Tiffany read Hands Free Life from cover to cover on a flight from LA to DC. As soon as she landed I got a text – “Buy Hands Free Life”. We proceeded to have a long text chat about what the book was about and how it impacted her. She was so moved by the author’s words, I had to read it. I clicked “purchase” on Amazon and off I went, curious to see what had so moved Tiffany. And, let’s just say, I got it. 🙂 Here’s what we thought! ~B
Overall Pop Rating (1 to 5 stars, more stars the better we thought it popped!)
B: 4. I found Hands Free Life so relatable, and something that everyone could be reminded of. Through her personal stories, the author encourages you to think critically about your habits by highlighting the cost of being focused on your to do list or the work undone or anything outside of what was happening in that moment. She encourages a slower paced life, a life that is not rushed and a life that finds beauty in the ordinary.
T: 5!!! This is one of those books that hits you at the exact right time. I literally was wiping away tears reading it as it hit me so hard. I want to print out sections of the book to post where I can see them. It focused on the things that were making my heart heavy – being present particularly with my kids, loving and helping others, not rushing through life. It is so much more than the title suggests. I hope you ALL read it.
What is one word that describes how you felt after reading Hands Free Life?
B: Thoughtful. We have a rule with my step-kids that you’re not allowed to double screen. For example, if you’re watching TV, you shouldn’t also be on your phone; or if you’re on the computer, you shouldn’t also be watching TV. It is such a great rule, and now I wonder how it can be applied to other areas of my life. Do I need my phone on a walk with my husband? Do I need my phone during brunch with friends? No, no I don’t. I agree with Tiffany that I definitely will be making changes based on this book.
T: Changed. That sounds crazy, but I immediately started doing things differently. I behaved differently around my kids (the way I always wanted to be and for them to remember about their childhood and who their mom is) and turned my attention to helping others instead of just rushing through each day.
What is one thing that you will take away from Hands Free Life?
B: If I had to sum it up, my one thing is to just be more intentional about being present in the moment – with the people I am with or the activity I am doing – and to stop thinking about moving on to the next thing. As Rachel says, “Suddenly those little pockets of time that were so easily devoured in the name of productivity were viewed as opportunities to focus my undivided attention on what really mattered. Making it a daily practice to be fully present while in the company of loved ones meant the difference between intimately knowing and superficially knowing the people I love. It meant the difference between living each day catching glimpses of joy or just barely surviving each day without even a smile.”
T: Gosh, so many. I want to post all the things I highlighted because they are SO good. Here is one of them: “If you should happen to catch a glimpse of what really matters in life, regard it with care. Decorate it with flowers. Cover it with love. Hold it in the sunshine. Give it a little bit of time and attention. And when the world tries to push you forward, listen to your heart instead. Because if you don’t make time for what really matters, no one is going to do it for you. Taking a few minutes to savor everyday wonders makes the heart fuller, the inner doubts quieter, and the human connections stronger. And that’s when the ordinary becomes extraordinary for yourself and those who share your life. (No drastic measures or pet llamas necessary.)” You can also see the TGIM I did with one of the quotes as well here.
Anyone else read Hands Free Life? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Comment below.