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What’s saving my life right now

Last week, I did a podcast interview with Sarah Hart-Unger for the podcast she and Laura Vanderkam host (Best of Both Worlds). It’s coming out later in April and I will share the link when it’s out in the world.

ferns in the woods.

Anyway, she and Laura recently did a, “What’s saving my life right now” episode, where they both shared a few things that are seriously improving their lives. 

(“What’s seriously improving my life right now” is arguably less catchy, which is probably why the bloggers and podcasters who use this theme go with, “What’s saving my life right now” instead! )

I thought it would be fun to do one of these with you guys; so I’ll go first and then you can join me in the comments.

1. Kashi Go cereal

I don’t know that I’d ever tried Kashi Go before I moved in with my parents this year, but it’s been saving my life on college mornings.

My class goes from 8:00-11:00 am, and since it’s in a lab, there’s no food or drink allowed.

So, I have to eat something before class, and it needs to be pretty quick, but also filling, and I have discovered that a bowl of this fits the bill quite nicely.

This is a pretty high-protein cereal, so if I eat it before class, I am usually not hungry again until I get home. 

If I am running too late to even eat cereal, I have resorted to a peanut butter/honey sandwich on whole wheat bread, and that usually carries me through class as well! 

2. Walks in the woods

There are some lovely trails in the woods by my parents house, and I seriously love walking there.

Walking on neighborhood streets is fine, of course. But I would always prefer to walk in the woods; there are just so many interesting sights to see there.

fungi on a mossy log.

Every time I go, I seem to see a new kind of fungi or moss. And it’s fun to see the change of season; the first time I walked these paths, there was ice and snow, but now green is spreading all over the forest floor.

baby ferns in the woods.

And I know soon the green will appear on the trees.

Anyway. Walks in the woods are peaceful and quiet, they cost nothing, and I will be taking as many of them as I can while I live here. 

3. Thinking, “What CAN I do?”

Whenever I am in situations where I am tempted to feel helpless, I find it useful to ask myself, “What CAN I do?”

There are things in my life that I cannot fix right now, but I can work hard at my school, write posts here, love my kids, hunt for rentals, take care of my health, and so on.

And when I focus my attention on the things I can do, I feel much better. 

4. Medical podcasts

I have found anatomy and physiology podcasts to be super helpful for review purposes. Whenever we start a new unit, I use the textbook/lectures, etc. to learn the material.

And then I search for medical podcasts on the topics and listen to them for review.

I also find that podcast episodes on adjacent topics are helpful too. Body systems are quite interconnected, so if I am listening to an episode about digestion, that offers me some review on earlier topics we’ve covered.

For instance, the upper digestive tract anatomy offers some review of the pulmonary systems (since our throats branch into the trachea and the esophagus).

My favorite is Dr. Matt and Dr. Mike’s Medical Podcast. Since it’s been so valuable to me, I offered my support by buying one of their hoodies. 😉 

Kristen in a blue hoodie.

5. Spotify playlists

I have a general “liked songs” playlist, of course, but I also have some other smaller playlists, like one with worship music, and one with some pep-me-up types of songs. It’s nice to be able to easily select whatever I need at the moment! 

What’s saving your life right now?

(Figuratively! And it can be anything, small, large, material, immaterial…whatever you want.)

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Trish H

Friday 8th of April 2022

Since I’ve been struggling with some health issues and spending more time in bed Lillian Jackson Braun The Cat Who book series has kept my mind busy. Really cute cat mysteries.

Hawaii Plan

Friday 8th of April 2022

1) I buy these amazing protein bars at Costco when they are on sale (Perfect Bars). They are not cheap, but when on sale, can be found for ~$1/serving. They are 300 calories, delicious, and super filling. They are my go to when I can't make a regular breakfast. 2) The office gym. It's giving me a positive reason to return to the office, and a way to keep up my fitness, despite the new routines. 3) My Kindle. I was at various kids sports activities for close to 6 hours yesterday, and between matches & games, I could read on my Kindle. Bliss. At least something fun to entertain me. 4) Leftovers. They are the unsung hero of meal planning, but save my life on so many weekdays. 5) A $25 driving tutorial for my son, who finally passed the written test at the DMV. It was a money back guarantee, which built up my son's confidence that he would pass. I will now blissfully be not going to the DMV for at least a few more months! Totally worth $25.


Thursday 7th of April 2022

Oh no, it is ok. I was not upset or offended; it's totally fine to have an opinion! I'll take it into consideration if I do one of these posts in the future.


Wednesday 6th of April 2022

*Time with my kids, esp when we are unabashedly silly.

* Come, Holy Spirit by Vertical Worship today actually- listened to it all the way to my lawyer’s office

* counseling and group counseling

* baths when the kids are with their dad

*podcasts to get my mind off things

*makeup- creative therapy


Wednesday 6th of April 2022

Also, I would like to suggest Dr. John Campbell for YouTube videos about medical topics. I've been following his channel to keep up with the latest covid research and data, but he was a nurse educator (in the UK) and has lots of videos explaining the various systems of the body. He has a very clear way of explaining things, and I think he has also written some textbooks that are free to download-at least I think I've read that in many of his video descriptions. I also like medcram videos on YouTube too-nice clear visuals when describing things. I'm not in the medical field, but both of these channels are designed for nursing/med students but are comprehensible to the general public.

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