Before I get into this post, let me just say a huge THANK YOU for all of the sweet messages that were left on my apartment tour! I am constantly blown away by your love and support. It’s such an incredible feeling to be able to share this milestone with you. Knowing that you are excited for me makes me even more excited. Thank you all for staying on this journey with me, through both the ups and downs. I love you guys!
I’ve been extremely behind on content lately, so when I found out that it was going to snow today I decided to take advantage and create a post with these photos from the storm we had 2 weeks ago. The day these photos were taken, my mom and I decided to make the most of the winter weather that spring welcomed us with. It was going to be our last snowstorm together at home. I guess we were wrong!
Have you ever noticed that each season brings out a different side of you?
I firmly believe that as we transition into a new season, we are also transitioning into a new season of our lives. It’s no surprise that these specific times throughout the year can have such a tremendous effect on us, the way we feel and the decisions that we make. Winter can symbolize anything from hardships to solitude while spring symbolizes rebirth and renewal. We have to go through one to get to the other. Winter makes spring taste that much sweeter!As I am about to transition into a whole new chapter of my life this spring, I’ve been reflecting so much on what these last few months have taught me. I wanted to share four important life lessons that I learned during this winter season.
You Can Break Bad Habits
Every winter, just like clockwork, I tend to fall back into the same bad habits. The cold weather always brings out an unwanted laziness in me. It becomes easier for me to get into creative ruts. I often feel uninspired. I rather stay at home and hibernate than go outside and create. I always blame it on the cold, but in reality it’s me and my mentality during this time of year.
You have the power to break out of bad habits if you really want to. I tried my best to focus on one main keyword each day, “consistency“, and then applied this to all areas of my life. It has made such a huge difference in such a short amount of time. Forming consistent, productive habits has improved my mindset so much. Change your mindset and you can literally change your life!
Trust The Timing
I’ve talked about this several times already, but it’s so vital. It seems like such an easy thing to do, but so often we forget to trust the timing of our lives. This is definitely one of the biggest lessons that I learned this past season and I continue to remind myself of it every single day. We have to stop putting ourselves on specific timelines and when things don’t happen exactly when we want them to, we have to continue to hold on to our faith.
I realize now that I probably wouldn’t have been ready a year ago for such a huge change in my life, so not getting what I wanted back then was actually a blessing in disguise. Don’t give up on your dream just because it doesn’t come to fruition exactly when you want it to.
It’s OK To Be Still & Take A Break
During such a fast-paced time in my life, I often forget how to slow down. Where’s the race? Why am I rushing? There is a big difference between doing nothing and being still. These last few months, I learned the true value of taking breaks and disconnecting from the digital world. It’s been such a necessary part of my growth.
Time always seems to move a little slower during the cold, so I used this to my advantage. These little time-outs have allowed me to work on creating a better balance in my life. They’ve also helped me to reconnect with myself and to listen to my mind and body so much more. Self-care is essential. You have to nourish if you want to flourish.
Small Adjustments Create Big Change
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” The best way to create big change in your life is to make small adjustments in your daily routine. I didn’t really put this into action until these last several months. I thank a few inspirational books that I read for helping to give me a fresh new perspective.
For me, it’s been as simple as waking up an hour earlier to get more done during the day, staying consistently active, not skipping meals and taking a few minutes when I can to try and meditate. (Still a work in progress) Change does not come over night. It takes time. I’m constantly learning to make lifestyle adjustments when needed. Focus on the areas that need the most improving and go from there. Remember, one small change at a time.
I am looking forward to everything that the spring season is going to bring. Thanks so much for reading today. What are some lessons that you learned this winter? Feel free to share with me below!