What’s Saving My Life this Winter

What's Saving My Life Right Now

I’ll admit that title is a bit dramatic but, hey, winter is hard. For a California girl transplanted to the East Coast, winter is a relatively new concept for me and I’m still figuring out what keeps me happy, healthy and sane during the dark, cold months. It’s the little things in life that make a big difference. Today I’m capturing those details and sharing with you. For even more inspiration, I’m linking up with community at Modern Mrs. Darcy.

I feel slightly guilty because it hasn’t really been that bad of a winter here. In fact, just last week I was sitting outside reading in sunny 60-degree weather. Winter has been playing nice, but the rest of my life hasn’t been. My family has slogged through several weeks of sickness and we have the additional stress of selling our house. It has been a physically and emotionally draining time. So, even with the mild weather, I’ve been clinging to things that bring me happiness. In this season of life, these little life “hacks” have truly been saving my life.


Setting a Happy Mood at Home

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”

― Edith Sitwell

I pull inward during the wintertime and spend a lot of time at home. It know it’s important to make our house as cozy as possible. I’ve been lighting all my candles this winter. I bought a few sparkly tea light holders and a bag of tea light candles, and then arranged them around my house. I put the candles in my kitchen window, several on my fireplace mantel and at the dining room table. The trick is that you have to light them all. (Just wanted to make sure you didn’t miss that point.) It’s amazing how much it brightens up the house on even the dreariest days. Scented candles are an added bonus!

Audrey Assad’s music is my winter sound track. It is so soothing and mellow, and yet uplifting. It feels so right when there’s snow on the ground.

Yummy Snacks

When I was detoxing off of Christmas cookies, Trader Joe’s Cocoa Almonds saved the day. They are the perfect sweet treat without the guilt. I think of them as the adult version of coco puffs cereal.

Also, a good cup of tea is critical during the winter months. It’s my sanity in a cup. My favorite tea to drink is Harney and Sons Ginger Liquorice tea. It’s very flavorful with hints of both spicy and sweet. This tea absolutely saved my life when I was sick. It coats your throat and settles upset stomachs.

Just for Fun

Cozy evenings at home means lots of time for family game nights. Our favorite games right now are Sushi Go and Ticket to Ride (Europe).

For some odd reason I’ve been obsessed with trying out new-to-me travel size shampoos, lotions, skin ointments and other cosmetics. It’s given me a big happiness boost to have some variety in my daily routine. It’s also a forcing function to practice some “self-care” when I might not otherwise. I have no idea why but it’s very therapeutic to browse the travel size selections online.

Here’s hoping the groundhog doesn’t see his shadow, but if he does, at least I know what will help me through the next several weeks of winter.

Your Turn: What’s saving your life this winter? Please share in the comments!


6 thoughts on “What’s Saving My Life this Winter

  1. Popping over from Modern Mrs. Darcy’s linkup. I am lighting all the candles in all the rooms of my house right now too. And I have twinkle lights on top of bookshelves to create a cozy mood. I, too, love licorice tea and you reminded me that I need to get some the next time I shop. I miss Trader Joes something fierce, I wish they had a store in London. Lovely to meet you!


    • Hi! Oh, adding twinkle lights is such a great idea! I’m going to try that out. I’ve lived without Trader Joe’s before so I know the sadness and pain. Fingers crossed they go international soon!


  2. Oh, GG you know I’m feeling you and your winter pain! I don’t even like the winter we’re having here in SoCal and you know I hated the seven months of winter in Michigan. Home comforts and self-care — you know those simple pleasures — certainly can make all the difference. To get and keep you well I hardly recommend oregano oil pills — they seem to kick the heck out of whatever ick has gotten you or may get your family down and out. Twinkle lights, vanilla rooibos tea, marula oil for pesky dry skin, vit D and krill oil supps, poofy down comforter and fluffy throw blankets all help me immensely to get through any doldrums. And daylight! I suffer from SAD, badly, so all daylight is good medicine. Sending warmth , sunshine (and wondering where you are moving to?!).
    Hugs, Celeste


  3. These lists DO sound dramatic, but there’s something to it!!! I loved the things that made yours.

    The travel size products idea is GENIUS! I love trying new things too, but I almost never do because I can’t stand putting things to waste. Any good discoveries so far?

    Game nights are pretty much my favorite thing about winter! With theatre life, we almost never have these anymore…but, I look forward to them again SOMEDAY. We kept dominoes out one winter and that was honestly THE winter when I decided that it wasn’t soooo bad after all. Early nights meant more time TOGETHER.

    Tea is nice too!!! And coffee. And hot cocoa. And even, my new favorite, a mug of plain hot water.

    Those almonds sound gooood! Good thing I don’t have a Trader Joes. I’d eat a million between now and spring.

    I’m checking out that artist you mentioned!!!

    And..candles. Ahhh! You can’t beat them!

    Now…Before I go. Where did you come across that quote?!?!? It’s perfect!


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