When Anne (Modern Mrs. Darcy) alerted us last week that today was the annual day to share about what’s saving us right now, I started drafting my list. I shared my first “saving my life” list here way back in April 2019 (with a shoutout to Barbara Brown Taylor, Jen Hatmaker, and Sarah & Beth from Pantsuit Politics – whew!). The thing I love most about this kind of list is that it captures right now. I’m good about Looking Back. and Looking Forward by saying Hello. and sometimes, simply pausing to name the things that matter today, or in this season, well, that matters most of all. ♥
Here’s the list I noted in my journal:
- our bubble. we have been able to see our grandchildren (and their parents) in real life since May. and thankfully, the rest of my family (my mom, my sister and her kids, my brother and his family) live close enough that – here in Georgia anyway – we can gather at a distance outside to at least see each other.
- a routine with Marc that allows me an hour+ of quiet time in the morning and another hour+ in the afternoon. these routines took months of quarantine to establish. and they are finally yielding fruit!
- tennis. I just started back to playing in September so it’s only been five months but wow. outside activity (again, here in Georgia) that works my body and my brain and allows for some social interaction.
- reading for 30 minutes early every morning. late adopter to this tried-and-true approach to getting more pages in and wow. it works! This is the time I read the “harder books” – the ones I need to pay close attention to, take notes about, and generally think more about. In January, I finished Hamnet, Such a Full Sea, Apeirogon, and Sula with help from these 30 minute blocks. Those are all 4 and 5-star reads and I can’t help but think the early morning time contributed at least a little to how much I enjoyed these books.
- knitting socks. at heart, I’m a sweater knitter, but lately I’ve been struggling to find the focus to actually knit a sweater. not to mention I added 17 sweaters (all needed 🙂 ) to my wardrobe last year and I really don’t need another 17. so. knitting socks – especially fingering weight socks – works. They keep my hands busy. they take a while. and they’re useful (socks wear out and they make great gifts).
- the Patreon communities for some of my favorite podcast/Instagram folks. Pantsuit Politics, What Should I Read Next, and Fiction Matters. I love how these women have created real communities on-line. I feel connected and invested. (and I haven’t had to join Facebook)
If you shared a Saving Your Life list today, I’d love for you to share a link in the comments. and if you didn’t, maybe you could share one thing that’s saving your life right now?
As always, thank you for reading and for being part of my story.