I’m not much of a bandwagon jumper, especially when it comes to books written by bloggers. Somehow I figure that I’ve probably already read what they have to say if I’ve read their blogs much at all. However, when Stephanie so graciously offered to let me borrow her Kindle copy of The Fringe Hours by The Mom Creative blogger Jessica N. Turner, I couldn’t say no. Free, right? 🙂 I was really pleasantly surprised at what I found within this little book. I have been a sometimes-reader of The Mom Creative for the past few years, and honestly I always figured Jessica Turner to be one of those high-energy people who juggle 1,000,438 things at once with aplomb. This book didn’t change my opinion of that. However, reading it has given me a little insight into how she does it, as well as a few tips of how I could make the most of my “fringe hours,” too. Mostly, though, I feel encouraged that all the little things that I enjoy doing but have to make time for are really worthwhile and not frivolous at all. Her message is one of self-care that resonates with me a lot in this extremely busy season of life. In fact, I’ve discovered that making time for creativity is vital to my well being, and when all else fails I’ll very purposefully add art into our school plans for the week. While my “fringe hours” aren’t the same as hers, and honestly, getting into bed at an early enough hour to get up consistently two or two and a half hours before my children (like Jessica does) isn’t even a remote possibility right now, this book helped me realize that I’m already pretty good at this. I mean, most readers are–we almost never go anywhere without a book, right? Reading isn’t the only thing I do for enjoyment/refueling, though; it’s just the easiest one to accomplish in the fringes.
I thought it would be worth noting how I’ve spent my fringe hours this week, at least those that I can recall:
- Every morning I’ve read while I blow dried my hair. Sometimes I read the Bible; often I read something on my Kindle. (This is when I’ve read much of The Fringe Hours.)
- I did a SOAP Bible study on a verse one morning.
- I read a chapter while waiting on my girls at piano lessons.
- On Monday when we got home from CBS leaders council, I took about thirty minutes to lie down on my bed after I put Benny down for his nap. I read a Psalm, read a book review and watched its accompanying video, and even closed my eyes for a few minutes.
- I’ve read on my iPhone while sitting with my children who need “help” falling asleep at night.
- I read before I go to sleep most nights. Most of the time this is an actual book.
- I have perused Stephanie’s links (and drooled over the art links!) at odd moments while I’m waiting on children to finish lessons or while I’m waiting in the car.
It hasn’t actually been a week conducive to enjoying the fringes; Steady Eddie has traveled this week, and we’ve had sleep issues. Still, I’ve gotten a lot of enjoyment out of the few things I’ve done.
Many thanks to Stephanie for loaning me this book! (Ain’t technology grand? 🙂 ) If you’re looking to find more hours in your day or to make time for what you enjoy, definitely check out this title.