Winter is my very least favorite. The gray, the dark, the lack of green–it all makes me feel completely unmotivated. (I may seriously need a sun lamp.) Sometimes, it’s worth intentionally thinking about those small things that make the days brighter. Anne, one of my favorite book bloggers, does a “what’s saving me” list at the start of every year and I thought I would once again follow her lead.
Some of the things that are saving me this Winter. . .
- A few days away. My husband and I just got back from visiting Puerto Rico with our best couple friends and it was four full days of rest and lots of reading. (I finished three books!) Sometimes, when you’re in the trenches of parenthood, the planning of these kinds of trips may seem like more trouble than it’s worth. I struggle with the guilt of leaving, the fear of flying, the planning, and asking my parents who graciously came to stay and drive our kids to all of the places. BUT, once I get off the ground, I’m always glad I went. I say all of this in case you’re on the fence about getting away. If you can, sometimes just one night is good enough to reset your mind (and to make you realize your favorite place on earth actually is at home with your wild kids).
- Yoga. I started doing yoga in private last year thanks to YouTube–and Adriene. On our trip, I worked up the nerve to take two classes on the beach and it was awesome. I am slowly getting over my fear/embarrassment of public exercise. . .
- Audio books. I am sometimes in the car for hours a day, driving in the same 5-mile radius to different schools and activities. I finally figured out how fast I can listen to an audio book if I do it during my car time. I just finished Demi Moore’s memoir (read in her famously husky voice) and I thought it was fascinating.
- Morning devotion and coffee. They go hand in hand, don’t they? I recently finished Melanie Shankle’s book and am working my way though the Psalms now. (A great place to begin if you don’t know where to start.)
- TV. Before you praise me for being so deep, I’ll also confess to the regular, mindless TV that makes me very, very happy. On this list: Jeopardy, Judge Judy, The Bachelor (dear goodness), almost any college basketball game and the first fifteen minutes of Jimmy Kimmel.
- More Instagram breaks. I’ve pulled back from posting lately because I just haven’t felt excited enough about anything to post about. And on the flip side, it often feels like I’m just looking at the same people doing the same things on a different day. I know it’s all about the numbers, numbers, numbers when you’re doing this for a job, but breaks make things feel a little less stale when you do come back.
What’s saving you during these long Winter months?