Opting Out with Cait Flanders

By Cait Flanders

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This isn't a typical podcast. It's just a little show, recorded in the great outdoors. Hosted by Cait Flanders (author of Adventures in Opting Out + The Year of Less), each week we'll head outside and explore our inner worlds. See you out there, friend.

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004. In the Company of Books

We're doing something a little different today! Hanging out in my bedroom, and discussing the books that have kept me company this year. There have been many, so here's a shorter list of some of my favourites, along with a few quotes/poems. Enjoy!


  • Attached by Amir Levine + Rachel Heller
  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
  • The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
  • all about love by bell hooks
  • The School of Life by Alain de Botton
  • Recovery of Your Inner Child by Lucia Capacchione
  • Everything Is Spiritual by Rob Bell
  • How to Be Here by Rob Bell
  • Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents by Lindsay Gordon
  • The Highly Sensitive Person by Dr. Elaine Aron



  • New and Selected Poems (Vol 1) by Mary Oliver
  • Devotions by Mary Oliver



  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  • The Love Square by Laura Jane Williams
  • Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams
  • The Mothers by Brit Bennett
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
  • Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan
  • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
  • Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams



  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • How to Make Friends with a Ghost by Rebecca Green
  • Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers
  • (any book) by Vashti Harrison
  • The Great Hibernation by Tara Dairman
  • Evie and the Animals by Matt Haig
  • The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams
  • I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day



  • Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
  • Grounded by Ruth Allen
  • Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
  • Turning by Jessica J. Lee
Apr 18, 2021
003. How I Softened Into My Life This Year

I've wanted to write about this at various times, but the words didn't come to me until now. This is a reflection on how I've adapted, softened, and allowed myself to change this year. Plus, a question to journal on at the end.

Apr 11, 2021
002. It's Nice to Meet You (Again)

It's a beautiful thing, to allow yourself to evolve. To challenge yourself to grow and change. And as a creator, to allow your content to grow and change with you. This is a look back at who I have been, and who I am in this moment.

Apr 05, 2021
001. Let's Go on an Adventure

This isn't a typical podcast. It's just a little show, recorded in the great outdoors. Each week we'll head outside and explore our inner worlds. I don't know where we'll go, but I'm excited to find out—together.

Mar 29, 2021