Winter got you down? Try these tips!

It is that time of year, isn’t it? Winter has finally arrived, and I’m not loving it. Sure, I am not getting socked like those up in the North East, but still, I’m not pleased. Here in the mountains of Northern Georgia, we spent most of this winter with very mild temps. It was even in the 70’s on Christmas this past year! After a very mild January and February, I was pretty certain we were in the clear. Obviously, that is not what turned out to be correct. Knowing that I certainly don’t have it as bad as all you North East living folks, I thought it would be a good time to share some of the things that help get through those winter months of “blah-dom”.  I grew up in Northeast Ohio, so I know my share of snowed in life, don’t you worry!

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Winter weather got you down? Try some ideas for things to do when you are stuck indoors on those winter days!

There are plenty of things you can do when it’s winter and even some that might carry into spring and summer! Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Start some hobbies:

Have you ever thought of trying some new things that you’ve just never got around to? Why not dive in when you are stuck inside and freezing?

  • Start a blog – A blog can be a great hobby, just for fun, or sometimes even to make a little extra income on the side. Either way, it’s great to keep your mind busy and work on your writing skills. A great perk of blogging is meeting so many new friends. The blogging community is full of wonderful people who love to chat and share tips and tricks. Check out Michelle’s post on how to start a blog here, She actually makes over 100K a month blogging! So there is good info on turning your hobby into something more!
  • Learn to knit/crochet – Believe it or not, those things are not just for little old ladies anymore! There are tons of people out there making very cool things. And yep, you guessed it, you might even be able to make some extra money selling your handmade goods on Etsy, or something like that!
  • Start a journal – Even if you don’t feel like putting your words out on the big ol’ web, just start writing them down for yourself. It’s really quite fun to start, even if you don’t know what to write about at first. There are plenty of prompts to get you going, check out this post for some great prompts. Once you get on a roll, it’ll almost become habit instantly. There are some really nice journals out there, or you can simply grab a plain notebook from the dollar store!
  • WORK OUT – It seems like winter is the time when we all slack off a bit on our workouts. Is it because we aren’t outside as much? Or is it because we are eating too much comfort food and we just aren’t as motivated as in the warmer months? Whatever the reason, it isn’t the time to do so! There are plenty of exercises we can do right from the comfort of our homes. Even without equipment! Personally one of my favorites is yoga. It’s a wonderful stretch, as well as strength building activity that not only works your body but also your mind.
  • Color! – Believe it or not, there is a big push for adult coloring books lately. There are so many great ones out there with very intricate designs that will really keep you busy. Not only that, it can totally relax your mind! Amazon has a great selection of them here! You can also try your local hobby stores, although I’m not sure there will be more variety there. I have fallen in love with coloring lately, such a great stress reliever.

 


Read some books:

I love to read so much, and there are some great books out there. Some you might have heard of, yet some you may not be familiar with.  But why not check out some of these? Who knows? You might find some you really like!

  • Settle For More by Megyn Kelly – I am loving this one. I have been a fan of hers for quite some time, and although she is no longer on Fox News, I still think she’s an inspiration in so many ways. She talks about her rise up through struggles, even mentioning her time asking questions during the debate. Definitely a great, inspiring read!
  • You are a Badass by Jen Sincero – Who doesn’t want a little pep talk from time to time? I love the bluntness in this book and the way she words things. A great read for anyone who might be looking for some motivation to go bigger in life! Certainly great for the entrepreneurs out there too!
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo – Minimalism seems to be a hot topic these days. While I’m fully devoted to it, I did enjoy this little nugget of wisdom. It’s the Japanese art of decluttering and I think it has some very good tips and tricks to live by. Definitely worth a read, and it’s quite an easy one as well.
  • The Life-Change Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight – Yes, this is a “parody” of the prior book, and if you are in anyway offended by the “F” word, it is not for you. I do like the meaning behind it, though! Like the title says: “Stop spending time you don’t have with people you don’t like doing things you don’t want to.” That was the kicker for me! We are all guilty of it I’m sure, but we don’t have to be. Get out there and own your life again.
  • Aim True by Kathryn Budig – One of my favorite yogis, Kathryn Budig has written this great book. Not only does she share what it means to “aim true” but she shares recipes, self-help ideas, etc. I loved this one quite a bit, and she is certainly a great yogi to follow.

