Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Fringe Hours: Tuesday Talk Link Party

Welcome to Tuesday Talk (#TuesTalk) at Almond Place!  So happy to have this little party growing in leaps and bounds every week!  We've been enjoying your posts and getting to know some of you wonderful bloggers a little better each week!

The Winners of last week's giveaway for a Mommy Hook:  Rachele and Tina!  You should've received an email from me already...let me know if you didn't!

We love connecting with you, so be sure to check out the other hosts of the party...someone is almost always having a giveaway :-)

Becky from BYBMG,
Beth from Our Pretty Little Girls,
Chelsea from The Contented Wife,
Elizabeth from All Kinds of Things,
Tara from Mrs.Coach Sims,
Keri from Living In This Season,
Sarah from Abiding In Grace,
Lauren from Simply Free ,
Andrea from Mitchael Journey,
Jessica & Katie from Sweet Little Ones,
Teressa from Teressa Jane

I am so excited for this day!  It's one that's been coming for a long time!  One of my favorite bloggers, Jessica Turner from The Mom Creative, is launching her book!  I've posted about it before, including several pics on Instagram.

Jessica's book, The Fringe Hours, is about carving time for ourselves in the midst of our busy lives. She explores the various reasons why it's hard for women, whether mothers or not, have a hard time cultivating our own passions.  One of the biggest obstacles she finds is guilt....guilt holds us back. Guilt prohibits us from following our dreams, and exploring things that fill up OUR cups.

I was thrilled to be one of the women interviewed for her book. It was a refreshing conversation with her as we talked about all the things I already did well in making time for myself, as well as talking about the areas where I could do better.  One of the things I struggle with is putting my needs first sometime...of course this is impossible all the time with a husband, 3 kids, and a full time job...but talking to Jessica made me realize I did need to put MY things at the top of list every once in a while!
What a huge difference this has made in my life and that short 30 minute conversation was truly life changing for me!

One of my favorite activities is to scrapbook but that's the one I find the hardest to do.  So, now I simply break down my project and get a little bit done every other day or so.  I still get everything done that I need done around the house, but I'm also carving out those few minutes for myself doing something I love.

sharing The Fringe Hours with my MOMS ministry at my parish

I'll be linking up to Jessica's Fringe Hours link party and sharing different ways I'm exploring and creating my own #fringehours each week....one of them includes writing this little blog of mine!

You can now purchase Jessica's book on Amazon and I would just be so thrilled if you would go ahead a support this sweet Mama.

I am also thrilled to give a copy of The Fringe Hours away this week! Enter the giveaway today and winners will be announced next Tuesday!

I'm Linking Up: The Mom Creative

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    1. That's a great one! My kids don't nap anymore and I miss is greatly!

  2. I keep seeing this book pop up - it looks so good! My favorite fringe hour is probably nap time. Although I usually have to restrain myself from doing something boring like clean the kitchen! I'm also learning to use the relax time at the end of the night to do more than just veg out in front of the tv.

    1. Liz, you need this book! Nap time is precious time to yourself! I would encourage you to let the kitchen go and do something for yourself!

  3. I make time for myself by being deliberate about it - after making dinner and cleaning up, I make myself a cup of tea, grab my robe and book and cozy down and read for 20 minutes :)

  4. Huh? Time for myself? I am always so tired until my 2 year old takes her nap and then I am wide awake and it is like TIME TO CLEAN! This seems like a must read for me to figure out how to gain some ME time!

    1. This is definitely the book for you!! I used to get chores done during nap time..now that my kids don't nap anymore, it's always chore time ;-) It was hard to start doing things I loved AHEAD of things I HAD to do, but it made me a much happier mama :-)

  5. I don't know how to make time for myself which is why I need this book! :)

  6. I've been seeing and hearing things about The Fringe Hours everywhere! I guess that means I really should check it out :-)

    1. Yes, Megan! You must take a look! It's such a great read and has totally changed my outlook. It's helped me realize that my passions are just as important!

  7. My fave fringe hour is a jog by myself with the music blaring! Or in the garage building a sign :)

  8. Fringe hour would be sleep time. The house is quiet, and I can finally hear myself think! I'm trying to better use my fringe hours instead of wasting it.