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!

 

Tips to a Great Week – 5 easy tricks

How many of us dread Sunday evenings? Knowing we have to get back to the grind on Monday, (for those of us day job workers), can make those nights rough. I started thinking about it for a while, wondering how I can make the week a bit easier. That means maybe Sunday nights would have to be so rough! These tips are the things that help me get through the end-of-the-weekend blahs. I hope they can help you too! Honestly, these tips are so easy, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing them all along.

 

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Tips for a Great Week! Check out ways to help Monday morning be not as bad!

 

 

1. Plan your outfits for the week.

It’s really easy to plan out your outfits for the entire week. Sure, you might need to do laundry at some point during that week. But knowing exactly what you will be wearing will help so much in the mornings. Put them together on a hanger or 2 for each day, then reach in and grab what you need. No more fumbling around in the dark, or realizing the piece you need to complete the look is in the hamper. I started doing this when I had a job that didn’t require a uniform, BUT only let you wear black or white. Although I’m not longer at that job, I have continued doing this, and it is certainly one of the tips that make my mornings a little easier.

2. Plan your meals.

Planning out what you will eat all week can be huge. I’m not suggesting going full force meal prepper. (Although that can save massive time and energy!) Simply planning out dinners for the week will take so much stress out of meal time. Write out what you plan for each day, and post it somewhere easily seen. That way there are no questions (and or complaints) that may pop up when it’s that time. Subscribe to my newsletter and get access to your free menu planner pdf!


 

3. Get your shopping done.

Now that you’ve got that menu planned, get to the store and get any missing ingredients you need. That’ll save time and money later in the week. Running out to grab 1 or 2 missing things not only takes time, but you’re more likely to buy things you didn’t plan for. Of course check your coupons, sale ads, etc. Once you’ve got your list, head out to your store, stick to the list, then get home! Don’t waste time looking around aimlessly. Again, that can just lead to buying things you don’t need, simply because you can.


 

4. Get the laundry done.

Since the outfits are planned out, double check and make sure you have all the clean clothes you need. I like to do my bulk load on Sunday, even though I know there will probably be a smaller load later in the week. (We spend a lot of time outdoors at my house, so we do usually 2 more loads during the week.) It’ll help #1 be so much easier when you aren’t having to worry about that. The nice part about that is knowing that it’s time you won’t be spending during the week because you didn’t plan and make sure it was done earlier. We even like to do all the sheet and towels. That way we have nice clean, cozy sheets to climb into at night and soft clean towels for the morning showers.

5. RELAX!

Now that you’ve planned clothing, meals, shopping, and laundry, it’s time to unwind. Crack open a bottle of wine, find something good on Netflix, and start to unwind. Mentally preparing for the week ahead is a great way to start. Once you have gotten all the tasks out of the way, you can clear your mind and be prepared for the upcoming week. Meditate, do some yoga, whatever helps you prepare for an unstressful week.

 

What are some other tips you use to get you through the weeks? I’d love to know! And don’t forget to sign up for your free weekday meal planner. Put it in a frame and use a dry-erase marker on it so you can reuse it!


 

Simple tips to have a great week ahead!

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.


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Minimalizing:

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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!