I heard about The Fringe Hours from a lot of the scrapbookers I follow on Instagram. It seemed like all of them had received advanced copies and were blogging or posting about it. I ordered a copy for myself (a paperback instead of an e-book, which means I was pretty sure I was going to love it and might want to keep it to re-read later on) and couldn’t wait to finish my previous book to dig in.
The Fringe Hours is all about sneaking in little pockets of time every day (or as often as possible) to do things we enjoy and how important that is for us moms (and women in general). At our house, Ryan does a ton and I mean a TON, but I still feel responsible for keeping everything in line, staying on top of appointments, when things need cleaned, etc. For the first few months of Ellie’s life, I was doing very little of the hobbies that I had previously enjoyed. As I’ve found time to work those back into my life, I have been so much happier and felt more like myself.
Here is where I find some of my Fringe Hours, and how I fill them:
5:00AM on weekdays – Treadmill. Yes, the treadmill is a frenemy of mine, but it feels good to get up and get my sweat on while the house is quiet and everyone is sleeping. When I was getting up at 5am to pump every day, I did some digital scrapbooking on the computer during that time.
Lunch on weekdays – During my hour lunch, I eat at my desk while I read my favorite blogs, browse Pinterest, and do a little digital scrapbooking on my work computer or my laptop that I bring from home. Now that the weather is getting nicer, I will go for a little walk around town in the sunshine and listen to music or podcasts on my phone.
Ellie’s bath time – Daddy usually does bath time if he’s home, so while Ellie’s in the tub I usually clean up the kitchen, move laundry etc., but while I’m doing those chores, I listen to podcasts or music. Those few minutes where I don’t have a baby clinging to me are nice, even if I’m doing housework.
After Ellie’s bed time – These days Ellie’s going to bed around 8:00 - 9:00, so I have an hour or two to do (mostly) as I please. A lot of times I spend it on the couch with Ryan watching one of our favorite shows or catching up on Instagram or Facebook, but sometimes I scrapbook or work on a project, or head to bed early and read.
Bed time – I almost always squeeze in 10 - 15 minutes of reading before turning out the lights, no matter how late it is. It helps my mind wind down for the day and it feels good to take that quiet time for myself.
So, how about you? Where do you find free time for yourself? What do you fill that time with?