where enough truly is enough." In When Less Becomes More, Emily teaches: Less Rush, More Rhythm Less Liking, More Loving Less Noise, More Calm Less Distraction, More Connection Less Frenzy, More Soul Rest Less Fake, More Real Less Fear, More Community Less Great, More Good Less Chasing, More Cherishing Less Stuff, More Treasures Friends, When Less Becomes More is truly life changing. Please do yourself a favor and get this book. Learn to live life slow, simple, and good.
mamamalone 10 days ago
Read this book if you are living life the best you know how - trying to do and be all the great things you feel you should be. Read this book if you are a working mom smothered by all you need to be at work and at home and in your community. Read this book if you are a stay at home mom feeling inadequate and unaccomplished, yet still overwhelmed by all that you need to do and all that you aren’t. Read this book if you have ever felt your chest grow heavy with the weight of life - for no discernible reason - just life. Read this book if you are living life to the full, but somehow you still wonder if there’s more to it. Read this book if your soul is weary of the pace of this world and your mind is frantic with just trying to keep up. Wherever you are in life right now - read this book. In When Less Becomes More Emily shares wisdom that is so down to earth and practical, yet so counterintuitive to how the world works today. She shares her experiences with living life to its fullest - the best life, right? She bares her soul and shares how the fullest life wasn’t satisfying and it left her soul feeling empty. The way she writes is so relatable and humble. You’ll hold this book in your hand and listen to her words, feeling like you are listening to a friend over coffee across your kitchen table. She writes to women of all walks of life who are burdened and straining under the weight of what we have told ourselves we need to be. She doesn’t write from a perspective of correcting you for doing it wrong. Rather, she shares what she has learned and things she’s still learning and growing in today. When you sit down to read this book, you will find yourself emphatically nodding your head at the things she points out that are draining our souls. She calls out the constant noise, busyness, hustle, and connection we all find in our lives. She shares ways to quiet the noise, make margin in our lives, and savor the good in life. The book is an easy read and you will walk away feeling empowered to make changes in your life to live life more purposefully. She gives a refreshing perspective on how to simplify life for yourself, your kids, your family as a whole. She approaches topics like anxiety and discontent that will make you feel as if you have an ally through your struggles. You are not alone. You are one of many struggling the same way in this modern lifestyle we’ve created. Grab a copy of this book, make yourself a coffee, and sit down to read. Open your heart to hear what Emily Ley is sharing and feel the weight of fast and big and great lift from your shoulders as you read about making room for slow, simple, and good.
Anonymous 10 days ago
"When Less Becomes More" is a great read for anyone feeling overwhelmed and anxious with a constant feeling of needing to be on-the-go. While I didn't find this book to include tactical steps to overcome anxiety in a "step 1, 2, 3" type of way, I felt that the ideas shared and the overall message were equally helpful. Emily Ley makes you stop and think about your current season of life, how your circumstances are impacting your emotions, and how to adjust your trajectory to avoid potential burn out. I loved how much this made me evaluate my lifestyle and would highly recommend!
Anonymous 10 days ago
I have been a follower/fan of Emily Ley and Simplified for many years, as a reader of her books and a owner of her planners. The theme that runs throughout SImplified, is one that I have come to cherish. This book is at the beginning of the conversation that is being started around us, that as women, we don't have to be doing all the things, like the world tells us that we do. There is so much pressure on women today, to be taking care of ALL the things, while also doing lots of unnecessary things. The world has 'told' us that we 'need' this in our lives, or 'oh you need to do this'. Many of us have invited these things into our lives without a second thought, when we really should pause and reevaluate if we really need all the 'extra' things. This overloaded pressure has led to overwhelm and burnout across the board. Emily so eloquently talks about all of this in her book. A wonderful book!
Anonymous 10 days ago
The emotion and prayerful consideration behind the words and sentiments expressed throughout this book can truly be felt as Emily shares her experiences and heartfelt advice on topics that I find to be extremely relatable as a working mother, wife and friend. This book is thought provoking and offers inspiration to conquer the societal pressures of living a social media worthy life and overcoming overwhelm. Emily shares about living at a slower pace and stripping away the excess to focus on what really matters so we can experience the everyday moments of goodness—the types of moments we often miss because we are too busy with our well-intentioned efforts towards trying to do it all. This book has started to change my thinking and I’m already incorporating the advice into different aspects of my life. I am looking forward to sharing this book with friends because I know it will impact them, too.
Anonymous 10 days ago
In a world where busyness is worn as a badge of honor, we are constantly scrolling and comparing and wasting mindless time and energy on social media when we could be enjoying time with others or that time doing something else that renews and encourages us, and life is full of chaos, overwhelm, and we accept this as ok and 'normal'...Emily Ley in When Less Becomes More explores these ideas and more for our lives to be full, happy, and not accept these ideas as how our life has to be. A true memoir to our lives in society today and how our lives can be less in order to be so much more.
