So, once upon a time in 2013, (which is a SUPER LONG time ago, what) I wrote a post in March about how to banish the winter blues and bring a little summer into your life. And then in 2015 I did it again (don't ask about 2014. I don't know what happened there), and today it is snowing outside and I am lacking a little bit in creative blog post ideas, and I thought AHA! Here we go.
If you'd like 12 more ways to perk up your mood (six in each post!) check out my posts from March 2013 and February 2015! (you can laugh at my earnest 2013 blogger self if you like. I usually do.)
1. make plans!
Lately, I can't seem to make it more than two hours without human interaction. (#extrovertlife) I work all day, crash at home for like 90 minutes, and then run back out to Starbucks with friends, or youth group, or just go curl up on someone else's couch instead of my own. Having plans to look forward to makes my whole day seem more interesting, and even on days when I have the whole evening at home, I'm usually looking ahead to my plans for tomorrow. Or the weekend. Or both!
2. take your writing projects for a car ride
if you read my NaNo aftermath post last month, you'll know that I've struggled to keep working on my book after the November craziness died down. But I have good news! I brought my computer to work last week and wrote furiously on my breaks, and I got SO MUCH DONE. The change of scenery (and less distractions than at home. Like the fridge) made it so much easier to buckle down and accomplish lots!
3. find a nice long series to read and lose yourself for a week
On Friday night, a friend lent me the entire Percy Jackson series and I wolfed all five books down as fast as I could! I haven't lost myself inside a fictional universe in a while, and it felt so good!
4. buy a new bathing suit (or two) (if you're a lifeguard)
Because I'm at the pool every day, I go through bathing suits in about eight months (imagine my wallet sobbing in the corner). Last weekend, I went to the store and picked up two new suits for work - they're so brightly coloured and glorious that I'm almost excited to get in the water and teach grade 3 lessons! (almost. let's not get carried away.)
5. knit something
I mentioned a little while ago that I've been knitting a purple infinity scarf (yeah, still working on it.) I originally started because I need something to do with my hands when I watch TV, but it's nice to have a project on the go anytime, as well! Sometimes I sit on the couch and knit and pretend to be Anne of Green Gables.
6. write letters
THIS IS SO FUN. I bought some cute little cards at a bookstore a few weeks ago and although I have only written one note so far, I have been gazing at them ever since, planning who I will write to next! (I think that will be today's project, actually...!!)
And that's that! How do you stay motivated and excited about life when the winter months begin to drag on? Also, what's your MBTI personality type? I want to know!