Win a Copy of the New Book 1001 Ways to Live WILD

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This week, I’m giving away a brand new hardback copy of Barbara Ann Kipfer‘s latest book, 1,001 Ways to Live WILD. Barbara is the author of sixty books, including the mega-bestseller 14,000 Things to Be Happy About. 

1001 Ways to Live Wild pages | Happy Simple Living blogThis 384-page book ($19.95, published by National Geographic) is a feast for the senses, from its pretty cover to the colorful borders to its delicate, nature-inspired illustrations. The pages are filled with a trove of creative ideas to help us experience more adventure in our everyday lives.

I don’t know about you, but I could definitely stand to get a little more WILD.

Some of Barbara’s suggestions are fun and whimsical:

159. Tour an airplane factory.

508. Learn how to spin a basketball on your finger.

766. Hug a tree and a person today.

Some of her ideas might require a little more planning:

234. Take a ride in a vintage biplane.

451. Sleep in a castle for a night.

852. Lounge around a thermal pool under the midnight sun in Iceland.

Some of her tips are challenging and thought-provoking:

315. Leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.

664. Live and act from the understanding that all things change.

930. Watching wildlife can reawaken senses dulled by the man-made world.

Woven among the tips are inspirational quotes (“There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing” – Scandinavian proverb) and short lists like “Natural Phenomena to Go Wild For” (Aurora borealis and volcanic lightning, for example).

If you open a random page of this book, you can’t help but be inspired to try something new and bring a little adventure into your life. This pretty volume would make a wonderful gift for just about anyone, from a newlywed couple to a recent retiree to a graduating senior.

To enter the drawing to win your own copy of 1,001 Ways to Live WILD, just answer this question in the Comments section of this post:

What’s one wild thing you’ve always wanted to do?

Whether you long to dye your hair purple or yodel from the top of the Swiss Alps or learn how to play the electric guitar, we all want to hear your wild bucket list ideas!

The drawing is open to readers in the U.S. who reply between now and Thursday, May 5 at midnight MST. I’ll do a random drawing and announce the winner the following day.

Grateful thanks to Barbara Ann Kipfer, TLC Book Tours and National Geographic Partners for providing the book for this giveaway.

As for me, I’m going to try practicing Barbara’s tip #394 today:

“Live in a simple, direct way, without cluttering your mind with hatred, judgment, worry, doubt, or want. Choose the experience of genuine happiness.”

Hugs and happy simple living,

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

30 thoughts on “Win a Copy of the New Book 1001 Ways to Live WILD”

  1. I want to walk the El camino de Santiago. I have had a yearning to do that someday and have since found out my great great grandmother and grandfather came from that area (both Basque). It would be an amazing trip and I’m hoping my son (who loves the outdoors and hiking also) will be able to join me, someday.

  2. My list is not so big and adventurous but I have to agree with Cindy, give me a travel trailer and let me roam.

  3. Eliza, you find the most interesting books! Since I’ve already dyed my hair various colors over the years and worked on my bucket list as soon as I graduated high school I’m not sure I have much wild left in me. My latest adventure has been to relocate from a thriving small town to a town that is nearly dead and tackle the job of trying to involve the residents into bringing it back alive. Does that count?

  4. I have always wanted to take a year to travel the world with the kids once they are old enough to remember and experience thongs more.

  5. Sell off the house and most of the contents, move into an airstream so we can travel to glorious places and my husband can be the head wage earner.

  6. This is a little bitty wild thing compared to selling houses and traveling the world (which would be wonderful, indeed!).

    I’ve never had the guts to do it, you know?
    But I’ve always wanted to.

  7. Pingback: Dr. Barbara Ann Kipfer, author of 1,001 Ways to Live Wild, on tour April 2016 | TLC Book Tours
  8. “766. Hug a tree and a person today.” This is my favorite from the list you shared. 🙂

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

  9. I have been lucky enough to travel to 49 of the 50 States. Alaska is my last state and I want the trip to be extra special.

  10. I’ve always wanted to sleep in a tree. I plan to do this once we get a treehouse built in our yard (hopefully this summer!).

  11. I’ve always wanted to learn how to dance – tango, ballroom, foxtrot. And look amazing in a gorgeous ball gown.

  12. Have afternoon tea on the crater rim of Mt. St. Helens on the day the Blue Angels fly over. They fly over once a year. I would serve huckleberry tarts and mint tea and bring a bright yellow tea towel to wave!


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