Francine Jay - Lightly - Quercus

Time remaining

  • -- days
  • -- hours
  • -- minutes
  • -- seconds
Other Formats
  • E-Book £P.O.R.
    More information
    • ISBN:9781529400809
    • Publication date:14 Mar 2019

Lightly

How to live a simple, serene and stress-free life

By Francine Jay

  • Hardback
  • £14.99

The minimalist manual that will help you to live lightly, and give you a new sense of purpose and fulfilment.

Do you ever feel like everything is weighing you down? Make 'lightly' your new mantra, and transform your life.

There's no shortage of decluttering books on the market, but Lightly is different. It goes beyond decluttering - far beyond - to uplift your thoughts, your actions, every moment and aspect of your life. When you declutter and call it a day, it's easy to backslide. But when your entire life is aligned to a guiding principle - to live lightly - you'll find a new sense of purpose and fulfilment.

This book is a minimalist manual for everyone - whether you want to strip down your stuff to the essentials or simply free some space in your coat closet. Whether you want to overhaul your schedule or just gain an hour or two in the evening. Whether you want to change your entire outlook on life or just get rid of a nagging guilt.

You will learn to:

lighten your stuff: declutter what's weighing you down
lighten your spirit: release your worries and emotional baggage
lighten your stress: reclaim your time and strive not to get more done, but to have less to do
lighten your step: reduce your consumption and make the planet as beautiful and clutter-free as your home

A concise and coherent philosophy of life, Lightly gives you all the techniques to start small and go slowly, while working your way up to bigger challenges. Crucially, it helps you decide what to keep, rather than what to get rid of. The end result is a well-edited collection of your favourite things, carefully curated items that make your everyday easier or happier.

A powerful conduit for self-reflection, Lightly ensures that you end up with things and a frame of mind that tell the story of the life you want to live.

Biographical Notes

Francine Jay is the bestselling decluttering expert and founder of MissMinimalist.com. She has helped hundreds of thousands of people organize their homes and simplify their lives, and has been prominently featured in international media, including the New York Times, BBC , the Guardian, CNN, the Financial Times and the Huffington Post. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and daughter. She is the author of the international bestseller The Joy of Less.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781529400816
  • Publication date: 14 Mar 2019
  • Page count: 256
  • Imprint: Quercus
Quercus

Bhavana

Leah Weiss
Authors:
Leah Weiss

When a dozen young boys found themselves trapped in Tham Luang cave in June 2018 in Northern Thailand with their 25-year-old coach, their chances of survival seemed very slim. They had only a handful of snacks they'd bought for one of the boys' birthday that day, and no drinking water.Not only that, while they sat there, waiting, the level of the water in the cave was rising all the time. Also, unbeknownst to them, the oxygen level was dropping.Trapped in darkness and unaware of the desperate search efforts going on in the outside world, the Wild Boys coach, Ekkapol Chanthawong, felt it was his responsibility to do everything he could to keep them alive.One of the survival tactics he implemented was getting them all to meditate. Ekkapol had trained for ten years to be a Buddhist monk in a temple in Northern Thailand. He could meditate for an hour at a time, and knew of the countless benefits that came with such a practice. This book explains how meditation within the framework of Bhavana works, why it's something we should all be doing, and how to do it.Bhavana - which refers to mental and spiritual development - is the cultivation of wisdom and tranquility through meditation. It is the means to developing resilience and strength that will serve when it is most needed. This book makes Bhavana accessible and practical by distilling the insights of thousands of years of tradition. It integrates the teachings and practices with the most recent neuroscience of how our brains and behavior can change to give us the tools to withstand suffering and fear.

Quercus

Calm the F**k Down

Sarah Knight
Authors:
Sarah Knight

The latest no-f**ks-given guide from New York Times bestselling author of the international sensation The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k, Get Your Sh*t Together, and You Do YouDo you waste time overthinking things you can't do anything about? Do you freak out when things don't go to plan? Does anxiety get in the way of you living your best life? When life hands you a big fat f**king lemon, Calm the F**k Down gives you practical ways to manage the situation, not to mention your anxiety about the situation. One hundred per cent practical and zero percent Pollyanna-ish, this is a book that acknowledges all the bad shit that can and probably will happen to you - from break ups and breakdowns to floods, family feuds and France running out of butter - and shows you what you can realistically do about it so you can get on with your life, stop worrying and wallowing, and start bouncing back.Think of Calm the F**k Down as the friend who, instead of reassuring you that 'everything's going to be okay,' actually shows you how to make it so.

