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Book Review: Hands Free Life: 9 Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, & Loving More

Gabrielle Sharkey Oldfield

Book Review:  Hands Free Life:  9 Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, & Loving More
Monday, October 12, 2015

I'm going to do something a little different for this post and do a quick book review of something I just finished reading over vacation.  The book is "Hands Free Life, 9 Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More."  It is by Rachel Macy Stafford.  Her website is Hands Free Mama.


The book is a fast 223 pages broken into three parts:  Creating Lasting Connections, Living for Today, and Protecting What Matters.  Within the three parts are habits to help you accomplish these goals.  Some examples of these habits are to surrender control, take the pressure off, and leave a legacy.  I could give you more details, but seriously, you just need to buy and read this book.  


Rachel tackles something we all know is a problem, but she comes at it in a way I found pretty refreshing.  She never says you have to give up your phone or your computer.  She never says that if you don't choose the minimalist life you are a selfish person or a bad parent.  Her approach is realistic and flexible enough to fit a real person's life.  I enjoyed how she illustrated her techniques and how they came into being through stories about her and her family.  There were many things I read where I thought to myself, "hey, that is something I do already!"  And there were many things I read that I know I need to work on because I want the benefit of being fully engaged in my life.  I mean, come on, who doesn't? 


Reading this book brought back memories of sitting with my daughter, Sage, at Chili's.  The two of us would share dinner and dessert and chat about our day.  At the ripe old age of four, Sage's take on things was always a wonder to me.  I would sit there and look into her excited eyes as she shared something that happened in her ECE class, and I would think to myself, "God, I would be okay if you let me live in this moment forever."  I journaled about our conversations and the adventures we had together because I never wanted to forget them or to take them for granted.  


This book is geared for parents, but anyone in a relationship with anyone else (spouse, parent, sibling, friend) could benefit from what Stafford has to share.  


My only piece of advice is to have a box of tissues handy.  Rachel Stafford connects with her readers in ways that are funny, yet still moving and powerful.  I found her gentle reminders that it is never too late to adopt these habits encouraging.  So whether this is a new concept for you or just a hint that it is time for a fresh start, go for it!  This book is the perfect launching pad.