We got tons of snow here yesterday in Toronto, and it felt like we were plunged right back into late January when the streets are slushy, it’s dark before 5pm, and you only walk around with your hood up. As I shared yesterday, this is NOT my favourite time of year, and the season seems to get longer every year (case in point: today is November 12th and we have inches of snow on the ground). But I’m trying to embrace it, and get into the spirit of the season.
I think one of the ways I can do that is by giving myself more snow days. I work for myself, so this is a real thing that I can do! I used to love snow days when I was in school, because things were cancelled and life felt quieter, and space opened up where there wasn’t space before. These days, very few things get cancelled unless I cancel them, and I don’t want to cancel things like client calls or office hours. But I’m still declaring today a “snow day” for me, even if I have things I need to do.
I think the key to a good snow day is giving myself permission to hibernate at home for the day. To put on my coziest clothes and make copious amounts of tea. To make hearty, stick-to-your-ribs meals. To only venture out for a beautiful walk in the snow. To enjoy the quiet that the extra insulation of snow can bring. To take breaks and blast the space heater and put on my wooliest socks.
Today is a snow day and the second day of my Operation: Survive Winter project. Dare I say that I’m excited? I’m excited. Time to embrace hibernation as a solid strategy for enjoying winter!