At the end of winter 2019, Nick and I were walking home. It was cold, dark and rainy and I had had enough of it. Channeling my inner toddler, I let loose an epic whine about how I was sick of being cold or wet all the time. I had a nice warm winter coat, but it didn’t offer the rain protection we need in Seattle. I also had a great rain coat, but it wasn’t warm enough for really cold weather.
Nick patiently told me to buy myself a decent rain coat for winter.
And just like that, I felt silly. Here, I’d been miserable all winter for a problem that could be solved for $100. I pause here to say that I’m grateful I had $100 to throw at the problem and acknowledge that some people don’t have that luxury.
I went home and found a rain-proof winter jacket in white, so I would be seen at when walking at night. The bonus was since it was the end of winter, the jacket was on clearance. Two days later, I was wearing it on my evening walk.
I tell you this story because the dark months are coming. We’ve already weathered six months indoors. I know I’ve said more than once that I’m glad that happened while it was the nice months.
It’s time for all of us to consider what we need to get through the cold, darker months. I’ve had this conversation with Nick and a few friends this week. We all need to look out for one another. If there’s something you can buy for $100 to make the upcoming months more pleasurable, I say spend the money. If you don’t have the money, reach out. I’ll Venmo you.
Here are some ideas my crew and I have discussed to get you thinking.
- Time at the gym: A good workout is a sanity saver. When outside walks aren’t as pleasant, we’ve decided to return to the gym. We’ll wear masks and ask the staff when a low-traffic time is to go. Again, grateful for jobs that allow us to be flexible.
- Weekly take-out: It’s a nice treat to let someone else cook for us. Bonus is that we’re supporting local restaurants.
- Some fulfilling projects: I have become obsessed with knitting cozy blankets for all my friends. (Want one? Reach out!) It gives me some mindful time every day and saves me from mindlessly scrolling social media feeds. There’s also a training series I’d like to take, and I’ve always got writing projects. It helps me to have a list of go-tos when the hours feel long.
- Walks: 2020 is the year of the walk and we can’t let a little rain or cold stop that. Again, if you need a jacket, boots, or a new hat to make that happen, make the investment.
- Kindle Unlimited: Getting lost in some fiction has been my other escape. I’ve found Kindle Unlimited worth the price. You might find what you need at your local library or in neighborhood Little Free Libraries. Or maybe you’ll treat yourself to a full-price book every once in a while.
- A dear friend of mine has spent her quarantine decluttering her apartment and organizing it into zones for her favorite activities. She now has a comfy feng shui apartment to support her work, hobbies, and health.
- Phone calls and text messages with our people: It’s tough to be away from friends and family. Checking in or sharing even minute details of our lives can increase connection.
What are you planning for your fall and winter? Tell me if I can help support you!