Getting Over the Winter Blues
January and February are always tough months. The beginning of each recent year in my memory hasn’t been the best, mental health-wise. But looking back at 2017, I decided I wasn’t going to let anything stand in my way this coming year. It’s still been a struggle, but I’ve been getting over the winter blues with a few easy things.
Set your goals
Days are always more enjoyable when they’re leading up to something you’re looking forward to. And I find personally that I get creatively restless and if I don’t have any current projects I won’t stay motivated. So I decided to set goals for myself for 2018. I gave myself the ambitious and probably crazy goal of self-publishing two books this year. This has given me something to work towards and a way to creatively fill my time (even if it’s been taking away from writing here).
The dog days are over
It’s physically impossible to be sad when a dog is so excited to see you that he jumps on your chest to lick your face. I’ve been wanting to own a dog for such a long time now that I almost thought it wouldn’t happen. But 2018 is the year of doing things instead of talking about doing things. So just over a week ago I adopted a rescue dog. He’s a 3 year-old westie/corgi/lab mix named Crispin who’d been in a kill shelter in Texas. It’s been such a fun and rewarding week so far playing with and training the little guy. Every day has been just a little brighter coming home to a wagging tail and a furry cuddle buddy. Even if he misbehaves sometimes.
Singing the blues away
I don’t sing but I like to listen to people sing. Like Ben talked about in his latest post, music can be really helpful when you’re going through something tough. So far this month, I’ve been listening to August Burns Red’s new album, Phantom Anthem, almost every day – the music may be hard and heavy but the lyrics and messages are positive and uplifting. I’ve also been listening to the latest War on Drugs album and Charli XCX’s new mixtape.
The power of words
The other bright spot in this dark month has been Pierce Brown’s new novel, Iron Gold. Even though the story itself was quite dark, it was great being transported back into his world and cheering on my favourite characters (while praying he keeps them alive). The thing I love about Pierce Brown’s books is that they aren’t just for escapism, but they always seem to get me pumped about writing. I got to see him speak on his tour and hearing about his humble beginnings and writing process always inspires and motivates me to keep working at my own writing.