What’s saving my life right now

Stepping away from my blog to deal with real life issues has made me more grateful for the time I get to spend with my online circle of friends. I’m thankful for a space where we can talk about happy, pretty, sweet things like red velvet cookies and pom pom hats.

These days, Modern Mrs. Darcy is a source of endless inspiration, so when I saw this post, I knew I had to share what’s saving my life right now

What's saving my life right now...

1. Walking on the treadmill. For me, walking is another form of thinking. It amazes me how 15 minutes of moving my body can clear up mental space and reset a bad mood. I am not a fan of the treadmill, but it’s cold outside, so down into the basement I go. I play music. I do awkward dance steps. I long for summer and walks in the park. But, that treadmill takes me places, and my body feels so much better.

2. Listening to podcasts and audiobooks. Headaches and migraines are starting to become my new normal, which is totally not cool, but they are my cue to chill out and relax. When I can’t read, I listen. Anne of Green Gables is perfect when my head is hurting, and TED Radio Hour makes time in the car pass much faster.

3. Taking classes. I spent Tuesday afternoon torching a piece of metal till it wrinkled and rippled. On Sundays, I speak alphabetically and play blind man’s bluff. Every other week, I do my best impression of Christine from The Phantom of the Opera. Jewelry making, improv, and voice lessons are the bright spots in a dreary week.

4. Chocolate. Does this even need an explanation?

5. Reading. Sometimes the best escape is a good book. Two recent favorites include The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell andย The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg.

6. Journaling. This is how I download my brain. Most of the time it’s word vomit illegibly covering the page, but my nonsensical scribbles help me get my day off to a good start.

What’s saving your life right now?

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  1. Loved the post, it really triggers thinking… like downloading the brain, learning – I love Phantom of the Opera ๐Ÿ™‚ and the great question, “what’s saving my life now?” Or this week. Having done things that I really needed and spend time with a friend I didn’t see for years! Being OK with time management and eating some vegetables ๐Ÿ™‚ Planning some trips. Talking to my brothers. These were the things that made me happy this week ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you have a very lovely weekend!

  2. Absolutely nothing is better for us than walking. It pushes oxygen into our brains, improves our mood and helps our health. I’m glad you discovered its benefits. I hope life treats you better soon. We care!

  3. I swear, you and the Modern Mrs. Darcy always have the coolest ideas for posts. This is such a neat twist (and a positive one!) on the “Currently” style posts.

    Here’s mine: So we just had our first kid, so life looks so different right now!

    1) Instagram- I love being able to post photos of our new son. It is also something fun to look at while in a chair breastfeeding at two in the morning, lol.

    2) My husband- he is the best! He really is a great partner as we figure out parenting together and he also remembers I am healing too. So he does thoughtful things like makes sure I have time to take a bath or he arranged for a massage for me. But more than that, I apperciate that he cooks and makes sure we eat dinner together to reconnect and keep our own relationship strong and not subsumed by our little addition.

    3) and, of course, our newborn son. For all the reasons, for the amazing love we instantly felt for this tiny human!

    4) My parents frequent visits. It is waaay too cold to get out much and visits feel like Iโ€™m seeing other people and connected to the world.

    5) Season 2 of Poldark. Once again, this is giving me something to do during late night feedings. It is a Masterpiece Theatre series and so naturally is really good (I think you’d like it a lot if you aren’t already a fan). Of course, I finished the series so will now need another to binge on ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. I am hooked on Poldark and can’t wait for season 3! I’m looking for a new show to binge watch, too, so let me know if you find anything ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. It’s good you have these outlets as small, simple comforts when life gets tough. I’m also often thankful for my blogging community as a form of escape and comfort. It’s nice to have a bright and inspiring respite, even if it is online. I hope you’re pushing through okay. Your blog is definitely one of my bright spots, so thank you!

    <3 Liz

  5. I hear ya girl!! I hope whatever you are going through passes swiftly! Can I get an amen for chocolate?! Haha, I always find a good read can calm me down or transport to a place where I can relax and let go of whatever stress a day has thrown at me! I have a hard time slowing down, it it’s usually the only time I let myself be still! I would love to start a new class in something, but it’s been difficult to find the time! My hubs has been traveling like crazy and it’s really been tough on the kids on I! Which bring me to journaling – or shopping. Haha – somehow shopping always lifts my spirits!! Hope you have a great week love!!

  6. #4 definitely doesn’t need an explanation! Same with #6.
    I think working out is a must, but I haven’t been that good about it. I know it will save my life. I can’t stand the mid-winter doldrums!

  7. Love everything that saves you. I am so happy to see Anne of Green Gables in there, it was my favorite series from my teenage years and happy to see it in audio. Also yes for chocolate always ๐Ÿ™‚ XOXO, Elif

  8. OMG, Iโ€™m totally with you Ashley! Life gets in my way all the time. I appreciate the safe space I’ve created and wonder how I stayed sane before Evolve with Mary and all my blogging friends. ๐Ÿ™‚ Reading and Bath time is my favorite time of the day.