Book Review: The Frindge Hours

March 18, 2015


The Fringe Hours
Jessica N. Tuner
272 Pages
Kindle Edition

From the Publisher:
Ever get to the end of the day and realize you did nothing for you? In this practical and liberating book, Jessica N. Turner empowers you to take back the fringe hours–those little pockets of time you already have in your day–in order to make time for your passions and practice self-care. Based on original research, The Fringe Hours helps you overcome common hurdles that prevent women from taking time for themselves regularly. You’ll also discover tips for maximizing the time you have and discover how living this lifestyle makes you a better wife, mother, and friend.

This has to be easily one of my favorite books I’ve read so far this year. I know it’s early in the year…but I think it will remain a top favorite for the entire year. I loved it. It was very real and motivational and gave me a lot to think about.   

Basically fringe hours are the extra hours, or minutes or pockets of time in your day and how you can use them…to better yourself and explore your talents and passions.

I know you might not think you have extra hours or minutes.  But I think after reading this book you might feel different.  

I read the kindle edition, and I found myself marking and highlighting many sections. I love the ability to highlight on my kindle and then pull up all the highlighted sections at once, but  I would love to add the real hard copy book to my library someday. It would be a good book to read and re-read again.

Jessica Turner is a blogger and I’ve seen this book on a lot of social media.  There are so many bloggers that I love that were interviewed and highlighted in this book.  They are part of the reason that I picked up this book to begin with!  Turner has a really cool website set up The Fringe Hours, were you can read the first chapter for free, read about her and get some freebies.  I love the time tracker printable.  There are some great videos too.  Look at these cute images with some of my favorite quotes from the book:

Two of my other favorite quotes, was at the very beginning of the book that really spoke to me were:

“Just because something is a good doesn’t mean it is a good for this moment in your life.”

“When we love using our God-given talents and passions, I believe we are pleasing Him and more fully living the life we were born to live.”

I know this seems silly, but I did really like that in the end you could see who was interviewed and polled for the book. You could look at stats. I kinda love stats.  The only negative, if I had to find one, is that the book did touch on how you can use your talents even I you don’t have a lot of money or resources. I would have liked to have more to read in that section. I believe you CAN do it. You can follow your talents and passions and be creative and not spend any or little money. I’ve learned that by support my husband through 13 years of undergrad/medical school and residency. We lived in a student budget. Our family has grown, but I stayed at home with the kids, or worked jobs I could do at home. Those residency years he was hardly around. Ever. Starting our own practice from scratch has us still living on a student budget, but I still believe YOU CAN DO IT.  You just have to be creative.
(But I do think it is a lot easier when money is not an issue and your family is totally supportive.)  But you probably have to be creative either way.

This book really motivated me. I really believe we all need to spend a little time on ourselves, on becoming who we want to become. I love to read.  I love to write.  But I can choose to spend my time at school pick up looking at my phone or reading a good book.  I’ll be honest, it depends on the day what I choose, but I do know there are pockets of time when I can do better.

Being a mom, I think it’s a daily struggle. Finding the time…and knowing how much I can spend for myself to be the best mom and wife I can be.  I have a hard time finding that balance.  Finding out how much time I should spend with my family and how much time I can spend on myself.  And reminding myself the whole time not to feel guilty about it.

This book is awesome and I think almost every mom I know could relate or learn something from it.  It has inspired me and given me a lot to think about.  If you haven’t heard of it, I highly recommend finding it and reading it.  I would love to hear what you think.

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