Thanks for having me on the blog today. For those who don’t know me, I’m an assistant editor on the Heartwarming/Superromance team.
Mid-January, am I right? The holidays are a hazy memory, the initial burst of enthusiasm for New Years’ resolutions is fading, and if we happen to live in wintery locales, spring seems like a bizarre fantasy someone made up to mess with us.
Remember when outdoor pools weren't just sad pits of despair?
I’m sure I’m not alone in finding this time of year to be a bit of a slog. It can even affect my creativity and make it tough to meet the writing goals I try to fit in around my work at Harlequin. Which is why I thought I’d share some of the strategies I’ve been using to make the most of these dark and chilly days.
Though sunlight is scarce and it can take a million years to bundle up for it, I always feel better and my creativity perks up after I’ve braved the outdoors—whether it’s a ski day with friends or an evening stroll to the 24/7 grocery store to buy some sour keys (don’t judge!).
Taking a snowshoe break
One thing I do love about January is the sense of possibility. Armed with my full allocation of vacation days, I like researching hypothetical holidays and daydreaming about hikes or bike rides or road trips I can look forward to in the months ahead.
One of last summer's adventures...
As previously noted, the temptation to stay indoors can be strong this time of year. I’ve been scheduling writing time with friends on the weekends, which has the double benefit of making us accountable to each other and breaking up the routine. Also: lattes.
Celebrating the small stuff
The other day at my book club, someone suggested we each share something small, but exciting that had happened to us in 2017 so far. My contribution? I got a new can opener after months of using the little claw thing on a Swiss Army knife. Someone else had debuted a fabulous toque. A couple of others had recently picked up indoor rock-climbing. It was great to pause and acknowledge a moment (or kitchen implement) that gave us joy recently—especially since it can be so easy to overlook the little things.
Lean into it
If we have to accept the “bleak midwinter,” we might as well embrace it, right? The Danish have a concept called hygge that roughly translates to “coziness,” and it’s gaining popularity worldwide. Think fireplaces, fluffy blankets, steaming mugs of cocoa… Maybe January can stick around a bit longer after all. (Just kidding!)
How do you stay motivated this time of year? I’d love to hear your thoughts.