As promised, I’m recapping on Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner.
This book was recommended to me one day, then delivered in the mail from Amazon two days later. I waited about three minutes (max) before I hit ‘confirm order’ after hearing about the book. I packed my bags for Italy, sticking this one in my carry on, and finished it way too fast. I actually stopped reading when I hit the last three chapters for a few days because I was genuinely upset that the book was almost done. I mean, it’s that good.
Erin has a way with words. She really opens up your eyes to what matters in life and what doesn’t. She makes you feel okay for breaking down at points, for having anxiety, for feeling lost, for not knowing the answer, for living and learning, for everything – basically.
I’m a huge believer in slowing down, simply because my anxiety is through the roof when I’m taking on too much. I totally, fully, 110% understand getting to where you want to be and working your ass off to get there, but I also fully trust taking breaks and letting your body rest and replenish itself. So the title itself made me want this book more than most.
It’s based on Erin’s real life, which makes it super intriguing. It takes a lot to put your life out there for others to read about, and she did it perfectly. I needed to know more, you know? I needed to know what she was going to do, how she was going to handle it, who she was going to tell. I needed to keep reading. From being a wife, running a blog, creating an online magazine, working, freelancing, taking on a roll for a show on HGTV.com, becoming a mom, etc. Erin truly shows you how to slow the hell down with so much going on.
Reading Chasing Slow makes you look at your day-to-day life and wonder why you’re shoving so much stuff into your routine that you can’t handle, it makes you look at your loved ones and want to love them more, it makes you realize what’s worth worrying over and what isn’t. Having words speak to you is powerful, and MY GOODNESS she is speaking straight to your damn soul in this book.
If anything, I recommend it because you can most likely relate. I related to Erin a lot, which I love to do. That’s why I blog, I love when my readers relate to me and I relate to them. Chasing Slow has a way with this, with letting you spill your own heart and soul out just by reading her words. I honestly found myself talking out-loud during the book, like: YES, I totally get it. You, or I did at least, get super into it, and you almost feel like you know her? That’s when I couldn’t put the book down, when I started to feel like her friend HA. She gives you her life ups and downs, struggles and happiness, strengths and weaknesses all at once. She shows you exactly who she is without making the book feel entirely about her. Do you know what I mean? You don’t feel like you’re just scrolling through pages of a life, you feel like you’ve been there before.
If you need a good read, a story to journey through someone else’s life to feel better, a friend on paper, help slowing down, help realizing it’s all going to be ok, get it. Now. Today.
You will NOT regret it, I promise. I keep her book on my nightstand and read pages of it randomly. It’s that type of book.
Ok, so… next time I’ll be talking about The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion by Elle Luna. I’m almost done and I can’t even explain how much it has motivated me. It’s a quick read, super motivational, and you get to read inspirational quotes along the way. All around a win win win. Order it here and come back soon!
Any book recommendations? Thoughts? Keep ’em coming!