Time to be real folks: winter in NYC can be terrific- for all of about 2 minutes a day. Beautiful snow falls are quickly made into grey, gritty, icy slush. Bright orange sunrises you see on the drive dropping the kids at school vanish all too quickly, and are replaced with the ugly sight of endless taillights and crowds of people crossing against lights at each corner. There’s not much to do beyond your own backyard because the secret of all those awesome winter activities in NYC is that they are very expensive. And it’s cold. Bitter flippin’ cold. And so, after the magic of the winter Holidays wears off, I find myself really bumming on these winter months of January through March.
So, what’s a girl to do?
I promised myself to be more conscious of the story I author this year. And writing off the first 90 pages of this 365 novel I call “2015” seems almost tragic. I remember my dad feeling very much the same way I do. He was not a big fan of winter- and as we were driving one particularly cold January day- I told him don’t worry- Spring will be here soon enough. And then I went on to detail all the terrific things we had to look forward to come April and May- we smiled together and drove on- feeling a little better because of the promise of better days ahead. I’d like to say that Spring was a good one for us- but Dad’s story ended in early February. I had no idea these were our last days together. Had I known- I may not have wished them away. I may have tried a little harder to find the beauty in the moment- and if there was none to be found- then make it. Create a happy winter. I share this with you because loosing my dad that winter was a turning point in my perspective on things. I think that happens to alot of us when we lose a piece of our hearts like that. You realize that this life has only one speed- and one direction: fast and forward. And that tomorrow is never promised. All we have is now. And you can choose to treat it as a gift- or not. It’s all about perspective- and it’s your choice.
I’m not saying that I now go around these winter days singing the song of happy bluebirds and embracing the cold- and my language during the snowy drives is definitely not PG. But when those grumpy thought come into my mind- I really work to stop- and take a good look around at the moment I am in- and find the good. Yes- we are housebound a bit- but boy, do I love the smell of a roast in the oven and the feel of an afghan on my lap as I cozy up and dive into Pinterest on those chilly nights. Yes- it is bitter cold- but who knew it could actually feel better after a brisk walk- and then heavenly when you follow that with a cup of fresh brewed coffee. I play up Valentines Day and St. Paddys a bit more- just to color up these months with a bit of silly joy- and make paper snowflakes and endless cups of cocoa- with whipped cream and sprinkles… all to brighten the days a bit. These are choices. And when I write each happy little moment- even if it’s just one -on the page of these winter days- the story unfolds in away that makes me happy to read it now- and I know it will make me content when I re-read it years from now.
That was the inspiration for the COZY UP design- coloring your winter days happy- making them good ones- one to be fully present in- and never to wish away. It’s why I filled it with bright colors, cozy knits and felts and heart warming word art. It was made to make you feel happy capturing the moments of these days! And when I put the design together with the layouts made by the team- I was very pleased that the joy I wanted to capture came across out loud! I wish you cozy winter days ahead- own each of them- and choose to make them happy!