Winter Philosophy

Winter’s Lessons

One easy way to make more informed decisions in your life is to reflect on past decisions you’ve already made. Our choices define our lives – not just the ones we’re carrying now about our future, but also the ones we’ve already made in our past. - Emily P Freeman As winter rolls into spring,… Continue reading Winter’s Lessons

Winter Memories, Winter Philosophy

It’s Okay to Be a Little Mad

A long time ago I went through a life event that knocked the wind out of me. I was a little confused and a little disoriented. Nothing particularly bad had happened, but the way I thought things were ended up not being true, and I had to grapple with reality being a little different than… Continue reading It’s Okay to Be a Little Mad

Winter Philosophy, Winter Research, Winter Tips

Embracing the Break

Jenny and I each took vacations this winter, and where we each chose to go is pretty telling. If you'll remember, the premise of this blog is that Jenny loves winter, while my relationship to it has been more tenuous. Winter is Jenny's soul season, while I'm more of an autumn girl. So where did we… Continue reading Embracing the Break

Winter Philosophy, Winter Tips

Press On, Dear Friends

Dear Winter Project Reader, It’s the last Thursday I’ll be writing to you during the proper winter season. March 20th marks the proper beginning of the spring season. Whether the weather responds to that or not is yet to be seen. I want to thank you for joining us this winter. Thank you for learning… Continue reading Press On, Dear Friends

Winter Philosophy

Transforming: Winter, Spring, and Making the Most of Life

Life doesn't change overnight. There's usually little changes that trickle in one by one, usually a moment where you sense the old falling away and the new coming in, little by little. When I'm in a season of transformation or transition, I go from giddy excitement for all the new things coming up, to wistfulness… Continue reading Transforming: Winter, Spring, and Making the Most of Life

Winter Philosophy

7 Thing I’m Thankful for This Valentine’s Day

If you’re over the sappy Valentine’s Day stuff, this post is for you! Today brings a really aggressive range of emotions. And I got you. “No matter who you are, you feel something today. Maybe it’s happy-slappy-over-the-moon love or deep, bitter resentment at your singleness. Or maybe you find yourself somewhere in between. Wherever you are—mentally, emotionally, physically—you are definitely feeling something. On holidays like this one, I tend to feel like I am being manipulated into feeling a certain way. (Cynical, right?) Today, for example, we’re supposed to celebrate love. Ironically for me though, when I really start thinking about love, I find myself overwhelmed with a completely different thing: thankfulness.” Check out “7 Things I’m Thankful for This Valentine’s Day” for a list of things I’m thankful for this cold snowy February day. (I promise it’s not sappy stuff.)

Winter Philosophy

Embracing Muddy Moments

After the major blizzard and subzero temps of the past few weeks, we had our first real thaw a few days ago. It was really bizarre: the air was fifty to sixty degrees, the skies were blue, the sun shone. Birds sang and it felt like spring. Except for one thing: there was still a… Continue reading Embracing Muddy Moments

Stories, Winter Philosophy

Shopping for Swimsuits in 8 Degrees

I'll admit it: this is the part of winter when I start imagining summer. I don't even really like summer. But when you live near the Great Lakes and get twelve inches of snow in one weekend and spend three days under two layers of blankets because outside it's eight degrees, you start imagining summer.… Continue reading Shopping for Swimsuits in 8 Degrees