Guest post from Asheritah of One Thing Alone
If you’re anything like me right now, you’re counting the days until the temperatures rise and all the white stuff on the ground has melted and spring has arrived. And while booking a cruise to a tropical island sounds like a great idea right now, most of us just can’t afford that.
So to help you ward off the winter blues, here are 5 fun and free ways to make the most of these last few weeks of winter:
1. Build a snowman.
I know, I hear you: delving into the snow sounds like the last thing you want to do. But sometimes, heading outside can help make fun memories that make the time go by faster. So grab a friend (or your kids), bundle up, and head out in the snow. Who knows — you might just enjoy yourself.
2. Book a Movie Night
Getting snowed in is the perfect excuse to pop in your favorite movie and enjoy a bowl of popcorn. And since it still gets dark early in the evening, there’s no reason not to plan a movie night during the week, too.
(Bonus points if you set up a themed movie night. Morrocan dinner and Casablanca? Yes, please!)
3. Catch up on your Reading List
Most of us have reading lists a mile long. Rather than scrolling through our Facebook feed our watching yet another cat video on YouTube, pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read.
You’ll soon find yourself immersed in another world, and the snowstorm outside your window won’t seem half as bad.
(For tips on how to read more as a busy mom, check out this post by Crystal.)
4. Join a Lent Challenge
Typically, Easter comes right around the dawn of spring, so why not spend the 7 weeks leading up to it doing something that will give you a sense of purpose?
Lots of people give up something for Lent and find the practice very fulfilling. Others read through portions of the Bible with a group of friends.
This year, every day leading up to Easter, I’m thanking the people who make my life special. If you’re interested, you can join me in the #40Thanks challenge here.
5. Cozy up under the covers.
So this might not be for everyone, but for those of us who are married, there may be a lot of free entertainment waiting in our bedrooms. Why not take these last weeks of winter to spark the passion in your marriage and rediscover why you fell in love with your husband in the first place? You’ll likely spark a fondness that will grow all year long.
These may sound simple, but a little creativity goes a long way in making the bleak midwinter just a little brighter. Try one idea for each of the next five weeks, and before you know it, the warm sun will be warming your face — no credit cards required.