Last week I was feeling quite blah, but now as the rhythm of winter starts to form its roots and spread into my bones I am finding myself in a place where I am happy to stay for the next little while
While I am yearning for the warmer weather, there is something about winter that warms the soul. The hot teas and the woollen scarves, the lengthen hugs and the soft voice of Lana Del Rey. Winter here is probably nothing compared to what most of the Northern Hemisphere experience but let's just say that this winter has been the coldest in a while (for me anyway) and only now am I learning how to cope.
Keeping busy seems to be the answer.
Having lots of things to do with no plan makes me anxious but having lots of things to do with a detailed blueprint of how to achieve it all makes me excited and motivated. I have a plan and so far I have stuck to it. It's a good feeling.
This week I joined the gym, wrote up a 2000 word seminar that I'm presenting later this month, got some business cards printed and tonight I'm going for the upcoming winter trips I have planned .
But for now I am loving it.
I also am attempting to do little things for myself everyday. Look at is as little acts of kindness just for me, if you will. Yesterday for example, I bought myself flowers for my desk at work and oh what a difference it made to my day. Being able to look up from my screen and admire the beauty and elegance of the gladious flower standing tall above me is something I didn't think I would appreciate so much.
Simple pleasures really make all the difference.
Tell me, what is something small you do to brighten up your day? How are you keeping warm in these winter months? or how are you keeping cool in the summer sun (for all my northern friends)?
The Gladious Flower
The retro look of gladiolus flowers is popular once again. These easy-to-grow bulbs bring a lot to the garden party, including a huge colour palette, vertical interest, and bloom times that harmonise well with summer's most colourful perennials. Plus, they're a versatile cut flower, and the ruffled single florets can even be plucked off the stem and arranged in vases and bowls. Plant gladiolus bulbs in well-drained soil either at the back of the flower border or thickly enough so they'll self support as the foliage grows. The perfumed Abyssinian gladiola is a rare plant that deserves a place by the back door or front porch [Source]
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