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Do you survive or thrive in the winter? I don’t mind our not-too-cold weather here in Tennessee, although I kind of despise snow. We lived in northern Indiana when I was really little (until age 8), and I think I had enough snow then for the rest of my life.
Modern Mrs. Darcy talks about the things that “save her life” during the winter months. So today we’re sharing things that are helping us get through the cold weather, too. Here are mine.
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Hot baths with books. Always. This is kind of my year-round thing, but it’s especially crucial during the winter! I almost always take a hot bath before bed and read. It warms me up, calms me down, and I get in some good reading time.
Podcasts. The last several months, my podcast listening has maybe gotten out of control. It helps me make it through cleaning spurts, treadmill time, and car trips. I squeeze in as much as possible. I listen to:
- The Popcast
- Sorta Awesome
- God-Centered Mom
- What Should I Read Next?
- And not as faithfully, Inspired to Action and The Simple Show
Exercise. I’m throwing myself back into a gym routine lately, battling the ugly outside and also a bout of depression I’m dealing with. Besides the other obvious benefits, it helps me stay more chipper and positive. I love my water aerobics classes, and I’ve also been doing some weight lifting.
Paring Down My Wardrobe. I am not a clothes horse, partially due to being more frugal and maybe because I almost always have a kid with me when I am trying to shop. I’m more likely to hit up eBay or ThredUp than the mall. But after reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I attacked my winter wardrobe even more fiercely, weeding out anything that doesn’t make me feel confident or joyful when I wear it. I am basically wearing the same things every week, but they are things I love and honestly I don’t think ANYONE CARES. Or even knows. Because really, I don’t pay that much attention to what other people wear. And it really helps eliminate decision fatigue.
Katy Kinard’s Lullaby Hymns album. It’s from 2010, but we just discovered this album. The hymns are sweet and heartfelt, and it’s perfect music to put Joshua to sleep at rest time.
So what’s saving your life this winter?