What other things do you like to do to beat the winter blahs??

I’d love to hear more suggestions on books or ideas that get you through these cold months! For now, I’ll grab my blanket, my laptop and my books and head to snuggle with my pups and my blanket to keep warm!

Need some indoor ideas for those snow days? Winter boredom getting you down? Check out some tips to beat the winter weather blahs!

 

Thursday Thoughts This Week

Thursday  is upon us again. I like to do my weekly thoughts, and share them here. This week is a pretty rough one all around. I will absolutely not get political on here, but my Social Media feeds have been going crazy. Is anyone else feeling like they just want to shut off the world of Facebook for a while? I know I sure am.

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The Election:

Yes, it’s finally over. We all watched for so long to see what was going to occur. And yes, I see the outcome has people feeling all kinds of emotions. I hate to see our country SO divided like this! There are so many terrible memes running around, and I’ve literally watched fights break out in my friends posts online. That is truly sad, and shows what an awful state we are in. Never in my life have I seen such divide around election time… It’s truly frightening, and sad. I won’t say much more on the subject here, but it is truly weighing on my mind on this Thursday.


Thursday Thoughts

 

 

Minimalizing:

Thursday Thoughts

Check out this book!

 

I posted a while back about this 30 Day Challenge a friend of mine was hosting. It started on November 1st, and I’m currently rolling with it. Check out the full post here. So far I’ve unloaded so many pieces of clothing, as well as some cosmetics and more. During this, I stumbled upon a Facebook Group, The Minimalist Life and I’ve really found some great posts. There are some that go way above what I’m planning, but I’ve gotten so many good ideas on things to get rid of and how to go about it. (I’ve even sold a few things on Facebook Yard Sale sites, yes they DO work!) If you are even remotely curious, check out that group, and look at the vast selection of books out there as well. I got the one pictured here and fell in love! It’s a small, easy to read book, and I can’t wait to read more of her stuff.

 

 

Weather Changes:

Here in North Georgia, we haven’t had rain in…. so long I can’t recall. And now we have fires burning a bit north of us, and in North Carolina. It’s a bit scary to wonder if they will continue to burn, and when we might get some rain! The winds have moved the haze and smell south, so it’s odd to look at. But it smells like a camp fire burning! It’s really quite neat. How’s the weather in your area?

So what other Thursday thoughts are floating around in your minds this week? I’d love to hear, comment below or hit me up on social media!

 

 

 

Simplify Your Life in 1 Month

We all need to simplify our lives in some ways I’m sure. I’ve written a post about starting to lose some clutter, and you can read it here. Every day we live, there seems to be something new and great we “need” need to have. Yes, there are definitely things we need, and then there are things we just want. I’m not against having things, even a few I don’t need. But let’s face it, I think we can all simplify the way we live.

 

Simplify your life!

 

My friend Katie, over at Katie’s Quilting Corner recently posted on Facebook about a November minimalist challenge she was going to do, and I had to know more. I went straight to her blog to find out more. She has also created a Facebook group, where we can hold each other accountable. She suggested we post on Instagram and other platforms as well. The more the merrier, and I think this is going to be great. It’ll be great for people just beginning, like myself, or others who have already started the process and need more support.

The main idea behind it is simply letting go of stuff  you don’t need. In her post, she gives great tips on deciding what you need/want, and how to let things go. She also gives great tips on what to do with things as you remove them from your life. I already have a start to this, and can’t wait to keep on going. (Edit: since I’m reposting due to a blog crash, I’m on day 3, and doing great!) I can’t wait to keep on going. I’m going to be going through closets, drawers and then moving on to the kitchen cabinets and more. I’ve also got more than any one person needs in the way of cosmetics and things of that sort. I’ll just go ahead and toss whatever I can’t donate, and I’ll be happier.

Basically, get right of 1 thing per day of the challenge. On day 1, lose 1 item. Then on day 2 it’s 2 items, etc. I can’t remember the exact number of what you will get rid of by the end of it, but it’s fantastic! I can’t wait to see how we all do in this.

Check out her post for the full details and jump in any time! Simplify your life, starting with stuff you just don’t need in your life.