The Fringe Hours

unnamed-2Just last month my family took a 2 week vacation to visit our family in California.  It was a wonderful trip, it was relaxing and fun, and just what we needed.  I actually read 5 books, which makes it my dream vacation!!  I had stocked up on a few library books while before we left, and ran out of books, and had to make a trip to Barnes and Noble.  One book I read while enjoying our trip was The Fringe Hours, and it was the perfect time to read it.  Honestly, I don’t think there’s a bad time to read this book.  Jessica Turner, is a mom, a blogger, and also works full time.  She sounds like a very busy person, yet in this book she describes just how she can carve time out of every single day that’s just for her.  It may be 5 or 10 minutes here or there, but she makes it count.  I may not be quite as busy as she is, but I can certainly relate!

Before setting out on the challenge of writing this book, she took a detailed survey on her blog about how women and mothers spend their time.  What was revealed seemed not all that surprising, revealing every woman’s struggle in finding time that’s all their own.  Inspired by that, in this book she’s point out the time that’s already there, what is “fringe” time during the day, and helping women find time for the things they love to do, and also in finding out what’s most important to them.

“You will never find time for anything.  If you want time, you must make it.” – Charles Bixton

We can’t do it all.  Sometimes we think we can, but we just can’t.  She offered advice on how to find balance.  It’s also like a workbook, there are questions to answer, and space to write down your thoughts.  One of the most important lessons is how to let go of self-imposed pressures.  In doing so, you can let go of being everything to everyone, and eliminate guilt and comparison (she says comparison is a thief).

Be yourself, be your authentic self, and be your best self, is what she’s encouraging us to do.  She’s also reminding us that we’re worth it, and we deserve time to do the things that we love.  If you’re at your best – you’re happier, healthier, and giving your best to your friends and family.  With my daughter going back to school (and going back to school myself), finding free time is going to be even more of a challenge, but I’ve learned from what Ms Turner has written here.  What she says is refreshing, a helpful reminder that perhaps we all should hear.

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