It's April, and I sure as hell can't be the only one that feels like running up to all the 'school moms' at the playground and high fiving them saying, "Yes! We did it! We survived another winter!!"
It's no secret that I'm not a fan of winter, but what is a secret (not intentional at least) is that winter brings with her a frost that freezes my spirit and fogs my brain. Let's call this "the Blues".
But this year I was prepared! I was going to be gentle on myself this winter, and I was also going to embrace my hibernating instincts. And surprisingly enough, it wasn't so bad. It's amazing what happens when we can just accept something for what it is, not for what we want it to be, or wish it could be.
I did 2 things.
1) I changed my mindset. This year I accepted winter as my 'not so favourite season', nothing more nothing less, just not my favourite.
2) I changed my point of view... literally. Our king size bed backs onto our window. As in our window is our headboard. (I'm a minimalist, and as a result, so is my house and furniture) It looks pretty, but it wasn't practical or enjoyable. If there was a draft (and there always was) it was on your face. I would wake up to a view of my closest door and dirty laundry and all (ugh!), and I fell asleep the same way (double ugh!). So one bright and sunny day, I looked at my husband and said "let's sleep at our feet!". (and I love the fact that he just stared at me for a moment and said "ok!")
Here's my reasoning, I wanted to fall asleep looking at the moon and I wanted to wake up welcoming the day (rather than the laundry). And do you know what? It worked! I was able to get out of bed each morning a bit more ready for the day.
The sun flows into our room all afternoon... and most afternoons, that's exactly where you'll find me soaking it up. Recharging... and surviving the winter.
We did it! *high five* We survived the winter!