This is a great time of year! While Christmas and New Year are winding down, there’s another aspect of late December that really gets me excited. That is the fact that the days are starting to get longer.
After the winter solstice and a hardy farewell to the holidays, I start thinking ahead to the warmer and sunnier days of spring and summer that are just around the corner. My mind is increasingly filled with thoughts of hiking, fly fishing, picking berries, and just being outside enjoying warmer brighter days.
There’s something about being outside in a naturally scenic place on a sunny day that I find invigorating. I spend most of my work week indoors, so I’m excited for any opportunity to break out of the climate-controlled environment and breathe some fresh air. I always feel charged up after enjoying a sunny day outside.
One of my goals for the upcoming year is to spend more time outside. In 2018 I took far fewer hiking and fishing trips than I would have liked, and I could tell a difference. For me, it’s much easier to enjoy (or at least tolerate) the dark dreary winters of the Pacific Northwest if I’ve spend quality time outside the previous spring summer and fall.
What charges you up? Perhaps it’s time outside for you as well, or maybe it’s something totally different. Whatever it is, make sure you’re setting aside time for it versus just assuming it’s going to happen.