- An Invitation to Flourish
- Change Your Mind to Change Your Time
- The FREEDOM Toolbox
- Where Did My Time Go?
- Aim High: Setting Goals What Do I Do Next?
- Seven Essential Planning Tools
- We Interrupt This Program It’s Time for an Attitude Adjustment
- Oxygen Masks and Monkey Bread Days
- Training Your Children
- Making Memories
- Managing Your Home
- All of Life is Learning
- Solo Act: Flourishing as a Single Mom
- Home Business
- Moving Ahead
Each chapter is short enough to read and digest in one sitting. In fact, she encourages you to "Take Action" at the end of each chapter by evaluating and planning before moving forward. Several thought-provoking questions will help you pause to reflect.
One of my favorite take-aways from this book came from the "Change Your Mind to Change Your Time" chapter. After evaluating where my time is going, using the handy "Time Log" in the appendix, I discovered many areas I could improve on. The appendix has many useful planning forms, and you can even download them to print out. But, for me, the "A-ha!" moment came with her statement - "find peace in the space between the ideal and reality." So often, I am focused on the ideal, overwhelmed by how far the reality is from it, that I am almost paralyzed into doing nothing. Her gentle reminders to accept a compromise, make time for the important things and focus on life management to find a real balance, were just the wisdom I needed to hear most!
Flourish is just the kind of book every mom should read this summer. It is filled with the practical suggestions we need. Many of these ideas I have heard before - and you may have too, but - this book is a great reminder of the importance of our days and making them count.
Another great idea - the "Stop Doing List". I am a compulsive list maker, and the idea of making a list with what we are going to eliminate from our schedule was a very freeing concept! Editing my life to make space for what is truly important. (seems to be a reoccurring message... God must be up to something big!)
I love that this book is filled with inspirational quotes, and plenty of testimonials from other moms, just like me. A new favorite I need to share:
"How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about the rule of three, and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No. A woman's function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute." -- G.K. Chesterton
In addition to chapters helping you Flourish with your time, Mary Jo offers plenty of useful and practical suggestions to help you get control of your home, homeschooling, and even child rearing advice.
It's really like getting to sit down with someone who has successfully navigated this path, and have them answer your honest questions. From - "Why homeschool?", to "How do I teach responsibility?", to "How to I start my own business?" I can truly say, this is a book I'll open over and over.
So, if you're tired of just getting by, and ready to Flourish - you'll want to pick up your own copy, brew that coffee, and enjoy sharing the journey with Mary Jo!