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When I was in college, I figured my life would come together around graduation. I'd meet a guy; we'd plan a beautiful wedding and buy a nice house - not necessarily with a picket fence, but with whatever kind of fence we wanted. I might work, or I might not, but whatever we decided, I would be happy.
When I got out of college and my life didn't look like that, I floundered around, trying to figure out how to get the life I had always dreamed of. I went down so many different paths for it. Career. Travel. Friends. Relationships. But none of them were as satisfying as I hoped they would be.
Like many 20-somethings, I tried desperately to discover the life of my dreams after college, but instead of finding it, I just kept accumulating baggage. I had school loans, car payments, electronics I couldn't afford, a house full of mismatched furniture I didn't love but that had become my own, hurt from broken relationships, and unmet expectations for what life was "supposed to be" like.
Just when I had given up all hope of finding the "life I'd always dreamed about," I decided to take a trip to all 50 states...because when you go on a trip, you can't take your baggage. What I found was that "packing light" wasn't as easy as I thought it was.
This is the story of that trip and learning to live life with less baggage.
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By Amanda Monson on 04-22-14
Captivating & inspiring!
If you could sum up Packing Light in three words, what would they be?
Not what I expected, it was better!
What did you like best about this story?
I enjoyed the authors narration and how her understanding of herself unfolds throughout her journey. Each piece of the puzzle adds to the clarity.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes! And I will likely listen to it in one sitting again!
Any additional comments?
Get ready to pack your bags! This book will inspire you to take a leap of faith.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Melanie on 06-19-15
Don't Relate to Author
I couldn't relate to the author, so listening to her life story was not very appealing to me. I read this for a book club assignment. I wouldn't have done it except to discuss later.
I will say this: I didn't think her road trip was nearly as courageous as she seems to, and I was so sick of her references to the rich ruler at the end... BUT, I appreciated how open and honest she was about her experiences that year. She tells the truth, and I respect that.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful