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The in-between

I distinctly remember, in second grade, thinking that my life would be perfect once I was a fifth grader. Then in junior high, I couldn’t wait to be in high school. In high school? I was dying to graduate and move on to college. Then college to graduation, then real world singleness to marriage… and so my thinking went until I was about 32.

I haven’t always been so good at the whole enjoying where you are right now business. Most of my growing up years, I felt like I was continually waiting for the next big thing. As an 11-year-old, I remember watching my friend’s older 14-year-old sister and thinking she was All That, that life would officially arrive once I reached that Age of Awesomeness.

Funny, really, because as a parent, I now watch my eight-year-old do the exact. same. thing. She’s eager-beaver to be older, or in the next grade, or living in the next place. Heck, she starts talking about Christmas in June.


We’re not always great at finding contentment during the waiting period, taking the time to appreciate the ordinary valleys in between the mountain-top experiences. But really? That’s where most of life happens, if you think about it. There’s a reason you can pinpoint your life’s big moments—graduations, marriages, births. Because those moments are few and far between. The majority of the time, we’re called to embrace the extraordinary nature of the ordinary and the daily mundane.

Needless to say, Jeff Goins’ new book The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing resounds clear to me, as a clarion call to live in the moment and make the most of life’s waiting room moments.

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His storytelling is captivating and full of warmth and humor, inviting you to walk alongside his journey from Spain to central Texas (hook ’em!) to the midwest to Tennessee. He describes beautifully the journey from young adulthood to singleness to marriage to parenting. Many of us can relate to his own story well, which makes this book a fun read—it’s a personal redemption story that echoes universal truths.

The In-Between is for anyone who loves to read stories about travel, wisdom, and courage to do the hard stuff. I am thankful Jeff put into words the issue so many of us struggle with—how to be content when we live in-between.


The In-BetweenJeff is giving ten Simple Mom readers a copy of The In-Between! Simply leave any comment on this post, and you’ll be entered to win. If you’re reading this via email, please click over to the post and leave a comment on the blog.

This giveaway will end tomorrow night, Friday, August 16, and we’ll announce the winners soon after. I hope you win!

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  1. jamie

    love to win!


  2. Kysa

    Sounds like a great book!

  3. LizzyMarvelous

    looks like a fantastic read.

  4. Lisa McIntyre

    I’d Love to read it!

  5. Jennifer

    This sounds great. Thanks!

  6. Sue

    Sounds like a great read! I hope I win!

    • Rebekah

      Ready to read 🙂

  7. Kaitlin

    Jeff Goins!! That guy is popping up everywhere I go! I would love to win a copy of his book! I read his Writer’s Manifesto just yesterday and it has seriously changed my perspective. He’s great.

    Congrats to the lucky ducks who win! Hope I’m among you!

  8. BrendaS

    Oh, I am SO in the In-Betweens right now…and am having to learn the lessons of living in the here and now. Would love to win and read this book!

  9. Sarah M

    I would LOVE to read this–I saw his post over at Chatting at the Sky the other day….really liked it. Thanks for the review.
    Sarah M

  10. lisa anne

    after 49 years, I have given myself permission to enjoy today, It is beautiful.

  11. Heather Marie

    Oh, this sounds awesome! I’m a newlywed trying to enjoy the “wed” and not rush into the next big thing… Parenting.

  12. Jen

    Sounds like a lovely story. I’m a sucker for travel & parenting books.

  13. Kem

    I love a good read.

  14. Margaret

    Sounds great!

  15. Archer

    Would love to win a copy!

  16. April

    I need to read this book!

  17. jennifer

    Oh, I’ve been dying to read this book!

  18. Sarah B R

    Sounds like a great read

  19. Julie S

    Looks like a great book – thanks for sharing!

  20. coleen

    it’s been a hard in-between these days with too many friends hurting too much. it makes me want to escape to those highs. but i know that this is where life is, and this is where i need to be. big breath.

  21. Britney

    Sounds like a great read for me right now!

  22. JEM

    Didn’t realize he had been to Spain! Sounds like a great read!

  23. Laura

    I’d love to win!

  24. Alissa

    This looks like an excellent book! I’m always pushing myself to the next thing, and I SO want to slow down and figure out how to live in the in-between.

  25. Christine Gough

    This sounds so fantastic. Just moved from CA to OR and have been blogging about this very thing—-liminality. The space between the past and the future. Would love to read his thoughts!!!!

  26. Kim

    Sounds like a great book that I need to read at this point in my life. I was just thinking that my husband and I are too focused on retirement and what ifs for that time period ( about 15-20 years away) instead of focusing on the here and now with our boys lately.

  27. Marcia

    Sounds like a book I need to read. I hope I win because I often struggle with this.

  28. Sharen

    story of my life!!!! I’d love to read this!

  29. Gayle

    I would love to win this book. We live in Spain now and have experienced a lot of in-between. There’s probably lots more to come too 🙂

  30. shelley

    Sounds like a fun read!

  31. Linda

    Jeff is a great writer, would be thrilled to win a copy of his book. Thanks for hosting an awesome giveaway! 🙂

  32. Katy Rotman

    would love to win the book!

  33. Stacy M

    Would be so grateful to read that book!

  34. Julia

    Very true indeed. Will love to have a good read of this book.

  35. Susie

    Sounds like a great book.

  36. Lindsay

    Sounds like something I need to read!!! Thanks.

  37. Kris

    I would love to win this book. We’ve been living in the “In-Between” for almost 2 years now – in deputation to be missionaries. I understand this tension! And would love more advice on how to handle it.

  38. Ellen

    As a planner by nature, I struggle with this! Would love to read the book.

  39. Martha

    This sounds great! Yesterday we were in a museum and my 8 yo didn’t bother to actually soak in anything, he was only goncerned with “next!”

  40. Kristol

    Sounds like a great read! Will have to check it out!

  41. Christy

    Would love to win the book!

  42. rachel

    Sounds great!

  43. Janelle

    I grew up waiting for the next big thing. Would love to win!

  44. Leslie Moore

    Isn’t it funny that we spend our “younger” years trying to get to our “older” ones and visa versa?! This book sounds wonderful. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  45. TF

    …and the in-between is where life really happens… so it pays to pay attention…

  46. becca

    What an awesome topic to write about! I can totally relate!

  47. Katy

    Isn’t this one of the most difficult part of life to embrace?

  48. beth lehman

    oh, i’ve always been just that way. now that my kids are 10 and 12, i’m learning how to savor each moment. it’s taken a long time and i hope that my children will live this way. sounds like a great book.

  49. Elise

    I can totally relate to your feelings, and would love to win a copy of the book!

  50. Sarah

    Would love to read this!

  51. Erin Lynn

    Sounds like an awesome book. Thank you!

  52. Tracey

    Would love to read this!

  53. Stacy

    I remember feeling the same way as a kid. Time always seemed to go so slowly! In college on an overseas trip, I realized I needed to enjoy the present. In my nervousness, I was planning the days until I would be home. Thankfully, the trip turned out to be one of my favorite college memories.

  54. Jennifer

    Sounds like a great read!

  55. Sally

    Looks interesting!

  56. Anna

    This sounds amazing! Would love to win!

  57. Clare

    Sounds like the perfect read for me!

  58. Darnetta Bolton

    This sounds just like me. I think it would be a great read.

  59. Taryn

    I would love to read this book. Very on-topic for what my husband and I are going through right now in life.

  60. Tehila

    Have been dying to read this book since I first heard about it. Thanks for this opportunity! 🙂

  61. tammy c

    I would like to win the book sounds like a good book to read

  62. Mel

    Looks like a book i would like to read!!!

  63. Laurie

    My boys are 2 and 1. I’d love to learn Jeff’s insights to help them enjoy the in-between before they’re 32!

  64. Jenn M.

    So funny–I was just saying this to my boys this morning–who are 5 and “can’t wait for Halloween”. I am often torn between the waiting for the “next thing” and the intense feeling of wanting everything to stay just as it is. Thank you for the chance to win!

  65. Georgia

    Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  66. Angie in the thick of it

    It’s in my amazon cart, but not in my budget this week! I’d love to win!!

  67. vera

    Thanks for the opportunity to win. Definitely struggling with the in-between right now.

  68. Brittnie (A Joy Renewed)

    Sounds like an awesome read. Would love to win a copy of his book!

  69. Elizabeth smillie

    What a great sounding read! It’s something that I struggle with, and I’d love a copy 🙂

  70. Catie

    Thanks so much for the chance to win this book. 🙂 Sounds like a great read!

  71. Marie

    We All need reminders of How to live well. I sure hope i win!

  72. Claire

    Is it alright to enter in the hope of getting a copy of this book even if I’m out in Slovakia? (If not, just take my entry out, no worries). Thanks!

  73. Lisa

    This book is on my must-read list and without even reading it yet (just based on reviews and subject matter) is likely to become THE gift I give to friends and family.

  74. Christina

    this is how I’ve always been as well, I still am but I’m trying harder to be happy just where I am. sounds like a great book!

  75. Tonya

    Wow! This sounds great!

  76. Beth

    My kind of read. I never win anything so when I DON’T get notified that……I WON!….I’ll be buying it.

  77. Gail B.

    Just had my daughter’s wedding a couple of weeks ago and now the next big thing is my son’s wedding in October. I’d love to read the book while “waiting” for grandchildren! :o)

  78. Alison Treat

    I am very much in the in-between right now. I’m about to have baby #3, and have started homeschooling, both choices I made knowing they would affect my “career”. I just don’t have time anymore to promote my novel, which released in February. I’m still having trouble letting go of what could have been sometimes–or putting it off for later. Even though I know THIS is real life and it’s more important than any book. I’m sure Jeff’s book would help me, if I could actually find time to read it. 😉

  79. amy

    Sounds like something I would love!

  80. Jennifer S

    Would love to win this book! I have never been good at the waiting. I have always looked forward to the next phase. Sadly, I am sure I have missed out on a lot of the here and now.

  81. Dana

    Sounds like a book I need to read right now! Living in a huge in between…

  82. Rebecca

    This book is on my t0-read list so I’d love to win a copy.

  83. Victoria

    Love his other books and would love to read this one.

  84. Emily

    This really resonates with me right now. I feel like I’m in an In-Between place. Would love to read the musings on that topic.

  85. SaraF

    I’ve always been like that too– the book sounds really interesting.

  86. Lindsay

    Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the chance

  87. Joyce

    Sounds like a great book!

  88. Alisha

    Funny…my 13 yod was just talking (again!) about this yesterday. She wants to bypass her high school years and head right to young adulthood. It is an ongoing conversation. I would love to read Mr. Goin’s insights. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  89. Kara

    This is my life… Would love to read this

  90. Sarah

    What a great read! Having a 2 and 4 year old I feel like I am always looking and waiting; while still trying to sit in each present moment. I’d love to win!

  91. Kim D

    Ordinary valleys and mountain top experiences…love the analogy.
    You arevso right…would love to read the book!

  92. circleabby

    PREACH! Appreciating the daily mundane is where I’m living right now!

  93. Laurie

    Need this! 🙂

  94. Cammie

    Pick me!

  95. Kiki

    Would love to read this!

  96. Ashley

    I still do that. I have a hard time being content in the moment. I would love to read this book.

  97. Kiki

    Would love to read this! Sounds like the story of my life…

  98. Vanessa

    What a great give away! I too at 33 are just learning how to be happy and content in the present.

  99. Kate J

    Oh that is a constant struggle and one I am now trying consciously to tackle. This book sounds great!

  100. Sarah

    L0ve Jeff Goins! Can’t wait to read this book!

  101. Lesley

    Sounds like a great book! I’d love to win!

  102. Penny

    Pick me…pick me… I so need to read this book!

  103. Kelly

    Sounds like the book for me! I can totally relate.

  104. Christina Y.

    This is something I struggle with… Always looking for the next big thing in life. I’d love to read this book!

  105. Mindy

    I was the exact. same. way. growing up. My mom always told me to just enjoy my current age/grade/season, but I didn’t listen! Now that I’m very quickly nearing 30, I’m not really wishing for that next age to get here 🙂 I’d love to read this book!

  106. Nora

    This sounds just about right. I can’t wait for September– because all of my problems will be gone, right? I think I need to read this ASAP.

  107. Margie

    Looks like a good back to school read.

  108. Silvia

    I’ve amways been like this, not so good at being patient.. 🙂 and then when is over you realize it was not that bad..

  109. Deanna

    Exactly what I need to read….as I sit here nursing my 5th baby!

  110. Rachael

    Sounds like a fun book. Yes, sometimes I struggle to find contentment in the here and now. I’m working on it. 😛

  111. Tara

    Thanks for telling us about the book. Looks great!

  112. Natalie

    Love to add it to my bookshelf!

  113. Mandy

    Learning to embrace the in-between – great post and look forward to reading Jeff’s book!

  114. Kerstin

    Oh, I need to read Jeff’s book. Here’s to learning how to live in the now!

  115. Deborah

    Sounds like a useful book! I definitely remember becoming a senior in high school and realizing – I don’t feel like I have it as “together” as I thought the seniors did when I was a freshman.

  116. Peggy Mazzone

    Ha … I’m retired and still waiting for ‘the next big thing’ I need this book

  117. Bess

    It’s so hard, isn’t it, to “stay in the moment?” I’ve always been the kind of person who can’t wait to get to the next step, but I’ve found that my daughter, who’s 15 months, really forces me to be present when I’m with her. (It’s also a huge help that I have amazing childcare, so my burnout rate is lower and my level of patience is higher than it might otherwise be.) This is especially true of when I’m putting her to bed at night, which I’m pretty sure has become my newest form of meditation!

    (That said, I just did my holiday card and cookie list a few days ago, so clearly I haven’t changed all that much!)

  118. Valerie

    Yep! Sounds like my life.

  119. Jennifer

    Would love to read this, it sounds like my daily struggle. I try to remember to stop and just live in the moment but it doesn’t usually last.

  120. Stefani

    I love this idea. It’s something I managed to stumble upon after I had my daughter. If I spent my days waiting for her to be potty-trained, weaned, walking, etc. then I realized I would miss all the good stuff in between. 🙂

  121. Mel

    I feel like this post is speaking directly to me. And I’m 32 in a few months and I’m still doing this. But living in the present is something I work on daily. Sounds like a great read!

  122. Laura

    I have been looking at this book to purchase for a little while. It would be great to win it!!!

  123. Meg

    Sounds like a great book – thanks for sharing!

  124. Lisa

    A topic we can all relate to – sounds like a great read!

  125. Alison

    I can completely relate to your struggle with enjoying “where you are now.” And, like you, it was not until I was in my early 30s, I think with the arrival of my second child, that I really started to get it. And now, I too, watch my oldest son, almost 6, struggle with it. I can’t help but assume he’s still picking up on certain things from me. For example – his birthday is 4 days away, we had his party with friends last Saturday and a family party coming up this weekend. Nevertheless, on Monday, he was explaining to me that he was ready to start making his Christmas wish list!!! I’d love to read this book.

  126. Lori Wilbur

    Sounds like a great story!

  127. Ariel

    As someone about to enter a year long waiting period this post REALLY resonated with me!

  128. Christine C

    Who doesn’t need this book?? 🙂 Always good reminders.

  129. Deb

    That is funny because those two words SO describe my life right now. I have one that just got married this summer, one that graduated this summer and one that I have two more years to homeschool. I am trying to figure out what I am going to do once they all leave the nest. I had 20+ years to plan and it seemed like 5 minutes! I have been a homeschool stay at home for so long, not sure what I want to be “when I grow up!”

  130. Heidi @ Decor & More

    Always love to discover new books to read… thanks for hosting!
    xo Heidi

  131. April Mitchell

    Your description of yourself sounds like me, too. I think this would be an interesting and informative read. Thanks for the opportunity! 🙂

  132. Susan

    It sounds like a great book.

  133. Sarah

    Um excuse me but you really should have asked before reading my journal. 😉 This is literally the story of my life.

  134. Sara

    I’d live to win! I’m totally “that girl”. Thanks!

  135. Jumana

    PLEASE pick me to win this fitting book!

  136. Lauren

    Oh, I SO need some wisdom on the in-between right now! Would love to win. Thanks for the giveaway. 🙂

  137. Becky

    Sounds like a great book for me, someone who frequently looks to the next step in life instead of enjoying the here and now

  138. Christine

    Sounds like a great book for me. Thanks!

  139. Jeannie

    I am sooo there right now; it sounds like a really good read.

  140. Larissa

    Wow, that could have been MY words in those opening paragraphs Tsh!! You described EXACTLY how I have been feeling, for most of my life, and very much so in the past few years. While I happily watch by as my closest friends move forward and reach milestone after milestone – many I am crying out for myself – I often wonder that since-the-beginning-of-time-question “why not me?” … I have trouble in the waiting … in the staying-in-the-same-season-for-longer-than-I-envisioned-or-even-hoped. I have loved all of Jeff’s previous books, and this one sounds like it will be a well-read-highlighted-and-underlined book in my bookshelf. Thankyou for sharing your review of this book – I have now added it to my wish list 🙂 … oh, and Thankyou for the opportunity to win a copy – those lucky enough will definitely be blessed by his writing!!

