This is the first in a monthly series of Love Letters to Myself here on The Pursuit of Balance and what perfect timing with the biggest holiday for love letters to your loved ones being tomorrow! Both of us believe very strongly that it is important to take care of your physical body but just as important to take care of your emotional, spiritual and mental well-being. Love Letters to Myself is meant to be a time each month where Nicole and I take a minute to give ourselves the gift of Grace. To forgive ourselves for things we think we're failing at and to encourage ourselves to be a little kinder to our hearts. So, without further ado:
The winter months here in Seattle are hard. It's hard to be motivated to get to the gym, or heaven forbid, get outside for a run. It's hard to eat well when you just want to eat pasta and soup and stew and stay curled up on the couch with a fire and Netflix.
Winter is the hardest season for you, Samantha. You know this.
Every winter you battle through the holidays without your Grandma who held the family together. Who made every Thanksgiving and Christmas so joyous and such a celebration. Every winter you trudge through a New Years Eve wondering what you've accomplished over the past 365 days and wondering what the heck you want to do, see, be, in the next 12 months. You spend January making excuses to avoid the gym, mainly that the gym is packed with New Years Resolutioners, telling yourself it will die down and you'll go back in February. Every February you start to get the itch. The itch for something different, sunshine and warmth and anywhere that is not where you're at. February rings in close to 5 whole months of nasty weather here in Seattle, I don't blame you for wanting to escape.
But Samantha, I'm here to tell you that you don't need to escape. Not from your life. You may want sunshine and you may want warmth, but you have it so, so good here in Seattle. Such a loving family. So many loving, caring and generous friends. A boyfriend who humors you during these months when you can be a total crank. I know that winter is hard, that all the gray brings you down, but I'm so proud of how you power through each winter looking forward to a beautiful Spring and Summer. Looking forward to fresh salads, outdoor exercise and all the healthy choices you can make when the weather is just a little bit better. Plus the summer drinks, don't forget the mojitos!
You can start making those healthy choices now.
You are so driven and so beautiful and so aware of the things you need to be doing, the choices you need to be making. Start now. Take all this negative energy you've been harboring and aim it towards things that make you happy. Go for a long drive, make your favorite healthy meal, spend some extra time with friends and hit the gym to get some endorphin's flowing. You deserve to be happy and to give yourself some Grace this time of year when everything seems just a little bit more difficult. Take the time to enjoy yourself.