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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
Disclosure: This post contains Indiebound affiliate links.

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Review: Becoming

Becoming

Becoming
By Michelle Obama
Crown, 9781524763138, November 2018, 448pp.

The Short of It:

I wanted to end the year on a positive note so it’s no coincidence that I ended it with Becoming.

The Rest of It:

In Becoming, Michelle Obama invites us into her life. From Chicago’s South Side, where she grew up, all the way to the White House until now. Her storytelling, her positivity and hopefulness take center stage. As Americas’s first African-American First Lady, she was in a position to advocate for young women, which she absolutely did, while raising her own two girls and supporting her husband in a job that put both of them under the media’s microscope.

It seems as if everyone received this book for Christmas or felt it was an important enough read to buy it for themselves, which I did. What I admire the most about this memoir is the storytelling. It’s engaging and straight-forward, much as I expected it to be based on how she’s carried herself throughout her eight years in the White House.

It’s been a rough, rough year. The end if the year has come and I am totally wiped out. However, ending the year with this book has given me a little spark of hope. If she can stand back and look at our current administration and still feel hopeful, perhaps I can too.

Source: Purchased
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