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
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
I’m not very good about being understanding of others. I try to be, and I work on it every day, but I’m just not very good at understanding different perspectives (but for real, don’t we all sort of struggle with this?). And yet, it’s around this time every year where my patience and understanding essentially… Continue reading Gracious Failures
You may have noticed that while we're pretty active with the blog and social media throughout the week, there's one day that The Winter Project ghosts the internet: Sunday. Jenny and I are both people of faith, and in our tradition, we believe that God directs people to take a day of rest. This principle has… Continue reading A Day of Rest: What Religious Tradition and Weather Positivity Have in Common
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.
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
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!