I spent the first 22 years of my life in the Midwest, never thinking twice about the cruel winters and the miserable summers. It’s all we knew—freezing winter mornings scraping the windshield and muggy, sleepless, bug-bitey summer nights.
Now that I live in Los Angeles, I’ve become a bit of a wimp. I’ve been visiting my hometown in Nebraska for weeks and I’m truly struggling to keep my mood up.
It’s not just the temperature, but everything that is made harder because of the climate—car-travel becomes a necessity for those who can afford it, fresh produce isn’t local since there is a limited growing season, spending much time outdoors becomes difficult, and for weeks on end the world is gray.
I am so in awe of my friends and family in Omaha who are making the most of the winter months. It’s bitter here, like don’t-leave-the-house-or-your-skin-will-actually-freeze bitter. Watching my friends remain warm and bright when it’s everything but, I notice some similarities in their wintry practices. So, with inspiration from the great people of Omaha, I’ve compiled my very own list of positivity tips to make your own winter (even if it’s just an emotional winter) a little snugglier.
- Make your home space cozy and comfortable, candle-light and blankets are huge
- Engage in meaningful work when possible, find fulfilling hobbies when work is a drag
- Organize large groups of friends together for funtimes, preferably singing and/or dancing
- Get outdoors and in nature as much as possible, proper layering is a must
Add to that list:
- Have many winter-time photoshoots with your weirdo friends, abandoned barns are a plus!