Winter Research

A Winter Mindset: Lessons from Norway

This week I experienced the rollercoaster ride of nearly sliding off the road on Monday because it was so snowy and icy to riding home with my windows down on Friday because it was so warm. It’s a bit like whiplash living right on the boarder between the states that hardly ever get snow and… Continue reading A Winter Mindset: Lessons from Norway

Uncategorized, Winter Tips

Cozy Winter Music

A few weeks ago, I gave you all some recommendations for winter reading and watching. But of course, as much as we'd like to, we can't always be sitting down with a good book or curling up in front of the TV. Music offers a great way to keep the cozy vibes going while you… Continue reading Cozy Winter Music

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

Winter Memories, Winter Tips

The Best Books for Cozy Winter Reading

One thing we love about winter is that it naturally lends itself to reading. Nothing is more pleasant than cozying under a blanket with a cup of tea, coffee, or cocoa, and reading a good book. In fact, some of my earliest memories of winter are of reading inside during snowy, overcast days. My Mom… Continue reading The Best Books for Cozy Winter Reading

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