Half way through January 2019, we got ourselves some lovely storms. I say lovely because this is how winter is supposed to be – however it showed that our infrastructure needs quite a lot of work and our authorities more transparency and care for their citizens. Ca laisse a desirer.

Nevertheless, this is not a post to talk about that; many people covered that before me. But I will be sharing my thoughts and little practices that I do to stay in a good mood and shape during these cold months.

Some of my Drinking / Eating Perks of the Winter Mode:

  • A good cup of coffee (or hot chocolate if the season requires and your appetite too ;)), be it at home or in a coffee shop; snuggle in a good read or music (or both) and you can set your cozy atmosphere as you fancy.
    We need to recharge in the winter; just as nature does and the animals instinctively do (when those buddies go into hibernation). We should be taking this time to relax and renew our energies and strength by breaks and activities that would be beneficial for us.
  • Cheese and wine platters (hello baby :))
  • But! I am digressing. Good drinks, good drinks, aaah yes, zhourat and café blanc are treats too (at least for me)!
  • Soups, be it from our local yumminess of 3adas b 7amoud (lentil soup) to onion soup, vegetable soups… mmmm (I am hungry again and I just finished lunch).
A roadtrip ride through Ehden in the snow.

While I enjoy every season for the magic it brings; I always found it hard to calm down and hibernate a bit in the winter season. But I could use the rest. What do you do in the winter?

I enjoy to stay upbeat so in my drives to and from work, I created a playlist with my sister and she had selected all kind of upbeat songs. The result is quite funny, I start singing and busting some moves as I am driving and sometimes get too happy because of a song and end a little (if not to say a lot) off than the other drivers.

I wouldn’t have it any other way, I prefer happy and friendly than aggressive and pissed off driving due to the traffic or anything else.

As January is the first month of the year, I find myself still wrapping up some of the notes I had in the last days of December. I usually go through them in the first 2 weeks and try to see what needs to go forth and what can I put in the drawer until further notice. Which makes me go into declutter mode.

If you know me, I try to declutter as much as I can – every now and then. From my clothes, to material things, to books, to digital decluttering, etc… And this month is no exception, I looked in my drawers, closet and my personal library and still find clothes, shoes, backpacks, bags and books to donate.

On another note, art and literature have been a very important parts in my life. Until I started to work as full time, I used to be all the time in these fields along with sports.

I am reconnecting with these fields again, YAY! Slowly but surely. And it feels great! From attending plays, concerts, sports events here and there and re-stocking on some books and devouring others I had piled in my casa.

All this got me to a time to think; these activities allow you to enjoy time and let it flow its natural course. In this day and age we are more rushed than ever.

For this year 2019, one of my hopes is to be able to appreciate and take time for the things that need to. Be less rushed and adding a million trillion things to my agenda. I am always on the go, I forgot what it was to sit and enjoy the moment. If I am reading, for example, just enjoy the read not be worried of what I might be missing.

The thing is I get too hyped, and my thought process becomes like a ping pong battle in my head. SO other than decluttering in the physical and digital realms, I try to calm my overactive brain and just go with the time as it should be.

It’s a work in progress but I try my best.

And when it happens, I find myself enjoying my time more.

After a long absence, I got to watch the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra play!
I love them and the Lebanese Oriental Orchestra too!!

Spending time with my family, friends and loved ones is also something that I treasure deeply. Sometimes, I get swamped with work but now; I am working on setting the balance back on track again. You feel – truly feel – fresh and happy.

And this is what I wish for all! A truly fresh and happy 2019. I might do a little blog about it 🙂 will keep you posted.

I hope you stay warm and take care <3

Marie-Christine.