Hands Free Life e-book club #4! www.theshortesttallman.com

Hands Free Life e-book club #4

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Hi friends! I don’t get a lot of feedback on this blog series, but I just love it so much, I’m forging ahead. It’s good for me, and if anybody is following, or starts to follow, I hope you get as much out of it as I do!

The thing about “Hands Free” living is, I need regular reminders. I spent my entire life up until recently not living so intentionally. I wasn’t like a witch before, haha, but I wasn’t who I wanted to be. I am still not who I want to be in terms of living “Hands Free,” but I’m working on it!

This month, I am reflecting on chapter 4, which is in Part 2 of the book, “Living For Today.” Chapter 4 is entitled, “Take the Pressure Off.” As Rachel says on p. 86, “So do yourself a favor, dear one. Take the pressure off… don’t wait another day.” Isn’t that lovely?? She called me, “dear one”!! I guess she called you “dear one,” too. Hehe.

There’s a few notable things she says in this chapter that really get to me. On p. 87, she recounts putting on her wedding dress on her fortieth birthday, but it wouldn’t zip up all the way because her “heart had grown two sizes” (her two children) since she wore it on her wedding day. Isn’t that a great way to release some of those body image expectations? Because as Rachel says on p. 97- “Happiness beats perfection. Every. Single. Time.” When I take a moment to stop and release some of these unnecessary expectations, it seems so obvious!

Hands Free Life e-book club #4! www.theshortesttallman.com

Me and my dog-eared copy!

Since this book is concerned with not only your own personal journey, but how you influence others, like your family, she explains how taking the pressure off yourself can help others take the pressure off, too. On pages 93-95, she talks about her younger daughter’s swim meet experience, and mentions the pressure of comparing your children to everyone else’s children. The fact that it was swimming immediately struck me- I had done just that this summer! I often joked that my girls are never going to learn how to swim, that they would have their drivers’ license before learning how to go underwater. And even though I think adding humor to situations is almost always a good thing, it was rooted in my comparison of my children’s achievements to the achievements of other people’s children! “I wanted it to appear we had it all together” (94). Well, if this isn’t the common worry that it seems most moms have. I know I am guilty of this. But as Rachel says, take the pressure off TODAY!!!

One of the things I love about this book is the “Daily Declaration” and “Habit Builder” sections found within each chapter. Stafford sort of nails everything in place in these sections. She ends with really hammering it down that today is all that matters, today is all we know we have (p. 104). Take the pressure off today so you can live a more fulfilled life!

What are your thoughts from this chapter? Gosh, I just feel so much more at ease and relaxed and calm when I read Rachel’s wise words. Thank you for allowing me to share with you my thoughts, it’s such a good exercise for me.

PS did you see she’s coming out with a new book in March??? Squee!!! Can’t wait!

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