4 Stars Out Of 5
Good and practical book
January 24, 2015
I requested (and was given this advanced reading copy of) this book with a skeptical heart, as I do with most books. I knew and Jessica Turner's writing style since I have been following her blog and her social media sites for a few years. However, I was a bit skeptical on what she was going to write in so many thousands of words about the topic she chose for her first book. Honestly, this is probably the best topic she could have chosen.
Her book addresses to the over busy woman, the one that has too many things on her to do list, and hardly ever has time to engage in and focus on activities that bring her joy. My skepticism was born from the thought that maybe this was another "mom book", that is, it was written for the wife and mom with kids engaged in a million activities, the mom who works and does all the important things that must be done, overlooking her own hobbies. Well, this is true to a point. I am none of the above. But I, too, (and my skepticism) were confronted with some very well pointed ideas. And I have been won over.
Fringe hours are those little pockets of time throughout the day that often go underused or are wasted altogether. If not intentionally redeemed, fringe hours slip through one's fingers like sand. (p.84)
In researching for this book, Jessica also posted a survey on her blog. More than 2500 women completed the survey. These women were from all stated of US and from nearly 30 countries. This shows to me that this issue is worldwide and it's applicable to all. One thing that I think is a bit out of range for those living outside US are the links and sites she mentions that can offer certain services such as cooking, cleaning, etc. However, I am sure alternative solutions could be found.
The book is structured in four main parts, each part having three or four subheadings. The four main parts are: Explore, Discover, Maximize, Live Well. She makes a case for how important it is to make time for the things that you like, and then she offers suggestions.
All these were helpful tips and strategies in helping us find the things that we long to do, but always put on hold, or say we don't have to for. Not to mention, sometimes even our hobbies can be postponed due to procrastination. It's so much easier to just turn on the TV, the laptop, the phone and spend valuable minutes connected, but without feeling energized in the end. Fringe hours, short as they may be, can have a lasting effect and impact.
Throughout the book there are questions inserted and some blank space is left for answers. The questions aim to help each reader think more deeply about her life and her context, and eventually to be more able to make time and do the things she loves.
As you read the book, it feels like she repeats the same things, like a mantra, but it's totally understandable. I for one only believe and actually get to doing if someone repeats the same thing over and over. And probably some of those who read this book are the same.
The quotes she picked for this book are so well chosen. She clearly knows her topic well, and her research is thorough.
All in all, this is a positive book. I was afraid it will be just a feel good, mushy kind of book, but it's not! It's grounded in reality. Each person's reality is different, but each reality can be molded so that fringe hours can be found in it.
A recommended read.