The new year is less than 24 hours upon us, which means you probably have your plans all set to either dance the night away or celebrate a quiet night in. Jenny and I and our respective husbands are doing a little bit of both for our new years visit. Since moving apart after college… Continue reading How Rituals Create Joy
One of my favorite things about winter is its silent encouragement toward rest. This is the season where many plants and animals rest. Bears hibernate. Trees drop their leaves. Flowers go to seed. Yet we, the strong dominate species of the earth, choose to rebel against this natural rhythm. We refuse to slow down, even… Continue reading Rethinking Rest
It's Christmas Eve, and last-minute preparations and reminders are all upon us. Last week was rather crazy for me. Deadlines, errands, and to-do lists piled up, and the rather peaceful and excited Advent season I've enjoyed since Thanksgiving seemed diminished and starved for joy. I'm sure you can relate: no matter how much we try… Continue reading Take a Moment
"A grumpy winter culture, combined with personal sensitivity to cold and lack of light, made me view winter as a thing to get through rather than a thing to find contentment in." Unlike Jenny, whose winter is her soul's spring, Hannah's journey with loving cold weather has been a little more complicated.
I grew up in south-central Pennsylvania where winter was characterized by cold weather and moderate amounts of snow. I don’t really remember a time when I didn’t like winter. I have lots of fond memories of roaming through the snow-blanketed woods on our property with my siblings. We’d follow any animal tracks we found, hoping… Continue reading My Soul’s Spring
If you're anything like me, nothing saps your energy and joy more than being cold. As a person who's highly sensitive, extreme hot or cold drives me crazy, and cold weather especially makes me want to stay curled up in my nice warm bed all day. I gape in bewilderment at those people (we all… Continue reading Staying Toasty: Tips for a Cozy Winter
Winter isn’t Christmas. Winter isn’t New Years. Winter isn’t stress. I think a lot of us, myself included, get low grade anxiety this time of year just because of all the stuff happening. The anxiety starts at Thanksgiving and then snowballs on through Christmas and New Years. All the planning, decorating, traveling, shopping, and even… Continue reading Don’t Confuse Winter with the Holidays
Do you love wintertime, but struggle with the negativity that often surrounds the season? Or do you hate cold, dreary weather, and wish you could take more enjoyment and positivity from the colder half of the year? In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice---the official start of winter---is only days away. But depending on where… Continue reading Welcome to The Winter Project!