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Brightening My Days

Brightening My Days

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I must confess to not being particularly good at keeping up on a regular basis with anyone’s blog right now (even my own). For one thing, I’m behind on some Bible reading plans with a group of people from church. I’m aiming to read 24 actual books this year. And I keep working more full-time hours than not which, while great for clearing up some debt (and, let’s be honest, a few more trips to Good Earth and Starbucks), means things like housework and time with friends and all that sort of thing will merrily (and out of necessity) consume the remaining hours in the days and weeks. At the beach from Flickr via Wylio

But there are writers whose posts I will make a point of making a decent effort of checking out because 99.9% of the time, they’re sharing something I need to read. So last night while I was procrastinating I was doing some research for today’s blog post, I came across a post on Modern Mrs. Darcy titled What’s Saving My Life Right Now and thought, “I should read this.” I know I’m in need of saving from these grey winter-y days right now, and I thought maybe this would help in some way.

And it did, not only in terms of reminding me to take stock of the bright spots to be found in this winter solstice, but also in terms of finally having a topic to write about. So double thanks for that, Modern Mrs. Darcy. (No, seriously. Even though the thank you sentence is a bit of a structural mess.)

Now, without further ado, here are a few of the things brightening my days:

Morning coffee and reading and/or journaling: I get up, I feed the cat, and then I retire to the living room sofa with a cup of coffee, a book, and my journal. Sometimes I end up spending more time sipping and watching the fish tank while my mind roams over various things, but even then it’s a good way to start the day.

Tumbled-out prayers: I’m a person who likes to know what’s coming next. As such, I tend to be going through a mental checklist when I pray. Praised God for His goodness? Check. Repented of sins? Check. Prayed for others? Check. And it’s not that those things are wrong, but I’m not as engaged as I need to be. Recently, I’ve been praying in a more unceremonious fashion. It hasn’t been terribly loud or terribly long, but it’s come from the heart. And you know what? There’ve been answers. And I’m definitely engaged.

Time with family and friends: This can seem like a bit of a contradiction as I best recharge with some alone time. But sometimes I can veer too far off that course, particularly on days when it’s warm and snug inside and outside it’s cold and snowy. This past week or two in particular, however, I’ve been making more of an effort to connect with friends and family (and often the two are wonderfully one and the same). And it has been a Good Thing, y’all.

Cozy blankets: For when I have been home, with my hubby and/or our cat, or curled up by myself with a book or Tumblr (the Apartment Therapy blog is a slightly addicting favourite read), a cozy blanket is the perfect way to add some warmth. My two all-time favourite blankets are the tri-colour afghan crocheted by my mom and the Doctor Who-themed fleece throw Jeff bought me for Christmas a couple of years ago.

I hope there is a list of things brightening your days. Feel free to share in the comments section here or via Facebook or Twitter. It’s always a treat to hear from you. :-)

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