One thing is for sure: the balance between motherhood, work, maintaining a household and having a social life is sort of exhausting. In fact, it feels rather impossible to do it all and at least once I week I find myself talking to Brian about how there literally isn’t enough time in the day. Anyone else?!?
In that spirit, I’ve chosen a book that really appeals to us who just want to find time to relax. For August, we’ll be reading Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time by Brigid Schulte.
Here’s a little description from Amazon to give you more details on what you can expect…
When award-winning journalist Brigid Schulte, a harried mother of two, realized she was living a life of all work and no play, she decided to find out why she felt so overwhelmed. This book is the story of what she discovered-and of how her search for answers became a journey toward a life of less stress and more leisure. Schulte’s findings are illuminating, puzzling, and, at times, maddening: Being overwhelmed is even affecting the size of our brains. But she also encounters signs of real progress-evidence that what the ancient Greeks called “the good life” is attainable after all. Schulte talks to companies who are inventing a new kind of workplace; travels to countries where policies support office cultures that don’t equate shorter hours with laziness (and where people actually get more done); meets couples who have figured out how to share responsibilities. Enlivened by personal anecdotes, humor, and hope, Overwhelmed is a book about modern life-a revelation of the misguided beliefs and real stresses that have made leisure feel like a thing of the past, and of how we can find time for it in the present.