Joanna is a working mother of 3 with a successful career in news broadcasting and now her first book under her belt, with another under way. So as much as any of us, she completely understands the drive to be all things to all people, all at once, and the pressure we can put on ourselves to meet such unrealistic (and usually self imposed!) expectations of perfection. All too often, it's the "me time" that is sacrificed in the pursuit of these goals. The little indulgences. "Treats" that we can only allow ourselves to enjoy guilt free once the house looks "perfect" and all the chores are done. But since "a woman's work is never done" those little indulgences and bits of "me time" seem desperately few and far between at times. Joanna's book, entitled Simply Wonderwoman seeks, and in my opinion succeeds, to help redress that balance. To free up time for "me time". It's subtitle encompasses the spirit of the book in a nutshell. "A survival guide for women with too much to do". Yep, that'd be me then!
The book is divided into two distinct sections. The first, a treasury of tips and tricks gleaned from friends, family members, her own experience, (oh and the occasional rock star), is aimed at saving time, money and effort. Amen to that! Every aspect of day to day life is covered from planning your day, polishing off the household chores in super quick time, to organising childcare. The brilliance of these tips and tricks is in their simplicity. There are some old favourites in there, but let me tell you peops, there are some real lightning bolt moments in the pages of this book. Ideas that made me slap my hand on my forehead and emmit a Homer Simpson'esque DOH!! Why had that never occured to me before!
I've already implemented some of the ideas, and I concur, they absolutely do save time and effort. Yay! (Oh, and meaningful sewing has occurred for the first time in weeks ;) I plan on picking one idea I love each day and implementing it. I'll be back to sewing up a storm and "fitting it all in" in no time :)
Stay tuned for an interview with the lady herself, and the chance to bag a copy of the book for yourself ;)