Interesting concept- the author gives up one of her essentials for a month, picking a different item to eliminate each month of the year. Obvious ones like alcohol, coffee, chocolate, television, dining out and cellphones. Not so obvious choices like elevators, shopping, newspapers, taxis, cursing, and multitasking. By the end of each month, she’s learned a bit more about herself, and takes those lessons with her into the next month.
For example, after the ban on alcohol, she found she could stand up to peer pressure and only drink when she wanted to, not because she felt obligated to. After the ban on elevators, she knew the stairwell in her building quite well, and relied on it during 9/11.
Overall, not terribly enlightening.
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