Hands Free Mama

I picked up this book during  what i can now see was the mid-way point on my journey of minimizing distraction (I think I am nearing the end of this journey). I bought this book the summer of 2014 and was determined to read it slowly (I had already been an avid follower of her blog). Mission accomplished – I don’t think I have ever taken this long to finish a book.

It is amazing to see the shift in my life from when I first began reading this book (with a 9 and 12 year old) to now (firmly planted in the teen years). I am not perfect by any means. I spend way to much time on facebook and pinterest. But I also leave my phone inside for hours at a time. I may lose my temper in the “hurry up” part of the morning, but have tried to reduce my commitments so that I can be present with my family without rushing. Ironically it is now my kids that need to battle distraction!

Awareness, Connectedness, Deliberateness, Presentness, Serenity, Clarity, SIMPLIFICATION, Acceptance, Authenticity, Compassion, and Gratefulness are the themes for each chapter. Beautiful reminders with real life examples and every day tips for living this out. Unlike many others who subscribe to this way of life, she does not use and “all or nothing” approach. The key is to being intentional about the time that we spend hands free and being fully present when we do, whether it is for 30 minutes or 3 hours.

The Hands Free Pledge

I’m going Hands Free.
I want to make memories, not to-do lists.
I want to feel the squeeze of my children’s arms, not the pressure of over-commitment.
I want to get lost in conversation with my spouse, not consumed by a sea of unimportant emails.
I want to be overwhelmed by sunsets that give me hope, not by extracurricular commitments that steal my joy.
I want the noise of my life to be a mixture of laughter and gratitude, not the intrusive buzz of cell phones and text messages.
I am letting go of distraction, disconnection, and perfection to live a life that simply, so very simply, consists of what really matters.
I’m going Hands Free.




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