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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 twenty-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 fifty 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.
|Title||:||Packing Light: Thoughts on Living Life with Less Baggage|
|Number of Pages||:||256 pages|
July 13, 2016
I will start by saying that I am seriously not the intended audience for this book and if I had read the description a little bit more carefully, I wouldn't have picked it up. It is much more explicitly Christian than I would have liked and I really don't care about this woman's journey to God.
December 22, 2013
I expected to really enjoy this book, so I myself am surprised at my low rating. I'm willing to admit this may be in part because I listened to the audio version (hey, it was free). I don't typically do audio, and after this I probably won't try it again. The reading of it seemed surprisingly...d...
October 28, 2013
I found Ally's blog through Twitter one time and her blog quickly became one of my favorites. I must admit that I really liked reading the stuff she wrote about dating, because I thought they spoke the truth, and not in a flowery way but in a real, age-appropriate, I-can-apply-this-to-my-life way...
July 12, 2016
Weak on all aspects
This book tries to be (1) a travelogue, (2) a Christian text on the will of God, (3) a self-help book on minimalism, and fails in all of them.
As a travelogue, the descriptions of places are poor and few. Most states get no mention at all. Since the author is so self-absorbed, t...
January 13, 2018
I picked up this book because I'm a minimalist and I thought it was actually about packing. Boy, was I wrong ;-) Instead, a beautiful story unfolded of two women taking big risks and setting off on a six-month adventure of a lifetime. Packing light is a metaphor and a philosophy (and an actual pa...
June 23, 2015
I thought it was another i-discovered-myself-ona-fiddy-state-roadtrip-wifma-girlfriend memoir. Or maybe a minimalism book. But no, my friends.
Ally digs through all kinds of baggage on her trip, and mostly spiritual and emotional. Not even necessarily bad baggage, but baggage with the question of...
November 18, 2016
Although I'm not going to follow in Allison's footsteps, the beginning of her story looks a lot like my current season. Some of the bigger details, like career and relationship status, differ, but our hearts start out the same. "Is this really all there is? If not, am I even capable of more?" I e...
August 19, 2013
This is a road trip book, the story of how Vesterfelt took a leap and went on tour with a friend as her roadie in all 50 states. I enjoyed the stories of exploring America, but I thought the metaphor of “packing light” got stretched a little thin. I also thought that too much of the story was abo...
August 27, 2013
Allison is a talented writer and brings to light many stories. You can see her humble and kind heart in her writing voice. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to travel, or anyone who wants to travel, but never has. At many parts in her book, I found myself nodding my head in agreement. She...
October 24, 2016
I don't understand why this book didn't get a better rating. I loved it. It opened my eyes to do many things. I was in a funk when I started this book and it helped pull me out. I wanted to know where they were going next, how they got from one place to another, what their relationship statuses w...