In the past, I will admit, I haven’t been winter’s biggest fan – until recently. This year, I have been loving winter, guys. Instead of fighting the cold, often gloomy days, or becoming quite lazy, I’ve been trying new things, taking on new projects, and tackling new goals – as well as making time for plenty of cozy evenings on the couch. Here’s what I’ve been doing to keep cheery and fresh:
I was invited to attend a class at Painting with a Twist, a fun studio that hosts casual painting sessions in which you can sip your favorite wine, listen to music, follow step-by-step instruction by an artist, and leave with a work of art – created by you! I hadn’t painted since middle school, so I was nervous – but ended up loving every minute of it! Creating something from scratch just feels good. Try your own local sip-and-paint class this month, or consider another therapeutic hands-on activity, like baking or knitting.
Get moving, my friends! This January, I’ve been ice skating (a challenge, but so fun), participating in a 30-day yoga journey, and bundling up for winter walks and hikes. It may be cold out, but that doesn’t mean we should stop being active. Try something new that you find appealing and enjoyable.
Sure, I’m a full-time elementary school teacher, but I’ve also started teaching adults! I was invited by Skillpop to start teaching pop-up blogging classes here in Nashville, and had a blast leading my first one just this past Saturday. If there’s something you’ve been dreaming of doing, just go for it! There’s no perfect time to start something, and I’d encourage you not to waste time doubting yourself. Do it!
Winter can easily become an isolating time, so I’ve been getting out with loved ones for brunch or other gatherings. If you’re in Nashville, try Liberty Common – the light, open space and delicious French fare is sure to brighten your mood. Or perhaps just host a night-in with your best gals. Whatever you do, make an effort to connect with others.
I cannot change the season, so instead, I prefer to find the beauty in it. I have found joy in these cold days by taking walks in the park and feeling invigorated by the crisp, clean air. And I have loved the opportunities to stay indoors, too, to refresh my home KonMari-style or get lost in a good book. Winter is a quiet time. And I have learned to love that about it and embrace the quiet.
What are your thoughts? Have you been enjoying January, too? If not, do you think that you could?