  141. Sheena

    I would love to read this book!

  142. Dawn

    I would really enjoy this book!

  143. Jessica H

    Sounds like an awesome book that I could really relate to! I’d love to win it.

  144. Colleen Garcia

    A number of my friends have read, or are reading, this – and I’d love to be sharing in these fun conversations! Thanks for offering this giveaway! <3

  145. R. Adelsberger

    Thanks for the book recommendation! I’d love to win it.

  146. Hope Connell

    Yes, please.

  147. Lindsey

    This sounds like a book I need to read.

  148. Tracey Lee

    Thank you for the wonderful opportunity!

  149. Wendi

    I’m now 55 and FINALLY learning to live in the moment. It requires intentionality (if there is such a word). I encourage those of you who are younger to savor each moment as a gift to be embraced as you can never get those moments back.

  150. Laura

    Ahh would be a lovely read to win! as a first time new mum ….learning to slow down and enjoy the moments! 🙂

  151. DIANNA

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this book, I’ve heard great things about it. I would love to win a copy!

  152. Kassie Phillips

    I would love this book! My whole life has been inbetweens, from Arkansas to Southern Mo, to northern Mo, back to southern Mo, right now we’re in Spain & in 3 years, probably somewhere else…

  153. K

    Sounds like an interesting book!

  154. Rebecca Ketcherside

    I have this book marked to read!! I would love to win a copy!!! 🙂

  155. Emily at Random Recycling

    I heard Jeff speak at BlissDom this year. Would love to read his new book.

  156. Tanisha

    This book sounds awesome, I hope I win a copy!

  157. Cheri

    I want to add my 2 cents. Jeff is amazing! I’m almost halfway through this book and he just has such an awesome way of challenging you to savor life as it is. Highly recommended!

  158. AmyLeigh

    I think we can all relate! At each stage I would ask myself, “Why was I in such a hurry to get here?” Now that I have two little girls, I have to force myself to live in the here and now and not let those thoughts creep up on me. (Life will be perfect when the baby is potty trained, or when we get a bigger house, or when we get a smaller house, etc.) The grass is greener where we water it, right? So I make myself water this grass right here.

  159. Christine

    This book sounds like it was written for me! I would love to read it.

  160. Anna Schulte

    I really enjoyed this blog post. Lately, God has been communicating with me about dreams that have been on the back burner of life. I think that Jeff’s book sounds like it would be encouraging to read and helpful for our family to process. Thanks for writing this post. You and your ministry have such impact in my life.

  161. Jen

    I need something to help me love my in-between.

  162. Kim Davies

    Sounds like an inspirational book!

  163. Kristi

    Ahhh…the elusive NEXT BIG THING! Here’s to living in the NOW!

  164. Anne

    I would love to read this!

  165. Katy

    Sounds like a perfectly timed read!

  166. Lori

    Would love to win, can totally relate.

  167. shelley

    Having dealt with infertility for most of the past 10 years, I have lived in the in-between most of that time. I’m looking forward to reading this book!

  168. Sandy

    This is the big issue in my life these days; the one God is shining a spotlight on. This is now on my must-read list!

  169. Beth

    I could definitely use a little help in appreciating the in-between…would love to win this book!

  170. Bree

    This is one of my struggles. Looks like a great book.

  171. Kamisha Sullivan

    I just finished reading Cold Tangerines and this same theme comes up. I would love a chance to read another good book with “food for thought” inside. Thanks!

  172. Andrea S

    I’d love to read this book!!

  173. Carrie

    sounds great!

  174. Marla Taviano

    This is on my to-read list. Woot!

  175. Laura Tawney

    This book sounds like a great read! This is one of the topics I was discussing with my husband about the need to be present in the time we are in and appreciating it. Thanks for the opportunity to read this book!

  176. Courtney R

    I completely identify with this concept and especially after having a child I have realized how quickly the years are sailing away. I often stop and appreciate the “in-between.” I try to savor the anticipation as much as the actual “thing” I am trying to wish away the days for…

  177. Kelly

    I would love to read this book!

  178. Nicole

    This sounds like a fabulous book!

  179. Jessica

    Sounds like something I need to read, as well. I’ve always looked forward to what comes next, rarely savoring the in-between. Good reminder for me to do more of that!

  180. Margaret Petry

    That sounds great! I do the same thing, looking ahead to the “next” thing. I would love to read this!

  181. Kelsey

    I’d love to win!

  182. Kelly Rabalais

    Sounds like a fabulous book. I try very hard to live in all the small moments, that I treasure so. I would love the chance to read this book.

  183. Barbara

    In-Between – a powerful time and word!

  184. Itsasne

    Would love to read it!! It’s a subject close to my heart

  185. Sheri Zee

    We hear that a lot these days…”I can’t wait for…”; “I can’t wait until…” We try to encourage our children to enjoy the here & now but it’s not always easy. Personally, I’ve learned to slow down quite a bit, especially since I have a mighty big birthday coming up this year & my oldest daughter is entering her senior year of high school. It feels like just yesterday I was announcing my 1st pregnancy. Time flies by quickly enough without me wishing it away, which is something I used to constantly do. You know the old adage, “If I knew then, what I know now.” There are no truer words. Enjoy today!

  186. Jamie

    Sounds like a great read!

  187. Natasha

    That looks like just the kind of message I need to hear.

  188. Erin

    Saw the trailer for this book on another blog. Beautiful! Loved it! Would love to win a copy.

  189. AlissaBC

    Would love to read this one!

