I am a member of the launch team for The Fringe Hours. I was given an advanced copy of the book for my review. The opinions presented below are 100% mine and 100% honest. #FringeHours
You guys, if you’ve been following along with me for awhile, you know that I struggle a lot with my depression and a big part of that is making time to take care of myself. I’m good at the basics – showering, eating (most of the time), brushing my teeth, etc, but actually taking time to nurture my brain and my spirit? Um, not so much. I can’t express to you how important downtime and “me time” is to someone with mental illness. When life feels like you’re constantly trudging through the mud, you need to recharge. It’s just hard to justify it when sometimes you live in a perpetual state of being behind on life. (Ah guilt!)
When I heard about Jessica Turner’s new book The Fringe Hours, I knew it was for me. I always find a few minutes to check out her blog The Mom Creative and I figured that anyone who was a working outside the home mama to three littles, a blogger, and a writer had to know what she was talking about when it came to making time for yourself. And I was right!
Girls, this book is life changing.
Since I’m on the launch team for the book, I received a copy back in December. Y’all – I devoured it. I even loved it so much that I ordered a copy for my sweet friend Eva.
I think as women we so often put ourselves and our needs last that we just get used to it. We might even feel a little pious for being so dedicated to everyone else? Maybe? (Spoiler alert: I did!) Take it from me. You can only burn the candle at both ends for so long before you break down.
Since reading The Fringe Hours, I’ve been able to let go of the guilt and make some changes in my life to help release some of the pressure that builds up. I’ve even recommended it to my therapist!
Here are some ways I’ve found my fringe and taken advantage of it:
Sunday naps with hubby count as fringe hours right? #FringeHours A photo posted by Christina L (@christinaplainandsimple) on
Ignoring my messy desk and reading @jessicanturner ‘s new book The Fringe Hours during some down time. Hubby told me to relax a bit since I’ve been taking care of him the last few days. #fringehours A photo posted by Christina L (@christinaplainandsimple) on
It may only be a few minutes here or there (or even asking for a night out downtown with my hubby!), but those minutes add up fast. Learning to relax has always been a challenge for me, but I feel like Jessica gave me permission to just do it already!
I’ve even enlisted the help of others to keep me accountable. I’ve become more vocal in asking for some time to myself; Adam even suggests it (and for once I actually listen and take him up on it!)
Eva and I both love scrapbooking and I’ve asked her to help me make time for it. We don’t even live in the same state, but we have virtual scrap nights where we chat online and work on our layouts. Quick photos fly back and forth to share our progress.
I can’t tell you how much this book has impacted my life. I honestly believe Jessica wrote it just for me. It just resonated that much. I’m just better when I have time to do what I love – even if it’s only for five minutes here or there – like reading a chapter of a book while cooking dinner.
If you’re looking for ways to find more time for yourself and actually use it, I can’t recommend it more.
The book is available TODAY! Seriously, run, don’t walk.
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Learn more and access resources at www.FringeHours.com
This book is so encouraging, so transforming, so everything a woman needs to hear. I promise you that. Even if you aren’t a mama (I’m not!) or don’t work outside the home (I don’t!) you should read this book. I promise it will resonate with you.