Hands Free Life
I was instantly intrigued when I saw Hands Free Life: 9 Habits For Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, & Loving More by Rachel Macy Stafford. I've never read her previous book, Hands Free Mama: A Guide To Putting Down The Phone, Burning The To-Do List, And Letting Go Of Perfection To Grasp What Really Matters!, or read her blog, so I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. However, I feel like life today is just so much media and technology and not enough real life, hand on, relational interaction, so I knew this was a perfect book for me. Hands Free Life is a slim, easily accessible paperback that outlines nine essential principles, or habits to develop: Fill The Spaces, Surrender Control, Build A Foundation, Take The Pressure Off, See What Is Good, Give What Matters, Establish Boundaries, Leave A Legacy, and Change Someone's Story. Sprinkled throughout the chapters are "Hands Free Life Daily Declarations", and at the end of each chapter is a "Hands Free Life Habit Builder" to help you live out the principles in the book. The book description reads:
"We all yearn to look back to find we lived a life of significance. But is it even possible anymore? Considering the amount of distraction and pressure that exists in society today, living a fulfilling life may seem like an unachievable dream. But it is not—not with the nine habits outlined in this book.
New York Times bestselling author and widely known blogger, Rachel Macy Stafford, reveals nine habits that help you focus on investing in the most significant parts of your life. As your hands, heart, and eyes become open, you will experience a new sense of urgency—an urgency to live, love, dream, connect, create, forgive, and flourish despite the distractions of our culture. By following each daily Hands Free Declaration, you will be inspired to adopt mindful daily practices and new thought-processes that will help you:
• Make meaningful, lasting human connections despite the busyness of everyday life.
• Live in the now despite that inner nudge pushing you out of the moment toward perfection and productivity.
• Protect your most sacred relationships, as well as your values, beliefs, health, and happiness, despite the latent dangers of technology and social media.
• Pursue the passions of your heart without sacrificing your job or your daily responsibilities.
• Evaluate your daily choices to insure you are investing in a life that matters to you.
With a Hands Free Life perspective, you will have the power to look back and see you didn’t just manage life, you actually lived it—and lived it well."
I feel like Hands Free Life is such an important book for society today. I feel like we live in a time when everyone is too busy on computers, smartphones, and tablets to actually live. Additionally, we are less happy because we're constantly living our lives on the stage of social media to gain everyone else's approval instead of living for what makes us happy. I've been guilty of spending way too much time on media of different types myself, so I really needed this book as a reality check. Rachel has such a smooth, friendly way of writing that this book is hard to put down and easy to enjoy. I am excited to build these nine important habits in my life and can't wait to see the results. I highly recommend this book to anyone who reclaim and focus their life, and I'm anxious to read her previous book, Hands Free Mama, as well.
I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.