  190. Janie Staley

    I love hearing about new books! Looking forward to reading this one!!

  191. Marilyn

    How apropos! I was just looking at a list of businesses and services this morning that give discounts to Seniors, and thinking how I will qualify for some of them soon. Being content in the now is a gook skill to learn.Thanks for the giveaway!

  192. Rae

    This sounds like a helpful and intriguing read!

  193. Barefoot Hippie Girl

    I blogged about a similar idea today. Dreams and the in betweens, when you feel you are living your dream contentedly, but you know there is something more out there. Waiting.

  194. Idaho Jill

    This looks like a great book, thanks!

  195. Jenna

    Sounds like a fabulous one. Thanks for such a lovely giveaway. xoxo

  196. Jacey

    I have been looking forward to this book since I first heard about it!

  197. Katherine Williams

    I’d love to read it.

  198. Alexandra Lopes

    I’d love to read the book!

  199. Valerie

    This book sounds like the story of my life. =)

  200. Amy

    This looks like a great book for ANYBODY!!

  201. Ashley

    This would be the perfect book for me right now.

  202. Karen S.

    This is such a big issue for me. I bought a bracelet his past year that I wear nearly everyday. It says “be here now”. I wear it ti remind me to be present in my own life! This book sounds like a good one for me!

  203. Jolie Marie

    Oh how many seasons I can relate to this. Sounds like a groundbreaking read!

  204. Cristi

    I’ve already added this book to the top of my list of books I’d like to read, and I’d love to win a copy.

  205. Lisa

    This totally resonates with me….

  206. Sara

    Thanks for the giveaway — the book looks like a great reminder for parents everywhere, hoping for that “easier” stage of parenting sometime down the road.

  207. Meghan Dailey-Faulhaber

    I love reading about how others have learned to live in the moment.

  208. Shelley

    Huge Jeff Goins fan. Would LOVE to read this book! Need to embrace the in between…

  209. Jannell Kelley

    I’d dare to give say that’s probably right where I find myself these days. I anticipate it being a great book!

  210. Jennifer Campbell

    Oh I know EXACTLY what you mean! I have always been that type of person too- always thinking there’s going to be something better coming ahead. I feel like I did that so much through the “baby years” of the three kids I have that I kind of missed out on enjoying the moment. After four losses, I face the possibility of not having any more babies- and it makes me sad that I didn’t try harder to savor those short baby days. I would love to read this book to understand better how to live for “today”, instead of always looking forward to the next thing.

  211. Melissa B

    Your post spoke to me, as I am in a one-year position and just started looking for next year, my husband is staying at home for a year and the kids are starting at a new school and we just moved to a new town, only to probably move again in a year. The tension is exhausting and it is hard to just be in the present. I would love a copy of his book.

  212. Juli vrotney

    I would love this book….

  213. Faigie

    I well remember those years as well, waiting to be bigger and older. I remembers seeing a saying…that the 15 year old yearns to be 21 and so does the 60 yr old.

  214. Rosario

    I would love to win this book.

  215. Liz

    Sounds like a great book to introduce to my students (who are getting ready to head off to college)…and myself.

  216. Kenda

    This book sounds so inspiring! I would love to win! Thank you for the opportunity. Best Wishes, Kenda

  217. Jessica

    “Be here now!” Important words to remember and live! I would really like to read this book. 🙂

  218. Kanae

    It’s so true that “we’re not always great at finding contentment during the waiting period.” That’s exactly how I am. Always waiting for something better not realizing what I already have NOW.

  219. Beth Rudolf

    It sounds like a great read. I always benefit from gentle reminders to remain present.

  220. Heather

    I’m right with you, this book sounds like it would be a good one for me to read as well!

  221. Frances

    Sounds like a great read!

  222. Leslie MP

    Sounds like something I need to read! Thanks for giveaway.

  223. Andrea

    I’d love to win! I’ve felt that we’re in that “in-between” place for several years. My husband just finished his second round of schooling, and now I’m impatient for that next step. It feels like we’ve been waiting forever!

  224. Cynthia

    Sounds like a great book! Will add it to my reading list.

  225. amisha

    This book sounds amazing! excited to read it 🙂

  226. Lindsey

    Pick me! Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

    lindseyjunk (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

  227. Kaitlin Jenkins

    I’d love to win, this sounds perfect for my life right now 🙂

  228. Amy

    This book sounds perfect for where I am and where I am wanting to be, emotionally. I would love to read it!

  229. Amanda

    This is clearly a book I need to own. Winning or purchasing, it will be mine.

  230. Monica Garrison Reusch

    Definitely putting this on my to read list. 🙂

  231. Sarah

    This is just where we are…would love to win…and maybe will read it even if I don’t!

  232. Jodi

    Would love a copy, thanks for the opportunity!

  233. Jen B

    This absolutely sounds like the sort of book I would love to read!

  234. Aimee

    So I’m not the only one always waiting for the next big thing? 🙂 Sounds like a book I need to read!

  235. Cat

    This sounds like an interesting read. I find myself at 60 and am wondering why the heck I wanted to get older do fast because it has come upon me like a flash without me realizing it.

  236. Sylvie

    Would love to read this!!

  237. Lisagrace Alsbury

    I can totally relate, Tsh. Would love to win this book!

  238. Elizabeth

    This is perfect timing. Just as I’m trying hard to focus on the present, live in the moment, and remember that I’ll never get another chance to relive today. I’d love to win a copy.

  239. Letitia

    Looks like a great book that will inspire!

  240. Rachael

    I am curious what happened when you were 32. Did the habit of looking ahead just fall away? What made the difference for me, I think, was finally quitting a job I was never all that happy with.

