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What’s Saving My Life Right Now

February 2, 2017

I haven’t felt much like writing lately as I’ve been feeling kind of blah and uninspired. I’m sure it’s a combination of many things: I’ve been a little bit under the weather, but not sick. Sophie came down with strep throat. The state of our country has made me way more anxious than I expected. People on Facebook were nasty and unaccepting, on both sides of the fence. It’s been a little too cold to run outside. The sun won’t come out until after 8 a.m., which makes it REALLY hard for this Night Owl to function in the morning. And maybe this sounds like a “no duh” statement, but I had no idea how much I relied on the sun to get me going in the morning. Or maybe just operating in pitch black is the tough part. Everyone says this is typical January. And I’m hoping that’s the case.

Every weekend, I have a tradition where I sleep in and then spend the morning sipping coffee and reading all the blog posts I’ve saved in my Feedly reader from the past week. One of my favorite bloggers, Anne from Modern Mrs. Darcy, published an interesting post called “What’s Saving Your Life Right Now?” She explained the concept comes from author Barbara Brown Taylor. In her memoir Leaving Church, Taylor tells about a time she was invited to speak, and her host assigned her this topic: “Tell us what is saving your life right now.”

The idea behind this prompt is most of us know what’s bothering us and can articulate all those things pretty clearly (see above paragraph as proof). But, she says, few of us stop to note what’s giving us life. What are these things — whether little or big — that are helping us live our lives?

I needed this prompt right now. So I decided to join Anne in listing what’s saving my life today. Some of these things may seem obvious, others probably insignificant, and some are rituals that I look forward to each week. So today — on February 2, the halfway point of winter — here is what’s saving me right now:

What’s Saving My Life Right Now

  • My family, of course
  • Discovering new places in Indiana
  • The visualization of winter — bare trees, cold days, wearing my puffy jacket and hat — all the things San Diego didn’t have
  • Soft falling snow
  • Painting + Pie classes (canvas painting but with pie, not wine)
  • Watching some great television with the family room fireplace ablaze
  • “Homeland” is back 🙂
  • My music mixes on Spotify
  • Blue Apron dinners
  • Writing nightly in my “one line a day” journal
  • Running
  • Pictures of my niece and nephews
  • Texting my sisters
  • Well-written articles with valuable insights such as this one.
  • Knowing that I’m not alone in how I feel about the state of our country right now
  • Two awesome podcasts: Happier with Gretchen Rubin and The West Wing Weekly
  • The feeling of possibility with respect to several articles I want to write and projects to do
  • Recently meeting Elizabeth Smart and listening to her share her brave and inspiring story
  • Knowing that spring is only a few short months away

Want to join me in this challenge? Tell me what’s saving your life right now. Or better yet, make your own list!

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2017 7:15 am

    Good list. Yes, I hear you about the anxiety about the nation. It’s terrifying. I have channeled some energy into writing about it and getting more involved. Winter is a good time to do projects, cook, and other indoor activities you may not do. Enjoy it! Glad Indiana has worked out so well for all of you.

    • Leah permalink*
      February 2, 2017 12:37 pm

      Thanks, Lisa. I don’t mind the winter, but it’s interesting to see how the darker days do change your mood. And yes, the state of the country doesn’t help!

  2. February 2, 2017 9:47 am

    Hey Leah. Sorry to hear you’re so angst-ridden about the state of the country. The media is helping fuel this fear, I’m afraid. But I read a really, really great post by Jessica McCann on her blog about ways of combatting what is going on nationally. I think you’ll find it’s worth a read. Lisa may enjoy it, too: http://bit.ly/2klhpDe. Some great advice, here.

    • Leah permalink*
      February 2, 2017 12:36 pm

      Thanks, Melissa, for reading and your nice comments. I’m heading to Jessica’s blog now to read her post!

  3. February 2, 2017 11:00 am

    I like the framing of that question Leah! A good way to look at things. I’m feeling similar anxiety about the country (world?) as well as my own day-to-day struggles with a pair of crazy, defiant 2-year-olds! I think some things on my list would be: the sweet moments with the boys, husband, HGTV, coffee, coffee sweeteners, Girl Scout cookies (eating my feelings perhaps), and reading books from the library. We are binge watching Breaking Bad right now, but honestly I feel like it is contributing to my anxiety so I’m taking a little break! Thanks for sharing!

    • Leah permalink*
      February 2, 2017 12:35 pm

      I like your list, Caryn! I liked Breaking Bad a lot, but yes, it does lend itself to anxiety. Probably best to take a break for a bit. Better Call Saul has a lighter feeling if you want to try something new.

  4. February 2, 2017 4:29 pm

    Love this! Enjoyed reading your list and related to several things that also are bringing me life! Just reading that there is such a thing Paint and Pie got me excited! Gotta find me one of those. You also motivated me to pick back up my One Line A Day book and give her a go again!

    • Leah permalink*
      February 2, 2017 7:32 pm

      Thank you, Amy! I think Paint and Pie is quintessential Indiana. 😉

  5. Martha Thiemann permalink
    February 8, 2017 5:24 pm

    Welcome to Terre Haute! It’s said that Terre Haute residents are awfully hard on the city in which they live. This is often true. Anywhere you live can be cause to celebrate if you only try to be optimistic. We have a lot of lovely amenities. The walking trails and parks are awesome!
    I have a little melancholy feeling in winter with the limited sunshine we get, and the cold keeps us in at times when we probably should embrace it. I have a light box. 20 minutes a day makes a huge difference in mood, and I’d recommend it to anyone.
    If you want to see more of the beautiful area around us, I suggest you make a facebook friend of Brendan Kearns. He works for the DNR and sees more of this area regularly than anyone, I think. Luckily, he is a tremendously talented photographer, and his landscape shots and wildlife photos are on a par with the best. He’d love to friend a new resident and sell the county to them. He recently ran for county council and won, so he sees a lot! It’s also lovely to read about the travels of his wife and young daughter as they discover nearby Indiana together.
    I love what I’ve read so far, and plan to check back. Once again, welcome!

    • Leah permalink*
      February 9, 2017 8:36 am

      Thank you so much for your nice welcome, Martha! I’m really excited to be here and will look into the light box and meeting Brendan. Hope to meet you in person sometime.

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