Linking up with Emily P. Freeman and the What We Learned Community to share lessons learned this winter.
Now I get it. It’s OK to slow down. It’s OK to pause. It’s OK to do what feels like nothing.
I intensely dislike winter-hate seems too strong a word to use in this setting but dislike isn’t strong enough. I specifically dislike winters in Alabama. The temperature is cold. The sky is gray, most of the time. And it is very very wet. This month, we have had the most rainfall in four or five years. Without the magic of snow, I might add. Winters in Alabama are depressing. And for me, the gray days often prompt the gray thoughts.
In November, I decided to try something different this winter. Instead of thinking that I suffer from seasonal affective disorder, I decided that the winter is the time of year where my body, mind, and spirit need a break. Essentially, I decided to become a bear.
Going into the winter with this mindset made me very nervous. Deciding to focus on rest seemed so counterintuitive. I believed that I would feel lazy and unproductive as I sat around, essentially, doing nothing.
However, the opposite has proven to be true. This winter, as I rested, I also have posted to the blog nine times, including a guest post from my sister. We featured Becky Glaze in the first Enjoy Life Interview of the year. We started the first EnjoyLife Project: Create Home thru KonMari. And I have completed the first category: Clothes. Blog post coming in March. I have started hosting What I’m Into on the first of every month and a good number of you are linking your posts to the site. I am so honored to have you. Our next post is tomorrow, March 1.
I hosted my first New Year’s visioning party in January. I have read 4 books this year of the 39 that I want to read in 2019. I have attended two Writing Retreats and have written 4000 words to a novel that I want to write. I also volunteered with The CornerStone Initiative for the annual C4 Conference.
On February 12th, Danielle LaPorte wrote a poem: Building Strength. In it she discusses the concept of building strength through rest and feeling deeply. Take a look at it here.
It has proven true for me this winter.
What about you? Do you find that rest makes you more productive?
P.S. One good thing about being in Alabama during the winter months is that we often have at least one burst of Springlike temps and sunshine. We had one this month, before all the rain, and are going through another right now. Folks are wearing sandals, I kid you not.
P.P.S. I also played a lot of Sims 4, but if we are being honest, that was something that I intended to do going into this experiment.