Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy does this series every year at the mid-point of winter.
She simply asks the question, “What’s saving your life right now?” It’s a question she borrowed from author Barbara Brown Taylor (one of my favorites) and it’s such an appropriate thing to ponder at this time of year, when the skies are gray and the air cold.
February might be the shortest month, but it has a way of dragging on, doesn’t it?
So today I’m sharing with you a few things that are “saving my life” right now, and I’m linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy. Click through and see all the stuff that’s saving people’s lives. Right this moment.
What’s Saving My Life Right Now
I’ve been making this recipe for several years now and I swear by this stuff!! It’s easy and cheap to make. I make up a big batch every year and keep the extra jars in my fridge until I’m ready to use them. Since it’s made with coconut oil, it’s more of a cream in winter and a lotion in summer. And it’s the only thing that keeps my hands from completely drying up this time of year.
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3. Old episodes of Friends
One night when I was folding clothes and there was nothing on TV to watch, I cued up the first season of Friends on Netflix. Now I can’t stop.
No wonder this show was such a hit all during the 90s. It’s so funny!! The jokes themselves are hilarious, but I get an extra kick out of all the 90s pop culture references. So awesome!! This show is single-handedly helping me get in some laughter every day.
4. Early mornings
I know. . . all you night owls don’t want to hear about it. But there is something magical about early morning, especially at this time of year. It’s still dark, the house is quiet, I turn on the gas fireplace and have my quiet time in the living room with my first cup of coffee. And my soul can breathe.
And just so you know. . . I also once considered myself a night owl. 😉
Oh, Texas ruby red grapefruit, how I love thee! They are so sweet, so juicy, so delicious. Makes this Texan super proud that they’re grown right here in our great state. Fresh grapefruit is one of my favorite things about winter.
6. Homemade Salad Dressings
I’m not a fan of bottled salad dressings. As in I don’t even buy them anymore.
During the month of January I did another Whole 30 and since bottled salad dressings are off limits anyway, I was forced to make my own. I have a recipe for Balsamic Vinaigrette that’s my standard go-to, but I wanted to add a few more dressings,for variety.
I didn’t have to look any further than Dana Carpender’s book 500 Paleo Recipes. So many options for delicious dressings. . . and I haven’t even made them all! I’m the kind of person who could eat a salad every single day, and these dressings keep me from getting bored. I’m especially a big fan of the White Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe. Tangy and delicious!
I got a new Fitbit Flex 2 after Christmas, and I’m very pleased with it. The design is slim and sleek and it stays on until I deliberately take it off. It tracks my sleep, steps, mileage, and I can set it up to give me reminders and to alert me to texts and calls on my cell phone.
My favorite feature is the silent alarm. It wakes me up in the mornings with a simple vibration that is quiet but impossible to miss.
The only drawback? When I play piano for long stretches, the Fitbit interprets it as walking. . . or even riding a bike! I’m hesitant to take it off while playing, though, since I don’t want to lose it!
8. Baroque music in the morning
The kids and I always listen to our local classical radio station WRR 101.1 every morning on the way to school. They play lots of baroque in the mornings (for those who are unfamiliar, think Bach, Handel, Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” etc.).
Baroque music is mind music. It gets the brain synapses connecting and helps wake you up. And it’s perfect for the morning commute.
The only thing better than listening to baroque in the morning is playing it.
And I think that’s it for today’s list. These are just a few things that are saving my life right now.
What about you? What’s getting you through the dreary months? Won’t you share in the comments below? I’d love to hear from you!