Are you tired of winter? I don’t know about you, but I am. I’ve never been a winter girl anyway—I grew up in Pomona, California, which is basically a city in a valley in the middle of the desert. And when I lived in South Korea, I saw snow for the first time and it was cool for a day, but after that, I was certainly 100 percent over it. I don’t like being cold, I don’t like the less hours of sunlight, I don’t like wearing 4,385,345 layers of clothing to do simple tasks like a Target or Starbucks run.
But don’t me wrong—I’m not a complete Debbie Downer. I do enjoy fireplaces and the sound of crackling logs, sugar cookies and hot chocolates, cozy movie nights with my boyfriend, warm blankets, and fuzzy fleece jackets.
What does any of this have to do with anything? Well, Groundhog Day is here and you know what that means—today, Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog comes outside for his annual weather prediction celebration. As the legend tells it, if he sees his shadow, winter will continue for another six weeks. If he doesn’t see his shadow, we’ll get an early spring!
Who doesn’t want an early spring? It’s like a rebirth, which I think we all could use during this time.
And of course, who doesn’t want an early spring? The gorgeous flowers blooming, the birds appearing again, green grass coming back to life—it’s like a rebirth almost, which I think we all could use during this time. But what if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow and we get a winter extension? Well, don’t despair. I have some ideas to make the last bit of a winter just a bit more tolerable.
Change Your Bedding
I don’t know about you, but I’m a seasonal bedding queen. I love dark, heavy, wintery colors on my bed during the winter, and bright, airy pastels and whites during the spring. If you’re itching to get a head start on your spring routine, just change out (or buy!) some pretty, spring-inspired bedding. I have my eye on these pretty floral print ones from Pottery Barn, or this warm terracotta-colored duvet cover from Anthropologie.
Freshen Up Your Style
Even if you’re wearing sweats and tons of layers right now, it’s not too early to make some spring wardrobe updates. Trade in your dark sweatpants for something a bit more colorful and spring-inspired, like these pretty pastel tie-dye ones from Old Navy. It’s also the time to incorporate more dresses and skirts into your closet rotation (if that’s your thing).
Try a New Makeup Trend
I probably wore makeup maybe 10 times in all of 2020, but I’m making an effort to incorporate wearing makeup at least a few times during the week. It makes me feel more confident and put together, like I’m important and have somewhere to be—which weirdly makes me feel more productive. Embracing new trends, like colorful graphic eyeliner, bright mascara, and purple eyeshadow (already my fave shade!).
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Start Spring Cleaning
There is truly something cathartic about spring cleaning—and it’s the perfect time to get a head start on it. Don’t worry, you don’t have to make it some huge task that takes a whole week or working all day to do. Just create a list of simple daily things that you can do, for example—cleaning the windows, washing the baseboards, cleaning your couch cushion covers and curtains, dusting your fans and blinds—and by the time spring rolls around, you’ll be able to open your windows and enjoy the warm weather in clean, peaceful bliss.
Journal Your Feelings & Set Intentions For the Year
Spring is a time of new growth and rebirth of nature, but the same can apply to you. I’m not a big New Year’s resolution girl, but I do like to set intentions for the rest of the year during spring. What new projects do I want to embark on? How do I want to feel by the end of the year? How can I bring more creativity and exploration into my daily life? These are just a few questions I like to answer to give myself some clarity as spring comes along. I find it much more grounding than setting a resolution—”eat more vegetables and work out”just doesn’t work for me, but “I want to feel happy and healthy (aka eating more vegetables and working out)” is much more my speed.
How do you plan to get an early start on your spring mood if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow? Let me know in the comments!