I tend to drag my feet into February, because it’s my least favorite month of the year. Aside from a couple bright spots (my dad’s birthday and V-Day) this month always feels like a drudgery of cold, monotonous gray days. The holidays are long gone, and spring is nowhere on the horizon yet (can you tell I suffer from a bit of SAD during the winter?). Anyway, when I saw one of my favorite blogs, Modern Mrs. Darcy, was hosting a “what’s saving my life” link-up party today I knew I wanted to participate. Focusing on these bright spots certainly makes it easier to get through and even enjoy this cold, dead season. So here are a few things that are saving my life right now:
A friend introduced my to this program a few weeks ago, and I am simply loving it. The host Heather is upbeat but also so down-to-earth, and her guests all have incredible stories and encouraging ideas that I feel like I could actually implement in my life. My favorite episode so far has been When to Have “The Talk” (I’m still looking for an opportunity/mustering the courage to broach this topic with my four year old…stay tuned). I listened to one this morning on a method of studying God’s word using a color-coding method that seems easy, fun, and incredibly powerful. I’m excited to try it.
2. Social media boundaries
The internet is not a safe place to be lately, what with all the political divisiveness, fear, and hate mongering that seems to be more and more commonplace. I also realized that my struggles with comparison and FOMO (fear of missing out) get worse when I spend too much time in the virtual world and not enough time engaging in my real life. It’s so tempting to escape into some mindless scrolling at the end of the day when my patience is shot and I’m just marking the minutes until Chris emerges from our room and I can get dinner on the table. But in the end this was a very unhealthy practice for me. So I deleted the Facebook app off my phone and designated the hours between 4:30 and 8:00pm to be “screen free,” not just for the kids but for me too. I’m not going to lie, some days it’s really hard. But I’ve never regretted putting down my phone to pick up a book or sing some silly songs or have a dance party instead. I can tell this small practice is making me a happier, less cranky mama.
3. Less Facebook, more Book face
Books have always been my happy place, and these short, cold days put me in the perfect mood to curl up on the couch and get lost in a story. I finished nine books in the month of January, including a couple that I can cross off my MMD Reading Challenge list. This month I plan to tackle some classics, including Wuthering Heights which I’ve never read (gasp!) but seems perfect for long winter afternoons. I have a book picks update planned soon to share what I’ve been reading, so if you are curious look for that next week.
4. Sunny days
We have been blessed (so far) with a mild winter, and have enjoyed more warm, sunny days than I could ever hope for during these typically chilly months (Colorado friends I knew you are rolling your eyes at me). I’m trying to be super intentional to actually get outside and enjoy the gorgeous weather, which makes my girls happy too. We’ve visited some cows in a nearby pasture, walked over to a church playground, and even met some new neighbors on a stroll around the block. I’m finding that fresh air makes a huge difference in our outlook, and I’m so thankful we can get outside even in the midst of “deep winter.” Two days ago the highs were in the sixties (!!) and I found myself longing for spring. But I guess we have to get through February first. 🙂
So there you have it, a few things that are saving my life right now. What are some things that are saving yours? I would love for you to share them so that I can start doing them too!