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. ♥
and 2022 me is full-on ready to embrace this practice of being Present! I did add a few things to the list I journaled yesterday, and now I have a complete ten. small things are making me happy these days for sure!
First, longer days … I snapped that first photo just before 6pm on Sunday. I noticed that shadow going up the stairs and realized it had been months since I’d seen anything but dark at that time.
Second, a new Apple watch. I splurged on the Series 7 (upgrading from the Series 3) and wow. what a difference! The 3 had bugs about how it handled memory and I hadn’t been able to use many apps, store photos, or upgrade the software in months. Now I’m enjoying the full benefits of the watch and I love it! What’s saving my life is raising my wrist and seeing one of my favorite photos when I check the time.
Third, buddy reads, especially with the crew from Fiction Matters. A dozen or so of us started Migrations yesterday. I’m trying to pace myself, but this is a (surprising to me!) page turner. Folks share quick comments/reactions in a thread on Discord and it sparks Connection.
Fourth, stockinette knitting in the round. I might be close to the decreases on my Musselburgh and then I’m going to have to choose another similarly mindless project. Last year me had socks, and this year me is currently stuck on a heel … because it requires more paying attention than I have attention to pay! (maybe this weekend?)
Fifth and Sixth – morning walks … with color!
Seventh (not pictured) – afternoon naps. Sleep has been … elusive these past months and I’ve found that even 20 minutes on the sofa sometime between 1 and 4 makes a big difference.
Eighth (also not pictured) – lists. I’ve been really scattered … lately … and so far, I haven’t managed to drop anything important (*knocks on wood*)
Ninth – feeling OK in my own skin. I skipped a haircut last month, today was the first time in over a week I showered and put on clothes instead of PJs (along with mascara and pearls), and the first time since Christmas I gave myself a manicure. Maybe this is more about feeling like myself again? but I prefer to think it’s me feeling good about being me.
Tenth – I think I’ve found a new grooming solution for Holly. one who makes house calls. and maybe that’s the key to saving Holly (and us!) from a days-long panic attack every eight weeks. We’ll see. and right now, that’s enough!
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?
p.s. that image at the top of the post? my neighbor’s front yard … this morning!