As kids head back to school and daylight disappears at an unbelievable speed, we say goodbye to many fun activities that we can really only enjoy during warm, sunny months. Those who’ve had a busy summer are feeling exhausted right about now and are probably welcoming Autumn with a smile and steaming cup of Chai Tea. They are ready for some down time! But there are those who cringe at thoughts of what the next several months will bring as leaves begin to drop and accumulate into piles on the side of the roadways. Those folks will want to keep reading, because below is some advice for staying chipper during a season where stepping outside comes with the risk of becoming chilled and most likely wet.
When Mr.Sun hides his face and rain falls by the bucket full, motivation can often be achieved by taking up a brand new hobby. It might be reading, baking, sewing, or perhaps even writing (why not start a blog?). The ideas are endless… just brainstorm things never before considered and take baby steps toward fresh experiences. It may be just the thing to make the long Winter months not only tolerable, but actually enjoyable! (If there is nothing new that sparks an interest, then it’s definitely time to rekindle a forgotten passion).
Another way to liven the season is by making friends and family a priority. The summer barbeques are long gone, so now it’s time to invite the neighbors over for a favorite crock pot meal! Carve out time for drinks with an old friend or invite the children’s pals over for afterschool cocoa and cookies. Small, sporadoc get-togethers preserve that sense of sociality that comes so easily when the weather is nice and everyone is outside. A good dose of community will do that, as well. So be sure to frequent the local libraries, shopping malls, indoor play parks (if you’ve got little ones), and any place a friendly face can be found! Portland Parks and Recreation is a good place to start if looking for an indoor play park or community center. (When it’s not raining, though, get outside, even if it’s cold. That’s what coats, hats, and scarves are for!).
And lastly, decorate with bright colors or cheerful pictures. For the next few months maybe a Picasso inspired piece should hang over your mantel instead of that Ansel Adams’ Alaska print. Hey, it’s just a thought! Have a fatastic winter season however it is spent… and don’t forget, it is perfectly acceptable to don a raincoat and galoshes and tromp around outside looking for worms at any age!