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How To Embrace Winter

As we near the end of January, I start to get itchy for spring.  I’m ready to move on to longer days, warmer temps and a greener world.  Living in Texas, spring will arrive sooner here than other parts of the country, but it is still a ways off for all of us.  Which brings up the question of how to embrace these remaining cold months?  I’ve seen  articles in magazines addressing this question but invariably their ideas are not really reasonable.  Too much time, money, wrong locale to make the idea work, etc.  And it would be very easy to sit here and create a list that goes something like this…

  • make a cup of hot chocolate
  • curl up under an afghan and read a good book
  • take a walk
  • watch a favorite movie
  • pull out that favorite chile recipe and whip up a pot

These are all good ideas but I dare say, this is what a lot of us already do during the winter.  So what can we do that creates a different pattern, that allows us to really be present in the moment,  that helps us to embrace winter while we wait on that first tiny piece of evidence that spring is coming?

  1. Spend a little time just looking out the window and noticing the quiet, the calm that winter creates.  Appreciate what Mother Earth is doing at this moment and try to feel a part of the cycle.
  2.  If you want to be a bit more busy, pair a trip to a museum with an outing to a restaurant that you’ve not been to before.  It is easy to go to the movies and typically a lot more expensive to take in a sporting event.  But a good in between choice is a museum.  Unless it is a special event, museums are usually reasonably priced, sometimes free! Find a local restaurant, not a chain eatery, and enjoy something different.  Turn off the cell phones and really enjoy what you are taking in.
  3. Try a craft project.  It doesn’t have to be elaborate.  Just make it fun.  I have never been a crafter.  My mom saved two things I crafted in Girl Scouts.  A popsicle stick picture frame and a white felt pin cushion emblazoned with the words “I love you”.  That was the extent of my crafting talent.  So I’m going to plunk a DIY hat on my head and try again. ( I will keep you posted.)
  4. Always a good thing – plan a game night or work on a jigsaw puzzle together.  Ditch all the technology for a while and just enjoy being in the moment, whether by yourself or with others.
  5. Take some of this quiet time that winter creates and express gratitude.  Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, allow a moment to just give thanks.  Let the warmth your of blessings surround you.  Hopefully, a lovely feeling of peace will prevail as you nestle in the comfort of the winter season.

And if none of the above works, then put on that pot of chile, crawl under the afghan and watch a good  movie or read a book!  Either way, enjoy winter!

 xo, Carolyn

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