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Do you ever get to the end of the day and think that you didn’t have a minute of time to yourself? With three kids ranging from 5 to 16, I’ve totally been there. All the chores around the house, homework, bedtime, and dinner, etc., they can wear you down at the end of the day.
I just started reading a book called The Fringe Hours by Jessica N. Turner. In it, she shows you little ways to find that extra time for self care. If taking care of you is one of your New Year’s resolutions, then this book is totally for you.
I was a pretty young first time mom at 22 years old, and right from the beginning, I felt like my entire life was all about my children. It’s so hard to get out of mom mode and just do something for yourself sometimes. It wasn’t until I had my third child that I realized I was just as important as them. It was important for me to do something I enjoyed because as they say, “if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.”
I enjoy playing video games, crafting, baking, reading a good book, or even watching a favorite television show. When dinner is done, I just let the dishes sit for the night. Giving myself a break to do what I love to do, even it’s just an hour a day, makes me a better mother and better wife.
Along with The Fringe Hours you can also pick up a workbook with questions to ask yourself. It’s called My Fringe Hours: Discovering a More Creative and Fulfilled Life. This book really allows you to slow down and figure out where those extra minutes are to find your own fringe hours.
What have you done to take time for yourself?