I went to my new friend, Lee Ann Garfias' book signing last Thursday and finally bought my own copy of her book. I will have to admit--I thought it would be geared more toward moms of younger children or moms who stayed at home. I could not have been more wrong.
This book touched me deeply in ways I never expected. Lee Ann has such a great sense of humor that keeps you chuckling through every chapter, while at the same time she shares on such a deep and transparent level that draws you in close, making it so hard to put the book down. I picked it up this morning, thinking, "I'll just read another chapter or two." By the time I got up from my chair, I was about four chapters away from finishing the book.
Having just written a blog post the other day about how I need to learn to budget my time in the same way I budget my money, I loved reading a whole chapter today in Lee Ann's book about precisely the same things, comparing our time to our money and learning how to "live within our means" and "not go into debt." It challenged me to carefully consider the cost of each activity I commit to so I can see how overspending my time can affect all areas of life. Some activities are just more expensive than others and cost a whole lot more energy. I need to take that into account when I know I've planned something that will take more out of me so I still have enough left to take care of myself and my family at the end of the day. It also inspired me to plan for an entire day of rest after a particulary stressful or draining activity. It's amazing what a rested body, mind, and soul can accomplish over a tired, weary one.
While browsing Amazon this Christmas season, make sure to order your own copy of this book and maybe a few extras for your friends. You won't regret it.