The Abundant Mama’s Guide to Savoring Slow is an encouraging book about being intentional, slowing down, and making time for the things that are most important to you and to your family. If you’re feeling harried, overwhelmed, or like you want to cut things back but don’t know how, this book would probably be helpful for you.
The theme is increasingly common–our world is fast-paced, our lives are busy, we are inundated with information all the time, and it’s easy to lose your focus and direction. In this book, Shawn Fink describes some tactics for getting back on track. The information is not all that different from things I’ve read in other books, but I appreciated the reminders to take control of worries, keep track of whether we really need or want to do everything we feel obligated to do, and do the important things first.
Fink gets the descriptions of overwhelm and stress right, and while some of her prescriptions were not really my speed, sometimes I find that reading an apt description of a problem reminds me that it is indeed a problem, and I can apply solutions that work for me instead of things that don’t (I’m not much for the whole empty-your-mind-lie-in-the-grass thing).
I made two notes for my work space (I keep a rotating set of little notes of things to think about around my desk) from this book: “Busy is not the story I want to tell people.” and “There is no rush.” I made a lot of other notes as I read, but those two quotes are the ones I decided I needed to see more often.
I got The Abundant Mama’s Guide to Savoring Slow when it was free for Kindle. The price today is listed at $9.99. I’m not sure I’d recommend it at that price–there are so many books out there on how to slow down, savor life, make time for first things first, and so on. But if you have Kindle Unlimited, find another sale, or grabbed this one while it was free, I’d say it’s worth your time.
When people ask me “How’s life?” my first impulse is to say “Busy!” because it is. But I’m trying to be better about telling a different story. What do you say instead of “busy?”
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