What is Saving My Life Right Now

How was your Monday? I felt like I didn’t move very quickly from one task to another today. My theory is that my body gets to the point where it just has enough and purposely slows down. The weekend was full with late work hours and going to see my daughter in The Addams Family Musical at her high school on Friday and Sunday.

On Sunday evening after the show, Alan and I made a Vegan Shepherd’s Pie and Gluten Free, Dairy Free Irish Soda Bread while listening to Celtic music in celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day. It felt good to return to a tradition I enjoyed with my children when they were younger and had let go of in the past few years. I am looking forward to the rest of this week and to another celebration– the first day of Spring!!!

So here is where I follow several bloggers who have taken a cue from author Barbara Brown Taylor to answer the question: “What is saving your life right now?” Here is my list of current or ongoing lifesavers.

My Bullet Journal Notebook: I’m not going to stop singing the Bullet Journal’s praises, so if you’ve never heard of it, here’s an in-depth delve from Lazy Genius into the Bullet Journal world. (It really is the ultimate guide and will answer lots of your questions.)


The Bullet Journal is this ridiculously simple analog method of keeping your life together in one place. It works for everyone, is completely customizable, and once you start using it, you will be lost without it. This year, I got Alan on the Bullet Journal train and he’s enjoying using it to keep his life organized. This is my fourth year and I am continually finding new ways to entrust my life to its pages. The good news is, you can start it anytime. Check out the Bullet Journal website for short videos showing what it is and how to use it. Once you start, you won’t look back.

My diffuser: I haven’t been sick once all winter and I credit my diffuser, as well as my diet full of whole and green foods and low in sugar! I have several essential oil blends I’ve made and tested to keep me healthy. I’ll be sharing a few blends this week on Wednesday’s post.

My Blackwing Palomino 602 Pencils: as a left-handed writer, my hand tends to cramp up and get tired fairly quickly. There is a fluid elegance and ease to these pencils that have earned them high praise from many famous creatives.

Glo, formerly YogaGlo, is the primary way I practice yoga. In early December, I signed up for the free trial and never looked back. From 5 minute meditations, to 90 minute yoga classes, from super chill restorative Yin and gently Hatha to a sweaty Vinyasa Flow, there are choices for everyone.

You can search by time length, by instructor, by style, by body part you wish to focus on, by time of day, etc. As I work toward my goal of yoga and meditation everyday, Glo provides me with a feast of opportunities to practice.

Barre3 is the other exercise life-saver that I am in love with. It is a combination of ballet, Pilates, cardio, and yoga and is always low-impact. You will sweat, but you will never jump. Even their Barre3 Burpees are slow and much attention is paid to proper alignment, so my wrists and knees have never been sore afterwards. My butt and legs have, though!

It is a workout unlike any other I’ve experienced and the Barre3 message is body-positive and affirming. They’re never pushing you through a workout so you can look great in a bikini. Their language is aimed at building strength, confidence, and feeling good in your own body. They encourage people to pay attention to how they’re feeling (example: “If there is any tension in your neck, lower your arms, etc.”) and to modify each move to make it their own. Here is $10 off if you decide to join!

I’d love to hear what is saving your life right now! Please share in the comments below. Also, I will be giving away my copy of The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll and a couple other goodies on Instagram this week. So head over to my Instagram tomorrow Tuesday March 19 to enter. (US only)

What I Love About My Bullet Journal

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If you read my blog at all, you’ve undoubtedly read about my bullet journal. You might already be a bullet journal nut or you are considering trying this method. Or you might wonder what I’m going on about. I first heard of bullet journaling from Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs Darcy. She wrote about it here and here. She talked about how you could get any notebook you wanted and put your life in it, basically. Make it fit who you are and not the other way around. How realistic and simple and genius it was. So I went to www.bulletjournal.com and watched the video and read everything that was on the site. I kept hearing bloggers talk about theirs, so last year, I decided to dive into Bullet Journal Land. I ordered the classic bullet journal notebook: Leuchtturm1917 Medium Size Hardcover A5 Notebook – Dotted Pages – Black, although you can use any notebook you like. (It’s ok to be a messy writer and someone who has to cross out things like I do. So what? That’s reality. And here’s my messy reality with some pages I added: Wines I  Like, Books To Be Read, and Books I’m Reading Now)

My all-time favorite blog post out there is from the Lazy Genius Collective. Kendra wrote an extensive blog post chronicling her bullet journal experiences and how she adapted it to meet her needs. I’ve recommended this post over and over again.

I just wish all my friends would give this a try. Especially if you like writing, reading, journaling, documenting your life, and analog anything. Not that you have to like or do any of those things to enjoy a bullet journal. But I would love to know some people that live nearby who use one. When I worked at a coffee shop in Trumansburg, a fellow barista said she was considering trying this method. I’m not sure if she delved into it or not.

When Alan and visited Hunt Country Vineyards for a tasting back on Mother’s Day, the girl who served us overheard me say I was going to write down the wines I liked in my bullet journal. She surprised me by declaring herself to be a bullet journaler! I wanted to hug her, but restrained myself. One of my own kin! We talked for a few minutes about this marvelous tool.

OK, enough said. If you’re interested, click on some of the links in this post and find out more. Or ask me about it. You know I’m going to tell you to just do it! It’s the perfect time to find out more and then you can jump in on January 1st.

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Here is my Leuchtturm 1917 dotted notebook and my Reverse Notebook from Rhodia that I use for poetry. It could also be a bullet journal, though.