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How to Savor the Precious Time We Have

Time whooshes by, as evident by the anniversary my husband and I just celebrated. Thirty-three years ago on June 19th I said, “I do” to this wonderful man. Since then we’ve traveled, raised a family, hosted many parties, and experienced the heartaches and joys that life brings. Something we learned from both parents, who were married over 60 years, was to honor, savor, and create treasured moments together. They understood that having shared, happy memories make your relationship stronger and make it easier to navigate life’s challenges.

So in the tradition of our parents and their sage wisdom, each anniversary, Steve and I celebrate and carve out time just for the two of us to play and enjoy. My mom refers to this as “the good stuff.”


This past weekend, we did just that. We made  . . .


Time for Love

From hand holding to conversing to writing each other love notes, we shared our love with one another. Love is an active expression of words and actions, which doesn’t happen unless you devote time to your relationships.







Time for Noticing Details

There was plenty of time to slow down to notice the details. The days were leisurely. I had so much fun taking pictures of cityscapes, country-scapes, people-scapes and more. Removing the schedule and list of to dos, helped us both see the world around us in new ways.







Time for Communing With Nature

Being in nature rejuvenates us. We took time to wander through gardens, walk along the river, smell flowers and trees, listen to birds chirping, and sheep baaah-ing. We felt the strong sun and enjoyed finding shady spots with gentle breezes. We made time to enjoy nature.







Time for Relaxing

From sleeping late to sharing leisurely meals to hanging out on the High Line lounge chairs, we took time to relax and slow our motors down. We removed the rush, rush of our normal days and savored the relaxing moments.








Time for Exploring New Places

While we’ve lived in the Hudson Valley for over 30 years, there are places we’ve never been. This past weekend, aside from visiting some favorite spots like the High Line and Red Hat, we also explored new places we’ve always wanted to see like Wave Hill and Rockwood Park, both with magnificent Hudson River views.





Time for Just Being

I intentionally left my watch at home. This helped me detach from time. Normally I’m hyperaware of time. There are appointments to keep and deadlines to meet. It was such a gift to suspend time, even for a few days. Breaks are essential to our well-being, our relationships, and our lives.



We each have the same hours in the day. We have obligations and commitments. There are ways to savor and honor the beautiful moments. How do you like to savor your time? Do any of these resonate with you? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation!





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This is a beautiful post, Linda. Thank you for sharing. It's a wonderful reminder that life is not just about our 'to-dos' and love does not exist in a vaccume. I read recently that 'love' is a verb and to keep it alive takes action. Thank you for sharing the ways in which you take time to celebrate your love.

June 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

Lovely post, Linda, and very important to take time as a couple. We get caught up in the fast pace of life, and i looked like you really did get away from the hubbub. I this crazy world we live in it is important to remember the beauty in it. Congratulations on 33 years of marriage.<3

June 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

@Diane- What a beautiful idea you shared... "that 'love' is a verb and to keep it alive takes action." You're so right. Steve and I have often talked about the importance of not taking each other for granted and for keeping the lines of communication open. But having fun and time just for us is also important.

@Jill- You're so right that it's VERY easy to get "caught up" in the pace of life. Things go faster and faster. Our attention is diverted more than ever before with the ability to be connected to work, the world, and internet 24/7. It takes deliberate action to "get away" and slow down. Thank you for your lovely wishes.

June 21, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Dearest Linda, this is such a wonderful post to commemorate our time together for our anniversary. It's also a great distilling of ways to be mindful, to relax, to be observant of our environment, and to show gratitude in many ways. Thank you for making our anniversary so special. Forever yours, S

June 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Samuels

Linda, once again you hit it out of the park on so many levels. As organizers, we encourage our clients to discover the "why" behind their desire to declutter. As I read your post, I couldn't help but think that ALL of life boils down to our WHY....why we do anything we do. We can savor anything we do all day. Even our jobs. When we become aware of our connectedness to others even through something we might not enjoy, we've begun to discover our why — why we are on this earth. When we savor and live in each moment, we become far richer than we could ever imagine.

June 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Terkanian

Aww, happy anniversary! What a wonderful example you are to the power of an intentional, loving relationship. Looks like a wonderful time! My daughter and I went walking the high line last summer and had so much fun. I love being outside in nature, it is food for the soul. So important to remember to put "savor life" on the to do list:)

June 21, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

The 3 S's...

@S- You inspire me every day...and fill my heart with love. Thank YOU for making our anniversary and the other 364 days a year so special. I love you, Honey.

@Susan- Thank you for your lovely words. Knowing our "why" can make our choices each day, each moment as you said, "far richer than we could ever imagine."

@Seana- Thank you for your good wishes and supportive words. You're right that we DID have a wonderful time. There's nothing quite like playing that energizes our soul. I can imagine how much fun you and your daughter must have had walking the High Line. Did you stick your feet in the water? That was one of my favorite parts. Happy savoring!

June 21, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

As I anticipate my upcoming summer vacation, I realize that you've captured what I'm hoping for perfectly! My ultimate goal is to incorporate all of those things into life on a regular basis, and not just once a year.

June 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

@Janet- I'm excited for you AND your summer vacation. Even more though is the idea that we can incorporate some of these ideas regularly into our lives. There are always moments to be savored, "vacation-time" or not. It's hard to slow down to be present so that we don't miss those opportunities. It's worth striving for.

June 22, 2016 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I have just taken the first step! I've signed up for a creative photography course with Joyfully Green which starts the day I'll officially be back at work. With daily lessons for about three weeks, even though it's not a strict schedule, it should be easy to stop myself from falling back into the habit of working too much! From what I've heard, the hard part will be pulling myself away from my photography...

June 27, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

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