MichellePNavarro 10 days ago
Lately a lot has change in my life, from being close to graduation to having a boyfriend, as someone who not only was single for 5 years, but also as a survivor, I lost myself into the things that were expected of me, the way I was supposed to act, the way I was supposed to feel, and somewhere along the way of trying to survived I lost myself. Since a few weeks back I started to reclaim myself, to let Michelle back to life, to know that all the lies I was being told were just that lies, and now I feel like myself for the first time in forever. “Finding your way back to you is where the REFUELING, REPLENISHING, REFRESHING part of the journey really begins to unfold.” This quote is part of #WhenLessBecomesMore from Emily Ley and the day I saw it I broke down, there’s so much truth to this phrase, but I’m so excited to see what’s next in my life for maybe the first time in my life ♥️
jcramroberts 10 days ago
I was excited to be chosen for the launch team for When Less Becomes More and to pre-read it before launch day. I have been a fan of Emily’s books and planners for a couple of years now and credit her in part for the changes I have made in my life during that time. In line with her other books, Emily speaks to women who are tired of striving for perfection-- a life that is just exhausting and unobtainable. Social media, faith, parenting, and comparison are just a few of the concepts that she writes about. There are so many parts of the books that just hit me as areas that I need to work on. One of the lines of the book is: “Could it be that good things actually add up to a life that is pretty great.” I had to let that sink in. It’s not that we haven’t all been told that it’s the little moments, but boy did that hit me. Emily’s writing style is relaxed and personal; sprinkled with stories from her life and those of her friends. I enjoy the journaling questions and the pictures of her family; those pictures make it seem like you know her personally. For some, this may be a turn-off, but I find it adds depth to her words and allow you to see life from her perspective. Knowing that she wrote this book for her daughter gives you another glimpse into the heart of the book. While there may not be any revolutionary new concepts outlined in Emily’s book, the gentle reminders to focus on good, not great, to protect our spaces with what truly matters and to slow the rat race of life gives us permission to refocus our hearts. As with Emily’s other books, they are ones to reread periodically to recenter and refocus when life seems out of control.
Anonymous 10 days ago
As a new mom and working full-time from home I’ve been struggling with this concept. Wanting to embrace this concept but not knowing how to do it. I always feel I need to go-go-go and that I’m not able to be still, even with my son at home. I always feel I need to be working which doesn’t allow me to take in the sweet moments. I am thankful for this book reminding me that it’s ok. Everything will get done and the importance of being still. Embrace the stillness, that life is so much sweeter. Thank you Emily Ley for your heartfelt words.
KQB 11 days ago
I signed up to be on the Launch Team for this book because I have enjoyed all of Emily’s books and could not wait to read this one! I find her writing to be very authentic, kind, gracious, and encouraging-almost like spending time with a sweet friend. Emily touches on many of the things that women in our culture face, but the book does not read like a self-help book. Instead of feeling guilt or feeling like I need to work harder on something, I felt as though I was able to release myself from the pressures our culture places on us so that I can live the life God intended for me. The book itself is beautiful, but whether you purchase the physical book or the digital version, the message of book is the most beautiful part. I was given a digital version for review, but I will be purchasing a physical copy for myself so I can use the guided journal parts, and I will also be buying multiple extra copies for friends and family for Christmas.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Such a perfect book for the crazy, busy time we live in. In When Less Becomes More, Emily invites & encourages her readers to embrace a slower pace of life. One where we can each take the time to truly love and invest in the life we really want to live. I loved reading this book and felt like Emily had read my mind about how tired I have become of living life too full and overstuffed. Hooray for encouragement that I am enough and I don’t have to be doing everything in order to have the good life!
lindsayjackson 11 days ago
This book has such an important message for women today. For most of the book, I sat there thinking, "Yes! Exactly!" Emily Ley is able to beautifully put into words how so many people are feeling. It is so relatable and comforting to know that we're not alone with these feelings of burnout and overwhelm. I have read some motivational books lately that have the message of, "You can do it! Set high goals! Don't give up!" which are not bad messages by any means, but can make me feel like I need to do more or be more or achieve more. And like the title of this book says, sometimes less is more. I highly recommend this book!
Anonymous 12 days ago
Emily Ley’s When Less Becomes More is a must read for everyone! Such a well-crafted, encouraging book for any season of life. Each chapter is so applicable to everyday life, and with each turn of the page, Emily leaves you feeling like you CAN overcome overwhelm and burnout. This book has been and will continue to be such a game-changer for me.
MDSamfilippo 16 days ago
I have read all 3 of Emily’s books and each time it’s like you’re sitting down having coffee with a friend. You feel heard and accepted. Her books are real. Real life, Real experiences. When Less Becomes More reaches deep into social norms; How overwhelming we all begin to feel, but at the same time how we still feel like everything we are rushing to do already we need to do more. Emily’s book hits it home. Technology has taken over. We feel like we don’t have time for the little things, but the truth is we always have that small device lighting up at us and stealing all our time. Emily shows us that it’s ok to say no and it’s ok to slow down. It’s not about throwing everything out and living “minimal” it’s about decluttering our minds and soul. This book will be my holiday gift to every Mom, Wife, Daughter, or Friend. Everyone at some point feels overwhelmed and burned out. Emily helps us pave our new way back to thriving instead of just barely surviving.
AmandaMc 17 days ago
If you are feeling overwhelmed, overcommitted, and pulled in a million directions at once, this is the book for you! It’s evident that Emily put her heart into this book as she tells her journey of slowing down and making space for the truly important things. She asks thought-provoking questions so you can reflect on your own life and journal your answers. Emily covers so many topics revenant to today - wellness, contentment, social media, parenting, faith - that it’s applicable to everyone, no matter your season of life. “When Less Becomes More” taught me that it’s okay to slow down, enjoy the little moments in life and not rush through each day without stopping to take a breath. One of my favorite quotes from the book: “What would it look like to reject modern social norms of living a constantly connected, overfull life and adopt a life that is a little less… and yet MORE.” I highly recommend this book along with her previous two (“Grace Not Perfection” and “A Simplified Life”)!