Having grown up in the south and having lived in Miami for the past four years, winter is not a season with which I am well accustomed. In any case, I naively anticipated Saturday’s snowstorm with the same glee of a small child waiting for Christmas morning.
I woke at 9AM and threw open the blinds. Just as I had expected–the ground was white, the air crisp and quiet. I put on my newly purchased snow boots and met a friend for brunch. At 11AM when brunch was over, so was my fairytale of a winter wonderland. I stepped outside to see that all the snow had turned into grey slush and the streets were bustling with annoyed, inconvenienced shoppers. I could see my breath and my nose was runny; I quickly realized that winter and I would probably never be good friends.
Not one to be easily discouraged, though, I am determined to make the most of winter and have devised a list of helpful hints to beat the winter blues.
1.) Be Prepared – the proper clothing can make all the difference. I have been adding pieces to my wardrobe since I arrived in New York City a month ago; the shorts and tank tops from Miami were not going to get the job done. A good down coat (with hood), a pair of waterproof, fur-lined snow boots, and colorful scarves and gloves will keep you warm. To save money buy everything in one color scheme so that they match.
2.) Make a Cozy Home – You can’t change the weather outside, but you can make your home more inviting on the inside. Small things such as a lush rug or new knit throw will make your space a cozy place to escape. You can also try creating your own terrarium to bring some of the green outdoors inside with you.
3.) Grow Your Intellectual Pursuits – these dull winter months are a great time to learn skills that you have never had. From cooking, to knitting, to learning a new language—winter can be a great time to feed your mind instead of your body.