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The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You

Review of Jessica Turner's new book launch, The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You.

One of the reasons I started writing Glamamom almost 5 years ago was to recapture some of the creativity and ambition that felt stifled when I became a parent. While I recognized the importance of finding time for myself and maintaining interests outside my family relationships early on, like most moms, I often struggle with guilt and over-committing.

My colleague Jessica Turner's new book The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You, launched today and is a refreshing reminder to not only carve out time for yourself but to evaluate how we're spending our time and if it's leading to greater fulfillment:

Every woman has had this experience: you get to the end of the day and realize you did nothing for you. And if you go days, weeks, or even months in this cycle, you begin to feel like you have lost a bit of yourself.

While life is busy with a litany of must-dos--work, parenting, keeping house, grocery shopping, laundry and on and on--women do not have to push their own needs aside. Yet this is often what happens. There's just no time, right? Wrong.

In this practical and liberating book, Jessica Turner empowers women to take back pockets of time they already have in their day in order to practice self-care and do the things they love. Turner uses her own experiences and those of women across the country to teach readers how to balance their many responsibilities while still taking time to invest in themselves. She also addresses barriers to this lifestyle, such as comparison and guilt, and demonstrates how eliminating these feelings and making changes to one's schedule will make the reader a better wife, mother, and friend.

Perfect for any woman who is doing everything for everyone--except herself--The Fringe Hours is ideal for both individuals and small group use.

I'm particularly fond of the section with creative ways to say "no" and Jessica's ideas for making time for yourself without spending a dime. Most of all, I like the questions she poses throughout each chapter like "How can you put boundaries on your digital consumption?" with room under each for answers and notes. The call-to-action format helped me think more critically and contemplate achievable next steps.

Fringe Hours is a thoughtful and well-researched approach to making the best, most rewarding use of your time. Definitely worth a read. If of course, you can spare the time!

{Advanced copy provided for review. Post contains affiliate links.}