Quercus

Confidence: The Journal

Katie Piper
Authors:
Katie Piper
Quercus

Craftfulness

Rosemary Davidson, Arzu Tahsin
Authors:
Rosemary Davidson, Arzu Tahsin

'Making things can mend your mind' - Telegraph'Chicken soup for the crafter's soul' - Publisher's WeeklyWhat is that unique feeling that goes hand-in-hand with making something from scratch? Do you ever wonder where the time goes when you're lost in drawing or working with clay?Are you happiest when you're sewing or knitting?Craft enthusiasts are no doubt already aware of the joys of making and the frustration when you must put aside your project and go back to your day job or to less enticing tasks around the house. But there is more to crafting than the simple enjoyment of a creative hobby.Drawing on the first-hand accounts from everyday crafters, Craftfulness considers the vital well-being effects to be gained from the simple expression of your creativity, and investigates the soul cleansing and stress-relieving benefits of making things by hand. An all-you-need-to-know friendly guide to inspire you to give making a go, Craftfulness:- explores the science of creativity and the authors' down-to-earth craft ethos, as well as why everyone should develop a craft habit; - suggests ways to make time in a hectic life for everyday creative work; - considers how we can try to overcome self-criticism and lack of confidence; - features simple but immensely satisfying craft projects to still the mind and soothe the soul, complete with beautifully illustrated step-by-step instructions. To read Craftfulness is the first step on the path to leading a happier, healthier, more satisfying and fulfilling life.

Quercus

The Little Book of Ikigai

Ken Mogi
Authors:
Ken Mogi

'FORGET HYGGE. IT'S ALL ABOUT IKIGAI (THAT'S JAPANESE FOR A HAPPY LIFE)' The Times'WHEN IT COMES TO TRANSATLANTIC ASPIRATIONAL LIVING, IT'S NOW ALL ABOUT IKIGAI' ELLE'THE NEW LIFESTYLE MANTRA' Sunday TimesFind out how to live a long and happy life thanks to the ikigai miracle, a Japanese philosophy that helps you find fulfilment, joy and mindfulness in everything you do.It is extraordinary that Japanese men's longevity ranks 4th in the world, while Japanese women's ranks 2nd. But perhaps this comes as no surprise when you know that the Japanese understanding of ikigai is embedded in their daily life and in absolutely everything that they do. In their professional careers, in their relationships with family members, in the hobbies they cultivate so meticulously. Ken Mogi identifies five key pillars to ikigai:Pillar 1: Starting smallPillar 2: Releasing yourselfPillar 3:Harmony and sustainabilityPillar 4:The joy of little thingsPillar 5:Being in the here and nowThe Japanese talk about ikigai as 'a reason to get up in the morning'. It is something that keeps one's enthusiasm for life going, whether you are a cleaner of the famous Shinkansen bullet train, the mother of a newborn child or a Michelin-starred sushi chef. The Five Pillars at the heart of everything they do.But how do you find your own ikigai? How does ikigai contribute to happiness? Neuroscientist and bestselling Japanese writer Ken Mogi provides an absorbing insight into this way of life, incorporating scientific research and first-hand experience, and providing a colourful narrative of Japanese culture and history along the way.

Quercus

On Sheep

Axel Lindén
Authors:
Axel Lindén
Quercus

Always Smiling

Georgia Toffolo
Authors:
Georgia Toffolo
Quercus

Get Your Sh*t Together Journal

Sarah Knight
Authors:
Sarah Knight
Quercus

Live Better and Longer

Michel Cymes
Authors:
Michel Cymes

Did you know that pomegranates help reduce dental plaque? That fridges are germ factories? That those little everyday movements can wreck your back? The mega French bestseller that reveals the truth about healthy living, and why it's never too late.Good health is an invaluable gift. But how can you maximise your own individual potential? How can you give your body the best MOT it has ever experienced?This fantastically accessible and helpful book is based on 4 basic and essential principles:1) understanding superfoods - what they are, how they benefit your body and your mind and how to eat them;2) breaking harmful habits - how to change those bad habits of a lifetime;3) being fit - the importance of exercise, and how to incorporate it into your daily life;4) essential tips to stay in shape - from good sleep to cold showers, from gut health to brainfood, everything is covered!No one escapes their genetic heritage, nor their upbringing. But we are all responsible for what we decide to do about them. And what Michel Cymes promises is that it doesn't take much to go from a life marred by bad patterns of behaviour, to a life enhanced by good ones. In matters of health, in the end you reap what you sow. And what is special about this book is that it stimulates our capacity to think and act differently.This book is the friend who wants to see you succeed, the mate who knows you inside out. Whether you are a gym bunny or starting from scratch, Live Better and Longer gives you the best advice by France's most established doctor.

