I hope everyone is as excited for the new year as I am!
As I promised in My Favorite Things About Fall post, I am blogging about my favorite things about winter.
I love winter, it’s my favorite time of the year and there are so many reasons why. I included my top five in this list so this post didn’t become a 30 page essay on why I love winter. Without further ado, let’s get into it.
I wear base layers every day as soon as December first comes around. I also only buy clothes that can be layered (which is just about anything). I have a turtleneck I wear under my summer dresses and tank tops, as well as on its own. I love layering, it’s an easy way to be warm and fashionable. I think layered outfits are much more interesting than outfits that aren’t. It’s hard to layer in the spring and summer without getting sweaty. Winter is when my wardrobe truly shines.
Romanticizing Snowy Days
I’m a firm believer in romanticizing life, even the smallest parts. I often ask myself, what would this feel like if I were watching it happen in Studio Ghibli movie? Then suddenly, that mundane task becomes beautiful.
This is much easier when the environment or task in itself is inherently pleasing. I feel like watching it snow and drinking a warm beverage (me, always with the warm beverages) is so romantic. I love walking in fresh snow, watching it snow, and watching other people play in the snow. Fresh snow and snowy flurries are beautiful and I look forward to watching them from my windows every year.
Oddly enough, I don’t like to play in the snow. I don’t like being wet and cold and playing in the snow generally leads to that.
Snow days don’t apply to adulthood (in most cases), but I do love sitting in the office knowing that it’s cold and beautiful outside. Especially when my office has huge windows perfect for gazing out of romantically, even if the view is of the parking lot and post office.
Winter Decor is Beautiful
As much as I don’t like Christmas decor, something I address in My Thoughts on Christmas post, I do love winter decor. I love fairy lights, candles, and natural decorations.
I’m not talking about the tacky Christmas lights that come in red and green. I’m talking about the dainty bright white, blue, or even colored (only one color!) lights that people hang on their fireplaces, in their bedrooms, or really anywhere in their house that adds soft, subtle lights to darkly lit rooms. It’s so magical and whimsical.
I also love when people have pine cones from their yards decorating their homes. I even love small branches used as decorations. Bringing nature indoors during the cold months is so cozy and cute. I keep plants in my house to surround myself with greenery year round, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting baskets of pine cones and branch mobiles in my home (I don’t have any this year, I forgot to gather them before it was too late).
The winter color palette is also so beautiful. I love icy pastels, wintry greens, earthy beige, and bright whites and silver. I love sparkly eye makeup and dark lips. Winter decor goes much farther than just how you decorate your house; it’s a general shift in colors and tone.
I love rich food. I’m not a huge fan of sweets and desserts. I don’t even like the smell of sugar or sweet things. I do love cinnamon rolls but I prefer them without frosting or icing. I love rich soups, meats, and side dishes.
I just celebrated the holidays with my family on my dad’s side, and the holidays with them means the best green beans ever. My family makes them with bacon and they are to die for. Its our own take on southern green beans. They are simple, salty, and delicious. My mom makes a bean dish she calls Colorado Beans and we didn’t have them this year, but it’s something she makes year round that is easy and amazing.
Winter is when my favorite foods are usually center stage and they always taste better between November and March.
Time For Reflection and Planning for the Future
I think the darkness and solitude of winter encourages a lot of self reflection (one of my favorite pass times). Winter marks the end of the old year and beginning of the new year. This time is perfect for looking back on what went well, what didn’t go well, which goals you achieved, and what you want to work on. It’s also a great time to plan for new goals.
I’m not one for new year’s resolutions. I’m more excited about new years reflections. Since 2016, I like to remind myself of the good things that happened. This ensures that I can start the new year off positive about the things that went well and I want to continue doing well. I don’t want to focus on the things about myself I want to change or the negative things. I would rather think about that mid year around June when I have time to work on them (no classes, jut work).
For example, I’ve been working on drinking more water, eating healthier, and reading and writing everyday. I will continue to work on these next year. These aren’t my new year’s resolutions, just things I have been working on and want to continue working on into 2019.
So there you are, my favorite things about winter. What are your favorite things about winter?