Are you snowed in this weekend? Currently, Washington D.C. is completely shut down because two feet (or more) of snow is supposed to fall between this weekend. D.C. freaked out when an inch and a half of snow fell earlier this week, and in general, the news makes it sound like we're all literally going to die. Obviously, the situation is serious, and going out in this weather can be life threatening. Unfortunately, there are many homeless people that struggle to find shelter too. However, D.C. is known for not being able to handle any snow, nonetheless 2+ feet of it. Shouldn't the city have the whole snow preparation/post-snow clean up process figured out by now?

So I am stuck inside this weekend, but it's not a complete bummer! There are plenty of things to do that will boost your spirits and energy for when you have to get back to your normal routine! For example, hopefully by now you stocked up on some healthy ingredients to cook or bake with. (If you haven't, it's kind of too late...but dig deep into your fridge and pantry, and get creative!) Heating up the oven or stove is never a bad idea when its below freezing outside! (Foreshadowing, perhaps, for next week's post?)

You also have time to read that book or magazine you've been meaning to get to. Of course, there are TV and movies, but I'm partial to books because they require your brain to do more work. You also don't need electricity to read, just a good flashlight (but *knock on wood* that the power doesn't go out!). Right now, I'm trying to start on this book. What could be better than a good book, a cozy blanket, and maybe some hot tea on a snowy day?

 Additionally, even if you're stuck inside, that doesn't mean you have to be inactive! You don't even need access to a gym! Look up apps and videos online that will lead you through workouts using your own body weight. If you live in a dorm or apartment complex, run the stairs for cardio. Even better, bundle up and go play in the snow like you used to when you were a kid as long as the conditions are safe. If you don't want to completely shirk all responsibility, shoveling can be a good workout if you use the right form. Thankfully, the gym on campus will be open tomorrow so I will be able to utilize that equipment as well.

On the other hand, maybe snow days are God's way of telling us to take a break. Snow days are great days to stop the craziness of everyday life and relax.  I love when it snows because it just makes the world so quiet. By tuning into that as a practice in meditation and mindfulness, we can connect with nature and connect with ourselves. Although it might be stuffy and boring to stay inside all day, it's the perfect opportunity to look inward and get to know and accept ourselves a little bit better. Each of us is a special snowflake! (Yes I went there...and even if it's cheesy, it's still true.)

So enjoy your snow day! Stay safe and warm, and let me know how you're spending it!

"These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them." -Rumi