Today I’m participating in Anne Bogel’s link-up sharing what’s literally saving my life right now. The purpose of this annual blog post is to beat the sadness and gloom of long Winter days cheering us up with a list of things we’re currently finding useful and life-saving. To be honest, I don’t hate Winter (I actually enjoy it!) but I think it’s always fun to participate in this kind of old-school blogging get-togethers so here is my list.
1. My daily yoga practice. Once again, I’ve joined Adriene’s 30 Day Yoga Journey on January 2nd and I’ve managed to practice it every single day for 22 days straight, then I got sick and I had to take a break but it means I’ll still have brand new lessons in February to finish the 30 days so I’m happy about it.
2. Coffee Chat & Support for Online Creatives. It’s no secret that Facebook is like Reddit for me since I only use it for Groups and I have to say this little and new group I’ve joined, created by Helen Redfern, is becoming my favorite place to spend some time online and interact with fellow bloggers and content creators.
3. Book School Classes. I’ve decided to take Anne Bogel’s classes in order to improve my reading life and understand what kind of books I really love, my true literary tastes (not influenced by what I see online), and so on. Three weeks in (of six) and I’m loving it! I didn’t realize there are so many different ways to analyze your literary life before!
4. A bigger desk. This is a bit silly, but when I bought my current IKEA desk, I’ve basically displayed it the way was shown at the store: with only 2 legs on one side and the other side at the top of the matching dresser. It’s been like that for like 5 years and I’ve struggled a lot with lack of space, a desk too higher and the frustration of having a 17-inch laptop that was taking all the free surface of my desk. I’m not sure why it took me so long to realize it, but one day I woke up and decided to buy 2 other legs for my desk and move the dresser on the side. This way I have a bigger working space and I even earned more room to store some stuff underneath the desk itself. It was so simple! It’s crazy how much time it took me to realize it.
5. Microsoft Outlook. This month, I’m going to shift my priorities a little bit and in order to be sure to not miss out on blog posts, comments, YouTube videos, and things like that, I’ve set up Microsoft Outlook on my laptop in order to have all my email accounts in the same place and check them only twice a day from my laptop, rather than multiple times and from multiple devices during the day. It also means that I only have my personal email account on my phone (the one used for online shopping and close friends + family communications) this way I don’t get too much distracted by the internet. I’m not sure why it took me so long to do it! I mean, there is nothing so urgent that requires me to check my email multiple times a day even from my phone.
6. Daily journaling. In January, I’ve participated in Matt Ragland‘s #JanuaryJournal challenge and I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve been a journaler for my entire life but I’ve been finding myself experimenting with new forms of journaling lately, like keeping simple logs of my days and things like that. A great way to clear my busy mind.