February 1 is the half-way point of winter. Even though we have had some mild days and some snowy and icy days, so far this winter is MUCH better than it was last year. But, I am still ready to be DONE with winter. Celebrating that we have made it half-way through winter sounds like a good plan to me. All of us have little ways to get through the long days of winter and so today I’m sharing a few of them with you. I’ll be linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy where you can see how others are getting through the winter blues and maybe take a few tips to survive until Spring.
In scrolling through the previous posts, I realized all of those things I’ve mentioned are STILL saving my life right now. I could still rave about each and everything mentioned in those posts. More of the things saving my life this year are things that bring me comfort and joy.
Life around here is MUCH QUIETER than it was in those three previous years. With just our daughter around now, some nights it is just my husband and me at home. We are adjusting to a new normal and before I blink, she will be off to college too.
We are fortunate to have a solid group of friends that we get together for a Sunday night dinner or even lunch or dinner during the week. It breaks up the monotony and we have fun catching up!
Noom is an app that offers daily support, guidance, and tips that are psychology based for better fitness, health, and nutrition. I’ve thought about trying this app for several months and I bit the bullet on December 31. I like it so far and appreciate how my coach holds me accountable.
I’ve been a fan of Gretchen Rubin for several years. I’ve read most of her books and love her podcast and newsletters. When she mentioned the goal of walking just 20 minutes every day in 2020, I was instantly intrigued. It seems like a big goal, but it also seems doable. Who doesn’t have 20 minutes a day? Well, I’ve done it every day in January except for one day when we were gone all day and I got over 10,000 steps in without walking on the treadmill. I was exhausted when we got home after being up since 5:30 and I just decided the step goal was good enough for that day. But, I can tell you, this is definitely more than I have walked in a long time and just forcing myself to get on the treadmill or outside for 20 minutes is something I look forward to every day. You can still join me!
If you have Amazon Prime, this show should be on your must-watch list. It’s smart and funny and set during one of my favorite time-periods, the 1950’s in New York City. I’m so thankful a friend encouraged me to watch it. It’s my “treadmill show”. I only watch it when I’m on the treadmill, which gives me something to look forward to.
My husband gave this to me for Christmas. I used to only use the Kindle app on my phone or iPad, but I was getting frustrated because the books were not always synching properly or the notifications I would get on my devices would be distracting. I’m reading so many more eBooks because of my Kindle and I love that it’s lightweight and small in size.
My husband also gave me these earbuds for Christmas. I LOVE THEM!! They actually fit in my ears. The sound quality is excellent. They are super easy to use whether I am listening to a podcast, an audiobook, or if I am on a phone call. I don’t know how I ever lived without them!
This Metal Drying Rack is saving my life. There are so many clothes that I don’t dry. Between my daughter’s leggings or our jeans or my dressy clothes, I just don’t dry much anymore. I used to lay the wet clothes all over the house or over the shower rack. This is so much easier!
Trip to Nashville
In a month I’ll be heading to Nashville for a long weekend with my BFF from college. We have some fun activities planned which include definitely going to Parnassus Books and a concert at the Grand Ol’ Opry. Plus lots of great food and good girlfriend catch-up time. I love having something to look forward to in the winter and this will be perfect! I can’t wait!