So in honor of the WINTER we are missing, here are some pics from our magical winter in Norway last year. AND...some HAPPY WINTER TIPS to keep you active and sane during the cold months (brought to you by a bunch of Brooklyn women who collaborated one night at a church event.)
THE BEST INDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR WINTER:
Create a Work Coop--work with a friend/neighbor to accomplish tasks (closets, windows, painting, etc.)
Game Nights w/ friends
Tackle big projects in manageable pieces
Dejunk your home
Book signing or other daily free event at bookstores, such as Strand
Movie Nights w/ friends
Get a massage in Chinatown
Talk Therapy - find a friend or family member to talk to instead of staying isolated
Read a good book or have a Read-a-thon
Take a free self-guided tour of the NY Public Library
Concert at the Met
Visit the Turkish Baths or a Korean Spa
Try new recipes
Make Fireplace or Stovetop S'mores
Go see a Broadway show
Host a 'Discussion Night' on a topic
Host an 'Article Club'
Sign up for a class
Book a hotel or cabin get-a-way
Go to a museum
Moth Story Slam
Buy new make-up and give yourself a makeover (maybe include a friend)
Visit an indoor ping pong club
Create Ambiance! -- Buy a fireplace dvd, use candles that remind your of happy times, lighting, lanterns, teas, cocoas, baking
First snow on the roof of the Oslo Opera House.
Oslo! We found this sign right before our speaking engagement.
I must say, this speaking event went so, so well and we met some incredible people. We were so grateful. People wanted to chat with us for hours after, so we didn't leave until midnight!
THE BEST OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR WINTER:
Exercise! (See what exercise does to me!)
Get a walking partner!
Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
Sledding in the park!
Walk through Central or Prospect Park after a snow (best thing ever)
Find a patch of sunlight everyday (get 15 min of sunlight a day)
Leave your office at least once or twice a day during full sun
Meet friends for lunch
Say hello to strangers while you are out
Get thermals (my favorite), proper winter gear, and waterproof boots (my favorite)
Shovel your stoop, then shovel the neighbor's stoop & watch your mood improve
Make a snowman
Find some stairs to climb
Sleigh ride in the country
Go ice skating
Join a gym
Make snow angels
Cross country skiing at the park
The fish market in Bergen was amazing. We enjoyed peeled fresh shrimp and lemon on the harbor.
Danny enjoyed some Norwegian pancakes. And reindeer sausage!
The train ride through snowy Norway was so, so dreamy.
Our boat trip through the Fjords was a bit rainy that day. But we still saw loads of scenes like THIS...ahh!
And now, what helps YOU to have a happier winter?? (Though of course any comment is always welcome.)