The three things that are getting me through January

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Hi Friends!

Since I like to keep it real here on this tiny slice of blogland, I will tell you I am doing so much better than I did this time last year.  I haven’t made it a secret, I don’t think, that I struggle with depression, and winter tends to kick my butt. This year, I am doing way better and I am attributing my well-being to three things. These aren’t a prescription for anyone else.  They are simply what has worked for me.

1. I started hitting the treadmill in November. Hard. 


Running is not for everyone. But for me, it is a release. I swear I can FEEL the endorphins release. I run. I sweat. I crank up my music. I feel better. I have found myself unable to feel depressed, and run at the same time. Just my experience. But I am swearing by the preventive maintenance that starting back up on a running routine has given me this winter.  And I’m down a few pounds. That’s always a pick-me-up!


2. Aveda Tea. 


It’s ridiculously expensive. My sweet mother-in-law gives me a box every Christmas and I LOVE IT. It’s hot. It doesn’t need any sugar or sweeteners. It just makes me feel good. So if I go through the whole box this month, so be it.


3. I learned to knit.  


Again, my mother-in-law gets partial credit for this. She’s made all of our Christmas stockings by crocheting and I asked her if she knew how to knit.  She said, “sort of – but you should take a class.”  



So I called up my local knitting shop (called Knitwits – adorable) and did just that. 



I took a few friends with me and we had a great time!





 Loads of beautiful, snuggly, yarn, in a gorgeous rainbow of colors.  How could you not want to make something?!


I loved the two ladies who own the shop. They were sweet as can be.





In just a couple of days I completed my first project, that my 5 year-old wanted to wear. 



Smile. 


So, I run. And drink my tea. And knit.

And there’s something in all of that, that is just… good.

January isn’t so bad after all. 
:-)

XO,

Anne

2 Comments, RSS

  1. Elizabeth @ Southern Color January 24, 2014 @ 2:35 pm

    Sounds like your year is off to a great start! I would love to learn how to knit. Your first piece looks so good – and your daughter is so sweet to be your model! :)

    • ath13 January 25, 2014 @ 4:23 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth! I am dreaming of warmer weather and the trip to HotLanta for Haven 2014! You going again? I’d love to see you girls again!

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