Adventures in Opting Out: A Field Guide to Leading an Intentional Life

Adventures in Opting Out: A Field Guide to Leading an Intentional Life Review

Opt out of expectations and live a more intentional life with this refreshing guide from the national bestselling author of The Year of Less.

We all follow our own path in life. At least, that's what we're told. In reality, many of us either do what is expected of us, or follow the invisible but well-worn paths that lead to what is culturally acceptable. For some, those paths are fine -- even great. But they leave some of us feeling disconnected from ourselves and what we really want to do. When that discomfort finally outweighs the fear of trying something new, we're ready to opt out.

After going through this process many times, Cait Flanders found there is an incredible parallel between taking a different path in life and the psychological work it takes to summit a mountain -- especially when you decide to go solo. In Adventures in Opting Out, she offers a trail map to help you with both. As you'll see, reaching the first viewpoint can be easy -- and it offers a glimpse of what you're walking toward. Climbing to the summit for the full view is worth it. But in the space between those two peaks you will enter a world completely unknown to you, and that is the most difficult part of the path to navigate.

With Flanders's guidance and advice, drawn from her own journey and stories of others, you'll have all the encouragement and insight you'll need to take the path less traveled and create the life you want. Just step up to the trailhead and expect it to be an adventure.

Title:Adventures in Opting Out: A Field Guide to Leading an Intentional Life
Edition Language:English

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  • Miranda Reads

    Just published my October Book Vlog and whew! It was a lot of reading but so worth it! The Written Review No two paths are the same, just as no two people are the same. Cait Flanders ha...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Adventures in Opting Out is such a refreshing and timely guide for finding one’s own path in life. I don’t know about you all, but I am spending more time than ever on screens and somehow less tim...

  • Kimber

    Cait is a hiker and a blogger who has "opted out" of society's expectations and carved out her own life, on her own terms. This book is her "field guide to leading an intentional life." But for someth...

  • Jessica

    I was SO looking forward to reading this book because I loved Flanders' previous book, Year of Less. This one was disappointing. The premise sounded great - "opt out" of the expected paths and find yo...

  • Chelsea

    Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this novel via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.My honest to god gut reaction while reading this was: Cait...girl...please tell me...

  • Caitlin Amick

    Please no more self help books based on a hiking analogy....

  • Allison

    I was so looking forward to Cait’s second book but it feels bland, repetitive, and overly simplistic. It’s actually painful to write this because I so enjoyed her first book and also her Instagram...

  • Karen

    I read and enjoyed the author's first book. This one didn't hit home with me quite as much. There are some good bits about opting out from "regular" life and following the life path that suits you bes...

  • Julie Wittman

    Flanders uses an extended metaphor to compare making different life choices to the elements of a hike. I really liked her first book, which felt personal, compelling and left me ruminating for quite a...

  • A

    I was a longtime reader of Cait’s blog, and loved her work. It was a grounded voice that resonated with me, and was a refreshing change from the rest of the Canadian personal finance blogosphere.I r...