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Four things that are saving my life right now

Anne Bogel from Modern Mrs. Darcy occasionally does “What’s saving my life right now” posts. They’re not meant literally, of course…they’re just lists of things that are making her life better right now.

(Here’s one of hers from this year.)

sun and flowers

I randomly felt inspired to write one of these, so it’s what you get today. 😉

Here’s what’s helping my life feel better right now:

1. Getting up a little earlier

I have always been kind of an early bird person, but for the last five years or so, Mr. FG’s work schedule has not been on the early side.

Ikea clock

Over the years, I’ve usually melded my schedule to match his, and that worked fine when he had an early shift. I got up with him and after he left for work, I had some quiet time before the day started.

But with the more recent sleeping-later schedule, I was not getting any quiet time to read my Bible, pray, and just not talk to anyone for a little while.

To solve this, we’ve been going to bed a little earlier, and I end up waking up on my own around 6:00 or 6:30, at which point I tip-toe out and spend time reading and praying.

(Mr. FG can easily sleep longer than me, so this works out fine!)

Bible and Every Moment Holy

I know I could technically read and pray at any time of day, but as a morning person, the earlier hours just flat-out work better for me.

And since I can choose to operate this way (no babies or toddlers need me!), I’m choosing it, and it’s helping me feel better prepared for my day.

2. Uninstalling Instagram every day

Kristen's Instagram feed

Of all the social media platforms out there, Instagram is the worst time suck for me.

(I don’t really enjoy Facebook, and Twitter doesn’t really suck me in either.)

But Instagram? That app can make me waste a lot of time, especially if I click over to the explore page.

So, I’ve been installing Instagram, putting up a post, and then immediately uninstalling the app.

The benefits:

  • I’m producing more than I’m consuming (always my goal on the internet)
  • I’m wasting less time
  • I’m less distracted
  • The longer I do this, the the weaker the pull Instagram has on me

Of course, it is inconvenient to reinstall the app. That’s kind of the point!

But the two minutes I spend doing an uninstall and reinstall? That’s way, way less than the amount of time I’d waste if I kept the app on my phone.

Kristen's instagram post
I can still access my Instagram account on my computer, so I respond to comments that way, even when the app isn’t on my phone.

Social media apps are far less distracting when you have to use them on a computer, so this is working out just fine.

(If you want to follow me on Instagram, I’m thefrugalgirl just like I am on all social media platforms.)

3. Thinking, “this is what we are doing  for now

I think it was Kelle Hampton who posted this thought on Instagram (ha!) and it was a good reminder for me.

Sometimes, in the midst of all this upheaval (working from home, online school, so many things cancelled”, I start to sort of forget that this is not permanent.

One day, one way or another, we will not be dealing with the coronavirus at the level we are now.

One day, we will get to have gatherings and regular church and we’ll get to hug people and go to classes in person and have conferences and things will be more normal.

Kristen wearing a homemade gray fabric mask

What we have to do right now is temporary. It’s probably a long temporary, but still; that’s different than permanent.

When my kids were little and were going through some particularly annoying phase, I often would remind myself, “Everything is a stage. It doesn’t last forever.”

So. That is what I am trying to remind myself of now.

This is a stage.

It is temporary.

There’s a lot I don’t like right now, but it is just what we are doing for now.

I don’t have to do this forever; I just have to do it right now.

On a very similar note, the fourth thing saving my life right now is:

4. Focusing on today

When I was pregnant and sick (I had hyperemesis all four times), sometimes the days of nausea stretched out before me like a seemingly endless road, and I just wanted to give up mentally.

But when I shortened my focus and looked only at the day before me, I was much more able to hang in there.

Kristen lying down on the couch

My kids felt that stuffed animals would help me feel better. 🙂 They were wrong, but it WAS a sweet thought.

I think of it like the verse in Matthew:  “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

I don’t have to think things like, “How will I keep doing Thing X for 5 more months/two more years?”

I can just get up each day and think, “Ok, what’s before me today?”

Really, items #3 and #4 on this list are both about staying in the moment rather than mentally living in an uncertain future.

It’s hard to do, but when I am successful at it, life feels much more manageable.

What’s saving your life right now? I’d love to hear!

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Friday 25th of September 2020

I learned how to crochet via YouTube and started making chemo caps. I had no idea crochet CAN be beautiful!!! Not being able to get out and minister to people has been the hardest part of the quarantine for me. I love that I can do this and ship them to a nonprofit who distributes them to cancer centers. ❤️


Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

I'm late to to party, but here's what saving my life right now :

- Open public library. Me and the kids read a lot, so it's very nice to be able to borrow books

- Opened schools!!!!!!!! My #1 at the moment. I have a 3rd and and 5th grader, they are very happy to be back in school and so am I!

- Reliable car : because without, it's a nightmare

- Having enought savings throught frugal ways to allow me to work only 3 days a week


Tuesday 22nd of September 2020

Great idea!

1. My husband is very patient and computer savvy and has saved my bacon from March on when we went long distance. He is my personal IT guy at home and I honestly would not have been able to function in my job without him. 2. So true about "this is just for NOW" -- I have to adopt that, too. COVID will pass -- eventually - and all the good stuff will still be there. Must. Keep. Repeating. :) 3. Library open for pick up only - yahoo! It's the big LA public library so you can usually get anything, if you are patient. My go to break of the day is a shady spot under an oak up near the Mission and it's nearby park.. I sip my iced tea, eat my snack, and read my book, even on hot days there is usually a breeze. Totally forget everything else for a bit. 4. Exercise -- Since i discovered that my phone obsessively tracks steps every single day, I have been using it to make me walk more. And that really improves my mood. 5. Making this list!


Tuesday 22nd of September 2020

Thank you for #3 and 4! I really needed these as reminders to look ft me out of my funk!


Tuesday 22nd of September 2020

I love this with the instagram! Although I have to admit mine is just deleted and then I hear about people posting and I'm like I should go back but honestly I love being off.


Tuesday 22nd of September 2020

If I did not have a blog, that's what I would probably do as well. But it's a little tough to be a blogger these days without also doing social media.

Back in 2008 when I started blogging, it was so different. All you did was...write blog posts. The end.

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