  241. Tanya

    I really want this book! I bet it would be a great read. I remember being young I just wanted to be 13 sooooo badly. Then I turned 13 and thought it was the lamest age ever. lol

  242. Katlot

    Just clicked on the link and read a bit of the book. Love – ‘we are in between the panels’ resonates a great deal for me. Thanks for introducing me to the book!

  243. kathy w

    Sounds like this is the type of book I need to read.

  244. Mel

    Sounds very timely for me right now. Thanks for the chance!

  245. Rachy

    I working hard at that enjoying this moment thing. Would love to read this book!

  246. Rachael

    This book is a MUST for me! I need to break the cycle for my kids. I want them to stop and smell the roses. I never even noticed the color of the roses I was jamming through life so fast!

  247. Emily

    I am totally guilty of this, especially as a recent college graduate. Would love to read this book!

  248. Brianna Ponio

    This is such an important concept to try to live out, as anyone but I’m finding especially as a parent it is necessary for enjoying the days! I could use a little guidance and a reminder. Sounds like a great read!

  249. Claire

    I do find living in the in between difficult at times. As much as I love downtimes and weekends that’s when I struggle most… With depression, worry, etc. I think this book would be very helpful and interesting to read.

  250. KDboymama

    The “in between” sounds like a great read… exactly right on for how I’m feeling.

    Am I lucky enough to be a winner?? We’ll see!!

    Thank you for your blog 🙂 Always entertaining, always insightful, always leaves me coming back for more 🙂

    xoxo Jen

  251. Kate

    What a wonderful idea for a book!

  252. Nikki

    Sounds like an awesome book!

  253. julie g

    I’d love a copy!

  254. Vertie

    Sounds interesting.

  255. Hannah

    Coming home from India and re-acclimating to life in the US is no joke! This book sounds like it’s what I need right now.

  256. Michele

    I’ve heard one too many good reviews for this book – I’d love to win!

  257. kim

    Perfectly describes me & I see it in my kids! Yikes!

  258. Heidi W

    Sounds like a winner. I always need that reminder to live in the moment.

  259. Christina Y.

    I tend to struggle with this, as well. Always looking for what’s next and not enjoying the in-between moments… This book would be great for me to read!

  260. Nora

    I’m struggling with the “In between” time right now in my life. Maybe this is just what I needed to get me going!

  261. Nora

    I am struggling with the “in Between” right now in my life. This sounds like a good read for me.

  262. Heather k. M

    Sounds like a great book!!

  263. Catherine Burke

    Would def benefit from this! That’s for sure! : )

  264. Emily R.

    I could definitely use this book right about now.

  265. Joan

    My husband and I are in the “in-between” of life stage, of deciding about entering retirement. It is a challenging place because it holds so many changes, fears, and questions. I see him navigating feeling about age, usefulness, and even waiting too long, yet I know the Lord knows our times…

  266. Alana @ Sparrow + Grace

    Gosh, I have GOT to read this book! Definitely can relate to always pining away for the next year/circumstance/season. More and more I’m learning to embrace the imperfections of the right now.

  267. Abigail

    Glad it’s not just me! Looking forward to reading this sometime.

  268. Kate

    Husband and I talked the other day about how life is passing us by while we wait for all the stresses and problems to get sorted. Would love to read this.

  269. Lady Dorothy

    I can so relate. I remember at 10 thinking that I would be all grown up at 17 (because I thought my 17yo aunt who lived with us was so grown up because she bought her own socks – not realizing it was because her father had just died). When I turned 17 and nothing spectacular happened to make me feel grown up, I was sincerely disappointed and a little depressed.

  270. Katherine

    I’ve spent most of my life focusing on the next big thing. Perhaps I need to read this book.

  271. Amanda

    I woul love to read this book.

  272. Leah

    This book sounds tailor-made. I would love to win.

  273. Anita

    Pick me! Pick me!

  274. Elizabeth

    I understand this entirely. Knowing that success is a journey, not a destination, is a fine and dandy, but sometimes I just want to reach the next milestone of my journey a -little- faster.

  275. Sarah M

    Oh man, this sounds like the book for me!

  276. Carmen

    I struggle between finding contentment and making sure I keep my dreams alive. Thanks for the chance to win this book!

  277. Sheila

    This! I need this!

  278. Bonnie

    You’re the second blogger I’ve seen recommend this book. And I do feel like I’m at an in-between spot myself. I’d love to win.

  279. Louise

    Can’t wait to read it whether I win or not. 🙂

  280. Michelle

    I have been thinking a lot about this very thing…I would love to win this book!

  281. Kelly Carty

    There is a reason I saw this. I need to win this book!

  282. Beth

    I remember desperately wanting to be DONE with the whole High School, College, Courtship thing and wanting to have a family and a career, BAM, all taken care of and enjoyable. 😛 I SOOOO desperately wish I knew then how to enjoy the now, even the uncomfortable nows. I enjoyed the vast majority of my childhood, but the transition periods when the next thing is visible and tantalizing, its really hard not to get absorbed by that possible future.

  283. Elmina Tilley

    I so need this bpok right now. I am a empty nester having a hard time.

  284. Shawna

    I would love to read this!

  285. Melissa

    Sounds like a great book!

  286. Caitlin Mallery

    Sounds like a much needed read to me!

  287. Nancy P

    This sounds like a great read – I see the very same thing happening with my 9 year old daughter.

  288. SUE

    Memories and blips, that’s how I see my life. The trick is to have more memories than blips.
    Mr. Goins’ insights would really help me with that. I can always buy the book but winning it is more fun and a great memory, too!

  289. Marcia

    We all need to be reminded to live in the NOW!

  290. Andrea from ziezo

    This sounds exactly like a book I need to read at the moment! Thanks for the chance!

  291. Amanda

    I would love to read this. Thank you!

  292. Nicole

    I can’t wait to read it!

