One thing you should know about me is that I'm a huge baby when it comes to cold weather. Part of that is due to growing up in sunny California with 100 degree weather three quarters of the year, and the second reason is that the cold just makes my bones super achy and reminds me that I'm getting old-fast (sigh).
And while I dream about picking up and moving somewhere warm like Hawaii, California or Italy, my husband's work is here, and moving really isn't in the cards for us right now. I won’t pretend that winter and I will ever become best friends forever or anything, but I’ve decided to come up with a few ways to make some peace with it and make it
bearable more enjoyable for us.
4 Steps for Surviving Winter (even if deep down you really hate it)
1. Invest in quality warm clothes and footwear. It really makes a huge difference, trust me! There's no reason to suffer through frozen fingers or toes! I’m a big fan of OTK boots, these J. Jill ones are so warm, stretchy, and ultra comfortable (and currently on sale). During the winter months I never leave the house without wearing a warm scarf and a cozy long coat (I have this one in blue and love it).
2.Treat yourself to a few little luxuries. Things that make your life a little easier and more enjoyable. Having a few small winter-specific luxuries can help you feel warmer, cozier and make all the difference in finding that sweet spot between insufferable and totally bearable. I like to stock up on a few varieties of my favorite Hot Chocolate and Dixie® To Go cups. There's nothing as comforting in the cold temperatures as a piping hot cup of hot chocolate. These Dixie® To Go cups have a great leak-resistant lid & insulated layer that give you the best on-the-go experience. Plus, I love that they require no effort, no clean up, and no worries, so I can have more time to focus on the things that matter.
3. Find some winter-only activities you really enjoy and pencil them in your calendar. My husband likes to remind me that the simple act of anticipating an event/activity makes you happier (so this is a practical way to put that into action). I love snow boarding & ice skating, so this winter I’m making it a point to do both at least once this winter. Whatever activity you enjoy or gets you excited, make an effort to do it!
4. Spend more time with someone who loves winter. It won't completely rub off on you, but surrounding yourself with people whom enjoy it will make a huge difference in your attitude. My husband could happily live in the snowy weather, and has a high tolerance for the low temps! My kids are just like their daddy (thankfully), and they light up when they see the snow and get to play in it! Every year I try to get out and play in the snow with them, every time I find their excitement is infectious (and I realize the snow is not all bad). That doesn't mean I don’t want to run inside every 5 minutes and warm up with hot chocolate, but it's progress!
We visited the Festival of Lights this past weekend where we admired 2.5 million LED lights, searched for fairies in Fairyland and marveled at the lights show on Swan Lake. It was a magical evening and one we all thoroughly enjoyed!
What things help you to brave the winter months?