I don’t know about you, but putting away the holiday decorations nearly does me in every January. The gloomy weather and a cold I can’t seem to kick (kids and their germs, I tell ya) aren’t helping.
Winter Elizabeth is a lot less fun than Summer Elizabeth.
Semi-related: Winter Elizabeth somehow lost one of her children’s birth certificates. Not my finest work. Hence, baby Nick and I made our way to the registry office at City Hall today. As much as I would have rather stayed home, curled up on the sofa with a blanket and a book…
- One-year-olds don’t do that. They just don’t.
- An object in motion stays in motion… while staying put is a great way to lose momentum. And I’d already lost the birth certificate, so…
I couldn’t help but brighten up a bit as we approached City Hall, though. I love the juxtaposition of old and
new less old buildings. I like seeing tourists milling about. I like the buzz of it all.
Once we finished the grown-up business part of our outing, I figured we may as well embrace a bit of adventure, too. We were bundled up and had plenty of snacks, why not?
We split a cup of Unicorn Blood (yes, really… it’s a delicious mix of beet, carrot, celery, watermelon + pineapple) from Mother Juice at the Boston Public Market, walked along the Greenway and did some people watching at Faneuil Hall. A little adventure was the perfect antidote to my winter mood.
So good, right? Click to learn more about MAY THIS NEVER END by artist Matthew Hoffman currently installed along the Greenway.
For me, keeping busy (especially with good, fun, interesting things… not just boring, necessary things) goes a long way in keeping the winter blues at bay. In that vain, here are a few things to do in January.
THINGS TO DO IN JANUARY
- Get outside for a walk to improve your mood + overall health.
- Take an art class. (Creative Bug is my favorite source for online classes– I gravitate toward the painting and drawing classes, but you’ll find really accessible courses on knitting, sewing, collage, drawing, etc.)
- Or take a yoga class.
- Join in a day of service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. You can find projects in your community here.
- Put together a new playlist (Stevie Wonder on repeat here currently).
- Celebrate an obscure January holiday (I’ve got big plans for National Popcorn Day on the 19th… mostly, my plans involve me + eating popcorn).
- Unpack your holiday decorations. No one can deny the magic of twinkle lights.
- Ride the subway (i.e. the T) sans pants… or don’t.
- Spend an afternoon at a museum. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and The Clark Art Institute are my (Massachusetts) favorites and I’ve been dying to take the kids to the Children’s Museum.
- Refresh your walls with some new (or DIY) artwork. What you look at all day matters, obvi.
- Get outside for another walk.
P.S. While the acronym SAD is sort of laughable, Seasonal Affectedness Disorder and winter depression are no joke. Please don’t be afraid to seek help if you need it. <3
Also On Tap for Today:
- Finishing plans for Grace’s third birthday party (three? how? why? hold me!)
- 15 non-boring salads to make for lunch from The Kitchn
- And now I’m curling up on the sofa
What’s on your January to do list?