  293. KatieH

    Sounds like a great “bloom where you’re planted” book to help us all embrace where we are, savoring moments instead of ignoring them because they aren’t what WE want. Enjoying the “in-between” – LOVE IT!

  294. Alisa

    Sounds like a great book!

  295. Liz M

    Looks like a good read – I look forward to checking it out.

  296. Jamie

    I’d love to win!

  297. Carrol

    Looks like a great read!

  298. Gina

    After years of believing my life would be perfect once I own my own house I finally came to realise about two years ago that renting is perfect for my family – and what a difference that one single realisation has made to my life! I can relate to the childhood yearnings, too … 🙂 Great post … would love to win! 🙂

  299. jessica

    this is actually my new years resolution! what a help to get inspired and read now!

  300. Nadia

    Finally relishing in the in-between…savoring the extraordinarily ordinary days with my little ones.

  301. Sarah

    Hope I Win!

  302. Kathy Ellen Davis

    Sounds like a great read!
    And I can totally relate:
    I remember when I was younger, I couldn’t wait to be 25.
    I thought I’d have this wonderful apartment ALL TO MYSELF.
    And I dreamed of the kitchen appliances I’d have 🙂

    Now, at 30, I still don’t have an apartment all to myself,
    but, let me tell you, I’ve got some great kitchen appliances 🙂
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  303. STEPH

    timing is everything…this is the perfect time for me to read this book! thanks for introducing it to us! hope i win!!

  304. Juanita

    Looking forward is not a bad thing, as long as we remember to be grateful for what we have where we are – the middle moments.

  305. Hadley

    I just discovered his blog, and I’d love a good read for the fall!

  306. Desiree

    I would love to win! Thank you for a wonderful post today!

  307. Ulrike Coulliette

    Sounds like a great book. Like so many I also struggle with looking ahead and missing at times where I am.

  308. Liisa R

    I would love to win this!!!

  309. se7en

    This looks like a fabulous read!!!

  310. tracy

    Would love to read it!

  311. Allie

    Would love this!

  312. Darcy

    This is me! I’m learning to be thankful and really live life within the boundrys of this season. I’d love to read his book!

  313. Kelly

    I am putting this on my library request list. Thanks for the giveaway!

  314. Deanna Perry

    I would love to win a copy of this book. Being a mom of three ages 6, 4, and 1, I am always having to remind myself to be in the present as well as being intentional. It’s all to easy to float along in the current of life.

  315. Sherri Phengchard

    I would adore reading that book! Sounds like what my soul needs to hear at the moment.

  316. Erin

    I was just thinking about this recently as well… I remember my freshman year of high school, I was *convinced* that 17 was the age to be. Now that I’m a young-married, young-mom, I find myself smacked in the face by The Here and Now… and I’m slowly learning to soak it all up! I think I’d enjoy reading this book.

  317. Joyce

    I wonder if it would help my 12 year old enjoy the in-between more…

  318. Catharine

    This book sounds great! Should be finishing up my current read this weekend.Adding this to my list! Thanks!

  319. Amy

    Sounds like a great topic!

  320. Lesley

    My husband and I were just talking about this. He’s a Mountie 3+ years into a 3-5 year post, and the uncertainty of the next move is forever a topic of conversation. We’d love to win this book!

  321. molly

    Jeff’s book sounds wonderful!! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

  322. Krista

    Thanks for the great giveaway. Looks like a wonderful book for me — and a great loaner for friends too!

  323. sarah

    Yes, yes and yes. This is so me! And one that I’ve been working on changing for awhile now.

  324. tina

    I have so been there/done that! Would love to win.

  325. Jennifer

    I have always looked ahead, never content… I would love to read this!

  326. Jo-Anne

    Sounds very interesting!!

  327. Mary Beth

    Just the book I’d like to be reading. And then, I have just the person in mind to lend it to.

  328. Kika

    Definitely interested! I regularly have to work at enjoying NOW rather than hurrying life away.

  329. Abigail

    Thank you for doing this book reviews/recommendations! It is so hard to find time to read everything, so it is nice to know what is worth reading!

  330. Lindsay@littlehousebigworld

    I’ve added this to my books to read list. I’m seeing Jeff Goins speak this weekend and am looking forward to it.

  331. Kelli E

    I want to read this!

  332. Lindsay

    Keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll win! 😉

  333. jessica s.

    this would be a good book for my hubby in this in-between stage of our life.

  334. Miriam

    This book sounds like my cup of tea, I would love to win it!

  335. Debbie

    I’d love to read this!

  336. Lisa P.

    I would love to win this book!

  337. RDP

    This speaks to me. I distinctly remember thinking that life would be perfect when I was 10yrs old. And then 20. And so on.

  338. Diane

    Definitely sounds like a book I need to read… Thanks for the giveaway!

  339. Emily

    The book sounds like just the read I need right now! We are in between jobs and it has taken much more effort than I care to admit to stay in the moment and not fixate on the future.

  340. JenD

    I was just trying to figure out what to read next today!

  341. Erica

    Sounds like a great book.

  342. Christy

    Oh this looks like a great read!!

  343. Jermaine D.

    Sounds like a good book!

  344. Caitlin

    I am ALWAYS doing that exact thing. Just waiting around for the next stage. This sounds like a book I need to read! Thanks for the opportunity!

  345. Lori

    Sounds like a very interesting read and one my sons might need to read as well.

  346. Catherine

    Look interesting! I can relate to the feeling for sure…

  347. Stacy

    I feel like this is my life, I am always looking ahead and I want to change that so badly. I always feel like the next stage will offer something better instead of enjoying the now.

  348. Lorelei

    Sounds like a good read!

  349. Lena

    It sounds like a great read!

  350. Denise

    I love the idea of “embracing” the in-between, not just waiting!

