Narnia

Winter used to be my arch-nemesis. As soon as Autumn would arrive, I would have that undercurrent of melancholy. It took me a few years, but I finally realized it was because I knew that Winter was coming. I lived in dread of the four months of cloud cover due to lake fog, and the cold, and the daily ordeal of putting snow clothes on/taking them off because somebody had to pee/putting the snow clothes back on again. I have Raynaud’s, which means my fingers turn white even when the temperature is above freezing (if I get chilled) and I feel cold most of the time on a good day. Winter made me turn dark, for many years.

I’ve come a log way since then, and have shared what got me out of the hole. I take Vitamin D, which helped at the start, but being outside and active has been my cure. We took up skiing two years ago and it turned my life right-side-up. Sure, it can be cold, but most days you warm up as soon as you get moving. In the spring, it’s so warm that your gloves are off and you often ski with your jacket zipped open. Sunshine, fresh air, and endorphins, combined with family time, are soul-lifting.

Last year, my running partner and I committed to running outdoors all winter and it was the best decision, both mentally and physically. We’re at it again this winter (well, she has a hip thing, so it’s sometimes us and sometimes me) and I can’t imagine life without it. The time outside is needed, and the cardio helps me burn off the daily stress of life.

Life is stressful for me, every season. It’s usually good stress that comes from a full life in our family of five, great jobs, and other commitments. There is bad stress, too, and I’m battling with that a bit this week. The work I have isn’t so much time-demanding (well, maybe a little bit this week), but there are a bunch of other stresses that come along at this time of year, which saw me crying in the middle of our little town’s coffee shop this afternoon. (I cry far too easily.)

January is a weird one for me, my new-found love of Winter aside. There’s the letdown from the Christmas holidays, the jump back into the school year after being on vacation (Miss Emily being off of school for the first two days with a sore throat gave us an extra-bumpy start), and my upcoming birthday (I love birthdays! Whee!). It’s such a crazy/horrible/happy month.

January is also a fresh start and while I’ve never made a New Year’s resolution (I make resolutions all year long, like a rebel), I miss the heart I used to put into this space and want to get back to going deeper and sharing more stories and all of the things that made me love to click the New Post button. Not being here as often has made me sad, which tells me that I need to get back to doing what I love. That sentence just made me smile.

To help kick me into gear, is there anything you’d like me to write about? Do you have any questions that you’d like answered? Sometimes I just need a springboard, and I’d love for you to help launch me.

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  1. Hannah January 9, 2014 4:39 am edit

    Aw, sorry you’re feeling stressed and a bit blah.
    Not sure that I have any burning questions for you, but Wordpress has a Daily Prompts blog which has some really great ideas for posts. I look forward to reading more on here if you do end up blogging more often.

  2. Kristen January 9, 2014 3:05 pm edit

    Maybe this is too nosy or I missed a post, but it seemed like you went from having big unnamed plans to owning? that cabin which you rent out/visit? It would be fun to hear more about the cabin!

    1. angella January 9, 2014 3:10 pm edit

      Not too nosy at all! I did finally write about it last month, but December is a busy month. It was easy to miss. :)

      http://www.dutchblitz.net/the-hill/

  3. RebeccaL January 9, 2014 5:09 pm edit

    I’d love to hear more about your running outside in Winter or even just your running in general. I love to hear family stories, probably because I am nosy! And anything that you do to maintain your sanity in a busy family.

    A little background on that last question, I’m a single mom of one daughter and am going to get married in July (YAY!) to a man who also has one daughter. It is relatively easy to balance my and my daughter’s needs, but throw two more people in there and I’m not sure how to balance what everyone needs and keep my sanity.

    1. angella January 11, 2014 5:10 pm edit

      Thank you for two great ideas! I’ve had people ask me to email them about running gear in the Winter, etc. I should post what I’ve learned and what I’ve shared.

      As for (trying to) maintain balance, that’s another good one. I’ve learned a few tricks over the years. I’ll simmer on it and post soon. :)

  4. Mykal January 10, 2014 2:30 pm edit

    I love hearing about your turnaround to loving winter. I used to love winter but with my two year I’m in a huge winter funk these past few years. It thrills my hear to hear about older children doing all the outdoor activities I love with their parents, family winter fun! I know I have a few more years before we will get there (especially if we are able to have another baby sometime) but knowing that in a couple of years my little guy will be out on the trails skiing (I like cross-country) and ice skating and pulling his own sled up the freaking hill makes me so happy. For now I get out as much as I can and dream about the summer which is fun even with a two year old running around. I love your stories and wanted to let you know it cheers my heart to hear about your family and your awesome winter.

    1. angella January 11, 2014 5:12 pm edit

      Aw, you are so sweet. I remember being in the trenches of toddler-hood, and that’s when winter was the worst. But it gets better! I was just talking with a friend about how great it is that my kids can dress themselves in snow gear and go sledding without any assistance from me. It’s AMAZING.

      Hang in there! The years really do go fast (Graham is in MIDDLE SCHOOL), and your family will be enjoying the snow together before you know it. :)

  5. Victoria January 10, 2014 10:01 pm edit

    Ideas…

    -How about when you learned to ski (whenever that might have been)
    -How do you ski without worrying about breaking a bone (I’m not a skier, so…)
    -Maybe it’s on here somewhere and I just forget… engagement story?
    -What’s your “getting the kids to school/morning” routine?
    -A story from high school days

    :)

    1. angella January 11, 2014 5:14 pm edit

      Oh, you are the best, per usual. So many great ideas!

      (As for the skiing without worrying, I’m not there yet. Which is why I ski green/blue runs, but not black diamonds. ;) )

  6. Jenn January 10, 2014 10:52 pm edit

    I love fashion, so I always love a post with a cool outfit, whether dressy or everyday.

    Jenn

    1. angella January 11, 2014 5:15 pm edit

      You know what? I love to dress nicely, and I love fashion too, but never post about it, or my own style. Brilliant! Thank you. :)

  7. Hillary January 12, 2014 2:19 pm edit

    Maybe this is silly but I’d love to read about your makeup routine (what you use / how you use it.) I think you (and your makeup) look great so I’d love to read about how you achieve your look :)

    1. angella January 16, 2014 12:00 am edit

      For you? I will totally work on such a post. :)

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