MacLehose Press

Making Things Right

Ole Thorstensen
Authors:
Ole Thorstensen
Quercus

Diary of a Vampire in Pyjamas

Mathias Malzieu
Authors:
Mathias Malzieu

This is a memoir by French bestselling and award-winning author and musician Mathias Malzieu. It focuses on a single year in which he explores his close encounter with death. Insightful, tragic and even often very funny, it is a hugely inspirational read.In November 2013 Malzieu is diagnosed with a rare and life-threatening blood disease: his bone marrow does not produce enough blood cells, and those that survive are being attacked by the body's natural antibodies as if they were viruses. Highly anaemic and at risk of a cardiac attack or fatal haemorrhaging, Malzieu is whisked into hospital, and spends months in a sterile isolation room. He is kept alive by blood transfusions, while waiting for a bone marrow transplant. When he has the energy for it, he writes in his diary and strums his ukelele.To read this book is to be in awe of the triumph of the human spirit. As a reader you find yourself marvelling at how we find the mechanisms to cope with tragedy and uncertainty when faced with the reality that we may die. Malzieu's highly active imagination allows him to transcend the limits of his body and its increasing failures through fantasy and escapism. His wonderfully addictive childish wonder with a punk Gothic twist lifts the narrative from being a depressing account to a reading experience that is evocative, poetic and intensely moving. Malzieu survived thanks to a revolutionary operation involving stem-cell treatment with the blood from an umbilical cord. As he leaves the hospital with not only a different blood group but also a different DNA, he describes himself as the oldest newborn in the world. As Malzieu says himself, 'To have had my life saved has been the most extraordinary adventure I have ever had.'

Quercus

The World in Colour

Amber Anderson
Authors:
Amber Anderson
Quercus

The Little Book of Colouring: On Safari

Amber Anderson
Authors:
Amber Anderson
Quercus

The Little Book of Colouring: Wild Woodland

Amber Anderson, Amber Anderson
Contributors:
Amber Anderson, Amber Anderson
Quercus

The Little Book of Colouring: Into the Deep

Amber Anderson
Authors:
Amber Anderson

Filled with intricate patterns and uplifting quotes, keep these little books in your handbag or by your bedside so you can colour yourself happy, whatever the time of day.It is impossible to close the cover on these books without feeling calmer and more inspired than when you opened them. Printed on top quality paper, each of these pocket-sized volumes is packed with uplifting quotes and over forty stunning illustrations from sea anemones to coral worthy of the Great Barrier Reef, this book will help you relax, de-stress and kickstart creativity.Other titles in the series: The Little Book of Colouring: In Bloom, The Little Book of Colouring: Animal Kingdom, The Little Book of Colouring: Tropical Paradise, The Little Book of Colouring: Wild Woodland and The Little Book of Colouring: Patterns.

Quercus

A Year In Colour

Amber Anderson, Amber Anderson
Contributors:
Amber Anderson, Amber Anderson

Start the new year as you mean to go on with A Year in Colour. Beautifully hand-drawn and small enough to take with you wherever you go, you'll find a new illustration for each week of the year complete with a page for your creative doodles and flashes of inspiration, one week at a time. Colouring has proven to be the perfect antidote to a busy life: it is sufficiently distracting that it allows you to simultaneously focus and switch off from the stresses of the day. And it's surprisingly satisfying too. So, whether it is spring, summer, autumn or winter, Amber's intricate and sophisticated drawings are all inspired by the natural world and are perfect to colour in and admire, providing a soothing and mindful experience for those in need of a creative stress-buster whatever the time of year.

Quercus

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k

Sarah Knight
Authors:
Sarah Knight

Quercus

The Little Book of Colouring: Animal Kingdom

Peace in Your Pocket, Amber Anderson
Contributors:
Peace in Your Pocket, Amber Anderson
Quercus

The Little Book of Colouring: In Bloom

Peace in Your Pocket, Amber Anderson
Contributors:
Peace in Your Pocket, Amber Anderson
Quercus

This Book Will Make You Sleep

Jessamy Hibberd, Jo Usmar
Authors:
Jessamy Hibberd, Jo Usmar