Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Experimenting with making the most of Real Llife

Grown up life, mom life is not really what I thought it would be. It is, in fact, harder than I had assumed, by a very large degree. I am not as self disciplined and naturally productive as I thought I would be. My children aren't just carbon copies of me who happily partake in whatever I think is "fun and valuable" for them, like I imagined they would. So much doesn't go like I pictured it going and I find myself waiting for my "imagined" life to finally materialize when I should have realized a long time ago I have to craft it into existence. I am always on the look out for a good source of inspiration for this, especially if it comes in book form. That is what Alexandra Kuykendall strives to provide in her book, Loving my actual life: An experiment in relishing what's right in front of me.

The cover just draws me in with it's vintage lighting and beautiful letter- great design! Alexandra has broken the book up into 9 parts- nine months, one experiment focus per month. She takes on topics all moms face in their day to day lives that challenge them thriving over just surviving. It was entertaining to read her logs of each months successes and failures with trying to incorporate new routines and techniques to her life in order to be able to enjoy the everyday moments more. I appreciated her candidness in plotting out her initial approach and then at the end of the chapter sharing what actually worked and what didn't. Alexandra obviously leads a very busy life with four daughters and a career- that is a lot to juggle and I can see why this project had a lot of meaning for her personally. However, because we lead such different lifestyles (she carries much more than I could even attempt!) I did find it hard to take away a lot I would actually implement in my own life from her experiments. This is an entertaining book for moms, and for the right one, may be the encouragement they need to really relish where God has them!

I received this book in exchange for my honest review from Baker Books.

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