December’s Read: “Chasing Slow”

Hey everyone!

I decided to start reading books again. It has been a year and a half since I sat down and read multiple books within a season. I was feeling the urge to get back to doing so. Living in a camper in the winter, you can only do so much. Being glued to my MacBook and phone weren’t going to cut it for me.

I wanted to share a book I am either currently reading or have finished. Each month, I am going to bring you a title and go over a brief summary and my thoughts on the book. If you or you know of an avid reader, this will be a post for them.


This month, I am currently reading Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner. The book is about Loechner’s journey to chasing happiness through fame, fortune, and the fast paced life and how she decided to “venture off the beaten path” to enjoy the things she has already in front of her. Loechner discusses how hard times led her to surrender the chase and appreciate the simple things in life.

Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner

I decided to start reading books again. It has been a year and a half since I sat down and read multiple books within a season. I was feeling the urge to get back to doing so. Living in a camper in the winter, you can only do so much. Being glued to my MacBook and phone weren’t going to cut it for me.

I wanted to share a book I am either currently reading or have finished. Each month, I am going to bring you a title and go over a brief summary and my thoughts on the book. If you or you know of an avid reader, this will be a post for them.

This month, I am currently reading Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner. The book is about Loechner’s journey to chasing happiness through fame, fortune, and the fast paced life and how she decided to “venture off the beaten path” to enjoy the things she has already in front of her. Loechner discusses how hard times led her to surrender the chase and appreciate the simple things in life.

I discovered this book on Pinterest when I was looking for self-improvement books. The title was very appealing to me. I went online and read the reviews on Loechner’s book through <a href="http://<a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Slow-Courage-Journey-Beaten/dp/0310345677/ref=sr_1_1?crid=18S31TGQTVQ1D&keywords=chasing+slow&qid=1641844750&sprefix=chasing+slow%252Caps%252C150&sr=8-1&_encoding=UTF8&tag=arrowsxadvent-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=5b21f85af2d0d4b6a163218c8c996c59&camp=1789&creative=9325">Chasing SlowAmazon. I was surprised with the reviews. Many readers expected it to be a practical book, not about someone’s life experiences. Some felt misled by the title. At first I wasn’t so sure if I wanted to buy the book, but I wouldn’t know if it was a good book if I didn’t give it a chance. After reading the reviews, I took the leap and ordered Chasing Slow. I began reading it once it arrived. 

Chasing Slow isn’t necessarily a practical read. It isn’t going to tell you what to do with your life. It isn’t going to tell you what it means to live a slow life. The book isn’t one you would want to finish in two days. In fact, reading each chapter took some time to sink in. Taking that time after reading each chapter has allowed me to make connections with Loechner’s experiences whether it was getting pulled over by a policeman or losing a loved one. 

Chasing Slow gives you a perspective on how much we chase for fame and fortune in a fast paced life. It makes you realize how addicting it can be to want more once you reach a goal. We begin to lose sight of what we have in front of us because we want more materialistic things, money, and recognition. I applaud Loechner for everything she has been through with her husband’s health, finances, and career. It may be part of life, but it’s not for the faint of heart. It takes a lot of grit to bounce back.

This book is what I needed due to my current situation. As I get older, I appreciate the things I already have in front of me. I don’t want to continue the “chase.” Life is too short to worry about having the best of the best. If that is what you are after, I applaud you. I want to take the time and enjoy my family, my dog, and the adventure I am on now. Nothing lasts forever. That is why I want to “chase slow.”

Stay adventurous,

Natalie Paige

One thought on “December’s Read: “Chasing Slow”

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