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The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You Paperback – February 17, 2015
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"The Fringe Hours is like one gigantic permission slip to carve out some space in your day for the things that give you joy and feed your soul."--Brigid Schulte, New York Times bestselling author of Overwhelmed
For the woman who is doing everything for everyone--except herself
Ever get to the end of the day and realize you did nothing for you? In this practical and liberating book, Jessica N. Turner empowers you to take back the fringe hours--those little pockets of time you already have in your day--in order to make time for your passions and practice self-care. Based on original research, The Fringe Hours helps you overcome common hurdles that prevent women from taking time for themselves regularly. You'll also discover tips for maximizing the time you have and discover how living this lifestyle makes you a better wife, mother, and friend.
"Turner masterfully combines creative ideas with stories of real women that leave you nodding your head and feeling empowered to create sacred space within your day and your life."--Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times bestselling author of Hands Free Mama
"I want to give The Fringe Hours to every woman in my life, because this is the conversation we're having over and over, at soccer practice and church and crammed between meetings. Jessica's practical style made me feel like another way is possible."--Shauna Niequist, author of Bread & Wine
"I've long admired how Jessica manages to do so much and yet still have time for things she loves. This book is a must-read for busy women everywhere!"--Crystal Paine, founder of MoneySavingMom.com and New York Times bestselling author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode
"An honest and encouraging account of how women can make time for what fills them up most."--Tara Sophia Mohr, author of Playing Big
Jessica N. Turner is the founder of the popular lifestyle blog The Mom Creative, where she documents her pursuit of cultivating a life well crafted. She is a writer for DaySpring's (in)courage community, an advocate for World Vision, a regular speaker at blogging conferences nationwide, and an award-winning marketing professional. She and her husband, Matthew, live with their children in Nashville, Tennessee. Connect with her on TheMomCreative.com
About the Author
Jessica N. Turner is the founder of the popular lifestyle blog The Mom Creative, where she documents her pursuit of cultivating a life well-crafted (www.themomcreative.com). Additionally, she is a writer for DaySpring's (in)courage, an advocate for World
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In the book, she calls out my big flaw, "pleasing everyone to the point of emptiness," which many times doesn't include myself. She talks about WHY that's not ok, and tips on how to solve it. She's not a magician, she can't add hours to your clock, but she does help you maximize the ones you do have.
I especially appreciated her avoidance from ever calling out a specific behavior or activity (TV, lounging on the sofa, sports, etc) as bad. She recognizes we all spend down time or quality time pursuing different passions, and she encourages us ALL to find joy in that.
Her phrasing was inclusive of most all women. While a lot of the anecdotes did focus on having children and the extra chaos that adds, this book would still resonate in the hands of any woman I know, regardless of relationship, work or parental status.
This book was truly a breath of fresh air. In a society where we may feel compelled to say yes all the time and do it all, the discussion of intentional and deliberate life structuring was desperately needed.
The one thing I would love to see in a revised edition, or possibly as online content (and the reason for the 4 star instead of 5) is a section of group discussion questions. It's great to read about this on your own; to read as a group and commit to Fringe Hour living with friends would make this an even better experience and life changing.
I appreciated that the author gave women permission to pursue their interests outside of parenting, but I couldn't relate to the amount of time she's away from her very young children. When I was a full time working mom, I always felt like my kids deserved a large part of my non-working hours. I didn't want to get home from work and head straight to book club or bible study. Also, this advice is less applicable to anyone with kids much above daycare age. By the elementary school years, kids need homework help, there are friends' birthday parties, sports and extracurricular activities and those things all eat at the fringe hours. I think for a season of life, parenting just requires a lot of time and attention.
Some good advice here, but nothing amazing.