I heard someone mention savoring in a TikTok video a few months back. They stitched together a picture collage of everything that made them feel alive. Maybe it was the music in the background or the photo filters, but I fell in love with this concept.
So I looked up the word savoring to check if it was a real thing.
The definition of savoring is to “enjoy or appreciate (something pleasant) completely, especially by dwelling on it.” This is the polar opposite of what I’ve been learning to do with my thoughts and emotions. I’ve been trying to live in the present, taking each day as it comes. To be honest, savoring goes against everything I’ve been doing.
But, since September, I’ve been compiling a list of things that make me happy. Days I didn’t want to end, locations I’d been with specific people, the sky and how it looked, how I felt when I was I doing something, what I was eating, what I was wearing, and what was playing on the radio. I’ve been far more mindful since I started this.
I’ve chosen to make this a monthly series in the hopes that it will inspire others to do the same.
Here’s what’s made me feel alive the past couple of months.
Finding Big Chewy Nerds candy and eating it in the car with Ella on the way home from Target while singing along to songs we both like.
When it’s sunny out and I’m working on my soul homework in the morning, I ignite my incense, and the smoke spirals through the filtered light, creating a lovely and dreamy atmosphere that feels like my personal heaven.
Elevated cinnamon cream cheese toast. I only have it on occasion, but when I do, I feel like I’m eating in my own little bakery. Toast two slices of good bread (I use brioche). On each slice, spread cream cheese, top with brown sugar, and a couple pats of butter. Place in an air fryer at 350 degrees for 2-3 minutes.
Sitting in the McDonald’s drive-thru on the way home from Ella’s horse riding lesson one evening, windows and sunroof open, listening to Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream, and the employees being so nice to us.
The days when I can leave the windows open since it isn’t too humid. The breeze is gentle, and I can hear my wind chimes in the backyard all day.
My rainbow decals. When the sun shines brightly, my entire downstairs is covered in rainbows. I savor it every sunny day.
Sitting on the patio with Mike and the dogs, admiring our trees beautiful fall colors before they fall to the ground.
After Mike and I have finished watching tv, I go into the other room to read before going to bed. The dogs are usually snuggled in different positions with me, and the room is softly lit. Ella can be heard upstairs laughing on the phone with her friends or listening to music. I love this time of the day more than any other.
Sitting at my parent’s dining table, listening to my mother tell the story of how our family’s journey from Germany to America.
Eating ice cream in the rain on a busy street with my good friend, while wearing matching hats we’d just purchased.
What have you been savoring recently?
What makes you feel alive?