Review: Stretched Too Thin

Stretched Too Thin

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.

Source: Purchased
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Sunday Matters: It’s Quiet Over Here

Sunday Matters

As my life gets busy I can’t help but be quiet here. It will be a good week before things are back to normal. The first weekend of The Wizard of Oz is done. One more to go.

Right Now:

It was really hard to keep the days straight this week. Production week had a lot to do with it but so did the holiday on Monday. Totally threw me off. I wasn’t planning to head to church today because of how busy we’ve been (planned to watch online) but I am going to drag my butt in.

This Week:

I don’t know what I was thinking but I scheduled a hair appointment this week and my life group starts back up again. One day at a time. Right?

Reading:

I laugh at this. No reading going on at the moment but perhaps this week. I am waiting for The Golden State to come in from the library. I recommended that they buy it and they bought it, so I am #1 on the list.

Watching:

The new TV is finally set up. We didn’t have Hulu before but we have it now and I started an episode of The Handmaid’s Tale. I’m not sure I’m in the mood for it right now.  I’ve also been recording The Passage too but haven’t watched yet.

New Things I’ve Tried:

Unexpected Cheddar from Trader Joe’s. Best cheese ever. I could eat the entire brick myself. Add a little wine and some nuts and you’ve got a party.

Grateful for:

The people I get to work with backstage. Fun, fun group.

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Chatting with friends about books and life…