Over the last few years, Barrie has had a profound shift
in her lifestyle and life priorities. Feeling an emptiness
in her life and often dealing with generalized anxiety,
she began a personal quest to find what she felt
passionate about beyond her role as a mom, and to
figure out how to quiet the “voice in her head” that
triggered the anxiety and suffering she experienced.
Her journey led her to a new career as a personal
coach, personal development blogger, teacher, and
author. Through her work and research, she
encountered several profound “aha” moments when
she learned more about mindfulness practices,
simplifying, and identifying a few life priorities where
she wanted to spend most of her time and energy.
She recently moved from a congested and busy suburb
of Atlanta to Asheville, NC, where she enjoys a slower
pace of life in a town that focuses on healthy living,
great food, interpersonal connections, nature, and
She downsized to a much smaller house, getting rid of
many of her possessions and streamlining her
wardrobe. She prioritizes relationships, experiences,
and meaningful work over things, money, and prestige.
In her daily life, she tries to focus on balance and being
present, using meditation, exercise, and time in nature
as her tools.
For many years, Steve led a pretty simplistic lifestyle,
but since the second half of 2015 he has experienced
four major life event changes (marriage, a new
baby, buying a house, and starting a brand new
business). While all of these events have been amazing,
they have also led to an increased amount of stress in
At first, Steve felt overwhelmed by these changes, but
he eventually learned how to simplify what goes
through his head, and to be in the moment with
whatever he is doing at the time. So now, when he
spends time with his wife and son, he is 100 percent in
the moment; and when he’s working, he completes
important tasks in a productive flow state.
The strategies that Steve and Barrie both use to
overcome the stress in their lives aren’t easy. But they
definitely work?if you’re willing to work at it on a daily
basis. These are the strategies that you’ll discover in
the following book.