It can be hard to enjoy January and February. After three major holidays in little more than a month, the new year feels like a drag.
So what can we do to make the months seem shorter and less dreary? The answer is to make it fun.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Host an arts and crafts night with friends. Serve simple snacks and hot drinks. Remember, they did not come for the food, but for the fellowship. Keep it simple.
Bake cookies and donate them to a homeless shelter. Try out a new recipe.
Start volunteering at a place you believe in.
Make popcorn and settle down for a favorite movie. Even better, invite a few friends over to share the evening with you.
Teach yourself a new skill. Youtube is great for learning new things, and the mental exertion will leave you little time to complain about the cold.
Perform at a local talent night. Often coffee shops will host new and upcoming singers/comedians.
Houseclean your messiest room. Bonus: housecleaning doubles as exercise. It's a two-for-one deal.
Join a community choir, band, or orchestra.
Perform a random act of kindness every day for a week.
"Adopt" a young person and pour love and time into their lives.
Often this time of year, I find myself becoming self-centered, focusing not on what joy I can give to others, but on keeping myself comfortable and cozy in my personal world. This year, I want to break that tendency, and I'm inviting you to join me.