Good news! The days are getting LONGER...sure, the sun sets at 4:32 pm today, but next week it will be a little later, and the next week it will be even later than that! And before I know it, it will be spring. Right?
I'm listening to a new (to me) podcast called Stuff You Should Know. Not only is it informative and educational, but it is funny too. We know how I like learning, science, and all sorts of random facts...so this is the perfect podcast for me.
Cooking. One of the other things I've been trying to do the last couple of weeks (and one of my goals for at the very east the winter and spring...hopefully the summer and fall too) is to cook different things. I was in a bit of a recipe and cooking rut in December and had zero inspiration to try new recipes and to really cook at all. But- it is a new year and I'm trying to cook new and different things! Last week I made soup (with bacon in it...mmmm), I made chili (using dried beans for the first time- unfortunately I undercooked them a bit but I'm learning), and I made cornbread for the first time (yeah, I know...first time making cornbread at 30?). This weekend I made cookies and today I'm making a variation on this black-eyed pea stew using dried (yup, attempting dried again...I actually had no choice since my grocery store only had dried, not canned) black-eyed peas.
I'm trying to do more yoga. Whether it is in the hallway of my apartment when I get up in the morning or at the yoga studio, I'm trying to "get my stretch on" and to calm my mind.
And finally- I'm trying to be thankful (or for lu- count my blessings ;-). Every day, I'm thankful for at least one "every day" thing that I forget I should be thankful for.
I'm sure there will be more winter days that feel like blah...but hopefully the majority of the days will have me smiling.
So- what are your strategies for conquering the winter blahs? What works for you?