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Hands Free Life: 9 Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More

Hands Free Life Habits for Overcoming Distraction Living Better and Loving More We all yearn to look back to find we lived a life of significance But is it even possible any Considering the amount of distraction and pressure that exists in society today living a fulfilling life

  • Title: Hands Free Life: 9 Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More
  • Author: Rachel Macy Stafford
  • ISBN: 9780310338154
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Paperback
  • We all yearn to look back to find we lived a life of significance But is it even possible any 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 MacyWe all yearn to look back to find we lived a life of significance But is it even possible any 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.

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    1. Ask anyone today how they are, and the answer you’re most likely to get is “busy”. This is especially true for mothers with children still at home – the target audience for Rachel Macy Stafford’s new book, “Hands Free Life”. Stafford is another in a long line of authors with a “stop and smell the roses” message as an antidote to today’s harried pace of life. Stafford is the writer of a popular blog, Hands Free Mama. She’s a good writer, and her message resonates with this b [...]

    2. Apparently, without kids I can't live better. The whole book can be summed up with "notice your children every once in awhile".

    3. My biggest problem with this book, is business leading title and description. The book is really all about not leading a distracting life with your children. The focus is entirely on her personal experiences with raising her children, and trying to live in the moment. There isn't any concrete action plan either, just a long set of stories with her internal monologue encouraging you to not be distracted in your life while your children are growing up.

    4. In Hands Free Life, Rachel describes her daughter, Avery, as “The Noticer” and tells poignant tales of how Avery reminds her to stop and really see the beauty of the world. Like Rachel’s violin-playing days, that lesson might have needed a little dusting off, but I truly believe that seeing — really seeing — is Rachel’s most profound gift.She sees lessons in the every day, she sees stories in unspoken words, she sees beauty in the broken. And not only does she see it, but with the po [...]

    5. I loved this book. I feel like it's one of those rare gems in the self-help(ish) genre that is not only beautifully written, but full of practical life changing advice that readers can incorporate into their lives immediately. I know that's how it worked for me.Every day I'd wake up and read a little with my morning coffee, for as long as life would allow, and I felt the words sinking into my mind, and shifting the way I had seen things previously. There is so much wisdom in her habits and pract [...]

    6. I was the weary mom at the beginning of this book. I was the one who remembered a joyful spirit-filled reputation that I use to have. But I had lost it somewhere along the way. This book not only spoke truth into my weary bones but gave me breath again to try each moment. I flew through it and know I’ll come back to it in another year or so. Meanwhile, I plan to write the nine habits down all over my house until they become natural to me. Just today I know I found several more moments of joy t [...]

    7. I love Rachel Macy Stafford. She speaks her truth in a compassionate way, I always feel inspired and supported, not judged. All our lives would be better with a little more of her heart and habits in them. I like that she highlights small habits that anyone can integrate into a busy life. "Hands Free Mama" and "Hands Free Life" might be all anyone is getting from me for Christmas.

    8. As a happily single, atheist, and child-free woman, I am not the target demographic for this book. There may have been valuable concepts in the book that were applicable to a wider audience, but the presentation didn't leave room for others with experiences that were different than the author's.

    9. I would have enjoyed it more if I had kids, I think. The true subscript on this book should have been "9 lessons I learned from my daughters". Sidenote: also skip the audible program. The reader was overly emotional in her performance.

    10. Every now and then a Knowing Heart appears on the literary landscape - someone with a life-altering and life-affirming message borne of their own mistakes and missteps, who has the courage to lay their soul bare gracefully, honestly and insightfully, so that others might have the freedom and be inspired to lay down their own shame and guilt and pick up hope instead. Racy Macy Stafford is one of those rare individuals and, thankfully, she’s at it again in her new book, “Hands Free Life – 9 [...]

    11. The premise of this book, to live a life with less distraction and more love, is something I aspire to, and I was looking forward to some inspiration and tools to get there. However, I was disappointed in this book as it was heavy on poetry and lists of “Today I will…” and light on practical applications. There were a few ideas I appreciated such as creating boundaries around what news and information we allow in, and requiring kindness and respect among siblings. Overall though, there wer [...]

    12. Rachel Macy Stafford has written another important book here. With practical advice and tool after tool to help you drag your eyes up from the device in front of you and out and into the eyes of those that truly matter - kids, spouses, clerks, teachers, garbage men - this book will help you through that difficult but transforming process. It shows you what actions you can take, not just principles and jargon, but real, implementable tasks that can help you change your life.But that's not what I [...]

    13. In 2014 Rachel Macy Stafford gave us "Hands Free Mama" - the story and inspiration of how she went from being distracted, busy and overwhelmed to become someone who learned to live a more intentional, less "device filled" life, savoring and taking delight in every moment with her family. "Hands Free Life" is the perfect follow up to the first book, it is more of a "how to" in terms of living a "hands free" life. Stafford takes us through 9 habits to help us live a more intentional, full life, co [...]

