In today's consumer-based, spoiled society, is it possible to live better with less? Can we go without things by choice, rather than having them taken away? Mary Carlomagno sets out to answer these questions...
Would it be possible to live without the designer coffee, the Kate Spade bags, the technology that were a part of my everyday existence? Could stripping away some of those items and habits make me appreciate what I have? I created a plan. Each month for one year, I would choose one of my favorite things and give it up, cold turkey, for one month. This would become my year to live better with less.
Like most people, Mary Carlomagno was stressed out, overscheduled, and tripping over the clutter of her days -- until she decided to take control and simplify her life. Each month she renounced one thing: alcohol, shopping, elevators, newspapers, cell phones, dining out, television, taxis, coffee, cursing, chocolate, and multitasking. During the course of the year, Mary took stock of her life, discovered what was really important, and gained a deeper appreciation for the world around her.
'Give It Up!' chronicles Mary's life-changing experiences and provides a commonsense blueprint for anyone looking for a fresh start and a new outlook. It's about simplifying your life, cherishing every moment of it, and celebrating what is truly important.