Stretched Too Thin
By Jessica N. Turner
Fleming H. Revell Company, 9780800723491, September 2018, 240pp.
The Short of It:
Geared towards working moms but really any mom, whether working inside the home or out, can find some useful takeaways.
The Rest of It:
At the end of 2018 I was wrecked. I was tired, utterly depleted in mental capacity and physically hurting ALL OVER. Over the holidays I had a good three weeks off but that first week, oh my goodness, that first week was spent healing. I had all the things to do (shop for holiday parties, meals, gifts) but I could not function. I finally told myself that it had to wait and wait it did.
I slept, It helped but didn’t fix me like I thought it would. It actually took days of rest, careful eating, and a lot of vitamins to feel somewhat normal. That’s why at the beginning of the year, I picked up Stretched Too Thin. A podcast I was listening to mentioned the book and then I decided to following Jessica Turner on Instagram. This book called to me, for obvious reasons.
Now, a little about the book. It’s short and simple and hits on all the trouble spots that us moms fall into. Working too much, over scheduling ourselves, not building in time for self-care and the like. Each chapter covers a specific area of focus, and then includes a workbook portion where you write down responses and begin to pick apart how you’ve been living and what you can do better.
I will say this, Stretched Too Thin did not tell me anything new but it gave me permission to focus on myself for once. I would have preferred to have the workbook portions at the end of the book so that I could have focused on each short chapter without having to stop to answer questions. I felt that the format made it a little choppy but I liked the voice behind the message. Ms. Turner is very genuine and real. She has lived the “stretched too thin” life and doesn’t want anyone else to fall into that trap.
I think this is an important book because it really does remind you that life can be lived a different way. You do not have to run from appointment to appointment. You have choices. This is where I am now. I’ve been changing some things around to make my life more serene and less chaotic and besides this week of the show, I’ve been improving and tweaking and even allowing myself time to investigate other passions.
At the time of this writing, the Kindle version is only $1.99. Here is the link if you’d like to buy it! Some of you might say that you do not have time to read a book like this. You do. It’s easy to pick up and put down and read when you can.
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6 thoughts on “Review: Stretched Too Thin”
This sounds interesting. I wonder how much I would get out of it. I’ve been really good this year about cutting back and protecting my weekends. I can’t do much about the weeknights until Holly gets her license. As for competition season, there isn’t much I can do there either. I take vacation days when I can, but, with the new owners, there will be times where that isn’t possible. That being said, I know a few studio owners and dance moms who could stand to read this book…
For $1.99, it would be worth a try. I walked away from it thinking I didn’t learn anything I didn’t already know but at the same time, it lit a fire under my butt. I KNOW there are other women living this same, over-scheduled life as mine. I mean, you and I are two peas in a pod but your life involves dance and mine involves theatre. I think as women it helps to know others are in the same boat and to be honest, I wanted to support this author. She has a very genuine nature and is also a blogger at The Mom Creative.
True. At that price, why not check it out?
This sounds perfect for me, and on your advice I’m following her instagram.
Sometimes we need permission to think about ourselves, take the time to re-evaluate, and think (not do) for a bit. I’m glad this book did that for you.
I’m glad this points out another way to go about life. Sounds like it will help you. I will be curious how your year will go