  351. Sara S.

    This book is definitely going on my must-read list!

  352. Kim

    Awesome! My husband and I would both appreciate this book I think. Thanks!

  353. Crystal

    Would love to win a copy! Thanks for the chance to win.

  354. Noel

    I would love to read this. Thanks!

  355. Rebecca

    Hardest thing is living in the moment….I need to read this!

  356. Feda

    This book highlights a really significant concept. Would love to read it.

  357. Laura

    Ooh, this sounds great. I am definitely guilty of this, too.

  358. Michelle

    I have been living in the in-between for so long, it feels like the ne normal. Maybe it is. This book would help to explore my life as it is, and has bee, for quite some time.


  359. Katrin

    Sounds like a great read!

  360. Marie

    Hi Tsh, I am happy to have discovered this “community blog” recently, a lot of inspiration here. Thanks for sharing about the book. It would be great to read it!

  361. Amy

    Would love to win! Currently in one of those waiting times. Trying to learn all I can now and trust that the wait will be worth it.

  362. Patty

    I’m ready to read my way from Spain to Texas!

  363. Anita

    this book is making it’s way through the blog world and I would LOVE to own my own copy, it’s exactly what I need to read – hope to win!

  364. C.C.

    I so need this book!

  365. Jenn Everhart

    Why is it that I keep having to learn this lesson again and again? It is so easy to get caught up in living for what is next instead of embracing the now. I am in a space at the moment where I need reminding. Fingers crossed!

  366. Jamie

    Sounds wonderful!

  367. Regina

    Great post! I look forward to reading the book!

  368. kelli w

    I have this on my list of books to read – sounds like an encouraging book!

  369. Jen

    I’d love to win! The book sounds like just what I need to ‘absorb’.

  370. Rachel

    I love Jeff’s writing and would love to win this book! I could really use some help to relish this ‘in between’ moment in my life. Thanks for all your great and inspiring posts as well Tsh.

  371. Paula R.

    I’ve been hearing about Jeff and his new book for a few weeks now! I would love to read it! It’s a constant struggle for me to be and stay in the moment! I’m always looking for that enlightening tool or resource to magically help me. Thanks for offering this giveaway Tsh! I would love a chance to win.

  372. Ashlee

    Sounds like a book I need to read!

  373. Shelsy

    Sounds like a great book. This is a lesson I’m hoping to teach my kids while somehow simultaneously figuring it out myself…

  374. Kara K

    This is a great reminder – I used to think that I would have life together at 30. Now that I’m 30, I definitely DON’T have it together. Live for the now!!

  375. Gillian

    I totally have this problem…sounds like a good read for me 🙂

  376. Lanelle

    This book sounds SOOO great – I constantly live in this state – as hard as I try not to 🙂

  377. Erin

    Thanks for the encouragement!

  378. Jill

    Can’t wait to read this book & pass it on to others too!

  379. Sandra Nunez

    I’d love the chance to read this book! Love the author! Fingers crossed!

  380. Erin

    Sounds like a great book!

  381. Bec

    Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win!

  382. brooke wagen

    i would love to read this.

  383. Robin C

    Yes, please! (It’s going on my ever-growing “to-read” list either way.)

  384. Rebecca


  385. Amy

    I could use his perspective in my life! I hope I win!

  386. Genie

    Seems everyone would like this book! Looks like a great read. Always on the look out for writing that helps me set aside my type A-ness and slow down to contentment! Thanks for the recommendation !

  387. Kim M.

    So often I still struggle with the concept of living in the present. What a comment on our culture of time and achievements.

  388. Lana Wilkens

    I would love to read a book like that cause the title basically describes what the last 8 years have been like for our family. 🙂 We just got some clarity on the next big thing and have learned a lot about contentment before things started falling into place. How ironic right? Anyway, would love to hear his thoughts and stories!

  389. Heather Robinette

    This is so true!

  390. Melissa

    Sounds like a great read. Would love a copy.

  391. Kellie Budge

    Pick me! Pick me!

  392. Jennifer

    Sounds like a great read.

  393. Laurel

    Always a good reminder to keep anxiety at bay!

  394. Kendall

    I’d love to read this!

  395. Jessica

    Sounds like a book I could use right now

  396. Erica

    Sounds like an awesome read, thanks for the chance!

  397. Stephanie

    Sounds like a wonderful book!!

  398. Darcy

    I would love to read this book!

  399. Margaret

    I’m not great at the in-betweens: I see where I am and I’m learning to see where I want to/should be. But the fuzzy gray stuff is where I’m still learning how to put one foot in front of the other. The ironic thing is that I’m really a process person and I’m not all that comfortable with a final, never to be changed end- product.

  400. Lisa B.

    This sounds like something written just for me – I’m always wishing for the next thing and pre-missing the stage I’m in even if it hasn’t ended yet.

  401. OFG

    I hope it’s not too late to enter.

  402. Kelsey

    We had an extensive “in between” life stages conversation just last weekend. Would love to read Goin’s book!

  403. Diana

    living in the moment, somethings I’ve always wanted to do but end up searching for the next big thing… full time grad school, husband, two kids under 4, a dog and house…. busy! Would love to read this book over a nice cup of coffee

  404. Jody

    I really need this book right now.

  405. Sandy

    What a wonderful story. As I am still new to my more simple way of living I have been doing a lot of reflecting on what matters to me in the moment. I have found staying in the moment both exhilarating and fleeting. Thank you for this recommendation. It is now on my must read list!

  406. Michelle

    Would love to read this book!!! Thanks for such a great post as well! 🙂

  407. Melissa S

    Sounds like a great read!

  408. Emily Falke

    I really enjoyed You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins, so I bet this would be a great read as well. Thanks for the opportunity!

  409. Sara

    Great post

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