I'm gonna be honest y'all - I have been secretly dreading the turnover from the fun festivities of December to the quiet, blank slate that is January. My friends and I joke that we have seasonal affective disorder, but I feel like I'm kind of not joking AND I don't even live in a super-cold, super-dark part of the world! I have this celebratory holiday-heart towards spring, summer, and fall, but winter has become this season I tend to fight through (unless it snows, then I am 100% celebratory holiday-heart, dancing and singing included!)
So, in the spirit of the seasonal bucket lists of seasons past and making the most every time of year, I present you with my first winter bucket list!
While you read, check out my A Fresh January playlist here! I hope you like it! And if you're like me and tend to get in a funk in the winter, save this wonderful list from Health.com of causes of (and ways to avoid) the winter blues for later!
- Take a walk downtown in the snow - we live downtown and whenever it snows, the usually busy streets become so still, and we can always count on The Morning Times to be open for a cup of great coffee. It's a little magical and super refreshing to bundle up and walk in the snow as it falls
- Have an at-home palette movie date night - you know, build a giant blanket palette on the floor, candles, pizza, and a great movie. It's basically like being 12 again and that's the best.
- Host a game night at our house - Since the night still comes super early this time of year, and it can get a little cabin fever-y just doing the same routine most nights, it'd be fun to have some friends over and play some card/board games! It's so good to have friends in our home livening things up!
- Go hiking in the cold - especially on a sunny day! It's a great way to get outside into the fresh air and around some trees! I've been collecting some great gear, so it's time to put it to use!
- Make a 2017 photo book - inspired by my friend Nancy, I want to chronicle our year in photos outside of Instagram and our camera roll on our iPhones.
- Sit by a crackling fire
- Wake up early to enjoy the winter sunshine while it's out! - It will be a mood boost for sure! Plus, I love long mornings so I can do all the things I love in the morning in particular - time with Jesus in prayer, meditation, and Scripture, additional reading and writing, breakfast, creating, and working out
- Take a caffeine detox - To be honest, I feel WAY more healthily energized and able to rest when I don't drink caffeine. It's always tough to detach emotionally from it (seriously!) but I really love when I give myself a set time to not drink coffee.
- Take a social media detox - I did this last year (along with fasting coffee) for Lent, and it was SO important and refreshing! Winter is a great time to detox the social media, because I have a much higher propensity to scroll when I'm not so "busy" doing activities.
- Start cracking on my 2018 book list! - first up are The Makers Diet, The Charisma Myth, and Crucial Conversations
- Plan the trips, concerts, date nights, parties, and meals I want to experience in the seasons to come - working on it, but I love using winter as the ultimate dreaming and planning time!
- Go see live jazz - I used to go to this little jazz place all the time (it was called Cappers, I even spent by 16th birthday there!) and even studied jazz in college. It's been so long since I've seen a great jazz band and it just seems like the coziest winter experience, especially with an Old Fashioned in hand!
- Work out regularly - this significantly boosts my mood and makes me feel strong and like I've invested well into myself, so I'm hoping at least 4x a week!
- Let my winter skin and nails breathe - I like going several days in a row not wearing any makeup, and just focusing on my skin getting cared for with great products. Likewise, I loooove letting my finger and toenails take a rest from polish for a while, and just focus on buffing, filling, and moisturizing the heck out of them! I love this French Girl Organics nail oil.
- Get a massage and spend some time with my BFFs during a weekend getaway - the perfect way to start the new year!
- Get lost in a creative process - winter is the perfect time to lose track of time getting lost in creating - especially music. The dark, the cold, and the stillness are the best excuse to stay inside and write for long stretches of time. I'm looking forward to finally reading Cultivate Volume IV: Creativity Unlocked to provide a little inspiration!
- Hit up the Farmer's Market for local, in-season produce and winter flora - the best way to feel a bit of life in the dead of winter
What is on your Winter Bucket List? Will you join me on any of mine?
Wishing you a happy, life-filled winter!