Loving This Winter

At the midpoint of winter each year, Anne Bogel shares what is saving her life and asks others to share what’s saving their lives. I appreciate that winter can be a hard season for people for lots of reasons, but January in particular is a favorite of mine, so I thought I’d rephrase things a bit and share things I’m loving this winter because I just don’t feel like I’ve needed saving from the season.

The first thing I’m loving is my new fountain pen, a pretty violet Diplomat Aero that was a Christmas present from my husband, and all the glorious colors in my journals. I’m definitely not a black or blue ink only kind of person, and I love changing the colors multiple times on one page or flipping through pages where there’s a rainbow of writing. It just makes me happy.

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Another winter love is our new console humidifier that has drastically improved the indoor humidity throughout our entire house and left us both feeling better. It’s a bonus that it’s also easy to fill and to clean. This is something we’ve discussed over several winters, and I’m so happy we finally bought one.

A month into the year, I’m loving my reading priority lists and the sense of accomplishment as I read and mark off books that have been on our shelves for quite a while. I’m finding some books just don’t interest me now, and it’s nice to clear up space for potential future loves. I have a quote from Anaïs Nin written in the front of my journal that’s speaking a lot to me at the moment: “In order to change skins, evolve into new cycles, I feel one has to learn to discard. If one changes internally, one should not continue to live with the same objects. They reflect one’s mind and psyche of yesterday. I throw away what has no dynamic, living use.”

The final love I’d like to mention is something that’s a  year-round love but something particularly enjoyable in colder months, and that’s simply a short 1-2 mile walk around our neighborhood that I try to do at least 3-4 days a week. We’ve found an easy low-traffic loop that starts from our front door and is just barely over a mile. Walking that loop once or twice either solo or with my husband is great for thinking and feeling part of something a little bigger than myself. Ideally, I’d wake up and do that walk around sunrise, but it’s a gift at any time of day.

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