046: Learning to Savor: An Interview with Shauna Niequist

Is more always better? It’s tempting to believe. It’s easy to get caught up in always striving to be more and achieve more, but when we’re constantly chasing after the next best thing, it becomes impossible to savor the moment.

046: Learning to Savor: An Interview with Shauna Niequist

This week on The Portfolio Life I have the privilege of interviewing one of my favorite writers: Shauna Niequist. Shauna and I talk about the life of a writer and the pull to do many things, as well as the discipline of soaking up every moment.

Listen in as we talk about learning to pay attention and her new book, Savor.

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About the author and her new book

My wife introduced me to Shauna’s writing a few years ago, and since then she has quickly become one of my favorite writers to follow. Shauna has a respect for the written word and a dedication to her craft that’s rare these days.

Her new book Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Are released just this week (and is bound to be a bestseller). Through short snippets of inspiration, she urges readers to create a sense of stillness as they begin each day.

Sometimes the fear of missing out pushes us to overdo it. But when we constantly chase more, it becomes impossible to enjoy the everyday moments. Savoring requires discipline, and sometimes saying “no” to good things so that you can live at a pace that allows you to enjoy life.

In Savor, you’ll be encouraged to savor each day, no matter what it holds.

Show highlights

In this episode, Shauna and I discuss:

  • What it means to savor each moment.
  • How she has organized her life as a writer (and what she’s had to say no to).
  • The effects of not creating enough stillness in your life and what busyness really costs you.
  • How jealousy can (sometimes) be a good teacher, if you know how to learn form it.
  • The importance of boundaries and discipline in writing, family, and life.
  • And so much more!


Get Shauna’s new book here.

Do you struggle with placing boundaries on how you spend your time? Share in the comments.