Savoring life can almost seem too good to be true at times. There are moments in the day where I have to stop and think if I’m forgetting to do something. In those moments, I make the decision to look at my to-do list and figure out what can be done. If there is nothing pressing to do that comes to mind, I stop and take a break.
It’s really easy to let the rush of daily life bog you down. It happens way too often *raises hand* and many times I feel guilty for being so frazzled and stressed out.
When I set out to be more intentional with my time this year, I knew it was going to be a challenge. I knew that savoring life was going to be worth it. Picking my battles and enjoying the stillness was going to pay off in the end.
I still can’t believe that June has made its sunny debut here in North Carolina. It’s hot and humid and we’ve been blessed with rain (so I haven’t had to water my plants! win!). I want to hold myself accountable and share with you how I’m making my word “Savor” a priority.
Stop and Smell the Roses
One of the biggest changes I’ve made in disciplining myself to start savoring life is by being more intentional of how I spend my time. I sit down with my planner in the evenings and think of the top priorities that I have to do for the following day.
This is easier said than done…. there are times where I can get so bogged down in overanalyzing and perfectionism that I can spend too much time thinking and not enough time doing. Have you ever been there? I have a feeling I’m not the only one. 😉 I’m a prime candidate for analysis paralysis and that goes for just about every area of my life! While studying up on things can be a good thing, there has to be that one step forward that gets you to where your goals are. I have to actually do something with my knowledge!
Spending Time Outside
Going outside when the weather permits has been a major goal for me during these past few months. I’m not where I want to be yet, but I’ve been pushing myself to get outside before it gets too hot. Titus has been enjoying the times we’ve gone outside and I’m anxiously waiting for his ability to walk so he can run around and play! One of the things I want to get him for his birthday is a kiddie pool and water table. I have no doubt he’ll have a blast with both! Now that being outside is a priority for me, I have to force myself to not bring all manner of technology and things to do. Sometimes I’ll go outside and sit on our back porch with my laptop and do some blogging work, but if it’s the middle of the day and Titus is awake, I force myself to only bring a big blanket and some toys. That way, I can focus 100% of my attention on Titus and enjoy watching him take in the world. This has been one of my favorite ways of savoring life.
Learning about Nature
Being outside goes hand in hand with my next desire, and that’s learning more about plant and animal life. When we go out for our walks and spend time at the park or hanging out in our backyard, I’ve been more intentional about learning about the plants and animals that frequent these areas. Did you know that dandelions are so much more than a common weed?! I had no idea that dandelions have so many medicinal qualities and can be eaten! So interesting. I can also pick out the chirping of a cardinal and robin. This spring has also brought forth my beautiful hydrangeas. I enjoy watching the honeybees buzzing around them and watching them wave in the breeze.
Practicing the Power of Observation
I’ve always been an observant person, thanks to the military. However, I’ve never used those “powers” for my enjoyment. Since I’ve been talking about my struggle with PTSD with my counselor, I realize I’ve been observing out of paranoia and wanting to stay out of danger. While this isn’t a bad thing in and of itself, I didn’t realize how much it was driving the stress and anxiety in my life. When you’re constantly looking over your shoulder or being hyper alert of people and surroundings, it can take the joy out of any situation. Since coming to this conclusion, I’ve been using my natural inclination to observe in order to enjoy my surroundings, especially in nature. I notice the direction the breeze is blowing and savor the coolness on my skin. I take deep, intentional breaths to feel the oxygen filling up my lungs. I pick out the sound of leaves rustling in the wind or the smells of freshly cut grass. I observe the clouds and see if I can pick out any shapes or watch how the sun sets or rises. Making it a priority to not always have my phone in my face has been liberating.
You Can Do it, Too
If you haven’t made it a priority to start savoring life, this is my simple nudge to encourage you to start. These are just a few example of the ways I’m being intentional about savoring life in this point in time. I really hope that you make the first steps to find joy in your days and give yourself breathing room to relax and recharge. Whether it’s setting non-negotiable priorities to help order your days, literally stopping and smelling the roses, and keeping the phone out of your face for more than 5 minutes, I promise you, you won’t regret it! Fear of missing out is a thing, don’t let it suck you in like it did for me! Go against the mainstream tide of society and find yourself more energized and joyful. You’ll be well on your way!