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I can’t tell you how many books I’ve picked up and left unfinished since becoming a mother…particularly since becoming a mother of two. I love to read, but these days, it has to be a really good read to keep my attention.

During this season of motherhood, it seems like the extent of my creative energy is directed toward keeping my kiddies pleasantly engaged in some kind of meaningful activity (or let’s be honest, any activity that keeps them both alive and reasonably happy) while I prepare a meal or finish chores. As blessed as I know I am, it’s sometimes exhausting and somewhat defeating to look at what I’ve accomplished at the end of the day & be able to count feeding children, playing with children and keeping a somewhat tidy house as the only achievements in the last 12 hours. Sound familiar?

I’ve been looking for encouragement. Big time. & sometimes, it’s really hard to find. I looked & looked and I finally found it. In a book. An excellent book. That I can read in five minute intervals here and there. I never feel like I’m lost. There are very short little segments that make quick, tidbit reading easy. & I swear,  I walk away encouraged every single time.


Meet my little piece of sanity: Desperate: for the mom who needs to breathe. Sarah Mae’s website/blog is also wonderful! A major pick me up. Every time I read it I find something that really does help me breathe a little easier. Some favorite quotes:






& I know what you are thinking…I have NO time to read right now! Yeah, well, me neither. But I found a few ways to squeeze it in here & there. Here’s how:

-I have my kindle app on my iPhone and while I have an eye-contact-during-nursing rule, my little guy snoozes right through his dreamfeed every night, which is when I do most of my reading.

-I tend to be a book abandoner but I’m not the type who likes the idea of a book club to keep me on track (I’m a homebody, especially at night) so a friend & I have a “text book club” where we use our kindle app to highlight our favorite ideas and screenshot them (iPhone home button + power button) then text each other. We reply when we can. Sometimes it’s right away, at midnight. Sometimes it’s a couple of days later. This keeps me reading and “discussing” minus the pressure of a typical book club setting. Win win!

-Make an effort to limit social media. I was so fed up with the Facebook time suck a few months ago, that I decided to delete it off my phone. I broke the habit of checking it regularly, freeing up a ton of time for meaningful reading. I am now only on facebook for ten minutes during naptime & ten minutes after bedtime. I finally realized that nothing particularly enlightening usually came from clicking the refresh button over & over while staring at the newsfeed–my energy is much better spent caring for my mama soul. Reading is a great way to do that.:)

How do you find the time to fit reading into your busy day? Have you found any great reads lately? Please share!

About Shawna

Despite days full of washing diapers & messy fun, Shawna is determined to make mommyhood a stylish adventure. Married to the military & mother to one feisty girl and a snuggly little dude, she is a passionate DIYer & loves sharing how to make the complicated simple. Shawna talks creativity, style, food, decorating, green-chic living & mommyhood at styleberryBLOG, a daily-ish dose of something fab.

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  • Ginger Unzueta

    I love this article Shawna. I’ve recently thought about doing the same thing..taking Facebook off my phone. It becomes habbit to click that icon when waiting, sitting, etc. while there are so many more things we could/should be filling our minds with. I’ve recently started using my phone for morning devotions. I listen to a radio broadcast and it is such and amazing uplifting way to start the day with the right perspective.

  • Amanda

    I finished the last chapter of this book yesterday and it was exactly what my momma soul needed! Thank you for sharing!

  • Bree

    I read a lot, and fit it in whenever I can. I always have my Kindle on me, so I can get a few pages in the preschool pickup line, or when I have a few minutes waiting for an appointment or something. The best book that I have read lately is called Heft. I was depressed for a few days after I finished it because I wanted to know more about the characters.

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  • Julie

    I just finished reading this book. It has been such an encouragment to me. It has given me a renewed sense of purpose and hope as a mother. I felt so empty, so caught up in the mundane. I would wake up in the morning and get the big kids on the bus and leave the little one in her crib with books and read this book as devotion and prayer time. It has made such an impact on me! Thanks for sharing. This is a must read for every mom.