savoring {march 2020}

My theme for 2020 is Savor.  I have found that generally I’m not fully present to enjoy anything (and I do mean anything) that happens to me.  I am seeking to make major improvement this year in that area. Here on the blog, this translates to a monthly blog post that I have entitled Savoring: curated content that I’ve enjoyed recently and that you might enjoy too.

This month has been unprecedented.  I must say that I have been taking a break from a lot of media content over the past week or two.

I am still getting James Clear’s newsletter, which I talked about first here and he posted this on February 7, 2020.

Aim to be great in 10 years. 

Build health habits today that lead to a great body in 10 years.

Build social habits today that lead to great relationships in 10 years.

Build learning habits today that lead to great knowledge in 10 years.

Long-term thinking is a secret weapon.

This Instagram post has gone viral and explains quite nicely, to me, why all this social distancing could work?

And finally, this Instagram post from @stephsbookramblings cracked me up.

@stephsbooksramblings

enjoy life…

savoring {january 2020}

My theme for 2020 is Savor.  While journaling last November, it dawned on me that I don’t fully enjoy anything.  I’m a foodie but I inhale my food.  I love hot showers and warm baths but I use an abrasive wash cloth (not just for the rough spots of my feet and elbows but all over). I am generally not fully present to enjoy anything (and I do mean anything) that happens to me.  This has always been the case.  Last year, I did make gains in this area but I want it to be a focus this year-thus my theme.

Here on the blog, this theme will translate into a recurring blog post that I have entitled Savoring. Here I will feature curated content that I have enjoyed recently and I think that you will enjoy also. I am really excited about these posts.  I have wanted to share things from other writers, articles that caused me to pause, pics that made me laugh, etc.  Plus, this will help me slow down and notice these things – savor them, to see if I want to share them with you guys.  Here goes.

Savoring…

The Chair. MindyKaling Instagram

Until next time,

enjoy life…

book review: “things you save in a fire” by katherine center

Releasing on August 13, Things You Save in a Fire would make a great late summer read; I read it over two nights (it was a page-turner!!!!) If you liked How to Walk Away, you will like this one. Maybe even more, as I did.

I loved Cassie, the main protagonist, who is a firefighter! Hooray for all firefighters, and specifically lady firefighters! I learned a lot about firefighting and was duly impressed – Center’s husband is a volunteer firefighter so she used him to get the details right. And Cassie was the firefighter that worked to save Mags from Walk Away. I loved that connection, however, Fire can stand on its own.

Again, this is what I consider a great summer read. I liked the pacing – the storyline drove the narrative which I love and need in my fun fiction books. It also was about 300 pages. Anne told me that I needed these two things in my fun fiction reads and I think that she was right. And while there’s a romantic element (it could be classified as chick lit), I love how Center includes a more substantive narrative of forgiveness. Fun and romance while learning lessons? I don’t think that it gets any better than that!

Beware: One character has suffered a sexual assault in the past. It is not explicitly detailed or described. And there is adult language.

4 of 5 stars

A huge thank you to Snail on the Wall books for the ARC. Preorder your copy here.

Have you guys read this one? Will you read it now? What else would you like to know about it? Let me know in the comments.

enjoy life…