The other day I walked through the front yard barefoot to drop my corn cobs into the compost, and it just felt so summery. I loved that little moment so much, but then I immediately went into how I wanted to always live like this and how I didn’t want winter to come, etc. etc. So basically not really enjoying where I was but actually stressing about something that wasn’t even here yet. And I do that so often! I’ll be at the beach or sitting in the park or laying out in the back yard, and I’m enjoying it but I’m already missing it, like thinking about how it won’t always be like this and how much I’ll hate the winter. And how backwards is that?
I just love the warm weather and being outside all the time, but winter is going to happen whether I like it or not, so I am trying to adopt a new mentality re. the seasons. I want to try to make the most of each season and really appreciate and enjoy what each different season has to offer rather than wishing I lived somewhere that only rotates between summer and fall (but seriously- can you imagine how amazing that would be?!).
I was really inspired to do this after reading someone’s Instagram post the other day. They live in Australia, so winter is winding down there, and they were saying that they actually aren’t ready for it to end because they’ve been travelling for the the last 2 years, so they haven’t gotten a chance to enjoy winter in awhile.
She listed some of her favourite things about winter including eating warm curries, drinking red wine, wearing layers, and sleeping with her electric blanket. After reading it, it made me feel like “aw her winter sounds so awesome! I wouldn’t want it to end either!”
Okay to be fair, winter in Australia is a pretty different story than our winters in east coast Canada, but still I loved the sentiment! So rather than like daydreaming about beaches all winter and drinking smoothies and eating lots of raw veggies, I want to embrace winter and tailor my activities and lifestyle to it! Same goes for fall and spring (though I do love fall, so that is easier).
I am planning to go away for a month this winter (Philippines and Bali!! omg so excited), but for the remaining time, I want to really do my best to enjoy it, rather than just tolerate it.
Things I’m looking forward to in the winter: snowshoeing (never been but looks fun/difficult/hilarious), making mulled wine (also have never done this), making curries (again, never done this, but that Insta post got me intrigued), skating, taking lots of winter walks (I hate being cooped up inside for too long), starting a new TV series (I always prefer getting into a series in the winter because I don’t like being inside and watching a lot of TV in the summer), generally being cozy, and buying super cozy sweatpants (a solid investment since the majority of my time is spent at home on my computer with zero reason to get dressed up).
I think it’s also easier to be social in the summer because you can just head to the beach with friends or whatever, but making an effort to get out of the house and do fun things is key. There are tons of nice cafes in Halifax and a board game cafe that I love, so I’ll keep that in mind when I need to be social even though I just want to huddle under a blanket at home.
Most importantly, just generally chilling out about the fact that it’s winter rather than hating that it’s not summer. Everything holds the potential to be awesome, and I’m going to do my best to remember that as the temperature drops.
I still haven’t totally convinced myself that I can really love winter, but I think mindset is everything. I truly wouldn’t want to live somewhere with the same climate year round- I think season changes are fun, and I love variety. It’s just that I love being outside as much as possible, and I hate being cold, and winter doesn’t bode well for either of these things. But layers, winter walks, an optimistic attitude, and a month in South East Asia should do the trick.
If you have any ideas on how to make winter more enjoyable, please let me know!!