I’ve lived in Canada almost a decade. That’s a long time. I’ve settled right into life here. I enjoy the slower, friendlier pace of life. There is one thing, and dare I say, a pretty big thing, that I hate – winter!
The great white north – Canada – was granted this name for a reason. It is so cold and snowy here! I live in Toronto, almost as far south as you can go and still be in Canada and it’s still freezing for a solid 5 months of the year.
It’s hard to say you love a place when there is a large piece about it that I HATE – such a strong word. So I started thinking, how do I change my mindset about winter? I’m a pretty positive person; I tend to see the glass half full most of the time, so it was time to apply this to winter.
I don’t enjoy the bitter cold and the layers required to go outside. I hate being confined inside for that period of time – vitamin d!! I hate cleaning snow off of my car and wondering if I’ll ever feel my fingertips again after being outside for 5 minutes. You get it – winter’s awful.
However, as I was standing in front of the stove making soup last week it occurred to me that there are a lot of cold weather activities I do enjoy. I decided a list was in order. Create a list of five things I enjoy about winter and its cooler… freezing weather.
Here it is… I was nervous I couldn’t come up with five things, but I did, I even included a bonus one!
- Eating soup – I do it everyday for five months. I LOVE soup
- Snuggles – summer is too hot for long snuggles with my husband and sons, winter is perfect
- Hot coco – I’m not a coffee drinker, I live on tea year round, but winter is for hot coco.
- Sledding – love it, never too cold, take me to the hill!
- Boots – my boot collection has grown exponentially since moving to Canada and I do love pulling them out and putting them to good use in the cooler months.
- Cottaging – my husband’s family has a cottage two hours north of Toronto. It’s open year round. In the winter it’s a fairyland, clean fluffy snow, heavy trees covered in a white blanket, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, sledding, snow man building, a winter paradise.
Mindset – winter is all about mindset… and the proper gear. If winter has you down try putting together your own top 5 or 6 list about what you love and look forward to as the temperature drops. Tape it on your bathroom mirror and don’t take it down until the May long weekend!