I keep a little list of delights, things I’m always passing along to others or something that brightens my day a little bit. Each season I like to share those delights with you, and honestly? I’d love to hear from you…what’s saving your life right now?
Here’s what saving mine:
Google Keep: For years I’ve just dropped a million thoughts in my native iPhone notes app, I was scrolling back through the other day and realized how much I’d lost or never come back to that was worthy of exploring more or sharing with others. So I went searching for a better way. I found this and here is why I love it: It’s both beautiful and simple.
This app has a visual element, all the notes are in blocks that can be color coded and labeled. So even at a glance it’s easy to find things. And since it’s a google app, you can access it from any device and all your info is there. This gives me a the perfect place for a brain dump. When my thoughts are scattered and going in a million directions I can pour it all out into notes and then go back an organize it when I get a chance. It’s doing wonders for both my mental clarity, organization, and productivity.
5 Minutes of Silence: I’m guessing you’ll notice a theme in the things that are saving my life right now, because this one too has been so good for quieting my busy mind. I do mine after my prayer, Bible study, and morning workout. Sometimes I give myself a scripture to meditate on or a truth to declare, but more often than not I just sit and listen. It’s a more difficult practice than I anticipated, but it is shockingly life changing.
There is something powerful about not being productive in any way, something beautiful in the sitting and receiving. It feels like a release where you are not trying to shape anything around you, or mold yourself, but just allowing yourself to sit before God and be present. I started with just a few minutes in the morning, but now I find myself sneaking in a few silent minutes whenever I can get them.
Color Blocked Leggings: Am I the only one who ever looks at their workout clothes and realizes it’s been years since you bought anything new, the elastic is popped, and nothing is comfortable anymore? Yes? Okay, fine. Well, I realized I was constantly tugging up my leggings few months ago and all my shirts were stained. I didn’t love wearing them and felt frumpy and gross.
So I re-upped my subscription to Fabletics. I’d had one years ago, but the prints were a little much, and the leggings felt a little flimsy so I’d given it up. I had it on good authority those issues had been fixed and sure enough they were! So I got some color blocked compression leggings and a matching sweatshirt and I’m always amazed at how much easier it is to do something when you feel comfortable and cute.
And the last benefit? Well because they aren’t basic black leggings, but very clearly workout clothes, I’m way less likely to wear them as clothes. Somehow, the distinction makes it way easier for me to get dressed and get ready for the rest of my day!
Being Social on Social: Let’s face it, I was created for such a time as this. While others are busy fearing wide open spaces, I’m terribly afraid there won’t be free wifi. So while I might detox from social media for awhile, it’s enough a part of my life that I’m probably not gonna quit it. (Never saying Never) But I noticed a strange thing about the way I (most of us?) engage, we post and then we scroll through other’s posts. Its two separate categories, the producing and the consuming.
It started to remind me of a room where everyone is talking, but looking slightly to the left of eye contact and roaming endlessly. The reason we always give for getting back on is that it’s how we stay connected, right? Well I decided I’m making it my goal to actually connect. I don’t want to consume anymore than I can connect with in a day. It’s been so fulfilling, and I’ve been so encouraged by the response. I’ve had people messaging me asking for prayer and telling me how seen and understood they felt. What a beautiful thing to bring into the world! (PS I have a quick little mini-course you can grab here: Whatever Is Lovely A Mini-course for Redeeming Screen Time)