    14. What I love about Hands Free Life is that it embraces kindness and empathy, both toward others and yourself. I could pick up this book any day of the week and find a section that will make me feel there is something I can do to make my life better simply by slowing down and listening. Rachel’s sweet nature shines through, and the advice she gave me about my own doubts is something she believes herself. In this book, Rachel offers real ideas anyone can enact to find the sweet spot in their own [...]

    15. This book wasn't terrible by any means, but I wasn't all that impressed with it. There are some good principles, yes, but not a lot of substantial support behind each one. Basically, the entire book is focused on the author's life. It feels like a message of "look at how I live my life and copy me". I'm sure that's not actually her heart, but the support for every one of her points are examples from her own parenting. There's no research support, not even any scriptural support. I also found the [...]

    16. After reading Hands Free Life, I began to understand myself better. Her poetic, philosophical, spiritual, and above all, inspirational writing reminds me of Kahil Gibran's masterpiece, The Prophet. But Stafford is also a contemporary Maria Montessori. Perhaps, a beautiful blend of the two.The shining heroines of the book, in my opinion, are Stafford's two young daughters. They are the inspiration for Stafford's transformation from harried to loving, from distracted to attentive, from micromanagi [...]

    17. Overwhelmingly, this is a good reminder to give yourself the time to fall in love with your children. The way Stafford writes about her girls shows she knows them inside out and this is mainly due to her 'Hands Free Life'. This book affirmed for me something I was already feeling, you only have your children for a tiny piece of each stage, why let these screens and devices take a single one of these moments away?Stafford's book certainly gave me a lot to think about and rework in my own life.I w [...]

    18. This beautiful book reflects and instructs on nine habits for overcoming distraction, living better, and loving more. It’s every bit as inspiring as Stafford's first book and site by the same name, Hands Free Mama. I’ve found every single word to be a gem to take in and to use as a guiding light. It’s truly a welcome breath of fresh air for all of us trying to live a beautiful life within the reality of how busy our day to day is making this goal trickier to achieve than it seems like it s [...]

    19. This is the second time I have tried to read this book. I have yet to read anything other than anecdotes about the author's relationship with her children. As someone who is not a parent this book is pointless. What is more irritating is that none if the book descriptions mention it being so focused on parenting. This is a parenting book! Not a time management or life help book. It should be advertised as such.

    20. Screen time is an issue for every 21st century family! Rachel Macy Stafford shows how small changes in how we manage our digital lives have big impacts on children's development. It's not about giving up technology -- it's about using it wisely. Read this beautiful article by Rachel, "Managing Screen Time Increases Family Joy:" rootsofaction/screen-t And then, go buy the book!

    21. I love Rachel's focus on slowing down, establishing meaningful connections and finding the good. In a high-pressure, busy society we tend to get stuck on the negative - we look for the flaws to determine what needs fixing. Rachel helps us step back and focus on what is right in an effort to help us lead happier, more fulfilled lives.Katie Hurley, LCSWAuthor, The Happy Kid Handbook

    22. Great book! Rachel Macy Stafford nails it again with this new oneher message is so spot-on, especially in today's world. This book is a great reminder of what truly matters. I'm excited to get copies of it to share with my friends, family members, and clients.

    23. As a parent, I was challenged and inspired. As a human I resonated, empathized and was motivated towards change. My only critique is that it is very feminine in its approach (understandably. A female writer who is a mother to daughters). As a Father of 3 boys I had to fill in the gaps a little to make it applicable. Not a hard stretch, but a leap nonetheless. My perspective and response to some of the real life stories would most likely be very different than hers. Most of her stories have her i [...]

    24. There's lots to admire and enjoy about this book; Stafford recounts moments from her own life and the lessons they taught her about living what she calls a 'Hands free life' - intentional, focused on relationships and being aware of the things which distract us from this focus. These lessons are then summarised into affirmation type statements or prayers at the end of each chapter. Unfortunately I found the breathless, overly sincere writing style a bit off-putting after a while, and there is a [...]

    25. Distracted! It is how we live. And it contributes to the “darkness” in our world. The nine habits in this book are so simple, yet so profound. I love what she says near the end about all the ways you can lift others spirits and your own in simple, six second actions. She shares a quote by Sharon L. Alder at the beginning of one of the chapters that I think encapsulates well the premise for the book. “Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and [...]

    26. This book came highly recommended as a game-changer for how to look at life. I must have missed something! Here's my summary: pay attention to people. The end.I didn't feel I was learning any "habits" and had to actually review the table of contents every once in awhile to remember what I was supposed to be getting out of the book. The daily declarations were odd, and I expected more of a review or summary or checklist at the end of each chapter rather than the weird poems and things. I guess it [...]

    27. There was valuable information in this book, but it wasn't exactly what I was looking for. A little too self indulgent, a little too flowery. I made some personal goals after reading this book, and I feel like I would enjoy the blog, but the writing was a little too fluffy over a long period of time. Too cheesy for my taste. One thing that didn't sit well with me is that she seemed to want to protect her children from every unpleasant emotion and experience, and there wasn't a respect for what t [...]

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