February Book : Present Over Perfect
I am totally posting this a day late!! I had my days mixed up and didn’t get this up in time. But so excited to share this post because I love this book sooo much. What did you guys think?! I related to her in a lot of ways when I first read this because it was right after a really stressful time in my life. We were living in NYC with both of doing the blog full time and of course parenting full time. We also just launched Barefoot Blonde Hair which we had been working on for a couple years before launch. I felt like our apartment was always a mess, we were way too busy with too many tasks that could have been delegated, we had so many PR shipments coming in which was making me feel so wasteful and cluttered (especially in our tiny apartment),we were in the middle of doing house plans for our home build, I was wanting to be a 100% full time, hands on mom AND run two businesses, and I was just way in over my head. I feel bad even complaining about this because I realize how blessed I am to have two businesses I love and my amazing kids who I love to raise.. but I knew I was getting to a point where I was going to just snap.
This was all right before we moved to Hawaii. And honestly, maybe that is why I felt like I had such a special connection to Hawaii. I instantly felt a breathe of fresh air and decided to take on less campaigns, obligations, put the home build on hold. This is also when I really started to get into meditating and learning the practice of being a more present and intentional person but most of all a more present mother and wife. I started doing all of that before I read this book – but when I read this I really related to her when she talked about how if she was given a huge bank account and all the free time in the world she would choose to do nothing. To me that is all I wanted, to sit and do nothing.
We made our first hire – an assistant just before we launched Barefoot Blonde Hair. The thing I learned with hiring is that it is A LOT of work in the beginning for training. And that also added to my workload in NYC. We were done with our training when we got to Hawaii and I felt like I got to just regroup mentally. Since leaving we have hired 12 more employees and I have to say that I feel a new love for both my blog and BFB Hair now that I have delegated tasks and can spend more time doing the tasks I love.
My book is highlighted like crazy with pages marked and some torn out. I love so many quotes from this book and feel like it really just reminded me what is important in life, even though I have known all along, reminders are always good to keep us in check. I loved the quote about the circles and how the people in the smallest circle are the people you want to aim to disappoint the least. That really stuck with me, especially with work stuff. For example, if we had a deadline coming up I would have maybe gotten frustrated with David as we tried to hurry and submit something. I would do that as to not disappoint my manager, but really I should be treating my husband with love and realizing my manager is going to forgive me if I am late. Little things like that throughout the book I felt I could relate to my own life.
I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes and I had a hard time narrowing these down!
Another thing that really stuck with me was when she talks about God’s love always being with you. I don’t talk about religion on here, it makes me a little uncomfortable to talk about actually. I was in a weird spot with religion for a little – just kind of going through the motions a little but was not feeling connected to God.. which was me not making the effort to do so. Even though I don’t have the same religious beliefs as Shauna I love how she talks about her relationship with God and His love. You will have to just read the quotes because me saying it won’t do it justice but those just hit home for me. I think being reminded of His unconditional love just feels good.
I want to hear what your favorite quotes or parts of the book were! What stuck with you and what you liked or don’t agree with or didn’t like or whatever! Leave in the comments! I hoped you guys liked the book though. I think I will always need constant reminders to slooooowwww down because the moment I see a blank space in my calendar I am scheduling something fun to do with the kids or a meeting for work. I need to remember to slow down like she did. Anyways let me know your thoughts!!!! xoxox