Are you doing everything for everyone except yourself? Is it even possible to take care of our families and ourselves too? How do we find the time for things that bring us rest and bring us joy that aren’t necessarily related to motherhood?


That’s what we’re talking about today with Jessica Turner, blogger at and author of the new book The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You.

In This Episode You’ll Hear…

  • How to discover hidden pockets of time we can use for self care
  • The power of quiet in our lives
  • Why it’s not selfish to take care of yourself
  • How self care can help you serve others better

Click the play button in the post or grab your favorite podcast app and join us for a chat!

A Simple Way To Save Lots of Time

One way I save a lot of time is by menu planning. I know it sounds a little counter intuitive – it doesn’t seem like doing an extra thing would save time. But I can say from experience that it not only saves time, but money too.

Just last night, I was able to sit and enjoy reading a book during what is normally the craziest part of the day. I had already planned and prepped our dinner, so on a cold blustery day when I wasn’t feeling great, I just sat with my kids, read and enjoyed the smell of baking lasagna (Yum!).

For my non-cooking self, it doesn’t get much better than that. makes it super easy (and fast!) to meal plan. The site even automagically makes your shopping list for you!

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Quick Links

  1. The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You (Leave a comment below to enter to win a copy of the booK!)
  2. The Mom Creative
  3. Love the song in the outro? It’s called God Day. It’s by Jen Stanbro and you can get it on iTunes by clicking here and check out Jen’s site by clicking here.

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  • Tanya Baker says:

    Kat and Jessica, I am a regular listener to the ITA podcast, and this was one of my favorite episodes to date. As I was listening I was thinking that I would like to listen again and take notes, and was thinking of so many friends who would find this interview refreshing. I am not sure of the procedure to win a copy of the book, but I would love to read “The Fringe Hours”! Thanks for a great show.

  • Kat, Thank you so much for always interviewing such amazing people. I’m very much looking forward to reading Jessica’s new book. I would also like to share that I lovingly have a different point of view from the “early riser” lives more prepared (not that you and Jessica said that that’s my interpretation). For most of my following Jesus life I have listened to those say…”you have to get up early and have a quiet time to be ready for your day”. I’ve struggled with trying to meet this expectation for so long. And I’m finally telling myself that I no longer have to live with this guilt that I can’t be consistent with that as my lifestyle. I’m most creative and productive from 8:30 pm-11:30 pm. This is when my kids are asleep and I can read God’s Word, be creative in my home, read books I’m interested in, brainstorm on projects, spend time with my husband, meal plan, schedule in my planner, etc. I THRIVE during those hours. When I meditate on God’s Word before I go to bed it’s in my head and heart all night and that’s what I wake up with in my head and heart. So I can sleep till 6:30 and if my kids wake me before my alarm my heart and mind are still prepared for the day. I don’t think I’ve missed any of your podcasts and I appreciate your dedication to telling moms that they’re doing an amazing job, and I would really love to here some interviews with women who are productive in the night hours instead of morning. Just like you I want to serve the Lord and others by giving and doing my best and we all do this in different hours of the day. I know there will be seasons when mornings will have to work but for now my night owl hours serve me well. Thank you again for being a great podcaster and mentor for moms!

  • Amy Grable says:

    Loved the podcast! Not sure how to win a free book but would loved to be entered to win.

  • Sarah says:

    I loved this podcast! It came at the perfect time for me to listen in on it as I was just telling my husband this morning that I needed to use my time better and to find a way to start writing/blogging again! I’m not sure how to enter for the giveaway you mentioned on the podcast, but I’d love to be entered for it! 🙂

  • Shonda says:

    Sometimes I wonder why I could be a mom and also find all the quiet time that I need in order to function. I would be interested in this book! Enter me to win the free book.

  • louise H says:

    Great podcast Kat! I always struggle with the traditional opposite struggle. I love a clean And organized home. It lowers my anxiety, creates inner peace and increases my sense of productivity. I love my kids but I really am not someone who craves hanging out with them all the time. I have a hard time being their companion. I often hear though housework can wait, do you want your kids to have memories of mom cleaning? Any tips or suggestions on how to help with this “reverse” challenge?
    Keep up the good work

  • Rachel says:

    Great podcast. I just started waking early, it’s also my new Lenten practice, and after TWO days I am loving it.

  • Janet says:

    I love to listen while I’m ironing or cleaning the kitchen. Today I really needed to hear this message and be encouraged. Thanks

  • I’ve been looking forward to this book for months, and after listening to the interview, I can’t wait! Thank you for such an inspiring podcast!

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  • Grace Cho says:

    Fingers crossed!

  • Ashley says:

    Thanks so much for another great interview that is chock full of information that I can relate to and use right now. You are a blessing!

  • Meghan says:

    Thanks for another great episode, Kat. I would love to win a copy of Jessica’s book! I’ve also been thinking about how counter-cultural it is to truly REST and how it’s always been counter-cultural and that’s why God instituted the Sabbath. It was what His people needed, but also what set them apart from the rest of the nations.

  • Steph says:

    I was encouraged just by this podcast – can’t imagine how much more I would be by the book!

  • Andi says:

    Thank you, Kat, for another awesome time filled with encouragement! Jessica is one of my favorite encouraging moms. It is always a treat to hear more from her! Have a great day, rock starts!

  • Diana N says:

    I really enjoy your podcast! My amazon cart is “exploding” since I keep adding books of authors you chat with. Would love to win a free one.

  • Stacey Rupp says:

    Wonderful podcast- can’t wait to dive into the book.

  • Noel says:

    Hi Kat! I loved this podcast and was trying to find the app you guys spoke about in tracking your time spent. Would you mind sharing the name one more time? Thanks again!

  • Lynn says:

    This sounds like such a great book. I have such trouble resting and I needed this encouragement tonight. Thank you for the wonderful podcast! I recently discovered it and it has been so timely!

  • Jenna Hermle says:

    I’ve been hearing about Jessica’s book EVERYwhere in the blogosphere, it seems, and I loved the interview! Thanks for having a giveaway, Kat! 🙂

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