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Spring means one thing in the midwest – mud. And also dirty piles of melting snow.
So two things, spring means two things!
It is not my favorite time of year, the weather is volatile, and the cabin fever is high. And right now, I am so close to being able to plant a few veggies, and I can taste it. So I am doing everything I can to keep my sanity.
Keeping track of the things that are saving my life throughout the year was something that I picked up as an exercise of self-reflection as an avid reader of Anne’s blog. It is easy to remember what is driving you crazy but to pick out the little things that are saving you take a bit more thought.
Here a few of the simple, everyday things from my list.
I picked up a coffee grinder during the holiday sales and used that as an excuse to upgrade our coffee. The world of coffee (and coffee snobbery) opens up to when you start grinding your own beans. I have even started going down the pour-over road, but that is a discussion for another time.
Kickapoo Coffee is a Wisconson based company (and that makes it local for me) that focuses on great tasting coffee and fairness to farmers. They are also the country’s only solar-powered roastery.
My go-to local grocer finally offers a grocery pick-up. It has been a game changer for me.
I sit down with my notebook for meal planning, my cookbooks, and my Pinterest boards. As I choose the recipes that I am planning on making for the upcoming week I add the ingredients to my cart on the grocery store website. All I need to do then is choose the date and time of pickup, and check out.
They require a 4 hour lead time and charge $5 for the service. And it is so worth it.
The Calm App
I am going to be straight with you, mediation is weird. But it helps. It helps so much.
I read Dan Harris’s book 10% Happier a few years ago, but it didn’t really sink in until late last fall. I was so stressed out (because of the day job) I just wanted to cry. After reading a couple more stress management books and some google searching I came across the Calm app.
Right out of the gate I loved the soothing tones of narrator Tamara Levitt’s voice. I also fell in love hard with their Sleep Stories, where they have a variety of narrators tell you soothing tales for you to fall asleep to. You can download the app and try a few of their beginning series out for free.
At any given time I have anywhere between 10 and a million tabs open. That might be a bit of a stretch, but not by much. Toby is a chrome (and Firefox) extension that helps you index your open browser tabs.
That might be one of the nerdiest sentences that I have ever typed.
Check out the Toby website and watch the video and you will see what I mean.