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Thursday, February 6, 2014

an invincible summer

“In the midst of winter,
I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy.
For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me,
within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”
Happy Thursday lovelies!  It's barely above zero here today, and I have a feeling many of you are experiencing the same cold and the same winter weariness.  I'm sharing this quote and pictures of my lovely tulips here today because they've been such a pick up for me - thought you might appreciate them too!

I'm going to drive you all crazy by saying that I haven't actually been miserable this winter.  It's my fifth winter spent in a northern climate, and I decided that this year I was going to enjoy the cold months instead of just surviving them.  I wrote down 20 tips for thriving in winter, and for the most I've been following them pretty well.  Committing to thriving has made a huge difference for me, and I've noticed that I'm not as impatient and anxious for the cold to be over.  Which is good, since Wisconsin probably has another three months of crappy weather to go before we finally warm up. 

At the half way point of cold weather, I'm adding two more things to my thriving in winter tips. 

1. Dress cute.  It may sound shallow or superficial, but it works.  When temperatures are low, my body is cold, and the nights are dark, my instinct is to put on pajamas and stay in bed all the time.  But doing that for six months leads to laziness which for me leads to depression.  And I can't afford to waste half my year feeling miserable.  Dressing in my favorite bright colors, putting on cute earrings and some bright red lipstick is a quick, easy way to cheer myself up.  Add some nice perfume, maybe some painted nails, and I can practically feel that internal invincible summer heating up.   

2. Have something to look forward to.   This ties in with planning a trip someplace warm.  If you can't get away, the next best thing is to plan something simple to look forward to.  Last year I planned a sushi making party, this year I have roller derby twice a week to look forward to.  It could be even simpler - a weekly trip to a coffee shop, indoor farmer's market, or a dessert shop (can you tell I'm an emotional eater?).  Anything that brightens your day can help break up the long, hum drum days of winter. 

What have you been doing to thrive this winter?

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